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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Icon Vs. Icon’s Top Films of 2017

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Icon Vs. Icon’s Top Films of 2017

Hey, check it out, another “Top Films Of 2017” list! As I’m sure you’re sick of reading these, I decided to change things up a bit. First, “Get Out” is not on this list! I love “Get Out”, everyone does. I’ve been talking about this film since February and I’m sick of talking about it! It’s fantastic, great social commentary, and I can’t wait to see what Jordan Peele does next. Second, I did not get to see every film I wanted to this year. I’m a College Student completing my Teaching Certification, I wish I had more time to catch every film I wanted to. A few movies I wish I had seen before compiling this list are “My Friend Dahmer, “The Shape of Water”, “The Lure”, “The Greatest Showman”, “Raw”, and “Tragedy Girls”. So, with all of that out of the way, please enjoy my “Top 5 Films Of 2017”.

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

A sequel to the greatest action film of the past decade? I’m in! John Wick 2 takes all of the excitement of the first film and turns it up to 11. This time around the hunter has become the hunted. Wick, unwillingly returns to the seedy assassin underworld only to discover he’s being hunted by the top agents within the local area. I love the fact that we’re exploring the lore of this series. It would’ve been so easy to just do a complete retread of the first film, and just put Wick on another revenge mission. Instead, we dive deeper into the world and discover how it truly works. John Wick: Chapter 2 is definitely my favorite action film of the year!

‘Kong: Skull Island’

This is a film I’m seeing constantly looked over in “Best Of” lists. I just don’t get it, we’ve received two great films in this new “Kaiju Franchise” and both of them have been overlooked. What is really great about this film is that it’s a war film disguised as a “King Kong” movie. You’ve got all the beats of the old Vietnam films right down to the Crazy General in Samuel Jackson. Don’t forget the incredible colors and visuals. As I stated in my full review, this movie was as colorful as “Suicide Squad” should have been. If you want a great “Kong” film without the usual, “woman and ape fall in love” storyline, this is for you.

‘IT’

This and “Get Out” were the two most talked about horror films of the year; rightfully so. While this King adaptation takes many liberties with it’s source material, it still created a world that I wanted to know more about. The town of Derry, and it’s history are fascinating. The kids reminded me of the friends I had when growing up. Skarsgård’s performance of “Pennywise” was both enticing and chilling. I know a lot of people harped on the constant use of CGI, however, it wasn’t enough to distract me from a great film. Definitely looking forward to the follow up.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Listen, I’m gonna be straight up, unless a Star Wars movie is really bad then there’s a good chance that I’m going to love it. It’s a series that I hold near and dear to my heart. As for this entry, it’s torn the fan base completely apart. I, for one, enjoy the new direction the series is going. Without getting into spoilers, this entry changed things in a way that will make the future of the series that much more interesting. I enjoy seeing the old characters again, and I love the new characters being introduced and elaborated upon. As we’ve discussed here at Icon Vs Icon, try to remember that this is a kid’s movie. All of the Star Wars films were made for kids. Everything in every Star Wars film was put there to sell toys. It just so happens that there is a great story underneath. Try not to take things too seriously, these films were always campy.

‘The Devil’s Candy’

Anyone who follows Icon Vs Icon knows my absolute love with this movie. It’s dark, hard-hitting, and it’s use of music is fantastic. Heavy metal is a driving force for this film, and it’s use should be held right up there with the use of music in “Baby Driver”. Now, if anyone has made a huge comeback it’s Ethan Emery. From “Cheap Thrills” to this, things are looking incredibly bright for this fantastic actor. The movie itself has the ability to make me cringe without the use of over the top gore and there’s plenty of “Woah, they went there” moments. It’s not a film for everyone, but if you’re a horror fan, this is the film I recommend to you.

2017’s Honorable Mentions:

• ‘Baby Driver’
• ’68 Kill’
• ‘Get Out’
• ‘A Dark Song’
• ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’
• ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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‘The Lego® Batman Movie’ Springs Into Action On Blu-Ray This June!

‘The Lego® Batman Movie’ Springs Into Action On Blu-Ray This June!

Bring home the year’s funniest family adventure when “The LEGO® Batman Movie,” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The film features Will Arnett who reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie,” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne.

The film also features Zach Galifianakis (the “Hangover” films, “Muppets Most Wanted”) starring as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.

The LEGO Batman Movie” is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Roy Lee, who worked together on “The LEGO Movie.” Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Will Allegra and Brad Lewis serve as executive producers. The story by Seth Grahame-Smith is based on LEGO Construction Toys characters from DC and the screenplay is written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and John Whittington.

The LEGO Batman Movie” will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and 2-disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc of the film in high definition, and a digital version of the film in Digital HD with UltraViolet*.The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own “The LEGO Batman Movie” via purchase from digital retailers beginning May 19.

Additionally, all of the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, new original shorts, featurettes, deleted scenes and 360° videos, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When purchased digitally and redeemed on UltraViolet, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Blu-ray discs of “The LEGO Batman Movie” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment. 

SYNOPSIS: In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—LEGO Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. 

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

The LEGO Batman Movie Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • Original Animation Shorts

o   Dark Hoser

o   Batman is Just Not That Into You

o   Cooking with Alfred

o   Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?

  • The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes

o   One Brick at a Time: Making the Lego Batman Movie

o   Inside Wayne Manor

o   Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman

o   Behind the Brick

o   Me and My Mini Fig

o   Comic Con Panel

  • Rebrick Contest Winners
  • Film Trailers
  • Lego Life Trailer
  • Social Promos

o   Follow Me Online

o   Don’t Skip

o   Happy Holidays Jingle

o   Batsby New Year’s

o   Team Cutdown

  • Director and Crew Commentary

 

The LEGO Batman MovieStandard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Original Animation Shorts

o   Dark Hoser

o   Batman is Just Not That Into You

o   Cooking with Alfred

o   Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?

  • The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes

o   One Brick at a Time: Making the Lego Batman Movie

o   Inside Wayne Manor

o   Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman

o   Behind the Brick

o   Me and My Mini Fig

o   Comic Con Panel

  • Rebrick Contest Winners
  • Film Trailers
  • Lego Life Trailer
  • Social Promos

o   Follow Me Online

o   Don’t Skip

o   Happy Holidays Jingle

o   Batsby New Year’s

o   Team Cutdown

  • Director and Crew Commentary

 

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On May 19, “The LEGO Batman Movie” will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Fandango Now, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. It will also be available for streaming in 4K Ultra HD from select digital retailers including Vudu and Google Play. On June 13, “The LEGO Batman Movie” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET

*Digital HD with UltraViolet allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital HD with UltraViolet is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD with UltraViolet allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Fandango Now, Vudu and more. For more information on compatible devices go to wb.com/ultravioletdevices. Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.

 

BASICS 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

Ultra HD Blu-ray                                                                    $44.95

3D Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                         $44.95

Blu-ray                                                                                    $35.99

2-disc DVD Special Edition                                                   $28.98

Standard Street Date: June 13, 2017

EST Street Date: May 19, 2017

DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French

BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese

Running Time: 104 minutes

Rating: Rated PG for rude humor and some action

Dolby Atmos®

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