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Muck - Blu-ray Review

Muck - Blu-ray ReviewSuddenly, every other horror movie coming out this year now looks better.  Thrusting audiences straight into the horror of isolation, Muck takes that GEICO commercial – the one spoofing the horror genre – and turns into a 90-minute feature. The problem is that the movie isn’t nearly as funnay or as smart ...

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Outlander: Season One, Volume 1 - Blu-ray Review

Outlander - Season One, Voluem one - blu-ray reviewRonald D. Moore, the showrunner who turned a rebooted Battlestar Galactica into a modern classic series, is back again doing what he does best. This time, though, his aim is not for the stars. It’s 1743 Scotland by way of a postwar England circa 1945. Working with Diana  ...

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Don't Go In The Woods ... Alone! (1981) - Blu-ray Review

Don't Go in teh Woods... Alone! - Blu-ray ReviewDon’t Go In The Woods … Alone!, a cult horror film from 1981, is the attention-grabbing title that always screamed at me to watch when I used to frequent the VHS rental store tucked inside a row of seedy businesses in Vista, California. The title said it all. Oh, yes,  ...

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Miss Marple: Volume One (1984 - 1986) - Blu-ray Review

Miss Marple: Volume one - Blu-ray ReviewMany years ago, there used to be such a thing as life without reality programming on the television.  Call it boring.  Call it slow.  Call it whatever you want.  The fact remains that the medium used to have atypical production values.  Miss Marple, a co-production between the  ...

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Toy Soldiers (1991) - Blu-ray Review [The Cult Movie Collection]

Toy Soldiers - Blu-ray ReviewIn a world where the word terror has become synonymous with maniacs the world over hurting or killing innocent people in the name of their cause, revisiting this 1991 action thriller has reminded this reviewer it is hardly a new phenomenon  ...

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Cocoon (1985) - Blu-ray Review [U.K. Steelbook]

Cocoon (1985) - Blu-ray ReviewThe 80s just pumped out classic after classic. They took risks back then. They gave us some of the most memorable genre pictures in cinematic history. This was the decade of new horror icons galore, of Indiana Jones, and E.T. This was also the decade where Richie  ...

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The Wild Angels (1966) - Blu-ray Review

The Wild Angels - Blu-ray ReviewRoger Corman, famed producer and director of exploitation cinema from the 1950s through the early 1980s, captures the very essence of the biker counterculture years before Easy Rider would the be the be all and end all of the genre.  Hindered by B-movie trappings and  ...

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Black Sunday (1960) - Blu-ray Review

Black Sunday (1960) - Blu-ray ReviewOriginally titled The Mask of Satan, Mario Brava’s feature length debut, released here in the United States as Black Sunday, was a gothic-sized hit for Roger Corman’s American International Pictures.  The hype was all about its shocking images.  While tame when ...

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - Blu-ray Review

Birdman - Movie ReviewMichael Keaton is Birdman. The actor who, in my opinion, played the best cinematic version of Batman turns the role on its head (or is that on its wings??!) in Birdman, the latest art house flick from writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel).  Michael Keaton’s ...

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St. Vincent (2014) - Blu-ray Review

St. Vincent - Blu-ray ReviewJohn Candy had Uncle Buck.  Bill Murray has St. Vincent.  The role of the grizzled and unexpected father figure makes its comeback with the release of Murray’s latest on blu-ray this week.  Written and directed by newcomer Theodore Melfi, the by-the-numbers dramedy is made ...

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Time Bandits: Criterion Collection (1981) - Blu-ray Review

Time Bandits Criterion Collection - Blu-ray ReviewA child history buff.  Six angry dwarfs spat out from one closet.  One hell of an adventure.  You guessed it.  Time Bandits has returned.  Writer/director Terry Gilliam’s classic fairy tale mixes science fiction with comedy and gives audiences a timeless movie full of historic ...

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Nightcrawler - Blu-ray Review

Nightcrawler - Movie ReviewJake Gyllenhaal sheds 20 pounds and packs on the “creep” as a hapless drifter resigned to selling pilfered copper and chain link fencing in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, a film that skewers the bloodthirsty world of today’s “gotta have it now” media while simultaneously   ...

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John Wick - Blu-ray Review

John Wick - Movie ReviewKeanu Reeves turns 50 this year.  With age comes wisdom, I’m told.  Perhaps that is why his portrayal as the super lethal John Wick, a former hitman fresh out of retirement, is such a crowd-pleasing good time.  Wait?  What did I just type?  A familiar story that  ...

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About Schmidt (2002) - Blu-ray Review

About Schmidt - Blu-ray ReviewFrom the silent opening sequence to the arrival of Ndugu’s drawing at the very end, About Schmidt is a fantastic depiction of a lone man facing important choices at several of life’s crossroads all at the same time.  It is a film that breaks a lot of the dramatic rules with comic aplomb  ...

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Starry Eyes - Blu-ray Review

Starry Eyes - Blu-ray ReviewAs a self-confessed hound of the horror genre, I find myself happily unleashed in cinematic cemeteries and very familiar with the format of a good haunt.  It takes quite a bit of atmosphere and gore to jar me these days.  Starry Eyes, directed and written by  Kevin Kölsch and ...

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