lastman October 09

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Vincent Price stars in The Last Man on Earth, a 1964 adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film comes directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, with a screenplay by committee. Matheson did have a part in the script, but he was dissatisfied with the finished product and was credited under […]

jessica1 October 08

Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

Helmed by John D. Hancock, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death is a moody horror piece from 1971. It holds as its basis the matter of psychological illness and it takes an off-kilter approach to its narrative, never letting the audience in all the way. This distancing effect is disconcerting but fantastic when it comes to […]

nielsen October 07

On Leslie Nielsen: Half-Truths and Fart Jokes

Thanks to the good people at Speakeasy and Silver Screenings, I have been asked to participate in the O Canada Blogathon. I am honoured to be part of such a wonderful project and have been looking for a way to share my appreciation of the one and only Leslie Nielsen. What follows is my rather […]

thecraft October 07

The Craft (1996)

The Craft is one of those 1990s movies that really doesn’t live up to the nostalgic hype. Sure, it features a compelling cast and is one of the rare female-led horror films to make an appearance at the box office. It passes the Bechdel test with flying colours in a time before we even thought […]

hadthey October 07

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Ray Kellogg is the director of The Giant Gila Monster. This 1959 motion picture is part hot rod movie and part science fiction/horror movie. It’s a low budget B-movie that can be found in bargain bin box sets, so that offers an indication as to its quality. There’s something charming to its good ol’ boy […]

jasonx1 October 06

Jason X (2002)

The apex of the preposterousness that’s always been locked in the Friday the 13th series, Jason X is an exploitative and absurd film. It’s also a lot of fun and quite possibly the most entertaining movie of the bunch. It’s directed by James Isaac from a story by Todd Farmer. It takes place in freaking […]

jasonhell October 05

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Intended to be the last film in the series, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday attempts to wrap things up but manages very little by way of intrigue or style. It’s a mostly forgettable motion picture, save for some rather enticing scenes and one of the better kills in a while, and that’s disappointing […]

manhattan October 03

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

  The Big Apple is the big problem with Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. This 1989 entry in the series is a missed opportunity in that it doesn’t make enough out of its New York City setting, but budget and scheduling issues prevented this picture from being all it could be. And […]

jason October 02

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

Makeup artist John Carl Buechler is the director of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, the 1988 entry in the infamous slasher series. Once again, the picture is made on a shoestring budget and has an organic feel that sometimes works in its favour. This movie is notable for introducing Kane Hodder as […]

shep October 01

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)

With the 1985 film Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, the famed horror series went under the proverbial knife and deviated from a lot of what generated its considerably tentative charm. Danny Steinmann is the director and he’s in charge of a screenplay by Martin Kitrosser and David Cohen. The filmmaker has his […]

sinners September 30

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

It took nearly 10 years for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller to return to the well, but Sin City: A Dame to Kill For finally dips its foot into the grime. This sequel to the 2005 original is based on part on Miller’s graphic novel of the same name, which is the second story in […]

ongbak September 28

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003)

Prachya Pinkaew’s Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior is the type of movie that could be described as a showcase. On display is the incredible Tony Jaa, the Thai martial artists born in the Surin province. He is the centrepiece of this 2003 action film and he rumbles with kinetic, bone-shattering style. Jaa’s talents are mostly of […]

22 September 27

22 Jump Street (2014)

Self-awareness is the ticket in 22 Jump Street, the sequel to the surprisingly entertaining 21 Jump Street from 2012. This 2014 action comedy is once again directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. It features a screenplay by Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel and Rodney Rothman and it’s of course based on the television series of […]

arnie September 25

Sabotage (2014)

Watching Sabotage, the 2014 action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a little like being hit in the head over and over again with a blunt object that curses a lot. This picture is directed by David Ayer, who wrote Training Day and directed End of Watch. The darker side of law enforcement is certainly one […]

seagal September 24

Pistol Whipped (2008)

Steven Seagal is a bad, bad man in Pistol Whipped. This 2008 direct-to-video actioner is directed by Roel Reiné and continues the slight uptick the star’s career that began with 2007’s Urban Justice. This is good news for those few Seagal fans left, as it’s been a bit of a long slog. Nearly everything from […]

accused September 23

Wrongfully Accused (1998)

Pat Proft’s Wrongfully Accused has no designs on being a good movie. It, like all spoof flicks, doesn’t set out with a serious bone in its body and is armed with the sort of jokes and gags that deter many. Indeed, the critical reception for this 1998 motion picture is far from warm as is […]

transformers41 September 22

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Friedrich Nietzsche once said that “The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.” This is certainly the case with Michael Bay’s alarmingly miserable Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth entry in the series based on the Hasbro toys and the very worst outing of the bunch. Making this 2014 film the very worst outing […]

transformers31 September 21

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Yet another concerto of clatter and excess can be found in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third entry in the series based on the toys of the same name. Michael Bay’s 2011 outing once again receives a nod for doing what it says it’s going to do, but the laws of cinema and taste […]

transformers21 September 20

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Michael Bay returns to the well with 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This is the sequel to the 2007 toy commercial. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are once again responsible for the screenplay, but this time Reindeer Games scribe Ehren Kruger is also in the mix. And once again, the screenplay articulates a plot […]

transformers1 September 19

Transformers (2007)

Michael Bay unabashedly makes movies for teenage boys. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, apart from the fact that perhaps teenage boys have enough movies geared toward them at the box office. That digression aside, Transformers is perhaps the pinnacle of filmmaking for teenage boys. It piles clichés on top of clichés, combining several different […]


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