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  ...

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 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!   ...

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  ...

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 ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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 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...

The Magnificent Seven (2016) - Movie Review

Before we get started, let’s get one thing out of the way. Get off your high horse about The Magnificent Seven being a remake. We mustn't forget that 1960’s The Magnificent Seven was itself a remake of an earlier – and better – film called The Seven Samurai. All three  ...

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 ...

The Devil's Candy - Movie ReviewHell, yes!!!!  If you are anything like me (and completely landlocked), you probably feel like you have waited entirely too long to see this horror movie.  I first heard about The Devil’s Candy in 2015, where it debuted at Fantastic Fest, and the reviews were through 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  ...

Hell or High Water - Movie ReviewIn David Mackenzie’s new film, Hell or High Water, the sprawling West Texas setting – as beautiful as it is rugged – conceals the crushing desolation of its sun-bleached towns whose futures have long since shriveled in the Texas heat. Hard-pressed ranchers, abandoned ...

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,  ...

Don't Breathe - Movie Review

If director Fede Alvarez’s revisit of Sam Raimi’s spooky old cabin in the deep, dark, twisted woods of rural America did something for you in 2013’s Evil Dead, then you need to know that Alvarez is finally back. This time with a creepy little home invasion thriller  ...

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.  ...

The Great Gilly Hopkins - DVD ReviewI’ve loved the young adult novel The Great Gilly Hopkins since childhood. So my reaction to the news of a Hollywood movie adaptation was, “They better not screw it up.” Well, I’m happy to say my fears were unfounded, and the filmmakers did an excellent job  ...

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  ...

Daredevil - Netflix FindsThe opening sequence. Pulsing music surges. An unnamed red liquid drizzles out over the darkness. Our lady of justice is formed, bathed by this crimson element. Familiar cityscapes are covered, too. New York City. A bridge forms.  Following it, an angel and its church  ...

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  ...

Finding Dory - Movie ReviewIt was only a matter of time before Dory got her own picture. Granted, no one could have imagined it would take Pixar 13 years, but we’re finally going back to Nemo’s reef to pay another visit to the forgetful blue tang and her finned, scaled, feathered, and tentacled ...

Blood Island - BlurayCat people!  Trees that kill! Fauna that feels!  Butterflies that bite!  And monsters galore!  The Blood Island Collection has arrived with matinee mania most foul . . . and TASTELESS!  ...

Mechanic: Resurrection - Movie ReviewArthur Bishop is back.  He’s also pretty irritated.  You should NEVER mess with him while he is trying to eat.  And, as showcased by the always-charismatic Jason Statham, the specialist of accidental deaths at the center this violent tale of revenge proves the old adage  ...

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