Movie Review: Harbinger Down

Harbinger Down
Amazon Instant Video
Written and Directed by Alec Gillis
Starring Lance Henriksen, Camille Balsamo, and Matt Winston
Running Time: 82 minutes
Vertical Entertainment
Release Date: August 7, 2015

The groundbreaking French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is often attributed with the quote, “The best way to critique a movie is to make another movie.” Five years ago, the visual effects artisans at Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (a.k.a. StudioADI) were tasked with designing and constructing practical creature effects for Universal Pictures’ prequel to John Carpenter’s masterpiece of alien-infused body horror, The Thing. When studio execs took a gander at the nightmarish fusion of extraterrestrial menace and human suffering that many laborious hours of painstaking work had brought to life, they ordered the film’s release delayed nearly a year, so that the in-camera effects could be erased from existence and replaced with shiny new digital creations that lacked the love, imagination, and gallons of slime the Amalgamated Dynamics crew had devoted so much time and effort to making a reality.

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Disney In Depth: Blu-ray Review: Secret Of The Wings
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Secret of the Wings
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Directed by Peggy Holmes, Bobs Gannaway
Starring Mae Whitman, Lucy Hale, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné, Megan Hilty, Pamela Adlon, Matt Lanter, Timothy Dalton, Anjelica Huston, Debby Ryan, Angela Bartys, Grey DeLisle
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 23, 2012

Every once in a while, a critic must suck up his pride and cover a film that would have never registered on his radar. For me, that is what I experienced with the latest entry in the Disney Fairies series, Secret of the Wings. Though this Tinker Bell-themed movie presents nothing new to the direct-to-video blueprint, I must admit that this “flitterrific” film offers pleasant amusement. Let’s fly right into this review.

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Disney In Depth: Blu-ray Review: Ghosts of the Abyss
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Dive into this week’s Disney In Depth, an exploration into the documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, cementing director James Cameron as a leader in the efforts to appreciate the misfortunate vessel known as Titanic. This is deep in more ways that one (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

This 2003 feature, released in IMAX 3D, finally pulls into port. Well, rather the Blu-ray 3D (and DVD) home release port. Narrated by and featuring actor Bill Paxton, best known for his roles in adventure films Apollo 13and Titanic, serves as the audience’s captain, so to speak, on Cameron’s mission to survey the whereabouts of the illustrious ship that submerged into the depths of the North Atlantic. Paxton, recruited by Cameron to join him on the expedition led by scientists, historians, and ocean explorers, boards the ship that will take him to the site of its sinking.

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