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  • King Kong Escapes

    King Kong Escapes

    ★★★★

    I swear this movie plays exactly as something my Marvel comics obsessed and Count Chocula fueled third grade mind would have come up with..."So Kong gets captured by a bad guy in a Dracula cape, and taken to Japan where he fights a robot version of himself at the end." Somebody line me up a pitch meeting in Hollywood!

    With a truly bonkers Kong suit, a robotic doppelganger to serve as our favorite simian's foil, ultra loony dubbing, and a…

  • The Horror of Frankenstein

    The Horror of Frankenstein

    ★★★½

    Hammer and Frankenstein fans turning to this 1970 offering for a heaping dose of expected monster mayhem may be somewhat disappointed, as this movie proves to be much more of a character study of Victor Frankenstein himself. Director/writer Jimmy Sangster handles the material with a sly brush of dark humor as well, further splitting opinion over the film.

    Ralph Bates plays Victor as a confident, randy, and unscrupulous opportunist...who also happens to be brilliant. When his father rules out Victor's…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    With a surprisingly great storyline, a barrage of laughs, a ton of heart, hyperkinetic action, spot-on voice acting, and radical animation, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may very well be my favorite film of the year.

    At the very least, it's the movie of 2018 I most strongly recommend for people to go see. Filmgoers of all ages need more smart and entertaining animated options like this. It's impressive that after a ton of Marvel and DC superhero films over the…

  • Valley of the Fangs

    Valley of the Fangs

    ★★★★

    Highly entertaining golden age Shaw Brothers wuxia film, featuring the directing/acting team of Jeong Chang Hwa and Lo Lieh (predating their classic "Five Fingers of Death" by two years).

    Boasting one of my favorite titles to a Shaw Brothers movie, it tells the story of an Imperial educator who has been imprisoned on trumped up charges, and his daughter and wife (disguised as street performers) travel to the capital with a pardon to set him free. However, their trek will…

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  • The Deadly Spawn

    The Deadly Spawn

    ★★★★

    What an imaginative, low budget horror gem. Made with passion and ingenuity, Douglas McKeown's 1983 cult favorite is an easy film to root for.

    Shot on 16 mm for a paltry $25,000, and mounted by a swath of first-timers behind and in front of the camera, you can feel the enthusiasm from the cast and crew leaping off the frame. Cribbing from cinematic influences such as “Alien” and “The Blob”, this is simply pure, lean, beastie feature fun. Shot in…

  • Cannonball

    Cannonball

    ★★★★

    David Carradine's tight pants bulge deserved its own steadicam.

    First viewing, and not surprisingly I loved this. What a treasure trove for die-hard fans of Corman's cast of regulars and New World Pictures. This and "The Gumball Rally" came out just over a month of one another in the Summer of '76, and both are easily superior to the more popular and successful film they directly led to..."Cannonball Run". Paul Bartel's entry to the 'large cast, long distance illegal vehicular…