Ad AstraFilms of the ilk of last year’s Ad Astra are always a quandary for me to write about. With the output of most of Hollywood’s efforts being what some might sarcastically call formulaic and digestible, it is both a blessing and a curse when something is offered to buck the trend. James Gray’s science  ...

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 Invisible ManThough more than eighty years have passed since Claude Rains donned the dark sunglasses, smoking jacket, and yards of ACE bandages in 1933’s The Invisible Man, the character still holds a firm place in the pantheon of Universal’s classic movie monsters. That’s not only a testament to the legacy of the studio’s monster ...

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!   ...

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 ...

Sonic The HedgehogThe 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  ...

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  ...

Onward (2020)What's the first question everyone asks whenever you’ve just watched a new Pixar film? “Where does it rank?” Of course, they’re asking where it fits within the hierarchy of Pixar films. And let’s face it, even a bad Pixar film tops most cinema fare these days, so when we say that Onward ranks ...

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 ...

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 ...

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley QuinnWhen Harley Quinn has a bad day, it’s a good day for the rest of us. And Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is the proof. The very bad, rotten day had by Harley (Margot Robbie, I, Tonya), is told in side-splitting detail in the 24-hour comical frenzy ...

Gretel & HanselWho wasn't frightened as a child by the horrifically grim childhood fairy tale about an evil witch who bakes pastries to lure children into her home so she can cook and eat the youngsters for dinner? It’s a wonder any of us made it out of childhood without totally losing all of our marbles ...

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, ...

Bad Boys For Life (2020)What does a filmmaker do when attempting to revive a franchise that has lain dormant for more than a decade? In the case of Bad Boys For Life, directors Adil and Bilall do what most other filmmakers have done: they adapt the story to fit a new cultural landscape, they riff  ...

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 GentlemenWhere have you been, Guy Ritchie? We’ve missed your language, your punch, your sleight of hand, and that self-referential swagger that defined your early days as a filmmaker. We got hardly any of that as you set out for more commercial ventures like Swept Away, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,  ...

Exorcism at 60,000 Feet (2019)The 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  ...

Just MercyAt one point in Just Mercy, the new film from director, co-writer Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle), the film’s main character Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) points out that “the opposite of poverty isn’t wealth, it’s justice.” Those words set the tone for the tangle of legal and  ...

The Golem (1920)The first horror icon of cinema has returned!  Or is The Golem, thanks to its design and its use of white magic, the first cinematic superhero?  I guess it comes down to your interpretation of the events in this legendary silent film.  But there is NO arguing of its influence.  From The Incredible Hulk  ...

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith2005 saw the end of the prequel trilogy, and what a job it had before it to finally deliver what we’d been promised since the trilogy was announced: the descent of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side and the rise of Darth Vader ...

Beyond the Door (1974)

The power of Jessica (Juliet Mills) compels yyyyoooooouuuu!!!   Get those eyes ready for those stylized freeze frames because Jessica is eating banana skins off the sidewalk again, but this time it is in 2K!  That’s right, the pea ...

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Twice now, in different decades, Star Wars has resurrected itself and rewarded Lucas handsomely. With the recent sequel trilogy now behind us, the parallels between their reception and the era of the prequel trilogy are difficult to ignore. Both critics and the Star Wars fan base have major issues with ...

The Wind (1986)"And you thought YOU were hot?!"  Getting faced by pots of boiling water never looked so good!  The Wind has arrived on blu-ray thanks to a NEW 4K transfer from the original 35mm print ...

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 McPherson Tape (1989)

They are here. They have always been here. The McPherson Tape (also known as UFO ABDUCTION) is proof. It doesn’t take long for the skies to ignite over the night sky of Northwoods, Connecticut.  The McPherson family ...

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  ...

Multiple Maniacs

“Think about the stations of the cross!  Think about the stations of the cross!” With a tip of the hat to the splatterific offerings of Herschell Gordon Lewis and Freaks director Tod Browning, Multiple Maniacs takes aim at the Manson Family and at Catholicism as the tents of ...

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 ...

The Lost Continent (1968)"What happened to us? How did we all get here...?" With those questions, Captain Lansen (Eric Porter) watches as a coffin is slid into the orange-tinted sea.  Standing next to the captain of the Corita, a tramp steamer, are priests, pirates, conquistadors, and his crew and, as the camera ...

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