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 ...

Street Fighter Collection - Blu-ray ReviewClash, Killer Fist!  A legend has returned. If you are not yet one with the madness that is the martial arts film, then let this release be your starting point.  Why?  Because from the years of 1973 to 1976, at the height of the martial arts movie and its influence of sheer insanity and nastiness  ...

Wonder (2018) - DVD ReviewIt can’t be easy to emote well under a face full of prosthetics, but Jacob Tremblay does a great job doing just that in Wonder. Based on the bestselling children’s novel by R. J. Palacio, Wonder tells the story of 10-year-old August “Auggie” Pullman. In many ways, Auggie’s like a ...

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Being the ninth and final film in Hammer’s Dracula series, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires definitely holds a special place in horror history.  That’s not the limit of its legacy, though.  Not by a longshot ...

The Awful Truth (1937) - Blu-ray ReviewCary Grant. Irene Dunne. Together again or – if we are speaking chronologically – for the very first time as The Awful Truth, being originally released in 1937. It is, as film historians recognize, a cinematic match made in Heaven as these two talented individuals run circles around each other ...

Blood Lake (1987)

"I got my beer, I got my sex partner, what else do I need?” Blood Lake continues to exist because we all want to be like Little Tony. Fight me if you disagree. Having a camcorder doesn’t necessarily make you a horror film director.  The same can be said ...

Mermaids (1990) - Blu-ray ReviewBecause you don’t mess with Cher. Just ask director Lasse Hallström or Frank Oz, who was first originally hired to take over the reigns from Hallström before he, too, was booted. And then there is Emily Lloyd. Poor Lloyd got dropped so suddenly (due to Cher’s whim about ...

Warning Sign (1985)Before Resident Evil, there was Warning Sign.  Complete with an impressive synth score from Craig Safan, this thriller absolutely rocks and serves as the precursor to what would come in a lot of biohazard-themed flicks a decade AFTER its initial release ...

12 Strong - Movie ReviewIt has been a while since American military forces have deployed a good old-fashioned 19th-century horseback cavalry charge as an effective battlefield tactic. But that’s exactly what happened in the days immediately following the 9/11 tragedy as an elite U.S. Special  ...

Murderlust (1985)“God, I love the desert!”  This is what is loudly proclaimed by the Sunday school teacher who is sitting squarely at the center of Murderlust.  Steve Belmont (Eli Rich) is a pathetic human being.  As a Sunday school teacher, he uses his post to ensnare pretty young women  ...

Paddington 2 (2018) - Blu-ray ReviewThe must huggable and snuggable bear is back spreading optimism as if it was marmalade itself! Paddington (voiced again by Ben Whishaw) returns in this brilliant sequel that both kids and adults will absolutely love. Paddington 2, directed again...

The Man Who Killed Hitler and then THe Big FootWhen I was a young fool, my go-to movie was Forest Gump.  I think I saw that damn film at least NINE times in the theater.  I was graduating high school and leaving for college and that film just resonated with me.  I was also lovesick and a complete idiot about it.  This review  ...

insidious last key artLook, if this is THE END of the Insidious series, then okay, I can live with it. After all, Insidious: The Last Key gives Lin Shaye (as parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier) more room to shine than ever before. She does, too. Even if the script and the directing is bit of a dullard, she  ...

Multiplicity (1996)You ever wish there was more of you to go around?  Feel completely wiped out at the end of the day?  Willing to only stuff your face with one slice of pizza too many when you get home?  If so, Sony and Columbia Pictures have the comedy for you ...

Halloween 92018) - Movie ReviewWhile it can be argued whether or not John Carpenter’s 1978 thriller Halloween was the birth-giver to the modern slasher sub-genre, one thing that is not even up for discussion is the influence the film has had on an entire generation of filmmakers and horror fans alike ...

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 ...

Proud Mary - Blu-ray ReviewIt begins with The Temptations. You know the groove. The high-hat and then the bass guitar; both working to dig deeper.   Papa Was a Rolling Stone, after all. And while the groove sets in, we see – with retro credits flashing upon the screen – actress Taraji P. Henson as she suits ...

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 ...

Commuter - Blu-ray ReviewAnd the late-career action hero rebirth of Liam Neeson successfully concludes with The Commuter.  That’s right, folks, this is it for Neeson.  Well, that’s if he is to be believed.  Is The Commuter the high note it needs to be for such an announcement?  Not really.  It is, at its  ...

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   ...

Downsizing (2017) - Movie ReviewThe filmmaker whose body of work has often touched on near perfection, suffers a considerably significant stumble with his latest film called Downsizing. Alexander Payne, who explored the sharp contrasts of flawed people dealing with the most difficult of situations 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 ...

Tag (2018) - Movie ReviewYou know you’ve just watched a bad movie when the post-credits video montage of the real characters who inspired the story is the best part of the entire ordeal. That’s exactly the case with Tag, a film inspired by the real-life story of a group of middle-aged men who’ve been playing an ...

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  ...

The DIsaster Artist - Movie ReviewWow.  Wow. Wow.  And, again, WOW. If the side-by-side comparisons at the end of this movie don’t convince you of James Franco’s deep understanding of the wacky world of writer/director Tommy Wiseau, then I don’t know what will. The Disaster Artist isn’t mockery. ...

 

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 ...

Jumanji (2017) - Blu-ray ReviewThe rhinos are back! And so are the laughs, as we have the rare sequel that actually works because it dares to do something a bit different with our expectations. Not that anything in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is all that intelligent, mind you, but the charm from the  ...

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 ...

The Shape of Water - Movie ReviewThere is but one artist who could create a passionately unsettling love story between a mute woman and a freakishly real-looking merman and make it feel so entirely personal that it practically drips with relatable emotion.  One artist.  And he is the mighty Guillermo del Toro ...

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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