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A Few Badass Monks Set Forth on a PILGRIMAGE

Despite an almost complete and total submersion into the world of horror and Halloween for the month of October, I do welcome the occasional break from guts and gore. This is what I expected when popping in the newly released Blu-ray of Pilgrimage. With a cast of action stars like Spiderman: Homecoming‘s Tom Holland, The…

31 Days, Day 9: Warner Archive’s THE HIDDEN is a Quirky 80s Gem, Finally Released on Blu-ray

Earlier in the year, buzz about Twin Peaks returning was in high gear. Everyone started their rewatches and conversations flourished. Obviously, the one person that would be in every conversation would be the man who played the incomparable Kyle MacLachlan. Driving to work, listening to the Shock Waves podcast, one of the crew mentioned that…

31 Days, Day 6: ODD THOMAS Showcases the Talents of the Late Great Anton Yelchin

[Editor’s Note: In October, Friday Fight becomes Friday Frights and we’ll be covering something every Friday this month. Next week we’ll be celebrating the life of the late George Kennedy with a lesser known 1988 horror film called Uninvited. It’s streaming on Amazon Prime.] I don’t understand how this star-studded flick flew so far under…

Badass French Martial Artist Brahim Achabbakhe Catches Up with The Farsighted

This is Brahim Achabbakhe, badass action star in the making. Hopefully you caught him opposite friend of the site Ed Travis‘s big screen man crush Scott Adkins in Boyka, the latest installment of the Undisputed films. If not, the time is now, it’s over on Netflix… but since you’re here, join us for a quick…

ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE, Someone Stole Bruce Willis’s Dog and There Was Hell to Pay

Private Dick, Steve Ford (Bruce Willis) is a payday to payday, making end meet investigator who enjoys the company of beautiful women, is tough as nails, and is a man of his word. His partner, the films’s narrator, is John (Thomas Middleditch), an awkward and young apprentice, who seems to often be more lucky than…

FANTASIA 2017: Our Very Own Lowlifes Review LOWLIFE, Part 2 – Doug’s Take

A colossal achievement in low-budget ingenuity and skill, Lowlife marks the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent in director Ryan Prows. Despite flashes of pop culture eccentricity and extreme violence, Prows breaks free of his Tarantino-esque trappings to deliver a beautifully structured, wonderfully acted and darkly comic thriller tinged with that most rare of…

FANTASIA 2017: Doug Leaves THE FINAL MASTER a Bit Unsatisifed

There’s really no excuse for The Final Master being as unsatisfying as it is. While punctuated with plenty of smoothly choreographed knife fights, the film often threatens to bend under a laborious mix of bland characterizations and confusing motivations, and feels at least a half hour too long at 109 minutes. It’s often gorgeously photographed,…

July Reading Assignment: THE GOOD, THE TOUGH, AND THE DEADLY is Your New High Octane Action Guidebook

Yesterday was July 4th and few things scream America’s independence more than a nice action movie or 3. Bombs bursting in air… rockets with their red glare… guns, explosions, blood, guts, boom! It’s hard to think of something more American than blowing shit up, kicking some ass, and taking some motherfucking names! Of course, in…

Forget about Schumacher’s Batman Films, Adam West is the only true BATMAN FOREVER

Growing up on Adam West’s Batman, Christopher Reeves’ Superman, and the Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s, I prefer that the difference between the good guys and the bad guys be pretty cut and dry. While I liked the Tim Burton Batman movies, and even Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever (don’t hate!), I’m burned out on…

“Mondo” Counts Down Year’s Best Exploitation Films

[Editor’s Note: This is one of a few new writers coming aboard in 2017. Blaine McLaren is a sleazy film guru who blogs at mondomclaren.com and I asked him what the best exploitation films of 2016 were. He gave me the following list. Welcome aboard Blaine!] 2016 was a great year in film that brought…

Lines from 2016 Films That Resulted in My Baffling Laughter

“Learrrrninnnng.” – Apocalypse from X-Men: Apocalypse, with his hand pressed against a tube-television, implying he’s learning the history of mankind via a singular Egyptian television station’s current programming. One hopes he got lucky enough for an anchor on that station to reference the internet so that he learns of its existence and make some real…

HE-MAN Meets FERNGULLY at Ithaca Fantastik Fest

Nova Seed is exactly the kind of movie that makes film festivals like Ithaca Fantastik so worthwhile. Essentially He-Man meets FernGully, drawn in the style of an 11-year-old’s math notebook doodles, Nova Seed is a Saturday morning adventure cartoon about environmentalism. With a great sense of visual storytelling, propelled by a fun, 80’s-style original score,…

Two of a Grind: July 5th Edition

Still feeling patriotic after yesterday’s festivities? Or maybe just hungover and in need of a good “hangover movie” or two? You’re in luck, because today’s Two of a Grind features two war movies and what is more American than war? While the greatest war film of all time, Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, is available for…

Z for Zombie, A for Effort

When you are making a film this low-budget, you have to make up for it with heart and follow through. For me this is the attribute required to thread the difficult needle of “so bad it’s good” and miss the “intentionally bad because of irony” and “bad because of laziness.” possibilities. Those that hit this…