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1987’s Light of Day is an unremarkable movie. It’s fine. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a bad movie, but I certainly wouldn’t call it good. It’s simply… a movie. It’s the sort of movie I’d imagine would be right at home in the background of another movie while someone is channelContinue reading “Light of Day (Review) – Well that was a movie.”
Before Tom Holland in the MCU, before Andrew Garfield in whatever mutated beast Sony had created out of Marc Webb’s attempt at a Spidey reboot, there was Tobey. Good ol’ Tobey Macguire in good ol’ Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. It was a simpler time for super hero movies. They had only really just started toContinue reading “Spider-Man 2: The Utilitarian Soap Opera (Review)”
This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I like movies. Coincidentally, I also like podcasts. Movies tickle the soft part of my brain that seeks escapism from the mundane. Thanks to movies, I can witness adventures from a hundred years ago, visit far away fantasy worlds, or watch Arnold Schwarzenegger getContinue reading “Why Movie Podcasts are a Vital to Experiencing Movies in a COVID world.”
Released in 1985, Commando is a fun, breezy film that loves it’s over-the-top violence, and doesn’t care for characterization outside of portraying Arnold Schwarzenegger as an unstoppable force of nature. Nothing more, nothing less. And you know what? I’m perfectly okay with that and believe that, sometimes, middle-of-the-road movies like these are a welcome changeContinue reading “Commando: Put the Knife in Him (Review)”
Note: This movie was recently covered on our podcast, Media Obscura, which is linked at the end of this post. Oh boy, do I love The Iron Giant. Look, I’m not gonna waste anyones time with this post. Watch The Iron Giant. Stream The Iron Giant. Crush The Iron Giant into a powder and mixContinue reading “The Iron Giant: The Best Superman Movie? (Review)”
There’s a rule when it comes to 80s Kung Fu movies; If the “Three Dragons” (Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao) are in it, it’s probably a good time. These actors, who had grown up and attended the Peking Opera school in China together starred in a handful of films together, were known forContinue reading “Dragons Forever: What a Sendoff (Review)”
Hot off the heels of Cyborg Cop, a direct-to-video action movie with a title that screams “we heard you liked Robocop but thought it was too good a movie, comes Cyborg Cop II. DEA Agent Jack Ryan has captured his arch-nemesis Nightraven, only to find out that he has been stolen away by an anti-terroristContinue reading “Cyborg Cop II: “We Have Robocop 2 at Home” (Review)”
Class Action Park is a, strangely nostalgic, trip down memory lane for anyone that has ever visited the infamously dangerous Action Park in Vernon New Jersey. It’s also a fun, too-light-for-it’s-own-good, revamp of a lot of material that has already been covered elsewhere in just as much detail (though admittedly with less flair). For thoseContinue reading “Class Action Park: Come on in, the [Questionable Nostalgia] is great! (Review)”
Wow. This is the kind of movie that sounds too fake to really exist, and yet here it is. 1982’s Mazes and Monsters is an example of how the media reacted to the rising popularity of Dungeons and Dragons in the 1970’s and 1980’s and was inspired by the disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III.Continue reading “Mazes and Monsters: Tom Hanks, Roleplayer (Review)”