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.

Magnolia Blu-ray Review
Magnolia   Magnolia Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  01/19/2010 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   Book of Eli Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  01/17/2010 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   Fringe Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  01/15/2010 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   10 Things I Hate About You Blu-ray Review
(Nathan M Rose)  01/11/2010 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   Jennifer's Body Blu-ray Review
(Nathan M Rose)  01/10/2010 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   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

Falling Down Blu-ray Review
Falling Down   Falling Down Blu-ray Review
(Eric English)  12/24/2009 12:07 PM EDT
Have you ever had a bad day? Bill Foster (Michael Douglas), a laid off government defense worker, is about to embark on one of his worst. Just wanting to "Go Home" Foster (Identified by his 'D-FENS'  license plate) has had enough of the daily grind and the audience is first introduced to a character who clearly has some issues. Every... Read More

Avatar Theatrical Review
Avatar   Avatar Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/19/2009 2:30 PM EDT
It turns out you cannot count James Cameron out.  It appeared kind of telling that the trailers for the movie had to tell you who this guy was and why we should care.  The likely 20-something targets for the movie were maybe 10 when Titanic came out (2007), and think of Terminator as an ol... Read More

The Hangover DVD Review
The Hangover   The Hangover DVD Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/18/2009 12:00 AM EDT
The Hangover was an unexpectedly funny “guy” movie, featuring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, as three guys who take their friend and the groom (Justin Bartha) to Vegas for a bachelor party. However, the party goes epically wrong. When they wake up the next day, the groom is missing, the hotel is trashed in an... Read More

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Blu-ray Review
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Ultimate Edition)   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/16/2009 8:07 PM EDT
As we have almost now come to the end of the Potter films and have passed the end of the books where we learned all of the secrets, e.g. Rowling's assertion that Dumbledore was gay, we are now getting to watch the films actually come out on Blu-ray for our home collections.  The 2002 movie was the second, and thankfully last, of Chris Colu... Read More