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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Inglorious Basterds

Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Produced by Lawrence Bender
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
Brad Pitt
Christoph Waltz
Michael Fassbender
Eli Roth
Diane Kruger
Daniel Brühl
Til Schweiger
Mélanie Laurent
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Editing by Sally Menke
Studio The Weinstein Company
A Band Apart Studio Babelsberg
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) May 20, 2009
Running time 153 minutes[1]

Budget US$70 million[4]
Box office $321,455,689[5]
Info: Wikipedia

TVScreed Review: Zombie Apocalypse and Amish Mafia


So, I had the exceptional misfortune of watching what a University professor used to refer to as the Hitler Channel the other night (because at that time, almost every show was some documentary on Hitler. Oh, if we could only return to those glorious heydays).

MovieScreed Review: The Hole

Director: Joe Dante Produced: 2009

Writer: Mark L. Smith

Plot: A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.

Stars: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett and Nathan Gamble
Info courtesy of IMDB

I was both sorely disappointed and pleasantly surprised that the movie did not live up to the schlock horror inherent in the tagline above proclaimed on Netflix. It was actually so much better than what it would have been in the hands of someone with a lesser vision, determined to just cash in and make just another blood and gorefest, rather than a rare (and getting rarer all the time) "family horror movie".

That's right, this is a movie that, while it has a few dark tones involving a physically abusive jailed father, manages to be creepy and suspenseful, with escaped evil clown puppets, without being offensive or unsuitable for most any but very young children, but still entertaining to adults - a very difficult and laudable achievement.

Although the chemistry with the kids isn't necessarily fluid, they're kids, and they all do pretty good, and the movie itself is done well enough, and the story is solid. I definitely would recommend this as a traditional family Halloween spooky movie.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Epic: Days of the Dinosaurs

Epic: Days of the Dinosaurs
Genre: animated, adventure
Original Release: Yoram Gross, Australia, 1983
Re-Released: May 5, 1993 by f.h.e.
Runtime: 75 minutes
Cast: John Huston (narrator)

I just really have to mention this. I went to a garage sale a couple weeks ago, and bought the animated Rikki Tikki Tavi (about the mongoose and the cobra), Eliminators (cyborgs, ninjas, ghosts, guides, barfights, evil scientists and starring Tasha Yar, Denise Crosby, from ST:TNG, oh my!) and yes, Epic. I paid about two bucks for all three VHS tapes (I love garage sales).