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Sushi Girl

Sushi Girl

We hope you’re hungry. This week, phimosis we’ve got two movies that celebrate the fine art of dining on raw fish.

Before that, women’s health though, health system we do need to get a little serious. Each year 13 million kids are bullied at school, and in 2011 the envelope-pushing movie “Bully” set out to shed some light on this despicable phenomenon. We look at the movie, the controversy surrounding it and the newly packaged Blu-ray release with a host of special features.

Next up, when a diamond heist goes bad, one unlucky criminal takes the fall. Six years later, the whole gang is back together to figure out what happened to the diamonds. The centerpiece for their dinner party? A beautiful woman draped only in sushi. She’s “Sushi Girl,” and this is an intense new indie film with a killer cast and a great sense of character. We’ve got two of those characters on our show as well! We welcome James Duval and Andy Mackenzie to dish on how “Sushi Girl” came together and on how it was to work with a childhood hero, Mark Hamill.

We’re still hungry for more, though, and we’ll tell you all about “Dead Sushi,” a weird, hilarious, gory Japanese film about sushi that bites back.

Finally, we’ll take a look at “Jack & Diane,” a psycho-sexual drama about two young women in an intense but strained relationship. Riley Keough and Juno Temple star as the title characters – oh, and did we mention there’s a hideous monster created by Diane’s psyche? Yeah, there’s that too.

All that plus the week’s Honorable Mentions and much, much more!

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Year in Review 2012

Best Of and Worst Of 2012

We took the time to pull together a very unique best of/worst of list for your consideration (and subsequent debate, hepatitis if you so choose…).

Priding ourselves on not picking the most obvious choices much of the time, our best of/worst of scours our reviews from the last 12 months, and we also pay homage to some of our favorite “Honorable Mentions” when necessary.

Also, because it’s us, and we’re a little weird, we would never hold to convention by doing a typical countdown with typical categories. No, as it’s the DVD Geeks tradition, we made up our own such as: “Best 19th Century Showdown,” “I Can’t Believe I Liked This” and “We’ll Just Have to Agree to Disagree.” We even have a special tribute to Michael Fassbender’s… well, it’s a special part of Michael Fassbender. This episode is probably not for kids or the easily offended.

What made it? What didn’t? Titles like “Battle Royale,” “Barbarella,” “Copper,” “The Devil’s Rock” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” all made the grade. But what grades did they actually get? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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Shia LaBeouf in "Lawless"

Shia LaBeouf in “Lawless”

Happy New Year! Did you miss us?

This week, illness DVD Geeks returns after a holiday hiatus with a huge collection of accumulated titles from the last few weeks. We’ve got awesome TV box sets, some horror goodies, another one of those “quirky” indie comedies and a whole lot more.

In our extended Honorable Mentions segment, we’ll give you the low-down on some of our favorite TV picks: “Star Trek The Next Generation” Season 2 on Blu-ray, “American Horror Story” Season 1 and the complete series of “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.” We’ll also look at recent theatrical releases “Looper,” “Killer Joe” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

In our featured presentation, we’ll kick things off with recent horror titles “V/H/S” and “Silent Night.” If the crazed, flamethrower-wielding Santa of “Silent Night” isn’t your thing, then maybe you’ll appreciate the bizarre anthology of “found footage” on display in “V/H/S.”

We’ll get a little artistic on you with the also-creepy-but-brilliant 1967 Goddard classic “Weekend.” This edition from Criterion brings the movie back to life in a pristine new HD transfer along with scholarly notes and special features.

In the dark comedy “Butter” we get a twisted look at the high-stakes world of competition butter carving. In “Lawless” we get a taste of the very high stakes of running moonshine during prohibition.

Finally, we take a nostalgic look back at “Comic Book Confidential” which was originally released in 1988 and now on Blu-ray for the first time. Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner to name but a very few contributed to this documentary that traces the history and importance of the comic book from its birth as a medium.

All that play  more including our Netflix Pick! This week on DVD Geeks…

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They Live

They Live

Halloween may be over for this year, ampoule but we’ve got a handful of gritty titles that make the best of suspense for your viewing pleasure.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman teams up again with Terrance Zdunich (“Repo: The Genetic Opera”) for a short film set in the carnival that is Hell. In “The Devil’s Carnival” – an original rock opera based on Aesop’s Fables – three poor souls are tormented for their Earthly sins by Zdunich’s clever Lucifer. A wholly home-grown effort, sales “The Devil’s Carnival” is truly independent filmmaking packaged in a very thorough DVD set.

We’ll also trawl the dark streets of 1860s New York in BBC America’s police drama “Copper.” In this original series, the racial and social divides of New York City’s Five Points neighborhood in the waning days of the Civil War serve as the backdrop for very edgy crime drama. Season two is soon to come, so get caught up with the first 10 episodes now.

Finally, we revisit one of our favorite scifi-horror-cult films of the ’80s with John Carpenter’s “They Live.” A down-on-his-luck construction worker uncovers the alien plot to take over the world and finds the world is not as it seems. It’s an action-packed but subversive tale of the haves and have nots just as relevant today as it was in 1988.

All that plus our weekly Honorable Mentions and more!

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Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

Here’s a quirky collection for your viewing pleasure:

On this episode, anabolics we’ll have a look at the latest from Wes Anderson with “Moonrise Kingdom.” In it, approved a couple of 12-year-old misfits decide to run away from home sending their whole town into a tizzy. The local scout troops take up the mission to return these “fugitives,” but they don’t really want to be found.

We’ll also visit the extraordinarily strange other world that is “Portlandia.” In this sketch comedy series, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play a slew of characters with increasingly bizarre traits. Even if you’ve never been in the great northwest, you will definitely enjoy this little slice of alternative Americana.

Finally, the dark LA drama “Crazy Eyes” follows a couple of hard-living, hard-drinking hipsters as they try to find something that resembles a relationship (or maybe not) in this gritty indie. Lukas Haas stars as a guy with questionable virtues who just can’t seem to shake off his demons as he chases the iconoclastic girl who keeps getting away.

All those plus our weekly Netflix Pick and Honorable Mentions!

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The Raven

John Cusack in “The Raven”

We’re kicking off the Halloween season with a couple of scary pics: First it’s Edgar Allan Poe as you’ve never seen him before. In “The Raven, generic ” John Cusack portrays the poet as a tortured hero helping the police to track down a brutal serial killer who has kidnapped Poe’s fiancee. We’ll also look at “The Barrens” in which a family on a camping trip is confronted with the legend of the devil’s spawn.

In addition, generic we’ve got the slightly less scary horror comedy “Piranha 3DD” which has more killer fish and more, resuscitation ummm, double Ds. You’ve been warned.

One of the most anticipated films in geek circles this year is “Iron Sky.” It’s got everything you are expecting: moon Nazis, Udo Kier, flying saucers and a Sarah Palin stand-in as president. We’ll see if the Blu-ray lives up to the hype.

Finally, we’ll take a quick look at an epic from more than 100 years ago with the recently restored “David Copperfield.” At the time, this film adaptation of the Dicken’s classic was one of the biggest movies from the burgeoning film industry.

All that plus our weekly Honorable Mentions and more!

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Indiana Jones

Trust me…

We’re back! The TV is back together, salve and we are once again able to bring you a roundup of the coolest DVDs and Blu-rays on the market. We’re bringing you the best of September with some really landmark releases.

The man with the hat is back – The Complete Indiana Jones Collection makes its debut on Blu-ray in glorious high-definition with a monstrous collection of special features. Get to know one of the greatest film franchises of all time all over again.

We’ve also got two amazing Criterion Blu-ray releases “Eating Raoul” and “Quadrophenia.” In Paul Bartel’s brilliantly subversive “Eating Raoul,” an uptight couple living in Los Angeles decide to kill anyone they see as sexual perverts in order to steal money to open their dream restaurant. In The Who’s “Quadrophenia,” Jimmy is a mod struggling with his identity during the tumultuous summer of 1964 when rebellious teens rioted in the quiet seaside town of Brighton.

Finally, we’ve got some great TV on DVD picks with the Shout! Factory release of “Steve Martin: The Television Stuff” and the totally unnecessary but totally awesome “Get A Life” complete series – one of the strangest series in TV history.

All that plus a HUGE collection of Honorable Mentions! Thank you all for hanging in there – we’re glad to be back!

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The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

It’s time for an all-new DVD Geeks featuring a handful of new and interesting releases for the week!

First off, ophthalmologist we want to revisit Wes Anderson’s 2001 film “The Royal Tenenbaums” with its all-star cast and brilliantly detailed look at the malaise of overachieving New Yorkers. Criterion’s all-new, overweight director-approved transfer to Blu-ray really does breathe new life into this modern classic.

We’ll step over to a run-down trailer in Texas where Gina Gershon plays a scheming wife trying to find the $1000, click 000 her husband stole in “Breathless.” Finally, we’ll head to Cuba for the zombie comedy “Juan of the Dead.”

All those plus the week’s honorable mentions and more!

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Full Metal Jacket

R. Lee Ermey in “Full Metal Jacket”

We may be barely hanging on after a whirlwind of geeking out at the 2012 Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, online but we’ve pulled it together long enough to let you know about some choice DVDs for the week.

Our attention is immediately drawn to anything with Stanley Kubrick’s name on it, stuff and this Blu-ray release of “Full Metal Jacket” is special for its newly-released bonus feature: the documentary “Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes.” In it, grip we are given a glimpse into Kubrick’s private archives as well as his attention to detail and the psychological process of his approach to filmmaking.

We’ll also spend some time with the new Blu-ray release of the sci-fi classic “Total Recall” in a newly-restored edition just in time for the remake in theatres this month. There are new and old special features, and we spend the time to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Also, we’ve got a look at an ’80s cartoon classic with “My Little Pony” and a cadre of Honorable Mentions including “Jaws,” “Titanic at 100,” and much more!

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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: The Next Generation

DVD Geeks is a show where we wear our biases loud and proud for everyone to see. On this “very special episode, treatment ” we’re waving our geek flag high and spending an abnormally long time reviewing a single release: “Star Trek: The Next Generation” Season 1 on Blu-ray.

Why? Well, link it’s a huge technical achievement first of all, and second we just couldn’t wait to see if we could prove ourselves wrong with the malaise that had set in about TNG’s retro-uncool ’80s veneer. Does the show really hold up, or is it best delegated to the nostalgia bin?

We dig deep into a few choice episodes, but we also talk about all those snazzy new special features. We even got to sit down with Roger Lay, Jr. who directed and co-produced the monumental special features. Trust us – this feature-length look at TNG will make those early DVD release special features seem like a sad old memory.

There are a few minutes for “Honorable Mentions” this week as well so you can detox from Trek when you’re good and ready.

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