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Blu-ray Review: Scream Factory Double Feature: Carrie / Carrie 2: The Rage

Today offers a little something special for those out there who are fond of late nineties / early millennial cinema, much as I am thanks to a deep personal connection with the era. Our friends out at Scream Factory sent over another doozy of a double feature for us to review, and “Scream Factory Double more »

Fin: Michael Rapaport’s guest star comeback, the Westeros diaspora and the case against the baby butt cash machine

Michael Rapaport’s guest-starring turn on the fifth season of Justified was so universally denounced as a disaster that it all but ruined that season, necessitating an all-time great rebound season on which Rapaport’s badly Southern-accented character was nowhere to be found. But with two appearances this week- as Louis C.K.’s cop acquaintance on Louie and more »

M Night Shyamalan goes found footage for his new film, ‘The Visit’

2015 just might be the year that M Night Shyamalan, previously considered “the Next Spielberg,” redeems himself in the eyes of moviegoers everywhere. Thanks to absolute disasters like ‘After Earth,’ ‘The Happening,’ ‘The Last Airbender,’ and ‘The Lady in the Water,’ he went from respected to ridiculed in record time. Granted, those films are lousy, more »

Sony phones aren’t good enough for James Bond

I’ve written before about the silly incongruity by which characters in films produced by Sony Pictures are always using Sony-branded smartphones and tablets- even though, judging by their sub-1 percent market share, Sony phones are used by almost no one in real life. In an article about a year ago, I even said this: This more »

It’s just a joke? Adam Sandler offends more than viewers with his new film

Back during the whole The Interview debacle, when Sony’s secrets were leaked as part of a proposed “terrorist” attack on the studio, we learned a lot of interesting things, none more enlightening than the overall feeling by many in power that Adam Sandler was more of a liability than an asset to the entertainment giant. more »

Movie Review: “Ex Machina”

Why is “Ex Machina” different from most “futuristic” sci-fi films? For one thing, it’s gorgeously shot. For another, it actually takes its own ideas seriously. This is a special film. Written and directed by Alex Garland, the novelist-turned-screenwriter who’s most associated with Danny Boyle’s films, “Ex Machina” avoids most of the traps of subpar sci-fi more »

Movie Review: “The Age of Adaline”

First and foremost, I find it hard to truly bash a movie as long as it attempts to do something different or unique. Therefore, I’ll really try to keep my negative cynicism to a minimum while reviewing the latest foray into romantic cinema, “The Age of Adaline.” However, “The Age of Adaline” isn’t THAT fresh more »

Blu-ray Review: Scream Factory Double Feature: Love at First Bite / Once Bitten

This pairing is a little odd, but if there’s one thing I’ve come to love about Scream Factory–who sent us a copy of “Scream Factory Double Feature: Love at First Bite / Once Bitten” for us to review–it’s that these guy can not only find the strangest and best in old movies, but also bring more »

Ebert/Meyer 2016: The “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” movie is on, with Will Ferrell

In what could go down as the most intriguing making-of-a-bad-movie film since “Ed Wood”- that is, until the James Franco “Disaster Artist” film happens- the film about the relationship between Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert, and their collaboration on “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” is going forward. According to The Dissolve, Michael Winterbottom is more »

A live action Jack and the Beanstalk movie has been conceived by… Vince Gilligan?

Yes, you have seen at least one live-action movie adaptation of the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk, but perhaps none like the one Disney just bought: it’s being developed and possibly directed by the creator of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul,  Vince Gilligan. Those will be some gritty beans. The Hollywood Reporter describes more »

The Whitey tape: First trailer is here for “Black Mass”

Whitey Bulger is a notorious mob boss with many murders to his name and spent years as a fugitive. And as we learn from the first trailer for the new movie about him with Johnny Depp, “Black Mass,” he was one other thing: The world’s most intimidating dinner guest. In the clip from the trailer, more »

Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling look uncomfortable in the trailer for ‘The Overnight’

Back 40 years ago, the sex comedy was nothing more than an extension of the exploitation era, a chance for producers to make significant money off the need for drive-in fodder and female flesh. Fast forward to 2015 and now a carnal laugher can be anything from a bunch of bros bemoaning the state of more »