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Blu-ray Review: Scarecrows

This is a bit of a treat for me, because when I was a younger man, this was one of my personal favorite horror movies. To see Scream Factory bring back “Scarecrows” on Blu-ray–and send one out for review as well–is a particular treat, and this one shows off exactly why. “Scarecrows” is like “A-Team”, more »

Blu-ray Review: Jupiter Ascending

It’s been a while since we last got a shot of science fiction as the Wachowskis could deliver it, and “Jupiter Ascending” will certainly have few rivals for its sheer epic scope. But has it bitten off more than it can chew? Our friends out at Warner Bros sent out a copy for us to more »

Fin: Duggars go down, “Host” at ten and beyond the Bechdel Test

I know the Duggar situation is ultimately tragic and I shouldn’t be reveling in their various hypocrisies… but I am reveling in their various hypocrisies. I don’t what’s worse- to be called out for hypocrisy by the mother of Honey Boo Boo, or that the mother of Honey Boo Boo has a point. (Jezebel) Reflections more »

Movie Review: “Poltergeist”

There’s no getting around it, every great memory from my childhood has now been altered beyond recognition or somehow stretched so thin that it’s almost become unrecognizable. Well, now “Poltergeist” — one of my favorite 1980’s-era horror flicks —  can be added to that soupy mix. Granted, I can’t really be mad at the fact that this once more »

Blu-ray Review: Turn: Washington’s Spies: The Complete First Season

American history is packed with amazing stories, and the Revolutionary War is no exception. In fact, there’s a little known section of history that deals with espionage, given some sanction by then-General George Washington. Our friends out at Anchor Bay sent over a copy of  AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies: The Complete First Season” for us more »

Movie Review: “Tomorrowland”

When I was a wee lad there were two summer movies that I distinctly remember being genuinely excited for during the early 1990’s. Not surprisingly, both films were under some sect of the Disney logo, which meant that the mouse-eared machine was fully loaded and ready to unload action figures and fast food tie-ins at the rabid public. In more »

DVD Review: “Snapshot”

What a bizarre movie, careening among various different genres and tones. “Snapshot,” a direct-to-DVD release from director Eric Etebari. What appears to start off as a “Blow-Up” for the digital area becomes about eight other different movies by the end. It’s a thriller, then a dark comedy, then a sappy tale of family reconciliation, and more »

Movie Review: “I Am Big Bird”

I love Big Bird. You love Big Bird. But how much do you know about Big Bird? “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” tells us all of that and much more: In less than 90 minutes, it’s a reasonably complete history of the big Bird character and the man in it. Spinney, now more »

DVD Review: Perry Mason Double Feature 6

One of the biggest figures in television, who subsequently went on to do some television movies besides, is Perry Mason. Our friends out at CBS Home Entertainment sent out a copy of “Perry Mason Double Feature 6″ for us to review, and Mason is still in fine legal form. “Perry Mason Double Feature 6″ brings more »

Blu-ray Review: Invaders From Mars

Did you know that Tobe Hooper had a career beyond “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”? Not everyone may know about this, but he was actually a reasonably prolific director. Our friends out at Scream Factory, as part of what would seem to be an ongoing crusade to bring back the greatest of eighties films, have sent more »

Blu-ray Review: Scream Factory Double Feature: Ghoulies / Ghoulies II

The Ghoulies series is an old one, but it’s an unusual proposition: a monster-based comedy with some horror elements that got more cartoonish as it went along. Our friends out at Scream Factory, meanwhile, have brought the opening salvo of this series back with “Scream Factory Double Feature: Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2″. “” takes us more »

Movie Review: “Pitch Perfect 2″

“Pitch Perfect 2” is extremely similar to the pop music that it features so much —  a whole lot of style, but not much substance. Now, don’t get me wrong. This movie was entertaining as hell. Immediately after it ended, I was asked whether I liked it or not, as I normally am by a number more »