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Remembering Camp Chippewa from ‘The Addams Family Values’

Remembering Camp Chippewa from ‘The Addams Family Values’

Paramount has re-released the two original Addams Family movies on Blu-ray, so it's time to revisit perfection.
The Old ‘Aladdin’ Makes the New Aladdin Look Like Crap

The Old ‘Aladdin’ Makes the New Aladdin Look Like Crap

The new, live-action Aladdin recently flew onto home video, and with it came a re-release of the animated classic, a stark reminder of just how much better the cartoon is in every way and form—and why Disney’s live-action strategy is driven by a cold, heartless, and hollow pursuit of cash, nothing more. Revisiting 1992’s Aladdin—my […]
An Interview with Riley Stearns and Why Jesse Eisenberg Did His Movie Out of Pity

An Interview with Riley Stearns and Why Jesse Eisenberg Did His Movie Out of Pity

I met with filmmaker Riley Stearns when he was in town for the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and had a fantastic conversation—well, at least I think so, he may have told the agency reps he never wants to see my face again—about his new movie The Art of Self-Defense (in theaters now), a darkly […]
The Best Animal Horror Movies of All Time

The Best Animal Horror Movies of All Time

Alexander Aja’s alligator/hurricane thriller Crawl seeks to take a bite out of theaters this weekend, so it seemed like a perfect time to look back at some of the best animal-centric horror movies ever made. The list proved to be slightly tricky, as intentionally awful (?) fare such as Anaconda and Snakes on a Plane […]
Batman on 4K: Burton’s Shine, Schumacher’s Show Rust

Batman on 4K: Burton’s Shine, Schumacher’s Show Rust

Warner Bros. has released the first four Batman movies on 4K for the first time (a 4-Film Collection arrives on September 17, 2019), which gave me a long overdue opportunity to revisit the highs and the lows of the late 80s/early 90s series that largely served as the only major comic book franchise in cinemas […]
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Metal Heart’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Metal Heart’

A great first effort for the director Hugh O’Connor.
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Stuffed’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Stuffed’

The photography is absolutely fantastic in this documentary and the people we meet are so interesting.
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘The Invisible Witness’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘The Invisible Witness’

Director Stefano Mordini did a masterful job of pacing the action, building to a crescendo at the end.
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes’

Anne Innis Dagg, giraffe specialist, was denied the recognition that she deserved by, allegedly, a good-ole-boy network of professors during the 1970s at the University of Guelph in Ontario.
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Kifaru’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Kifaru’

Kifaru in Swahili means “rhinoceros” and this is a documentary film about one specific male rhino named Sudan and the men devoted to his care.
SIFF 2019 Reviews: ‘Sune vs. Sune’ & ‘The Footballest’ – Two Top-Grade Family Films

SIFF 2019 Reviews: ‘Sune vs. Sune’ & ‘The Footballest’ – Two Top-Grade Family Films

Highly recommend them both for good clean and hilarious family fun—to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Miriam Lies’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Miriam Lies’

Miriam Lies, written and directed by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, brings us an intriguing look at Dominican Republic society.
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Orange Days’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Orange Days’

Rating: B Orange Daysis a tense drama about Aban, a woman in Northern Iran who runs an all-woman orange-picking crew.  She puts everything she owns on the line as she competes against all-male crews to get a lucrative contract with a top orange dealer in the area.   From the first moments of the film […]
The Little Mermaid Multi-Screen Blu-ray Edition is Like the Last One

The Little Mermaid Multi-Screen Blu-ray Edition is Like the Last One

The last time I watched it, I was too young to realize that Ariel is hot.
The 20 Most Memorable Performances of 2018

The 20 Most Memorable Performances of 2018

This list is not what you'll expect.