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 ...

Gamera - The Heisei Era - Blu-rayRecharged! Rebooted! And reunited with the children of the world! Gamera, after a fifteen year hiatus returns thanks to the films which make up Gamera: The Heisei Era.  All FOUR films in this set from Arrow Video make for a hell of a good time with solid special effects and a ...

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 ...

Gamera - The Showa Era

The Friend of All Children has arrived!  Otherwise known as the Guardian of the Universe, Gamera is what happens when you imagine a turtle flying alongside your plane on a hot summer day.  Debuting as an aggressive bipedal monster capable of flying the not so friendly skies, this massive turtle calmed ...

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 ...

Max Cloud

Do not fear, Max Cloud is here! Side-scrolling gamers and Scott Adkins (Ip Man 4: The Finale, Doctor Strange, Accident Man, and The Expendables 2) fans might be interested in checking out The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud, but EVERYONE should be warned that ...

UnhingedMonster movies aren’t what they used to be. With the fear of nuclear war mostly behind us and the terror of invading aliens having run its course, filmmakers have had to come up with a new kind of monster to scare the pants off movie goers. And what is more menacing, unpredictable, and  ...

Giant from the Unknown (1958)

“Wayne!  Coffee break!” Everything about Giant from the Unknown leads me to believe that it might be one of the films that influenced David Lynch to do what he does with film.  You've got buckets of hot coffee, a lizard in a rock, hallowed out lodges, crazy creatures walking out from thick ...

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 ...

The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)Craving a howling good time at home?  The Wolf of Snow Hollow, with its offbeat humor and characters, is your meal ticket for small town terror . . . you just have to be willing to follow the breadcrumbs  ...

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 ...

Blind FuryIt’s time to unfocus your eyes!  Forgive.  Forget.  And deal a mighty ass-whooping out to all those who would seek to do you harm! Blind Fury is back, baby! ...

Hellboy (2004) The first time I heard the name Mike Mignola was after I received a set of his Topps comic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. As a lifelong comic reader, I’m ashamed to say I’d missed his ...

Tremors: Limited Edition 4K Restoration

When worms attack! Welcome back to Perfection, Nevada!  There’s not a lot to do or see here in the desert sands.  But none of it prevents the few who do live here from being super paranoid.  There is something out there in the swirling sands and acrid heat.  Which is why ...

The Lion King (2019)Although this isn’t the first of Disney’s attempts to redo their animated back catalogue, I think it had the hardest job. The mastery of motion capture technology and the sophistication that computer generated animation has reached allows them to deliver ...

Honest Thief (2020)

My daddy was a bank robber!  I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it again and again and again: Liam Neeson is "The January Man".  Ever since the success of Taken, he’s been in just about every January-released action flick that you can imagine becoming cinema's own Winter ...

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 ...

Paramount Presents: The Golden ChildThe 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  ...

RatatouillePixar never cease to surprise me. On the sole summary of one of their stories, I almost never get a sense of just how much I may fall in love with whatever they’re dishing out. Toy Story, The Incredibles, Coco, you name it, I’ve underestimated their power to completely ...

Panic aka BakterionThis Italian-Spanish co-production is a shoddy-looking horror film. Know that first. Panic, also known as Bakterion) is also quite interesting in its own way, weaving a tale about scientists who create something they cannot even hope to control through failed bacteria experiments, as it has more  ...

Rambo III (1988)Three years would pass before another go around with John Rambo and produce the most (at the time) violent action movie ever made. It marked a continued tonal shift of the character that had good intentions hidden in cartoonish, ham fisted  ...

The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael CorleoneLadies and gentlemen, we finally have a fitting conclusion to The Godfather.  It might have taken us some time to get there, but with the release of The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, that finale is upon us and what a much better film this cut is as it celebrates its 30th  ...

Good Boys (2019)One of the kids at the center of the new comedy Good Boys confidently tells his two best friends, “It’s a tampon. Girls shove it up their butts to stop babies from coming out.” The object in question is indeed a tampon, they got that part right. But, of ...

D.C. Cab (1983)

“Fool! Your fare is the only thing stopping me from breaking your face!” Directed by Joel Schumacher (Lost Boys, Falling Down, 8MM, Batman & Robin), D.C. Cab is his blissfully unaware feature film which follows in the hilarious footprints of The Incredible Shrinking Woman, which ...

Rambo (2008)If the last couple of years have taught us anything it should be never underestimate Sylvester Stallone. He was mocked at the beginning of his career and brought us Rocky. His popularity waned in the late 90’s and when word trickled down he was reviving not only his famous ...

The BeastmasterLove it, hate it, or just leave this crazy fantasy flick alone, there’s no denying that The Beastmaster, directed by Phantasm’s Don Coscarelli, is a certified home-run when it comes to B-minded sword-and-sorcery romps.  Magnificent muscles?  Check.  Nudity?  Check.  Magic?  ...

The Peanut Butter Falcon - Movie ReviewFeaturing a special needs character in a film is always a risky proposition that has the potential to cross that fine line between exploitation and exposition. ...

She Mob/The Girl from Pussycat (1968)

Give me some blood!  Whip him!  She Mob begins with an absolute BANG. Forget what you’ve heard about this film being utterly unwatchable.  It isn’t true.  Sure, sure, the “adult” material goes on for far too long, but all of that simply adds to the weirdness ...

Una (2017)When Una (Rooney Mara) was 13, her neighbor Ray molested her. They carried on a secret 3-month long relationship, at which point they planned to run away together. But then Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) disappeared. He wound up serving 4 years ...

Rest in Pieces (1987)

They don’t make ‘em like this anymore! Spanish director José Ramón Larraz offered some exploitation masterpieces in his time behind the camera.  From the SIN-sation that is Vampyres to the unnerving brilliance that is Black Candles, Larraz was known for his fiery persona ...

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