Category Archives: Features

Castor’s Underrated Gems: Dragnet (1987)

Before 21 and 22 Jump Street popularized the gimmick of updating dated, melodramatic television shows of yore into self-effacing, comedic ore, 1987 gave us a skewering of the 1950’s police procedural Dragnet. Since the template was relatively novel, I can … Continue reading

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The Reviewinator: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Johnny Depp created one of the most iconic protagonists in cinema history with his off-the-wall portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003 that earned him an Oscar nomination. Sadly, the sequels did little more than rehash the same old shtick … Continue reading

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The Reviewinator: Alien – Covenant (2017)

Am I the only one who’s noticed that Ridley Scott is going the George Lucas route with the Alien franchise? Not that that’s a bad thing, as he’s a far better filmmaker even on his worst day. But there has … Continue reading

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The Reviewinator: Marvel’s Iron Fist (Season 1)

Sometimes I don’t get myself. I’m not a comic book fan, I’m not really a superhero fan, and yet once I commit a certain amount of binge time to something, I feel the need to see it through to the … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008)

The enchanting Gemma Arterton stars as Tess in the excellent 2008 BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece Tess of the D’Urbervilles, which is near perfect. Arterton is amazing as Tess: immensely talented, resilient, free spirited, ethereal, gorgeous, and the very image … Continue reading

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The Reviewinator: The Walking Dead (Season 7)

After a frustratingly-long wait following a frustratingly-deceptive Season 6 finale, the infamous P.O.V. character death is finally revealed midway through the Season 7 premiere. Does it satisfy? Does it infuriate? It all depends on which characters you’re most attached to. … Continue reading

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The Reviewinator: Logan (2017)

With all the comic book movies out there, none have endured as long as the X-Men franchise. Beginning in 2000, Logan/Wolverine was front and center from the get-go and he has since appeared in every single movie in the series. 17 … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Police Story (1985)

This is arguably Jackie Chan’s best action movie, and certainly one of the best action movies of all time. I think what really propels this one among Chan’s other films is its sheer audacity: consider the opening sequence, where Chan … Continue reading

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The Reviewinator: Resident Evil – The Final Chapter (2017)

15 years is an impressive run for any franchise, but infinitely more impressive for one like Resident Evil that’s comprised mostly of over-the-top and mind-numbingly ridiculous entries with virtually no sense of narrative consistency whatsoever. And as a fan of the video games, it’s … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s Pick of the Month: T2: Trainspotting

Not to be confused with the also excellent T2: Judgement Day (one of the best sci-fi films of all time and James Cameron’s finest hour), T2: Trainspotting 2 is well worth the wait and delivers the goods. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Edinburgh … Continue reading

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