In this episode, we’ll be taking a look at the 1985 film Fright Night, a classic horror flick from an era when vampires were actually scary. I’ll give a little background about the film and its hard-to-find sequel, Fright Night Part II. Then we’ll take a look at the 2011 remake starring Colin Farrell and see how it compares to the original. Finally, I’ll give the Fright Night DVD my final recommendation.
In this episode, we’ll be taking a look at the very first film from director Christopher Nolan, Following – a black and white thriller that set the stage for his later hit films including Memento, The Dark Knight, and Inception. And if this episode seems a little bizarre, don’t adjust your monitors – I’ve just barrowed some of Nolan’s signature time manipulation tricks to help tell his story.
In this episode, I try and shake off a head cold by checking out the classic summer vacation comedy, The Great Outdoors, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. We’ll take a brief look at the careers of Aykroyd and Candy along with legendary writer-producer-director John Hughes, who wrote the screenplay for this film.
In this extra festive edition of The DVD Shelf Movie Reviews, we’ll be taking a look at the classic holiday comedy, Scrooged starring Bill Murray. We’ll also delve into the timeless Charles Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol, which inspired not only this film, but countless other versions.
It’s episode 10 of The DVD Shelf Movie Reviews! Back in the very first episode, we took a look at the 2008 blockbuster, The Dark Knight, so in commemoration, we’re going to dip back into the Batman discs with this classic cinematic spin-off of Batman: The Animated Series. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm weaves an action-packed mystery story around Batman, Joker, and a ghostly crime boss killer running amok in Gotham City. We’ll look at the film plus get a little inside info on Batman: The Animated Series, the beloved cartoon show that inspired this film.
In this episode, I’ll look at director Martin Scorsese’s classic, but generally over-looked film, the 1985 comedy thriller, After Hours, starring Griffin Dunne as a normal guy who is having the worst night of his life. We’ll look at how this little cult film revitalized Martin Scorsese’s career as a director and then we’ll look at the film’s DVD and bonus features.
In this episode, I dive into the life and works of legendary comic book writer and Cleveland native Harvey Pekar with the 2003 film American Splendor starring Paul Giamatti as Pekar. We’ll look at Harvey’s own back story and his friendship with the famously eccentric illustrator Robert Crumb that led to the creation of the American Splendor comics, the personal autobiographical stories Pekar would put into comic book form. We’ll check out the film that perfectly captures the quirky atmosphere of the books, see what’s on the DVD, and, finally, give my final recommendation. All this and more at your online destination where movies are celebrated, not incinerated.