Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Roger Longenbach

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Kick-Ass 2 Theatrical Review
Kick-Ass 2 Theatrical Review   Kick-Ass 2 Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  08/16/2013 3:46 PM EST
Whenever you have a sequel to an extremely well done movie that could be a one and done story, you run the risk of ruining the first movie with a poorly executed follow-up.  That was a concern of mine, especially since Matthew Vaughn (the director of the original Kick-Ass, and X-Men First Class) was turning over the reins to  Jeffrey Wadl... Read More

A Good Day to Die Hard Blu-ray Review
A Good Day to Die Hard Blu-ray Review   A Good Day to Die Hard Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  06/12/2013 10:28 AM EST
For the fifth time since 1988, Bruce Willis has strapped on the badge of John McClain, a cop who happens to have really bad luck being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  This time, he travels to Russia in order to find his son, Jack (played by Jai Courtney).  Apparently, Jack has been estranged from the rest of the family and finally ... Read More

G.I. Joe: The Retaliation Theatrical Review
G.I. Joe: The Retaliation Theatrical Review   G.I. Joe: The Retaliation Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  03/28/2013 8:48 AM EST
Originally slated for release last summer, this movie was pulled from the schedule in order to convert to 3D – at least that was the official reason why.  At the same time additional scenes were shot in order to give Channing Tatum (who reprises his role as Duke from the first movie) more screen time.  While the reason for this is c... Read More

Hitchcock Blu-ray Review
Hitchcock Blu-ray Review   Hitchcock Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  03/26/2013 9:41 AM EST
Now available on Blu-Ray & DVD is Fox Searchlight's Academy-Award nominated film Hitchcock.  (Nominated in the Best Makeup & Hairstyling category)  It stars Anthony Hopkins in the title role, with Helen Mirren playing his wife Alma, and features Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh.  While the title is just Hitchcock, the movie ... Read More

Don Jon Theatrical Review
Don Jon Theatrical Review   Don Jon Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  03/13/2013 2:50 PM EST
Jon has a problem.  For an outsider, you wouldn't know it.  While he isn't college educated, he's got a decent job, decent apartment, he loves to keep it clean, he has a nice ride, and he's able to get any woman he wants.  But that isn't enough for him.  He is addicted to watching porn.  But that's n... Read More

Downloaded Theatrical Review
Downloaded Theatrical Review   Downloaded Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  03/12/2013 9:56 AM EST
Is sharing things with your friends legal?  Is it okay to let a friend borrow a book, a movie or a CD of yours? Normally you answer yes, it's okay to let someone borrow one of those things.  But in the digital age, can you legally share those same things?  That is a question, that while has been answered in the courts, is still ... Read More

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Theatrical Review
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Theatrical Review   The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  03/12/2013 9:38 AM EST
As the opening night headliner for SXSW 2013, this movie opened to a packed house in Austin, Texas.  The crowd laughed along with Burt Wonderstone, but it was the movie's antagonist who steals the show.  Steve Carrell plays the adult Burt Wonderstone, who was given a magic kit for his birthday (which included an instructional videotape fr... Read More

Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray Review
Monsters, Inc. 3D Blu-ray Review   Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  02/20/2013 11:13 AM EST
The next film inline for a 3D conversion from Disney/Pixar was Monsters, Inc.  It was released into theaters first back in December for a short run following the conversion from 2D to 3D.  Generally Pixar's films have translated well into 3D, considering the source material, and this release is no exception to that rule.   Monste... Read More

Taken 2 Blu-ray Review
Taken 2 Blu-ray Review   Taken 2 Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  01/16/2013 2:40 PM EST
In the first movie, Liam Neeson's character Bryan, is called into action after his daughter is kidnapped by a human trafficking ring while in France.  This movie starts exactly where the other one ended, with the father of the kidnappers from the first movie vowing revenge over his son's fresh grave.  Apparently revenge means kidn... Read More

Frankenweenie Blu-ray Review
Frankenweenie Blu-ray Review   Frankenweenie Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  01/09/2013 8:06 AM EST
Out on Disney Blu-Ray 3D is Tim Burton's latest stop motion animated film, Frankenweenie.  Born from his imagination, Frankenweenie is an updated full-length version of his short film of the same name – created at the beginning of his career shortly before he came into his own by directing Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.  The basic premise... Read More