• The Sin of Nora Moran

    The Sin of Nora Moran

    ★★½

    The Sin of Nora Moran is a 1933 "talkie" picture. Why it's legendary has more to do with the camera effects used, the movie poster, and the use of flashbacks and talk-overs more than the actual plot of the film itself. That's the hard part to put yourself into in the 21st century. You can imagine all the oohs, and aahs, and confusion & shock of movie-goers in 1933, but after almost 90 years it's hard to feel that way yourself.…

  • Surrogates

    Surrogates

    ★★½

    Bruce Willis & Rosamund Pike star in this action romp that requires little thinking. Everyone in the world is now able to have a surrogate of themselves if the desire. You can be anyone you want. Look like anything you want. Of course there is a faction of people who resist this and want to rid the world of these surrogates. As part of the plot, this isn't really explored enough, and when you find the reason for that sub-plot, you…

  • Mandao of the Dead

    Mandao of the Dead

    ★★½

    Well, this was a pretty fun movie. Not really laugh out loud funny, but a humorous thread runs through the movie. I was impressed with the actors & sets, as the film was on a very low budget. The director played it smart, working well on a storyline that keeps your attention as well as characters you can invest in. There are some shifts in time, and "astral projection" with one of the characters. The film makers keep it simple and…

  • Truth or Dare

    Truth or Dare

    ★★½

    Truth or Dare? Sounds fun right? Wrong. In this popcorn flick we get a group of college kids who go to Mexico for one last spring break. What ends up happening is they run into a stranger who lures them to a castle to play a game of truth or dare. This isn't the normal game though. This game has been infiltrated by a demon. Refuse to play or lie? You die.

    Now this was a fairly entertaining movie. This…

  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    They Shall Not Grow Old

    ★★★★

    This, simply put, is an amazing film that everyone should be required to see. Peter Jackson has miraculously restored World War I film footage and colorized it. That is the least of the accomplishments here. There are over 50 different soldiers from Britan, England, Canada, New Zealand & Australia that were recorded around 1914 who share their stories of what we are seeing unfold on the screen. It starts out with the drafting of men as young as 16 years old,…

  • Vs. the Dead

    Vs. the Dead

    ★★★½

    Well now, this was a pleasant surprise. A nice twist on the zombie genre that didn't end up being buried by it's lower budget. It even had creativity to spare. Hollywood hates new ideas, it seems. So I'll just keep hoping and praying that little movies like this keep getting made that show the big guys that originality is not dead after all.

    We start out in Afghanistan, where the government has invented a serum called ROUND 2 that you…

  • Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape

    Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape

    ★★★★★

    Everything you wanted to know about the video nasties, but was afraid to ask!

    First of all, as an American reviewing this, I was not "there" when this all happened. Maybe that makes it even more enjoyable today. And it also makes watching what happened even more unbelievable and shocking, so let's get to it.

    This set seems to be the be all, end all of what you need to know about video nasties all packed into a three-disc set…

  • Scouts Honor

    Scouts Honor

    ½

    I tried to like this movie, I really did. I've either been spoiled on classic comedies, or I'm too picky with the comedy genre, or this movie was just plain horrible. I tend to believe the latter will be true.

    This story follows three brothers, The Appleorchards; Brandon (Chris Kattan), the bad one, and his two brothers David (David Schultz) and Tim (B.J. Bales) who find out that their father (Kip King, Chris Kattan's real life father) is joining his…

  • Schism

    Schism

    ★★½

    I knew that I was going to like this movie before I ever watched it. The reason for this is Lynn Lowry. She has played in some of my favorite horror films over the years, including "I Drink Your Blood", "The Crazies" and "They Came From Within". She has acted well in each film, and it's not wrong to say that I had a crush on her in my early days of watching horror films. To find out that she…

  • Scavengers

    Scavengers

    ★★

    I've never had the displeasure of seeing someone ruin a movie all by themselves. Granted, he had lots of help, but Scavengers could have been a better movie had Sean Patrick Flanery (playing bad guy Jekel) simply refused the part. His voice barely rises above a snarly whisper most of the time, and when you can understand what he's saying, you wish that you couldn't. I couldn't quite tell if it was a horrible script that couldn't be saved, or…

  • Rose Tattoo - Live In 1993 From Boggo Road Jail

    Rose Tattoo - Live In 1993 From Boggo Road Jail

    ★★½

    Rose Tattoo - "The Meanest Band In The World" - is a group I'd heard of, but never actually listened to. Now this DVD was a decent overall introduction to them for me, but will be of interest for more established fans because this is part of a festival show, and their set is only an hour long and some of the performances seem rushed, and the sound mix wasn't as good as it could have been. Let's take a…

  • Razorback

    Razorback

    ★★★★★

    One of my favorite movies growing up was this Australian giant pig movie. I remember after the first time I watched it, I was in school the next day telling all my friends about it. No one had heard of it. I was quite disappointed, because the movie was so damn cool! Now, I just feel that it's an overlooked gem that I had the privilege to enjoy since its 1984 debut on home video.

    We start out in the…