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What to watch on Netflix Instant? That is the Question. By Xtra Butter

 

How many of you Rollers out there are Netflix members?

 When Netflix first opened for business I thought, “Wow, these people are geniuses”. You get DVD’s in the mail with no late fees, unlimited rentals and I only pay one simple fee per month…sign me up!

 However, months after I started my membership I began seeing the new releases in my queue having short to long wait times. Although I found this mildly annoying, it really wasn’t that bad because it only extended my wait for new releases about a week or so. But then those same long wait times started to keep new releases in my queue for up to a month and sometimes even longer. It was now getting ridiculous and by the time I finally got the new release in my mailbox it was already being played on TNT. WTF!

 I was about to cancel my membership but low and behold Netflix changed up their game plan once again. And since I was already getting three unlimited DVD’s per month, I was automatically enrolled to receive their new instant play or streaming feature on my computer or XBOX.  However, after flipping through the Netflix Instant library I soon found this new addition to my plan was not all Read more

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: Review BY XTRA BUTTER

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: Review BY XTRA BUTTER

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)  Directed By: Eli Craig

 Rating 3.75 out of 5 stars “It’s sleeper comedy that gives as much blood as it does laughs.”

 When you first glance over the DVD cover and title of this movie you may think, “Wow this looks like one campy horror movie”. Well my fellow moviegoer, you could not be further from the truth in prejudging this movie. A real horror movie it is not, but a clever comedy that mocks the very stereotypes we have come to expect from campy horror movies today….it is. And in all honesty it is actually quite genius how Read more

HIDDEN GEMS: Batman: Dead End (Short) REVIEW by Xtra Butter

Oh how I’ve missed you all! I know I’ve been M.I.A. for the last couple of months, but I am BACK! And now with 2012 in full swing it promises to be one of the biggest box office years in Hollywood history. From The Dark Knight Rises to The Avengers to The Hobbit, some of the most anticipated films in recent years are being released in 2012. Hell, even studio executives are hoping for a big year after the dismal year that was 2011. Domestic ticket sales were down last year to their lowest level in 16 years and DVD revenues are continuing to sink. But just in the nick of time, a big year of Hollywood blockbusters are hitting theaters and Rollers can look forward to reading great reviews and awesome articles here on RollinSD in 2012!

Recently, due to time constraints and my obligations to other writing projects, I have been unable to attend the movie theaters these last couple of weeks and I am still hoping to see Underworld: Awakening and The Grey this upcoming weekend. However, I will open this year with another HIDDEN GEM posting for my readers out there. And unlike the Hidden Gem’s of past I will bring to your attention a short film that has all the makings of a great feature length film someday. You know me being a comic book nerd and yes “fanboy” of all things DC and Marvel, I tend to search the web for all things superheroes. Well, low and behold I found what I consider Read more

Kill The Irishman

Kill the Irishman(2011)   Directed By: Jonathan Hensleigh

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, “A good gangster story, but lacking the significance of a great gangster movie.”

About three months ago I did a piece on my top five gangster movies (HERE). The  topic sparked some discussion on past gangster films and I also received several emails with suggestions about possible gangster movies I may have not seen. Now me missing a gangster movie is like TMTMTL passing up an interview with a quality SD hottie…ain’t going to happen. Thus, I figured all the
suggestions I would get would be of films I’ve already seen.

However, a fellow movie buff named Dana Panzarello suggested I check out this mobster movie called Kill the
Irishman
. At first, I somehow thought I missed out on a hidden gem from back in the 1980’s, but a closer investigation of the movie revealed it was actually  Read more

Versus: Lethal Weapon vs Die Hard – By Xtra Butter

I was in a coffee shop the other day when I overheard two guys talking about who was/is a better basketball player, Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant? Usually I can’t stand these types of open-ended questions because there is no one right answer (Except in the above case it’s Michael Jordan). People can argue back and forth for hours and not even realize that it is an opinion based answer with no true factual answer. It’s merely up to the individual to make a personal choice on who they think is better, and seldom can you ever change someone’s mind or their answer because it’s their opinion and that just the way it is. But then it got me thinking, this would actually be a fun way to debate film on RollinSD.

What is the best movie all time? Who is the best director of all time? Who is the best actor of all time? Etc. These are just a few examples of the types of questions that can stir-up a great discussion on RollinSD and get you more involved with my opinions in film. However, a simple question about “who is the best” would not really get a great debate going. A better technique would be for me to compare two films, or two actors, or two directors and let us decide on “who is better between the two.” So I present my first round of “Versus.”

It’s simple; I take two things in film and compare them to one another. I will give you my opinion and you will chime in with yours, if you so Read more

INDIE movie Spotlight: Come Together

In my never ending quest to view and review all the movies in the world, I can’t forget about the flicks that get released under the radar. That’s right my friends, I’m talking about Indie films.

These low budget and often underfunded ventures give up and coming actors their first big break (George Clooney’s early career had him starring in Return of the Killer Tomatoes) and can also become cult classics like Night of the Living Dead.

 So we at RollinSD decided to give these risk-taking filmmakers some much needed publicity in getting their films out to the public. This is my first of many “INDIE movie Spotlight” articles to come that will give Rollers a synopsis of the indie film and also include a small Q&A with the directors behind the movies.

 Now reviewing a true independent film takes a little more understanding of moviemaking. Read more

Green Hornet Review by Xtra Butter

The Green Hornet (2011)  Directed by: Michel Gondry

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars “At least my popcorn was comped.”

Okay, I’m going to be honest here and tell the truth…It took me four times to watch this movie before I actually finished it. It wasn’t because the movie had a long running time; it was because this flick was poorly developed, poorly casted and just outright BORING!

Now don’t get me wrong, the movie had potential, but somewhere down the line the wrong person started giving ideas. The opening seven minutes of the movie were solid and really set a tone that I hoped it would follow. However, the early tone set did not last Read more

Super 8 Review by Xtra Butter

Super 8 (2011)  Directed by:  J.J. Abrahams 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars  “Better than the average movie, but not smarter than any masterpiece.”

 Now I consider myself a pretty big J.J. Abrahams fan. I really enjoyed his direction in Mission Impossible III. I loved his reboot of the new Star Trek, and I even thought Cloverfield was entertaining. Not to mention, the guy is also responsible for bringing LOST and Fringe to television, so the guy has skills. You add-in Hollywood legend Steven Spielbergto the producing credits and you would think “damn this movie is going to take me for a ride.” However, this movie just didn’t do it for me. Read more

X-Men:First Class Review by Xtra Butter

X-Men: First Class

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Can we ever get enough superhero movies fellas??? The answer is simple. HELL NO!

Ask yourself the question…Would you rather spend two hours watching a movie where the boy gets the girl at the end, OR would you rather spend two hours watching a movie where mutants fly around and lift submarines out of the ocean? Nuff said.

 X-men: First Class provides numerous scenes of mutants showing off their powers. From the simple mind tricks of Professor X to the dramatic final battle sequence, the special effects Read more