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    Backstage at Budz House

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 11th, 2012

    Even if you managed to catch the little-seen Budz House when it was released on DVD earlier this year, chances are you weren’t exactly begging for more. (At least not if you’re one of my esteemed colleagues.) The cast of the wannabe cult stoner comedy featured a handful of comedians, some of whom have reunited for this hybrid talk show/stand-up special. Although too many of the jokes rely on tired clichés, these live performers seemed infinitely more comfortable in their natural habitat.
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    I Heart Shakey

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 21st, 2012

    A single father gets a major job offer working in a prestigious Chicago restaurant, but the job requires him to move his entire family from out of their hometown of Toledo. They are set up with a new apartment but their dog, Shakey, is not permitted in the building. This family must then decide whether staying for this swanky job is worth losing a member of the family, or is there any other alternatives to losing Shakey?
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    Absentia

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on March 9th, 2012

    “It has skin like silverfish.”

    After suffering through the vast majority of low-budget indie horror films whose only motivation seems to be to make a quick buck on distribution deals, it is truly a delight when you stumble on to something wonderful like writer/director Mike Flanagan’s Absentia. Building on a cast of unknowns, with the exception of an incredibly creepy cameo by genre fave Doug Jones, Flanagan weaves a web of creepy, atmospheric horror in this effective low-budget chiller.
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    Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 5th, 2012

    Isn’t it odd how movies with similar story lines tend to get released around the same time? For example, no one has gotten the urge to release another major motion picture with a volcano as its main antagonist since the Dante’s Peak/Volcano Battle of 1997. (Though that might have more to do with the fact that, my slight soft spot for Dante’s Peak notwithstanding, both those movies are terrible.) We’ve been treated to the Great Deep Impact/Armageddon Debate, dueling Truman Capote biopics and the upcoming Snow White Smackdown of 2012. In that same spirit, I’d like to unofficially — and belatedly — declare 2011 as the Year of Has Anyone Seen My Keys?
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    Insight

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on February 29th, 2012

    I am back! For now. Here to review Insight. Dun dun dun! A psychological thriller type that my husband thought I would like to take a look at. And then he bat his eyes and asked me to review it. Since I am a sucker for him and his gorgeous eyes, I agreed. Was this movie worth the look? Let’s take a look, shall we?
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    The Fatboy Chronicles

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on February 19th, 2012

    Jimmy is a clinically overweight teen who is starting high school. He is immediately the target for relentless bullying but tries ignoring his classmates’ tormenting by focusing his attention on losing weight and trying to win over a girl he fancies in his classroom.
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    The Open Door

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 2nd, 2011

    A pirate radio station offers to grant wishes to listeners on full moon nights, but all of said wishes come with grave consequences as it seems that there have been monthly murder/suicides occurring since the radio station’s inception.
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    BloodRayne: The Third Reich

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on July 28th, 2011

    The third BloodRayne film (and second with Nastassia Malthe in the title role) sees the titular dhampir slicing up Nazis, and so the chronology of the third film rejoins that of the first game. During a raid on a death camp train, Rayne accidentally infects a Commandant Michael Paré. Becoming a dhampir himself (a human/vampire hybrid), he and Mengele-figure Clint Howard (because who else are you going to cast as a Nazi scientist other than Clint Howard?) plan to use Rayne’s blood to grant Hitler immortality.
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    Forget Me Not

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 2nd, 2011

    “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, release the one ignored by Heaven. 8, 9, 10 now run and hide or join her at the Devil’s side. 11 comes the clocks will chime, forgotten souls erased by time. Midnight comes, it’s not too late. So kill the ghost and seal your fate.”

    Those nursery rhymes can really be a dangerous game in the horror movie scene. You can’t help but be reminded of the jump-rope rhyme that always warned us that Freddie Krueger was about. Now Phase 4 has given us something new to worry about in the above average thriller
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    Brotherhood

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on May 19th, 2011

    When I got to college, I had no idea what I wanted to be. I had signed up for computer science so I could go on to be a video game programmer. The truth is, I placed that as my major because I did not know what else to put. As luck would find it, five years later would get me a degree in Finance which I have never used in the professional world. But there was one thing in college I knew for sure. I wanted nothing to do with any fraternity and I am guessing Brotherhood is not going to change this opinion.
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    Knockout

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on April 23rd, 2011

    Boxing has never been a particularly popular sport for me to watch. The boxing world has always seemed to be one of lies and politics. But on the other hand, I will watch with interest any movie that has boxing as a major subject. Rocky, Raging Bull, heck The Great White Hype are all fine examples of exciting boxing movies. That is why when I received Knockout with Steve Austin, my interest was peaked a little to say the least. Let us see how it goes.
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    Luke and Lucy & The Texas Rangers

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on February 25th, 2011

    A Wild West overlord is plotting to shrink the world’s population. This evil plot is running along smoothly until a shrunken Texas ranger escapes in a whiskey bottle and finds himself saved by a plucky sibling duo named Luke and Lucy, along with their gaggle of wacky friends. The group become honourary rangers and set out to battle evil.
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    The Freebie

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on January 20th, 2011

    The Freebie is a festival friendly drama-comedy about Darren (Dax Shepard) and Annie (Katie Aselton) ailing sexual relationship.  The film is interested with relationships after they pass the lust stage.  How do couples maintain a healthy romantic relationship? Darren and Annie strive for ways to spice up their situation and the idea eventually becomes one night of freedom from each other to explore other options. 
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    Adventures of Power

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on January 18th, 2011

    A young dreamer named Power is fired from his mining job just before his union-leader father instigates a strike. Wishing he could be a drummer, but never getting the chance to play an actual kit, Power does not know what to do with his constant ambitions that make him air-drum 24/7. Fate steps in and he discovers an underground movement of air-drumming that all leads to a major event in New York city where he will have a chance to face off against a billionaire country-music star, who just so happens to be the son of the evil Copper Mine owner who is treating his Union friends, and family, so unfairly.
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    Caged Animal

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on December 30th, 2010

    Written by Dave Younger

    This is a prison drama, where the most feared criminal in Combs State Prison is born-to- be-bad Miles “Cain” Skinner (Ving Rhames).  His nemesis Redfoot (Robert LaSardo) has just been caught doing his last drug deal and is transferred there.  Which tough guy will prevail?  Cain is so dangerous he’s in solitary confinement, so that makes it harder to take him out.  But he is allowed out one hour a day.  He’s handcuffed – sometimes – and security is increased, so it seems like Redfoot has an advantage.  But those handcuffs could be nasty weapons…
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    Slave

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on December 27th, 2010

    Written by Dave Younger

    David (Sam Page) and Georgie (Natassia Malthe) are engaged.  They go overseas, to Spain, to get the blessing of David’s father, Robert (Michael Maxwell).  Georgie is abducted from a nightclub and becomes a sex slave for a twisted psycho known as the White Arab (David Gant, but because this is an ultra-cheap straight-to-DVD Hostel knockoff, his name is misspelled as Grant on the cover).  Georgie’s fiancée discovers a guy whose sister was also kidnapped, and they make plans for a rescue.  But there are lots of crazies, drug dealers, and corrupt officials they have to deal with first.
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    Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on December 23rd, 2010

    Written by Dave Younger

    This is an entertaining and informative biopic of the American icon.  Starting with a $600 loan from the bank, he parlays his good fortune of coming across Marilyn Monroe pay-the-rent nudes into an I-gotta-see-this magazine.  Along the way he publishes some great fiction – Ray Bradbury says nobody wanted his Fahrenheit 451, so he sells it to Hef for $400 – and non-fiction: groundbreaking interviews with Jimmy Carter, Miles Davis and John Lennon.  His road was filled with battles, because America in the 50s was staunchly conservative.
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    Deadland

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on December 6th, 2010

    Written by Diane Tillis

    Deadland is about a man searching for his wife five years after an apocalyptic event has changed the world.

    Deadland is an independent post-apocalyptic film that also incorporates a love story, action/adventure qualities, social/political themes, and supernatural elements. Sean Kalos (Gary Weeks) was trying to return to his wife in Georgia when the nuclear strikes of World War III began. Five years later the United States is divided into thirteen provinces, and brutal soldiers uphold martial law.
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    Trailer Park Boys – The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 11th, 2010

    The Trailer Park Boys are household names in Canada; the central characters even more than the show itself. The mockumentary TV series has been a cult sensation since its inception in 2001, right through its seven seasons and two feature films. Here is the introduction to Ricky, Julian, Bubbles and other charmers from the Sunnyvale Trailer Park.
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    All American Orgy

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 9th, 2010

    Three couples are meeting for a trip out to the country to have an old fashioned, American orgy. What instigated said orgy is mostly a mystery, as is what truly keeps them motivated to go through with it. Needless to say, most of them are in it for reasons beyond being carefree and their ulterior motives and inner demons will only spoil the party.
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    Attack on Darfur

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on November 2nd, 2010

    Written by Diane Tillis

    As the title suggests, Attack on Darfur depicts the genocide occurring in Darfur, and it doesn’t get more real than this.

    I have seen many films that chronicle the evil that exists within mankind. These films, in my opinion, are the most difficult to watch. I can sit through the goriest of horror films and not have a physical reaction. However, films that depict the horrors of real life terrorism make my stomach turn, because you know it is real. The Boogey Man isn’t real, but a terrorist with a mind towards ethnic cleansing is very real.
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    “31 Days of Terror” The Haunting

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 24th, 2010

    Sometimes when you have two reviewers in the family, you have to save your better half from a movie they simply don’t understand. I found myself in that situation when my wife took on the daunting task of trying to review The Haunting from the Fright Fest collection. She couldn’t put together the various religion themes into a compelling review, so I decided to help her out since she’s done the same for me many times over. So did I understand the goings on? Well kinda.

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    “31 Nights of Terror” Fragile

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on October 20th, 2010

    *Walks slowly through Raven Hill Cemetery* Oh! Well hello there! I didn’t know I would have company way out here. Hmm? Oh that’s Abercrombie, he is just a hermit who hangs out here. He is mostly harmless. Here, have a seat, and have some Zombie Juice. Well, since you are here, I suppose I can share this movie review with you tonight. Fresh from the crypt we have a movie called Fragile. How fitting is it that we are in a graveyard full of skeletons when this movie stars Calista Flockhart? Har har. Bad joke? Who said I was joking? There she is hanging out by that tomb… -Calista waves- Huddle up by this fire here, and I will spin my tale. Ghoul Ribs anyone?
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    “31 Nights of Terror” The Tomb

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on October 17th, 2010

    Hellllllllllo there kiddies. It is I, Mistress Noms, here yet again on this very dark and dreary night to bring you yet another scary movie review. Hopefully we can do better than the Blair Witch Project this time, hmm? Let us see shall we? Oh Corpsemuncher?! Would you be a nice little gremlin and bring me a DVD from the pile? Ahhh, thank you deary, here is your snack, now run along before I take that rat off of you and use him for my potions. What do we have here… The Tomb! -plays a sound bit of a woman screaming- Okay, well, what is this? Ahhh screener copies, how I loathe thee! But not as much as I loathe making my captive audience wait! On with the show! -hands out popcorn balls and lollipops-
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    Adopted

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on August 25th, 2010

    Pauly Shore seems to be trying to steer his career from being a washed up b-lister to being a self-aware washed up b-lister. Pauly Shore is Dead was his first dabbling into mockumentaries about himself, and now he has followed it up with Adopted. This yarn is about Shore, following the trend set by Angelina Jolie and Madonna, of flying to Africa (and later Cambodia) to adopt a child, with the hopes that being a father would fill a void in his shallow Hollywood hills life.
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