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LOGAN Slashes into Theaters

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Jeri Jacquin

In theatres this Friday from writer/director James Mangold, Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox is the anticipated film in the saga of Wolverine with LOGAN.

The story picks up as Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is a washed out limo driver living well beyond 2016. In fact far into the future and his dream is to buy a big boat and sale away from humanity. That was the plan until a man named Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) showed up in his limousine.

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Pierce makes it plain that he is looking for someone believing that Logan may have answers. Logan assures the intruder that who ever he’s looking for is of no interest to him. That’s when the name Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) is mentioned angering Logan.

Taking off for a hideout, Logan is trying to keep things safe which is about to change when a little girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) comes into his life. Pierce and Dr. Rice (Richard E. Grant) are looking for the girl and stopping at nothing to make sure it happens.

Laura and Charles connect to one another and it becomes clear that there are more young mutants in hiding from Dr. Rice and Pierce. Logan isn’t happy about any of this and knows the only way to stop it is to get Laura to safety.

The danger along the way is hard, fast and out for only one thing – to destroy the young mutants by any means possible. There is a new mutant on the horizon who will challenge them all!

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It’s always nice to see Jackman but in LOGAN it is cringe worthy watching him continually try to convince me he is old and decrepit. Why do I want to see that? The bad attitude from a younger Wolverine is back but now seems more like Grumpy Old X-Men which might make an awesome film for the next X-Men installment.

Holbrook as Pierce is just another psycho who has a young guy chip on his shoulder. With the air of invincibility he goes after Logan, Charles and Laura. Stewart as Charles was just a hard thing to watch. Grant as Dr. Rice is just the next generation psychopath who doesn’t mind killing a kid or two.

Keen had the best part in the film I should think. There isn’t much dialogue and she has the angry eyebrow of Jean Grey with a few moves of her own. It took a hot second to realize there are new X-men in town.

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Other cast include Stephen Merchant as Caliban, Elizabeth Rodriguez as Gabriela, Eriq La Salle as Will Munson, Elise Neal as Kathryn Munson, Quincy Fouse as Nate Munson, and Reynaldo Gallegos as Rey.

LOGAN is a sad film from start to finish and not in a ‘you-got-a-tissue?’ way as far as I’m concerned. There is nothing worse than beating a comic book anti-hero to death and then dragging him through 137 minutes of MY life that I’ll never get back. Don’t misunderstand me, I wanted to cheer for the film but instead jeers snuck out now and then.

The story did absolutely nothing for me and I’m sure I’ll get a yelling from a lot of people for saying that. Do I have to read the comic to understand what the hell is going on? It’s like an X-Men sludge mixed up to give Wolverine another adventure at what I’m sure I don’t know.

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Did Wolverine really need another movie? I can honestly say that I have a sore neck from the amount of head shakes I did. What goes on with Charles isn’t much better to my way of thinking. I mean seriously? If the anti-hero Wolverine is to get a beat down, there is no respect for Charles at all!

Of course I’m trying not to give too much away which isn’t all that difficult in the case of LOGAN. I’m sure that comic fans will be happy and feel a sense of closure. My sense of closure came from finally feeling free to walk out of the theatre!

So prepare for a slashing and bashing that comes with hanging out in mutant territory.

In the end – don’t mess with the limo driver!

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Season One Special Edition Brings the Undead to Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

On March 22nd, from AMC and Anchor Bay Entertainment along with creators Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson comes the first season filled with more questions than answers with FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season Special Edition.

In the city of Los Angeles, high school counselor Madison (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis (Cliff Curtis) are raising their families. Madison has her hands full with son Nick (Frank Dillane) who is dealing with drug addiction and daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) who is just a mouthy teen who resents interference in her love life with boyfriend Matt (Maestro Harrell).

Travis still has dealings with ex-wife Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and resentful son Christopher (Lorenzo Henrie). While all this is going on it isn’t surprising that no one really notices what is happening all around. People are becoming sick and it is spreading quickly.

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It all becomes real to Madison and Travis when, while with Nick, they see for themselves that the dead are rising. Not only are they rising, they are eating the living creating even more of the walking dead.

Deciding to leave town, the family begins to pack as Travis goes to get Liza and Christopher. What is happening on the streets quickly turns into a mob mentality.  Trying to save them from the crazed crowds, Travis talks Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) into letting them into the shop. Also in the shop is Daniels’ wife Griselda (Patricia Spindola) and daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason).

Once they are able, everyone goes back to Madison and Travis’ home. It is now too late to leave and they must wait as the military encloses neighborhoods looking for more of the undead.

What they are all soon to discover is that outside the fence is a monster of a different kind.

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Dickens as Madison is a mother who clearly needs to snap into reality, not just the reality of what is happening around her – but the reality that her son is a drug addict with Mom as an enabler. Spending more time dealing with Nick, Madison has a strained relationship with daughter Alicia. I have always enjoyed Dickens performances form HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG to GONE GIRL; this is an actress who stands out.

Curtis as Travis is a father who needs to get in touch with a son who isn’t happy with the divorce of his parents or interested in becoming part of a new family unit. Trying to be everything to everyone, Travis knows something is wrong but doesn’t know who to trust.

Blades as Daniel Salazar, to my way of thinking, is the straight forward no-nonsense character who tends to say exactly what he thinks. He sees exactly what is happening around all of them and doesn’t want to do anything but take care of his wife. Of course once she is taken away, he too knows something is wrong.

Dillane as Nick is a character that isn’t embraced happily. I say this hearing from my own readers they want to strangle themselves. Nick is a young man with serious problems who enables everyone around him. Let’s hope in season two things turn around! Debnam-Carey as Alicia is smart but tends to do what she wants and also enables her brother. Yep, a totally dysfunctional family in the modern world.

Henrie as Chris isn’t enjoying a second-family life but is observant to what is going on around him. Rodriguez as Liza is a nurse who wants to help at every turn of the epidemic and volunteers to help at a makeshift hospital for those who are sick. She also sees for herself what happens to the dead.

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AMC has brought itself to the forefront of cable television in the past few years. With such series as Mad Men, Hell on Wheels, and Breaking Bad, AMC has also blown television away with the series The Walking Dead and now, Fear the Walking Dead.

Anchor Bay brings amazing entertainment to those extending their media library and is also celebrating their 20th Anniversary. From theatrical to home release, Anchor Bay brings STARZ Original series, AMC Network series, The Weinstein Company, Radius, children’s entertainment, fitness, and sports to fans. To discover more of what Anchor Bay Entertainment has to offer, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give FEAR THE WALKING DEAD four tubs of popcorn out of five. Of course my heart (and probably brain) is stuck in what happened after the zombies take over the world so it took warming up to this first season. Once again the walkers are in the background of this family that can not escape their problems just because the dead want to eat them.

Having it set in Los Angeles puts all of the madness in the middle of a big city seeing how large groups of people react to it all. Fans have become use to deserted highways, broken down towns and small groups of people – FEAR THE WALKING DEAD puts havoc by the thousands front and center.

The Bluray has so much more detail to bring viewers into this “new” world of the dead as the story brings us to places we would never think walkers would dare to go. That’s the fantastic thing about these storylines – always expect the unexpected and even when you think you’re ready – you’re not!

The series still put human emotions front and center with Kirkman and Erickson making sure that nothing is left to chance. FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 2 will premier on AMC with 15 new episodes April 10th. Kirkman says, “We are going to see zombies unlike we’ve ever really seen before. All of this is something that is going to hit these characters really hard.”

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The FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season Special Edition Bluray and Digital HD includes the Pilot Episode: The Widescreen Version, Deleted Scenes, Featurettes such as Inside “Fear the Walking Dead”, FEAR: The Beginning, Five Things You Need to Survive, Locations: LA & Vancouver, Quarantined, Stunts & Anarchy, The Faces of Fear: The Infected with Audio Commentaries for every episode with Dave Erickson, Adam Davidson, David Wiener and actors Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

There is hours of never-before-seen bonus features and deleted scenes which truly is the best part of adding FEAR THE WALKING DEAD to your home media library.

In the end – fear begins here!

 

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Season One Gives us the Undead on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

From AMC and Anchor Bay Entertainment along with creators Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson comes the first season filled with more questions than answers with FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.

In the city of Los Angeles, high school counselor Madison (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis (Cliff Curtis) are raising their families. Madison has her hands full with son Nick (Frank Dillane) who is dealing with drug addiction and daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) who is just a mouthy teen who resents interference in her love life with boyfriend Matt (Maestro Harrell).

Travis still has dealings with ex-wife Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and resentful son Christopher (Lorenzo Henrie). While all this is going on it isn’t surprising that no one really notices what is happening all around. People are becoming sick and it is spreading quickly.

It all becomes real to Madison and Travis when, while with Nick, they see for themselves that the dead are rising. Not only are they rising, they are eating the living creating even more of the walking dead.

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Deciding to leave town, the family begins to pack as Travis goes to get Liza and Christopher. What is happening on the streets quickly turns into a mob mentality.  Trying to save them from the crazed crowds, Travis talks Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) into letting them into the shop. Also in the shop is Daniels’ wife Griselda (Patricia Spindola) and daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason).

Once they are able, everyone goes back to Madison and Travis’ home. It is now too late to leave and they must wait as the military encloses neighborhoods looking for more of the undead.

What they are all soon to discover is that outside the fence is a monster of a different kind.

Dickens as Madison is a mother who clearly needs to snap into reality, not just the reality of what is happening around her – but the reality that her son is a drug addict with Mom as an enabler. Spending more time dealing with Nick, Madison has a strained relationship with daughter Alicia. I have always enjoyed Dickens performances form HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG to GONE GIRL; this is an actress who stands out.

Curtis as Travis is a father who needs to get in touch with a son who isn’t happy with the divorce of his parents or interested in becoming part of a new family unit. Trying to be everything to everyone, Travis knows something is wrong but doesn’t know who to trust.

Blades as Daniel Salazar, to my way of thinking, is the straight forward no-nonsense character who tends to say exactly what he thinks. He sees exactly what is happening around all of them and doesn’t want to do anything but take care of his wife. Of course once she is taken away, he too knows something is wrong.

Dillane as Nick is a character that isn’t embraced happily. I say this hearing from my own readers they want to strangle themselves. Nick is a young man with serious problems who enables everyone around him. Let’s hope in season two things turn around! Debnam-Carey as Alicia is smart but tends to do what she wants and also enables her brother. Yep, a totally dysfunctional family in the modern world.

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Henrie as Chris isn’t enjoying a second-family life but is observant to what is going on around him. Rodriguez as Liza is a nurse who wants to help at every turn of the epidemic and volunteers to help at a makeshift hospital for those who are sick. She also sees for herself what happens to the dead.

AMC has brought itself to the forefront of cable television in the past few years. With such series as Mad Men, Hell on Wheels, and Breaking Bad, AMC has also blown television away with the series The Walking Dead and now, Fear the Walking Dead.

Anchor Bay brings amazing entertainment to those extending their media library and is also celebrating their 20th Anniversary. From theatrical to home release, Anchor Bay brings STARZ Original series, AMC Network series, The Weinstein Company, Radius, children’s entertainment, fitness, and sports to fans. To discover more of what Anchor Bay Entertainment has to offer, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give FEAR THE WALKING DEAD three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Of course my heart (and probably brain) is stuck in what happened after the zombies take over the world so it took warming up to this first season. Once again the walkers are in the background of this family that can not escape their problems just because the dead want to eat them.

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Having it set in Los Angeles puts all of the madness in the middle of a big city seeing how large groups of people react to it all. Fans have become use to deserted highways, broken down towns and small groups of people – FEAR THE WALKING DEAD puts havoc by the thousands front and center.

The series still put human emotions front and center with Kirkman and Erickson making sure that nothing is left to chance. FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 2 will premier on AMC with 15 new episodes in 2016. Kirkman says, “We are going to see zombies unlike we’ve ever really seen before. All of this is something that is going to hit these characters really hard.”

The FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Bluray includes the bonus features of A Look at the Series, Inside the Characters of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD and all six episodes coming in at almost three hundred minutes of intensity.

In the end – fear begins here!

 

 

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