32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 25: Tales From the Crypt!

Tales From the Crypt

Ah, the EC Comics vein. No pun intended. There’s just something so satisfying about the normal plot structure of these stories, in which somebody winds up getting their just desserts. Or even unjust desserts, doesn’t much matter. For today’s 32 Days of Halloween entry, I’ve selected a couple of episodes for your dancing and dining pleasure. First up, “The Reluctant Vampire,” because anything that has both Malcolm McDowell and George Wendt in the cast is pretty much a shoo-in. Then we go to “Death of Some Salesmen” with another amazing cast: Ed Begley, Jr., Yvonne De Carlo (yes, Lily Munster) and Tim Curry thrice. How could you say no?

NOTE: Remember, this was an HBO series. So these episodes should be considered definitely NSFW. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:56+00:00 October 24th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Tank Girl – Adverse Video Review

Tank Girl movie poster art

Every once and again all you really need is a hot chick with a tank.

Cole Porter’s “Let’s do it, Let’s Fall in Love,” has never been the same since Tank Girl. No matter how many times I watch or hear mention of Wake Up and Dream (Porter’s musical revue) I can’t help but think of Lori Petty forcing Ann Magnuson to sing it. Let’s face it: you will fall in love with this film…that is, if you haven’t already.

Let’s bite the bullet: the classics always stay classic. Let’s stop hiding from the fact that they never let you down, or cheat on you with another genre. They stay the same as they were in your childhood: unbelievably awesome!

Fundamentally, on those never-ending days of a never-ending week filled with too much paperwork and not enough funny, I, like you, find myself needing silliness. It is in moments like these, that the weekend of what I like to call “screw the world-pull-and-play” begins. Really, it is a simple formula to solve any monotone week.

Pull random movie from rack from desired genre section
X
((Popcorn + chocolate)/ a strong drink) + (inserting into DVD player + pushing play))
= A good day.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:05:45+00:00 February 22nd, 2009|Adverse Video|0 Comments

Bolt (2008) – Movie Review

Bolt movie poster

Written by: Dan Fogelman & Chris Williams
Directed by: Byron Howard & Chris Williams
Starring: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Malcolm McDowell

My Advice: Don’t miss it. Kids or no.

Bolt (voiced by Travolta) is Rin Tin Tin and Lassie meets a cybernetic Swiss army knife. He’s The Six Million Dollar Pooch. Found in a pet rescue place by his person, Penny (voiced by Cyrus), he was altered by Penny’s father (voiced by Ronn Moss) to be the ultimate in canine protection. He’s indestructible. He’s super fast. He has a Super BarkTM. And he also has no idea that any of this is a television program, staged so that he is the most convincing animal actor in history. Trouble is, because he’s not in on the joke, he thinks that by breaking out of the studio and making a break for it, he’s trying to save Penny. Now he has to find his way home–and the only difference between this and Homeward Bound is Bolt is a bit…unprepared for the outside world.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:09:23+00:00 November 28th, 2008|Reviews|6 Comments

Star Trek: Generations (1994) – DVD Review

Star Trek: Generations DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga
Directed by David Carson
Starring Patrick Stewart, Malcolm McDowell, William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, James Doohan, and Walter Koenig

Features:

  • Audio commentary with writers Moore and Braga
  • Text commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda, authors of the Star Trek Encyclopedia
  • The Star Trek Universe featurettes: “A Tribute to Matt Jefferies,” “The Enterprise Lineage,” “Captain Picard’s Family Album,” and “Creating 24th Century Weapons”
  • Production featurettes: “Uniting Two Legends,” “Stellar Cartograph: Creating the Illusion,” and “Strange New Worlds: The Valley of Fire”
  • Visual Effects featurettes: “Inside ILM: Models and Miniatures” and “Crashing the Enterprise
  • Scene Deconstruction featurettes: “Main Title Sequence,” “The Nexus Ribbon,” and “Saucer Crash Sequence”
  • Deleted scenes
  • Storyboards and production gallery

Released by: Paramount
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Own it.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:59:11+00:00 April 10th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

Cat People (1982) – DVD Review

Cat People (1982) DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Directed by Paul Schrader
Written by Alan Ormsby, based on the story by Dewitt Bodden
Starring Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O’Toole, Ruby Dee

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with director Schrader
  • Cat People: An Intimate Portrait by Schrader
  • On the set interview with Schrader
  • Special Makeup Effects featurette by Tom Burman
  • Production Notes and Photos
  • Theatrical Trailer

Anamorphic: Yes.
My Advice: Borrow it.

Making the Beast with Two Backs takes on a whole new meaning in Cat People. Sex is a huge part of the story, overshadowing the horror or suspense in the movie. Orphan Irena (Kinski) travels to New Orleans to meet her newly discovered brother Paul (McDowell). Irena is shocked when he tells her that they are were-leopards that transform into beasts when having sex with non-were-leopards and can only change back after killing someone. Considering she is able to leap fifteen feet into a tree, she shouldn’t be all that surprised. That Paul wants to get it on with his sister appalled her, since she has the hots for Oliver (Heard), a curator at a zoo where Paul had temporary lodging… and of course there’s that whole incest taboo. What’s a girl to do?

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By | 2010-10-31T23:18:09+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD Reviews|0 Comments