Ultra Q28 episodes. 30 minutes. That’s all it took to change the world . . . or should that change be limited to just the airwaves? Because special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya definitely did that with Ultra Q, the black-and-white television series that gave us the first attempt ...

Glass - Movie ReviewM. Night Shyamalan is responsible for one of the most brilliant supernatural thrillers, and one of the most impressive cinematic twists in film history: The Sixth Sense. That film established him as a wunderkind filmmaker and immediately  ...

Nightmare BeachDudes named Diablo don’t ever die.  And you probably shouldn’t fuck around with them either – especially when they, upon the eve of their death sentence being carried out, vow to return . . . to kill everyone who chooses Florida as their ...

Aquaman (2018) - Blu-ray ReviewIn order to fully appreciate just how CRAZY Aquaman is, I suggest you being four or five beers deep.  Seriously. DC needs James Wan.  The proof is just how enjoyably bonkers Aquaman is, which Wan directed.  Finally free from the brooding destruction of Zach Snyder’s spin on   ...

Killer Crocodile

It’s Crocsploitation Cinema at its feistiest! The cheese! The chomp! The charm! What is this movie JAWS that you speak of?! And this Steven Spielberg, too? Apparently, the Italians have never heard of him or his pet shark. When it comes to fierce predators of the ...

If Beale Street Could Talk - Movie ReviewLong thought untouchable for theatrical adaptation due to its tenuous structure and ethereal nature, author James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk gets the big screen treatment from Moonlight writer/director Barry Jenkins. And what a perfect combination ...

Annabelle Comes HomeLucky number seven? Well, just barely. The seventh movie in the ongoing The Conjuring franchise isn’t the best of the series but, hopefully, it will be the final one involving that damn doll. She’s twisted as hell and, as revealed here, is a sort of conduit for all sorts of evil spirits, not just ...

Mary Poppins Returns - Movie ReviewThere is something very honorable in modesty and not needing to always take credit for the joy one gives to those we love. The gallantry of self-sacrifice and doing for others quite often speaks for itself and doesn’t need the “hey, look at me” arrogance so prevalent in today’s  ...

The prey

If all the padded nature shots won't kill you, then maybe the monster in the woods will! If I told you that this slasher was made in just two weeks, you would probably believe me.  Every single detail (and edit for that matter) suggests ...

Crossbreed (2019) - Movie ReviewSlaughterhouse.  Four Eyes.  Know those names.  Clocking in at 86-minutes of sweat- inducing space madness, Crossbreed will straight up kick your ass.  No, it isn’t another exercise craze with fancy names for pull-ups and squat thrusts.  Crossbreed, directed by Brandon  ...

Gremlins (1983)To this day, Gremlins remains director Joe Dante’s most successful movie. That seems pretty damn incredible when you consider Dante’s inspired body of work. For my tastes, there’s not a dud in the bunch. From Explorers to Small Soldiers, The Burbs and ...

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) - Blu-rayThe American Ministry of Magic just got stronger.  It had to, of course.  The dark magic of Gellert Grindelwald (a fantastically evil Johnny Depp) is that powerful.  Opening with a flying stagecoach sequence, complete with winged horses and a sky-high jailbreak sequence ...

Creed IIYo!  Creed II, after a three year wait, has arrived and fans of Creed and the ongoing Rocky series will certainly be pleased with the final product.  Its physical brutality is matched with each and every emotion presented on the screen.  You will pump your fists and get teary  ...

Beyond EvilIf you are ever offered a place to live in called Casa Fortuna, just say no.  If you don’t, then the wig wearing witch inside it might just swallow your soul and no amount of voodoo chants can reclaim it back from her laser-shooting ...

Ben is Back (2018) - Movie ReviewThis country’s opioid crisis is hitting Hollywood in a big way of late as a couple of new films dealing with opioid addiction have released in cinemas recently. It is sad – and a bit ironic – that a devastating societal meltdown has become such lucrative fodder for the industry’s  ...

The Vineyard (1989)

Zombies from San Jose!  Oh, snap.  Is Oakland next? James Hong is a Hollywood Legend.  Never heard of him?  Well, you aren’t paying close enough attention to the voices and characters on your television screen.  And, if you ...

Bohemian Rhapsody - Movie ReviewThere are few people in the world who don’t know the name Freddie Mercury, whether you’re a fan of Queen, born after he died, or have lived in a cave forever. As someone born the same year as one of Queen’s greatest hits, the title of this movie, it’s seems impossible  ...

Vampires (1988)Jack Crow is on a mission.  He wants to destroy ALL vampires.  It’s a constant act of revenge.  For him, it must be done.  Without question.  That’s the cost all these bloodsuckers pay for the deaths of his parents.  And Crow, as the leader of a group of ruthless mercenary killers known as Team Crow, takes no prisoners. ...

Long Shot (2019)Unlikely, but not impossible.” That’s the tagline for this farcical odd-couple comedy called Long Shot which stars Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. The tagline speaks to the poor odds of a highly successful, physically attractive, 40-something Secretary of  ...

Pan's LabyrinthPan’s Labyrinth premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival where it received a 22-minute standing ovation, followed by its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.  The critically-acclaimed film won multiple awards, including three Academy Awards, three ...

A Star is Born (2018) - Movie ReviewThroughout A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper’s character growls out the lyrics “Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die” with a crooning intimacy that lays the familiar groundwork for what’s at play in his film about two stars passing in the night; one fading away, the other  ...

The CircusBy now, the majority of movie lovers agree that Charlie Chaplin was ONE of the great geniuses of the silent era.  That wasn’t always the case, though, and it probably took The Circus to get everybody on board his brand of cinema.  At the time that this movie was  ...

The Sisters Brothers - Blu-ray ReviewThere is a darkness beneath the sky here.  Two figures are sleeping next to a campfire.  One snores and the other, with his mouth open, finds himself prey to something far more than loud noises.  A spider.  After sneaking up his body, this big bodied arachnoid falls into the sleeping  ...

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

She’s the horror hostess with the mostess.  Guaranteed.  But who is she? She was in a Bond film.  She dated Elvis.  At the age of 17, she was dancing in a gay bar.  She’s been on the cover of a Tom Waits album.  Hell, she’s sung in rock bands and worked with ...

First Man (2018) - Movie ReviewPerhaps the only task more difficult than putting a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth is making an interesting film about the rather uninteresting man who first set foot on the lunar surface. Yet Damien Chazelle (La La Land) does just that with his First  ...

Fright (2019)It’s all over, but the screaming.  Even the British got in on the whole babysitter stalking trend.  Wait.  Back up.  When was this film made?  Oh hell, they helped bring it to the United States.  The proof arrives in Scream Factory’s latest HD offering, Fright, starring Honor Blackman (Bond's ...

Shazam!The DCEU, if it is even called that anymore, has been making significant strides with its output in the last couple of years—and amazingly WITHOUT its two heavy hitters. Wonder Woman and Aquaman have both made commercial and critical strides that the last few entries involving  ...

Scooby Doo, Where Are You: The Complete SeriesIT. HAS. ARRIVED. Fred Jones. Daphne Blake. Velma Dinkley. Shaggy Rogers. And a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo. That’s right, kiddos, the Mystery Machine has pulled up in all-new (AND BOLD) colors! The details! The animation! And all the fun-loving, free-wheeling, sandwich-gobbling spirit ...

Widows - Movie ReviewIn film, mass audience appeal and brains rarely ever go together. Just ask Paul Blart. Yet, with his heist thriller Widows, filmmaker Steve McQueen proves that it is actually possible to make an intelligent film that is also appealing to a wide audience ...

The Dead Don't Die

Kill the head!  Kill the head! Jim Jarmusch, the writer/director of Night on Earth, Dead Man, Ghost Dog, Broken Flowers, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Coffee and Cigarettes, has made a zombie movie.  That sentence alone, if you are a fan of independent films just this side of quirk, should get your heart racing. No? ...

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