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November 7, 2016 by  

Back in 1996, there was an FMV PC video game called “Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of the Flesh”. It was a sequel to the popular horror game “Phantasmagoria” obviously, but it had an element that I hadn’t really seen in a video game before: ghosts invading your computer. The main character, Curtis, is an office jockey who starts losing his mind. He starts seeing strange emails dropping in, eerily warning him or mocking him. It was very creepy, and effective. As mundane... Keep Reading...

The Green Inferno

October 31, 2016 by  

Eli Roth doesn’t beat around the bush. When he wants to make a statement, social commentary, he certainly doesn’t hold back. The horror genre serves him well, and you can tell how much glee he takes in paying homage to classics in his own films. He’s extremely well versed in grindhouse horror, and seems to enjoy the exploitation angle very much. That couldn’t be more obvious than in his film, “The Green Inferno”, which is a title taken from the 1980 cannibal classic,... Keep Reading...

Chapter 27

November 26, 2013 by  

“The first thing you probably want to know is all that stuff about my dad and what he did to my mom and me, and all; the whole goddamn childhood. But I’m not gonna tell you any of that stuff. That stuff isn’t important. Not anymore.” That’s part of the introduction to the film “Chapter 27”, a dissection of the culminating days leading to the murder of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman, told from the perspective of the killer. Thirty years ago, or maybe even... Keep Reading...

Life of Pi

June 10, 2013 by  

“Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for people who have been there.” I know it’s been used a lot before, but I just like that quote. And for Piscine Patel, the protagonist of “Life of Pi”, it couldn’t be more true. Except for Piscine, religion is all around him his whole life, by his own choosing. We’re introduced to him as an adult played by Irrfan Khan who has been visited by a novelist who wants to hear his life story... Keep Reading...

Carnage

April 14, 2013 by  

“I wish we could have met in a different way,” is a comment paraphrased from the film “Carnage”, a social commentary film based upon the play “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza. I haven’t seen it on stage, but Polanski does his best to bring the theatrical energy from the characters to the screen. And he achieves this through his cast of actors, who turn out some of their best performances in their careers to make this into an appealing film to watch. Also,... Keep Reading...

Spotlight On: The Polonia Brothers

November 19, 2012 by  

If someone ever offers, “Hey, we should watch a Polonia Brothers movie,” it should be taken less as a suggestion and more as a dare. If you think of bad films, some filmmakers come immediately to mind: Michael Bay, Uwe Boll, Tommy Wiseau, and of course, the master, Ed Wood. Those guys are Alfred Hitchcock compared to the Polonia Brothers. The Polonia Brothers started their adventures into filmmaking in 1986 when they made a super low budget shock value “film” called “Splatter... Keep Reading...

My Top 10 “Under the Radar” Films of the Past 10 Years

November 13, 2011 by  

 I’m all about the past ten years all of the sudden. I’m also all about lists. I love top 10’s, can you tell? Anyway, here’s a list of 10 movies that I thought haven’t gotten enough love and I want to point them out and maybe generate some renewed interest. They may not be the greatest films ever but I enjoyed them for what they were and thought they undeservedly went through the box office with nothing more than a whisper.   Note: I understand some of these films made... Keep Reading...

Introspective: “Kids” (1995) Vs. “Dazed and Confused” (1993)

August 20, 2011 by  

I have no idea where this came from. Maybe I was just thinking of teen movies and these two popped into my head randomly. It happens. But it got me thinking of the stark differences of the film “Kids” released in 1995, directed by Larry Clarke and written by then 19 year old Harmony Korine; and “Dazed and Confused” released in 1993 written and directed by Richard Linklater. OK, obvious thing jumps out first: one is a comedy, a retrospective piece of nostalgia; the other is... Keep Reading...

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of the Past 10 Years

August 17, 2011 by  

*DISCLAIMER* This isn’t about the BEST 10 movies of the past 10 years. I probably haven’t seen the best 10 movies of the last 10 years. I’m sure I’ve missed out on some great obscure foreign film I’ve never heard of, or some documentary that I skipped over or something…this is just my list of 10 movies that I could watch over and over again and that I adore personally. Your lists will differ, I’m sure. But mine’s clearly the best. #10: The Descent (2005)  Written & directed by Neil... Keep Reading...

The Goonies – 25 Years Later

June 7, 2010 by  

“Ye…intruders beware…crushing death and grief…soaked with blood…of the trespassing thief.” How many times have you said this, in that totally awesome Fakey British Accent just like Corey Feldman as “Mouth” in “The Goonies”? If you grew up between the years 1985-1990, you know these words by heart. You probably know half the movie, if not all of it, by heart. It was a defining “kids” movie of the mid 80’s that still lives on as one of my favorites of all time. What sets it apart for me as a great... Keep Reading...

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