Challengers (2024) [Blu-Ray/Digital]

Now Available from Warner Home Entertainment.

Luca Guadagnino is a talented filmmaker, one that knows how to handle genre films well, but so far he feels so out of his element with “Challengers.” For all intents and purposes, “Challengers” is a very good movie, it’s just so ill fitted for Guadagnino’s abilities as he struggles between directing a film that bounces back and forth between dark suspense and darkly comedic drama. “Challengers” is a lot of ways about the passion of sports and the lengths we’re willing to go through to remain married to it, even when our prime has passed. “Challengers” isn’t so much a love triangle, as it is a dark drama about three people willing to be as cut throat as possible to remain in the game.

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The Death Tour (2024) [Slamdance 2024]

The Slamdance Film Festival runs Digitally and In-Person from January 19th to January 28th.

Directors Stephan Peterson and Sonya Ballantyne’s documentary is probably one of the most important and meaningful documentaries about the art of pro wrestling ever released. It’s a movie just not about the love and sacrifice for the art form, but also a documentary about the marginalized and how more and more the indigenous community is quietly being pushed out off the edges of Canada and being transformed in to a sea of blank and forgotten people. Stephan Peterson and Sonya Ballantyne chronicle the weeks long tour across Manitoba known as “The Death Tour” where a group of pro wrestlers visit various indigenous and small communities in the dead of winter to perform for children and families.

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The Iron Claw (2023)

Allegedly writer and director Sean Durkin had to water down the story of the Von Erich family because he didn’t think audiences would fully buy or comprehend such misery could befall one family in reality. For those that are in the know, they understand the all too heartbreaking tale of the Von Erich family and their wrestling dynasty. While they and many blame the alleged “curse,” what ultimately tainted them and their success was a combination of toxic masculinity, a seemingly relentless father who demanded too much from men that were ultimately human, and a profession that is still notorious for its high mortality rate, and ability to destroy its performers time and time again.

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The Boys in the Boat (2023)

There’s a moment before the big race in the finale of “The Boys in the Boat” where the American team are waiting to enter and they come across Jessie Owens. Owens, being the only black character who appears a total of twenty seconds, confirms that he hopes he is “the fastest man alive” when they ask him. “You gonna race for Germany and give Hitler what for?” they ask salivating, “No, I’m gonna do it for America.” They all give each other bewildered looks (Him America not like Our America? Nuh uh!) pretty much perpetuating the sheer tone deafness of George Clooney’s latest film.

His movie almost always finds an interesting angle and point to go in and then veers off the track colliding in to sheer nothingness.

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You Have to See This! Shredder Orpheus (1989)

Now Available at Vinegar Syndrome.

The best way to summarize “Shredder Orpheus” is if “Gleaming the Cube” and “Videodrome” had a torrid violent, sexual love affair while high on shrooms that projected new wave music videos in to their brains, all the while the pair ended their rendezvous with a round of skateboarding. Courtesy of Boom! Cult and AGFA, Robert McGinley’s VHS SOV genre film is simultaneously oddly entertaining but also incredibly mind numbing. It’s a dystopian tale that seems to be working toward some kind of coherency at times, but occasionally gives up in exchange of using the budget to showcase skateboarding. In lieu of story there are just aimless scenes of people skateboarding.

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“Airborne” at 30: Still The Fantastic 90’s Bonanza

In the 1990’s everything was “Extreme” or “Mega.” Everything had to be what with the introduction of things like X Games, which gave way to a huge tidal wave of things that were more adrenaline fueled, faster, and often times advertised “This isn’t your daddy’s:” Insert product here. Along with the sports being more extreme, the movies were more extreme, and the 1990’s carried over the skateboard generation from the 1980’s. Where the massive influx of skateboard movies permeated cult cinema, the 1990’s were where there were even more efforts to integrate it in to mainstream cinema. While it didn’t quite succeed (we did get “Brink!”, I guess), we did manage to get great films like my childhood favorite “Airborne.”

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Every Bugs Bunny Ever: Baseball Bugs (1946)

2023 marks the 85th Anniversary of Bug Bunny’s first animated appearance in 1938’s “Porky’s Hare Hunt.” Debuting originally as Happy Rabbit, Bugs eventually became one of the most iconic animated characters of all time. In honor of the landmark anniversary, we’re discussing every animated appearance by Bugs Bunny. We’re big fans of Bugsy and we hope that you are, too.

Follow us on this massive journey where we discover and re-discover Every Bugs Bunny Ever.

Baseball Bugs (1946)
Directed by Chuck Jones
Written by Tedd Pierce
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by Ken Harris

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The Gas House Gorillas are a bunch of no neck bullies and probably one of best from Bugs bunny’s villain gallery. Before Michael Jordan turned them in to basketball players, for years the Looney Tunes were associated with baseball and the Gashouse Gorillas were typically their enemies. The Gas House Gorillas were basically the Monstars before the Monstars ever arrived, except they didn’t get by with goofy sports steroids, they were huge lugs with the tendency to cheat and use their size to bully others.

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