Film

Return of the Killer Tomatoes

Return of the Killer Tomatoes

| June 29, 2016

Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988), John De Bello’s follow-up to his 1978 monster movie spoof Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, was a big deal when I was a kid. The animated adaptation of the films, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Series, aired and re-aired on Saturday mornings from the time I was six […]

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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

| June 29, 2016

CGI, or computer generated imagery, has run rampant throughout all of media. Television shows and even commercials use CGI on a regular basis. The most prevalent user (and abuser, depending on the individual’s point of view) is the motion picture industry. When a special effect needs to be brought to the screen, the easiest way […]

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Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

| June 29, 2016

How do you put a price on a human life? How do you determine if killing an innocent civilian is worthwhile collateral damage, when the alternative is to allow a group of terrorists to set off a suicide bomb – presumably killing scores of innocent lives? These kinds of questions are asked, and answered, every […]

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Shrek: Anniversary Edition

Shrek: Anniversary Edition

| June 20, 2016

In celebration of fifteen years of Shrek, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released the original Shrek in an Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack. Packed with special features and a code for digital versions of Shrek short films, the release gives you a lot of Shrek for your buck. But is it something you […]

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Appointment with Crime

Appointment with Crime

| June 20, 2016

William Hartnell is no doubt best known today for portraying the irascible first incarnation of The Doctor during the first three years of Doctor Who’s 50+ year history. Seventeen years prior to originating the science fiction role he immortalized, however, Hartnell starred in the noir-ish, British gangster picture, Appointment with Crime (1946), as the vicious […]

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The Wave (Bølgen)

The Wave (Bølgen)

| June 20, 2016

Before 2015’s The Wave (Bølgen), Norway’s film industry never produced a disaster film, a subgenre of the action/adventure movie I have personally always adored. This makes The Wave the first of its kind, nationally. And though that might worry some regarding the quality of the film, I can assure you that director Roar Uthaug and […]

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Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle

| June 17, 2016

Eddie the Eagle, which stars Taron Egerton alongside Academy Award® Nominee Hugh Jackman, is a high-flying, feel-good story inspired by true events. Egerton plays Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself–even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic […]

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Stand Down Soldier

Stand Down Soldier

| June 16, 2016

The African Diaspora International Film Festival Chicago 2016 recently featured a rich selection of films directed by women from different parts of the world. Leading the selection was Jeryl Prescott Sales’ Stand Down Soldier, a poignant film about an African-American female soldier back to civilian life after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The social significance […]

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Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician

Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician

| June 14, 2016

I first saw Southlander in 2004 after seeing advertisements for it paired with gleaming reviews in rock and roll magazines I’d held onto since its release in 2001. Those were the years I was stuck in the Middle of Nowhere, MI mostly trying to work up the nerve to sell the ’96 Ford Taurus that […]

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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

| June 7, 2016

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss of course, only wrote one feature film: a live action musical called The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953). Directed by the legendary Stanley Kramer (It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner), it’s a film I’d been eager to see for […]

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