Category Archive: Retrogeek

Retro Review: ‘One-Armed Swordsmen’

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In 1967, Jimmy Wang Yu was launched into martial arts movie stardom thanks to the Shaw Brothers classic One Armed Swordsman. While he starred in a number of kick-ass flicks, he certainly found… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Toy Story’

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Released: 1995 Director: John Lassester Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, R. Lee Emry Plot: When Andy is out of the room, his toys… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘The Great Silence’

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When one usually things of westerns, even the spaghetti variety, they immediately think of bleak desert plains. But in 1968, Sergio Corbucci one of the finest filmmakers of the “Spaghetti Western” movement challenged… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Memento’

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Release: 2000 Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Jorja Fox, Stephen Tobolowsky Plot: Leonard is hunting the man who killed his wife, a challenge complicated by his inability to… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Spider Baby’

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Like so many actors, the fact that he was classified as a “horror actor” meant that the lay people never truly appreciated the talent of Lon Chaney Jr. Even now in hindsight he… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Evil Ed’

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Ever since the Senate hearings spurred on by Fredric Wertham’s book Seduction of the Innocent, people with onions for brains have accused the horror genre of damaging poor precious minds. Apparently they believe… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Werewolves on Wheels’

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On a near weekly basis you can find me strolling through the aisles of my local video store/concert venue/diner/screening room Black Lodge here in Memphis. With 30,000+ titles I am always bound to… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Alligator’

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One thing I love is when an older movie is discovered by a brand new audience several years down the road giving it new life and new appreciation. It seems recently one such… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘The Wild Bunch’

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In 1969 famed controversial filmmaker Sam Peckinpah was tapped to produce a Western based on a story Warner Bros. had purchased the rights to a few years prior. Nothing much was expected of… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘The Reflecting Skin’

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One of my favorite storytelling devices is how something grounded can become fantastical through the eyes of a child narrator. While it is normally charming, but Renaissance man Philip Ridley turned it into… Continue reading