Archive for December, 2015

Hitman: Agent 47

Hitman: Agent 47

| December 29, 2015

It’s hardly a surprise that a video game-to-film adaptation should be met with critical scorn upon release, as Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) was. It’s a trend dating back to the colossal critical, creative, and commercial failure of Super Mario Bros. (1993). But nowadays it seems, as soon as a video game adaptation is announced even, […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Full Spoiler Review)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Full Spoiler Review)

| December 21, 2015

Gargantuan, is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Star Wars these past few months. Ever since Disney had wrangled the rights from George Lucas, people knew that this next phase of the legendary Hollywood franchise was going to be massive. No one could get away from anything Star Wars related. With […]

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Slow Learners

Slow Learners

| December 18, 2015

Best friends Jeff (Adam Pally; Happy Endings) and Annie (Sarah Burns; I Love You, Man) haven’t been having a lot of luck when it comes to love lately.  Not ones to cynically blame others for their misfortune, the pair are forced to look within to answer the question of why they’re such losers, and then […]

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The Unauthorized Full House Story

The Unauthorized Full House Story

| December 13, 2015

I haven’t seen enough of these to say for sure, but I think that made for TV movies about old TV sitcoms and the pseudo-drama that went down on set might be my new favorite film genre.  It’s a bit niche, but the ones I’ve seen have been bad movies at their absolute best.  Maybe […]

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One Eyed Girl

One Eyed Girl

| December 11, 2015

Low-key psychological horror/thrillers of the 1970s have become a popular touchstone for genre filmmakers over the last few years, resulting in some critically-acclaimed takes on familiar material. The best known of these may be Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) and Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth (2015), but there have been a number […]

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Interview: Linnea Quigley comes to Chicago for Return of the Living Dead 30th Anniversary

Interview: Linnea Quigley comes to Chicago for Return of the Living Dead 30th Anniversary

| December 9, 2015

Dec. 12, 2015 – Brew & View at The Vic Theater, Chicago Linnea Quigley will be appearing at Brew & View at The Vic Theater (brewview.com) on Dec. 12 in Chicago for a 30th Anniversary screening of the Dan O’Bannon-scripted horror-comedy Return of the Living Dead. Linnea will do a Q & A after the film, […]

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Knock Knock

Knock Knock

| December 8, 2015

Eli Roth’s career trajectory went from cult to hit and back to cult again, in a bizarre cycle of attention-getting projects of varying scale and notoriety. Coming off the heels of the long-awaited The Green Inferno, which was finally released earlier this year after a two-year delay, we’re given back-to-back treats from one of the […]

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Mandingo

Mandingo

| December 4, 2015

In the canon of 70s exploitation cinema, there may be no category of films more uncomfortable to watch for modern viewers than “slavesploitation.” Hardly anyone in the audience at a 2015 Fantastic Fest screening of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi’s notorious “mondo” slavery film Farewell Uncle Tom had seen it before, which was shocking in […]

War Pigs

War Pigs

| December 1, 2015

Merry Dolphmas everybody! So, you say you’re not familiar with Dolphmas? Much like Christmas, Dolphmas isn’t just a holiday, it’s a state of mind. Dolphmas can be celebrated year round. This December, the world is lucky enough to be graced with a Dolph Lundgren home media release. That release is War Pigs. War Pigs is […]

Some Kind of Beautiful

Some Kind of Beautiful

| December 1, 2015

Looking at the poster for Some Kind of Beautiful and seeing the gleaming faces of Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba, and of course the sterling silver fox Pierce Brosnan, it is easy to believe in the potential that this romantic comedy will be a decent time-killer with fleeting moments of amusement and cuteness. Don’t be […]

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