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 ...

Paradise Alley (1978) - Blu-rayThe slums never appeared so expressive and atmospheric than they do in this flick.  The 1940s absolutely come alive thanks to an eloquent expression of nightmarish entrapment that hugs the atmosphere and the crazy characters of this poverty row picture from Sylvester Stallone, who  ...

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 ...

Rambo-first-blood2For a very long time, I wished that First Blood had been a one and done deal. But it arrived in the 1982, and anything from the 80s onward that made the studios money would like get a sequel with a roman numeral next to it. The remainder of that decade saw ...

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  ...

I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019) - Blu-rayThe horror of that fateful day in 1978’s I Spit on Your Grave returns thanks to writer/director  Meir Zarchi,  He did the first film, remember?  In fact, the one and only Camille Keaton as Jennifer Hills is also back doing what she does best: getting revenge.  This time, though  ...

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 Strange Door (1951) - blu-rayDeception!  Trickery!  And really bad wigs! There are two reasons why one steps foot through The Strange Door.  They are two BIG reasons, mind you, being the over-the-top performances from Charles Laughton and Boris Karloff, who spends a lot of time ...

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  ...

The Land Unknown (1957) - Blu-ray Review

Fun with helicopter models and CinemaScope exploits! The Land Unknown arrives on blu-ray thanks to Kino Lorber Studio Classics and while it is definitely C-grade 1950s entertainment – happiest when knocking off King Kong and The Lost World – the adventure film ...

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 ...

Superstition (1982)The blood!  The guts!  The wiggling limbs!  I bet Artie (Bennett Liss) and Charlie (Johnny Doran), those poor souls, never expected to lose their heads and their legs when they decided to pull a prank on one of their friends one shadowy night.  One gets microwaved and the ...

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 ...

Malibu Express (1985)To 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  ...

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 Manitou (1978) - Blu-ray ReviewCompletely mad.  Absolutely bonkers.  Those are some descriptions that are often used to describe this New Age-inspired flick of voodoo hoodoo transmissions.  The Manitou is EXACTLY the pile of rock and schlock trash that you want it to be and now, thanks to Scream ...

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  ...

Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987) - Blu-ray Review“Isn’t it gorgeous, babe?!”  That’s the pervading sentiment in Hard Ticket to Hawaii, a bleach-blonde action flick in which hot babes do their best thinking in Jacuzzis and, after insulting a bunch of horny men, start kicking lots of ass  ...

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 ...

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  ...

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. ...

 

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 ...

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  ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Blu-ray Review“This is not going to go the way you think.” –Luke Skywalker. Never has a line from one of these films so succinctly encapsulated the adventure you are about to witness. This second part of the third trilogy of the Star Wars saga is going to take your expectations and throw  ...

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  ...

Denial - Movie ReviewWhen most people hear the word “history,” they think of a dry, boring subject full of dull facts to memorize. But that’s not the impression you get from Denial, based on the true story of a historian in the 1990s who takes on a Holocaust denier in court. Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Wiesz)  ...

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  ...

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