At the time of its release, Thor: Ragnarok (2017) was unlike any other Marvel Studios release to date. It embraced the visual style of writer/artist Jack Kirby, it dared to remove the seriousness of the prior two outings, and it… Read More ›
Films To Watch
For its 40th anniversary, a 4K UHD edition of “Poltergeist” is heeerrrreee.
You always remember your first. Some are scary, some are bloody, most are just plain bad, but everyone remembers their first…horror movie. For my pivotal moment of exposure, I dropped in on my sister’s slumber party with her middle school… Read More ›
If a custom-made Dior dress is a bit out of your price range, purchase a copy of “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” on DVD or Blu-ray instead.
There’s no right or wrong way to make a feel-good movie. But there are certain elements that will make one feel-good film much more successful and enjoyable than another. Feel-good films require precise storytelling techniques and a little extra wow-factor… Read More ›
You’ll still believe with this solid 4K UHD edition of the Joel Schumacher horror-comedy classic “The Lost Boys.”
There are some films that define the era of the ‘80s in cinema. You’ve got dramedies like The Breakfast Club (1985), aviation action in the form of Top Gun (1986), revealing the lack of safety in dream via A Nightmare… Read More ›
“Goodbye, Don Glees!” Hello, innumerable possibilities.
As long as there are children who grow into adulthood via adolescence, there will always be coming-of-age stories. They may not be indicative of your experience, but they will speak to the universal ideas of growing up, shifting from an… Read More ›
37 years after release, “Real Genius” remains just as hilarious and topical as ever.
As a child of the 1980s, I was witness to all kinds of bullying toward nerds, dorks, and geeks. If it wasn’t happening in front of me (or to me), then it was happening on-screen. You’d think a film like… Read More ›
“Clerks III” is a near-perfect button for the entire View Askewniverse.
The creator of the View Askew Universe (or View Askewniverse), writer/director Kevin Smith, is as well-known for his indie movies as he is for his comic book writing, his podcasting, and his television directing. All of it is possible because… Read More ›
Get the full experience of Mamoru Hosoda’s “BELLE” through the 4K UHD collector’s edition from Shout! Factory and GKids Films.
After hitting the festival circuit in 2021, writer/director Mamoru Hosoda’s musical drama BELLE landed in select U.S. theaters in January of 2022 and then shelves the following April. Both times, my reviews of the film lauded the look and sound… Read More ›
Choi Dong-hoon’s “Alienoid” is a nearly seamless anarchistic sci-fi action comedy that’ll have you impatient for “Part Two.”
Whether it lands with the general public or not, there’s nothing like a big swing in art, something that extends itself perhaps farther than it should go, never quite breaking its own rules as it bites off more than it… Read More ›
Cat-and-mouse horror thriller “Orphan: First Kill” is another rip-roaring good time with one truly bad bitch.
Spoiler Warning: This review will quickly spoil the major twist revealed at the end of Orphan (2009), but not for Orphan: First Kill (2022) because I’m not a sadist. There’s something wrong with Esther, and it has been for much… Read More ›
Next time on Crunchyroll Movie Night: an old foe returns in “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.”
It’s fair to say that in the pantheon of manga-adapted anime series, Dragon Ball is among the greats. Starting as part of Shueisha’s “Weekly Shonen Jump” in 1983, creator Akira Toriyama’s series has taken on many iterations (Dragon Ball, Dragon… Read More ›
Now available from Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, “Event Horizon” on 4K UHD with a limited edition steelbook.
As a child of divorce, I totally understand the feeling of being tossed back and forth between parents for weekend trips, holidays, etc., but the situation at Event Horizon is getting a little problematic, and CPS might need to get… Read More ›
Actor Amber Midthunder goes pound for pound with the Predator in “Prey.”
Another day, another 20th Century Studios film sent to the Hulu graveyard by The Big Mouse in his efforts to slowly choke the life out of the once thriving 87-year-old studio. While assuring audiences from the time of the acquisition… Read More ›
“The Killer” slays. [Fantasia International Film Festival]
There’s a subgenre in film that features a very simple and comfortable setup: retired/reclusive individual meets a young individual, forms a bond (often reluctantly), young individual gets into trouble (usually kidnapped) causing the retired/reclusive individual to jump back into action…. Read More ›
Well Go USA unleashes action/comedy “Baby Assassins” upon a grateful home release audience.
Since its international premiere at Fantastic Fest 2021, writer/director Yûgo Sakamoto’s Baby Assassins hasn’t been far from mind. I discussed it on two Cine-Men episodes, gave it a highlight mention in the 2021 Sticky List, and made sure to include… Read More ›
Det. Ma and the rest of the Major Crimes Unit return to catch criminals in the action comedy thriller “The Roundup.” [Fantasia International Film Festival]
Actor/writer/producer Don Lee, also known as Ma Dong-seok, has been making movies since 2005. He’s had roles in The Good the Bad the Weird (2008), Mother Vengeance (2012), a scene-stealing role in Train to Busan (2016), and, of course, the… Read More ›
Gather your charcuterie and sit down with jungle adventure “The Lost City” on home video.
A deleted scene from the Aaron and Adam Nee-directed film The Lost City features romance novelist Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) and book cover model Dash (Channing Tatum) talking before going to sleep in a shared hammock. In this brief moment,… Read More ›
You’ve heard of the restaurant at the end of the world. How about the rest stop at the end of existence? It’s “Glorious.” [Fantasia International Film Festival]
There have been many films conceived, shot, and released since COVID-19 quarantines more or less stopped the world. Some of them put the virus front-and-center (The End of Us), while others used the period as an opportunity to tell a… Read More ›
It’s just another Thursday in the star-studded action-thriller “The Gray Man” from directing duo the Russos.
Directing team the Russos (brothers Joe and Anthony) are no strangers to adapting works for cinema. If their work on 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier wasn’t enough to gain your attention, their directing of the end of the Marvel… Read More ›
Good news! “Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko” arrives on home video with our two-hours of bonus materials.
The latest GKids Films release, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, is set to arrive on home video from Shout! Factory with a host of special features that celebrate the last adaptation of author Kanako Nishi’s work. In this case, the adaptation… Read More ›