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Blu-ray Review: MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) Collector’s Edition

MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) Blu-ray Collector's Edition | ©2020 Shout! Factory

Rating: R/Unrated Stars: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck Writer: John Beaird based on a concept by Stephen Miller Director: George Mihalka Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $34.93 The 1981 slasher film MY BLOODY VALENTINE continues to have its fans and cult following after 39 years, but it’s also a film that was plagued by MPAA cuts upon its initial release. During the height of the slasher craze, there was a rash reaction to overthink the extreme violence in these horror movies and the hyper-realistic practical gore and kills which fans loved. Hence, the MPAA would slice, dice and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BIRDS OF PREY (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

BIRDS OF PREY movie poster | ©2020 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina Writer: Christina Hodson Director: Cathy Yan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 7, 2020 A movie about Batman villainess/Joker paramour Harley Quinn doesn’t exactly sound like a blast. Harley is sometimes depicted as a creative sadist and sometimes as a completely dizzy engine of destruction, both devoted to the Joker and neither someone who seems like a good figure to build a movie around. Well, surprise. BIRDS OF PREY has found the right balance for Harley (Margot Robbie, reprising the character […]Read On »

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Movie Review: COME TO DADDY

COME TO DADDY movie poster | ©2020 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan, Madeleine Sami, Garfield Wilson, Michael Smiley Writer: Toby Harvard, idea by Ant Timpson Director: Ant Timpson Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: February 7, 2020 COME TO DADDY is the kind of movie that causes a reviewer to think long and hard about how difficult it is to complete a movie and secure distribution. These things are no small achievement, and filmmakers who reach this finish line deserve congratulations. With this in mind, it should be noted that COME TO DADDY is shrewdly cast, very well-acted, and has clever twists, great production […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LODGE

THE LODGE movie poster | ©2020 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Riley Keogh, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage, Alicia Silverstone Writers: Sergio Casci and Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz Directors: Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz Distributor: Neon Release Date: January 31, 2020 The directing/writing team of Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz (they share script credit here with Sergio Casci) undeniably know their way around horror imagery and atmosphere. Eerie empty hallways, dolls that look too much like people, paintings that seem to sit in silent judgment – THE LODGE has it all. THE LODGE also has a good premise, but by the time what it is becomes […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Our Father, Who Aren’t In Heaven”

Ruth Connell as Rowena in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Our Father, Who Aren't In Heaven" | ©2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Colin Bentley

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Rob Benedict, Ruth Connell, Shoshannah Stern, Keith Szarabajka, Jake Abel, Anna Grace Barlow Writers: Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Richard Speight Jr. Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: December 12, 2019 We’ve waited almost ten years for this, but Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchesters’ half-brother Adam (Jake Abel) is finally back, as is Michael, the archangel in Adam’s body (also Abel). Chuck (Rob Benedict) never really left, and a few other faces show up in “Our Father, Who Aren’t in Heaven.” […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Last Call”

Christian Kane as Lee Webb and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Last Call" | ©2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Shoshannah Stern, Dimitri Vantis, Christian Kane Writer: Jeremy Adams, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Amyn Kaderali Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: December 5, 2019  Before SUPERNATURAL ends, it seems like the show is determined to have as many cast members from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL guest-star on it as possible. The latest visitor from that august group is Christian Kane – also known for his musical career as a country/rock artist – who appears in the SUPERNATURAL Season 15 episode “Last Call” as Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Golden Time”

Misha Collins as Castiel in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Golden Time" | ©2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Shoshannah Stern, Jodelle Ferland, Jennifer Spence, Keegan Connor Tracy, Art Kitching, Alex Sturman Writer: Meredith Glynn, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 21, 2019 With Rowena dead and gone, a young witch (Alex Sturman) – we’ll find out her name is Jacinda – breaks into Rowena’s home, hoping to steal spells. However, Jacinda is only there briefly before she hemorrhages to death. Back at the bunker, Sam (Jared Padalecki) is doing research, trying to find God and/or Lilith. Dean (Jensen […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Proverbs 17:3”

Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Proverbs 17:3" | ©2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Colin Bentley

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Anna Grace Barlow, Luke Camilleri, Rachel Hayward, Markian Tarasiuk Writer: Steve Yockey, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Richard Speight Jr. Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 14, 2019  Three female college graduate friends are camping together in the woods of Colorado. There’s a noise outside the tent, and all of a sudden, they are attacked. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) head out to investigate. Sam is still having nightmares about being a demon and killing Dean. Not surprisingly, Sam doesn’t want to open up about this to his […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Atomic Monsters”

Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Atomic Monsters" | ©2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Rob Benedict, Emily Perkins, Ty Olsson, Burkely Duffield, Alison Araya, Eva Barros Writer: Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Jensen Ackles Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 7, 2019 When you’ve got God, aka a writer, arguing with a passionate and informed fan onscreen, as characters in a show, but they’re talking about the show we’re watching, is that as meta as you can get? Maybe not, but it’s still majorly trippy. We then go to some unexpected places of heart and free will and deep feeling. This is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GRETEL & HANSEL

GRETEL AND HANSEL movie poster | ©2020 Orion Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Samuel Leakey, Jessica De Gouw, Charles Babalola Writer: Rob Hayes Director: Osgood Perkins Distributor: Orion Pictures Release Date: January 31, 2020 GRETEL & HANSEL is Exhibit A for the argument that it’s possible to make an excellent movie from source material that everybody already knows, so long as the filmmakers have a strong point of view and actually care what they’re doing. Yes, director Osgood Perkins and screenwriter Rob Hayes are bringing us another version of the Hansel & Gretel story. GRETEL & HANSEL actually feels somewhat spiritually akin to filmmaker Robert Eggers’s […]Read On »

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