Tag Archive: retro

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: ‘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: ‘The Warriors’

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In 1979, director Walter Hill and producer Lawrence Gordon took an obscure novel and crafted it into a cult classic unlike any other. With a low budget and short production time, they took… 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: ‘New York Ninja’

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In 1984 writer, director, actor and martial artist John Liu shot a low budget film on the streets of New York about a ninja on a quest for revenge. But with little to… 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

Retro Review: ‘Gator Bait’

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In 1979, actress and model Claudia Jennings was killed in a car accident at the young age of 29. Despite this tragic end, there is no denying that this young woman truly made… Continue reading