Jan/2020

Dolittle – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 15th, 2020

“Dolittle is a fine two-hour escape for January.”

Fresh off of sacrificing himself to save the universe in Avengers: Endgame, Robert Downey Jr. graces our cinemas with his latest movie ‘Dolittle‘ this weekend. Clearly feeling the goodwill from Iron Man, RDJ decides to employ the strangest accent for his new hero. Dolittle is a perfectly passable family movie in the dumping ground of January movies. It is PG, it is short, and it has a few amusing moments to keep the family entertained on a cold weekend.

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Just Mercy – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 10th, 2020

Just Mercy, the adaptation of the novel by Bryan Stevenson, is superb. I say this as someone who read the book, as a criminal defense lawyer, and most importantly, as someone who needs the message of hope now more than ever. As a lawyer who works in this field, I saw the film through a different lens, and I want to preface this review with that caveat. But, this film needs to be seen by people that have nothing to do with the criminal justice system. It’s not just a film for the black community, or for someone touched by the system, or for the disenfranchised- this is a story that needs to be told on a big screen to anyone that is willing to listen. I hope you are all ears. 

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Underwater – Film Review #2!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 10th, 2020

January is a notorious dumping ground for studios to release their movies they don’t have a ton of confidence in. When I first saw the release date for Underwater I assumed it would be a really poor horror movie they needed to get off the books. Then the ad blitz hit and the marketing really ramped up so I assumed that maybe they had something slightly above average on their hands. Folks, they don’t. Underwater is a predictable, tame, and boring aquatic monster movie that goes through the motions until it mercifully ends.

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LITTLE WOMEN (2019) – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 28th, 2019

One hundred and fifty years may have passed since Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical enchanter Little Women was written, but it continues to remain relevant through countless retellings on screen and on stage. In total, three adaptations of this coming-of-age drama have been filmed, yet none quite captured the sentimentality and sensibility of the novel like Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women (1994) —until now. With a rich trajectory of colors, lavish production designs and a skilled cast of personalities, Greta Gerwig’sLittle Women’ is a delightful awakening of an American classic.

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TERMINATOR: DARK FATE – Film Review

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 1st, 2019

New and old terminators battle it out to save humankind once again in this heavy-handed homage to the original two films with Terminator: Dark Fate. There are a few elements to like in this big reunion in the Terminator universe, but silly winks and too many head-nods ultimately take you out of the moment, along with some fairly over-the-top action sequences that seem to belong inside a Fast and Furious movie. Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger is still solid gold in this character, perhaps the robot apocalypse was the best thing that could have happened.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon – Blu-ray Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 30th, 2019

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a stone-cold stunner of a movie where an unexpected friendship blossoms between two people on their way to a pro-wrestling school. It’s the most enchanting movie I’ve seen in a long time. Lionsgate delivers a great 1080p HD transfer along with a prime-sounding DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio mix. Bonus features are scarce on this one, but the movie speaks enough for itself. Highly Recommended!

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Here is the ‘In the Tall Grass‘ interview with actors Laysla De Oliveira and Harrison Gilbertson. It was such a fun and entertaining interview. We talk about working on the film, what scares us most, would we walk into that tall grass, and favorite scenes from movies. It was a blast.

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Here is the ‘In the Tall Grass Interview with filmmaker Vincenzo Natali. We talk about shooting on location in the Tall Grass, adapting the novella, who would you want to wait​ for you in the tall grass, and favorite scenes in movies. It was super fun.

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What do you get when the co-writer and director of ‘Mac and Me‘ have access to an animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex for two weeks? Something that looks a lot like ‘Robocop‘, but with high school students played by Denise Richards, Paul Walker, and a T-Rex. Of course, I’m talking about the infamous film ‘Tammy and the T-Rex‘.

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‘Color Out of Space’ – Film Review! (Fantastic Fest)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 28th, 2019

Richard Stanley was the subject of a 2014 documentary that chronicled the troubled production of 1996’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, a passion project from which he was fired. I could not be more thrilled that after twenty-three years Stanley returns to the director’s chair to bring us one of the most fun and effective H. P. Lovecraft adaptations on-screen with Color Out of Space. Oh, and it is starring Nic Cage giving an increasingly outlandish performance that goes places with some alpaca. Are you sold yet?

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The Saddest Moments in TV History!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 17th, 2019

Days are getting shorter and it’s starting to feel slightly cooler outside. It’s the end of summer and the beginning of autumn where leaves start to fall and orange spiced everything is available for mass consumption. This new season also signifies going back to school, starting something new whether it be a different job or living in another city. Whatever the case may be, it’s for sure an emotional ride.

Thank goodness for entertaining television though, right?

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‘Satanic Panic’ – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 9th, 2019

“‘Satanic Panic’ is a lazy attempt at what could’ve been good horror.”

A new horror-comedy called ‘Satanic Panic‘ is here that stars real-life couple Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn, Hayley Griffith, and Ruby Modine in a blood-drenched romp about wealthy satanic worshipers who are in dire need of a sacrifice of the virgin kind. The two genres don’t mix well here as filmmaker Chelsea Stardust can’t seem to handle the amusing characters without making them over-the-top parodies of themselves. It’s a fun setup for sure, which we’ve seen handled better in other films, but the payoff is lackluster and none of it makes any sense and that’s a shame because this could’ve been a highly entertaining new horror film. But it isn’t.

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 6th, 2019

“‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ is this year’s most remarkable movie.” 

Two unlikely friends pair up for an adventure of a lifetime in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon‘, (not to be confused with ‘The Peanut Butter Solution‘). With a modest helping of heart, soul, and comedy, along with some sprinkles of Mark Twain, ‘Stand By Me‘, and the best thing in the world – Pro-Wrestling, this film hits all of the right notes from start to finish and quickly became on my favorite movies.

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Fantastic Fest 2019 – First Wave Announcements!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 2nd, 2019
Reaching the milestone of fifteen years, Fantastic Fest continues to champion groundbreaking international genre films, bringing a diverse array of global filmmakers to Austin in a highly-controlled explosion of curated cinematic mayhem.

Fantastic Fest is one of the events that is pure bliss for any fan of genre cinema. If you love horror, sci-fi, foreign, action, and even adult-oriented movies from the 1970s, then Fantastic Fest is the place to let that freak flag fly high and be with like-minded individuals that truly appreciate the art of movies. All of the madness and fun will take place in Austin, TX starting on September 19 and run for 10 days at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar St. This year, which is the 15th annual festival of Fantastic-ness, captures the essence of the Mexican movie scene with a ton of cool films being showcased from Mexico, both new and old. This is something you won’t want to miss.

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Vice Squad – Blu-ray Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 25th, 2019

So a pimp, a prostitute, and a police detective walk into a bar. It sounds like the start of a bad joke or what could be a really good time with names like Princess and Ramrod, but in the case of 1982’s action film Vice Squad, that’s not always the case. In fact, this is a super sexualized crime thriller with some hardcore violence and one rough bad guy. This movie is the culmination of the late 70s and early 80s that brought together a ton of top-tier talent, which is funny because this movie is so over-the-top violent, that you can’t believe it was ever made and released. Gary Sherman directed this pic, who previously just came off Dead and Buried and went onto make Poltergeist III. He was joined by producing partner Robert Rehme (former president of Avco Pictures who helped make a ton of John Carpenter movies, including The Fog and Escape From New York). Also collaborating with this duo was cinematographer John Alcott, who had previously worked on four of Stanley Kubrick’s best films, including 2001: A Spacy Oddessy, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange. Rounding out this stellar crew of talent is composer Joe Renzetti (Child’s Play). While the story may be your standard grindhouse B-movie affair, the visual style, camera angles, and score are out of this world.

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