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Afterthoughts: Spring (2014)

A review I wrote for one of my favourite movies of the last few years, Spring. It’s a surprisingly warm, romantic, and charming little horror movie. Great stuff.

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It’s going to be a real challenge to talk about Spring without giving away any juicy plot points and, believe me, this is the kind of movie you want to go into and experience as fresh as you possibly can on your first viewing. It’ll be difficult but I’m going to try and say as little as possible yet still express how great this movie is and why you should seek it out and watch it before you spend any more time being the person who has yet to have the pleasure of having watched Spring.

I mean, how often does a smart, touching, and layered indie horror movie come along that totally subverts its genre and tropes and has the ability to appeal just as easily to a non-horror audience as it does to its core demographic?

Be warned, though, if you’re a hardcore genre fan looking for a visceral movie more akin to…

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For Your Information: George A. Romero Getting a Star on the Walk of Fame – It’s About Flipping Time!

A small piece I wrote about George Romero getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I feel like it’s kind of a big deal, or at least about time.

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With the news dropping this week that the beloved father of modern zombie culture was getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2017 I think it can be said that there was one collective thought running through just about every horror fan’s head; it’s about time!

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Scooby-Doo Comic Book Revue #02

My review of the second, and very entertaining, issue of Scooby Apocalypse. It was a weird idea that shouldn’t have been as good as it is, but there you have it. If you’re fan and you’re not reading this, you should take the time to check it out. It’s fun stuff.

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  • W: Keith Giffen/JM DeMatteis
  • A: Howard Porter

After the surprising success of Scooby Apocalypse #1 I was a little worried about how the second issue would measure up. I enjoyed the new take on the characters as well as the writing and art so much that I was kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Was the first issue a fluke? Would it continue the same level of excellence and intrigue by building on this mysterious new H-B world and concept presented in the first issue?

The answer to all those questions is a resounding “Yes!”

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Scooby-Doo Comic Book Revue #04

I cannot even begin to tell you how hard it is to review these all-ages Scooby-Doo books. I want to bring my full critical powers to bear on them but they are very much targeted at a younger demographic and, as such, cannot be judged in the same way. It takes me twice as long to write one of these as it does any regular comic for a general audience.

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  • W: Derek Fridolks/Sholly Fisch/Embla Malmenlid
  • A: Walter Carzon & Horacio Ottolini/Scott Jeralds & Jorge Pacheco/Scott Neely

Just a quick disclaimer before I get into the review. I’m going to try to approach these family oriented books with an eye towards finding a balance between reviewing them with a lighter touch because of their intended audience and treating them like any other book with my normal reviewing style.

In “Boo Recruits”, the first of three stories in this issue, we find the gang being called in by the military to help solve the mystery of the Scary Soldier. They report to a Sargeant Williams who tells them of the spectre of a soldier who has been wandering the grounds of the base and scaring the base personnel. In order to investigate, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby all have to pretend to join the army, boot camp and…

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Afterthoughts: The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

I really enjoyed The Legend of Tarzan when I saw it a couple of weeks ago and fearing that it might go the way of another Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, John Carter, I thought I would write a review of it and challenge people to check the film out in theatres and not wait for it to come out on video to discover it. It’s a fun and engaging adventure movie. I’d hate to see it fail and fade away into the ether.

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Cinema’s latest foray into adapting the world of pulp characters to the big screen has arrived in the form of The Legend of Tarzan, and while the film looks like it’s on track to go down the same road of apathy and missed opportunity as the last Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, John Carter, did four years ago, I felt I should throw my hat into the ring and say some words in support of this entertaining and fun adventure story most people probably aren’t going to see.

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Scooby-Doo Comicbook Revue #01

I started up a Scooby-Doo podcast and was now in the business of reviewing Scooby-Doo episodes, films, and comic books. This is my take on the first issue of DC Comics’ Hanna-Barbera Beyond book, Scooby Apocalypse.

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  • W: Keith Giffen/JM DeMatteis
  • A: Howard Porter

I was highly skeptical about Scooby Apocalypse when I first heard about it but my curiosity got the better of me when I saw who the creative team were that DC pulled together for this. I have been a fan of Giffen and DeMatteis for decades (both creators being responsible for some of my absolute favourite comic book stories of all time) and I really enjoyed Howard Porter’s work on Justice League 3000 so I figured the least I could do is check it out for myself. See what these guys have done with one of my favourite animated properties.

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For Your Consideration Episode 17: Troll 2 (1990)

It was never our intention to include Troll 2 as part of the show but we decided for this, our 17th episode, we would revisit a joke we made in our very first episode. It ended up being a really good show and surprised me with how serious we actually took our commentary of the movie. Not that we got all elitist film critic or anything, but we also did just lampoon everything about it. Also, it spawned an audio commentary which I will be reblogging here a bit later, which is cool.

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Troll2FYC is very pleased to bring you a brand-new episode featuring the film you were probably least expecting to see, 1990’s cult-classic horror, Troll 2. That’s right. We were just as surprised as you to find ourselves sitting down and putting Claudio Fragasso’s visionary tale of druids, ghosts, and vegetarian goblins under the ol’ FYC hotlamps but we really wanted to pay off a throwaway joke we made in our very first episode and this is the result. Oh, and don’t judge a podcast by its self-deprecating description because you just might be surprised by what Dustin and Mike actually have to say about the best worst movie ever!

via Episode 17: Troll 2 (1990)

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For Your Consideration Episode 16: Brazil (1985)

Another episode I thought turned out quite well. The film is one I’ve been waiting a while to get to and we’ve more or less settled on a format that we like for the show. The discussions are looser, more interesting, and I’m less precious about content. At this point I’ve started editing more liberally to keep things tighter and more on point. I think for the better.

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This week on FYC, your intrepid hosts get their 27b/6 forms in order and pay a visit to the wonderful dystopian bureaucracy of Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film, Brazil. Currently positioned at #54 on the BFI Greatest British Films of All-Time list, Mike and Dustin are keen to do a little interrogation of the movie and retrieve what information they can for their commentary to determine if Brazil is indeed a masterpiece or a museum piece.

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For Your Information: James Cameron’s ALIENS Was Released 30 Years Ago Today

A personal remembrance of my first viewing experience of James Cameron’s Aliens on its 30th anniversary.

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30 years ago today James Cameron unleashed his action/thriller masterpiece, Aliens, upon the world and, unbeknownst to him, on an unsuspecting 13 year-old kid from the sticks. This is his story.

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