Archive for May, 2014

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

| May 31, 2014

The latest action-comedy from Chinese writer/director Stephen Chow is a loose reworking of the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West. The film tells the tale of an unshaven Buddhist monk named Xuanzhang struggling to master his humane style of demon slaying whereby he attempts to reform the monsters with nursery rhymes. In the process, […]

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Interview with ‘Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia’ director Nicholas Wrathall

Interview with ‘Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia’ director Nicholas Wrathall

| May 31, 2014

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with director Nicholas Wrathall to discuss his new documentary on Gore Vidal, The United States of Amensia. Our conversation covers many of the subjects mentioned in my review of the film – including the personality and politics of Gore Vidal, along with the director’s impetus behind the creation […]

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Robocop (2014)

Robocop (2014)

| May 31, 2014

The best way to go into any movie is with low expectations.  If you expect perfection, you will be disappointed, but if you expect an unwatchable travesty, then you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised.  My expectations for the new Robocop were about as low as possible.  This was not because I have some loyalty to the […]

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Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series

Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series

| May 28, 2014

With an exciting mix of humor, action and suspense, the CBS western, Cimarron Strip, centers on the exploits of U.S. Marshal Jim Crown, assigned to keep order in the Oklahoma panhandle town of Cimarron. What sets Cimarron Strip apart from other series like it, save for The Virginian (1962-71), is that it boasts feature-length episodes, […]

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Death Spa

Death Spa

| May 27, 2014

Many horror fans who grew up in the 80s and 90s are understandably nostalgic for the days of the local video store, when great box art promised untold terrors. Although the films inside the boxes rarely delivered on those promises, small video companies went out of their way to make eye-catching designs stand out from […]

Dan Curtis’ Dracula

Dan Curtis’ Dracula

| May 27, 2014

This adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic, produced and directed by Dark Shadows-creator Dan Curtis, was produced for CBS in 1973 and released theatrically with some choice blood and violence added to the mix (all of which is included in the featured cut of Dan Curtis’ Dracula on the brand new Blu-ray release from MPI […]

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Fairy Tail: Part 10

Fairy Tail: Part 10

| May 25, 2014

Fairy Tail hits hard in this set! This doesn’t mean just the fighting, although not to be ignored, but also the characters’ loyalties, drives, loves, and friendships are laid out in beautiful rawness for the world to experience. This set is the conclusion of the Tenrou Island Arc. What starts as a routine S-Class Tournament […]

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

| May 25, 2014

Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is an apology to all of the X-Men fans for pretty much all of the previous entries in the franchise. While there are still countless inaccuracies, in comparison to the comics, there are enough engaging action sequences, entertaining story lines and a fantastic cast that make this latest […]

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Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play)

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play)

| May 22, 2014

Megawatt director, writer and producer Tyler Perry continues to have a tremendously successful career in stage plays, film, and television shows. More recently, Tyler Perry collaborates with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network producing the popular television drama series, The Haves and the Have Nots. Tyler Perry draws millions of viewers because of relatable storylines. Whether a […]

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Mischief Night

Mischief Night

| May 21, 2014

Scream was released nearly 20 years ago, but for better or worse it continues to have an influence on horror film in general and slashers in particular to this day. Mostly “worse,” unfortunately, as screenwriters try to out-clever Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven’s original meta-slasher in hopes of replicating even a fraction of that film’s […]

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