The Matrix Trilogy 4KWith word trickling down a new Matrix entry is on the way that will include Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie Anne Moss), it feels timely to receive the 4K versions of the trilogy in the post to review. Let’s get to it. ...

The Wizard of Oz

It’s time to go back. Clocking in at a breezy 109 minutes, The Wizard of Oz is one of the finest examples of fantasy escapism that we have in film history.  Let that soak in for a minute.  Perhaps things would have been different had WWII not been right around the corner, but fact is fact ...

First Blood (1982)Sylvester Stallone was infamously underrated and dismissed until he stormed the box office and got an Oscar nomination for Rocky. By 1982 he’d attained enough box office clout to name his next project and what he decided to do was First Blood, an adaptation of a novel by David Morell that had been in ...

3 From HellThe Firefly Clan is back!  That’s right, they survived the shootout that marked the end of The Devil’s Rejects and, for the past decade, they have been rotting behind bars.  Except, as the movie begins, there seems to be a change of direction in the condemning wind circulating ...

Young Guns II (1990)Young Guns successfully entertained the 1988 box office to the tune of 45 million dollars. The film chose to focus on the revenge of Billy the Kid and the regulators on his employer’s killer and once Jack Palance caught one between the eyes ...

The Omen: Collection

Five movies and one devil to rule them all!  The Omen Collection is finally available!  Joke all you want to about how Hellish it is to raise a kid, but Producer Harvey Bernhard was clearly on to something rich when he decided to double-down on ...

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Young Guns (1988)William H. Boney, for a 20 something misanthrope, made quite the imprint on the world. Whether it’s a sad indictment on our global culture that these types of people cement themselves into history or a tip of the cap to a now alien time and ...

Ultraman (1966-1967)In the middle of the 1960s, Toho’s special effects maestro, Eiji Tsuburaya, was on quite a roll. As Ultra Q finished, the Tokyo Broadcasting System wanted a new television series with him at the helm. But this time they wanted something in color; something ...

V: The Original Mini SeriesIn the late 70s and early 80s, the short form ‘mini-series’ was a chance for networks to stretch their muscles with event storytelling. Long before HBO and Netflix and Amazon showed that feature film budgets and top shelf talent could not only match the quality of storytelling in cinema, but best ...

Crawl (2019)What could be worse than being in Florida with a Category 5 hurricane bearing down on the state? No, the answer is not “waking up to discover that you now live in Boca Raton.” The answer we’re looking for is to awaken from the nightmare of your neighborhood now ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Shining (1980)Stanley Kubrick was a director of unparalleled technical mastery in his time. There isn’t a film fan, or filmmaker out there that hasn’t delved deep into the many works he produced over three decades before his untimely death. His subject matters were always ...

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 ...

Star Trek TrilogyThis reviewer is a little slow to update to new technologies. When it came time to replace some of my old equipment, I dove deep into the pros and cons of the next (and many say last) generation of home movies: 4K. The pros and cons of yet another format are involved and not a blanket statement. For example ...

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 ...

Halloween (1978)This low budget ($300,000 USD) slasher film, made by a recent (in the 70s) USC graduate, would spawn countless sequels and give its backers some serious profits, the world horror auteur John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis. Those things make the love for this ...

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 ...

E.T. The Extra-TerrestrialOne look at Spielberg’s filmography and it’s hard to imagine the man has ever set a foot wrong. But alas, just before the 1980s dawned, he took a misstep with the (at the time) expensive comedy 1941. Not to rest on his laurels, he doubled down in 81 and 82 and introduced the ...

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 ...

Serenity 2005Back in the early Noughties, Joss Whedon was synonymous with punchy genre series that, more often than not, dealt with strong female protagonists and thrilling plots. As if cursed by his own success, Whedon tried to branch out from vampires and slayers to the sci-fi with the ...

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 ...

Bram Stoker's DraculaVery early in the history of film different filmmakers sought to tell the story of the world’s infamous vampire. Bram Stoker’s most famous creation has influenced popular culture, in all its’ incarnations, since it appeared in 1897 - some might argue to the point of oversaturation. In the ...

Toy Story 4 (2019)Bad news: Toy Story 4 is Pixar’s biggest money grab to date. Good news: This is Pixar, so it never feels like one. It is not a stretch to say that the company couldn’t make a bad movie if it tried. After all, none of its films ...

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 ...

Midsommar (2019)Here’s a bit of life advice. Never trust the remote village that no one has ever heard of, especially if it puts on a pagan celebration that even fewer are aware of. I promise, you’ll thank me later for this. ...

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. ...

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)Making any film is a tricky endeavor, let alone a film in a franchise that shows no duds. Added to which, this latest incarnation has been balanced carefully between ...

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 ...

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  ...

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