The Awful TruthIf you ever get a hankering for some solid improvisational comedic skills on display throughout a major motion picture, look no further then director Leo McCarey’s slapstick comedy, The Awful Truth.  It might have been his first film for Columbia Pictures, but that didn’t stop McCarey from  ...

Housesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried's BrainHousesitter . . . The Night They Saved Siegfried’s Brain has an interesting history and it makes for a great lead.  Originally filmed in Kalamazoo in 1987, this horror/comedy sat unfinished for over 30 years because no one wanted to deal with it.  Now, thanks to Skywalker Sound and Paramount  ...

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 ...

Holiday (1938)Sometimes it takes meeting the wrong person to finally get to the right person.  That’s one of the territories in Holiday, an often overlooked romantic comedy from 1938 which deals with clashing values and what it means to truly live as pie-in-the-sky dreamers mix drinks with the aristocrats  ...

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)

Planet Drool, here we come . . . again!  This is what happens when you go in expecting worse.  You are constantly surprised. Max (Cayden Boyd) has had an incredible summer.  He’s made new friends and is super stoked to tell all his friends at school about them.  The problem is their  ...

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 ...

Ghost Breakers (1940)It’s the simplest twist of fates as Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard return to do battle with the supernatural in The Ghost Breakers!  Voodoo, ghosts, and island-bound zombies!  Add in a criminally underrated performance from Willie Best and you have the makings of another REEL CLASSIC! ...

Curse of the Undead (1959)

Hi-yo, Silver . . . . Bullet, away!  Arriving just in time for our quarantined Halloween is Curse of the Undead, an oft neglected B-grade horror/western about a vampiric gunfighter (played by Michael Pate, Hondo) and the trouble he kicks up when he arrives in a small town and falls for ...

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  ...

The Cat and the Canary (1939)Swamp gators (with their mouths taped shut as evidenced by this crisp 4K handling!), dead lawyers, and mighty sums of money!  Such frightful delights await those that can stay sane in the Norman clan.  ...

Tales for the Campfire 3Dark Infinity and genre filmmaker Dustin Ferguson (who is comparable only to Roger Corman when it comes to impressive B-movie offerings) have yet another horror hit on their hands with the FIVE terrifying stories absolutely crawling and clawing their way through the innards of Tales for the Campfire 3 ...

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.,  ...

Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe EditionKi-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma.  Two repeating syllables is all it takes to conjure up memories of pure evil slashing away at fleshy objects in the night.  I know we fans of Friday the 13th and its many incarnations have been burnt before by subsequent releases of these films, but Scream Factory - issuing ALL the films together with love, care, and respect - have seriously come through with their latest release the Friday the 13th Collection  ...

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  ...

Deathsport (1978)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  ...

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 ...

ghost ship bluray

Question for you all, Dear Readers.  When is a ship not like a ship?  When it’s a Ghost Ship! And, true to its name, this supernatural horror film from Dark Castle Entertainment - who previously brought to life the Thirteen Ghosts remake - doesn’t behave at all like a boat afloat as its ...

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 ...

Pandemonium (1983)

Candy, Mandy, Sandy, Andy and Randy!  Say it again with all the joy you can muster!  And then there’s Glen.  Glen . . . Dandy! Yes, those are the names of possible victims in Pandemonium, a horror spoof directed by Alfred Sole (Alice, Sweet, Alice), and - whether it be via strip poker, a trampoline, javelin ...

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 ...

Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things (1971)A crossdressing criminal who’s paranoia causes him to become fully committed to his matriarchal role in a hideout from the cops?  Something this wild - two gay pyschopaths assuming the identities of nephew and aunt - could only come out of Florida in the 1970s, especially when you see just how ...

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  ...

Spooky HouseArriving just in time for a quarantined Halloween, Spooky House has re-opened its doors for all the kiddos to delight in!  While not my favorite Halloween film, this quirky comedy does have some laugh out loud moments thanks to a skeleton on a toilet and his magazine reading material  ...

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  ...

The Two JakesInfidelity made private investigator and war veteran Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) the man he is today.  We know this having seen the excellent Chinatown, but admits as much in the opening line of The Two Jakes, the 1990 Nicholson-directed sequel to that 1974 film, now on blu-ray  ...

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 ...

Shivers (1975)

Release the blood parasites! One of the images that has long haunted my dreams and nightmares is that of a shirtless man bent over a nude woman’s body - which is placed on a desk in an office - as he opens up her stomach, pours acid into her open chest cavity and then, taking the same instrument ...

Star Wars: Episode V - The EMpire Strikes Back

The greatest sequel ever made… There. Done… Oh, you want more? All right then. Star Wars changed cinema forever. Some say to its detriment. Its penetration into the world’s lexicon was all encompassing. It was in everyone’s vernacular after 1977, and made the left of field auteur George Lucas the ...

Little Monsters (1989)Family cult classics?  Sure!  Little Monsters is back in action because knowing that urine and apple juice are interchangeable is something one needs to know early on in life! ...

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New HopeStar Wars’ new caretakers, Disney, have gone to painstaking work to be able to release this series of films for the first time in 4K. After purchasing the franchise from George Lucas, acquiring 20th Century Fox, and continuing the Star Wars saga with (so far) 5 new ...

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