Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
  • Directors: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
  • Disc Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region A/1 
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: 
     Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: MARVEL
  • Release Date: August 13, 2019
  • Run Time: 181 minutes

        In the new world of Hollywood blockbusters, which is essentially all the industry seems interested in pursuing these days, two types of audiences must be considered: the average moviegoers, and the fan. When dealing with the average moviegoer, they are often reading film reviewers and critics because they are ignorant or undecided. They turn to the expert opinion (which is admittedly still subjective) in order to make a decision, whether it is deciding to see a film or coming to a decision about how they feel about the viewing experience/end product. Fans, on the other hand, mostly already have their mind made up; they are reading the professionals to either reinforce these preexisting beliefs, or to disagree with them. Often they only recognizing expertise if it is confirming their own opinion, otherwise insisting that all bad reviews must come from a bitter failed filmmaker rather than admitting any validity to an opinion that besmirches something they love.

Poms Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston, Phyllis Somerville
  • Director: Zara Hayes
  • Writer: Shane Atkinson
  • Producers: Kelly McCormick, Alex Saks, Andy Evans, Ade Shannon, Celyn Jones
  • Disc Format: NTSC, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region A/1 
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: 
     Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: August 6, 2019
  • Run Time: 92 minutes

        Poms reminded me of a student film. Not every student film; as a film professor, I have seen many, and there seem to be two different types. There are the ones that are taking the opportunity to experiment and test boundaries, which usually results in the prototypical art student film, seeming to point to aspirations in avant-garde and independent filmmaking. Poms falls under the other category, with the students aspiring to imitate the Hollywood formulas, despite budgetary limitations. While it is less noticeable than it might be in a more action-oriented genre, there is much that appears amateur within Poms, despite the best efforts and good intentions by the cast and crew.