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Nosferatu Review

October 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

While far be it from me to condone direct theft/plagiarism, I will say here, that even though this movie was a direct rip-off of Bram Stroker’s Dracula, as a motion picture, it remains superior to any subsequent attempt to film the Dracula story, even to this day. This is another review from the big 50-pack horror movie box set I bought a few [...]

Evil Dead 2 Review

October 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Still trapped in the same cabin from part one, Ash, the sole survivor from last time out, still finds himself battling the undead. To keep things interesting a few interlopers and visitors pop up here and there, but mostly, this is Ashley’s inner-badass coming out party bay-bay. Evil Dead 2 is the film most people think of when they think of the [...]

The Evil Dead Review

October 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

As we get nearer to Halloween, I was struggling to think of more horror titles to fit in with the QDR series when the ‘Evil Dead’ franchise popped in my head. This works as a double tie-in with the Halloween season, plus the new TV series starting this fall starring none other than Mr. Bruce Campbell in the role that only he can play. My [...]

Leaving Las Vegas Review

September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ben is a divorced screenwriter, recently fired, who has given up on life altogether. A chronic alcoholic, he has decided to take what money he has left and go to Vegas where he plans on drinking himself into an oblivion. Along the way he meets a Vegas hooker named Sera (Elizabeth Shoe) who takes pity on him, and he on her, and they begin a romance [...]

No Country For Old Men Review

September 20, 2015 // 3 Comments

I was a little younger when I first saw this movie, and I did not fully appreciate it to the extent I do now. I was watching it expecting a satisfying formulaic action movie, and of course, if you watch No Country For Old Men expecting that, you are going to walk out pissed. In a way though I am glad I had the original experience with the film [...]

Stand By Me Review

June 28, 2015 // 6 Comments

Some of my most sacred childhood memories involve walking the local railroad tracks, most of the time with my dad trailing not that far behind. I grew up in the early to mid 90s, so it was not quite the same odyssey that the characters in this movie experience, but I get very fond nostalgia flashbacks whenever I think about this film. This is one [...]

The Public Enemy Review

June 27, 2015 // 4 Comments

This is a story of two kids, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, who begin a life in crime early on. One of them winds up going straight and becomes a policemen, the other winds up a crook. You can guess which one James Cagney plays. This movie is over eighty years old but still feels fresher and more original than at least half of the movies I see on a [...]

The Man Who Knew Too Much Review

June 3, 2015 // 4 Comments

Dr. Ben McKenna, (James Stewart) goes on holiday with his wife (Doris Day) and son in Morocco where they bump into a couple of strangers who will forever alter the course of their lives. The stranger winds up dead, and when they attempt to report his death they wind up mixed up in an assassination plot far bigger than they could have imagined. In [...]

Jeremiah Johnson Review

June 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Jeremiah Johnson is an overlooked northern western that tells the story of a man who leaves behind one society for a simpler life, but soon finds that simple definitely does not equate to easy. Johnson is played by Robert Redford in a role that he absolutely owns from beginning to end. This is one of the films I use a bench mark whenever I [...]

Once Upon a Time in the West Review

December 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

When I think back on the elements that most of my favorite westerns share, a few things come back time and time again in nearly each of them. First, great cinematography and epic settings. Check. Then you must have a memorable score such as the whistling in the “Dollars” trilogy or the old standard title songs from “My Darling Clementine” [...]