Film and Television Reviews

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.

Southland DVD Review
Southland DVD Review   Southland DVD Review
(Nathan M Rose)  2/4/2010 10:15 PM EDT
Created by John Wells (ER, The West Wing, Third Watch), Christopher Chulack (ER, Third Watch) and Ann Biderman (Public Enemies, Hill Street Blues), Southland:The Complete First Season follows the complicated lives of the dedicated LAPD officers and detectives' lead as they take on criminals, victims and a city tainted by vice, and seething with... Read More

Surrogates Blu-ray Review
Surrogates Blu-ray Review   Surrogates Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/30/2010 8:45 PM EDT
When I saw the trailer for Surrogates in the theater, I became interested.  It was a Bruce Willis sci-fi where people could wear artificial bodies that were their avatars throughout the day.  I wondered if it was thoughtful or just an action vehicle.  With Bruce Willis leading, I figured it would be okay because I liked I-Robot even ... Read More

Fame Blu-ray Review
Fame Blu-ray Review   Fame Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/26/2010 9:10 PM EDT
Considering that Frame was just re-made, this is a timely point for a Blu-Ray release of the 1980 hit musical because it is now an oldie classic.  Viewers who think they vaguely remember it will probably recall the spin-off TV show and the remake was certainly lighter-weight than the original. The story centers on seven potentially great... Read More

Pandorum Blu-ray Review
Pandorum Blu-ray Review   Pandorum Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/21/2010 9:26 PM EDT
Alien, now three decades old, still sets the standard for sci-fi horror.  We can see that in Pandorum's opening scenes when Dennis Quaid "slooowly" comes out of hyper-sleep.  As with Alien, to which Pandorum owes more than a little, the crew member has awakened to find everything on their ship was not-quite-right!  In t... Read More

Magnolia Blu-ray Review
Magnolia Blu-ray Review   Magnolia Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/19/2010 11:08 AM EDT
Paul Thomas Anderson's epic, Magnolia features an ensemble cast (Tom Cruise, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, and others) who share interlocking lives in a Byzantine plot. Magnolia takes 188 minutes to be delivered, and ends in a wholly unexplained rain of frogs which interferes in the lives and deaths of some characters. It also comes just bef... Read More

Book of Eli Theatrical Review
Book of Eli Theatrical Review   Book of Eli Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/17/2010 7:35 PM EDT
I read The Road and determined from the reviews that the reasonably well made, fairly faithful movie version was simply not at the top of my to-do list. I think it was Slate's headline: 'Prepare to be bludgeoned' that made me go feel that way. When I saw part of the trailer for The Book of Eli that included a sudden Zatiochi-style blade... Read More

Fringe Blu-ray Review
Fringe: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review   Fringe Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/15/2010 8:55 PM EDT
Fringe seems to be JJ Abram's answer to The X-Files. The lessons from the X-Files were: (a) if you have FBI agents with chemistry, you have the basis for a science fiction show, and (b) if you have no idea where you are going and string the audience along, your audience will grow to hate you! Fringe gives us a division in the FBI that... Read More

10 Things I Hate About You Blu-ray Review
10 Things I Hate About You Blu-ray Review   10 Things I Hate About You Blu-ray Review
(Nathan M Rose)  1/11/2010 8:12 PM EDT
In 1999, a quirky little comedy based on Shakespeare's, Taming of The Shrew, entitled 10 Things I Hate About You, hit the theaters. At that time, a very unknown Heath Ledger started along side Julia Stiles in this comedic romance. It was about Padua High sophomore, Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik), who has two invitations to the prom and one big p... Read More

Jennifer's Body Blu-ray Review
Jennifer's Body Blu-ray Review   Jennifer's Body Blu-ray Review
(Nathan M Rose)  1/10/2010 12:56 PM EDT
Writer Diablo Cody, after the critically acclaimed success of Juno, decided to do a 180 for her next project, and dabbled in the occult with Jennifer's Body. Harkening back-to-black comedies of the past sexy temptress Megan Fox (Transformers), is a seductive cheerleader who takes evil to a whole new level after she is possessed by a sinister demon... Read More

Extract Blu-ray Review
Extract Blu-ray Review   Extract Blu-ray Review
(Nathan M Rose)  12/31/2009 1:23 PM EDT
Ten years after showing what it is like working at a white collar-job in America, Mike Judge is back with Extract, a humorous look inside the world of blue-collar workers. Extract follows the life of the owner and employees of a flavor extract factory as they weather freakish on-the-job accidents, wacky get-rich-quick schemes, and romantic mishaps ... Read More