Life of the Party (2018) - Movie ReviewLike the Basket Weaving 101 class offered to help fulfill those elective credits in college, Life of the Party should have been a slam dunk. Just put the funny person in funny situations, roll camera, cut, print, and go to the bank. But there’s a reason I’m not a filmmaker. And it’s the same ...

Deep SpaceSchlocky science fiction gets gutted in writer/director Fred Olen Ray’s Deep Space!  Now on blu-ray thanks to Scorpion Releasing, this campy cult classic sees Charles Napier, the steely-eyed character actor who formed a career out of playing pissed-off military figures, as a Los Angeles ...

Sling Blade (1996) - Blu-ray ReviewIt is a sad fact that talent doesn’t necessarily equate to a career of note or at all in Hollywood. There are literally hundreds of thousands of talented people out there that will never get their shot in the spotlight. Every so often, however, someone manages to bridge this gap from  ...

Bones (2001)

Because the gangster of love don’t need no fried chicken! Starring Snoop Dogg and Pam Grier, director Ernest Dickerson’s Bones is an incredibly tight updated take on blaxploitation flicks by way of horror.  The mashing of genres works to create a film that has gone on to earn a sizable cult following ...

Play Misty for Me (1971) - Blu-ray ReviewThe obsessed fan/love interest movie is a well-trodden one nowadays, with some truly stellar entries in the sub-genre (Misery, Fatal Attraction) and some truly awful ones; but one, to my surprise, that is rarely brought up is one of the earliest on this subject ...

ConquestThe 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  ...

Kindergarten Cop (1990 - Bluray ReviewPretty harshly assessed by critics of the day, Kindergarten Cop, the follow up collaboration between the 'Austrian Oak' and director Ivan Reitman, was still a massive financial success back in 1990 when it took over 200 million on a (now) paltry budget of around 15 million. ...

April Fool's Day

Because who doesn’t like a practical joke?! “On a clear day you can see the Kennedys.”  That line of dialogue is one of the many clever lines in this cult classic from 1986.  April Fool’s Day, directed by Fred Walton and written by Danilo Bach, is an undeniable masterpiece of mood and mayhem ...

Jigsaw - Movie Review

Seven years later….

DUN-DUN-DUNNNNN!!!! ...

 

Revenge of the CHeerleaders

Cigarettes out and zippers up! Tarantino’s main influence for Death Proof arrives on blu-ray thanks to Code Red and, yes, it features full frontal nudity from The Hoff, a seriously sexy dance number in a soda shop, and a lot of high school teens giving their all for the school. ...

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - Blu-ray ReviewThe Elseworld has arrived, DC fans! There is a shadow that stalks the corners of the alleyways in Gotham City.  Another one – separate but just as severe – darkens the very top of roofs.  His shadow looms larger.  One of those threatening shadows carries a long, steely ...

Record CityTalk about 1970s television star power!  Everyone - from Kinky Friedman to Ruth Buzzi - is stocking the shelves at Record City.  The familiar faces keep turning up in this store! ...

Annihilation (2018) - Movie ReviewWhat does it mean to be human? What separates us from other life forms? Does the same self-destruction that plagues us humans show up outside the human world? All grand questions to which the answers are really unknown. Or, at least, largely unproven. That does not ...

The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes (1955)Tucked far enough away from civilization, the bleak desert that surrounds the ranch at the center of this independently made feature from 1955 makes for some unsettling moments.  There’s nothing around the ranch except sand and mountains in the distance. Its remote location is already changing the ...

Happy Death Day - Movie ReviewHappy Death Day should have been good. Groundhog Day redone as a teen slasher horror? Are you kidding me? Count me in! The opportunity to watch a miserable prig of a person on the receiving end of the perfect comeuppance... over and over. A circular loop of bloody ...

Terror Train

No one screams like Jamie Lee Curtis.  No one. Combine those ear-piercing screams with a creepy Groucho Marx mask, a young David Copperfield, a ghostly train ride, and you have sure fire success for a late October night full of terror and mystery.  Rising above the typical ...

mother! - Movie ReviewSome people enjoy playing with Rubik's cubes. Others, like me, don't know how to solve them and wind up wanting to throw the cubes against the wall in frustration. I had that same chucking-a-Rubik's-cube feeling many times while watching Darren Aronofsky's latest  ...

Universal Horror Collection Volume FourIt doesn’t take Night Key very long to kick into high gear.  Boris Karloff, starring as an inventor of a bank alarm who gets pissed that he’s not getting the money or the credit for his invention, finds himself in over his head with a group of gangsters who want to get rich quick.  With nowhere to turn to ...

geostorm - Blu-ray ReviewTsunamis.  Hurricanes.  Firenados?  Well, alrighty then.  This is the largely uninspired world of Geostorm, a movie that phones in more than just a series of sad performances all trapped within the pages of a story that appears to have been written by a teenager who lets the  ...

InseminoidWhat happens when like-minded British and Hong Kong film producers get together to make a cheapo-depot sex film?  They ride the success of Alien, amp up the sex, and make one of the strangest exploitation films of the early 1980s.  Inseminoid is a horror film like few others. Thanks to  ...

Blade Runner 2049 - Blu-ray ReviewIt is a valley of ash that fills the screen; dull and without expression. Little hope resides here. It is a dull and gray atmosphere that washes over us; full of cold notions as K (Ryan Gosling) arrives at a protein farm with the sole duty to retire the replicant who operates this farm ...

Bug (1975)Giant-sized cockroaches in the Brady Bunch house?!  Yes, please. What other secrets are those unclean Brady’s hiding?  With Bug, a film that locks its horrors upon fire-farting cockroaches, we find out! ...

Winchester - Movie ReviewThe only thing more confusing and carelessly constructed than the Winchester mansion itself, is the story that tries to explain why the house was built in such a haphazard manner in the first place. Construction began on the real-life Winchester House in 1886 and was never ...

Parasite (2019)Seven films into his career and Bong Joon Ho continues to impress audiences with dark and thoughtful material.  This time, with Parasite, he delivers a film that is so topical and so well made that even Hollywood had to stop and take notice.  Parasite is THAT memorable. ...

The Foreigner - Blu-ray Review

Because sometimes older is better.  Martin Campbell.   Pierce Brosnan.  Jackie Chan.  When these three titans of hard-hitting action go toe-to-toe, you are definitely going to want to see the results.  Those artists – two actors and one director (responsible for GoldenEye ...

Ray Harryhausen Volume One blu-rayRay Harryhausen and his stop-motion work is legendary. While his stuff is slow to trickle out on blu-ray, the high-def picture and the clarity the format provides is always insightful into his creative processes. The latest round of his work comes from Indicator, a UK company that offers their ...

It (2017) - Movie ReviewDirector Andrew Muschietti and screenwriters Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga do something very interesting with their big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s hugely popular novel It. They take the thrills and chills of horror and, rather than use them as a cheap means ...

Color out of Space - blu-rayLadies and Gentlemen, Richard Stanley is back!  I have just been introduced to my new go-to movie.  Color Out of Space is right up there with Mandy when it comes to imaginative tales of terror.  The mixture of CGI and practical effects in this science fiction horror narrative is downright disturbing ...

The Breakfast Club - Blu-ray Review

“The next time I have to come in here I’m cracking skulls.” The Breakfast Club, in which the late great writer/director John Hughes gives voice to the voiceless, has finally been officially considered a masterpiece.  With this release, all the critical-minded Neo maxi  ...

Brewster's MillionsBrewster’s Millions remains a screwball comedy that simply knocks it out of the park.  Home runs don’t get much wilder than this ...

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