Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Review, Spoilers, Cast Information

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is the seventh installment in the classic space opera created by George Lucas. J.J. Abrams comes aboard to right the ship, after three movies which were panned by most fans of the series. It's a testament to the lasting impact of a film series that it can have three disappointing -- even infuriating -- movies and still have fans willing to watch the next installment. In this case, people are enthusiastic and hopeful. Episode 7 is the one which should be called "A Read more [...]

The Zero Theorem (2014) Movie Review

Visually, The Zero Theorem has to be one of the most interesting films of 2014. Where most filmmakers fill their dystopian visions with dull metallic colors and dirt, Terry Gilliam fills his with bright, candy-colored props and sets. Does this make the future that the characters of the movie seem somehow less depressing? The answer is no, it actually makes their plight even more of a bummer. The Zero Theorem has also provided viewers with some of the best performances from some of the finest Read more [...]

Lords of Salem Review

Rob Zombie seems to be in an artistic death spiral. House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects were flawed movies, but those productions had their charms. Halloween was one of a hundred unnecessary remakes, but it was fun to see what someone else would do with John Carpenter's classic series premise. While I had my criticisms for Rob Zombie's Halloween, the work he did on Halloween 2 was simply awful. Despite seeing a trend, I had some hope The Lords of Salem would be an entertaining return Read more [...]

Spring Breakers Review

Since Spring Break 2014 is upon us, I thought I'd review the 2012 release Spring Breakers. I'm sure all those college students who can't make it to Cancun or Daytona Beach this time around will want to see what they're missing, and this film give you that chance. I'm not going to say this film is a realistic depiction of what your vacation would have been like, but it is one of the oddest films you'll ever see about any holiday. The standout performance of the film belongs to James Franco. Read more [...]

Alter Egos Movie Review

Alter Egos is a superhero movie set in a world where public opinion has turned sharply against the hero community. Superheroes are organized in a public group called "Supercorps", which has lost funding due to scandals and animosity. Set in that world is the story of a couple of heroes, "Fridge" and "C-Through", who are on a mission to move a prisoner. The protagonist, Fridge, is dealing with relationship issues as the mission unfolds. In most productions where a prisoner is being moved, the Read more [...]

1990: Escape from the Bronx

The other day, I reviewed 1990: The Bronx Warriors, an Italian post-apocalyptic film from the early 1980s. That movie was directed by Enzo Castellari and starred Mark Gregory (as Trash). Vic Morrow and Fred Williamson. 1990: Escape from the Bronx continues the story with Castellari and Gregory back in the fold, but with Henry Silva as the villain. In Escape from the Bronx, Trash is still hanging around town. We get to meet Trash's parents, who keep a poster of their son on their apartment wall. Read more [...]

1990: The Bronx Warriors

1990: The Bronx Warriors and Escape From the Bronx are Italian post-apocalyptic action films directed by Enzo G. Castellari and starring Mark Gregory as Bronx gang leader, Trash. The second one of these films was campy enough to be featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 under a different name. I'm going to discuss the 1990: The Bronx Warriors and its sequel together, since anyone interested in the one is likely to want to watch the other. Casting in these movies included an unknown bodybuilder Read more [...]

The Cabin in the Woods Review with Ending Spoilers

The genre-bending horror flick The Cabin in the Woods debuted this weekend to critical acclaim. Though the movie got a 92% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, I found the film somewhat uneven. Those who saw the trailer and walked into The Cabin in the Woods thinking it was going to be scary might be disappointed. If you want clever and funny mixed in with horror lite moments, you'll enjoy what you see. The Joss Whedon script is full of sly references to horror film genres around Read more [...]

Does Netflix Send Scratched Discs to Drive Customers to Streaming?

I'm one of those old school Netflix users who prefer getting DVDs in the mail.  I resist the move towards streaming videos. Heck, most of us get nothing but bills and junk mail in our mailbox, so I look forward to getting a new movie rental in the mailbox every couple of days. It's like getting a treat. What isn't a treat is getting the DVD or blu-ray disc that is scratched, broken, or otherwise unwatchable. In the past two-and-a-half months, I've received 3 broken or scratched DVDs that I had Read more [...]

Films about Dreams

I've noticed that films about dreams tend to appear on lists of the oddest movies time and again. To prove my point, I've listed 5 strange movies that happen to be about dreams, daydreams, or fantasies of some sort. Nothing is easier to depict strangely than dreams. By their very nature, dreams and nightmares have an irrational quality to them. It's only natural that certain creative directors would want to explore the unconscious mind. A more novel approach might be an attempt at a more literal, Read more [...]