Archive for September, 2016

101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die

101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die

| September 27, 2016

Fall has finally arrived. With it comes cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and pumpkin spiced everything. More importantly, the coming of fall means the arrival of Halloween. Halloween is more than just a single day at the end of October. It’s a way of being, a lifestyle. Halloween means horror movies, and lots of them. Whether […]

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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series

| September 25, 2016

It’s safe to say that no name in late night television is as well-known and respected as Johnny Carson. Carson hosted The Tonight Show for nearly 30 years before handing over the reins to Jay Leno in 1992, leaving the television landscape forever changed by his standard. On October 4th, 2016, Time Life releases four […]

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An Interview with Rob Cannan and Ross Adam

An Interview with Rob Cannan and Ross Adam

| September 23, 2016

The complexities of how we create and consume narrative are compellingly explored in Rob Cannan and Ross Adam’s documentary The Lovers and the Despot. The story follows South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee who meet and fall in love in 1950’s post-war Korea. In 1978, after a string of successful films bringing […]

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Kamikaze ’89

Kamikaze ’89

| September 22, 2016

While the work of Rainer W. Fassbinder can certainly be deemed ‘strange’, any single label like this would be too confining. In 13 years, he directed over 40 films, including the 15-hour Berlin Alexannderplatz. Fassbinder also starred in fellow contemporaries work to high regard. Wolf Gremm’s Kamikaze 89, release shortly before Fassbinder’s death at 37, […]

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The Countdown: Top Ten Movie Cameos

The Countdown: Top Ten Movie Cameos

| September 19, 2016

One thing I really hated about the latest Ghostbusters movie was the forced cameos throughout.  Except for Ernie Hudson, who I think was a good payoff at the end.  Bill Murray’s role was underwhelming, Dan Aykroyd’s cab driver appearance made no sense, I barely noticed Annie Potts until she screamed “what do you want” for […]

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Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition

Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition

| September 18, 2016

Writer/director James Cameron may be known best to younger audiences as the man who’s dominated the highest box office earner records for most of the last two decades with his blockbuster pictures, Titanic (1998) and Avatar (2009). Long before that, though, Cameron was cutting his teeth on some of the most iconic sci-fi actioners in […]

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The Automatic Hate

The Automatic Hate

| September 15, 2016

Slow-burning serio-comedy The Automatic Hate follows a potent attraction between two cousins from feuding families that climaxes in what one critic called “the most explosively uncomfortable dinner party scene ever.” Joseph Cross, as Davis Green, (Lincoln, Milk) and Adelaide Clemens, as Alexis Green, (The Great Gatsby, Rectify) give stellar performances as the sympathetic Davis and the […]

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The Neon Dead

The Neon Dead

| September 14, 2016

It’s always exciting to see the results when special effects artists get in the directing chair, regardless of the outcome. Sometimes you get something with great effects and not much else; more rarely, the final product shows a lot of heart and handmade charm. Perhaps not surprisingly, the higher the budgets the more likely the […]

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Two New Hammer Films Double Features from Mill Creek

Two New Hammer Films Double Features from Mill Creek

| September 12, 2016

Just in time for the Halloween season, Mill Creek Entertainment has released two Hammer Films Double Feature Blu-rays that perfectly complement the other Hammer Films Blu-rays we horror fans have been amassing over the previous year or so. The first of these double features includes The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) and The Curse of the […]

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The Monster of Piedras Blancas

The Monster of Piedras Blancas

| September 10, 2016

Clocking in at a positively brisk running time of an hour and eleven minutes, The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) is a bite-size blast of a creature feature from director Irvin Berwick (Malibu High (1979)). In it, a cave-dwelling monster goes on a rampage, decapitating and draining the blood from the inhabitants of a seaside […]

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