Archive for January, 2018

Insidious: The Last Key

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Insidious: The Last Key

| January 11, 2018

One time last summer, I was walking down the street when a squirrel fell out of a tree and killed itself. Whether or not the act was intentional is still a mystery to me, but the fact that a creature with the tenacity of a crackhead and a tail made of brown cotton candy happened […]

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Matinee: Collector’s Edition

Matinee: Collector’s Edition

| January 10, 2018

Joe Dante knows monster movies. I mean, the man made the seminal 80’s creature features Gremlins (1984) and The Howling (1981), not to mention the stellar Jaws­ knock-off Piranha (1979). And there’s no doubting the man loves cinema too. His web series Trailers From Hell stands as perhaps the most ambitious, extended, star-studded love letters […]

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Yor: The Hunter from the Future 35th Anniversary

Yor: The Hunter from the Future 35th Anniversary

| January 9, 2018

It’s here on Blu-ray at my side: Yor: The Hunter from the Future (1983) starring Reb Brown. That this is something I can write in all honesty at this time is nothing short of magical. While Yor by no means has or likely ever will change the world of film in any substantive way, it […]

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Joe’s Top Ten of 2017

Joe’s Top Ten of 2017

| January 9, 2018

I feel like every year I’m blown away by the quality of films that I saw.  This is partly because we find ourselves living in a golden age of film, and it’s mostly because I refuse to see things that I know will be garbage.  I tend to trust my instincts over critical or box […]

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Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

| January 8, 2018

I have a pretty high tolerance for bad movies.  Give me something like Sharknado or Birdemic or The Room, and I will watch it over and over again.  I will have my friends over to watch it over and over again.  I will write glowing reviews, and analyze it, and do podcasts about it, as […]

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Shakedown (Shout Select)

Shakedown (Shout Select)

| January 8, 2018

As a writer/director, James Glickenhaus is probably best known for The Exterminator (1980) with its iconic, flame thrower-wielding hero whose fire-spewing image no doubt caught many an eye on video rental store shelves throughout the 1980’s. Glickenhaus’ actioners were ambitious, were often so narratively unique that they came across at times as obtuse, and were […]

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The Post

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The Post

| January 7, 2018

Upon hearing of a politically minded Steven Spielberg film starring both Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, I thought that the syzygy of awards prospects was too ideal to be true. As a result, my expectations for The Post were hopeful in its potential if not a little jaded in what it would ultimately amount to, […]

Best Films of 2017

Best Films of 2017

| January 4, 2018

While 2017 was a disaster for reality, it was a minor miracle for movies, granting us a slate more consistent in themes yet more varied in quality than the previous year. And while a lot of the movies that stuck out gained my attention due to their audacity, what made the best of the year […]

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Molly’s Game

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Molly’s Game

| January 1, 2018

A revered screenwriter doesn’t make for a revered director, but the livelihood of Aaron Sorkin’s writing rose the possibility that his transition to being behind the camera would be smoother than most. With Molly’s Game, the writing becomes the directing and the directing becomes the writing, sometimes in welcome ways but also often in manners […]

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Downsizing

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Downsizing

| January 1, 2018

Satire functions in its own realm in that tone, intentions, and objects of scorn have to be placed within very specific contexts, and if anything, enduring failed attempts provides notes on what not to do in one’s own work. I didn’t expect Downsizing to be such a train wreck, but the newest from Alexander Payne […]