When diving into movies that are first time watches from the Criterion collection there is always an unknown factor, but it comes with a safety net of knowing the movie should at least be pretty darn good at bare minimum…. Read More ›
2014: Keanu Reeves appears as the black suit-wearing assassin in mourning, John Wick, in the Derek Kolstad-written, Chad Stahelski/David Leitch-co-directed John Wick. A film which, originally, was headed for direct-to-video release and has now spawned a franchise with a television… Read More ›
“Hey kid, it ain’t that kind of movie. If people are looking at your hair, we’re all in big trouble.” – Harrison Ford to Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars (1977), as recalled by Hamill Released in 1973,… Read More ›
*Disclaimer: Elements of Madness received check-discs of this product, and as such this review will not cover any box art, packaging, or included literary materials that are included with the product.* Katsuhito Ishii, Japan’s Robert Rodriquez, rebel V-Cinema wave filmmaker,… Read More ›
“Filmmaking is also nation making.” – Pasquale Squitieri, via Domenico Monetti The Iron Prefect (1977) is a nearly perfect limited edition out from Radiance Films. Previously screened in the United States and released on DVD as I am the Law,… Read More ›
Cult Epics’s 2K restoration of Marleen Gorris’s 1982 dramatic thriller “A Question of Silence” is still horrifically on-target with its exploration of gender equity.
There are far too many people today who think misogyny is a manufactured concept. That, somehow, the way things used to be is somehow better than they are now, what with women having voting rights, the ability to own property,… Read More ›
The third film in the Hideaki Anno “Shin” series arrives on VOD and home video in July with director Shinji Higuchi’s “Shin Ultraman” via Cleopatra Entertainment.
Trigger Warning: Shin Ultraman features multiple sequences featuring flashing lights that might impact those with photosensitivity. In 2016, Shin Godzilla hit theaters and rocked audiences with a version of the kaiju story that hadn’t been presented in such a way…. Read More ›
20th Century Studios re-releases the 2009 hit “Avatar” in a first-time 4K UHD with HDR presentation.
It’s 2009 and outside of some television and oceanic-centric films, writer/director James Cameron hasn’t had a film in theaters since 1997’s Titanic. His new project, Avatar, promises to take audiences on an incredible ride to a new planet, invaded by… Read More ›
Despite what one may think of reality tv programming, it’s neither extraordinarily new nor a fad. Is it a way to get around the writers’ strike happening right now? Only a little bit as, one may be surprised to learn,… Read More ›
We may never know the stories we don’t know. That seems like an obvious statement, a philosophical quandary with a seemingly apparent answer. Except, it’s far more complicated than that because, as is often the case, what we don’t know… Read More ›
There is something to be noted about Criterion and Janus films; while some of their slate of films and releases can be defined as questionable, they certainly release undeniably important films and always have. Especially as someone who went to… Read More ›
Summoning a Kandarian demon gets you a great horror experience despite absent special features in “Evil Dead Rise.”
A controversial take to start off the review: I prefer the newer Evil Dead films to the older ones. This isn’t because I think they’re significantly better in quality, Sam Raimi’s trilogy is a masterclass in camp filmmaking that has… Read More ›
It’s sometimes tough as a horror fan to not occasionally roll my eyes at certain sub-genres under the umbrella due to being burned one too many times by vapid copycats. Strangely, the exorcism sub-genre of horror, while defined by William… Read More ›
The Criterion Collection’s new release of “Time Bandits” on 4K is former released materials with a new format.
In part of what writer/director Terry Gilliam calls his “Trilogy of Imagination,” Time Bandits represents the adolescent perspective: a period of wonder, amazement, magic, and disappointment. It’s an adventure tale in which a child journeys through holes in the universe… Read More ›
“Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant” may be special feature-free, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to explore in the home release.
“The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” – Proverb of unclear origin. By October 2001, within a month of the U.S.-based terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001, U.S. armed forces moved into Afghanistan in… Read More ›
In its quest for cinema preservation, boutique distributor Radiance Films has released onto Blu-ray such films as Kōsaku Yamashita’s Big Time Gambling Boss (1968), Luigi Comencini’s The Sunday Woman (1975), Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Doll House (1995), and Amy… Read More ›
Before you explore “The Red Door,” go back to the first “Insidious” tale with Sony’s limited-edition 4K Blu-ray.
PG-13 horror gets a bad rap. Sure, there have been some films that were so clearly supposed to be full-fledged R-rated scare-fests toned down to a more commercially viable PG-13 rating in their early years (for me, I think of… Read More ›
Universal Pictures releases a “Dracula Sucks Edition” of Chris McKay’s horror comedy “Renfield,” filled with dark delights to extend the cinematic experience.
In a not-so-distant time, when audiences heard the name “Nicolas Cage,” there was an automatic presumption of a performer who’s either doing something huge in the scene as a larger-than-life character or the project as a whole as being of… Read More ›
Liberation Hall’s home release of “Project: ALF” will be the cat’s meow for fans of our favorite Melmacian.
September 22nd, 1986, television changed forever when the fuzzy, wise-cracking, cat-eating alien from the planet Melmac crash-landed through the roof of the Tanner Family garage. The ‘80s were a wild time when odd couple comedy in sitcoms couldn’t go with… Read More ›
Donnie Yen has been a staple of martial arts cinema for decades now. He’s battled drug dealers in In the Line of Duty IV (1989), immortals in Highlander: Endgame (2000), reluctantly alongside the daywalker in Blade II (2002), and just… Read More ›