Randall Unger

Staff Writer

A product of the 1980s, his first cinematic experience was seeing Ghostbusters II with his parents at the tender age of 4. His favorite movies include the Back to the Future TrilogyJurassic Park, Batman and Glengarry Glen Ross. Tom Hanks is his idol and his second home is Comic Con.



Leave This Horror "Under the Bed" and Forget It Review

Horror movies these days tend to rely on two major elements: sudden loud crashing noises and extreme gore. Both of these cheap tricks are what modern horror films rely on and it’s pretty sad that creativity and actual suspense have been thrown out the window. The latest low-budget “fright fest” Under the Bed is just another example of contemporary horror gone terribly wrong.

The film focuses on troubled teen Neal Hausman (Jonny Weston), who has just returned home after two years staying at his aunt’s. He was believed to be the reason why his old house burned down, taking the life of his mother. Neal comes home to a bitter father with a new wife and his younger brother Paulie (Gattlin Griffin) who seems to be the only person who understands Neal and vice versa. When Neal was younger, he was terrorized by a monster under his bed. Recently, Paulie has been harassed by the same monster and now that Neal is home, the two brothers decide to team up to finally stop the creature.

Aug
06
2013
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Classic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Prove They've Still Got the Turtle Power Review

In 1984, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book debuted and it eventually snowballed into a media franchise known the world over. With the comic book gaining a strong following, it was only logical that an animated series followed and it did (though it would be far more child-friendly than the comic). In 1987, TMNT premiered in syndication and it was a huge hit. Saturday mornings were presented with a new animated series that young audiences just ate up.

For those of you unfamiliar with TMNT, the story is quite simple. Four little turtles living in the New York City sewer system are exposed to radioactive waste and become man-sized ku-fu savvy crimefighters. They have a man-sized rat for a sensei and they patrol the streets of New York ridding the city of evil. Oh, and for some reason they seem to really like pizza. They also have a human ally in the form of the voluptuous TV news reporter April O’Neil.

Aug
04
2013
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Kids Won't Care About the Flaws in the Simple, Harmless Fun of "Turtle's Tale 2" Review

In the last decade or so, the computer-animated film category has grown and grown. Film companies like Pixar and Dreamworks are the leaders when it comes to computer-animated cuteness but there tend to be smaller films out there that also get squeezed out. A Turtle’s Tale 2: Sammy’s Escape from Paradise is one such film and the results are actually kind of charming.

The film follows Sammy and Ray, two turtles who end up trapped in a restaurant/aquarium called “The Tank”. Once inside, they must find a way out out so that they can reunite with their grandchildren Ricky and Ella. While inside The Tank, they meet colorful characters and embark on an exciting adventure.

Jul
12
2013
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"Escape from Planet Earth" Burns Up in the Atmosphere Review

It seems that this day and age, voice-acting attracts the cream of the Hollywood crop. In the past decade or so, many notable actors have lent their oratory talent to animated feature films, and in so doing their status as actors is no longer limited to what they look like but to what they sound like as well. Escape from Planet Earth is a recent 3D computer-animated adventure film which contains a pretty impressive roster of voice actors. That is perhaps the film’s only strength. Well, that and the lovely animation because the story is somewhat lacking.

Jun
20
2013
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"Touched By An Angel" Delivers An Unfiltered Dose Of Wholesomeness Review

The subject of of God is a tricky one. You never know when you’re going to insult someone with your religious or spiritual viewpoints. The syrupy show Touched by an Angel is basically about the existence of a higher power and three humanoid angels sent by God to intervene when problems arise. It is a thought-provoking show which tackled some tough issues but each episode always ended the same way, positively. The seventh season is now out on DVD and for fans of both the series and family-friendly entertainment in general may rejoice.

The premise of Touched by an Angel is simple. It is about three angels, Monica (Roma Downey), Tess (Della Reese) and Andrew (John Dye), who travel to Earth to help guide troubled individuals on Earth. A moral is taught with each episode as the main character of each episode struggles to make a tough life decision. The angels then swoop in to make sure the characters make the right choice.

Jun
03
2013
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It's Amazing To See "Earth From Space" Review

PBS is known the world over for providing its viewers with quality, though-provoking and engaging programming. The documentary NOVA: Earth from Space continues this noble trend as it explores the nature of our planet from fascinating new angles and with a clean and very rich Blu-ray transfer, PBS has once again outdone themselves.

NOVA: Earth from Space takes the viewer on a truly breathtaking journey. Through the scientific genius of NASA, this documentary takes pictures of our planet and presents its data and findings in a way that will definitely grab you. Life is examined through NASA’s satellites and the many processes of the planet are put under a very powerful lens.

Jun
03
2013
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Aussie Comedy "Not Suitable for Children" Doesn't Have Much to Offer Adults Either Review

Australian cinema is a rather curious thing. The folks in the land down under have a particularly interesting sense of humor. They seem to tackle somewhat taboo issues with a wit that is both fresh and captivating. One such film, Not Suitable for Children deals with cancer and the idea of parenthood. True Blood hunk Ryan Kwanten stars in this offbeat and somewhat original film which will both entertain and arouse.

Jonah (Kwanten) is on top of the world. He lives in a party house with two friends, Gus (Ryan Corr) and Stevie (Sarah Snook). He has random hook ups and leads a life of very little responsibility. That is until one random female notices a curious lump on one of Jonah’s testicles. Now, facing testicular cancer, Jonah tries to freeze his genetic material but that idea fizzles. He then has just four weeks to get a girl pregnant otherwise, his seed will never be sewn.

May
31
2013
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Reminisce with the First Two Seasons of "Friends" Review

They said “they’d be there for you” and here they are on dazzling Blu-ray. Friends is a timeless sitcom that entertained and lasted a solid decade on NBC. The entire series delighted audiences for ten seasons and then some, syndication, DVD and now, Blu-ray. The show was and will always be known as one of the funniest and most charming sitcoms of all time and now, for purposes of this review, seasons one and two will be discussed.

For those living under a rock, Friends follows six young and likable individuals in New York City as they face everything life throws their way. The diverse and charismatic cast includes David Schwimmer who plays Ross Geller, a nerdy paleontologist who struggles with a lifelong crush on former ditz, trying to get her life together Rachel Green played by Jennifer Aniston. There’s a pre-plastic surgery Courteney Cox who plays obsessive compulsive neat freak and Ross’ sister, Monica Geller. Matthew Perry keeps things light and fun as the comedic Chandler Bing. There’s hippie-ish Phoebe Buffay played very well by Lisa Kudrow and lastly, there’s pretty boy, dimwit Joey Tribbiani played humorously by Matt LeBlanc. Together, these six formed a strong group of, well, friends.

May
23
2013
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Keanu Reeves's Career Continues to Stammer in "Generation Um..." Review

Remember Keanu Reeves? He used to be a popular actor who made his name in basically every film genre. From the Bill and Ted movies to Speed to The Matrix, the man was certainly a bankable film star. Unfortunately, in the last decade or so, he has experienced something of a decline in the quality of his roles. The worst came in 2008 with the dismal The Day the Earth Stood Still remake. Mr. Reeves had made a career relying on his wooden persona but this was just the worst. Similar criticism can be said for Generation Um..., an independent cinematic mess and his latest debacle now out in a limited theatrical release and on Video on demand (VOD).

May
20
2013
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Tarantino's "Django Unchained" Freely Entertains and Thrills Review

Quentin Tarantino is one of today’s most intriguing filmmakers. His films contain some of the most disturbing and most hilarious things moviegoers will see. This has been the case since his first film Reservoir Dogs twenty years ago. Violence, mayhem, sexy women and a quirky sense of humor are what usually comprise a Tarantino film. His latest feature Django Unchained features more of the same but this time, presented in a crazy western package. The film is an insane mix of wild western action and dark, tongue-in-cheek humor.

Apr
24
2013
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What's Worse Than House Arrest? "House Arrest" Review

It really is sad that with this day and age comes truly pathetic cinematic garbage such as House Arrest. Not to be confused with the delightful 1996 family comedy of the same name, 2012’s House Arrest is a horrendous “comedy” that should never have been made. The whole production wreaks of low budget and low talent. There is really nothing good about this disaster of a film.

The story revolves around Chanel (Stacey Dash), a spoiled gold-digger and absentee mom. Her boo DeAndre played by rapper The Game gives her everything, that is until he’s arrested for a robbery. Chanel is also suspected to be involved and is sentenced to house arrest. Once confined to her home, she learns new things about herself and her family.

Apr
17
2013
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Sixth Time's The Charm For "Family Ties" Review

The 80s were a great time for television. Family sitcoms in particular dominated the many channels’ lineups. One such family was the Keatons and they had welcome home in the popular NBC show Family Ties. The program was your typical half hour romp with smart writing and strong performances. The show lasted a respectable seven seasons and for purposes of this review, emphasis shall be placed on the season six DVD.

Family Ties revolves around a pretty typical family in the 1980s. Elyse (Meredith Baxter) and Steven Keaton (Michael Gross) are former hippies who are now married. They have an eclectic group of kids in conservative Alex (Michael J. Fox), ditzy Mallory (Justine Bateman), sarcastic Jennifer (Tina Yothers) and cute as a button youngin Andrew (Brian Bonsall). Every episode focuses on a particular problem and by the end of the episode is usually solved unless it’s a cliffhanger.

Apr
15
2013
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Do You Need A Reason To Head Back To "The Sandlot"? Review

“You’re killin’ me, Smalls.” That phrase echoes in memories of many people who grew up in the 1990s. It is a quote from one of cinema history’s greatest sports comedies. That comedy of course is 1993’s The Sandlot now celebrating its 20th anniversary on dazzling Blu-ray. All the fun, laughter and excitement can be experienced again and again this time in crystal-clear high definition.

For those who aren’t familiar with the film, it takes place in a California suburb during the summer of 1962 and revolves around Scott “Scotty” Smalls. Played by Tom Guiry (Mystic River), Smalls is a young boy who has recently moved to the neighborhood with his mother and stepfather. While there, he befriends a group of other young boys who play baseball in an abandoned lot named, you guessed it: “The Sandlot”. All is well until they hit a baseball into a nearby backyard where a very large and very intimidating dog resides.

Apr
15
2013
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"Zeroes" Adds Up To Nothing Review

Sci-fi comedies these days are a tricky thing to pull off. Filmmaking conventions such as story and direction are what truly make any film either a success or a failure. The lackluster indie comedy Super Zeroes tries to be quirky and fun but sadly does not compare to other supernatural comedies of today. It’s just 90 minutes of failed jokes and an uninteresting plot. This lame film has now been released along with its equally lame soundtrack.

Ty (Reece Thompson) and Cody (Blaise Miller) own a Porta Potty business in a small country town. They are considered losers by most of the town and their lives are literally in the crapper. That is until an asteroid crashes into their house one night and they start to develop strange superpowers like turning water into beer. Their dopey friend Teet (Travis Nicholson) is also affected and the three of them must deal with their new found powers along with the town’s bullies.

Apr
08
2013
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"Jersey Shore": A Long, Occasionally Entertaining, National Nightmare Comes To An End Review

Forgettaboutit! Jersey Shore has come and gone. Like all “great” things, the show had to eventually come to an end. The popular reality show lasted an admirable six seasons and MTV audiences were both treated and disgusted by drama, drinking and nonstop hook-ups. The sixth and final season is now out on DVD so you can relive the cringe-worthy moments over and over again.

If you aren’t familiar with the show, Jersey Shore follows a group of young, attractive and fairly rambunctious individuals. They reside in a summer house in the very popular Seaside Heights area of New Jersey. The group consists of Mike “The Situation”, DJ Pauly D, Vinny, Ronnie, Sammie “Sweetheart”, Deena, JWoww and last but not least, Snooki. Together, these party animals drink, fight and “smoosh” aka have sex.

Apr
06
2013
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"Flat" Is A Little Too Aptly Named Review

Documentaries are a type of film that reveal intriguing topics and educate the masses. They are the motion picture equivalent of a text book and they sometimes manage to grab the viewer’s attention. Israeli filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger (The Komediant) has delved deep into his family’s history in his eye-opening documentary The Flat, a film that is beautifully shot and narrated in a lovely manner.

The Flat follows Goldfinger as he cleans out his late grandmother Gerda Tuchler’s apartment only to find out that she and her husband were close friends with Leopold von Mildenstein, a high-ranking Nazi official. With this surprising news, Goldfinger attempts to learn more by interviewing relatives and family friends.

Apr
05
2013
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"Wrong" Is So, So Right Review

The relationship between man and dog is a fascinating one. Canines are man’s best friend and when something drastic happens that comes between both species, decisive action must be taken. This is the premise of the very weird indy comedy Wrong which tells a very simple story in a very bizarre and somewhat confusing way. Filmmaker/musician Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Steak) has put together a film that will not only entertain but will leave you scratching your head and wanting more.

Mar
31
2013
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"Phineas And Ferb" Deliver The Laughs Review

In Disney’s never-ending quest to entertain and delight young audiences as well as adults, they usually succeed in their mission. From feature films, television shows to theme parks, they sure know how to bring smiles to people’s faces. Phineas and Ferb is a program which has a welcome spot in the Disney Channel’s lineup. It is a charming program which may annoy at first but after a while will secure a place in ones’ heart. A DVD has been released Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files - Animal Agents and contains 12 fun-filled episodes.

Mar
27
2013
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"Hitchcock" Does The Old Man Justice Review

“Good evening.” No one has ever uttered those two words with more class than the late great Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Back in the early days of film, he was the “Master of Suspense”, having churned out many cinematic classics. His legacy is one that will be remembered forever and the film Hitchcock details the director’s quest in getting the original slasher film Psycho made. Sir Anthony Hopkins is transformed into Hitchcock and the results are average to good.

Hitchcock follows the famed filmmaker in his tireless personal mission to make Psycho, one his most famous pictures. Partnered with his wife Alma Reville (Dame Helen Mirren), the two do all they can to make Psycho a reality. No one will back the film and the two Hitchcock's use their own money to get the horror film made.

Mar
26
2013
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PBS Remembers the "Pioneers of Television" Review

Television is a medium that has grown and endured for many decades. People switch on their tubes and entertainment and information radiate from this seemingly magical box. PBS has put together a wonderful program which details the history of television, the shows and the actors who have made it all possible. Season three of Pioneers of Television is now available on DVD and if you want to learn about TV in an interesting light then this is the program for you.

Pioneers of Television: Season Three is a two-disc set which gives viewers an in depth look into some of TV’s landmark shows and moments. There are four episodes in this DVD set and they are Funny Ladies, Superheroes, Primetime Soaps and lastly Miniseries. Each of these episodes are intriguing and will leave you with a little bit of knowledge. There are interviews and archival footage which comprise the program.

Mar
16
2013
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