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Yesterday (Blu-ray)
<small>by Oktay Ege Kozak</small><hr />

The Movie:

A struggling musician named Jack (Himesh Patel), still barely hanging onto his passion in life thanks to the undying support and encouragement from his best friend/manager named Ellie (Lily James), gets hit by a bus and is knocked out on the night when all power mysteriously gets cut off across the globe for a minute. He wakes up in the hospital to a new reality where The Beatles has never existed, and he's the only one on the planet who remembers their songs. By introducing the world to John, Paul, George, and sometimes Ringo's genius, he becomes an overnight sensation as the greatest songwriter of all time.

Thus is Yesterday's brilliant high-concept comedy/musical premise. Yet we all know that even the best ideas can fizzle out if not supported by a solid story structure, credible character arcs, and an intriguing examination of the themes it gives birth to. Wi...Read the entire review »

 

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Alps (Blu-ray)
<small>by Oktay Ege Kozak</small><hr />

The Movie:

In a perfect world, the audience would go into any work by DARK comedy extraordinaire Yorgos Lanthimos completely blind. No trailers, synopses, not even the blurb on the back of the Blu-ray box. He brilliantly has no use for traditional exposition for his high-concept premises that are there not as easy genre spectacle and intrigue, but as astute and deliciously dry examination of the bizarre corners of what's supposedly everyday human behavior.

Without any primer to unlock the mystery, he plops the audience directly into the highly unconventional and borderline magical realism (In the case of The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, you can take out the borderline part) world of his movies. Dogtooth, the authoritarianism satire masterwork that put him on the map, takes up almost an hour of the runtime until we get a full picture of what's real...Read the entire review »

 

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The Hills Have Eyes: Part 2 (Blu-ray)
<small>by Ian Jane</small><hr />

The Movie:

Written and directed by Wes Craven and released in 1984, seven years after the success of the original film (and the same year that his classic A Nightmare On Elm Street proved a massive success), The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 has never been regarded as a particularly good film. It sets aside the unflinching intensity and nihilism of the first picture in favor of a lighter, more action-oriented tone that sometimes works well enough, and sometimes clearly does not.

When the film begins, Bobby Carter (Robert Houston), after surviving the events of the first picture, has decided to start a dirt bike racing team! He's even gone so far as to formulate a special fuel that will give the riders on his team an advantage during competition. Unfortunately for Bobby, the next competition his team gets slated to compete in just so happens to be staged out in the same str...Read the entire review »


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