Proud Mary - Blu-ray ReviewIt begins with The Temptations. You know the groove. The high-hat and then the bass guitar; both working to dig deeper.   Papa Was a Rolling Stone, after all. And while the groove sets in, we see – with retro credits flashing upon the screen – actress Taraji P. Henson as she suits ...

The Mole People (1954) - Blu-rayFirst, there was It Came From Outer Space and then there was The Creature from the Black Lagoon.  Both of those films – and the success they shared – led to Universal’s B-movie dominance in the 1950s and, no matter how minor of it a flick it was, we have a curio ...

Commuter - Blu-ray ReviewAnd the late-career action hero rebirth of Liam Neeson successfully concludes with The Commuter.  That’s right, folks, this is it for Neeson.  Well, that’s if he is to be believed.  Is The Commuter the high note it needs to be for such an announcement?  Not really.  It is, at its  ...

Cry Baby (1990) - Blu-ray ReviewA single tear is all it takes for this dude to land all the ladies.  His name is Cry-Baby and this is his story . . . with guitars! The motorcycles!  The music!  The Squares!  The Drapes! And all the raging hormones!  It’s 1954 again in Roger Waters’ classic teenage musical, Cry-Baby.  It has been ...

Downsizing (2017) - Movie ReviewThe filmmaker whose body of work has often touched on near perfection, suffers a considerably significant stumble with his latest film called Downsizing. Alexander Payne, who explored the sharp contrasts of flawed people dealing with the most difficult of situations in  ...

Overlord - blu-rayIf you thought that the opening battle in Saving Private Ryan was intense, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Overlord takes that PTSD-causing opening to task with a sequence in the skies above Germany as American paratroopers are absolutely gutted right before our  ...

Tag (2018) - Movie ReviewYou know you’ve just watched a bad movie when the post-credits video montage of the real characters who inspired the story is the best part of the entire ordeal. That’s exactly the case with Tag, a film inspired by the real-life story of a group of middle-aged men who’ve been playing an ...

Doctor Who: Resolution - blu-ray

Exterminate! Exterminate!  Exterminaaaaaaate!  Guess who is back?!?!?! The Eleventh Season of the rebooted Doctor Who has had its fair share of criticisms, beginning with the fact that the beloved Doctor has regenerated into a female.  Truthfully, actress  Jodie Whittaker is ...

The DIsaster Artist - Movie ReviewWow.  Wow. Wow.  And, again, WOW. If the side-by-side comparisons at the end of this movie don’t convince you of James Franco’s deep understanding of the wacky world of writer/director Tommy Wiseau, then I don’t know what will. The Disaster Artist isn’t mockery. ...

 

Barb Wire (1996) blu-rayThe opening moments of Barb Wire, a critically panned film that is based on the Dark Horse comic book series, is thankfully filled with a whole lot of Pamela Anderson.  She is on stage, dancing, and being sprayed with champagne from a hose.  The scene, especially Anderson in ...

Jumanji (2017) - Blu-ray ReviewThe rhinos are back! And so are the laughs, as we have the rare sequel that actually works because it dares to do something a bit different with our expectations. Not that anything in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is all that intelligent, mind you, but the charm from the  ...

Revenge of the Spacemen - Blu-rayUsing oversized Invasion of the Saucer Men Halloween masks and silver sweat suits for the look of its alien invaders, Revenge of the Spacemen is a cheaply-made homage to 1950s rock and schlock that plays for solely laughs.  The film is cheesy, occasionally funny, and  ...

The Shape of Water - Movie ReviewThere is but one artist who could create a passionately unsettling love story between a mute woman and a freakishly real-looking merman and make it feel so entirely personal that it practically drips with relatable emotion.  One artist.  And he is the mighty Guillermo del Toro ...

The Return of the Vampire - Blu-rayThe Return of the Vampire, now on blu-ray thanks to Shout! Factory, is the film with which Columbia Pictures flies the B-movie, with director Lew Landers (The Raven) at the helm, to new heights courtesy of the German Luftwaffe aircraft in this unofficial (but, probably, yes) sequel ...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Blu-ray Review“This is not going to go the way you think.” –Luke Skywalker. Never has a line from one of these films so succinctly encapsulated the adventure you are about to witness. This second part of the third trilogy of the Star Wars saga is going to take your expectations and throw  ...

Judgment Night (1993)This is why, no matter how bad the traffic jam is, you STAY THE COURSE.  You want to get to the boxing match?  Keep your ass in line.  One wrong turn later and your entire life could be rendered null and void thanks to a dangerous neighborhood and a stray bullet. ...

Denial - Movie ReviewWhen most people hear the word “history,” they think of a dry, boring subject full of dull facts to memorize. But that’s not the impression you get from Denial, based on the true story of a historian in the 1990s who takes on a Holocaust denier in court. Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Wiesz)  ...

Poison Ivy Collection - blu-rayPoison Ivy.  The itch you shouldn’t scratch.  But we did, didn’t we?!  And we got a collection of movies that helped former child stars strip out of their past image and into something new and racy and all kinds of shocking!  That is what the 1990s brought those of us raised ...

Thor: Ragnarok - Movie ReviewSome seventeen films into the MCU, one marvels (see what we did there?) at the sheer volume and consistency of their output in the last decade. There isn’t a single entry in this shared universe that this reviewer hasn’t liked. They’re not all home runs, and, if I think of my ...

Valentine (2001) - Blu-rayDoes this mean that you WON'T be my valentine?  With those words, one scorned nerd has his revenge on a group of pretty little liars.  Valentine, directed by Jamie Blanks, is immediately better than most of the teen slasher flicks of the late ‘90s and early 2000s.  It just doesn’t  ...

murder on the orient express - blurayThe Avenger of the Innocent returns! There is a masterful elegance that chugs alongside this murder mystery throughout its entire journey. From beginning to end, Murder on the Orient Express is an expression of old fashioned mechanics.  There really is no other ...

Tower of Evil (1972) - Blu-ray ReviewIn the years before the slasher subgenre officially arrived thanks to Black Christmas and Halloween, there were a few horror films that definitely played around with the idea of a psycho killer taking out teenagers with nothing but sex on their minds.   Tower of Evil, a 1972  ...

Life of the Party (2018) - Movie ReviewLike the Basket Weaving 101 class offered to help fulfill those elective credits in college, Life of the Party should have been a slam dunk. Just put the funny person in funny situations, roll camera, cut, print, and go to the bank. But there’s a reason I’m not a filmmaker. And it’s the same ...

You Might be the Killer - Blu-rayCamp Clear Vista is now hiring!  If you have a love for giving kids the time of their lives over summer vacation then this is the job for you.  It also helps if you have a love for horror films and long, sharp knives that are just perfect for slicing and dicing . . .

Sling Blade (1996) - Blu-ray ReviewIt is a sad fact that talent doesn’t necessarily equate to a career of note or at all in Hollywood. There are literally hundreds of thousands of talented people out there that will never get their shot in the spotlight. Every so often, however, someone manages to bridge this gap from  ...

The CLoverfield Paradox - Blu-rayThis is a movie for anyone who has ever sent a voice message to themselves.  Whether a warning or a reminder, there’s always an interesting collision of realities that occurs when the past offers insight into the Here and Now.  William Faulkner suggested the past is never dead  ...

Play Misty for Me (1971) - Blu-ray ReviewThe obsessed fan/love interest movie is a well-trodden one nowadays, with some truly stellar entries in the sub-genre (Misery, Fatal Attraction) and some truly awful ones; but one, to my surprise, that is rarely brought up is one of the earliest on this subject ...

Double Dragon - Blu-rayTo this day, there remains something insanely special about director Brian De Palma’s Carrie.  It is based on the once-discarded novel by Stephen King, but was painstakingly adapted for the screen by Lawrence D. Cohen.  Cohen got everything about King’s first novel right  ...

Kindergarten Cop (1990 - Bluray ReviewPretty harshly assessed by critics of the day, Kindergarten Cop, the follow up collaboration between the 'Austrian Oak' and director Ivan Reitman, was still a massive financial success back in 1990 when it took over 200 million on a (now) paltry budget of around 15 million. ...

Beat the Devil (1953) - Blu-ray ReviewOkay, okay, okay, Uranium deals in East Africa might not sound all that exciting, but when your business associates are Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, Gina Lollobrigida, Jennifer Jones, and your location is Italy’s scenic Amalfi Coast, well you have the attention  ...

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