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Retro Review: THE STEPFATHER (1987)…  Leave it to Meat-Cleaver

Retro Review: THE STEPFATHER (1987)… Leave it to Meat-Cleaver

Posted on January 29th, 2013

by Chris Moore

The Stepfather opens with a bearded man (Terry O’Quinn) washing a whole lot of blood off, trimming his beard, putting in colored contact lenses, and casually strolling out of his home, leaving the grisly corpses of his family (and his former identity) behind. A year passes and we learn the same man has now become Jerry Blake, a charming small town real estate agent. With new wife Susan (Shelley Hack) and stepdaughter Stephanie (Jill Schoelen) in tow, Jerry seems to have it all, but as his new family begins to disappoint him, Jerry starts having those murderous thoughts again…

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Is THE FOLLOWING a midseason hit?

Is THE FOLLOWING a midseason hit?

Posted on January 29th, 2013

Traditionally, TV midseason (usually in January/February) was a dumping ground for TV pilots initially rejected from a fall season premiere. Networks would take an early ax to their lowest-rated fall shows and transfer the budget to these substitutes in the fat-chance hope that a sleeper hit would emerge. This usually results in a turkey Now with around-the-year programming, networks are seeing the midseason as second opportunity to launch some of their A-list shows. The most hyped show of midseason 2013 is “The Following” on the Fox network…






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“Mama’s” gotta let go…

“Mama’s” gotta let go…

Posted on January 20th, 2013

Coop here. I’d like to welcome my new guest critic, Chris Moore. I’ve admired Chris’s excellent taste in film (especially horror films) for awhile now and I’m pleased he has agreed to contribute his insightful reviews the site. Glad to have you, Chris!

by Chris Moore

With Guillermo del Toro’s seal of approval, an intriguing concept, a game performance by this year’s “it” girl, Jessica Chastain, Universal Pictures’ “Mama” was poised to be one of this year’s most interesting chillers. Regrettably, Mama isn’t much more than a wasted opportunity.

Five years after their father left them stranded in a secluded cabin, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse) are sent to live their uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his slightly cold and immature girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain). As he tries to help the young girls return to normal civilization, Dr. Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash) discovers that while the girls were in the cabin, they developed an imaginary mother figured named – you guessed it – Mama. Soon, it becomes clear to all parties involved that Mama might not be a figment of Victoria and Lilly’s imaginations after all…






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Common movie clichés

Common movie clichés

Posted on January 20th, 2013

Now that awards season has begun, the box office is getting a little less active while the nominees get re-releases and media attention. Even those big, award-winning films contain a few egregious clichés (trite or overused expressions or ideas). Here’s a big list of some of the most common clichés that you will notice in films today. The best films out there avoid these as best they can, but most of these will never go away…






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ZERO DARK THIRTY review…  Why I disagree with the critics

ZERO DARK THIRTY review… Why I disagree with the critics

Posted on January 11th, 2013

by Coop Cooper
“Zero Dark Thirty” speculates the events leading up to the raid in Pakistan which culminated in a U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. team killing the terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. CIA operative Maya (Jessica Chastain) arrives in Pakistan to observe tortures of captured terrorists and eventually uncovers a lead as to where bin Laden is hiding. Her efforts prompt S.E.A.L. Team Six to execute a raid on bin Laden’s compound, an event which is painstakingly recreated by the Oscar-winning director of “The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow.

I have always disliked these ‘too soon’ fictional accounts of non-fiction events which rely on wild speculation to dramatize recent incidents…






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DJANGO UNCHAINED…  good movie, makes Mississippi look like hell on Earth?

DJANGO UNCHAINED… good movie, makes Mississippi look like hell on Earth?

Posted on January 4th, 2013

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has evolved a great deal as a filmmaker since he wrote and directed “Reservoir Dogs” in the 1992. Refusing to join the Directors Guild so that he could sidestep Hollywood bureaucracy and have total control over his projects was a bold move that few could have pulled off. It gave him nearly unprecedented creative control over big-budgeted films spawned from his fertile imagination. The downside to this he has no one to reign him in when he makes dubious stylistic decisions and while “Django Unchained” is a superior films in most regards, Tarantino could have used a few respected advisers who might have discouraged him from lapsing into his more questionable cinematic fetishes…






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