Retro Film Review- Asylum (1972)

Released by Amicus Productions, “Asylum” also known as “House of Crazies,” is a horror anthology film directed by Roy Ward Baker and released in 1972. It was produced by Milton Subotsky and written by Robert Bloch, a popular horror writer at the time. Dr. Martin (Robert Powell) arrives as an asylum for the “incurably insane.”…

‘Hobbs And Shaw’ Review- Brains, Brawn, And British Accents

‘Hobbs & Shaw‘ is the first spin-off from the ‘Fast And Furious’ franchise directed by David Leitch. It was released in 2019 by Universal Pictures based on a screenplay by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce. MI6 Agent Hattie Shaw’s (Vanessa Kirby) team is wiped out by Brixton (Idris Elba), a cybernetically-enhanced assassin. To stop him…

‘The Decline’ Review- Declining To Keep My Interest

Directed by Patrice Laliberté, this French-Canadian thriller ‘The Decline‘ is made by Couronne Nord and distributed through Netflix. It had its premiere at the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma film festival under its original title ‘Jusqu’au déclin.’ There are some minor spoilers in this review. Antoine (Guillaume Laurin) is a wannabe survivalist living in rural Quebec. He…

‘The Death Of Stalin’ Review- A Satire Of Tyranny

Directed by Armando Iannucci, ‘The Death Of Stalin’ is a British dark comedy that satirizes the chaos that ensued following the death of Soviet Union despot Joseph Stalin. After receiving a harsh note from pianist Maria Yudina (Olga Kurylenko), Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) reads it and has a cerebral hemorrhage and dies.…

‘Extraction’ Review- Hemsworth Brings The Boom. Literally.

Produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, the Netflix action film “Extraction” is directed by Sam Hargrave and co-produced by Chris Hemsworth who also stars in the movie. Australian mercenary Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is tasked by his organization to rescue jailed Indian drug lord Ovi Mahajan Sr.’s (Pankaj Tripathi) son Ovi, Jr. (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) from…

Toxic Fandom Is Real, Just Not Where You Think

“Toxic Fandom.” What is it? It is an accusation thrown around from filmmakers, critics, and the entertainment industry gatekeepers who want to combat fan criticism of a movie, television show, comic book, or novel that does not live up to the standards of the source materials fanbases love. I once thought it was fake, just…

My Top 10 Best Movies Of 2019

2019 was a strange year for movies. They all came in batches. One month, it would be all bad movies and the next it would be all good. For this list of my favorites, I did not just focus on movies I enjoyed for fun. I also looked at creativity, good writing, excellent artistic techniques,…

‘Crypto’ Review- How You Make Cryptocurrency Interesting

Ever wonder how cryptocurrency could be interesting to anyone other than currency speculators? Second-time director John Stalberg Jr. brings us Crypto, a thriller about money laundering through the digital world. Wall Street banker Martin Duran, Jr. (Beau Knapp) gets demoted after a deal for Omni Bank where he is employed. He is transferred to his…

Classic Film Review- Laura (1944)

1944’s Laura is a brilliant example of film noir to come from the era of predominantly black and white cinema. It was produced and directed by  Otto Preminger. Its principal cast includes Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson and a few others. It takes the classic “whodunit” genre of murder mystery films and…

Movie Review- Ben-Hur 2016 Remake

Ben-Hur is the fifth adaption of the 1880 Christian novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ by Lew Wallace. Of course, the most well known is the Academy Award winning 1959 film directed by William Wyler and staring Charlton Heston. This film is produced by Mark Burnett (producer of The Bible miniseries), directed by Timur Bekmambetov, and starring Jack…