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Blu-ray Review: NINJA III: THE DOMINATION Collector’s Edition

NINJA III: THE DOMINATION Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Sho Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey, Jordan Bennett Writer: James R. Silke Director: Sam Firstenberg Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $27.99 The output of infamous exploitation production company Cannon Films from the 1980s was filled with action films starring Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson, Michael Dudikoff, but their other magic touch was riding the wave of current trends and then remixing them out of the stratosphere. In addition to the conventional break dancing films BREAKIN’ and the far more memorable sequel title of BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO, they hit their apex in trend squatting with NINJA III: THE DOMINATION in 1984. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HALLOWEEN (2018)

HALLOWEEN 2018 movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton, Toby Huss, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Miles Robbins, Drew Scheid, Jibrail Nantambu Writers: Jeff Fradley & Danny McBride & David Gordon Green, based on characters created by John Carpenter & Debra Hill Director: David Gordon Green Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 19, 2018 A middle-aged woman speaks up about a man who committed violence against her decades ago, because she thinks the public may be endangered. It’s not so much that the people in power don’t believe her, […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: SCREAM FOR HELP

SCREAM FOR HELP Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Rachael Kelly, David Brooks, Marie Masters, Rocco Sisto, Lolita Lorre Writer: Tom Holland Director: Michael Winner Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 In 1984, DEATH WISH director Michael Winner explored the slasher genre with the utterly ridiculous SCREAM FOR HELP. Essentially an R-rated Afterschool Special, the film focuses on teen Christie Cromwell (Rachael Kelly) who is deeply suspicious of her mom’s new husband Paul Fox (David Brooks). With strange events happening around the house, she starts to suspect he’s trying to kill her and her mom for inheritance money. During the first half of the film, Christie plays […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 13 – “The Scorpion and the Frog”

David Cubitt as Barthamus in SUPERNATURAL - Season 13 - "The Scorpion and the Frog" | ©2017 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, David Cubitt, Christie Burke, Matthew Kevin Anderson, Richard Brake Writer: Meredith Glynn, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 23, 2017  “I’ve seen this movie a thousand times,” announces Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) in the SUPERNATURAL Season 13 episode “The Scorpion and the Frog.” So have we – evil mastermind enlists a couple of pros to execute a heist for him, then betrays them once he’s got what he wants. Even so, when Crossroads Demon Barthamus (David Cubitt) – who took over that job […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FIRST MAN

FIRST MAN movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll Writer: Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen Director: Damien Chazelle Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 12, 2018 FIRST MAN refers not to early homo sapiens as an individual or group, but rather to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It is hoped that this isn’t a big spoiler, but the title gives it away, and it happened (to enormous, long-lasting publicity) forty years ago. Neil Armstrong is an impressive man, and what he and the NASA Apollo mission achieved […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman Writer: Drew Goddard Director: Drew Goddard Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 12, 2018 After a brief prologue, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE starts out like the set-up to a joke, with an out-of-the-way motel standing in for a bar. A priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), and a really cranky young woman (Dakota Johnson) all walk into the El Royale. This is not a comedy, though the crime drama has its […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 27 – Week 3 – Memorable Year Night – Nancy McKeon out

Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 27 | ©2018 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Evanna Lynch, Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Alexis Ren. Network: ABC, airs Monday, Tuesday Original Telecast: October 8th, 2018 My favorite week of DANCING WITH THE STARS is always “My Most Memorable Year” night. No question the tears will flow but also the emotions will be emitting joy, seeing these people overcome their struggles and accomplish greatness, even if it’s just on the dance floor, in life. And at the top of that list of greatness this season is Juan Pablo […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VENOM

VENOM movie poster | ©2018 Sony/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott, Melora Walters Writers: Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel and Will Beall, story by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie Director: Ruben Fleischer Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: October 5, 2018 VENOM the movie is based on the VENOM Marvel Comics created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie. Full disclosure: this reviewer knows practically nothing about the character Venom, save what is in Wikipedia was in the 2007 SPIDER-MAN 3 movie, where he was played by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A STAR IS BORN

A STAR IS BORN movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Dice Clay, Greg Grunberg Writers: Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, based on a story by William A. Wellman and Robert Carson and on a screenplay by Dorothy Parker & Alan Campbell & Robert Carson, a screenplay by Moss Hart, and a screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson Director: Bradley Cooper Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 5, 2018 The new version of A STAR IS BORN proves that even the most familiar material can be great when done right. Bradley […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HATE U GIVE

THE HATE YOU GIVE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Common, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, K.J. Apa, Dominique Fishback, Lamar Johnson, TJ Wright, Megan Lawless, Karen Kendrick Writer: Audrey Wells, based on the novel by Angie Thomas Director: George Tillman Jr. Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 5, 2018 The title of THE HATE U GIVE is taken from Tupac Shakur’s “T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. (The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody).” This translates to the late Shakur’s philosophy that racism aimed at children ruins not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in the vicinity. Based […]Read On »

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