It Happened One Night: Criterion Collection

“She’s afraid of the big bad wolf.  Tra la la la laaaaaa.” It Happened One Night remains a phenomenal romantic comedy.  After all these years, this pre-code American film - which was made when being a reporter was idolized and the screwball comedy was only just hitting its stride - still hits all the perfect notes as ...

Honest Thief (2020)

My daddy was a bank robber!  I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it again and again and again: Liam Neeson is "The January Man".  Ever since the success of Taken, he’s been in just about every January-released action flick that you can imagine becoming cinema's own Winter ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy - 4KIn annuls of home media, there are few titles regarded as legendary as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Not only because of Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation, but in the sheer depth of content and effort made in exploring every facet of the creation of these films. From ...

Violence in a Women's Prison (1982) - Blu-ray Review

Kitty’s back on the cell block!  Woot! Woot!  Let the sweat-dripping orgies begin! Violence in a Women’s Prison, originally released in 1982, is a damn ugly exploitation flick. Even when you lower the bar when it comes to Women in Prison flicks, this ...

The Last ShiftWhen asked how the training of his replacement is coming along, Stanley (Richard Jenkins, The Visitor) mumbles to his manager, “I just don’t think he’s a good fit here.” Stanley would know. After all, we’s worked the late night drive-thru shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish, a run-down fast food spot in  ...

A Night in Casablanca (1946)

The Marx Brothers are coming! The Marx Brothers are coming!  Well, after a bit of exposition that is as Casablanca (and others like that film) get a big kiss-off thanks to the parody on display throughout the 86-minutes that make up A Night in Casablanca.  This REEL CLASSIC might not be the ...

Panic aka BakterionThis Italian-Spanish co-production is a shoddy-looking horror film. Know that first. Panic, also known as Bakterion) is also quite interesting in its own way, weaving a tale about scientists who create something they cannot even hope to control through failed bacteria experiments, as it has more  ...

Masked Mutilator - Blu-rayYou say want sex and violence?  Well, the Masked Mutilator has EXACTLY what you are looking for.  Just be respectful because this house parent will definitely kick your ass ...

InfidelIranian-American filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh has made quite a name for himself around Hollywood with unflinching films that pull back the curtains on governmental corruption and institutionalized abuse. His target is never limited to the American government, however, and those  ...

Some Like It Hot: Criterion CollectionIt’s hard to conceive in this era of remakes that some redos in the history of cinema go on to become classics in their own right. For genre fans, John Carpenter’s The Thing is often cited as a prime example. For comedy, however, Billy Wilder’s beloved cross-dressing romp, Some Like It  ...

Paramount Presents: The Golden ChildThe new comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson called The Hustle is an almost identical remake of the 1988 classic comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin - itself a remake of Marlon Brando’s Bedtime Story. I say “almost” because  ...

Tenet

Gather ‘round all you puzzle lovers. Have I got a challenge for you! With twisty logic, time-altering physics, and an alternate existence that defies reality, the highly anticipated new thriller called Tenet is the mental challenge puzzle masters trained their entire lives for. For all ...

All About Eve

"What a story!  Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end." Written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, All About Eve continues to shine bright thanks to the dazzling performance of Bette Davis as Margo Channing as she takes Anne Baxter as ...

The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael CorleoneLadies and gentlemen, we finally have a fitting conclusion to The Godfather.  It might have taken us some time to get there, but with the release of The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, that finale is upon us and what a much better film this cut is as it celebrates its 30th  ...

The New MutantsWell, this one had a pained and storied journey to the big screen. Filmed in 2017 after three years of developed, and falling prey to 20th Century Fox indecision, this Josh Boone directed X-Men spin-off production went through several re-workings before, during and after (in fact LONG after)  ...

Double Indemnity (1944)

Los Angeles after dark is always an exciting place.   Whether it be out on the street or gazing out the window of your home, the air of unpredictability is always lurking about in the air.  And it is that unpredictability which opens director Billy Wilder’s film noir classic, Double Indemnity as a ...

D.C. Cab (1983)

“Fool! Your fare is the only thing stopping me from breaking your face!” Directed by Joel Schumacher (Lost Boys, Falling Down, 8MM, Batman & Robin), D.C. Cab is his blissfully unaware feature film which follows in the hilarious footprints of The Incredible Shrinking Woman, which ...

The King of Staten IslandThere’s something about a Judd Apatow film that identifies itself almost immediately. Whether it’s gut-busting humor simply for the sake of making us laugh, or foul language and raunchiness with the sole intention of allowing us to be happy wallowing in our own consenting adulthood, his ...

Roman Holiday (1953)

“Did you bring me here by force?” And INTRODUCING Audrey Hepburn.  That’s right, the screen legend begins here with Roman Holiday, a quintessential romantic comedy, which was shot on location in Rome . . . even though Paramount wanted it filmed on their studio ...

The BeastmasterLove it, hate it, or just leave this crazy fantasy flick alone, there’s no denying that The Beastmaster, directed by Phantasm’s Don Coscarelli, is a certified home-run when it comes to B-minded sword-and-sorcery romps.  Magnificent muscles?  Check.  Nudity?  Check.  Magic?  ...

The Rental

If you’ve not yet become totally comfortable with the whole AirBnB home-sharing thing yet, then stay away from The Rental. It’s the new film from first-time director Dave Franco (yes, that Dave Franco) and it plays off the distrust many have about staying in the home of a complete stranger. Think about ...

Sunset BoulevardWhen the “Yes” men start telling you “NO”, you are probably approaching the trash-lined gutters along Sunset Boulevard.  Hollywood is clearly sending you a message.  You are no longer needed . . . or are you?!?!  Well, if Billy Wilder (director of The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot ...

She Mob/The Girl from Pussycat (1968)

Give me some blood!  Whip him!  She Mob begins with an absolute BANG. Forget what you’ve heard about this film being utterly unwatchable.  It isn’t true.  Sure, sure, the “adult” material goes on for far too long, but all of that simply adds to the weirdness ...

Back to the Future: The Ultimate TrilogyThe product of two A-list protégés (at the time) floundering in their careers; a script deemed too dirty by Disney, and not dirty enough by other studios (this was era of sex comedies). Back to the Future, despite being one of the tightest screenplays ever written (then and now) just could not ...

Rebecca: Criterion CollectionFrom identical dresses to the fire which ravishes Manderley, the second Mrs. de Winter (Joan Fontaine) can never, ever take the place of Rebecca.  Cue the romance, the heartbreak, the haunted tension and wind it all up because this film is all about the snap.  That’s what makes this ...

Rest in Pieces (1987)

They don’t make ‘em like this anymore! Spanish director José Ramón Larraz offered some exploitation masterpieces in his time behind the camera.  From the SIN-sation that is Vampyres to the unnerving brilliance that is Black Candles, Larraz was known for his fiery persona ...

The AssistantI’ll say this about The Assistant: it’ll probably make you appreciate your own boss. That person is almost guaranteed to be better than the nameless tyrant dominating The Assistant. The movie depicts one long and ordinary day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a twenty something wannabe film ...

The Night of the Hunter: Criterion Collection (1955)A minister-turned-serial killer in one of the most beautiful films ever made by Hollywood?  Sure.  Why not?  When the results of exaggerated set designs and a directing style reminiscent of early silent cinema are as good as they are in The Night of the Hunter, no one is going to complain  ...

King of the Mountain (1981)Think you know street racing, son?  If you haven’t seen Harry Hamlin (Clash of the Titans), Dennis Hopper (Blue Velvet), and Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams) go at it beneath the twinkling stars of Los Angeles, then you don’t know shit about driving fast on city streets. ...

Becky (2020)While browsing through your favorite streaming service last week, you probably flipped past the title card for the little-known Canadian thriller called Becky. Big mistake. Need convincing? It stars Kevin James as a swastika-tattooed neo-Nazi murderer. Yes, that Kevin James ...

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