Video and DVD

Nine Lives

Nine Lives

| December 9, 2016

Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors.  His performances in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, House of Cards, L.A. Confidential, and so many more give me chills.  So, what he’s doing in a comedy where he plays a corporate jerk who gets turned into a cat is perplexing to me. The story isn’t much […]

Creepshow 2

Creepshow 2

| December 7, 2016

The anthology has been a staple of the horror genre almost since horror began. Usually an anthology consists of two or more stories that are somehow connected. Most horror anthology movies have at least one memorable story. Some are crafted well enough that all the stories are well done. Two prime examples are 1945’s Dead […]

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The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

| December 5, 2016

Before directing Young Guns II (1990), the immensely fun Freejack (1992), and serving as second unit director on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand’s Geoff Murphy co-wrote/directed one of the most stirring and relatable films about humanity at the end of the world in 1985’s New Zealand-set The Quiet Earth. One of astrophysicist […]

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Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne

| December 2, 2016

I’m not sure why I insist on continuing to watch every Jason Bourne movie that comes along.  Part of me hopes that one of the sequels will eventually manage to recapture the magic of the original Bourne Identity.  I had high hopes for this latest chapter in the life of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon; The […]

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C.H.U.D.

C.H.U.D.

| November 23, 2016

In a previous review (The Initiation) I discussed the year 1984 and its impact on the horror genre. A Nightmare On Elm Street and arguably the best of the Jason Voorhees flicks Friday The 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter were released in ’84. Those two movies were very successful at the box office. However, […]

The Land

The Land

| November 22, 2016

Executive producer Nasir “Nas” Jones  presents this vivid inner-city saga set amidst Cleveland’s hip-hop underground. Teenage buddies Cisco (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), Junior (Moises Arias), Boobie (Ezri Walker), and Patty Cake (Rafi Gavron) shrug off school to practice skateboarding, which they hope will be their ticket to a better life. In the meantime, they steal cars […]

Orson Welles’ Macbeth

Orson Welles’ Macbeth

| November 16, 2016

As a teenager I developed concurrent obsessions with the works of Orson Welles and the works of William Shakespeare (as well as Andy Kaufman and Sid Vicious, but that came during my subsequent punk phase, which is a story for a different day). And nowhere did my loves of Welles and Shakespeare come together more […]

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Cinerama’s Russian Adventure / The Best of Cinerama

Cinerama’s Russian Adventure / The Best of Cinerama

| November 15, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Cinerama, two years in fact since Flicker Alley’s last pair of Cinerama home video releases. And Flicker Alley’s latest pair couldn’t have been better timed, because if we’ve ever needed Cinerama’s brand of delicious, non-taxing eye candy, November 2016 is certainly the time! Call me sentimental or […]

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The Initiation

The Initiation

| November 10, 2016

Slasher films dominated the horror genre in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s. John Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece Halloween set the wheels in motion. Anyone with a small bit of money could make a slasher flick, for better or for worse. Some of these movies, like 1980’s Friday The 13th are still held in high reverence […]

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The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man

| November 1, 2016

Being pigeonholed can be the death knell of a promising Hollywood career. Whether an actor gets the label of comedian, horror B movie star, or what have you, it’s nearly impossible to break free of that imprisonment. Take Hollywood legend John Wayne, for example. Through the silent era, Wayne made countless B-level westerns. Throughout his […]

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