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

2009 In Review: ‘Avatar’ Blazed New Trails In Visual Effects, But Struggles With a Conventional Story

James Cameron remains one of the most important blockbuster directors in American cinematic history. Unsurprisingly, when Cameron broke the record for "most expensive movie ever made," it was often for a troubled production. What separates Cameron from other directors who held that title, is that he broke his own record. Four times. Terminator 2, True … Continue reading 2009 In Review: ‘Avatar’ Blazed New Trails In Visual Effects, But Struggles With a Conventional Story

2009 in Review: ‘The Hangover’ Remains a Starmaker for Galifianakis and Cooper, Even as the Sequels Tarnished Its Legacy

When you discuss 2009 as a year for comedic movies, it cannot be described as anything but a massive letdown. Just one year earlier, we had Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, Step Brothers, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In 2009, the studio comedy was dead. There's a real chance that The Brothers Bloom (which we will get to) was the … Continue reading 2009 in Review: ‘The Hangover’ Remains a Starmaker for Galifianakis and Cooper, Even as the Sequels Tarnished Its Legacy

2009 in Review: ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Could Be Quentin Tarantino’s Finest Film

Director Quentin Tarantino is an objectively controversial figure. He has been ever since Reservoir Dogs first debuted at Sundance Film Festival in January of 1992. The director doesn't know how to get out of his own way, loves violence, and believes he an Oscar should be named after him. The toxicity of the Tarantino fanbase certainly does not help … Continue reading 2009 in Review: ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Could Be Quentin Tarantino’s Finest Film

2009 in Review: A Ten-Year Anniversary Retrospective for One of Our Formative Years at the Movies

Hello all! We're jumping into another retrospective for the ten-year-anniversary of 2009. For most of us, this year was an awakening. I personally began following the Oscar races in earnest this year, starting to watch as many films as possible. It's also the year I graduated high school and started college, a time when suddenly … Continue reading 2009 in Review: A Ten-Year Anniversary Retrospective for One of Our Formative Years at the Movies