Devil Story (1986)

“I’m the master of the ghost ship!” Come for the zombie in the Nazi uniform killing random people and stay for the nonstop hilarity as director Bernard Launois gives audiences a wild tasting slice of French horror pie in Devil Story, his first and last horror film.  This is a Z-grade movie where ...

Roman Holiday (1953)

“Did you bring me here by force?” And INTRODUCING Audrey Hepburn.  That’s right, the screen legend begins here with Roman Holiday, a quintessential romantic comedy, which was shot on location in Rome . . . even though Paramount wanted it filmed on their studio ...

AntebellumFrom the producer of Get Out and Us, Antebellum (2020) is hard to watch as it depicts the realities of slavery. Everything from branding a human being to committing rape and murder is vividly portrayed. Thankfully, some scenes take place in the present day which give the viewer a much  ...

Dementia 13 - Director’s Cut: Vestron Video Collector’s SeriesThe umbrellas.  The Flowers.  And Mother’s collapse.  Every year, it is the same thing.  Welcome to the cruel and keyed-in paranoia of Dementia 13.  If the headaches brought about by this dysfunctional family don’t get you, the axe murderer just might ...

Sunset BoulevardWhen the “Yes” men start telling you “NO”, you are probably approaching the trash-lined gutters along Sunset Boulevard.  Hollywood is clearly sending you a message.  You are no longer needed . . . or are you?!?!  Well, if Billy Wilder (director of The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot ...

DispatchedThe low-budget Christian drama Dispatched is like a movie version of a street preacher. You may have been just going about your daily business, but it grabs you by the shirt collar. It gets right up in your face and declares God’s love for you. This blunt approach to evangelism is not for everybody ...

Alone in the Dark: Collector's Edition

“Alright, they’re crazy! Isn’t everybody?” We are all crazy.  Every one of us are absolutely insane and little separates us from those poor individuals committed due to their uncontrolled impulses.  Working with this idea, Alone in the Dark condemns all of society, showing just how ...

Rebecca: Criterion CollectionFrom identical dresses to the fire which ravishes Manderley, the second Mrs. de Winter (Joan Fontaine) can never, ever take the place of Rebecca.  Cue the romance, the heartbreak, the haunted tension and wind it all up because this film is all about the snap.  That’s what makes this ...

The Croods: A New Age (2020)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  ...

Girl Gang/Pin-Down Girl

"I can't help it, Joe! I just gotta have it!" These girls are nothing but trouble!  Smokin’ weed, sellin’ stolen cars, and knockin’ men over the head until they are unconscious and, you know, mostly left for dead.  And it is all because of the greasy tactics of Joe (Timothy Farell) and his notorious needle ...

The Night of the Hunter: Criterion Collection (1955)A minister-turned-serial killer in one of the most beautiful films ever made by Hollywood?  Sure.  Why not?  When the results of exaggerated set designs and a directing style reminiscent of early silent cinema are as good as they are in The Night of the Hunter, no one is going to complain  ...

AmmoniteIt’s foolish to expect a movie about fossil hunting to be an exciting action banger. But Lord Have Mercy, is Ammonite about as slow as one would expect a movie about fossil hunting to be! To be fair, Ammonite isn’t about fossil hunting, nor does being slow necessarily make it a bad film. It isn’t. But like  ...

Mona Lisa: The Criterion Collection

“Didn’t you ever need someone?” “All the time.” As director Neil Jordan would describe it, Mona Lisa revolves around the idea of (and I’m paraphrasing here) a man not understanding women. And while the film does indeed center on this theme, Jordan and co-writer, David ...

Suspicion: Warner Archive Collection (1941)Was he trying to kiss or kill her on that hilltop?  The verdict is still out as Suspicion makes its debut on blu-ray thanks to the efforts of the Warner Archive Collection. Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Francis Iles's novel Before the Fact - which is as dissimilar as they...

Small GroupIn the Christian dramedy Small Group (2018), an agnostic filmmaker named Roman Scott Cooper (Sterling Hurst) goes undercover to explore evangelical religion. His producer Ballard (Robert Riechel Jr.) wants him to blow the lid off the church by creating a muckraking expose. But Scott’s  ...

Auntie Lee's Meat Pies (1992)

What’s the secret ingredient to your fantastic meat pies, Auntie Lee?  Inquiring minds want to know. Opening with a violent roadside altercation which results in the death of a kindly preacher (Night Patrol‘s Pat Paulsen) with a cross on his car for a hood ornament might not be for everyone, but  ...

Notorious: Criterion Collection (1946)You can’t say that Hitchcock didn’t warn audiences of Hitler.  He made several films with Hitler’s world view overhanging the shadows in each frame.  But, after a decade in Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock took that warning to a new level and gave audiences the ultimate romance between a ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy - 4KIn annuls of home media, there are few titles regarded as legendary as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Not only because of Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation, but in the sheer depth of content and effort made in exploring every facet of the creation of these films. From ...

Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD

“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!“ There was a time when those words - no, that entire opening ...

The Last ShiftWhen asked how the training of his replacement is coming along, Stanley (Richard Jenkins, The Visitor) mumbles to his manager, “I just don’t think he’s a good fit here.” Stanley would know. After all, we’s worked the late night drive-thru shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish, a run-down fast food spot in  ...

Hold That Ghost (1941)

“I know what happens in those mystery pictures!  A guy walks over to a perfectly ordinary door he opens it up and - ZOWIE! - out falls a body right on its kisser!” And, of course, a body falls to the ground!  When it comes to getting the tone of horror comedies right, you have to sometimes go ...

Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman

Zombies! Werewolves! Atomic Mutation! Intergalactic Giant Avians!  This is how you do it, kids.  Get yourself $100,000, come up with an attention-grabbing title for a movie, throw a monster in it, write the script on the quick, give yourself 6-days to shoot the movie (with an editor on the set so ...

InfidelIranian-American filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh has made quite a name for himself around Hollywood with unflinching films that pull back the curtains on governmental corruption and institutionalized abuse. His target is never limited to the American government, however, and those  ...

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Sandra!  Junior?  SANDRA! Junior? SAAAANNNNNDRA! Having successfully stolen the show in 1941’s One Night in the Tropics, the comedy duo of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello - who were big on radio but untested on film - were quickly signed by Universal Pictures ...

The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

As if we needed another reason NOT to drive through the desolate region of America’s Southwest!  The Brotherhood of Satan reminds us of all that could (and probably will go wrong) with an idea like that.  Come across a car full of dead people?  Just keep driving faster!  No one is going to be helping ...

Tenet

Gather ‘round all you puzzle lovers. Have I got a challenge for you! With twisty logic, time-altering physics, and an alternate existence that defies reality, the highly anticipated new thriller called Tenet is the mental challenge puzzle masters trained their entire lives for. For all ...

His Girl FridayTHE POST SAVES EARL WILLIAMS!  Hear all about it in His Girl Friday, now available on blu-ray thanks to the Criterion Collection.  Directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell with standout performances from ...

One Crazy Summer: The Warner Archive Collection

“I hate boats.  I am not getting on any boats.” One Crazy Summer, for me, is a certified blast from beginning to end.  It’s massively underrated and deserves to be applauded on its own merits instead of being compared to its cinematic (and probably more traditional) ...

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  ...

The New MutantsWell, this one had a pained and storied journey to the big screen. Filmed in 2017 after three years of developed, and falling prey to 20th Century Fox indecision, this Josh Boone directed X-Men spin-off production went through several re-workings before, during and after (in fact LONG after)  ...

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