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Castor’s Underrated Gems: Raising Cain (1992)

This review is based on the newly assembled director’s cut of Brian DePalma’s black sheep Raising Cain. In full disclosure, I haven’t completely seen the studio-tampered theatrical cut so my only opinion is predicated on this version. In symmetry with … Continue reading

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Commedia Dell’Arte Deuce

Bad Santa 2 recently invaded the cineplex recently and rightfully so, it tanked and perhaps sullied the coal-black memories of its funnier 2003 ancestor. Many rationales can be attributed to its downfall: the widening gap between films, the behind-the-scenes change of … Continue reading

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Review: Westworld (Season 1, Episode 1)

Is it just me or does the black-and-white credits remind you of the cloak-and-dagger, noirish opening to True Detective? Jonathan Nolan definitely shares his brother’s knack for arresting imagery such as the cold open with a nude Rachel Evan Wood … Continue reading

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Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead (Season 2, Episode 1)

Ash Vs. Evil Dead was a fan-friendly success last season by transcending expectations of the erstwhile hero with grey temples. I do wish had more time to bask in the hedonistic excess of Ash in Jacksonville. He winks one sexual … Continue reading

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Review: Luke Cage (Season 1, Episodes 2-4)

Episode 2 Daredevil skulks Hell’s Kitchen for criminals but he is hardly confronted by thugs and gutter snipes which distinguishes Luke Cage from his New York City counterparts. Like Will Graham pre-visualized the crime scene from the sociopath’s perspective, Paul … Continue reading

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Review: Luke Cage (Season 1, Episode 1)

Let me start off by saying the quasi-blaxploitation theme of Luke Cage is glorious (Isaac Hayes is sorely missed for the baritone vocals) and the landmarks of the Apollo Theater and Malcolm X Boulevard add to the African-American heritage of … Continue reading

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31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Italian uber-Producer Dino De Laurentiis basically wrote a blank check to author Stephen King when he requisitioned him to be the director of this kitschy, submental miscarriage. King is not Wolfgang Petersen and therefore, the technocratic rampage with machines, car … Continue reading

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31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: Graveyard Shift (1990)

Subterranean horror doesn’t get much more Augean or sordid than Graveyard Shift which endeavors to make the audience feel like they need a tetanus shot after the last frame. In that respect of sweatshop atmosphere, the film is a humdinger. … Continue reading

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Review: Crisis in Six Scenes

The Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar licks over the patented Woody Allen font is a bit jarring change from his typical jazz music. Then we cut to protest footage about the 60’s for context in the subsequent scenes. It also explains why … Continue reading

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Wildly Obscure (Part 2)

This article is the second part of castordurden’s tribute to Gene Wilder. Click here for part one! The Frisco Kid (1979)- A pattern has started to emerge from this litany of under-the-radar Gene Wilder films. Almost consistently each one begins … Continue reading

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