Nick’s Picks – July 2, 2014

FREE DVD GIVEAWAY

Vendetta Ghost Goodnight Lane

We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of Vendetta and Ghost of Goodnight Lane, it is really easy!  All you have to do is send me an email at HoustonMovieGuy@gmail.com.  The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!

 

VENDETTA – Inception

When dishonorably discharged, former special ops interrogation officer Jimmy Vickers (Danny Dyer) learns his parents have been mercilessly slaughtered after an attempted robbery gone wrong, he sets out to exact revenge on his parents’ killers. Using his military training, he tracks down the gang responsible and administers his own chillingly brutal justice. Now, Vickers must stay two steps ahead of the police who are closing in on the case. With his old, military unit also on his trail, he must evade capture long enough to complete his gruesome crusade.

 

GHOST OF GOODNIGHT LANE – Inception

The line between film-making and reality blurs when a resentful ghost takes over a film production office… In a Dallas film studio the actors and crew of a horror film become the victims of their own bloody horror story. One by one, they are killed off by a vengeful ghost who seems to be re-enacting some of the scariest moments in the history of film. As the director and his pretty actresses begin to piece together a forty year old puzzle, it may be too late for them all. The key to their freedom is held by a creepy old woman who reveals a murder mystery with a shocking and sinister twist.

 

SCAVENGER KILLERS – Midnight Releasing

Bonnie and Clyde are reinvented in Scavenger Killers, where a charming judge and a hot criminal defense attorney go on a maniacal, random killing rampage. With bizarre, yet somehow believable, FBI agents on the hunt, the deranged duo amp up their rampage, never murdering with the same method but always with same untamed ferocity.

 

AFFLICTED – Sony

This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Winner: Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror), Best Director (Horror) at Fantastic Fest, and recipient of awards of recognition from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. Afflicted is one of the most suspenseful and original action horror debuts in a generation.

 

MONSTERS HIGH DOUBLE FEATURE – Universal

It’s time to “fang out” with your favorite ghoulfriends in this frightfully fabulous double feature straight from the latest scare-mester at Monster High! Everyone’s ready for some monstrous fun in the sun during spring break in Escape from Skull Shores. But when they find themselves shipwrecked on a totally strange island, Frankie Stein is taken by a mysterious Beast… who may just need a little rescuing of his own! Then it’s time to pull together all the student bodies when a meddling normie tries to drive a stake into the imperfectly perfect harmony of Monster High in Fright On! It’s up to Frankie Stein, Clawdeen Wolf, Draculauraand their fangtastic friends to prove that the culture clash of Fur and Fang is no longer an issue for this scary-cool student body!

 

INFLICTION – Virgil Films

Feature film director Jack Thomas Smith’s current project he calls “Infliction” is the actual assembled footage taken from the cameras belonging to two brothers, who documented a murder spree in North Carolina in 2011. The footage reveals in disturbing detail their actions and motives. It details the effects of people’s actions or inactions and its long-term effects on other’s lives. “Infliction” presents in cold detail a hard look at the blurred line between society’s criminals and victims.

 

THE LEGEND OF KORRA BOOK 2: Spirits – Nickelodeon

Building upon an already densely layered mythology, The Legend of Korra ventures deeper into the realm of imagination during its exciting two-part finale, titled ‘Darkness Falls’ and ‘Light in the Dark.’ With 10,000 years of darkness at stake, Korra must face her toughest opponent yet.

 

GOOD SAM – Olive Films

Gary Cooper fills the screen with his generosity in this lighthearted comedy about a good Samaritan whose good deeds seldom go unpunished. Virtuous and helpful in all instances, Sam puts himself and his family in hot water again and again as he tries to right the wrongs of the world. Sam’s wife’s (Ann Sheridan) personal virtue is her patience with her incurably optimistic husband–until finally things go too far.

 

OPERATION PETTICOAT – Olive Films

Cary Grant and Tony Curtis ship out for laughs and adventure in one of the most hilarious comedies to ever hit the high seas. Commander Matt Sherman (Grant) has his toughest assignment yet – to put a broken sardine can of a submarine back into action. Enter supply officer Nick Holden (Curtis), a master scavenger with the (illegal) means to get the Sea Tiger purring – or at least afloat. But after the rescue of five stranded (and beautiful) nurses, the grey, battle-scarred sub has suddenly transformed into a pink, party-ready hot tub. Now there’s only one course of action Sherman and his men can take – surrender!

 

STEPHEN HAWKING’S GRAND DESIGN – Cinedigm

Is the apparent grand design of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion or does science offer another explanation? Delve into the mind of Stephen Hawking as he attempts to answer some of life s biggest questions. Is there a god? What is the meaning of life? And why does the universe exist? From Newton s discovery of gravity to the latest advances in quantum physics, Hawking will explore some fascinating territory with his famous fearless zeal. Regardless of whether you agree with all of his theories, prepare your mind to be blown or at least bent as you spend more than two hours with one of the most notorious minds on earth.

 

SPIRAL: Season 4 – MHZ Networks

The Parisian police and lawyers return for a fourth series of the acclaimed and riveting crime drama. Police Captain Laure Berthaud and her lieutenants, Gilou and Tintin, investigate when a student is abandoned by his accomplices in a forest near Paris after being blown asunder by their homemade bomb. Lawyer Joséphine Karlsson is getting herself into dangerous waters defending undocumented immigrants; her colleague, Pierre Clément, surprisingly finds himself representing crime boss, Johnny Jorkal; while Judge Roban returns to the Palais De Justice, sidelined and on the warpath. As the story unfolds to reveal a group of extremists intent on waging a war against the Parisian Gendarmerie and a dangerous arms-trafficking operation, the police and the lawyers begin to turn on each other in another tense and gripping series.

 

ARNE DAHL: Season 1 – MHZ Networks

The Blinded Man: Three Swedish financiers are murdered as the killer surprises the victims in their homes and shoots each of them with two bullets to the head. Police quickly set up a special unit under the leadership of a senior Detective, Jenny Hultin, who hand-picks six police officers from across the country, forming the so-called A-group…

Bad Blood: An American serial killer is on board a plane from New York to Stockholm. With great urgency A-group try to locate this passenger before Sweden inadvertently imports him. The killer’s methods are blood-thirsty and can be traced back to the Vietnam War…

To the Top of the Mountain: A Swedish family are on a road-trip in the Austrian Alps, when suddenly their car violently explodes. The man, his wife and their baby are killed instantly. The case ties directly with the A-group. The man killed was a policeman working undercover in Rajko Nedics organization…

Many Waters: A police officer shoots and kills an African immigrant who is going to be deported from Sweden. Kerstin Holm is assigned the task of interviewing the police officer, who turns out to be her ex-boyfriend, Dag Lundmark. During a break in the interview, Lundmark disappears without a trace…

Europa Blues: A balmy summer night. The stillness is broken when a Jewish neuroscientist is found strung up by his feet above a grave in Stockholm. Meanwhile, a ca…Arne Dahl (Complete Season 1) – 5-DVD Set ( Arne Dahl: Misterioso / Arne Dahl: Ont blod / Arne Dahl: Upp till toppen av berget / Arne Dahl: De största vatten / Arne Dahl: Europa.

 

UNNI LINDELL: Set 1 – MHZ Networks

In this series based on the popular crime novels by prolific Norwegian author Unni Lindell, middle-aged detective Cato Isaksen (Reidar Sørensen) performs superbly at work while his personal life, on a good day, resembles barely-managed chaos. Careening between significant others and keeping up with three young sons by two different mothers, Cato tries his best to do right by all the players. It’s a tug between family obligations and his all-consuming job as a homicide detective for the city of Oslo, although a few of his challenges at work are self-created. His abrasive manner and single-minded determination put him in conflict with superiors who seem more interested in meeting budgets than in solving crimes. Cato’s crack team of cops are all used to his quirks: his wisecracking lieutenant Roger Høibakk, the brilliant and intuitive Randi Johansen, and the solid and dependable veteran Asle Tengs. Investigations take him the length and breadth of Oslo: from the magnificent fjords and spectacular mountains surrounding the city, to the darkest backstreets of the Norwegian capital. To get relief from the job, Cato finds solace in time alone with his faithful cat, Marmalade, and grows to cherish the time spent with his children – even if he does keep canceling family vacations on account of work!

The Snake Bearer – Cato investigates the death of an Oslo man found stabbed in his apartment. The murder has striking similarities to a previous, unsolved case. When an accomplished composer is stabbed in his home, it looks as if a serial killer is on the loose.

The Dream Catcher – A 19-year-old girl is found drowned in Oslo harbor, and someone has been secretly filming the victim’s sister and her roommates. Cato learns that his son knew the girls, but he refuses to cooperate with the investigation.

The Mourning Cloak – A young mother is found murdered in her home. A few days later her son disappears, and Cato discovers the victim’s childhood friend has been missing for over a year. The investigation leads to a body in a swamp and dark childhood secrets.

 

UNNI LINDELL: Set 2 – MHZ Networks

In this series based on the popular crime novels by prolific Norwegian author Unni Lindell, middle-aged detective Cato Isaksen (Reidar Sørensen) performs superbly at work while his personal life, on a good day, resembles barely-managed chaos. Careening between significant others and keeping up with three young sons by two different mothers, Cato tries his best to do right by all the players. It’s a tug between family obligations and his all-consuming job as a homicide detective for the city of Oslo, although a few of his challenges at work are self-created. His abrasive manner and single-minded determination put him in conflict with superiors who seem more interested in meeting budgets than in solving crimes. Cato’s crack team of cops are all used to his quirks: his wisecracking lieutenant Roger Høibakk, the brilliant and intuitive Randi Johansen, and the solid and dependable veteran Asle Tengs. Investigations take him the length and breadth of Oslo: from the magnificent fjords and spectacular mountains surrounding the city, to the darkest backstreets of the Norwegian capital. To get relief from the job, Cato finds solace in time alone with his faithful cat, Marmalade, and grows to cherish the time spent with his children – even if he does keep canceling family vacations on account of work!

 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: The Good, The Bad & Casey Jones – Nickelodeon

Hitting the shelves today is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with this new Casey Jones-titled entry. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles easily remains one of the most enjoyable cartoons on television today, and this DVD release is a testament to its continued strong quality. The plot continues to unravel in the second season, as the Turtles not only scramble to recover more missing canisters of ooze, but deal with some new revelations and the addition of Casey Jones to their crime-fighting crew. Plus, the awesome Rat King returns and we get another look at Metalhead. Overall, some pretty nifty events.

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