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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Deal of the Century (1983)

The commercial parody for the Peacemaker military jet (with “Someone to Watch Over Me” in the background) is intelligently acrid view of the American desire for orbiting safeguards against their enemies. Maybe I’m predisposed to unsung satires from SNL alumni … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Skin (2019)

Israeli-born filmmaker Guy Nattiv’s 2019 film Skin is based on the true story of Bryon Widner, a white supremacist and neo-Nazi whose journey to renounce his racist past and remove the hate tattoos all over his body was the subject … Continue reading

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The Reviewinator: Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

42 years is an outstanding run for any franchise. While there have been many ups and downs along the way, the story of Skywalker that began in 1977 has been an epic one to say the least. And even though … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: The King (2019)

Netflix’s The King (dir. David Michôd, 2019) is an adaptation several plays in William Shakespeare’s “Henriad” (Henry IV, Parts 1, 2, and Henry V). I haven’t read these plays yet myself, and some of my colleagues felt that the Henry … Continue reading

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The Mandalorian Season 1, Episode 1 Review

Incumbent upon the success of The Rise of Skywalker, the Star Wars universe is staring at a dormancy period after Disney has fatigued the fanbase with market oversaturation. A spin-off of Bobba Fett was bandied about with James Mangold at … Continue reading

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The Reviewinator: Terminator – Dark Fate (2019)

Linda Hamilton. James Cameron. With special appearance by Arnold Scwharzenegger. I hadn’t been this excited for a Terminator 3 since Terminator 3. T2: Judgment Day remains my favorite movie of all-time, so of course I’m all for going back in … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Nightmare at Noon (1988)

As the nuclear-slush green credits roll, one distinction that immediately transfixes your attention will be the music score which is co-composed by the now legendary percussionist Hans Zimmer. As with most of his accompaniments, the enthusiastically ballistic, ultimately anticlimactic Nightmare … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Race with the Devil (1975)

In the second of three co-starring collaborations, Peter Fonda and Warren Oates are the prey in the jubilantly scuzzy rollercoaster Race with the Devil which was paid homage in Drive Angry and Red State. The film capitalizes on the Satanic … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Night of the Demon (1980)

Not to be confused with the pluralized Halloween-soiree movie, Night of the Demon is a cloddish, tactless 1980 “video nasty” on a shoestring budget about a series of mutilations via Sasquatch. All of the Pacific Northwest attacks are eyewitness accounts … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

More a feature-length fan film than a studio-financed blockbuster, Godzilla: Final Wars amalgamates all the iterations of Gojira into a free-for-all brawl. It’s a colossally metastasizing, caffeinated jamboree that not only enmeshes every incarnation of the atomic menace but it … Continue reading

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