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Come Play Blu-ray Review

 

  • Director : Jacob Chase
  • Writers : Jacob Chase
  • Producers : Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman
  • Actors : Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher, Jr., Azhy Robertson, Winslow Fegley
  • Media Format : Digital_copy, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: : French Canadian, Spanish
  • Language : English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French Canadian (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.39:1
  • MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
  • Release date : January 26, 2021
  • Number of discs : 1


 

        Prior to the pandemic, there were a few rising trends in the themes of American horror films. Along with the rise in occult and witchcraft narratives, we saw an increased anxiety over society’s dependence on technology and social media. Some of these films involve the supernatural, as seems to be the case in the Unfriended franchise, or an addition to the previously mentioned witchcraft subgenre, like Friend Request. Even the supernatural serial killer doll Chucky was reinvented as a smart device with disabled safety features. The terror comes from social media, apps (Countdown), or in the case of Come Play, the devices themselves.

 

Synchronic Blu-ray Review

 



  • Director : Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
  • Actors : Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton
  • Media Format : Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
  • Release date : January 26, 2021
  • MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
  • Studio : Well Go Usa
  • Number of discs : 1


 

        The news that indi filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have just been hired as directors for a new Marvel show on Disney Plus shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has seen Synchronic, particularly after having followed the progression of their career prior to their latest low budget science fiction thriller. There are distinct differences in their latest film, most notably being the casting of name actors and an unambiguous sci-fi premise. This is easily their most accessible film, and at times it feels like a calling card to Hollywood to prove that it is possible to make Christopher Nolan films with a fraction of the budget and half the plot holes.

 

Max Cloud Blu-ray Review

 

  • Director : Martin Owen
  • Actors : Scott Adkins, Tommy Flanagan, John Hannah, Lashana Lynch
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
  • MPAA rating : Not Rated
  • Media Format : Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 29 minutes
  • Release date : January 19, 2021
  • Language : English (DTS 5.1)
  • Studio : Well Go Usa



 

         Campiness used to be a kind way to justify the enjoyment of poor filmmaking, but now it is an intentional stylistic choice. Max Cloud is so over-the-top that one hopes it to be an example of the latter, but the intention of the campiness does not equate to quality or enjoyment of it. And it does not equate to originality, which this film has little of. The budget is obviously low, but it doesn’t take a lot of money for halfway decent humor.

 

Love and Monsters 4K Ultra HD Review

 

  • MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Media Format : Widescreen, 4K
  • Run time : 1 hour and 48 minutes
  • Release date : January 5, 2021
  • Actors : Dylan O'Brien, Michael Rooker, Ariana Greenblatt
  • Studio : PARAMOUNT
  • Number of discs : 2


 

         You might think that a film about an apocalypse which forces all of humanity underground would be relatable during the current pandemic, but Love and Monsters has themes that ultimately feel tone deaf. Fortunately, this is not the type of film that demands deep analysis. Even if the message of getting out in the world and taking some risks doesn’t perfectly align with the current climate, we can all use this type of escapist entertainment. Derivative and predictable as it may be, Love and Monsters is an easy view during a time when everything seems more difficult than it should be.