‘Overdrive’ Blu-ray Release Date

While Tyrese and Dwayne Johnson are feuding on social media. I’ll gladly have a suitable replacement, that being, Overdrive. Starring Scott Eastwood and Ana de Armas, this octane fueled thrill ride arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on November 7, 2017.

The trailer looks awesome. Stacked with action and car chases. Two of my current personal favorites in de Armas and Eastwood. I’m excited about this one, are you?

Overdrive will release on Blu-ray & DVD on November 7

‘Thank You For Your Service’ Free Screening For Veterans & Servicemembers

From the man who wrote the hit American Sniper, comes Thank You For Your Service, a film starring Miles Teller, Haley Bennett and Amy Schumer, about U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq, who are struggling fitting in back with society and civilian life.

Active-duty servicemembers and U.S. veterans will be able to see a free screening preview of the film at participating AMC Theaters on October 26. Check out the following details below for more information:

On Thursday, October 26th at 7:00PM, Universal and AMC will grant the first 25 servicemembers access to see THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE for free at participating AMC Theatres.

10,000 free tickets will be presented to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service—at more than 400 AMC locations nationwide. Each of the first 25 servicemembers (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m.preview screening. 

For additional information you can visit www.ThankYouForYourService.com

First-Look Trailer For ‘Realive’

The trailer for the upcoming Syfy Films Realive is out and here is the first look at it.

REALIVE was written and directed by Mateo Gil (Vanilla Sky original film Abre Los Ojos, The Sea Inside) and features a talented cast including Tom Hughes (About Time, London Town), Charlotte Le Bon (The WalkThe Hundred-Foot Journey), Oona Chaplin (Taboo, “Game of Thrones”) and Barry Ward (The Fall, The Journey).
Syfy Films will be releasing REALIVE in Theaters on September 29, 2017 and on VOD and Digital HD on October 3, 2017.

MY TAKE:

This trailer has me very intrigued. It answers the question that frequently comes up when we think about the medical and technological advances, would you freeze your body if to preserve a longer future life? The Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence recent film Passengers sort of touched on that topic. The visuals looks crisp in this film, the topic is interesting and the plot looks compelling. I didn’t have this film on my radar, but this trailer certainly has me anticipating the release.

First Look at the ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ Poster

The brand new poster and upcoming release date for Brawl in Cell Block 99 was announced. The film stars Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter and Don Johnson. Here is the synopsis and look at the poster.

Synopsis: A former boxer named Bradley loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to expire.  At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier.  This vocation improves his situation until the terrible day that he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies.  When the smoke clears, Bradley is badly hurt and thrown in prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 will release in theaters on October 6 and On Demand & Digital HD on October 13, 2017

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles 30th Anniversary

The Steve Martin and John Candy comedy classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD for its 30th Anniversary release on October 10. This is a true classic and a personal Thanksgiving Holiday classic. I’m excited for the special features.

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Retrospective on John Hughes’ career that includes interviews with those who worked with him and explores his indelible impact as a writer and filmmaker
  • “Getting There is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains And Automobiles
  • “John Hughes For Adults”
  •  A tribute to John Candy
  •  Deleted scene

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 30th Anniversary releases on October 10 on Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Blu-ray Release Date Announcement

So the one big movie of the summer I missed seeing is Transformers: The Last Knight. I won’t have to wait much longer as it was just announced that the film will be coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on September 26. If you want to catch it earlier, you can see it on Digital HD on September 12.

I’m looking forward to seeing those special features on the Blu-ray:

Special Features:

  • Merging Mythologies – Explore the secret TRANSFORMERS history
  • Climbing the Ranks – Military training
  • The Royal Treatment: Transformers in the UK
  • Motors and Magic
  • Alien Landscape: Cybertron
  • One More Giant Effin’ Movie

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival Recap

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival took place at the Music box Theater in Chicago, Illinois from August 3-11. I was able to attend this festival for the first time this year (it’s been running for 8 years). On my night of attendance there was a special Independent Filmmaker Achievement Award presentation to Rory Uphold.

The night featured three shorts and a documentary feature film.

Wintry Spring (short): From director Mohamed Kamel, this 15 min short from Egypt tells the story of a schoolgirl who lives with her father and experiences puberty for the first time. It explores the father-daughter relationship and the tension that arises due to her circumstance. Good subtle acting performances. An interesting exploration of a father-daughter dynamic.

Lunch Time (short): From director Alireza Ghasemi, this 15 min short from Islamic Republic of Iran tells the story of a 16-year-old girl arriving at a hospital to identify the body of her mother. This was an interesting movie, but also bizarre at the same time. There was a cringe worthy moment that changed the perspective of the film and the main character.

Fish (short): From director Saman Hosseinpuor, this 4 minute short tells the story of a woman who must find a creative way to save her fish after she drops her fish bowl. It’s a quick story of an older couple that sure will make you chuckle at the ending moment.

Two Worlds (feature doc): The highlight of the night was director Maciej Adamek’s feature documentary film. It depicts the story of a 12-year-old Polish girl Laura who is a guide through the life of her deaf parents. This is a phenomenal story and film. More on that coming in my review of the film.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the other nights of the festival, but from what I experienced it was very well put together. Founder Michael P. Noens and Community Relations Coordinator Ashley Alysa Schiavone have organized this event in a fantastic way. The showcase of quality foreign films that you might not be able to see otherwise unless you’re in the country of origin. I appreciated the access and opportunity. Every night had a filmmaker there in attendance introducing their film and providing a Q&A.

This was the first year this festival was presented in a premiere city location, as well as the first time at the Music Box Theater. I’m expecting this festival to grow and gain following in the coming years. I can say that I was already exposed to a unique film that I view as a gem.

Check out the following links more information on the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival 

Twitter: @BlueWhiskeyFF