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Fri
19
Nov

Fox Theatre Reopens with Pretty Woman: The Musical, Which Is About 20 Years Too Late

Pretty Woman: the Musical runs November 16 - 28, 2021 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

In 1990, celebrated director and screenwriter Gary Marshall launched the career of then Hollywood ingenue Hollywood Julia Roberts into orbit with the release of Pretty Woman, the second highest grossing film of that year. She played Vivian Ward, a Hollywood prostitute who gets hired by filthy rich businessman Edward Lewis, played by Hollywood heartthrob Richard Gere, to be his arm candy for a week of schmoozing other rich people to close a multimillion dollar business deal. At the time, popular sentiment regarded the film as a twist on the classic fairy tale story, with the common girl rescuing the dashing and rich hunk from his soul-crushing life. I remember watching the movie back then and being rather unimpressed. It was more cute than clever. I have never really understood the appeal of Richard Gere, but I did enjoy Julia Roberts' performance. The plot, however, just didn't click with me.

Thu
18
Nov

Reitman's Young Stars Make Ghostbusters: Afterlife A Winner

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is rated PG-13 and opens in U.S. theaters on November 19, 2021..
Thu
18
Nov

Possible Oscars '22 Films You Must See

Oscar 2022 Contenders

The 2022 Oscars will be a pretty stacked event given there are so many movies involved with four months left to go until the event is presented.

The show, which will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 27, is a highly-anticipated one that will name the Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture winners, among others.

Of course, many of the movies involved are must-watch for fans. And the list below names the best of them.

Tue
16
Nov

Red Notice: Return of the Fun Action Adventure Flick

Red Notice on Netflix

Red Notice, which debuts simultaneously on Netflix and in select theaters, was not a film I held out much hope for. Sure, it featured an outstanding cast of three of my favorite actors -- Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds -- but it didn't have "blockbuster" vibes.

And while it's not going to win any nods from "The Academy," Red Notice will certainly get the recognition from the only crowd that matters: the audience. From the opening scene, the viewer is taken on a full-throttle roller-coaster ride of action and adventure, humor and heists. It's a buddy movie where the two are not even friends. It's an On The Road... picture with more explosions and chase scenes. In short, it's worth the watch, and worth the re-watch.

Mon
15
Nov

Revenge Best Served in High Definition: "I Spit on Your Grave" Comes to 4K

I Spit on Your Grave 4K

The 1978 film I Spit on Your Grave has been talked about since the film’s creation; and now, 43 years later, Jennifer gets her revenge again in ultra-gory, High Definition, in-your-face 4K!

However, it does need to be said: “Just how many versions, cuts, and different pressings of this film do you really need?”  The answer is: just this one. Ronin Films has given us the definitive edition this year with this brand new 4K, and brings all the special features from the previous editions along for the blood-soaked ride.

Sun
07
Nov

Candyman Comes for White Gentrifiers

Candyman 2021

The original Candyman film starring Tony Todd was an outstanding entry into the horror/slasher genre of film. In a field that was overwhelmingly populated by white slashers (Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Leatherface, Freddy Krueger), Candyman took the urban legends of Bloody Mary (where saying the name so many times in a mirror summons the spirit of the killer) and created a supernatural urban nightmare.

In Nia DaCosta's 2021 remake, written by DaCosta with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, Candyman is a role -- an inner city juju cast upon the next avatar of Candyman for the purpose of avenging wrongs done to the black community over centuries. Like a red shirt on a Star Trek away team, if you wear a blue shirt and a badge in this film, you're going to die. You're not only a target of Candyman's wrath but you also demonstrate (bluntly) that you deserve it. Yes, the film is that woke.

Wed
03
Nov

Marvel's "The Eternals" Does Its Job Despite Flaws

Marvel's "The Eternals" opens in the U.S. on November 5, 2021.

Marvel’s The Eternals isn’t a bad movie, despite what the general negativity of the internet would have you believe. No, it’s not perfect, but it’s also not Thor: The Dark World either. When The Eternals opens in the U.S. on November 5, 2021, exclusively in theaters, it will do so having already been labelled as a flop by film critics who aren’t as familiar with the source material, by comic fans who are familiar and expect every panel of the comics to be reproduced on the big screen, and by the so-called “influencers” on social media who seem dead set on "cancelling" evetything for tthe vagueist of reasons. The film is arguably Marvel’s most ambitious offering to date, and also perhaps it’s least accessible entry in their cinematic universe.

Fri
29
Oct

These Monsters Have Universal Appeal in More Ways Than One!

Universal Classic Monsters 4K collection

Halloween is when the monsters all come out. And while recent years have brought us scary slashers like Freddy and Jason, or deceptively cute killer creatures like Gremlins, Critters, or Creepsters, the foundations of fright will always be the Universal Monsters -- those monsters from classic literature brought to life on the silver screen by Universal Pictures.

Mon
11
Oct

The Old Ways Slow Burn Ignites Too Late

The Old Ways

The history of Mesoamerican culture is bathed in blood. Rituals of human sacrifice were a cornerstone of Aztec faith, buttressing their belief that ravenous gods required victims to allow the sun to rise. With the Spanish conquest such ideas became interwoven within the fabric of Christianity, and to this day in remote areas of Mexico there exists a pervasive folk religion hidden beneath the modern veneer, a spiritual quilt that's part Catholic creed, part ancient native custom and part superstition. Even the notorious drug cartels that prey upon the population pray for the protection of Santa Muerte, the so-called Narco Saint, and for some the acceptance that the rites and deities of antiquity still exist comes easily.

Tue
28
Sep

5 Top Comic Book Movies

Avengers Endgame

Comics can boast of a big army of fans around the world, so filmmakers couldn't help but create many stunning movies based on the most popular comic books.

Wed
22
Sep

Caine and Headey Chew the Dickens out of Twist

Twist on Blu-ray

Lena Headey and Michael Caine turn in expected magnetic performances in this modern day loose adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, Twist.

In this version, the titular Oliver Twist (Rafferty Law) is a young adult, not a mere street urchin, who is living homeless and known for his large-scale grafitti art, which ends up in places most people would consider impossible to get to. His chance encounter with Red (Sophie Simnett) brings him to the attention of Fagin (Michael Caine), the leader of a ragtag group of apprentice con artists who are looking to set up an art dealer for a big heist, partly for the money and partly for revenge. Complicating matters emotionally for Oliver is the presence of the malevolent Sikes (Lena Headey), who has a dominant relationship with Red that interferes with her and Oliver hooking up. 

Wed
22
Sep

F9. F'd Up.

F9: The Fast Saga

There's a part of me that thinks it simply isn't fair to write a critical review of F9: The Fast Saga. While it's little more than a bunch of action scenes, stitched together loosely with the threads of something resembling a plot, there's also the fact that it never pretends to be anything more than that, that the audience isn't intended to have their minds engaged in solving a mystery but merely to have their adrenal glands engaged through the harrowing automotive special effects.

But I'm going to do it anyway, because I need more word count than just that first paragraph.

Wed
22
Sep

The Forever Purge Proof Nothing Lasts Forever

The Forever Purge

In the world of The Purge franchise, the U.S. government has been supplanted -- through elections -- with a new breed of "founding fathers" who have pushed through laws allowing the population to participate in bloody mayhem in order to "purge" the hate from their systems so that the rest of the year might be peaceful. Beginning at sundown and ending at sunup, Purge Night gives people the right to kill anyone with impunity, with no intervention from law enforcement or other emergency services. 'Tis the season for horror movies (check these out) with Halloween incoming, thus you might wonder if The Forever Purge should be on your horror to-watch list. Let's continue.

Mon
20
Sep

Slaxx Proves Skinny Jeans Can Be Murder

Slaxx

SLAXX is the Canadian horror comedy film about the dark side of killer fashion. Produced in 2020, the film made its debut on Shudder and DVD last month to audiences worldwide.

Directed by Elza Kephart, SLAXX is the story of a young woman named Libby (Romane Denis) who takes a position at a trendy clothing store only to have her dreams of working in the fashion industry turn into her worst nightmare. The night before the big launch of the company's newest jeans, called Super Shapers, one of Libby’s co-workers steal a pair of the new jeans from the backroom and puts them on. Little does she know this particular batch of the new jeans have been possessed by the spirit of a young Hindi child laborer who died while threshing the cotton she picked to make them. Out for revenge and thirsting for blood, the jeans kill the worker and proceed to run amok through the store feeding off the blood of all its inhabitants.

Fri
10
Sep

Paramount Boldly Goes Halfway with Star Trek 4K Blu-ray Set of First Four Films

Star Trek 4 Movie Collection

When Star Trek: The Motion Picture debuted in theaters, it had been ten years since the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise had come together on television. For the fans, it was a huge event that made largely forgivable the opportunity taken by the SFX department to show how cool computer generated fractal graphics could look. It was the launchpoint for five more movies to come, sometimes calling back to the television show but mostly introducing new concepts and new aliens.

Fri
03
Sep

5 of the Best Betting Movies of All Time

5 Best Betting Movies of All Time

It’s always exciting to see someone take huge risks on the big screen. Check out this list of the best gambling movies of all time from different eras. 

Thu
02
Sep

Arrow Video Presents The Brotherhood of Satan on Blu-ray

Brotherhood of Satan

Arrow Video brings to Blu-ray the long-awaited special edition version of Bernard McEveety’s 1971 film, The Brotherhood of Satan.

The film follows the recently widowed Ben, his girlfriend Nicky, and his daughter K.T. on a road trip across the Southwest. During the trip they are witnesses to a horrific accident and head to the nearby isolated desert town of Hillsboro to report it to the Sheriff (played by L.Q. Jones). While there, they are met with a not-too-welcoming reaction from the locals, who are gripped by paranoia and fear due to a series of gruesome deaths and the mysterious disappearance of eleven of the community’s children. As more disappearances and deaths continue during their visit, Ben and his family find themselves joining the sheriff, a local priest and the town’s doctor, Doc Duncan (Strother Martin, Cool Hand Luke), but all clues lead to an evil satanic cult that is slowly gripping the town and its inhabitants.

Wed
25
Aug

Simu Liu Shines in Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (PG-13) officially opens 9/3/2021 in US theaters.

Marvel’s 25th entry to their Cinematic Universe is something you don’t see Hollywood do very often. They made a film with a predominantly Asian cast, with an Asian-centric story. Most of the time, Hollywood either imports a foreign film via distribution rights (think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) or they take an Asian star like Jackie Chan and drop him into an American style film with an American actor as a co-star (think Rush Hour). Executive Producer Kevin Feige tabbed a relative newcomer Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Given a reasonably blank canvas to work from, Cretton has crafted a surprisingly engaging superhero film. 

Sun
15
Aug

Animosity a Masterpiece of Horror from Brenden Steere

Animosity

There’s something inherently terrifying about the forest. In our modern world of suburbs and pizza delivery, air conditioning and streaming services, the remote, unspoiled areas beyond the city are a connection to a collective past before civilization arose. Those wooded realms hold secrets, and sprites lurk there that, once unleashed, cannot be contained, and it’s with little wonder that so many legends, myths and fairy tales are associated with such rural barrens. After all, Hansel and Gretyl follow that path into the woods and…

Thu
12
Aug

Eye Without a Face has Clear Vision, But Short-Sighted

Eye Without a Face

“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” 

--Andy Warhol

 

The result of the social media revolution of the late 2000’s was the democratization of celebrity. During Hollywood’s Golden Era, performers had to spend years learning their craft, toiling in obscurity to pay dues and earn their iconic statuses, but in the post-YouTube world anyone with a cell phone and some spare time can ride the viral rocket to internet stardom, fulfilling pop-art guru Warhol’s most well-known pop-cultural prophecy along the way. And with an increasing amount of our individual lives taking place online, privacy itself has devolved into an uncomfortable form of currency: we willingly expose the portions of our lives we want others to see in exchange for Likes, Shares and Subscribers, yet feel betrayed and even fearful if the information we don’t disclose becomes known.

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