Oct/2019

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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Midsommar – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 2nd, 2019

Perhaps one of the most sadistic and darkly funny relationship movies ever made is Ari Aster’s (Hereditary) second feature film titled Midsommar, which is sure to leave you in a state of shock as the credits roll. If Hereditary tackled the paranormal within a generational family of horror, then Midsommar takes you on a chaotic rollercoaster of a couple’s vacation overseas. This is nothing short of spectacular on every level and just like Aster’s previous film, there are many things to take notice in the background due to his explicit attention to detail and filmmaking. Ari definitely knocked it out of the park once again.

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Edward Zwick Interview on ‘Trial by Fire’!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 15th, 2019

I had the distinct pleasure to talk with filmmaker Edward Zwick about his new motion picture ‘Trial by Fire‘, amongst other aspects of his career. ‘Trial by Fire‘ is Zwick’s newest film about the true crime story about the Texas State Prisoner Execution of Cameron Todd Willingham some years ago. The film stars Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern and follows the story of a father who escaped a home fire alive, but his two young kids were burned alive inside.

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Film Review: ‘Tolkien’!!

by Janet White on May 10th, 2019

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

“Even the smallest person can change the course of history.” – Lady Galadriel

 

Amazing words that continue to inspire people years after John Ronald Reuel Tolkien aka J. R. R. Tolkien’s (Nicholas Hoult) passing. From a very young age, Tolkien was a dreamer. Encouraged by his theatrical mother with her animated storytelling, Tolkien portrays its namesake as a person simultaneously living in two different worlds nearly all of the time. Set in England and France, the viewer gains insight into Tolkien’s beginnings and influences. Books were his constant companion that provided an escape from losing his father and later his mother. It is no wonder that Tolkien went on to write two of the most complex and fantastical books of all time. As an orphan, Tolkien meets the love of his life, Edith Bratt (Lily Collins) and his quest to find love, thrive in college, and eventually establish himself in a career takes off from there.

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Long Shot – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 2nd, 2019

 

“Long Shot is fun to suspend disbelief for the sake of a romantic comedy.”

In reality, it’s a long shot that Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen end up together, but in Long Shot, it’s fun to suspend disbelief for the sake of a romantic comedy. This is Hitch meets Notting Hill and honestly, it was one of the better rom-coms I have seen lately. It’s got just enough star power, with smaller but shiny supporting roles, that it doesn’t overwhelm like the films that throw in every star they can (New Years Eve or He’s Just Not That Into You).  The plot is a bit farfetched, but it’s a Hollywood love story so just go with it. 

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Climax – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 6th, 2019

There are no other motion pictures out there quite like a Gaspar Noé film. The French filmmaker only has a few movies under his belt, but they have all made a significant impact on cinema in general, including the controversial films ‘Irreversible‘, ‘I Stand Alone‘, and ‘Enter The Void‘. Noé’s latest film, which I’m going to call his latest masterpiece, is called ‘Climax‘, and is a thrilling musical journey straight into hell.

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‘Willard’ (2003) – My Bloody Podcast #41!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 5th, 2019

Here is the super spectacular 41st episode of our horror podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘My Bloody Podcast‘, where the show is related to all things HORROR! Here on this new show, Preston Barta from Fresh Fiction and the Denton Record-Chronicle and I talk about everything we love about horror movies, tv shows, and horror themed music.

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Captain Marvel – Film Review #2!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 5th, 2019

“Captain Marvel is perfectly acceptable and definitely worth seeing.”

Captain Marvel is a victim of Marvel’s release schedule. It is a perfectly fine and entertaining entry into the MCU but releasing it six weeks before Avengers: Endgame just can’t help but permeate my review of it. I am here for the end of the Avengers as we know them and while Captain Marvel is good enough, I found myself looking for easter eggs and Avengers tie ins instead of focusing on this story on its own. I assume I won’t be alone in how that taints my review.

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Now, let's get a move on. We've got a battle to win here.
Commander Cody:
Yes, sir.
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