By Rob Hunter
Plus 9 More New Releases to Watch This Week on Blu-ray/DVD!
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Pick of the Week
My Blue Heaven [Warner Archive]
What is it? An FBI agent and the mobster he's placed in witness protection form a wacky friendship.
Why see it? Directed by Herbert Ross (Steel Magnolias), written by Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle), and starring two comedy legends in Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, this is a film of simple joys and easy-going pleasures. The filmmakers deliver a quick-moving comedy with humorous situations and funny one-liners, and the cast breathes life into characters more familiar to drama/suspense films. Martin lands comfortably in his role as the heavily-accented mobster, and Moranis reminds us why we miss his presence in movies so damn much. Joan Cusack adds some laughs too, and while the film goes maybe a bot too broad at times in its comedy the talents involved make it work.
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: None]
Barton Fink [KL Studio Classics]
What is it? A successful East coast playwright is wooed to Hollywood to work in the pictures, and he just may live to regret it.
Why see it? The Coen brothers' fourth feature is a blackly comic and occasionally surreal look at the experience of working in Hollywood, and while they'd tackle the subject again a quarter century later in Hail, Caesar! this remains the more adventurous and ultimately satisfying of the two. It's very funny thanks to both its sharp dialogue and killer performances from lead John Turturro and supporting players John Goodman, Michael Lerner, and more. Goodman's third act hallway scene is just as thrilling and chilling as it was in 1991, and the film's themes regarding inspiration, self value, and the creation of art are every bit as biting.
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: Interviews, deleted scenes]
What is it? A small film crew heads to a remote rental house to shoot a film, but not everyone is on the same page.
Why see it? There are some familiar faces here including Tom Savini and Joe Pilato, and along with John Harrison they convince as a crew whose efforts to make a horror movie go slightly off the rails. The plot takes some familiar turns — familiar now, but fresh then — but it remains compelling in its ingenuity. This low budget and far ahead of its time thriller from 1980 was rescued from obscurity in 2005 by Synapse Films, and now the folks at AGFA have enhanced its new lease on life even further with a new 4K scan. (Check out my more in-depth look at the film and Blu-ray here.)
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: 4K remaster, documentary, short films, commentary]
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 [4K Ultra HD]
What is it? Everyone's favorite galactic guardians see their newfound fame attract the attention of someone very close to one of them.
Why see it? James Gunn's sci-fi/comic blockbusters still feel slightly removed from the Marvel universe (although expect that to change with Thor: Ragnarok), but that doesn't impede the entertainment value overflowing from the frames. This sequel is a bigger, better follow up that delivers big laughs and action while also looking inward for its narrative focus. Adding Kurt Russell in a major role is its biggest stroke of genius though, and he delivers in a role requiring heart, humor, and power. The needle drops are numerous, but like Atomic Blonde they add to the environment and atmosphere as oppose to distract from it. The film looks fantastic and sharp no matter how you watch it, but its newness and quality CG make it a showstopper in 4K.
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: Music video, deleted scenes, gag reel, making of, commentary]
Ash vs the Evil Dead – Season 2
What is it? Ash's fight to save the world and defeat the undead continues.
Why see it? I still lean more Evil Dead 2013 than The Evil Dead 1981 — I prefer the pure horror to the slapstick — but it's near impossible to go wrong with Bruce Campbell period, let alone in his most famous role as the chainsaw-wielding Ash. He's just an endlessly charismatic and appealing performer, and season two sees him continuing to cut loose and cut flesh. The carnage remains both plentiful and sometimes marred by obvious CG, and the comedy frequently undercuts the more serious turns, but it's a fun, mindless romp all the same and appeals to fans of Sam Raimi's original trilogy.
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: Featurettes, commentaries]
Daredevil – The Complete Second Season
What is it? Justice is blind, and so is this lawyer.
Why see it? Netflix's first series entry into the world of Marvel found success in its first season by being “new” and featuring a charismatic villain brought to life by Vincent D'Onofrio. Season two manages half of that with the presence of The Punisher (Jon Bernthal), but other aspects do grow tiresome at times. There's a lot of punching for example. A lot. Of punching. Charlie Cox is still fun in the lead, and Elodie Yung is terrific, but they're balanced out by the eternally obnoxious Foggy Nelson. I know, some of you love the guy, but no. There's no doubt the show would benefit from shorter seasons, but all of that said it's still a simple, often entertaining entry in Marvel's TV canon.
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: None]
Jessica Jones – The Complete First Season
What is it? A private eye with superhuman abilities struggles with an abusive ex.
Why see it? This Krysten Ritter-headlined series is the most critically-acclaimed of Netflix's Marvel shows, and on the one hand it deserves that praise for moving beyond the typical storylines and dealing with some real world issues, albeit in metaphorical terms. For me though the show stumbles in the area where Daredevil succeeds… its villain. David Tennant is fine, but “mind control” is a device of lazy writers. It removes agency and responsibility from characters, and that in turn removes dramatic stakes and effectiveness. I know I'm in the minority here, but this main narrative left me completely detached from the events and characters.
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: None]
What is it? A skilled pilot endures a dangerous mission only to return to a world changed in drastic ways.
Why see it? There's a nifty little sci-fi tale at the heart of this film involving an alternate Earth, and the story explores some interesting ideas regarding resources and the callousness in which society mines them. Dan Stevens is solid in the lead too delivering a strong performance in moments both calm and deadly. The film's biggest hurdle though is in its decision to film large chunks in first-person POV. The cynical reason is that it saved them having to pay Stevens as he's not required beyond voice talent, but even as a narrative device it adds next to nothing and instead feels like it's aiming for a video game aesthetic for some reason. Still, it's a fun enough genre diversion.
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: Featurette, commentary]
Lucifer – The Complete Second Season
What is it? Lucifer grows bored of hell and moves to Los Angeles where he starts solving crimes. Obviously.
Why see it? The devil is a fascinating character outside of the bible as his (and sometimes her) appearance in the modern world typically promises a wealth of fun interactions and commentary on humanity. (Glen Duncan's same-titled novel is a terrific example.) This Fox show is a goofy take on that theme — did I mention Lucifer teams with a hot detective lady to solve crimes? — but it never fails to deliver on its premise and promise of silly shenanigans. As diversions go you could do far, far worse.
[DVD extras: Featurettes, gag reel, deleted scenes]
Supergirl – The Complete Second Season
What is it? You'll believe a girl can fly.
Why see it? Marvel's slowly catching up, but DC's female superhero game is currently far stronger. This fledgling series isn't on par with the big screen's Wonder Woman, but it has its own smaller charms. They're somewhat minimal for outsiders though, ie those of us who aren't heavy into the comics world. Similar to DC's Legends of Tomorrow, it maybe leans a bit too silly at times for the dramatic beats it's also trying to hit — as compared to something like Lucifer above that never really aims for anything too serious — but for fans the balance may be perfectly fine.
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: Featurettes, commentary]
Also out this week:
Blast, The Love of a Woman [Arrow Academy], The Mourning Forest, La Poison [Criterion], Sid & Nancy [Criterion], The Walking Dead – The Complete Seventh Season, Whale Rider [Shout Select]
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Jennifer Winget and Sehban Azmi are going to be a part of an upcoming TV show Adhura Alvida.
Jennifer Winget is currently working for Sony Television's daily soap ‘Beyhadh' which is being immensely loved by the audience. The intriguing plot of the show and the twists have maintained the interest of the viewers in the show. People also love watching the sizzling chemistry between Maya (Jennifer Winget) and Arjun (Kushal Tandon). And its popularity is just increasing day by day.
Probably that is the reason why the show has got an extension and will continue to entertain its fans at least in the near future. It was initially started off as a finite series, which was supposed to go off-air very soon. But thanks to the fans and the popularity of the show, the channel has decided to extend it.
But the channel Colors has also announced a new show with Jennifer. The actress is going to play the female lead in an upcoming TV show Adhura Alvida. The male leads of the daily soap will be Sehban Azmi and Harshad Chopra.
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— JenniferWingetTeam (@JenWingetTeam) August 20, 2017
It is being reported that Jennifer will be seen romancing both the actors on the show. And we already have a glimpse of the sizzling chemistry that Jennifer and Sehban will be sharing with each other.
The daily soap Adhura Alvida is rumoured to be based on the Bollywood film Kati Patang. It is being reported that in the show, Sehban will initially play Jennifer's husband, and later die. And this is when Harshad will be seen paired with the actress.
With such a sizzling snap we can't wait for the show to get aired on the television!
Talking about Beyhadh, the fans can enjoy the show till October now.
I'm glad to see that Sarah Hyland is finally starting to get the hang of this whole hot nobody thing and really committing to the Instagram hottie lifestyle: posting videos from the gym, posting cleavage shots before, after and during her workout. She even came up with a genius new idea: the bikini gym workout. I'm just so proud. …Pride's one of the emotions you feel in your pants, right? Either way, I'm feeling a lot of whatever you call it.
Make meaning, not money. At first glance, this doesn't sound like a viable way to find a career. But today's generation would literally take a pay cut for a job that gives them purpose. Meaningful work has replaced the dollar sign as the number one criteria for job satisfaction.
Fortunately, you don't need to forgo a steady paycheck to find meaning in your job; you just need to join a company that understands the importance of a purpose-driven culture.
Here are three quick tips to get you started.
1. Do your research
In the midst of a job hunt, it can be tempting to jump on the first offer you get, especially if you're fresh out of college or a high-profile company is knocking on the door. But pedigree doesn't always equate to a healthy corporate culture. If you allow yourself to be wooed by empty perks, you might be back to the job board sooner than you thought.
To find the right culture for you, do your research — and never accept a job until you know what the company stands for. Read reviews online (websites like Glassdoor are a good place to start) and check out their social media accounts. This will give you a clear idea of how they treat their employees and what the business acts like in real life.At the end of the day, finding sense of purpose is personal and truly comes from within.
2. Have a reverse interview
Job interviews can be intimidating and uncomfortable. But between the nerves and sweaty palms, most applicants overlook the fact that interviews are a major opportunity to leverage facetime, and are a chance to interview the company, too.
Employers use interviews to learn more about potential hires and their skills, motivations and objectives. All too often it's a one-sided scenario where the applicant is pressured to practically beg for a job! But before you sign on the dotted line, shouldn't you have access to the same information? When it's time for your interview, go in prepared with questions about the company's values, priorities and culture.
3. Define your personal values — and find a company to match
At the end of the day, finding sense of purpose is personal and truly comes from within. No matter how hard you try, you'll never find meaning with a company that doesn't share your values. The best way to cultivate meaning at work is to find a team who shares your passions.
Determine your core values by asking yourself what qualities are important to you — in your life, your relationships, and your career. And then (here's the kicker), don't compromise. You wouldn't stay friends with someone who made you feel inadequate or talked behind your back — so don't work for a company or with co-workers like that, either.
A job that forces you to go against what you believe in isn't a job worth having. And people who work for a company that's aligned with their values are happier and more engaged. When everyone is working together as a part of a bigger movement, that's when the true meaning behind your work will shine through.Follow HuffPost Canada Blogs on Facebook
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 has rocked up on disc this week, taking you back to writer/director James Gunn's wild dimension of space opera fused with an array of jukebox classics. Music plays a bigger role in this movie than most – composer Tyler Bates had to boldly go above and beyond for Marvel's unique comic book franchise, as this revealing interview explains…
THN: As with the first film, the soundtrack for GOTG Vol. 2 was composed before the shoot, which is an approach I've never heard of before. Where did the inspiration for this come from?
Tyler Bates: Well there was plenty of music in post production but over the years James Gunn and I have known each other. Our working relationship began on Slither and we'd discussed working in this fashion, more like Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. By the time we got to Super there was time for us to conceptualize the music before he shot the film and after we had that experience on Guardians 1 he wanted to go deeper in that direction.
What was the atmosphere like on set with the music… I presume you were there watching?
The funny thing was I wasn't there till he had me visit the set on the first Guardians. They'd already been shooting to the score. So he put me in the movie for fun as a Ravager, I was in make up and all that. I was walking with the actors into a scene and they were cranking Cherry Bomb over the PA… and I really felt how the music contextualized the moment and the sentiment of the moment. Chris Pratt elaborated on how much the score centred him and his character, therefore on the second one they gave the actors ear buds to listen to the music while they filmed. They digitally removed the buds. For instance, the Celestial Catch scenes with Kurt Russell and Chris… several scenes like that were composed in advance.
How does working with James Gunn compare to playing with Marilyn Manson?
They're very different people but also both are highly intelligent. I've always known that James was brilliant and would go on to make a significant movie in Hollywood. I think what each of them do is bring out the best in me as an artist. That's what I'm seeking mostly with my collaborators. With Manson I have a great deal of creative freedom. With James, because we develop ideas for the script as opposed to a literal picture, initially the language of the movie as far as Guardians is concerned is really a conversation between us, as opposed to referencing something that already exists.
Have you spoken to Marilyn Manson about appearing in Guardians…?
(Laughs) I don't think that James or Disney would be 100% comfortable with it. I'm sure Manson would love to be the villain in a Marvel movie. He told me he's very interested in doing more acting.
Is it easier scoring a sequel because the music is already established or harder because it has to sound fresh?
I think it's more difficult. Going into it I thought: “We got through that first one, that was tough!” Working with James is tough, his standards are very high because he needs to make the best possible movie he can. He's making movies that are performing historically high at the box office, so the expectation for a second film is even greater. It's about raising the bar and seeing what we can do to deliver a greater story, deeper emotion, more fun and more entertainment value to the audience. Obviously you have to take a look at what has been established and feel good that the basic language of this world is created, but we're going to have to expand upon it and delve into new territory. Hopefully if we do another one together we'll come up with some surprises for ourselves and the fans.
Is there a character you especially enjoy writing music for, from Guardians or other films?
Regarding GOTG, Peter Quill is a character I identify with a lot. Not because I think I'm like him but he relates to emotions in his life through the music his mother passed onto him. I share a very similar history with my mother, who died when I was young. Her passion for music definitely inspired me and thankfully she really opened my mind to many different styles and genres. Long before I knew it, she was probably preparing me for life as a collaborator and producer.
Speaking of collaborations I notice on your CV that you've worked with William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist, among others). What was it like scoring Killer Joe?
(Laughs) I love Billy. We had a very interesting onset to our relationship because the producers actually brought me into that movie. I was not his choice initially and so he beta-tested me quite a bit. I think he appreciated the fact that I was not flappable and I maintained a sense of humour about our working together and at some point we gave into each other and connected. I had a terrific time on Killer Joe. It was daunting, you know the first meeting I had with him he explained the history of The Exorcist music and that he threw out Bernard Herrmann's score and then threw out Lalo Schifrin's before he found Tubular Bells. So it was a tall order but I felt really good about it because it was always interesting and he's such an intelligent person. It was like being in film school. It was pretty extraordinary actually.
What can you tell me about Atomic Blonde…?
That movie is one of the very best I have ever worked on. It's so good. David Leitch is just gonna have a monster career. The film is set in the 1980s and it really was open to creating an impressionistic style of music that might live in that era but also be contemporary. It's fun, it's not the most bold or forward score that I've ever done but I really do like it and I was happy to be able to produce songs with Manson for the soundtrack.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is out now on the home formats.
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If you've ever muttered the words "I'm too old for this s---," you're not alone. A new survey finds job satisfaction declines with age.
The survey from human resources firm Robert Half looked at 24,000 employees in eight countries, and found that a wide gap in happiness with work among those below age 35 and those above.
Only about 8 per cent of those aged 18 to 34 reported being unhappy with their job, while for those aged 35 and over, that number doubled to 16 per cent.
Cary Cooper, a workplace researcher at Manchester Business School, says people's attitudes towards work often change in their thirties, when they assess their careers and shift their priorities.
"There comes a time when either you haven't achieved success, work has burned you out, or lived experience tells you family is more important," Cooper told Bloomberg.
"You ask yourself, 'What am I doing this for?'"
Unhappiness among older workers could pose a problem for businesses.
"Most business leaders acknowledge that workplace happiness has a tangible impact on productivity and profitability," Robert Half UK senior managing director Phil Sheridan said in the survey.
"Happy employees tend to be more engaged, loyal, creative and productive than their less-satisfied counterparts."
The survey cited research from Warwick University showing that happy employees are some 12 per cent more productive than unhappy ones. It noted that a Gallup survey showed engaged employees are 21 per cent more productive than non-engaged ones.
"Employees that are aged over 35 have valuable experience that the whole organization can learn and benefit from," Sheridan said in a statement quoted at Business Insider.
"It's important that their happiness is not neglected, so businesses need to take the time to invest in their staff at all levels."
What makes employees happy changes with time. For those aged 18 to 34, feeling appreciated for the work they do was the largest driver of happiness.
For those aged 35 to 54, pride in their organization was the top driver of happiness, while for those aged 55 and over, it was being treated with fairness and respect.
Happiness also varies depending on the size of the organization, the survey found. The happiest workers are at organizations of 100 to 249 employees, scoring 70.7 out of 100.
The least happy workers are found in organizations of 10,000 or more people, scoring 62.5 out of 100.
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