Archive for April, 2017

Django, Prepare a Coffin

Django, Prepare a Coffin

| April 28, 2017

Sergio Corbucci’s Django was one of the most successful and influential “spaghetti westerns” produced in the wake of Sergio Leone’s legendary “Man with No Name” trilogy that kicked off with A Fistful of Dollars in 1964. Franco Nero’s iconic performance as the coffin-dragging badass is one of the most recognizable characters in the Euro-western pantheon, […]

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Caltiki: The Immortal Monster

Caltiki: The Immortal Monster

| April 25, 2017

When Arrow Video announces the release of anything horror, my interest is immediately piqued. And it’s piqued that much more when that title is something I’m generally unfamiliar with, like 1959’s Caltiki: The Immortal Monster. Arrow they announced it, I looked it up and watched its trailer, and what did I learn? It’s some kind […]

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We Are X

We Are X

| April 25, 2017

While the film contains many highlights and ends positively, there’s a sense of sadness throughout We Are X, a wave of melancholia that permeates throughout the band’s history and as individuals. It is this sense of dread that makes the documentary so engaging, that you’re left wanting so much more by the time it’s over. […]

Road Warrior’s Vernon Wells in Chicago for 35th Anniversary Screening

Road Warrior’s Vernon Wells in Chicago for 35th Anniversary Screening

| April 24, 2017

On April 29, 2017, Vernon Wells will be at the Patio Theater in Chicago for the Sci-Fi Spectacular movie marathon, signing autographs and participating in a Q&A after the event’s 35th Anniversary screening of The Road Warrior. More details on the film lineup and vendors below, but be sure to let them know on the event’s Facebook […]

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Teenage Ghost Punk

Teenage Ghost Punk

| April 24, 2017

The family-friendly straight to video and VOD movie is a strange subsection of independent cinema. There have always been occasional oddities that threw off kids browsing the all-ages section at their local video store with something inexplicably weird. In the late 80s and 90s, low-budget independent production companies cranked out bizarre “kids’ movies” like Munchie […]

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Animal Kingdom: Season 1

Animal Kingdom: Season 1

| April 24, 2017

When Joshua’s (Finn Cole) mother dies of a drug overdose, his grandmother, Smurf (Ellen Barkin; Ocean’s 13), takes him in and wastes no time getting him involved in the family business: bank heists.  Josh’s uncles – Baz (Scott Speedman; Underworld), Pope (Shawn Hatosy; Alpha Dog), Craig (Ben Robson), and Deran (Jake Weary) – at their […]

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Catfight

Catfight

| April 24, 2017

I really wanted to dislike this movie.  As a form of promotion, the director (Onur Tukel) along with co-stars Anne Heche and Sandra Oh went on a podcast I’ve been listening to for years called Doug Loves Movies, where comedian Doug Benson (Friends) invites guests on to talk about movies and play games in front […]

Naciye

Naciye

| April 24, 2017

Turkish genre cinema has not traditionally been a big import to the States. Most of the films that end up playing on North American screens are arthouse fare like Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep and more recently Ceyda Torun’s cat documentary Kedi. When “Turkish horror” is invoked, most genre fans who are familiar with the […]

Mars

Mars

| April 19, 2017

Capitalizing on the massive success of Ridley Scott’s The Martian from a couple of years ago, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard bring you Mars, a TV mini-series event about the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. The series is really unlike anything I’ve ever seen.  Part of it is a documentary, taking […]

Apocalypse Child

Apocalypse Child

| April 19, 2017

Ford (Sid Lucero) has lived his entire life hearing the same stories about his father.  His mother tells him that she was 14 when the cast and crew of Apocalypse Now came to the Philippines to make their movie and that one night the director, Francis Ford Coppola, invited her back to his tent where […]

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