Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale Episodes 207 and 208 Review

One of the best genre shows on streaming television is The Handmaid's Tale on HULU. I have screen the seventh and eight episodes of The Handmaid's Tale, which will premiere respective on premiere on Wednesday May 30, 2018 and Wednesday June 6, 2018 respectively on HULU. The reason why I chose to wait was it was difficult to write about this episode without seeing the most recent episodes. Even now I am quite concerned about revealing spoilers, especially since I prefer not to write "spoiler reviews" for any film or TV program. So if you are not yet up to date, please stop now. I will do a 10 to 1 countdown now so you can return later and not worry about having anything revealed to you that has not yet streamed officially.









Following the bombing, anyone under suspicion is being round up and executed. In Gilead when a Commander is found guilty, it is possible that the entire family will be wiped out and all the servants are executed too. As a result Offred and everyone related to the Commander is in danger by a rival Commander assigned to find the culprit, but in reality is really more interested in framing the Commander in order to succeed him. With the Commander critical in the hospital, both Offred and Serena must set aside differences in order to survive. The following episode continues the storyline where by we see how fortunes can change in Gilead for meek and the powerful and both episodes serve as fantastic bookends for what good deeds can warrant while setting something up subtly that has been going on all season, but I believe will come to fruition in the next two episodes to come, which are the last for this season.
As can be expected, The Handmaid's Tale looks more cinematic than most network television dramas and though it can be very bleak, the acting and the storytelling are top notch and carries the concept through to fruition beautifully. So do not forget to tune in and stream this amazing HULU original series.
(C) Copyright 2018 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Quick-View: Solo: A Star Wars Story

What a lackluster movie? Solo might be the dreariest Star Wars film ever released. It looks uninspired and feels lame. The production design all looks the same for all of the settings and generally speaking is simply ugly. The planets are not interesting because it is like traveling to one junkyard world to another. The film had no mystique and no truly interesting villains. Even the Empire seems like a bad cartoon villain here. So are they evil just for the sake of being evil or maybe they would be far more interesting if the Empire actually comes off as though it's officers actually believe what they are doing is correct as opposed to just having every imperial be a one dimensional black hatted villain in a film that is a sea of flat black hats. Shoehorning Darth Maul at the end felt forced and contrived, especially when considering the character's trajectory in both The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. The effects for some of the creatures looked surprisingly bad for both practical and CGI and a lot of the background elements were just reused pieces slightly dressed up to appear different, but ultimately, they just contributed to the film appearing cheap. Howard's direction is uninspired and Clint Howard's obligatory cameo stuck out too much like a soar thumb and was annoying rather than fun. Overall, this is the weakest of the Star Wars films released in the Disney era and one that needed a lot more thought and development. Lucasfilm could learn a lot from Marvel Studios on how to plan out a franchise so that the individual pieces feel complete and yet it feels like this has been merticulousky planned out as opposed to being tossed out without any real plan out in place. 

(C) Copyright 2018 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018







Just in time for the highly anticipated debut ofMISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—FALLOUT (in theaters July 27), all five of the blockbusterMISSION: IMPOSSIBLE films arrive for the first time ever on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital June 26, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.


Tom Cruise is IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, one of the greatest action heroes of all time, in the adrenaline-pumping MISSION: IMPOSSIBLEfranchise. Filmed in the most exotic locations around the world by the biggest directors in Hollywood, every film offers breathtaking action, jaw-dropping stunts, and heart-pounding suspense that will thrill any action fan. Your mission, should you choose to accept it – experience all five action-packed films in eye-popping 4K Ultra HD.


MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 will be available separately in 2-disc UHD/Blu-ray Combo Packs with High Dynamic Range, access to a digital copy, and previously released bonus content.  MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—GHOST PROTOCOL and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—ROGUE NATION will each be available in 3-disc UHD/Blu-ray Combo Packs with High Dynamic Range, access to a digital copy and previously released bonus material.  In addition, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—ROGUE NATION includes a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home.


With four times the resolution and more than double the number of colors available with full HD, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc offers the highest quality picture for your home entertainment system.  The films will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Digital through select online retailers.

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 Dolby Atmos enabled devices are also required to experience Dolby Atmos at home.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Next Week On SYFY.

THE EXPANSE “Delta-V”– 9/8c 
All eyes turn to the edge of the solar system as a mysterious new presence emerges. Naomi recommits to her roots. Drummer butts heads with a seasoned new commander aboard the Behemoth. A young Belter makes a name for himself.
KRYPTON “The Phantom Zone” – 10/9*SEASON FINALE*
The bottling of Kandor commences, while Seg races against the clock to save his city from being overtaken by Brainiac. 

Celebrate Hollywood Icon Jerry Lewis with a New 10-Film Collection 10-DVD Set of Classic and Beloved Comedies Arrives June 12, 2018

Celebrate Hollywood Icon Jerry Lewis with a 
New 10-Film Collection 


10-DVD Set of Classic and Beloved Comedies Arrives June 12, 2018



              HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Relive some of the greatest film moments from comedy legend and Hollywood icon Jerry Lewis with the new JERRY LEWIS 10 FILM COLLECTION, arriving on DVD June 12, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Celebrated for his remarkable range of characters, outlandish antics, and uninhibited physicality, Jerry Lewis’ work continues to delight audiences around the world and inspire new generations of comedians.

Featuring 10 of Lewis’ most beloved comedies, the JERRY LEWIS 10 FILM COLLECTION is headlined by 1963’s enduring classic The Nutty Professor, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year.  Considered by many to be Lewis’ finest and most memorable film, The Nutty Professor was included on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 funniest American films of all time and was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2004. 

The 10-DVD set includes the following: 

  • The Stooge (1951)—Features one of Lewis’ earliest pairings with Dean Martin as a musical-comedy duo
  • The Delicate Delinquent (1956)—A “teenage terror” is recruited for the Police Academy
  • The Bellboy (1960)—Lewis plays a friendly but clumsy bellboy in this slapstick classic
  • Cinderfella (1960)—Lewis’ take on the classic Cinderella story
  • The Errand Boy (1961)—Paramount enlists a bumbling Lewis to spy on their productions in this hilarious film studio comedy
  • The Ladies Man (1961)—A girl-shy man finds work in a women-only hotel with uproarious results
  • The Nutty Professor (1963)—A socially awkward professor invents a serum that turns him into the handsome but obnoxious Buddy Love
  • The Disorderly Orderly (1964)—Lewis wreaks havoc in a private rest home
  • The Patsy (1964)—Lewis directs and stars as a novice recruited to replace a big-time comedian
  • The Family Jewels (1965)—Lewis directs and plays seven distinct roles in this family inheritance farce

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Paramount Pictures Hosts 40th Anniversary Screening of GREASE at the Cannes Film Festival

Paramount Pictures Hosts 40th Anniversary Screening of GREASE at the Cannes Film Festival

John Travolta and Director Randal Kleiser Attended Celebratory Event



HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (May 17, 2018)— Paramount Pictures hosted a special screening of the enduringly popular cultural phenomenon GREASE at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the film’s 40thanniversary.  John Travolta and director Randal Kleiser took part in the CinĂ©ma de la Plage event on May 16th where fans relived the unforgettable moments, sensational soundtrack and classic love story at a spectacular outdoor screening of the newly restored film on the beach.

In anticipation of the film’s anniversary,GREASE was restored to its original vibrancy with the highest quality sound, picture resolution and color.  The original negative was scanned and received extensive clean up and color correction using previously unavailable digital restoration tools.  In addition, the audio was enhanced from a six-track mix created for an original 70mm release, giving the music more clarity.

A new 40th anniversary edition of the fully restored film was recently released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

SHERLOCK GNOMES The Gnomes Come Home on Digital June 5, 2018

“A fun-filled family adventure”

- Christian Holub, Entertainment Weekly









The Gnomes Come Home on Digital June 5, 2018

On Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD June 12


HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – A hilarious and heartfelt adventure the whole family can enjoy,SHERLOCK GNOMES brings the fun home on Digital June 5, 2018 and on 
Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD June 12 from Paramount Home Media Distribution and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM).


Boasting an all-star cast of voices including Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy and Mary J. Blige, SHERLOCK GNOMES is a rollicking adventure from the director of Kung Fu Panda!


The Blu-ray Combo Pack is loaded with nearly 45 minutes of bonus content. Meet the all-star cast including Johnny Depp, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt and discover how this hilarious family adventure was brought to life.  Plus, enjoy the new music video "Stronger Than I Ever Was," learn how to draw some of your favorite Gnomes, and much, much more!


When Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) discover their friends and family have gone missing, there’s only one gnome to call – the legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp). Working together, the mystery takes them beyond the garden walls and across the city on an unforgettable journey to save the day and bring the gnomes home.


SHERLOCK GNOMES Blu-ray Combo Pack

The SHERLOCK GNOMES Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Dutch 5.1 Dolby Audio, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Audio, French Parisian 5.1 Dolby Audio, German 5.1 Dolby Audio, Italian 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, Castilian Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Latin American Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, Dutch, French Canadian, French Parisian, German, Italian, Portuguese, Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish subtitles.  The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles.  The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following: 


  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:

§  Gnome is Where the Heart Is – Go behind-the-scenes with the all-star cast

§  All Roads Lead to Gnome: London Locations inSherlock Gnomes

§  Miss Gnomer: Mary J. Blige and the Music ofSherlock Gnomes

§  Stronger Than I Ever Was– Enjoy the brand new music video performed by Mary J. Blige

§  How To Draw – Learn how to draw your favorite characters:

·       Sherlock Gnomes

·       Watson

·       Moriarty

·       Goons

§  Animating Sherlock Gnomes – Discover the magic behind the movie’s animation


  • Feature film in standard definition