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  • Firehead

    Firehead

    ★★★½

    A Russian war machine in chiseled man-form  explodes things with his eye lasers. He escapes his homeland after refusing to turn his deadly gaze toward a group of peaceful protesters and instead narrows his focus on US munitions factories. Chris Lemmon, chemist, must figure out why this walking human missile is targeting and blowing up buildings before Christopher Plummer gets away with overthrowing the U.S. government. Lemmons performance is so unbearably similar to the mannerisms of his father Jack, it’s…

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★

    I’ll describe Pokémon Detective Pikachu with the tagline of the Juan Piquer Simon’s 1982 Pieces, “It’s exactly what you think it is.”. Pikachu’s cuteness overpowers everything. Some of the animation is real bizarro to begin with, but if you sit back and let it jump on your lap for a quick snuggle, you might get your CG fur fix. It’s a G-rated mystery, no duh, but it held my attention. I watched this because my kids wanted to see it…

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  • Satan Place: A Soap Opera from Hell

    Satan Place: A Soap Opera from Hell

    ★★★★½

    A late 80’s lo-fi horror anthology with a boldface line drawn to EC horror comics and Creepshow. It’s top grade entertainment with a short overall run time, packed with horror tropes turned on their ear. The vignettes have titles like, “Don’t Go in The Kitchen”, “Missouri Mop Massacre”, “Disposable Love”, etc...there’s a great sequence with an ungrateful TV addict daughter who’s obsessed with an extreme horror host named Dick Slaughter.  There’s no shortage of splat, guts and vengeance. There’s even…

  • Vibrations

    Vibrations

    ★★★★★

    A film so potently awkward and spectacularly stupid it’s a damn miracle. I’m currently rewatching and sitting on my floor, laughing myself to tears. A dorky musicians’ hands get ripped off and replaced with programmable synth-shredding robot gloves. James Marshall (yep, James from Twin Peaks), his helmet hair (it’s top contender for the worst hair I’ve ever seen), his over-acting, his fumbling rubber hands, the ear-melting “soundtrack”, the unbelievably stupid plot, the knuckledragging dialog, an inept robot suit, the silliest…