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Netflix Recommendations (12-15-14)

Knights Of Badassdom (2013) - an odd little movie that had its release date pushed back a few times to the point where most people never expected it to see the light of day, Knights Of Badassdom was quite the surprise for me. It's a movie about a group of friends who are live action role players, who soon find themselves fighting for their lives when they summon a demon. Sure some of the jokes did feel a little too cheesy, but really it fit the film. It's a great film to watch if you're looking for something off the wall and fun

Olympus Has Fallen (2013) - A disgraced secret service agent must come to the rescue when Korean terrorists descend on the White House and take the president hostage. I wont lie, this movie is exactly what it appears to be: Die Hard with Gerard Butler, but in reality thats all it needed to be. With great acting from Butler and fun action sequences, you may want to check out Olympus Has Fallen if you want a little excitement.

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Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night Released: 1985 Director: Tom Holland Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall
Plot (taken from IMDB):  For young Charlie Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charlie with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charlie's favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn't really believe that vampires exist, but does it for the money... 

Story wise, Fright Night is damn near perfect. It came out at a time when, as the Peter Vincent character put it, people "prefer a movie where a masked loony kills virgins". At the time this was true, with movies like "Friday the 13th" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" dominating the box offi…

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011)

Released: April 28th 2011
Director: Kevin Munroe
Starring: Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Anita Briem, Taye Diggs

Plot: Supernatural detective Dylan Dog is called out of retirement to track down a valuable artifact before vampires get a hold of it and unleash its power.

The story of "Dead of Night" is actually pretty interesting and has several elements that make it fun to watch. The idea that theres a single person that was hired to keep peace between the zombies, vampires and werewolves is a pretty cool idea for a story. I can't compare it to the comic books as I have never read a single page of it, but from a film viewers standpoint I feel this film hit the points it was aiming for story wise.

This film also has a solid cast from a performance point of view. When he is brought up, Brandon Routh is always looked at as a "boring actor" but in my eyes he is anything but. He has a great chemistry with all of the actors in the film, especially Sam Huntington w…

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Coming Soon: Cinemania Fright Nights!

October 17th through the 31st will be the first annual Cinemania Fright Nights! 15 days of fun and terror! There's bound to be something for everyone from terrifying horror films to movies the whole family can enjoy and watch on Halloween.

Here's just a few of the titles in the lineup:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
House on Haunted Hill
The Possession
Ernest Scared Stupid
The Exorcist
and more! 

Netflix Recommendations (October 5th 2014)

It's time for another round of movies and television shows I've enjoyed recently on Netflix

Doctor Strange- As far as animated comic book films go, this is one of my favorites. It alters the origins story from the comics, but at its core it still has all the essential pieces. It tells the story of how Doctor Stephen Strange embarks on his journey to become the sorcerer supreme, the master of the mystical arts. It's a fun film to watch if you're looking for an introduction into the world of Doctor Strange. 

Earth 2- One of those awesome yet also under appreciated Television shows of the early 90's, Earth 2 told the story of a group of explorers who set out to establish a colony on a new planet. It had a great cast involving one of my favorite actors, Clancy Brown as well as Debrah Farentino and Rockmond Dunba. If you like Sci Fi TV shows, you can do much worse than Earth 2.

The Great Mouse Detective- A movie that I haven't seen in a good 20 years, this was one…

Netflix Recommendations (September 9th 2014)

Looking for something to watch tonight? Here are some films that I've enjoyed on Netflix recently.

The Family- A mafia family is moved to Normandy under the witness protection program, where they discover that old habits die hard. This film has a nice blend of action and comedy, as well as having a decent story. Seeing this family adjust to its new surroundings has its moments, and the events that transpire over the course of the film are interesting to watch unfold. If you love action comedies or mob movies, you might want to give this one a shot.

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan- An interesting look at the man behind so many outstanding visual effects from many great films. From the early stages of his career to his later years, this film tells it all and has some great behind the scenes tidbits from various films over the years. If you love the art of film making, or just want a good documentary to watch, I'd say give this a shot.

Wishmaster- Wishmaster is a great ho…

R.I.P. Robin Williams

To say I am devastated by the loss of Robin Williams is an understatement. He was always a favorite of mine from my childhood with films like "Hook", "Aladdin" and "Toys" to when I discovered his stand up material and more serious films later on in life.

His performances had the energy and excitement of a child at times, so much so that it was hard to not love each and every one of them. It hurts me to know that the man who could always make me laugh was battling depression.

My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

Netflix Recommendations (August 9th 2014)

It's time for another round of Netflix recommendations.

Get the Gringo- Just when people had written off Mel Gibson, he came back with this fantastic film. It tells the story of a career criminal who learns to survive in a Mexican prison with the aid of a young boy. It's a well rounded film with great actors and an entertaining script, and has a nice blend of action, comedy and drama.

Romancing the Stone- This is the film that Siskel and Ebert said was "The first 'Raiders of The Lost Ark' rip off that was actually good", and I agree 100%.  When a romance writer goes to South America to rescue her sister, she gets wrapped up in a wild adventure and runs into a ton of crazy characters. The chemistry between Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas is outstanding and it makes the film that much more fun. If you're looking for some adventure you can't go wrong with Romancing The Stone.

Night of The Living Dead- The zombie film that invented the genre, Night o…

Food Fight (2012)

This review started as a challenge I gave to a friend. I asked her to bring me the worst movie she could find , and she came back with this. It's a movie I never heard of and made the mistake of not checking out before saying I'd watch it. Thus began the hour and a half descent into madness...

Plot:  Dex, a superdog sleuth, is the law of the land when the world's most recognized brands take on the forces of evil and the devilish Brand X.

To be perfectly honest, after about 15 minutes of this movie I didn't care what kind of story this film was trying to tell.. There really Isn't much of a story here, it's more like someone got high and walked into a grocery store and thought their hallucinations would make a good movie. There was little or no effort or thought put into this plot and it shows.

What did I hate about this movie? Since I don't want to keep you here too long, I'll limit myself. First the sound quality of the film varies drastically. Some ac…

Netflix Recommendations (July 27th 2014)

Here are some of my picks for whats currently streaming on Netflix.

Magnum P.I. - The TV show that made Tom Selleck a household name back in the early 80's still holds up really well. With an outstanding cast, interesting characters and stories, this show will no doubt entertain any fan of the mystery or action genre. What really makes this show though is Selleck's charm and presence. Many times during the show he'll break the 4th wall and look into the camera and smile, which only adds to the fun of the show.

What About Bob? - This classic from 1991 stars Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss as a patient and his doctor. As Bob gets closer to Dr. Leo Marvin's family, it begins to drive Leo over the edge. That is what makes this film hilarious to me, the fact that a psychiatrist drives himself insane because his patient begins to act normal and befriend his family in the process. It's a film that really showcases Murray and Dreyfuss's acting ability and is more than w…

Curse of The Dragon Slayer AKA Saga: Curse of The Shadow (2013)

When I saw the cover art for "Curse of The Dragon Slayer", images popped in my head of every generic fantasy B movie I have seen over the years. At a closer look, the plot really didn't sound like it involved dragons at all, which usually is a bad sign considering the title. Despite the potential of wasting time on it, I gave it a watch and I have to say I was actually surprised with how good it turned out to be.

Plot Summary: Medieval knight Keltus and elfin bounty hunter Nemyt trail a sinister secret cult conspiring to unleash the god of the undead from the underworld.
I'll admit the generic sounding plot didn't help stop my initial fears about this movie, but my thoughts changed within the first few minutes of watching. Yes it is still a simple and straightforward story, and yes it has all the cliches you would expect from a fantasy film, but to be honest that's kinda what made it so fun. This film felt like a role playing game come to life and it embrace…