Sci-Fi

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…

TOBE TUESDAY: Tobe Invades Our Imaginations with His 1986 Cannon Remake of the Classic INVADERS FROM MARS

As I sit here watching The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for the first time in my adult life (it’s possible I’ve never seen it 100% through and unedited, to be honest) and I have Eaten Alive queued up, I can’t help but think to myself, “Goddammit, John Carpenter better get to the doctor stat!” We’ve…

Sunday Squabble: Arrow’s Release of DONNIE DARKO is a Great Edition of a Great Film… or is It?

Friday Fights getting posted on Sundays seem to be a thing lately. Fridays get crazy, then Saturdays follow suit. In this week’s case, I had this almost set Friday night, then finished it yesterday, then my computer died. When I turned it back on, it reverted to an unedited version… so, I’m finally almost done…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: Predestination, Free Will, and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Over the past few weeks, I rewatched 2 films that have always hit me hard, one is considered a classic and the other is pretty well regarded by the horror community but not many beyond that specific demographic: the first being Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s landmark novel A Clockwork Orange and the latter…

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,…

Ithaca Fantastik Fest is Upon Us!

Tomorrow night, on Wednesday the 9th, one day after this shitshow of an election, you can head North from election headquarters in NYC to the home of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, to catch some great movies and soak in love of film. Hugues Barbier, the head of the Ithaca Fantastik, is excited for the…

31 Days, Day 30: Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, Alright?

Officer: What’s the prognosis, John? John: He’s dead, for sure. From the onset, John (Max Records from Where the Wild Things Are) presents as a young man of little affect. He seems completely unfazed by the presence of death and has a very even temperament. We soon find out that despite being a good kid…

31 Days, Day 26: Johnny Galecki Pukes Out an Adorable Pet Creature in THE MASTER CLEANSE at BHFF

Winner of Brooklyn Horror Film Fest’s “Best Effects” award, The Master Cleanse, has a star studded cast that includes Johnny Galecki, Anjelica Huston, Oliver Platt, Anna Friel, and Kyle Gallner. On top of the incredible effects and amazing cast, the film also has a great script, a fantastic sense of humor, and legitimately great cinematography.…

31 Days, Day 23: MEMETIC Shows Us the End is Nigh

Ignorance is now a choice. We have lightning fast connection to all of human information with us at all times. It changes how we communicate and how we pass information. I still have one friend that will call me to identify an obscure Muppet or remember who played that part in what movie. But other…

31 Days, Day 7: Week 1 of Friday Frights Takes on EVENT HORIZON

Every Friday this month, the team is going to take on a horror flick streaming on Netflix as a special October sub-series of Stream a Little Stream called “Friday Frights”. This week, we tackled a little 90s cult horror film called Event Horizon. This week was my selection, which I chose because somehow I’d never…

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…

Two of a Grind: Monsters Enter the Real Green Inferno

Introducing a new column today, Two of a Grind. Like Stream a Little Stream, I’m going to make some streaming suggestions for you to enjoy. Unlike, Stream a Little Stream, I won’t make suggestions from a variety of services, focusing solely of The Grindhouse Channel, and I’ll exclusively be choosing films I’ve seen (I think).…

True Ethical Dilemma

As someone who considers himself a sociologist, it’s probably not surprising at all how extremely fascinating I found my first viewing of The Purge.  The stratified system of gender, race, and class is present in virtually all of the themes of the film.  From the mass execution and complete disregard of the homeless to interesting…

On Steampunk

This piece was originally written for an old website that thepaintedman ran, but seeing as it is informative and no less relevant. Some references may be a couple of years old, but here it is for a new audience! Steampunk is the biggest literary and artistic genre that you’ve probably never heard of.  I can…