Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Eric English

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.

The Blind Side Theatrical Review
The Blind Side   The Blind Side Theatrical Review
(Eric English)  05/05/2010 7:54 PM EDT
Hollywood was literally hit in its "blind side" when the unassuming, rags to riches sports story "The Blind Side" was released in fall of 2009. A powerhouse, Oscar worthy performance by Sandra Bullock (Best Actress) increased the buzz surrounding the film and the demographic of people who might otherwise have skipped the film en... 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

Gran Torino Blu-ray Review
Gran Torino   Gran Torino Blu-ray Review
(Eric English)  11/11/2009 9:06 PM EDT
Retired, grisly Korean War Vet Walt Kowalski yearns to lead a simple life, with his Pabst Blue ribbon beer, old dog Daisy and working on his classic Gran Torino automobile. When gang violence threatens his Korean neighbors, Kowalski is thrown into uncomfortable territory, becoming a mentor for a young Korean boy whose gang initiation was to steal t... Read More

Adventureland Blu-ray Review
Adventureland   Adventureland Blu-ray Review
(Eric English)  08/25/2009 8:35 PM EDT
Billed as a comedy "From the director of SUPERBAD",  "Adventureland" doesn't take the gross out route with its subtle humor and is really more of a coming of age drama. If you are expecting "Van Wilder" (the movie features eternal frat boy Ryan Reynolds) or something along the lines of Judd Apatow fallace joke... Read More

Watchmen Theatrical Review
Watchmen   Watchmen Theatrical Review
(Eric English)  03/08/2009 8:34 PM EDT
An apology to the fans of the acclaimed Graphic Novel. For the uninitiated, "Watchmen" is an absolute chore to watch. Before you read any further, sorry. Nostalgia for the source material might be deep rooted, and the film may be faithful to a fault with respect to its 1986 origins. But the year is 2009 and our superheroes, and super hero... Read More

A History of Violence Blu-ray Review
A History of Violence   A History of Violence Blu-ray Review
(Eric English)  02/16/2009 7:03 PM EDT
Introduction: "A History Of Violence" from director David Cronenberg begins not far from where it ends. A disjointed yet unique take on a crime drama, the film is a worthy effort, yet fails to tie its many story lines into a cohesive whole. From the outset the tone is decidedly dark with murder being second nature and seemingly a part of ... Read More

Chuck Blu-ray Review
Chuck: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)   Chuck Blu-ray Review
(Eric English)  11/23/2008 12:00 AM EDT
Editor's Note:Non-format-specific portions of this review also appear in our DVD review of Chuck: The Complete First Season."Chuck" is a smart comedy.  In essence, a parody of the spy genre, "Chuck" knows not to take itself too seriously while at the same time delivering serious action, drama, intrigue; and at the end of th... Read More

Chuck DVD Review
Chuck: The Complete First Season   Chuck DVD Review
(Eric English)  09/15/2008 12:10 PM EDT
"Chuck" is a smart comedy.  In essence, a parody of the spy genre, "Chuck" knows not to take itself too seriously while at the same time delivering serious action, drama, intrigue; and at the end of the day, one satisfying hour of television!  A hero of the every nerd, Chuck is the regular guy next door who knows how t... Read More

The Dark Knight Theatrical Review
The Dark Knight   The Dark Knight Theatrical Review
(Eric English)  07/19/2008 2:26 PM EDT
As if you didn't already know, The much hyped sequel to the critically acclaimed reboot of the Batman franchise was released in theaters yesterday to record box office numbers (18.5 million in midnight screenings alone). While the film is entertaining and probably a better use of your money than 2 gallons of gasoline, ... Read More

Cloverfield Theatrical Review
Cloverfield   Cloverfield Theatrical Review
(Eric English)  01/20/2008 5:06 PM EDT
Cloverfield. Got your attention already, eh?  Ok we have a kick ass trailer, a big mystery about "the monster", months and month of speculation and viral marketing (slusho.com?). The web hype machine hit feverish paces over this one, and while not as big a disappointment as "Snakes On A Plane", Cloverfield simply fails to l... Read More



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