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Movie reviews, Cinema and DVD

Friday, September 15, 2017

‘It’ knows what Scares you

Stephen King pushes red buttons

In 1986, Stephen King’s 18th novel was released set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine – a place King would return to in three subsequent novels. In 1990, ABC aired a two-part, four-hour miniseries that garnered good reviews, big ratings, and has become a cult classic, making Tim Curry an overnight sensation, 15 years after becoming an overnight sensation from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That novel and miniseries was It and now the movie has finally made its way to the big screen where it can delve a little deeper into King’s novel than a TV movie ever could (but some of the seriously messed up stuff from the book was still a bit much for the film, and for good reason... we’ll just leave it at that).

Friday, September 01, 2017

Beach, Please!

The year 2017 got off to a dismal start in terms of good movies, with only a few decent ones at the multiplexes (including Get Out, T2: Trainspotting, Baby Driver, Wonder Woman, and Colossal). However, the biggest dud of all has washed ashore in a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD combo pack for home viewing. Baywatch (Paramount), presented in skin-shaking Dolby, based on the insipid and jiggly NBC / syndicated series that dominated the 1990s and made the wooden David Hasselhoff a household name, is a waterlogged mess with no means of resuscitation.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Delivering the Scares

Annabelle: Creation shows dolls aren’t always child's play

It’s been three years since we first saw the cursed Annabelle doll in her own movie (don’t forget she was actually introduced in the original The Conjuring), in what was a 1970s set “origin story.” But with the film’s success, it was inevitable that there would be a sequel and, surprise, we get a prequel instead!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem

Anyone who is old enough to remember the sensation of shock and sadness caused by the deaths of music icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison in the early 1970s is well-aware of the history of substance abuse and its connection to rock and roll. Still, that didn’t make the passing of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, or Prince, years later, any less difficult to bear.

Wish Upon may leave you wishing

In the horror movies heyday of the 1980s, every movie had to be bigger and bloodier than the next, pushing the limits of the R-rating as far as the MPAA would allow. A lot of times directors would shoot extremely gorier scenes deliberately, knowing they would have to be trimmed down to something closer to what they intended to get the R-rating, playing psychological games with the ratings board to trick them into giving the directors what they wanted. These films were usually made on the cheap but found box office success for the most part, unhampered by that “Restricted” rating.

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