Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Michelle Koesten

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The Best of Me Blu-ray Review
The Best of Me Blu-ray Review   The Best of Me Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  2/9/2015 12:02 PM EDT
Based on a Nicolas Sparks novel, The Best Of Me is out on Blu-ray and DVD.   Having not read any of his books, and only having seen a few of his movies, I didn't know what to expect.  A friend did say she threw the book across the room at the end, so I was a little concerned about the ending. While I am a fan of two of its s... Read More

Joy Ride 3: Road Kill Blu-ray Review
Joy Ride 3: Road Kill Blu-ray Review   Joy Ride 3: Road Kill Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  7/7/2014 9:06 AM EDT
Ah, what can I say other than I just watched another really terrible movie!  This one was just bad, bad, bad--- well, unless you're are a teenager into the horror genre. The original, which I haven't seen, or should say don't remember seeing, came out in 2001 and starred well known actors Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, and Leelee Sobieski. It was wr... Read More

Alexander Blu-ray Review
Alexander, The Ultimate Cut (10th Anniversary Edition) Blu-ray Review   Alexander Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  6/13/2014 10:15 AM EDT
Historically, most of us are familiar with the name Alexander the Great.  Having succeeded his father to the throne at age twenty, he fought battles for power and control from his Greek kingdom of Macedonia throughout Persia,  Egypt and Asia, creating one of the largest empires in ancient times.One of the latest movies about him, made by ... Read More

Notes on A Scandal Blu-ray Review
Notes on A Scandal Blu-ray Review   Notes on A Scandal Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  6/4/2014 12:11 PM EDT
Notes on a Scandal is a 2006 movie starring powerhouses Judy Dench and Cate Blanchett. The film is based on the novel, What Was She Thinking: Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller. Also starring in the film is Bill Nighy as Cate Blanchett's husband.In an age of scandal amongst teachers—think Mary Kay Letourneau and Debra Lafave—we ... Read More

Endless Love Blu-ray Review
Endless Love Blu-ray Review   Endless Love Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  5/29/2014 4:40 PM EDT
Endless Love, starring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (Carrie), is a remake of the 1981 film starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt, featuring Tom Cruise's debut, and based on the bestselling novel by Scott Spencer.The story has been told before in movies like Pretty in Pink: rich boy meets girl from the other side of the track. ... Read More

Devil's Due Blu-ray Review
Devil's Due Blu-ray Review   Devil's Due Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  5/15/2014 12:36 PM EDT
The Devil's Due, starring relatively unknowns Zach Gilford and Allison McCall, was filmed in a manner that to say the least is not my favorite—found footage. The film reminds me of Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, although it is thankfully a little less shaky than the latter. Shot on what is supposedly home video and hidde... Read More

Her Blu-ray Review
Her Blu-ray Review   Her Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  5/13/2014 11:56 AM EDT
Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, and the voice of Scarlett Johansson, is as unique as they come. The Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay, set some time in the future, emphasizes humans' disconnection with each other in a computerized society.  In the film, Theodore Twombly (Phoenix), recently separated fro... Read More

Son of Batman Blu-ray Review
Son of Batman Blu-ray Review   Son of Batman Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  5/7/2014 10:27 AM EDT
I wasn't looking forward to Son of Batman. Of course I know about Batman and have watched all the feature movies, but this was a cartoon for kids. Apparently, I was wrong on that score. This movie was definitely not like the cartoon version I remember as a kid, and it's PG-13-rating-appropriate. The style of the movie reminded me more of a ... Read More

Veronica Mars: The Movie Blu-ray Review
Veronica Mars: The Movie Blu-ray Review   Veronica Mars: The Movie Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  5/1/2014 12:05 PM EDT
For fans of Veronica Mars, the TV series about a teenage outcast and private detective, the long awaited film version of the television show was a long time coming. It had been seven years since the television show went off the air, and hungry fans who were longing for more of one of their favorite characters were given a unique opportunity to help... Read More

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-ray Review
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-ray Review   The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  4/25/2014 11:44 AM EDT
Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) has a lot of adversity in his life.  His job as a Negative Asset Manager at Life Magazine is in question, with the magazine having been taken over by new management.  They have all been told that the next issue is the final printed one.  Walter's new boss is a snarky, condescending character who delight... Read More