32 Days of Halloween X, Day 21: Nightmare Castle!

Nightmare Castle

For tonight’s mayhem, let’s start with the very first episode of Boris Karloff’s anthology series Thriller. It’s very useful if you’re allowing TV episodes for Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, since you can link up Karloff with people like, say, Shatner. This is “The Twisted Image,” starring Leslie Nielsen, George Grizzard, and Natalie Trundy.

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By | 2017-10-21T00:56:48+00:00 October 20th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Wrong is Right (1982) – DVD Review

Wrong Is Right cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Richard Brooks, based on the novel The Better Angels by Charles McCarry
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Starring: Sean Connery, George Grizzard, Robert Conrad, Leslie Nielsen, Herny Silva, Hardy Kruger

Features:
None

Released by: Columbia-Tristar
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent Network or Dr. Strangelove instead.

Nathan Hale (Connery) is the TV journalist’s journalist: getting into the thick of the action, interviewing the famous and infamous, and looking good doing it. And there’s always something for Hale to stick his lens in. The latest crisis is in the oil-rich kingdom of Hagreb where the sultan might ally with the Arab terrorist Rafeeq (Silva) and may have purchased two suitcase nuclear bombs for the jihad. The President (Grizzard) obviously sees this development as bad for his reelection campaign, so he orders the CIA to bump him off. With the king dead and unable to pay, the arms dealer Unger (Kruger) holds on to his merchandise. The President wants the bombs so he can show he was justified to killing the sultan, his presidential opponent Mallory (Nielsen) wants the bombs so the President can’t show he was justified and so lose the election, Refeeq wants the bombs so he can blackmail the world, and Hale’s network wants the bombs because the Nielsens will shoot through the roof. With people blowing themselves up, top General Wombat (Conrad) screaming for war with somebody, and the world going to hell in a hand basket, maybe it’s accurate to say that Wrong Is Right.
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By | 2012-09-07T03:25:49+00:00 June 21st, 2004|Reviews|0 Comments

Scary Movie 3 (2003) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: Craig Mazin & Pat Proft
Directed by: David Zucker
Starring: Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Simon Rex, Anthony Anderson, Leslie Nielsen

Features:

  • Running audio commentary by director Zucker, producer Robert K. Weiss, and writers Mazin & Proft
  • Deleted scenes and alternate ending with optional commentary
  • Outtakes and bloopers
  • Featurette on the alternate ending
  • Two making of featurettes

Released by: Miramax
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent it if you must.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:00:32+00:00 May 26th, 2004|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

Soul Man (1986) – DVD Review

soul man dvd cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Carol Black
Directed by: Steve Miner
Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, James Earl Jones, Arye Gross, Linda Hoy, and Leslie Nielsen

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with director Miner and Howell
  • Trailer
  • TV spots

Released by: Anchor Bay
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Pass

Mark Watson (Howell) has it all: good grades, great test scores, everything a graduating senior needs to get into the school of his choice: Harvard. Except the school of his choice won’t give him the scholarship he needs. The only available financial aid is a minority scholarship, and if Mark were any more white he’d be translucent.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:01:14+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD Reviews|0 Comments