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The Book of Life
Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 5th, 2015

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‎High quality animated films have been the norm for quite some time now; but every once in a while, a non-Disney film manages to amaze and captivate us. Fox’s The Book of Life (written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced in part by Guillermo Del Toro) was out in theaters towards the end of last year, but it made its debut among a number of other hugely anticipated films. Smallest Thumbs and I never got out to see it during its run, but we were lucky enough to be sent a copy for review. The Book of Life’s gorgeous design and amazing sense of pacing delivers a compelling story in a world where people and gods walk almost in step with each other – and where lowly mortals can still inspire their immortal counterparts. If you have not seen this wonderful film yet, we highly recommend it.

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Giveaway
The Book of Life
Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 24th, 2015

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If you missed the Twitter party for the digital release of The Book of Life (official page here), never fear! Thanks to Fox, you now have a chance to win a copy of the Blu-Ray, which is being released on January 27th! Fox had a trivia feature that they asked us to post, but we chatted with them and have agreed to shake it up a bit by seeing if you can guess the answers!

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Events
Firkin Pubs
Celebrate Release of Vikings on Home Video

By Evan Bergstra - October 15th, 2014

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Vikings, in case you’re unfamiliar with the program, is a rare example of delightfully high-profile Canadian content (Canadian-Irish if you’re splitting hairs, but it still counts). The series is a compelling bit of stylized historical fiction following the adventures, struggles and glory of a Viking farmer-warrior named Ragnar Lothbrok. Though it airs on History, it has all the sharpness, grit and production values you might expect from AMC or Showtime. I confess I’m only half-way through the first season, but so far it’s got me hooked.

The show is looking forward to a third season in 2015, but the current promotion is for the Season 2 launch on DVD and Blu-ray, which hit shelves on October 14. In celebration of the launch, the show’s marketing folks have teamed up with Firkin Pubs to dish out hearty meats in hefty servings. Last week they brought a few writers in to try the spread and I was lucky to enough to join in. I hope the photos do it justice.

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Events
Inside Firkin’ Vikings!

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 7th, 2014

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Many have heard tell the tales of Vikings, History Canada’s Vikings series. This series takes a look at the Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, and his rise from farmer to not-so-farmer/bad-ass. Well, Vikings Season Two DVD and Blu-Ray will launch on October 14 in Canada, to many raised mugs of whatever Vikings drank in the old days. Phase 4 films, in a partnership with the Firkin Group of Pubs and Inside Fitness have some fun things in store for fans.

From October 1 to November 30 of this year, The Firkin pubs will be offering customers a special Vikings menu (at all 30 locations across Ontario). Giant smoked turkey drumsticks and chipotle and beer Barbecue beef ribs will be some of the food offered on their menu – and there will be prizes to be won, too (you can find the nearest location here). On the other hand, Inside Fitness is offering its readers a chance to “Get Fit Like a Viking” (which might be tougher to do if you eat like a Viking every day at Firkin pubs). Inside Fitness’ prize pack includes a pair of Marley Liberate on-ear headphones, Universal Nutrition Animal Pack supplements, a Titin Force compression weighted system, a copy of both seasons of Vikings on DVD and a limited edition Vikings letter opener and shield pin. You can check out Inside Fitness’ page on how to win this interesting prize pack.


Reviews
Oculus
Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 30th, 2014

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Throughout the history of horrors and thrillers, reflections have had their fair share of screen time. Sometimes, reflections reveal a monster or murderer sneaking up behind an unsuspecting character, causing the audience to shout out at the screen. At other times, the lack of a character’s reflection in a mirror hints at their supernatural origin. And who can forget those movies that feature horrible creatures that are summoned through the use of a mirror? Yes, reflections have the capacity to add an extra layer of fright to almost any already tense situation. Oculus (WWE Studios, Blumhouse Productions, and Intrepid Pictures), a 2014 horror film written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard, takes a mirror, and places it squarely in the center of a twisted plot. While slow-moving at times, I found that Oculus was a clever film, pushing forth a scary idea and then wrapping around the viewer’s imagination to great effect, making it a somewhat refreshing film from a genre that seems to be filled with boring and tired movies in more recent times.

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Reviews
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 18th, 2014

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Batman: Assault on Arkham is an interesting prospect for a number of reasons. First of all, it is based (loosely) on Rocksteady’s Arkham series. Secondly, Batman isn’t really the main character. No, this film follows the misadventures of a band of criminals trying to do a job while attempting to steer clear of “the Bat”. With plenty of action, humour and a few raunchy moments, this adaptation of the “Suicide Squad” (from DC Comics’ “New 52″ series) is a lot of fun to watch. Be warned, though; this DC Universe animated original plays like a Gotham villain’s version of The Hangover – a kid’s movie this a’int.

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Reviews
The LEGO Movie Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 24th, 2014

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I’m sure the phrase “everything is awesome” will be (and is being) used to death to describe this film. While I don’t normally go in for using a single catchphrase to describe a movie, it’s hard not to in the case of The LEGO Movie. When the trailer was released some time ago, I was both excited and afraid; excited at the idea that such a movie could exist – afraid because of the possibility of failure. Smallest Thumbs and I attended the sneak preview earlier this year, and we also played the video game shortly after. To say that we were pleased with both entertainment options is the understatement of the year. The film did have a few moments of technical weirdness (that didn’t take away from the film’s greatness, for the record) – but these have all been fixed on the Blu-ray, making it a must-own movie.

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