Archive for April, 2015

From the Dark

From the Dark

| April 14, 2015

Ireland has not traditionally been a hotbed of horror film production. That’s not to say that notable horror films have not been made there, but most film fans would be hard-pressed to associate “Irish cinema” and “genre film.” Some of the more high-profile horrors coming out of Ireland over the last decade have been takes […]

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Interview with Jack Sholder, Director of Nightmare on Elm Street 2

Interview with Jack Sholder, Director of Nightmare on Elm Street 2

| April 13, 2015

Jack Sholder, the acclaimed director of such beloved genre classics as Alone in the Dark, The Hidden and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 will be making his first Chicago appearance at the Sci-Fi Spectacular (facebook.com/terrorintheaisles)—Saturday, April 18, 2015 at The Patio Theater—for a Q & A and a rare screening of one of the best films […]

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The Man With the Iron Fists 2

The Man With the Iron Fists 2

| April 13, 2015

RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists was a fantastic tribute to old school kung fu films and comic book aesthetics. It was an honest surprise by the legendary hip hop producer/rapper, who starred, wrote and directed the first film, managed to make an entertaining homage to the likes of the Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest […]

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Batman vs. Robin

Batman vs. Robin

| April 12, 2015

The latest entry in the DC Animated Universe, Batman vs. Robin (2015), marks the fourth installment in DC’s series of interconnected, straight-to-video animated narratives (after the pair of Justice League pictures—War and Throne of Atlantis—and Son of Batman). It also, to my mind, stands as perhaps the most impressively realized animated feature to come out […]

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That Man from Rio & Up to His Ears

That Man from Rio & Up to His Ears

| April 11, 2015

Prior to getting a look at Cohen Film Collection’s upcoming 2-disc Blu-ray release of Philippe de Broca’s That Man from Rio (L’homme de Rio, 1964) and Up to His Ears (Les tribulations d’un Chinois en Chine, 1965), I was only passingly familiar with de Broca’s work. Actually, the only thing I knew about his films […]

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Daredevil: Season 1

Daredevil: Season 1

| April 11, 2015

As I’ve written about many times on this site, I’m a big fan of the ambitiously interconnected cinematic universe Marvel Studios has been building since 2008’s Iron Man.  I eagerly watch each installment of the MCU as quickly as possible, thinking about how it relates to everything else I’ve seen, and what it might set […]

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Tales of Terror

Tales of Terror

| April 8, 2015

It’s not October and yet we’ve a new Vincent Price Blu-ray on the way. What did we do to deserve this? I don’t know but clearly the cinema gods are smiling on us. Of course, it’s not like we have to find ourselves in the month of October to have cause to watch Vincent Price […]

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Man From Reno

Man From Reno

| April 7, 2015

A neo-noir of the highest order, Dave Boyle’s Man From Reno is a bonafide instant classic and delivers an incredible amount of intrigue and mystery. After escaping from her latest book tour, Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani) leaves Tokyo behind and hides in San Francisco to write the latest Detective Akabe novel. It is here, she […]

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Manhattan: Season 1

Manhattan: Season 1

| April 7, 2015

I’ve been meaning to watch this series for a while now since the entire first season is available on Hulu plus, and the previews they aired when it first premiered looked interesting.  Being offered a copy of the blu-ray to review was just the nudge I needed to get into this gripping and human drama […]

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Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption

Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption

| April 7, 2015

As a fan of the 2003-2006 Cartoon Network Teen Titans series, I approached Teen Titans Go! with enormous skepticism rather than excitement. After all, I saw Batman go from the seminal Batman: The Animated Series to the in many ways equally significant Batman Beyond, only to then get the occasionally chuckle-worthy, yet largely unimpressive Batman: The […]

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