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 ...

Solo: A Star Wars Story - Movie ReviewMuch of the fun and joy of watching a Star Wars movie these days comes not from discovering something new, but rather from revisiting everything old with a new set of eyes. Whether the original series of sequels and prequels or within the Star Wars Story ‘tweeners,  ...

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 ...

Ocean's 8 - Movie ReviewBecause crime is a family affair. I’m not going to say that we needed an Ocean’s 11 spin-off. All I am going to say is that, as an avid fan of Steven Soderbergh’s style-centric comedic heist films starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, I am just thrilled to see the franchise ...

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   ...

Upgrade (2018) - Movie ReviewWhat if all this autonomous technology and cybernetic artificial intelligence stuff we’ve so ardently allowed to slowly creep into our lives suddenly went haywire and began crashing cars, recording our conversations, and sending our most private discussions to random people in  ...

The Kid Brother (1927) - Blu-rayStill considered today to be one of Harold Lloyd’s finest films, The Kid Brother makes its debut on blu-ray thanks to the the Criterion Collection.  It is, of course, one of Lloyd’s sweetest and funniest films, with more sight gags than his others, in which Lloyd plays Harold Hickory ...

Deadpool 2 - Movie ReviewHey, Meatsicle! Get your ass some popcorn and go to the show this weekend. Another round of great comic book sendoffs has been sent to theaters and you don’t want to miss this shit. At all.  ...

In the Cold of the Night - Blu-rayTo 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  ...

Miss Stevens - DVD ReviewSo many movies have been made about inspiring teachers, you wonder what’s left to say about them. But the indie drama Miss Stevens tells a fresh new story about a very human, flawed English teacher named Rachel (Lily Rabe from American Horror Story) who connects  ...

Showdown (1993)

“Why are there potatoes on the board every day?  Who took my desk?  Put that knife away!” If your high school was anything like the knife-wielding, gun-toting, slingshot-carrying school that is featured in Showdown then, man, you just might ...

A Quiet Place (2018) - Movie ReviewThe horror genre is going to some interesting new places of late. With the recent critical and box office success of last year’s Get Out, the acceptance of last month’s intoxicating mind trip Annihilation, and now with A Quiet Place’s rousing world premier at Austin’s SXSW  ...

The Suckling (1990) - Blu-rayWhen in doubt, Big Mama knows!  This is what happens when AWFUL becomes ART. I can hear the pro-lifers waxing poetic about this trashterpiece now.  A woman’s aborted fetus attacks her ...

Isle of Dogs (2018) - Blu-ray ReviewFoundations need to be shaken. Whatever happened to man’s best friend?  Isle of Dogs, written and directed by Wes Anderson, has the answer and it comes into focus via stop-motion.  This is Anderson’s second stop-motion feature but it might ...

The Witches (1966)

He will EAT your soul! That’s the threat that is received when The Witches, a supernatural horror film from Hammer Studios, opens as a school teacher at a mission school in Africa is quickly packing her things.  There is trouble afoot and the tribal drums are an indicator ...

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Ready Player One - Movie ReviewTo 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  ...

Night (2019) - Movie ReviewFor my money, POV horror can still deliver when there is an engaged mind at the helm.  This is exactly why Night, a new horror film from the sick mind of writer/director/actor Nicholas Michael Jacobs, works as well as it does ...

Rampage (2018) - Movie ReviewRampage is really big. And really dumb. And, yes, really fun. The film works because NEVER EVER does it take itself seriously. How could it?! After all, this is a film whose only requirement is that it have a giant lizard (er, alligator), a giant wolf, and a giant ape pulverizing buildings into ...

What Doesn't Kill Us (2019)What if the Zombie Apocalypse failed?  What if the miracle of science saved both the survivors and those that were turned? ...

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  ...

The Deadly Mantis (1957) - Blu-rayWith all its talk of radars and Pine Tree Radar Fences, it’s a wonder that The Deadly Mantis, warning of a sneak attack across the polar ice (by anyone), manages to be so much fun.  STILL!  But, honestly, few things in the cinematic world beat the scene where the giant insect ...

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? ...

Dominique - Blu-rayWith her decision made, there can be only one force that flings open the double doors that lead to one character’s fate.  And she will walk down the long haul with the balls of her feet digging into the ground with intention.  Everyone thinks she’s mad anyway.  The taking of her own life will be no real shock ...

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  ...

Man's Best Friend - blu-ray“Is this dog incredible or what?”  That’s the question Ally Sheedy asks her cameraman when, after being attacked by a stranger, a hulking dog she just rescued from a vivisection experimental lab runs off the would-be burglar and fetches her purse. ...

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 ...

Alien Party CrashersWhen you think of a New Year’s Eve party, the last thing you would expect to attend are aliens.  But that’s exactly what happens in Alien Party Crashers, a new science fiction comedy from High Octane Pictures.  Self-invited and definitely not afraid to double-dip the same  ...

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. ...

The Craft - Collector's Edition blu-ray

We are the weirdos, Mister. Honestly, in a modern day viewing, The Craft feels richer than it did when I originally saw the film.  There is a lot to appreciate about the film and its tale of sisterhood among four high school friends.  The situations feel real and, certainly, the black ...

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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 ...

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