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Clint Eastwood’s Ten Directorial Triumphs

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 - by Kyle Smith

In his eighties, Clint Eastwood directed the biggest money-maker he has ever been associated with, American Sniper. Modeling himself on his mentor Don Siegel, Eastwood gradually evolved from a meat-and-potatoes genre director to a consummate craftsman and the maker of some true artistic triumphs. Let’s look back at the ten best he’s ever helmed. 10 […]

5 Reasons Why Big Hero 6 Belongs Among The Pantheon Of Disney Classics

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

WARNING: this post contains plot spoilers! If you haven’t seen Big Hero 6, go watch it – RIGHT NOW! – and then come back to read this. I recently watched Disney’s latest Oscar-winning animated feature Big Hero 6 for the first (and second) time. I loved the film so much that I watched it twice […]

12 Signs You’ve Sought Redemption Through the Religion of Pop

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Pop culture has become as much of a religious powerhouse as Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism or any other faith. Don’t believe me? Sit in a college classroom. Better yet, attend a fan convention or simply rent the film Trekkies. Films, shows, bands, comic books and their like have become, for some, sources of spiritual nourishment. Do you […]

Second Chance for John Frankenheimer’s Seconds on Blu-Ray

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Last week, the mailman delivered an Amazon box containing the Criterion Blu-Ray edition of the 1966 John Frankenheimer movie Seconds, starring Rock Hudson. Its arrival meant I could finally retire my 1997 laser disc edition of the film, one of the last 12-inch silver discs I purchased before switching to DVDs. But first, it meant […]

Pioneer Elite SC-75 Home Theater Receiver Review

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

I distinctly remember two mile markers on the road to my obsession with home theater. The first was a 1987 article in Billboard magazine exploring the continuing popularity, against all odds, of the 12-inch laser disc format with movie collectors. The article mentioned an obscure California firm called “The Criterion Collection” that was selling Blade […]

The 5 Most Surprising Movie Adaptations

Friday, May 10th, 2013 - by Hannah Sternberg

The critics are chattering about Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated The Great Gatsby. They fall into two camps: those who watched the movie for itself, and those who closely compared it to the book. Even though I appreciate F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal work, I’ll be going to the theater as a member of the first camp. Adaptations […]

TUESDAY NEW RELEASES: Dropkick Murphys and Twenty One Pilots Begin 2013′s Rocking Start

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 - by Jonathan Sanders

As if one needed further proof of a downward-trending music industry, Adele’s 21 became the first album of the Soundscan era to lead all album sales two years running. In other words, nothing released during all of 2012 could unseat an album released in the first month of 2011. All that with Adele sidelined by […]

A Premium Rush of New Blu-Ray and DVD Releases Leads Final Week Before Christmas

Monday, December 17th, 2012 - by Jonathan Sanders

The music industry’s annual holiday shuttering begins this week. Sure, Motorhead and Rush will battle on the reissue front, with a few other albums from smaller labels looking to pick up a few end-of-year sales, including a hip-hop concept album from Atlanta-based rapper T.I. Beyond that, the labels count on catalog sales carrying the remainder […]

TUESDAY NEW RELEASES: Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox Challenges Third Serving of Green Day This Year

Monday, December 10th, 2012 - by Jonathan Sanders

With two weeks remaining before the entertainment industry’s end-of-year Christmas shutdown, Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox should dominate its competition, though Green Day hopes Tre! also delivers their three-album experiment from the arms of commercial failure. Elsewhere, Lifehouse’s Almeria and Boys Meets Girls’ Crazy World look to make waves from the relative shadows. With Grammy nominations […]

TUESDAY NEW RELEASES: Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire Set to Ignite the Post-Thanksgiving Lull

Monday, November 26th, 2012 - by Jonathan Sanders

Tuesday New Releases in Music A few big albums remain unreleased in the run-up to Christmas, but this week the industry still recovers from its post-Black Friday hangover. So Alicia Keys offers the only major-label new release of note this week, with Girl on Fire set for a strong debut. Dig a little deeper and […]

TUESDAY NEW RELEASES: Detroit Rock City: Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul vs Uncle Kracker’s Midnight Special

Monday, November 19th, 2012 - by Jonathan Sanders

This week fans of OneRepublic regret that the band’s Native won’t arrive until at least 2013 after yet another delay. But in the lead-up to Black Friday plenty of new music still hits the shelves this week. Kid Rock will battle his protégé and former DJ Uncle Kracker, while Rihanna hopes her sales will come […]

TUESDAY NEW RELEASES: The Rolling Stones’ Grrr vs. Every Beatles Album Ever Made

Monday, November 12th, 2012 - by Jonathan Sanders

This week’s release schedule had more than its share of shake-ups, as One Republic’s Native shifted to next week, and 50 Cent’s Street King Immortal slouches its way to 2013. With Taylor Swift’s Red set for a third consecutive week atop the charts, does a surprise hit rest among the remaining 2012 releases? Green Day […]

TUESDAY NEW RELEASES: Aerosmith Goes Multi-Dimensional, Third Day Prays for a Miracle

Monday, November 5th, 2012 - by Jonathan Sanders

Tuesday New Releases in Music According to early predictions from Billboard (the final charts aren’t out until Wednesday) Taylor Swift will dominate the charts yet again this week, with even a weakened Red proving too much for her challengers. Tuesday’s release schedule features tougher competition as Aerosmith mounts its long-awaited comeback against competition from Ne […]

TUESDAY NEW RELEASES: Seeing Red, Taylor Swift Plots Chart Domination

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 - by Jonathan Sanders

Contrary to expectations, Jason Aldean’s Night Train looks to be a Mumford-slayer when this week’s Billboard 200 is updated later this week. Estimates suggest the new album will break 400,000 and easily dominate last week’s slate of new releases. He won’t get much time to enjoy his first-ever No. 1 album, however, as this week’s […]

TUESDAY NEW RELEASES: A Fine Frenzy in the Shadow of Mumford

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 - by Jonathan Sanders

With so much new music, movies, and technology available on a weekly basis, even the most plugged-in people find it difficult to find the truly interesting products. Here at PJ Lifestyle we’re all about keeping it simple. Check in each Tuesday for information about current album and DVD/BluRay releases, along with hot new technology and […]

VIDEO: Deleted Scene From The Avengers

Monday, August 20th, 2012 - by Duane Lester

In this deleted scene, Bruce Banner chats with a security officer about the depth of his character. Spinoff Online writes: The clip expands on the sequence in which the Hulk plummets from the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier into an old factory, and Banner awakens amid a pile of rubble to be greeted by an unfazed security guard […]

Why an Evil Jew in Act of Valor?

Friday, August 10th, 2012 - by Andrew Klavan

A reader in Amsterdam wrote to remonstrate with me because my positive review of the film Act of Valor ignored the evil Jew character and thus missed the film’s anti-Semitic message. This is a fair criticism: I meant to mention this scene but, having thought it through to my own satisfaction, neglected to include my […]

The Intense Warrior Ethos of Act of Valor

Friday, August 3rd, 2012 - by Andrew Klavan

  I finally got to see Act of Valor the other day. This, of course, is the Navy Seal action film that stars actual Navy Seals. It’s good! An exciting action yarn with a very intense feel to it. The acting, of course, isn’t first rate, but it’s not bad at all and doesn’t get […]

Safe House: Post-American American Pop Culture

Saturday, July 14th, 2012 - by Andrew Klavan

[This post contains spoilers to Safe House and Three Days of the Condor.] In Safe House, Denzel Washington plays a super-spy traitor on the run from a team of killers. In U.S. custody, he becomes the charge, enemy and mentor of as-spy-ring spy Ryan Reynolds. As crappy, mindless entertainment, the movie succeeds on all fronts: […]

Ice Age 4: A Floe Too Far

Friday, July 13th, 2012 - by Tom Neven

We go to movies presumably to enjoy a good story. Yes, the writing is important, as are the acting, cinematography, score, set design — all the myriad things that must work together in service of the story. They are but tools intended for a larger purpose. Of course, too often one or more tools fail […]

An Indulgent 10 Disc Boxset: Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Do you suppose that they pulled a George Lucas and went back and made stupid changes to all the movies? Probably not.

Best Picture Winner The Artist Out on Blu Ray Today

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle News

Among the special features: Sony Pictures’ Blu-ray presents the film in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio, alongside bonus supplements including four featurettes covering the costumes, cinematography, production design and composition in the film. Other behind-the-scenes featurettes include The Artist: The Making of an American Romance, Hollywood as a Character: The Locations of The Artist, a […]

Liam Neeson is Badass in The Grey

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 - by Andrew Klavan

A group of tough guys led by Liam Neeson plane-crash in the frozen wastes of Alaska and have to try to make their way back to civilization while being harried by a pack of vicious wolves. Let me be honest, there’s virtually no way they could make this movie so I wouldn’t enjoy it. They […]

Harold and Maude Joins The Criterion Collection on Blu-Ray

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Harold and Maude (1971) – The Criterion Collection. June 12 DISC FEATURES New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition Optional remastered uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition New audio commentary by Hal Ashby biographer Nick Dawson and producer Charles B. Mulvehill Illustrated audio excerpts from seminars by Ashby and writer-producer […]