The Land Unknown (1957) - Blu-ray Review

Fun with helicopter models and CinemaScope exploits! The Land Unknown arrives on blu-ray thanks to Kino Lorber Studio Classics and while it is definitely C-grade 1950s entertainment – happiest when knocking off King Kong and The Lost World – the adventure film ...

Game Night (2018) - Movie ReviewWe all have that one friend. That over-stimulated, under-acknowledged, hyper-competitive jerk to whom everything in life is a game with an undeniable winner and a loser. There are a whole bunch of those kind in Game Night, the latest film by 2015’s Vacation reboot  ...

Superstition (1982)The blood!  The guts!  The wiggling limbs!  I bet Artie (Bennett Liss) and Charlie (Johnny Doran), those poor souls, never expected to lose their heads and their legs when they decided to pull a prank on one of their friends one shadowy night.  One gets microwaved and the ...

Tomb Raider (2018) - Blu-ray ReviewAt least the filmmakers got the character right. Fist pumping all the way out of the theater this March, that was my big takeaway from this reboot. Finally, a Lara Croft film that felt EXACTLY like the character should. She just needed a better storyline. Maybe next time, right? ...

Malibu Express (1985)To 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  ...

Spaceballs (1987) - Blu-ray ReviewBy the 1980s, cinema was in well and truly in the post Star Wars world. Its monster success and permeation into the cultural zeitgeist still looms large over movies today. Like any profitable venture, those left bobbing about aimlessly in the wake of such a phenomenon try to ride that  ...

The Manitou (1978) - Blu-ray ReviewCompletely mad.  Absolutely bonkers.  Those are some descriptions that are often used to describe this New Age-inspired flick of voodoo hoodoo transmissions.  The Manitou is EXACTLY the pile of rock and schlock trash that you want it to be and now, thanks to Scream ...

Red Sparrow - Blu-ray ReviewIn which Katniss Everdeen gets down and dirrrty...but you still won't care.  From Russia with Love this spy game is not.  Red Sparrow is a spy movie that should work. It has a very talented cast and the story, about a former Russian ballerina who ...

Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987) - Blu-ray Review“Isn’t it gorgeous, babe?!”  That’s the pervading sentiment in Hard Ticket to Hawaii, a bleach-blonde action flick in which hot babes do their best thinking in Jacuzzis and, after insulting a bunch of horny men, start kicking lots of ass  ...

Desolation - Blu-ray ReviewHaving toiled for years in the Blumhouse movie factory as both intern and paid hand, it is readily evident that many good things rubbed off on Desolation director Sam Patton, as his first feature film is a certified gem in the world of indie horror. ...

Street Fighter Collection - Blu-ray ReviewClash, Killer Fist!  A legend has returned. If you are not yet one with the madness that is the martial arts film, then let this release be your starting point.  Why?  Because from the years of 1973 to 1976, at the height of the martial arts movie and its influence of sheer insanity and nastiness  ...

Black Panther - Movie ReviewLet’s get this out of the way quickly: this reviewer is a white male from Australia in his early 40s. I have not, nor will I ever refer to another person or cast with a preface of black, Asian, jupitarian, or anything else, because to this small fry in the world, we are people. I am ...

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Being the ninth and final film in Hammer’s Dracula series, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires definitely holds a special place in horror history.  That’s not the limit of its legacy, though.  Not by a longshot ...

Wonder (2018) - DVD ReviewIt can’t be easy to emote well under a face full of prosthetics, but Jacob Tremblay does a great job doing just that in Wonder. Based on the bestselling children’s novel by R. J. Palacio, Wonder tells the story of 10-year-old August “Auggie” Pullman. In many ways, Auggie’s like a ...

Blood Lake (1987)

"I got my beer, I got my sex partner, what else do I need?” Blood Lake continues to exist because we all want to be like Little Tony. Fight me if you disagree. Having a camcorder doesn’t necessarily make you a horror film director.  The same can be said ...

The Awful Truth (1937) - Blu-ray ReviewCary Grant. Irene Dunne. Together again or – if we are speaking chronologically – for the very first time as The Awful Truth, being originally released in 1937. It is, as film historians recognize, a cinematic match made in Heaven as these two talented individuals run circles around each other ...

Warning Sign (1985)Before Resident Evil, there was Warning Sign.  Complete with an impressive synth score from Craig Safan, this thriller absolutely rocks and serves as the precursor to what would come in a lot of biohazard-themed flicks a decade AFTER its initial release ...

Mermaids (1990) - Blu-ray ReviewBecause you don’t mess with Cher. Just ask director Lasse Hallström or Frank Oz, who was first originally hired to take over the reigns from Hallström before he, too, was booted. And then there is Emily Lloyd. Poor Lloyd got dropped so suddenly (due to Cher’s whim about ...

Murderlust (1985)“God, I love the desert!”  This is what is loudly proclaimed by the Sunday school teacher who is sitting squarely at the center of Murderlust.  Steve Belmont (Eli Rich) is a pathetic human being.  As a Sunday school teacher, he uses his post to ensnare pretty young women  ...

12 Strong - Movie ReviewIt has been a while since American military forces have deployed a good old-fashioned 19th-century horseback cavalry charge as an effective battlefield tactic. But that’s exactly what happened in the days immediately following the 9/11 tragedy as an elite U.S. Special  ...

The Man Who Killed Hitler and then THe Big FootWhen I was a young fool, my go-to movie was Forest Gump.  I think I saw that damn film at least NINE times in the theater.  I was graduating high school and leaving for college and that film just resonated with me.  I was also lovesick and a complete idiot about it.  This review  ...

Paddington 2 (2018) - Blu-ray ReviewThe must huggable and snuggable bear is back spreading optimism as if it was marmalade itself! Paddington (voiced again by Ben Whishaw) returns in this brilliant sequel that both kids and adults will absolutely love. Paddington 2, directed again...

Multiplicity (1996)You ever wish there was more of you to go around?  Feel completely wiped out at the end of the day?  Willing to only stuff your face with one slice of pizza too many when you get home?  If so, Sony and Columbia Pictures have the comedy for you ...

insidious last key artLook, if this is THE END of the Insidious series, then okay, I can live with it. After all, Insidious: The Last Key gives Lin Shaye (as parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier) more room to shine than ever before. She does, too. Even if the script and the directing is bit of a dullard, she  ...

Untamed Heart (1993) - Blu-ray Review

A baboon’s heart, hockey, and one hell of a sweet story.  That’s what you STILL get with Untamed Heart, now making its blu-ray debut  Caroline (Marisa Tomei) has too good of a heart.  So say her friends.  And, judging by how happy she is to ...

Halloween 92018) - Movie ReviewWhile it can be argued whether or not John Carpenter’s 1978 thriller Halloween was the birth-giver to the modern slasher sub-genre, one thing that is not even up for discussion is the influence the film has had on an entire generation of filmmakers and horror fans alike ...

Detour (1945) - Blu-ray

Mesmerizing pulp fiction.  There simply is no other way to describe the powerful impact of Detour, a low budget gem from Poverty Row Pictures. Truthfully, the movie shouldn’t work as well at it does ...

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 Body Snatcher (1946) - Blu-rayVal Lewton, making 1940s B-flicks look nothing like other horror films of the 1940s, is a certifiable genius of the cinema.  His ability to plunge audiences straight into nightmares is uncanny.  Madness and death, there’s our recurring fear factor in   ...

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  ...

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