Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the CLones (2002)Episode 2 made a couple of firsts in Star Wars history. Firstly, it would be the first of them shot entirely digital. Secondly, and unfortunately, it would be the first of the episodes to debut with a now tarnished perception. The Phantom Menace had not gone down well with the critics and a great ...

The MechanicStay loose!  The original classic, The Mechanic, is back for your viewing pleasure and it's been carefully remastered in 2K thanks to Scorpion Releasing.  Prepare for this assassin, a member of an unnamed top secret organization, to absolutely blow you away with its meticulous pacing and its  ...

cats (2019)There’s a reason Cats had such a successful Broadway run as one of the longest-running musicals in history with over 7,000 performances spanning some 18 years. Many reasons, actually. The biggest being the brilliant songs and catchy tunes from Andrew Lloyd Webber. They are simply wonderful, and  ...

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the JediThis film would be the culmination for a generation of Star Wars fans, and we couldn’t have been better primed for it. We would wait three years to learn the answers to the most tantalizing cliffhangers ever conceived. Was Han Solo gone forever? Was Darth Vader lying to Luke? I can  ...

They Came From Beyond SpaceDanger, high voltage!  They Came From Beyond Space, a low-key alien flick from the 1960s has arrived on blu-ray thanks to Kino Lorber with a brand-new 4K master.  Don’t get too excited by that cover art, though.  It looks awesome, but has nothing to do with the film itself. ...

Little Women (2019)Raise your hand if the news of yet another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, Little Women coming to theaters on Christmas Day failed to jingle your bells. Okay, we can all put them down now. After all, with so many previous adaptations – including 1949’s version starring Elizabeth Taylor and ...

Al Adamson CollectionWant punishment or pleasure?  I guess that depends on your take on Al Adamson's filmography because Severin Films has gone and done it again, making blu-ray history with the quickie king of kernel-sized trash filmmaking thanks to their MASSIVE release of Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection, the most comprehensive Blu-ray Box set ever dedicated to the works ...

Star Wars: Episode V - The EMpire Strikes Back

The greatest sequel ever made… There. Done… Oh, you want more? All right then. Star Wars changed cinema forever. Some say to its detriment. Its penetration into the world’s lexicon was all encompassing. It was in everyone’s vernacular after 1977, and made the left of field auteur George Lucas the ...

Hell RidersA silk-suited jogging Adam West (Batman) in a bizarro biker flick?  Where the hell do I sign up to see this example of gonzo-like gear-head shenanigans?!  Turns out the new Vinegar Syndrome Archive line - complete with a hand numbered slipcase that opens from the ...

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New HopeStar Wars’ new caretakers, Disney, have gone to painstaking work to be able to release this series of films for the first time in 4K. After purchasing the franchise from George Lucas, acquiring 20th Century Fox, and continuing the Star Wars saga with (so far) 5 new ...

Brahms: The Boy II

It's the sequel no one wanted.  Go in knowing this. The opening few minutes of Brahms: The Boy II are this film’s best.  Shocking and thrilling, an unsuspected home invasion rocks the idyllic world of Liza (Katie Holmes, Dawson’s Creek) and her son Jude (Christopher Convery, The Girl in the Spider’s Web).  It’s a ...

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)If one of the final moments of director J. J. Abrams Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker - two lightsabers sinking into the sands of Tattooine - hits you rather hollow, it is by the director’s choice.  The Skywalker Saga is over with this film, but what’s shocking is that it really doesn’t feel ...

Blood Tide

Beware, thar be sea creatures here! Thanks to producer Nico Mastorakis (Island of Death, The Zero Boys, The Wind), Richard Jefferies, the screenwriter behind Scarecrows, The Vagrant, and Cold Creek Manor, steps behind the camera for the first time and takes viewers on yet another ...

1917 (2019)Filmmaker Sam Mendes gets down and personal with his new film, 1917 about two young British soldiers sent on an impossible mission to save hundreds of their fellow soldiers. Though largely fictionalized, his tale comes from an actual account told by his paternal grandfather who served in the ...

Escape from L.A.Because you never know when you are going to need stick matches! While the earthquake that opens John Carpenters Escape from L.A. and separates the county from the rest of California might be the stuff of fiction, it is NO stretch of the truth to admit that this post-apocalyptic sequel was ...

Harriet (2019)There’s a shocking, telling moment late in the movie Harriet (2019). Referring to a group of escaped slaves, the villain Gideon (Joe Elwyn) calls them “three bucks and a female with foal.” Of course, he does much worse throughout the movie. But that ...

Dolly DearestPut down that burrito, my friend, Satan is back on earth!  That’s right, Dolly Dearest has returned to finish the job it started back when it was originally released in 1991! ...

Black Christmas (2019)The latest iteration of Bob Clark’s ultra-gory yule tide slasher, Black Christmas, promises a modern take on the cult horror classic that stoked the fears of every sorority girl back in 1974  ...

Zombie Island Massacre (1984)When the “zombies” start slipping vines over the heads of the island visitors and choking them to death, I’d say the vacation on this tropical island is over.  Mexico would have been so much nicer indeed!   ...

An American Werewolf in LondonI’ll start this review with a question. 4K has been out for a few years now, and although this reviewer has only recently dipped into this new resolution, I wonder why companies like Arrow are still going to the effort of releasing restored definitive and feature-laden movies from days gone by, at scanned  ...

BreedersOh, boy.  If the alternate title shown in the opening credits isn't a sign of a really bad movie, then I don't know what it is.  Where do I even begin with this schlocky D-grade rip on extraterrestrial sex? If you are anything like me, you are aware of this movie for two reasons: Samantha Janus  ...

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)There’s a key scene about halfway through A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in which cynical journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), utters under his breath, "he's about the nicest person I've ever met.” Of course, Lloyd is talking about Fred Rogers, the host of ...

Lonely Are the BraveLonely Are The Brave, starring Kirk Douglas, has a very poetic opening as a lone cowboy, sitting around a campfire, talks to his horse and then pushes his cowboy hat back on his head . . . to watch a passenger jet fly over his head.  Forget about open country, Charlie, this is a movie where fences and ...

MidwayHollywood needs more war films. Despite the pig-headed durability of the world’s war machine providing an unending supply of source material, the genre has largely become abandoned with only the occasional passion project popping up from time to time around Veteran’s Day. For decades, the underserved ...

GutterballsGutterballs is Canuxploitation at its filthiest. And I mean that in a good way. I mean, not many horror films can advertise death by a maniac with a bowling bag for a mask as he smothers teengagers performing 69 on each other with their own private parts.  Choke on this!  But this film can and ...

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

Interior: DARK, GIN-SOAKED MOVIE THEATER CAMERA - SLOW PAN LEFT TO RIGHT. It was a dark and stormy night. Flickering frames of light pierced the smoky darkness, casting shadows on the tattered silver screen. The projector’s jittery rays revealed the forlorn faces of a checked-out audience while the stormy night’s deafening ...

Idle Hands (1999)

“So . . . you ran and hid in my bush?” Well, yeah.  I mean, what would you do if your best friends become zombies thanks to what you did?! Don’t let the typical 1990s introduction fool you.  Idle Hands, directed by Rodman Flander (The Unborn, ...

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)There are few directors out there that have the distinction of making sequels to hit films that not only reach the quality of the original, but surpass it. James Cameron is one of them. He is an auteur that never rested on his laurels, always coming at things with a fresh take for a follow up and never settling for ...

BloodshotI’m just going to cut to the chase with this review.  Bloodshot is NOT a bad movie.  It might look familiar to comic book enthusiasts, but it is cool enough in its cinematic glide to deliver plenty of steely-eyed action scenes and incredible visuals thanks to first-time director David S.F. Wilson’s background in  ...

The Little MermaidWith Disney’s current dominance at the box office, it is difficult to believe it, but they weren’t doing so well (theatrically) in the latter half of the 1980s. They had experienced, especially in the animation realm, a series of costly underperforming features and the sure thing that used ...

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