Will LeBlanc
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WRITTEN BY Will LeBlanc

Skyline [Blu-Ray]

This all culminates in one of the most straight-to-DVD endings that has ever ventured into theaters. Nothing gets resolved, nothing gets explained, the aliens just do some stuff that the directors obviously “thought would be cool.” Then the film ends with still images that attempt to shed some light on the ending, but succeed only in informing the audience of the exact point in which the production ran out of the money it should never have received in the first place.

The Last Airbender [Blu-ray]

M. Night Shyamalan dug a pretty big hole for himself with The Happening, one that many people thought he'd never find his way out of. As a result, his latest effort, The Last Airbender, the live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon cartoon, had a steep hill to climb right out of the gate

Sons of Anarchy: Season 2 [Blu-Ray]

There's one thing required to enjoy Sons of Anarchy: you have to be able to root for a bad guy, to choose the lesser among many evils. The Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club rules over Charming, California with an iron fist, but if you can attach yourself to their human sides, the young new father and the struggles of his premature son, or the moral choices they constantly juggle, then you'll no doubt fall in love with the violent and brutally just Sons of Anarchy.

Afterschool

Shooting a movie this way and spending so much time developing characters gives an undoubtedly Kubrickian vibe to the thing, with one major difference: Stanley Kubrick, in all his glorious strangeness, told great stories. Director Antonio Campos tells an OK story, but it lacks any big surprises, and all the conflicts of character feel unmistakably minor compared to the grand scale of change in, say, Jack Torrence from The Shining or Alex, your humble narrator, from A Clockwork Orange.

Operation: Endgame

Operation: Endgame is one of those movies that by the end of the day you’ll forget that you even watched. Not because it’s particularly bad, but because it’s so astoundingly mediocre that it can hardly be considered a movie.

Showgirls: 15th Anniversary SINsantional Edition [Blu-Ray]

What's left to say about Showgirls? We all know that it's one of the worst movies ever made, but it has been dragged through the mud more that a 10-year-old on a Radio Flyer over its now 15-year career. At this point, telling you about the awful dialogue or how dreadful Saved by the Bell's Elizabeth Berkley is would just be belaboring the same points that have been hammered home for the last decade and a half. Instead, you should accept this movie for what it really is, one of the all-time great party-pleasers and the most entertaining piece of cinema (for all the wrong reasons) of the past 20 years.

Peacock

Peacock may wind up being one of those movies that few people see, but everyone who does seems to enjoy. It's not something to just throw on at a party to keep a group of friends amused, and it's certainly not for everyone. But the right group of people in the right atmosphere will thoroughly enjoy the interesting and ultimately terrifying look into the world of schizophrenia that is Peacock.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

There's something to be said for movies that actually tell you a story rather than shove it down your throat. Movies with plots that unravel naturally, with characters who develop logically, and whose relationships flourish on their own as if the camera weren't there.

Armageddon [Blu-Ray]

Armageddon is one of those movies that you occasionally and inexplicably just crave. The movie itself isn't really all that good, but for some reason, about once every year or so you catch 20 seconds of it while you're channel surfing past Spike TV around July and your body won't rest until you feast your eyes on two and a half hours of 'splosions, bad romance, and an ensemble cast of jokers. There's not a whole lot of cinematic value, but it's a pretty good time even when you're retching at the rough parts.

The Human Centipede

Expectations have been set for The Human Centipede (First Sequence) to be one of the most disgusting, cringe-worthy pieces of film release this year. Even the film’s log line is enough to send even those with the strongest stomachs running for the nearest toilet desperately trying to hang on to their lunch.

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men [Blu-Ray]

There isn't a whole lot to Brief Interviews with Hideous Men on the surface. It's a bunch of guys talking about how they get girls to go home with them, their sexual adventures, or what it is they like to do in bed, mixed in amongst the life of the star Sara Quinn, who scarcely has anything to say in this film at all. But if you dig deeper, you start to see that the movie can mean a lot of different things depending on who is watching it.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

It's said that laughter is contagious, and that a child's laughter is magic. What this means to you is that the best way to watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid is with a theater full of enthusiastic 5-10 year olds who know what's coming at every turn and revel in every booger and fart as if they were their own.

2012 [Single-Disc Blu-Ray]

Convenient isn't the right word to describe 2012, but it's the first one that comes to mind. At every down turn of events for Cusack and his offspring there seems to be some miraculous occurrence that aids them in their escapes. It's like when you put your winter coat on for the first time in December and you reach into your pocket and find 20 bucks you didn't know you had, except it happens every five minutes and no one seems to question where the money is coming from.

Bitch Slap

You shouldn't have to be told what to expect out of a movie called Bitch Slap. The name alone screams "B-movie" about as loudly as Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, but promises sexy ladies instead of prehistoric beasts. What makes a great B-movie is over-the-top blood and gore, explosions at every turn, and dialogue as janky as your first Toyota; all characteristics Bitch Slap lacks. Sure, a few one-liners will pull laughs and the eye candy is the prime cut, but almost nothing stands out as anything truly good, or truly bad.

The Running Man [Blu-ray]

Before revisiting The Running Man, it is highly recommended that you make sure that your nostalgia goggles are strapped firmly to your head. The one-liners, bad effects, and '80s hair strangling this movie are sure to jar them loose, causing you to forget everything you love about campy, mid-'80s Arnold Schwarzenegger action. Supported by Richard Dawson and Maria Conchita Alonso, The Running Man -- without the safety of your nostalgia goggles -- will run straight out of your fondest memories and right onto the list of films that just don't hold up.

Law Abiding Citizen

You have to give Gerard Butler some credit for attempting to add some versatility to his resume by taking a romantic comedy here and there, but it's nice to see him back in Law Abiding Citizen doing what he does best: being a total badass. That's not to say that this is by any means a great film, but some well placed 'splosions, fancy gadgets, and a bit of psychological warfare make Law Abiding Citizen an enjoyable two hours for anyone without an over-active cringe reflex.

Jennifer's Body [Blu-Ray]

It’s not hard to tell what demographic Jennifer’s Body is aimed at. It looks down the scope, takes the shot, and hits its 14- to 17-year-old target square between the eyes. This is a horror movie for high school kids, and as long as you can accept that, you won’t be totally affronted by some of the uncomfortably forced dialogue coming at you from Megan Fox. In the end, you may feel like it was just a typical teen drama with a twist of horror, but if you can transport yourself back to those most awkward four years of your life, you’ll be able to more fully appreciate just what this movie is.

Halloween II [Blu-Ray]

Continuing his mucking around with classic horror films, Rob Zombie returns with the conclusion to his two-part Michael Myers gorefest. What Rob Zombie failed to realize, though, is that no one asked him to return. In fact, I think after he neatly wrapped up his first barely acceptable remake, horror fans would rather have seen Rob Zombie disappear than continue trashing arguably the most recognizable slasher film icon.

Gamer

I've never done drugs in my life, but after watching Gamer I'm pretty sure I understand just what it feels like take a handful of peyote and be thrown into a drug induced fever dream. Gamer is a spiritual successor to directors Neveldine and Taylor's Crank, yet another fast paced, and eye-popping adventure which doesn't so much toe the line of the unbelievable as much as fly past the line on a rocket powered platypus. What you can expect though is lots of 'splosions, guns, and some gratuitous nudity, so fans of all of that are in for a treat. And possibly a migraine.

Very Cool Artwork Shows SIlhouettes of Our Favorite Superheroes As Kids

In the decades long line of fan-made art surrounding the wonderful world of superhero comics, this new collection from artist Andy Fairhurst contains some of the most creative work we’ve seen yet. Showcasing 19 simple yet stunning images of superheroes and villains in their youth practicing for the greatness they knew would lie ahead, this work blends creativity with a heaping dose of nostalgia.

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