Trailer: ‘She-Hulk’ Still Strong, But Did Marvel Turn to Daredevil Too Soon?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faNwFB03r9E   We may only be 11 days away from She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, but Marvel has already kicked the tires on the Daredevil series in the pipeline. The latest trailer gives away way too much, while also showcasing most of what we already know about the show. Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) will defend the super-creature Abomination (Tim … Continue reading Trailer: ‘She-Hulk’ Still Strong, But Did Marvel Turn to Daredevil Too Soon?

The Cineplex: Alien v Predator – A 2022 Re-Ranking

Ever since a Xenomorph skull popped up in Predator 2, the Alien and Predator franchises found themselves linked. Most of this buzz made sense in the early 1990s. The James Cameron-directed Aliens pit Marines against Xenomorphs. Just a year later, Arnold Schwartzenegger led a special ops team into the jungle, only to be ambushed by an extraterrestrial with an affinity … Continue reading The Cineplex: Alien v Predator – A 2022 Re-Ranking

Review: Apple’s ‘Luck’ Delivers Family-Friendly Animation, But Not Much Else

While Disney's dominance in the arena of animated films has never been in question, plenty of competition continues to arise. Perhaps the most surprising distributor to enter the space appears to be Apple TV+, which already released the brilliant Wolfwalkers in 2020. Not only has Apple invested in picking up titles from Cartoon Saloon and a bevy of Peanuts-related content, … Continue reading Review: Apple’s ‘Luck’ Delivers Family-Friendly Animation, But Not Much Else

2012 Retrospective: ‘Prometheus’ – A Voyage Gone Very Wrong

How do we separate the filmmaker from their fantasies? For years, Ridley Scott has continued to keep us focused on the heavens. The master filmmaker created his masterpieces long ago, with Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise each releasing more than two decades ago. Yet when you're as talented as Scott, there's no reason to stop trying … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘Prometheus’ – A Voyage Gone Very Wrong

2012 Gems: ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – An LCD Soundsystem Goodbye Packs an Emotional Punch

How do you say goodbye to a band that never really went away? The LCD Soundsystem hiatus really threw a wrench in my feelings toward music back in 2012. Just a few years earlier, Fall Out Boy, the emo band of my teen years, had announced its own dissolution. I was prepared to never love music … Continue reading 2012 Gems: ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – An LCD Soundsystem Goodbye Packs an Emotional Punch

Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

An iconic franchise was born when Arnold Schwartzenegger and Carl Weathers completed the coolest handshake in world history. The slap, the one-liners, and the terror of being hunted by extraterrestrials summed up the 1980s. While uber-machoism and gnarly gore became the film's trademarks, Predator became something. Equal parts political commentary about US militarism in Central … Continue reading Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

Podcast – Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 2 – ‘Trick ’r Treat’ (2009) – Directed by Michael Dougherty

Welcome to Bela Lugosi's Undead! In our second episode, we cover the straight-to DVD Trick 'r Treat from 2009. Originally released at a festival in 2007, the film took 2 years to find its way to home video. Since then, it's found its audience in the horror community, thanks to its inclusion at Halloween Horror … Continue reading Podcast – Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 2 – ‘Trick ’r Treat’ (2009) – Directed by Michael Dougherty

2012 Retrospective: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ – Wes Anderson’s Return to Form

There are some instances where a filmmaker stumbles on the road. In 2007, The Darjeeling Limited felt like a misfire for the successful indie darling Wes Anderson. A film about three brothers reuniting after the death of their father was well reviewed and featured some good performances. Yet it also raised questions about Anderson's ability to … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ – Wes Anderson’s Return to Form

2012 Retrospective: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ – High-Concept Horror Awakens

With a gust of wind (and a strong electrical mechanism), five teens are plunged into the depths of hell. A simple story of young adults getting hunted by the evils that lurk in the forest has been a mainstay of horror. For decades, horror ran this story into the ground. Yet in 2012, a long-awaited … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ – High-Concept Horror Awakens