Blu Tuesday: Hell or High Water and More

Every Tuesday, I review the newest Blu-ray releases and let you know whether they’re worth buying, renting or skipping, along with a breakdown of the included extras. If you see something you like, click on the cover art to purchase the Blu-ray from Amazon, and be sure to share each week’s column on social media with your friends.

“Hell or High Water”

WHAT: When a divorced father (Chris Pine) desperate to provide for his two sons learns that the bank is going to foreclose on his family’s ranch, he teams up with his ex-con brother (Ben Foster) to pull off a series of robberies at the bank’s various branches across Texas. Hot on their trail is Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges), an aging lawman who would rather go down in a blaze of glory than be forced into retirement.

WHY: For as old-fashioned as “Hell or High Water” feels at times, it’s a movie that deals with some incredibly timely themes, especially in a post-election America still reeling from the last economic depression. Following his little-seen 2013 gem “Starred Up,” director David Mackenzie delivers yet another engaging family-centric story (based on a script by “Sicario” writer Taylor Sheridan) that excels in its simplicity. It’s gorgeously shot, displaying both the beauty and sadness of its picturesque landscape, and features a trio of excellent performances by Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges. Nobody does unhinged quite like Foster, and this is easily Pine’s best work in years, but the movie ultimately belongs to Bridges, who’s devilishly funny as the veteran Texas Ranger, trading affectionately racist barbs with his Mexican/Native American partner played by Gil Birmingham. Though the film follows a pretty standard cops-and-robbers formula, it does so with such razor-sharp proficiency and well-drawn characters that it succeeds not just as a terrific genre film but a modern American classic in the same vein as “No Country for Old Men.”

EXTRAS: There’s a trio of featurettes on the characters, performances and visual style of the movie, footage from the red carpet premiere and a filmmaker Q&A.

FINAL VERDICT: BUY

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Where to Find Car Parts and Accessories

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You might find yourself in a situation where you need to buy a specific part or accessory for your car. If this is the case, there are many places you can choose from to buy these things. However, not all of these auto part and accessory retailers are the same. In fact, they can differ quite dramatically in a variety of ways. You owe it to yourself to do some research in order to find the auto part that you need at the most affordable price. Here are a few tips that will allow you to find a good auto part and accessory retailer.

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From Model to Actress, Melissa Bolona

This wee,k we focus on the talents by the of Connecticut-born, Los Angeles/New York City-based actress Melissa Bolona. As you can see from the bikini video above, this lovely model can rock a swimsuit, and you’ll see she’s a talented actress as well.

Melissa Bolona is one of Hollywood’s rising stars to keep a close on eye on. After strictly focusing her multifaceted career goals on the direct lane of acting, Melissa is now ready to take her career to the next level with an excited list of featured films she will be starring in.

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No Thanks, Thanksgiving: Why isn’t there a “classic” Thanksgiving film?

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The holidays will soon be upon us, and with them come all sorts of rituals and traditions in which families and individuals participate. Pop culture is a part of many of these time-honored acts, with people popping in their favorite holiday films and music to get them properly in the mood. And while there is a bevy of winter holiday film classics to choose from, why isn’t there a go-to Thanksgiving film? The day itself is rife with comic and dramatic possibilities, metaphors revolving around family or tradition, but there isn’t as deep a list of Thanksgiving films when compared to Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day or even Fourth of July.

When asking people about their favorite Christmas films, there’s a wide host of answers, from “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas Story,” to alternative offerings like “Die Hard” and “Gremlins.” Heck, there’s even a whole subgenre of horror films set around Christmas like “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” “To All a Goodnight,” “Krampus” and “Black Christmas,” among many others. But when thinking about films that people watch during the Thanksgiving season, that number dries up pretty quickly. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is probably the closest to a “classic” film for the holiday, but even that really doesn’t deal with Thanksgiving at all (it culminates in attending the meal) and instead is more about holiday travel.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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Hyundai dealers in various states have started selling the manufacturer’s first ever electric cars. The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is available with a plug-in hybrid battery or an electric drive battery. The car is approximately the same size as the Elantra and shares some traits with Hyundai’s mainstream compact car. We can definitely see some identical marks on both cars, but the Hyundai Ioniq has more aluminum parts. For instance, the hood, tailgate and floorpan are similar, which helps accommodate various battery packs. We saw that the bodywork, as well as the structures, were unique on both cars.

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