Evan Popplestone

Cult, sci-fi, horror, thriller, noir, grindhouse, arthouse and world cinema.

Favorite films

  • Blade Runner
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Love Exposure
  • This Is Spinal Tap

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  • The Adventures of Hercules

  • Hercules

    ★★

  • The Legend of Barney Thomson

    ★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★½

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  • The Adventures of Hercules

    The Adventures of Hercules

    It's pretty surprising that the cheesy 1983 Lou Ferrigno Hercules flick actually spawned a sequel... but here we are. It's a cheapskate effort even by comparison with the original, relying quite heavily on stock footage to pad out the runtime. Here, the confrontations with various fantastical creatures rely less on expensive, time-consuming stuff like miniatures and stop-motion, and more on cheap costume and rotoscoping work.

    Moreover, Ferrigno apparently wasn't paid this time around, as his scenes were filmed under the…

  • Hercules

    Hercules

    The peplum was an Italian subgenre that went through its heyday during the late-1950s and early-1960s. It consisted of a cycle of action-adventures rooted heavily in both history and mythology, the most popular of which were based on the Greco-Roman legend of Hercules.

    In the early 1980s, when Conan the Barbarian and Clash of the Titans ushered in a new era of mythological-style fantasies, it only made sense that Cannon Films head honchos Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus would grant…

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  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★★

    An ancient poem of primal brutality, written in blood, mud, water, fire and internal organs. In the howl of the dog, the peck of the crow, the black void sockets of an eyeless Björk, and in the rage-filled hearts of vengeful men.

    Violence here is not glorified - there is no true good and evil, only the choice between hating your enemies and loving your friends.

    This is what cinema is about.

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

    Since I already watched this less than a year ago on its theatrical release, my opinions haven't really moved much, but here goes...

    The Daniel Craig Bond movies seem to be afflicted with something called "Star Trek movie syndrome", whereby the great entries alternate with the lesser ones. However, in the case of the Trek movies (or at least the first nine Trek movies), it was always the even numbered ones that were the better ones. In the case of…