La La Land - Movie ReviewThere are few mainstream movies that leave me feeling inspired anymore. I can appreciate a good movie, for sure, but those magical films that leave me electrically charged or near tears are few and far between. La La Land is one of those rare films that somehow cuts   ...

Lucio Fulci's Zombie: 3-Disc Limited Edition blu-rayFinally, the real truth about the walking dead can be told (and sold) to the masses.  Boils and Ghouls, I bring you the blood-curdling classic known as Zombie!  The eye violence!  The zombie wrestling with the shark!  The suspense!  The WTF moments!  The rotting zombies!  And  ...

The Girl With All the Gifts - Movie ReviewRestraining teenagers in the classroom?  I always knew education would come to this; teenagers already feel adults would like nothing better than to see them in chains.  Leave it to the British then to combine high IQs with the zombie plague and create one of the best ...

The Phantom Empire (1988) - Blu-ray ReviewEver heard of the absolute suck-fest known as The Phantom Menace?  Yeah, well this similarly titled movie is much, much better.  The Phantom Empire, which features two nubile young cave "bunnies" wrestling with each other as its climax, is not unlike reading  ...

Underworld: Blood Wars - Movie ReviewThe night has descended once again across Cineplexes everywhere with the arrival of the fifth entry in the ongoing Underworld series. The war between vampires and lycans is far from over. While Blood Wars won’t earn itself any new fans to the franchise, the gothic series makes for ...

The Critters CollectionThey walk! They talk!  They bite the head off of E.T.  They even shoot tiny spikes from their pelts!  The Critters movies, last scene on VHS and crummy DVD releases, returns and they, with brand new 2K scans from the original film elements, look better than ever before!   ...

fantastic beasts posterFifteen years after the release of the first Harry Potter film and five years after the final film, Warner Bros plunges their hands back down the throat of the Sorting Hat and yanks out a NEW quintilogy in an offshoot of the world of wizardry that J.K. Rowling once assembled on the  ...

True Stories: Criterion Collection - Blu-ray Review

“I was born in a house with the television always on…” David Byrne, the lead singer of Talking Heads, has directed only one feature film . . . so far.  And his movie, True Stories, begins on the open road.  It is a dirt road that divides two agriculture areas.  A girl is on the ...

The Bye Bye Man - Movie ReviewThe Bye Bye Man is a new horror film with a new monster that you will want to applaud more than you actually do.  Maybe it’s because of that stupid title.  More than likely, though, is the fact that the film is oh so very familiar and a bit too technically challenged for its own good  ...

Blastfighter (1984) - Blu-ray ReviewWhen Italians do American-styled action flicks, they usually hit the stereotypes AND the action a hell of a lot harder than we do.  Thought First Blood was a tough watch, especially when the entire town gets blown the hell up?  Think again.  Because Blastfighter, directed  ...

Split - Movie ReviewOne of the few things more beguiling than an M. Night Shaymalan movie when the writer/director is at the top of his game, is the direction his career has taken over the last decade or so. He launched to meteoric heights back in the late ‘90s and early 00’s with The Sixth  ...

Candyman: Collector's Edition - blu-rayChicago is a very beautiful city.  From the inspiring architecture to the sports teams, a thriving cultural history – whether being celebrated in seasonal bursts or by the rousing cuisine – absolutely thrives within its city limits.  Even the boarded-up ghetto areas offer a beauty  ...

Passengers - Movie ReviewPassengers is a long and winding journey on a very familiar path through space. To say this imaginative sci-fi adventure shoots itself in the foot is an understatement – especially if you sit through all of its two hours. To say that the film is completely worthless – as so many are  ...

Combat Shock (1984) - BlurayThe past is never dead.  Paraphrased from William Faulkner, this line is directly stated in the absolutely gut-wrenching brutality that is Combat Shock.  Written and directed by Buddy Giovinazzo, this intense film follows one Vietnam veteran as he, a one time prisoner of  ...

Blow-up (1966) - Blu-ray ReviewBlow-Up might have been writer/director Michelangelo Antonioni’s first British film, but it was far from English. The Italian director was far from home, but neither is it an Italian film. Blow-Up, being one of the first films to document the effect of images upon ...

Desecration (1999) - Blu-ray ReviewDirector Dante Tomaselli is a master at painting striking pictures with which we can lose our minds to.  His films are often dressed in heavy themes of Catholicism and, due to his own nightmares as a child, are damn impactful with striking visuals and downright spooky  ...

Arrival - Movie ReviewScience fiction alien invasion flicks. They are a dime-a-dozen. Mysterious ship arrives on Earth and blows the population to smithereens. Or the creatures are disposed of in short order by flag-waving, cigar-chomping patriots who “don’t take no $%#@ off anyone.” Then, in some, ...

The Fifth Floor (1978) - Blu-ray ReviewSpread your beautiful wings and fly away!  Or, at the very least, make a run for it at the zoo while the orderlies aren’t looking. Brothers and sisters of the Cinematic Cult, The Fifth Floor has arrived on blu-ray courtesy of...

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Movie Review2012 saw the wildly popular Lee Childs bestselling books come to life on the big screen with Jack Reacher, a film that caught most by surprise with its bad-ass vintage style and tone that harkened back to the he-man, classic car-chase films of the ‘70s like Bullitt and The French  ...

Urban Legend (1998) - Blu-ray Review

Lunatic on campus!  It’s for a confessional, kiddos.  I think Scream is overrated.  Blasphemous, I know, but there it is: the ugly truth I keep hidden from public eye.  Having said that, let me also say that if it wasn’t for Scream then ...

Blair Witch - Movie ReviewIt is time, my friends, to go back to the woods. The reclusive Blair Witch has returned. It seems she never left the Black Hills Forest. While it may have taken 16 years to get a proper sequel to 1999’s phenomenon The Blair Witch Project (because I’m not counting the  ...

Stranger Things 2 - blu-rayThis mysterious place is, of course, the home of Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) or, as we like to call them: Scooby and the Gang.  But which one is Scooby?  And what members are the  ...

Ouija: Origin of Evil - Blu-ray ReviewArmed with a healthy dose of much needed restraint, director Mike Flanagan (Oculus) and co-writer Jeff Howard collaborate to save Ouija: Origin of Evil from the haunting lows of its predecessor.  It’s incredible to see just how much better the prequel is when compared to the  ...

Bright Lights, Big City (1988) - Blu-ray ReviewMichael J. Fox. Kiefer Sutherland.  Phoebe Cates.  Donald Fagen.  That’s right, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan fame.  Alongside Dianne Wiest and Jason Robards, they are all assembled under the roof of one movie: Director James BridgesBright Lights,  ...

The Monster - Movie review and detailsMonster movies – no matter how old-fashioned they appear – will never EVER go out of style.  There will always be a corner of the dark forest where terrifying things lurk about and, perhaps more importantly, there will always be people who want to watch these creatures spring  ...

Single White Female (1992) - Blu-ray ReviewThe mirrored image of the two children putting lipstick on immediately creates a stellar atmosphere of distrust.  Coupled with Howard Shore’s eerie soundtrack and, yes, this thriller gets off on the right foot.  ...

In a Valley of Violence - Movie ReviewWriter, director, and editor Ti West (The Innkeepers) pays homage to the westerns of Sergio Leone with his latest film, In a Valley of Violence.  The results are expectantly explosive with sudden bursts of violence, yet not as exploitative as one might think considering the  ...

Ed Wood's Take it Out on Trade - Blu-ray ReviewYou can tell EXACTLY what kind of bonkers film this is going to be by the wacky opening credits as a blonde, eager to strip for writer/director Edward D. Wood, Jr’s 16mm camera, takes her lipstick and starts coloring her nipples with it.  Her ass follows.  Soon her hairy  ...

The BFG - Movie ReviewDirector Steven Spielberg is no stranger to the fantastical realms that collide in his faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s classic book.  For many people like myself, Spielberg’s films were the main courses of our cinematic outings growing up. His filmography  ...

The Satanic Rites of Dracula - Blu-rayA baptism of blood.  For about the first 20 minutes of The Satanic Rites of Dracula, we are witness to the sacrifice of a nubile young lady.  She topless and it is shown – which is apparently a first for mainstream cinema.  A chicken is killed.  Blood is spilled on the  ...

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