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, ...

The Little MermaidWith Disney’s current dominance at the box office, it is difficult to believe it, but they weren’t doing so well (theatrically) in the latter half of the 1980s. They had experienced, especially in the animation realm, a series of costly underperforming features and the sure thing that used ...

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  ...

Zombieland: Double TapThe road trip through the zombie apocalypse continues with Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland: Double Tap, which comes some ten years after his Zombieland caught the front end of the zombie resurgence in the ‘90s and rode it into undead lore. ...

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  ...

WaterworldThe last decade of the 20th Century in movies saw the pinnacle of star-powered excess-driven extravaganzas peak with Kevin Costner’s Waterworld. One of the biggest stars in the world, at the time, he could write his own ticket, dictate all terms, and will anything he wanted into existence. That ...

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  ...

Gemini ManRarely does conventional wisdom hold in Hollywood. Particularly with regards to the notion that less is more and that simplicity is superior to elaborate embellishment. Take, for instance Jerry Bruckheimer, the titan of TNT, who subscribes to the theory that if a candle is needed ...

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 ...

Hellboy II: The Golden Army2004’s Hellboy was a well-received if unspectacular performer at the box office, and the studios were not in a hurry to spend on another one. Undeterred, Guillermo Del Toro pressed on pitching various iterations of what could be the follow up. Oh, and since he had some time to kill ...

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 ...

Western StarsSomewhere in Colts Neck, New Jersey there sets a horse farm owned by Bruce Springsteen.  And on those 378 acres there is a two-story barn which, on certain nights, doubles as a performance area for Springsteen, his wife Patti Scialfa, and some close friends.  The voices coming out from  ...

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 ...

Breakthrough (2019)Movies like Miracles from Heaven and Heaven Is for Real tell allegedly true stories of divine intervention. The latest such movie is 2019’s Breakthrough. About four years ago in Missouri, teenager John Smith (Marcel Ruiz) fell through the ice of a frozen lake. After 15 minutes underwater he clinically died. But when ...

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 ...

Joker (2019)Joker was frightening proposition for this reviewer, who has been a lifelong Batman fanatic. Firstly because it presumed to make the focus of its narrative on one of the greatest antagonists in storytelling history, without the hero; secondly because it wasn’t going to stick with ...

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 ...

Rambo: Last BloodTenacious is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Sylvester Stallone. He was once one of the highest-paid and most successful actors in cinema’s history, and, like most, has had his fair share of career highlights and—lets be kind—lulls. ...

Mom (1991)The Beachwood and Franklin community in Hollywood will never be the same once Mom moves in!  Over-the-top and mad as hell, Mom is a late-night gem that hounds of horror will definitely dig. ...

It CHapter TwoWhen Stephen King’s doorstop novel was adapted for TV in the 90’s, it accomplished what shouldn’t have been possible. King’s novel is a behemoth tome, with dozens of characters, and was one of his truly graphic forays into the horror genre for ...

The Mafu Cage (1977)

Psychological thrillers don't get any more disturbing than what goes down in the four walls of The Mafu Cage! Ellen (Lee Grant) just can’t escape her sister, Cissy, but, boy, would she love to be rid of her.  It might just take a tribal ceremony to get it done, too! ...

It's a Wonderful LifeThere are touchstone pictures that transcend any generation, no matter when they were born, that fall under the MUST WATCH category. They are masterpieces. Films like Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre, (I know! Bogart nut) it doesn’t matter. If you are a film aficionado, a general viewer, a ...

The Peace Killers (1971)

It’s the fuzz tones, man.  It’s all about the fuzz! What would you do if a producer came up to you and your cousin and said he’d give you $100,000 to make a movie, but it had to be a biker flick and it had to be R-rated?  You’d make that damn movie, of course.  Thus ...

Downton AbbeyPolish the silver, set out the good china, and put a kettle on. The Crawleys are back! Fans of the popular PBS television series that aired for six seasons can once again spend a little time at the sprawling English countryside estate as the film version of Downton Abbey finally hits theaters. And even ...

Opposing Force (1986)“Look, You got a limp and I got tits; these aren't great things to have in the military. So, why don't we pair up and get through the course as best as we can?” ...

Bourne Ultimate CollectionThe Bourne series is currently five films in (as of the writing of this article) and had definitively made its mark in the action/spy genre. In a perfect storm of confluences, it hit its mark with an audience desperate to break with convention and be given something unseen in the ...

Hairspray

Musical?  Who needs a musical?  We only need the music and a floor to dance upon! The 1960s are alive and well in the capable hands of John WatersHairspray hasn’t aged a day since its initial release in 1988 and that ...

Stand By Me (1986)Misery is just about this reviewer’s favorite Stephen King adaptation. Its director, Rob Reiner, was the only one entrusted with that adaptation because the author knew the director would adapt it well. The reason that King knew he would adapt it well ...

Captain Kronos: Vampire HUnter (1974)Vampires! Swordfights!  Making whoopee with Caroline Munro in a stable!  It’s all here in Hammer’s classic Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, easily my favorite Hammer film  ...

Saving Private RyanI don’t cry in movies. It’s just not my way. But I have to confess that twenty years ago, upon sitting down to watch Steven Speilberg’s World War II magnum opus, the recreation of the Normandy invasion put a lump in my throat and fogged my eyes with tears for its ...

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