Archive for October, 2013

RiffTrax Live: From Garbage to Glory

RiffTrax Live: From Garbage to Glory

| October 15, 2013

Some movies are made with serious intentions. By that, I mean they were meant to be dramatic and thought-provoking. Unfortunately, a great number of these low budget flicks end up being unintentionally hilarious. And if anyone can take a train wreck and turn it into gold, it would be the creative genius’ behind RiffTrax. Michael […]

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Digimon: Seasons 1-4 Collection

Digimon: Seasons 1-4 Collection

| October 14, 2013

After the Pokemon franchise proved itself to be an overwhelming, immediate success in 1996, it’s no surprise that a host of similar, if not outright derivative, franchises would emerge in its wake. Digimon, one such post-Pokemon franchise, premiered in 1997 as a line of pocket pets in the Tamagotchi vein, but would soon spawn an […]

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The Guild: Complete Megaset

The Guild: Complete Megaset

| October 13, 2013

It’s sitting by my side as I write this: the complete series of The Guild on DVD. Although it’s arguably one of the greatest web series bestowed upon geek culture to date, I’ve honestly some conflicted feelings about receiving the DVD itself. Sure, it brings me great elation to have all six seasons right here […]

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Embrace of the Vampire

Embrace of the Vampire

| October 13, 2013

Sometimes, a film has no business being remade.  Steve Martin’s spin on The Pink Panther for instance is a true abomination.  I had even heard tell of a Casablanca remake starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, before God stepped in and broke the couple up.  Good lookin’ out, big guy.  Sometimes a film can really […]

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Inspector Gadget Megaset

Inspector Gadget Megaset

| October 12, 2013

You pop in the DVD and as soon as the theme song begins, you’re awash in a sea of nostalgia. Suddenly you’re a kid again and it’s Saturday morning. You’re sitting about three feet away from the TV on your parents’ living room floor in your pajamas, watching cartoons with a bowl of cereal in […]

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Drug War (2013)

Drug War (2013)

| October 12, 2013

Hong Kong director Johnnie To returns to form with his latest, Drug War. What is unknown to most Americans is that the inclusion of drugs in any film in China is normally taboo, so in his own way  which tells the story of  undercover cop Captain Zhang, played by Chinese mainland actor Sun Honglei, who meets […]

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Curse of Chucky

Curse of Chucky

| October 11, 2013

Well, it seems like we’ll never really be rid of everyone’s favorite mass-murdering doll, Chucky.  In this sequel to the 1988 horror “classic,” Chucky (Brad Dourif, reprising the role), is mysteriously mailed to Sarah (Chantal Quesnelle) and her daughter Nica (Fiona Dourif; Brad Dourif’s daughter).  Things hit the ground running when Nica is woken up […]

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Babysitter Massacre

Babysitter Massacre

| October 10, 2013

Like the immortal anti-heroes starring in the subgenre’s biggest franchises, the slasher film refuses to die. The main reason for this is probably because it’s always been a good way for low-budget filmmakers to make something marketable without going bankrupt. This is even more true today in the era of cheap, high-quality digital video cameras […]

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Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge

Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge

| October 10, 2013

Curly, the long-standing icon of the legendary comedy troupe The Three Stooges, is still a mystery to many—even those who knew him personally.  Joan Howard Maurer, Curly’s niece, went about trying to figure out this complicated clown, one whose complexities were buried under a childlike sheen of simplicity and an ability to send people into […]

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Aliyah

Aliyah

| October 10, 2013

I’m having a hard time imagining who would want to see this film.  The story is about Alex (Pio Marmai), who works as a drug dealer in Palestine, but wants to move to Israel to help his cousin open a restaurant.  Moving to Israel isn’t so simple for Alex since he has to learn to […]