Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Roger Longenbach

Here at FlickDirect, our goal is to provide up-to-date reviews on theatrical, home entertainment, and television series. Check out the scoop on upcoming films or programming, and even our take on the classics.

Brave Blu-ray Review
Brave Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition   Brave Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  11/14/2012 10:46 AM EDT
Now out on Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack is Brave, Pixar's latest feature film.  Brave is hands-down the most visually stunning animation that Pixar has ever produced.  Unfortunately, the story isn't one of their strongest, and prevents it from being a masterpiece.  The issue is that basically the story is mash up of other Disney stories:&nb... Read More

Marvel's The Avengers Blu-ray Review
Marvel's The Avengers   Marvel's The Avengers Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  09/29/2012 10:22 PM EDT
If there is one genre that Hollywood has tried over and over again, with some success and countless failures, it is the comic-book hero.  But unlike others, The Avengers is not just about one comic-book hero, but several.  Because of this, the movie is also unlike the others.  This probably explains its' wild success, leading it ... Read More

The Hunger Games Blu-ray Review
The Hunger Games   The Hunger Games Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  08/19/2012 8:06 PM EDT
Out on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy is one of 2012's most popular movies (currently #3, which is surprisingly good considering it was released in March, not during the summer season).  Based on the book with the same name, The Hunger Games is part one of a trilogy, which will have two movies for the finale just like the Twilight Saga (and until th... Read More

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Theatrical Review
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World   Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  06/22/2012 8:36 AM EDT
Usually with a disaster movie you follow the main characters as they fight for survival.  In this case, we have something different: there is no hope for survival.  What would you do?  Would you party like its 1999?  Would you loot?  Would you continue about your daily life?  Would you spend it with your family?  ... Read More

The Sitter Blu-ray Review
The Sitter   The Sitter Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  03/28/2012 8:16 AM EDT
Out on Blu-Ray is the 2011 movie produced and starring Jonah Hill, The Sitter.  The plot is very simple.  Jonah Hill plays Noah Griffith, a college student dropout who is coaxed into babysitting the kids of a family friend.  Things go wrong that night leading to Noah taking the kids out downtown.  In fact, it is almost a mirror ... Read More

The Muppets Blu-ray Review
The Muppets   The Muppets Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  03/24/2012 9:10 AM EDT
After a hiatus of twelve years since their last widespread theatrical movie, the Muppets returned to the big screen in late 2011.  From an idea hatched by Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man) and Nicolas Stoller, The Muppets was an attempt to revive a long-running and storied franchise.  Jason Segel may have left clues ... Read More

The Cabin In The Woods Theatrical Review
The Cabin In The Woods   The Cabin In The Woods Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  03/11/2012 11:04 AM EDT
Much like homage to the classic Evil Dead, Cabin in the Woods is best explained as their own tagline describes: People go to a cabin in the woods.  Bad things happen.  But the movie is much more than that.  Wish I could go into more detail, but this movie is a mix of several genres in perfect harmony.  In this era of cookie cutt... Read More

Real Steel Blu-ray Review
Real Steel   Real Steel Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  01/25/2012 8:24 AM EDT
Coming out on Blu-ray and DVD is the fall's almost-blockbuster film, Real Steel.  Based partially on Richard Matheson's short story "Steel", Real Steel revolves around Charlie Kenton (played by Hugh Jackman) and his boxing robot(s).  In the future, human boxing is basically gone, replaced by robots that can fight to the "de... Read More

In Time DVD Review
In Time   In Time DVD Review
(Roger Longenbach)  01/12/2012 3:09 PM EDT
When I first saw the trailer for In Time, I could only think, "Oh, look at this, they're remaking Logan's Run."  In a way, that's true: for the basic premise of the stage in this film.  In Time is set in the future when mankind is genetically engineered to only age for 25 years.  And then you get 1 year of time.  Run o... Read More

The Rocketeer Blu-ray Review
The Rocketeer   The Rocketeer Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  12/12/2011 11:54 AM EDT
Coming out on Disney Blu-ray in honor of the 20th anniversary of the film is The Rocketeer.  Based on the graphic novel with the same name, The Rocketeer is set in Los Angeles, circa 1938.  The movie is directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), and is his second film as a director.  The movie follows test/st... Read More



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