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Retro Review: ‘Son of Frankenstein’

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Mary Shelley’s creation is arguably the crown jewel of the Universal Monsters franchise. The creature make-up artist Jack Pierce and director James Whale crafted for Boris Karloff to show-off has become nothing short… Continue reading

Creepy Mystery: The Unknown Sailor

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In 1945, the US Public Health Service Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts primarily served to patch up wounded servicemen from the war. Given they were in Boston the bulk of these patients were sailors… Continue reading

Best Episode of Star Trek Ever

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Space is the final frontier and for a mere three seasons, Captain James T. Kirk and his crew explored that frontier. Created by Gene Rodenberry, Star Trek represented an idea that someday the… Continue reading

Predicting the Future of Cinema

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Throughout this pandemic have frequently heard the phrase “return to normal”, but with something which impacted the world at this level there is no going back to the original normal. I could go… Continue reading

Classic Scene: Ferris Wheel

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Ferris Wheel The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed The Scene: The belief that his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles) was dead is what has had Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) navigating the… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Tammy and the T-Rex’

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In 1994, Stewart Raffill who wrote and directed the legendarily terrible 1988 film Mac and Me was approached by a man with an animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. This man was taking the mechanical dinosaur… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘The Undertaker and His Pals’

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Anyone who has read many of my Retro Reviews know that I have a love for sleazy, cheap, exploitative, grindhouse flicks. While these movies are fun, there is a common complaint that many… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Poltergeist’

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Horror is often used as a mirror for the dark side of our society. In Reagans’ America the rich got richer and the nuclear family headed in record numbers to the suburbs to… Continue reading

My Favorite TV Shows of 2020

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Normally I abstain from making “Best of” type lists annually, mainly because I do not have the time see everything. I feel it would be a disservice to a movie/comic/show that I missed… Continue reading

Best Sci-fi Movies of the 80’s Part 2 (1985-1989)

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This is part two of my look at the greatest science fiction films of the 1980’s. Last time we looked at the years 1980-1984 and now we look at the rest of the… Continue reading