Chaz Lipp

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Chaz Lipp
Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics.org since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear it or not).


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Articles From Chaz Lipp
Friday Mar 24, 2017 15:00 AM ET
There's a lot going on - maybe too much - in Ben Affleck's flawed but watchable gangster epic, his fourth directorial effort.
Tuesday Mar 21, 2017 00:00 AM ET
Except for one unfortunate decision that has absolutely nothing to do with the music itself, the latest 'Archive Collection' is quite arguably the best yet.
Monday Mar 20, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Writer-director Mike Mills received a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for writing this coming-of-age tale. Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning deliver standout performances.
Thursday Mar 16, 2017 25:00 AM ET
Based on the true-life story of gay porn producer Bryan Kocis, this thriller stars Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, and James Franco.
Wednesday Mar 15, 2017 05:00 AM ET
A romance released in 1979 under an alternate title ('Head Over Heels') that stars John Heard and Mary Beth Hurt debuts on Blu-ray.
Wednesday Mar 15, 2017 15:00 AM ET
The 56th Disney animated feature doesn't have the right stuff to be a classic, but kids'll enjoy it and there's plenty of cool extras on the new Blu-ray edition.
Monday Mar 13, 2017 50:00 AM ET
A disturbing examination of post-traumatic stress disorder told in non-linear fashion. Boasts an outstanding performance by Shia LaBeouf.
Friday Mar 3, 2017 05:00 AM ET
Certainly a respectable effort from writer-director Barry Jenkins, 2016's Best Picture winner is rich in atmosphere and evocative visuals but ultimately lacking in character development.
Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 05:00 AM ET
Made by men, about men this emotional soaper might've benefited from a more gender-balanced approach. Still, the acting is uniformly excellent.
Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Nominated for six Academy Awards, director Mel Gibson's World War II epic tells the incredible true story of Medal of Honor recipient and conscientious objector Desmond Doss.
Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 05:00 AM ET
Willie Soke is back after 13 years and not much has changed. Except that this time he's working with his mom (played with gleeful abandon by Kathy Bates).
Friday Feb 17, 2017 20:00 AM ET
'Trolls' is so light it'll float right out of most older viewers' memories as soon as it ends. But kids will love the colorful animation, and the soundtrack is pretty cool too.
Thursday Feb 16, 2017 40:00 AM ET
Since there is very little hope for a Blu-ray upgrade in the foreseeable future (if ever), this reissue of all seven seasons of 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' in one big box is the best way for Trekkers to acquire the series.
Tuesday Feb 14, 2017 30:00 AM ET
An Afghan reporter in California, a murder, a suspicious "tickle monster" portrayed by James Franco, a free spirit in an open relationship with an older man... Many plot threads, but no focus.
Thursday Feb 9, 2017 10:00 AM ET
Arctic tundra. An emotionally-troubled couple. A talking polar bear. Writer-director Kim Nguyen crafts an unusual vision in this indie drama.
Thursday Feb 9, 2017 15:00 AM ET
Entertainment One has issued a loaded up this three-disc set with an assortment of extras sure to please the vampire show's fan base. All ten episodes are included.
Wednesday Feb 8, 2017 40:00 AM ET
A troubled release history doesn't take away the simple pleasures of this fast-paced, Idris Elba-starring thriller.
Tuesday Feb 7, 2017 00:00 AM ET
The true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo bank robbery is a fascinating one, but the comedy film based on it is only intermittently funny (despite a strong cast).
Tuesday Feb 7, 2017 00:00 AM ET
An uncommonly nuanced biopic about a very young Ugandan chess champion. It's subtle enough to require a certain amount of patience, but well worth the time.
Monday Feb 6, 2017 45:00 AM ET
The title is a mouthful, but the movie is a visual feast from director Alexandre Aje. An intriguing and enjoyable blend of whimsy, surrealism, and psychological thriller.
Monday Feb 6, 2017 25:00 AM ET
A twisting, suspenseful thriller out of South Korea. Every time it threatens to collapse under it's own cleverness, another left-field plot turn drives it forward.
Friday Feb 3, 2017 15:00 AM ET
Part soap opera, part disaster film, John Travolta's latest is a big fizzle.
Friday Feb 3, 2017 20:00 AM ET
Academy Award-winning 'Pinocchio' is pulled out of the Disney Vault for another go-round on Blu-ray. Also, its very first time in the Digital HD format.
Monday Jan 30, 2017 55:00 PM ET
Visually gorgeous, this dour romantic drama about a married couple having difficulty starting a family focuses on the wrong things.
Thursday Jan 26, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Not among Woody Allen's most popular films at the time of its original release, this one has aged exceptionally well.
Tuesday Jan 24, 2017 15:00 AM ET
A compelling chapter of World War II history is not done justice by this cut-rate production. Nicolas Cage stars as the controversial Captain Charles Butler McVay.
Tuesday Jan 17, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad' fame stars in this direct-to-video thriller about a man whose girlfriend suddenly disappears.
Friday Jan 13, 2017 15:00 AM ET
This 1990 curiosity finds Robert De Niro in "regular guy" mode as an illiterate cook being taught to read by a co-worker, played by Jane Fonda.
Thursday Jan 12, 2017 35:00 AM ET
Dull but competent courtroom thriller stars Keanu Reeves as an attorney defending a teen accused of murdering his own father. Renee Zellweger co-stars.
Thursday Jan 12, 2017 40:00 AM ET
Get caught up with HBO's acclaimed 'Girls' in time for the February 12 premiere of the series' sixth and final season.
Wednesday Jan 11, 2017 40:00 AM ET
The next entry in the 'Paul McCartney Archive Collection' - 1989's 'Flowers In the Dirt' - is packed with material: 34 bonus tracks and a DVD, but... download-only for nearly half of those bonus tracks.
Wednesday Jan 11, 2017 00:00 AM ET
The pulpy plot often strains credibility, but strong performances by Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick keep this action thriller afloat.
Tuesday Jan 10, 2017 50:00 AM ET
A riveting, action-based biopic about the real-life catastrophe that resulted in the underwater spilling of millions of gallons of oil off the Gulf Coast.
Thursday Jan 5, 2017 20:00 AM ET
Some great ideas don't get fully developed in this tween comedy, but it should please its target demographic just fine.
Monday Jan 2, 2017 15:00 PM ET
One of the most incisive movies of 2016, this 'Honey' takes a while to become sweet - but that it does, thanks to a head-turning performance by newcomer Sasha Lane.
Monday Jan 2, 2017 10:00 PM ET
Oliver Stone's biopic of Edward Snowden is visually arresting and boasts a stunning turn by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role. But in the end it doesn't deliver the fireworks we expect from Stone.
Monday Jan 2, 2017 00:00 PM ET
Director Paul Schrader throws a lot at the screen - sex, drugs, and a variety of visual techniques - to see what sticks. Despite an unhinged Willem Dafoe performance, not enough does.
Monday Jan 2, 2017 55:00 PM ET
This horror film doesn't transcend the cliches established by many other 'haunted house' films. Kate Beckinsale stars, along with Lucas Till.
Friday Dec 23, 2016 20:00 PM ET
More economically-priced than the 2012 Blu-ray set, this repackaging of one of TV's all-time great series is the way to go if you missed it the first time.
Thursday Dec 22, 2016 50:00 AM ET
Economical two-disc alternative to Sony Legacy's huge 36-disc set.
Thursday Dec 22, 2016 40:00 AM ET
It's a big time commitment, but for fans who want every inning from the historic seven-game series, this is the set to get.
Tuesday Dec 20, 2016 50:00 AM ET
Director Clint Eastwood doesn't do anything here that hasn't already been done better in actual documentaries about the 'Miracle on the Hudson.'
Tuesday Dec 20, 2016 40:00 AM ET
This one kinda got lost after the summer's theatrical animation onslaught, but it's actually a lot of fun. The voice cast is led by Andy Samberg and Katie Crown.
Monday Dec 19, 2016 20:00 AM ET
Sure, it's a limp, made-for-TV remake, but what did you expect? Longtime fans of the ultimate cult classic might be curious to see what a 2016 re-imagining looks like.
Friday Dec 16, 2016 40:00 AM ET
She was created in a lab and raised in a research facility. Who knows what for, but now she's too strong and cunning for her caretakers to handle.
Friday Dec 16, 2016 40:00 AM ET
Inventive and funny, 'Scream Queens' boasts a remarkable ensemble cast including Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Abigail Breslin, and Billie Lourd.
Thursday Dec 15, 2016 15:00 PM ET
Fun for kids and loaded with references to the original trilogy (the series is set almost smack dab in the middle of those films' timeline, with plenty of callbacks).
Thursday Dec 15, 2016 40:00 AM ET
Select episode commentary, deleted scenes, and more enhance the latest season release of 'Family Guy' on DVD.
Thursday Dec 15, 2016 00:00 AM ET
The 'extended cut' adds some cool stuff to an already fun (but very uneven) comic book extravaganza. Great ensemble cast goes some way towards making up for weak storytelling.
Thursday Dec 8, 2016 00:00 AM ET
Shout! Factory gives baseball fans the opportunity to relive all the drama from the incredible 2016 World Series in one feature-length documentary.

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