Dystopia & Horror

  • Movie Review – The Dead Don’t Die   Dead Don’t Die as super low budget movie is somewhat cute, but nothing really good. Don’t see it in the theaters: its a good one to wait for streaming. It could become a cult favorite later as a Cannes Indie darling – but save your theater money now for the ...
  • Newie Review – The Reef – Low Budget, Decent, Non Campy Shark Movie This 2010 Aussie shark film should be fairly simple to review, as nothing much happened besides a lot of open ocean swimming. If you’re frightened easily and don’t like horror, don’t worry: you won’t have much trouble watching The Reef. It’s not that kind of movie. I’m not entirely clear ...
  • Movie Review – Ma – Octavia Spencer in a Creepy Horror Thriller If Ma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! Is that how the saying goes? If not, that’s how it played out in this horror-thriller. I just watched Ma, starring the beloved Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer. This isn’t a scary movie per se, but it is extremely creepy; Octavia, of course, nails ...
  • Rewatch Review – A Look Back at The Hunger Games Series The Hunger Games, My current favorite franchise. Again… Last night I wasn’t in the mood for TV. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch a movie, read a book, play the PS4…On a whim, I started the Vudu app on the fire stick and browsed my digital copy collection. When ...
  • Rewatch Review – Godzilla (1998) – More overthinking than this film deserves I really don’t want to make this a long review, since the movie’s trash and it’s not worth a lot of my day. I say all this in advance and with apologies to Matthew Broderick, who’s a fine actor. Broderick is always adorable, and can normally pull a film out any ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – Godzilla (2014) – Not as bad as the last one Did this movie do Godzilla right? Yes,  better than the previous Godzilla. How’s that for a ringing endorsement? (It isn’t.) The 2014 Godzilla HAD to be an improvment over the  1998s  Matthew Broderick mess, just to even things out. But I’ll save that for its own review. In case you find the ...
  • Movie Review – Brightburn – An Ingenious Anti Superman Film Last night I was thoroughly entertained. Brightburn has something for everyone. There is horror, science fiction, humor, drama, suspense — the list goes on and on. The special effects garnered most of my applause. There were sequences I’ve never seen done before. One scene in particular was a literal jaw dropper. ...
  • Interview with John Wick director Chad Stahelski – from stunt double to director Remember the 1990s movie The Crow, staring Brandon Lee who was tragically shot on set during filming? In order to finish the movie, a young Chad Stahelski went from stunt double to actor double. Now here he is, decades later, as one of the brightest new directors in Hollywood. Read the full ...
  • Movie Review – The Intruder The Intruder was a decent film. The story has been done before and was really predictable, but the performance that Dennis Quaid gave made it enjoyable to watch. He really brought his character to life. That was fun. Basically, this was Cold Creek Manor all over again with Quaid as the ...
  • Movie Review – The Curse of La Llorona – A Good Scary Time in the Conjuring Universe This premier was a happy moment and a sad moment for me. I’ve been anticipating this film for quite some time. The Conjuring Universe is my all-time favorite series of movies. Ever. As a little girl, I read The Amityville Horror, and that is where I first discovered Ed and Lorraine ...
  • Movie Review – Hellboy – Wow. So, so, so bad. Going into the movie I didn’t expect much. The trailer looked promising, so I gave the movie a pre-movie rating of 75/100 in the Peeple’s Poll in the RunPee app. Right from the start the movie had problems. They launched directly into a voice-over narration — rarely a good choice. (I ...
  • Everything You Need to Know About Hellboy Hellboy opens on April 12, 2019.  It will be the titular character’s third major theatrical adventure.  Not sure who Hellboy is? Never heard of the B.P.R.D.? Wondering what’s up with his forehead? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Here’s what the deal is for the new Hellboy movie:   — Hellboy is ...
  • Did YOU Survive The Snap? You may as well get this over with… It’s been a year ago now, at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Almost as soon as Thanos got his “mitts” on every stone for the The Infinity Gauntlet, he snapped his giant purple fingers and snuffed out half of all living beings in the universe — people both  good ...
  • Did Jordan Peele Play Fair? Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed On Your First Viewing of Us Jordan Peele made a splash with the satiric horror film Get Out and even won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.  His new movie Us proves he’s not just a one-hit wonder, but a visionary filmmaker who will keep surprising, delighting, and frightening us for years to come.  (He’s already ...
  • Movie Review – Pet Sematary – A Worthy Adaptation The newest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Pet Sematary, was a solid remake. Thirty years after the original release, the makers attempted to revive their cult classic film. That’s a huge undertaking, and an enormous gamble, considering the die-hard fans of the original. To please or not to please — ...
  • 19 Entry-Level Horror Movies for the Squeamish Horror movies aren’t for everyone. But sometimes a film will come around that everyone can enjoy, even if you’re a little (or a lot) nervous about seeing it. To sum: if you found you could handle the scarier episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The X-Files, you’ll be okay with ...
  • The Matrix After 20 Years – A Retrospective: A Different Kind of Hero, a New Kind of Science Fiction The year was 1999 and all any sci-fi fan could think about was: finally, another Star Wars movie. Had Phantom Menace come out in the age of social media it would have been, well, pretty much what we’re seeing with Avengers: Endgame right now. But, I remember reading an article online ...
  • Clever Moments You Might Have Missed Watching The Horror-Thriller Movie Us We all know watching a horror movie comes with the expectation you’ll be screaming, and anticipating moments that you’ll be startled.  This oftentimes leads to you missing an important yet subtle symbol or scene. I loved Director Jordan Peele’s debut horror film Us, and found a lot of interesting and ...
  • Movie Review – Us – Tons of Symbolism, Creepy, and a Great Time at the Movies I’m by no means a lover of horror movies anymore, but when Jordan Peele writes one, you can’t help but wonder what it will be like. His freshman movie, Get Out, was creepy enough to motivate me to see more from him. Us didn’t let me down. It’s a little ...
  • Movie Review – Greta – Less Teeth, Still A Good Bite Greta didn’t have the teeth of some more memorable thrillers, such as A Quiet Place or Get Out, but it did have a good bite. The first half of the movie was loaded with dramatic exposition, and the last half was the payoff, giving us one heck of a quirky ending. ...
  • Movie Review – Alita: Battle Angel – Lighter, more Enjoyable than Ghost in the Shell   Alita: Battle Angel is a sort of YA version of Ghost in the Shell, and I’m not exactly thrilled to see the same thing re-done in so short a period of time. At least this one was more enjoyable, with better humor, more likable characters, and a universe that might ...
  • Movie Review – Happy Death Day 2U – Still Fun, but more Sci-Fi than Horror   It’s interesting to watch a sequel film that genre-hoppingly morphs from one thing to another. I’m not a horror fan, but genuinely loved Happy Death Day 1, probably because it had an emphasis on comedy, and the actual scares were light. It was creepy still, with the “uncanny valley” baby ...
  • In Da Club by 50 Cent – Video & Lyrics from the Happy Death Day 2U Trailer Happy Death Day is the most funny and outright cute horror film I’ve ever seen. It’s not scary at all (although the school mascot baby mask is genuinely hideous to behold.) I can’t believe I waited this long to watch it the first time. I wanted to get caught up ...
  • The Lego Movie 2 – Super Cool Song by Beck (video and lyrics from the end credit scene) One of the fun surprises about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is how it became a full-blown musical ensemble, unlike in the three previous Lego films, which had only the one notable song (Everything is Awesome). In Lego 2, there was a moody reprise of Everything is (Not) ...
  • The Lego Movie 2 – Video and Lyrics to Not Evil (by Tiffany Haddish) In a Lego Movie sequel full of big musical earworm hits, Tiffany Haddish managed to pull the house down with her showstopper Not Evil, as Queen Whatevra Wa’nabi explains that while she’s a completely totalitarian Duplo Queen, she’s honestly just sweet and loving, and completely misunderstood. (Also, her name makes meta ...

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