Blu-ray Review: Rebirth Of Mothra I-III (1996-1998)


I had no clue that Toho had remade Mothra and then added a couple of sequels until I discovered that double feature DVD Sony put out back in 2000. Yeah, I bought it, and then wished I hadn’t after I started watching the first one. It was the direction they took with it that destroyed my interest. They made it for kids. I’m not sure it all the way through. I think I may have done a lot of fast forwarding, but I do remember putting on the second, thinking for some reason it would be better. It wasn’t. It was the same tone, and I remember doing a lot of fast forwarding on it too.

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Blu-ray Review: The Double (2013, Dir, Richard Ayoade)


I’ve always had a slight fascination with the doppelganger concept, It’s probably an extension of my more intense fascination with shape-shifters in general, and this year there were two movies that came out directly concerning doppelgangers.

Earlier in the year it was Enemy (2013) with Jake Gyllenhaal and based on a Portuguese novel called, “The Duplicated Man,” but according to Wikipedia, “It was translated into English and published as The Double in 2004.” Now we have The Double (2013) another “double-goer” flick this time with Jesse Eisenberg and another that was also based on a novel, an 1846/1866 Russian one by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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Blu-ray Review: Without Warning (1980, Dir, Greydon Clark)


I was in 7th grade when this kid I knew told me about Without Warning. Rob was also the one responsible for clueing me in to the existence of Fangoria. His father pretty much took him to all the new horror movies coming out and in turn the following Monday in school he would tell me all about them.

This was the era of the slasher, so I heard more about those kind of movies than any other, but occasionally a “monster movie” would come along, like The Boogens (1981), The Being (1983), The Beast Within (1982), Alien (1979), or Without Warning and I’d be absolutely amazed at what he would tell me about the creatures skulking about in those movies.

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Blu-ray Review: Leviathan (1989, Dir, George P. Cosmatos)

(Warning! Spoilers Contained Within!)


“Say, ‘Aaaaah,’ motherfucker!”

1989 was the year of the underwater monster movie. Five of them were made and four of them were scheduled to roll out that year. Three were major theatrical releases (DeepStar Six, Leviathan, The Abyss) while the remaining two (The Rift, Lords Of The Deep) were straight-to-video and/or cable. I saw all of them but Lords Of The Deep.

I believe I saw The Rift (1990, aka Endless Descent) in 1991 on cable, but I distinctly remember reading the Fangoria article in 1989, where they acknowledged DeepStar Six and Leviathan, saying both of them died at the box office.

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DVD Review: Blood Glacier (2013, Dir, Marvin Kren)


I heard about this Austrian flick last year when it was called, The Station. Saw the trailer and thought, ‘yup, I’ll need to see this at some point.’  That point has now arrived. In the US it became Blood Glacier for it’s home video release and it’s a commendable cautionary eco-horror tale that homages John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982).

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DVD Review: Trust Me (2013, Dir, Clark Gregg)


(Warning! This Review May Contain Spoilers!)

I don’t particularly like movies about the inner workings of Hollywood. The only one I ever saw was The Player (1992), but what got me to want to review Clark Gregg’s Trust Me was the fact that Clark Gregg and Sam Rockwell were in it. I’m only familiar with Gregg from his Marvel movies appearance; never heard of him until I saw him in Iron Man (2008), and I really didn’t start taking interest in him until he took center stage in that Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D series. He then became one of those actors I just like to watch. Sam Rockwell I’ve been a fan of since his Galaxy Quest (1999) role and loved him in Moon (2009), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005), so seeing both of these actors in one movie was something I just couldn’t pass up. Plus I heard it was a comedy.

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DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Review: Batman: Assault On Arkham (2014, Dirs, Jay Oliver/Ethan Spaulding)


 ”I’m here, bitches! And I got favors for everybody” —-Joker

I understand why DC always does animated movies based only on Batman, Superman and the Justice League; plain and simple, they sell, and apparently they learned that when their solo Wonder Woman movie did not sell well, so their only recourse now, if they want to do standalone flicks based on characters outside of Bats, Supes and their iconic league, is to have them in the movie as supporting characters. Their first test of this was with last year’s Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, where Flash was the center, now they’ve done it again with Assault On Arkham, but this time the main characters are the members of the Suicide Squad, and the success rate is even higher, so high I’m going to make a bold statement here and say this is the best DC animated movie ever made and you can take that to bank!

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US Blu-ray Review: Scanners (1981, Dir, David Cronenberg)


This is certainly a memory movie, but what memories I do have are vague and out of order. Not often do I have that problem with one of these films. The first that comes to mind is remembering when it was on TV this one time. I was in the family room, I had the TV on, but I can’t recall if I was in high school or had already graduated. I remembering thinking, “Scanners?! Maybe, I should tape this.” Then deciding not to because it was airing on TV and it would be severely edited.

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Blu-ray Review: Tarzan (2013, Dir, Reinhard Klooss)


The best version I ever saw of Tarzan in any kind of celluloid form was Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes (1984), so far I have not seen a better movie about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ character. The only animated movie I’m aware of tackled this character was Disney’s Tarzan (1999). Now we come to this “animated” version of Tarzan, a CGI motion capture flick, that’s PG, has no talking animals or characters breaking into song and is decidedly more adult, at least when it comes to life and death matters. But that doesn’t make it a good Tarzan movie in my book. It was interesting enough to keep me captivated till the end, but I can’t see myself wanting to watch it more times than I have to.

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Blu-Ray Review: Lake Placid (1999, Dir, Steve Miner)


The late 90s was significant for the nature run amok genre, for I can recall five major movies, and when I say major I mean movies that were made for a wide theatrical release, got a wide theatrical release, and had big name stars in them, that came out between 1997 and 1999. It all started with Anaconda in spring of ’97, then Mimic in August of ’98, Lake Placid  and Deep Blue Sea (this could also fall in the science run amok category) in summer (July, I think) of ’99, with Bats rounding it all out in fall of that same year.

When it comes to the Giant Croc/Alligator sub-genre I have three favorites. Until someone comes along to knock it off the top spot Greg Mclean’s Rogue (2007) is about the best one you’ll ever watch. In the #2 spot Lake Placid (1999) is a very good rural variation on the giant gator myth, and, finally, we have the first giant alligator movie I ever saw, the one that literally explores the urban myth of “alligators-living-in-the-sewers,” Lewis Teague’s Alligator (1980).

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