DVD Review: "Femme Fatales: Season One" Review - A Blend of Erotica & Film Noir

By Jamie Ruby

Femme Fatales: Season OneFemme Fatales: The Complete First Season

The Cinemax adult series Femme Fatales blends film noir, erotica, and variety of other genres. Each episode gives you something different.

Season one is full of mostly standalone episodes, with the exception of two two-parters, one being the season finale. The overall theme of the show seems to be revenge by women who have been done wrong. Each episode opens with Tanit Phoenix as Lilith (sometimes after the opening teaser), sort of reminiscent of Tales from the Crypt, talking about what's to come during the episode.

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DVD Review: "Ruby Sparks"

By Jamie Ruby

Ruby SparksRuby Sparks stars Paul Dano as Calvin Weir-Fields, a struggling novelist who after finding fame as a teenager, now has writers' block. To kickstart his creativity, his therapist (Elliot Gould) tells him he should write about someone who would love his dog the way he is, timid and slobbery. So Calvin starts writing about a young woman, Ruby Sparks, and unwittingly ends up falling in love with her, which he thinks is a problem, because she's not real.

The more he writes, the more real she becomes, until her underthings start showing up and he sees her in his apartment. He freaks out, assuming he's had some kind of mental breakdown, but soon realizes that other people can see her too, and that he controls her with his writing.

The film is in much part about loving someone for who they are and accepting all their faults. Calvin learns that trying to change someone can have costs, as the more he controls her, the less she is the woman he fell in love with, and that love is often complicated, but that's what makes it real.

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DVD Review: "Touch: The Complete First Season" Comes to DVD

TouchTouch follows widower Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) and his mute and autistic son, Jake (David Mazouz). Bohm struggles to raise and communicate with his son, who has run away from school multiple times. He finds out that Jake is actually a genius, who sees the world in patterns of numbers, and with those numbers can predict certain future events.

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DVD Review: "The Raven:" Underwhelming, but Worth the Watch

The RavenThe Raven, set in the mid-1800s in Baltimore, is a fictional account of the last few days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, and what could have transpired. Don't let the title fool you; however, the film is not about his poem, nor even the bird. A serial killer is murdering people in ways that come from the pages of Poe's works, such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue, which starts the story.

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DVD Review: "Bones" Season 7

BonesSeason six of Bones left the audience with quite a shocker, which revealed that Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) was pregnant with Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz)'s child. Up until this point, a big part of the show was about the sexual tension between them, and it was never known to the audience that the two were a couple. Season seven deals with the aftermath of Brennan's reveal as well as her pregnancy and Christine's birth. The season also deals with them moving in together, and their compromises on providing for their child (Brennan is rich and wants to give the baby everything, which causes some disagreements).

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"Snow White and the Huntsman:" Visually Stunning

Snow White and the HuntsmanSnow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron, comes to Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday.

The film follows Snow White (Stewart), who after her mother has died and Evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) has married and killed her father, is put in a cell and left in the dungeon. As in the original Snow White tale, the queen asks the mirror (Christopher Obi) who is the fairest, and as Snow White is now of age, he says that Snow White is now the fairest. The mirror also tells her that Snow White is the key to her immortality, so the queen sends for her to be killed, and once she escapes the castle, sends the Huntsman (Hemsworth) after her.

Before I go into reviewing the storyline of the film I want to start with the look, because for me, that's what I will remember most. Visually the film was absolutely breathtaking in many of the scenes. From the grand sets of the castle and the Dark Forest, to the visual effects of the fairies, to the animation of the "obsidian shards," it really was a beautiful film.

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"Decoy Bride" - DVD/Blu-Ray Review

By Jamie Ruby

Decoy BrideKatie (Kelly MacDonald), the only single woman left on the small Scottish island of Hegg, lives a boring life with her sick mother. All that changes when the island is visited by famous movie star Lara Tyler (Alice Eve) and British author James Arber (David Tennant), as they come to the remote location after their first wedding attempt was botched by the paparazzi. The island was chosen because James previously described the castle where they would be married and the island in his novel - in gross exaggeration. Lara's assistants work feverishly to transform an entire castle to be perfect for the bride, as well as take precautions to keep the press at bay.

When it's apparent that the press cannot be so easily swayed, the assistants decide to find a decoy bride.

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"Some Guy Who Kills People" - DVD Review

Some Guy Who Kills PeopleWhen I first received the DVD to review, I wasn't sure what to think with it's title, but don't let that deter you. In retrospect, the title actually fits the mood of the film.

Some Guy Who Kills People
is partially a horror movie - it does have murder and blood and guts - but it's also a great character driven story. The star of the film is Kevin Corrigan, who plays the character of Ken Boyd. Boyd is 34 and still living at home with his mother (Karen Black), working as an ice cream parlor attendant. Boyd is very quiet and withdrawn - he's returned from a mental institution after severe mental trauma from being beaten and tortured by a group of high school kids. He releases tension by his comic art, where he can live out his dark fantasies of revenge.

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"Hell on Wheels" - Season 1 DVD/Blu-Ray Review

By Jamie Ruby

Hell on WheelsAMC's Hell on Wheels takes place in the traveling town of Hell on Wheels after the Civil War, during the Union Pacific's construction of the first transcontinental railroad. The show follows former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon, who is out for revenge to find the Union soldier who killed his wife.

The series does a great job of chronicling the way of life after the civil war. It feels true to life and does not shy away from atrocities like the treatment of the newly emancipated African-Americans, or the whore houses and the way women in general were treated at the time, or the brutality of the Indians and what our nation took from them. It really pulls you into the time period and makes you feel like you have been transported there.

It's easy to see that a lot of research was done and care was taken to get the gritty look of the show, from the fully constructed town to the blood and dirt caked wardrobe. If you like historical features, that is one thing the series brings to the table in spades. Hell on Wheels tries to stay true to the events and conditions of the time. The scale of everything feels like a mini movie from week to week.

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DVD Review: Teen Wolf: The Complete Season One

By Jamie Ruby

Teen WolfThe Story

When I originally heard that MTV was remaking Teen Wolf, I didn't know what to think. I was glad that the series would be a drama rather than a campy comedy like its predecessor; I don't think that would work very well with today's teen audience.

When it comes to what I watch, I love science fiction, the supernatural, and all that goes with it, including werewolves. I was afraid, however, that created as a show for teens, it might not appeal to an older audience as well. I was glad to be wrong.

The series does have the teenage drama and angst, don't get me wrong, but I didn't feel that it catered only to teen fangirls. It isn't all sappy romance, but thankfully isn't either only about controlling the wolf. It has something for everybody.

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