Midsommar (2019)Here’s a bit of life advice. Never trust the remote village that no one has ever heard of, especially if it puts on a pagan celebration that even fewer are aware of. I promise, you’ll thank me later for this. ...

The CircusBy now, the majority of movie lovers agree that Charlie Chaplin was ONE of the great geniuses of the silent era.  That wasn’t always the case, though, and it probably took The Circus to get everybody on board his brand of cinema.  At the time that this movie was  ...

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)Making any film is a tricky endeavor, let alone a film in a franchise that shows no duds. Added to which, this latest incarnation has been balanced carefully between ...

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

She’s the horror hostess with the mostess.  Guaranteed.  But who is she? She was in a Bond film.  She dated Elvis.  At the age of 17, she was dancing in a gay bar.  She’s been on the cover of a Tom Waits album.  Hell, she’s sung in rock bands and worked with ...

Yesterday (2019) - Movie ReviewA good movie always begins with a killer premise. And Yesterday, the new film from director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Richard Curtis has a great one. It takes on the idea of what our world would be like today if The Beatles never existed ...

Fright (2019)It’s all over, but the screaming.  Even the British got in on the whole babysitter stalking trend.  Wait.  Back up.  When was this film made?  Oh hell, they helped bring it to the United States.  The proof arrives in Scream Factory’s latest HD offering, Fright, starring Honor Blackman (Bond's ...

Scooby Doo, Where Are You: The Complete SeriesIT. HAS. ARRIVED. Fred Jones. Daphne Blake. Velma Dinkley. Shaggy Rogers. And a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo. That’s right, kiddos, the Mystery Machine has pulled up in all-new (AND BOLD) colors! The details! The animation! And all the fun-loving, free-wheeling, sandwich-gobbling spirit ...

Stephen King's The StandCa-Ca-Crazy lives here and, if you are anything like me and my warped sensibility, you are gonna love it  ...

The Dead Don't Die

Kill the head!  Kill the head! Jim Jarmusch, the writer/director of Night on Earth, Dead Man, Ghost Dog, Broken Flowers, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Coffee and Cigarettes, has made a zombie movie.  That sentence alone, if you are a fan of independent films just this side of quirk, should get your heart racing. No? ...

Can You Ever Forgive Me? - DVDIn 1991, New York biographer Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) finds herself in dire straits: she has lost her job, fallen 3 months behind on rent and can’t afford the vet bills for her beloved sick cat. Her agent (Jane Curtin) is less than helpful, ignoring Lee’s phone calls ...

Hell Comes to FrogtownHell Comes to Frogtown and only "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as Sam Hell can save the day.  I don’t know whose idea it was – cinematographer/director Donald G. Jackson or writer/producer Randall Frakes or, hell, the B-film minded souls over at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures – but strapping a bomb onto Piper’s ...

Ma (2019) - Blu-rayOctavia Spencer has been a staple in movies for years. She’s a talented, larger than life actor that almost always stands out in an ensemble, or kills it in a cameo. Quite rightly, she has been campaigning for a lead role in something that steps out of what she’s usually offered and  ...

The VelocipastorYour new favorite monster movie, clocking in at a zippy 75-minutes, will have you stomping your way toward extinction thanks to laughing so damn hard at its rubber-suited antics, its 1980s shock and schlock kicks ...

What we Left Behind: Looking Back on Star Trek: Deep Space NineDark. Intense.  Edgy.  Consistently bold.  Endlessly imaginative.  And, of late, experiencing a bit of a renaissance in popularity, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is now – on the eve of its 25th Anniversary – being celebrated with its own documentary.  What We Leave Behind: Looking Back On Star Trek: Deep ...

John Wick: Chapter Three - ParabellumJohn Wick is one of those franchises that seemingly came out of nowhere. Keanu Reeves (deservedly) has maintained a level of currency through his lengthy and stellar career, but if we’re to be honest, his star was on the wane when he signed on to the ...

Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966)

Grab the wolfsbane!  Get the garlic! Cult filmmaker William Beaudine takes aim and squeezes the B-movie trigger again!  From The Ape Man to Voodoo Man, the director constantly drums up a lot of B-movie mayhem.  Here, he ...

Shaft (2019)The #metoo movement wouldn’t stand a chance in John Shaft’s world. The most badass private detective to ever don a leather duster gets a modern-day update in Tim Story’s revisit to the Shaft franchise that kicked off the blaxploitation movement back in the early ’70’s ...

Horror of Frankenstein (1970)In which Frankenstein gives us the two fingered salute!  You’ll laugh!  You’ll cry!!  The Horror of Frankenstein and its bodybuilding monster will be why!  Scientific twaddle has never been so supercilious than here in this Hammer flick from 1970 ...

Booksmart (2019)Whether for good or bad, we were all labeled in high school. And whether we liked it or not, one of the most awkward times of our lives undoubtedly became the indelible forehead stamp that each of us has tried to erase ever since ...

4D Man (1959)

Atomic fusion gets jazzed up!  Thanks to a righteously jazzy score from composer Ralph Carmichael and an off-kilter (but campy) vibe, an underappreciated science fiction gem gets the blu-ray treatment courtesy of Kino ...

The Secret Life of Pets 2One of the toughest challenges faced by screenwriters when developing a sequel – especially to a wildly popular animated film – is how to best capture the same spirit and vibe of the original while also taking the story and characters we love to new ...

Grandmother's HouseI mean, it isn’t every day you see a body being dragged on the ground by your grandparents.  That’s just one of the MANY shocks in this creepy gem from the video store.  Newly scanned and remastered in 4K from its original 35mm camera negative, Vinegar Syndrome gives us another ...

Brightburn (2019)Creative writing courses talk about where that spark of an idea can come from, and how to nurture that possibility into something bigger. One of the catalysts most often encouraged is to pose a question. Writers Brian and Mark Gunn have most definitely asked a question in their creation of Brightburn ...

Radioland Murders (1994)

Because maybe the Easter Bunny DOES crap colored eggs! Radioland Murders, directed by Mel Smith (The Tall Guy, Bean) and co-written by George Lucas, is a throwback to another era of comedy.  Unfortunately, none of that was recognized when the film was ...

The Hustle (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  ...

The New Kids (1985)Bloody rabbits do not belong in the shower!  That’s one lessen to learn here with this flick.  The other is that you simply do not mess with a bleach-blonde James Spader.  You are simply asking for a whole hell of a lot of trouble ...

The Biggest Little Farm (2019)The only thing more difficult than making a feature documentary film may be running a farm. But farmer/filmmaker John Chester does both in his new film, The Biggest Little Farm, a sweet little documentary that chronicles the near-decade-long struggle of he and wife Molly’s plan to leave the city life behind and ...

Weird Science (1985) blu-rayYou’re dead meat, Pilgrim.  Highly quotable and completely off its rocker in all the best ways possible, Weird Science is back in circulation thanks to the lovable charm of two high school losers as they go from zeroes to heroes for one fantastical weekend in a  ...

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

The King has returned - along with 17 other classic Titans - but, hey, long live the King! Continuing the plot of 2014’s Godzilla and 2017's Kong: Skull Island as far as the Monarch Corporation is concerned, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a creature-centered film that wastes little time in giving ...

Evil Town (1977)The Vinegar Syndrome Archive line, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era, has officially started thanks to the HD release of Evil Town! ...

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