Joe Garcia III

The Mask of Fu Manchu Blu-ray Review: Pre-Code Lunacy with Boris Karloff and Myrna Loy

There’s also the “big parade of torture devices” that appear and mark the movie as a horror picture and not an action/adventure outing.

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Class Blu-ray Review: Pre-Brat Pack Comedy Drama That Pops Like Flat Champagne

Class isn’t sure if it wants to be a slapstick, Animal House style comedy with some crude Porky’s moments splashed about or a drama that’s more The Graduate-esque.

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Eight Men Out Blu-ray Review: We’re Talking Baseball…Scandals, and Say It Ain’t So, Joe!

Sayles does a great job in capturing the essence of how the game was played 100 years ago and in bringing those old timers back to life.

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Thunderheart Blu-ray Review: A Gritty Neo-Western

Thunderheart thrives as a classic neo-Western, crime thriller because of its realism and bold characters.

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Nude for Satan DVD Review: Nudity, a Suave(ish) Satan, and Lots of Surreal Confusion

I didn’t hate Nude for Satan. It does its best to be cerebral, provoke deep thoughts and act as a surreal showcase

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Book Review: The Complete Web of Horror

The Complete Web of Horror had me completely enthralled from cover to cover.

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Book Review: Kamen’s Kalamity and Other Stories

The tales of terror in this volume mostly center around love triangles and love gone wrong but also incorporate classic monsters like werewolves, vampires, and zombies.

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The Vanishing Shadow (1934) Blu-ray Review: What a Hoot

The Vanishing Shadow is four full hours of cliffhanger fun.

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Dogfight Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: More Than It Seems

Dogfight remains a timeless study in human nature and societal roles.

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Chokeslam Blu-ray Review: A Pro Wrestling Rom-Com

Chokeslam is a standard rom-com in many ways but its pro wrestling gimmick makes it fun for a wider audience.

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Pin Cushion (2018) DVD Review: A Dark Coming-of-Age Tale

Pin Cushion is a poignant dark drama and reminder of how screwed up this world can be

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Making a Killing (2018) DVD Review: The Mayor, the Priest, and the Mortician Walk Into a Bar…

Making a Killing, although not bad overall, is totally saved by Michael Jai White

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The Rain People Blu-ray Review: She’s Driving Her Life Away

Coppola manages to keep it interesting as he weaves three different lives together in The Rain People.

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Over the Edge Blu-ray Review: It’s (Not) Only Teenage Wasteland

The story goes deeper than teens simply smashing up the town and wasting away their days with booze and other drugs.

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The Church (1989) Blu-ray Review: Demons Take Hold of a Gothic Cathedral

Soavi keeps his scenes artsy, dreamlike and surreal at times by employing great camera angles, tracking shots and framing

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Cathy’s Curse Blu-ray Review: Here She Comes, It’s Cathy’s Cursed Rag Doll

An absolutely amazing restoration of Cathy’s Curse.

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Stand and Deliver Blu-ray Review: A Classic Classroom Drama

Stand and Deliver stands as a solid story of the positive effects a strong leader and teacher has on a group of youths

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Una Familia de Tantas (A Family Like Many Others) Blu-ray Review: A True Cine Mexicano Classic

Una Familia de Tantas does a great job presenting a time of change in one family’s history, where new ways come crashing into the old.

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The Giant Gila Monster Special Edition Blu-ray Review: Hey, Kids! It’s a Rocking, Horror Double Bill with The Killer Shrews

The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews are the perfect schlock double feature and look great thanks to Film Masters.

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Here’s Flash Casey DVD Review: His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, and Andy Hardy Walk into a Bar…

There’s a lot of story going on for such a short runtime.

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Witness Blu-ray Review: Harrison Ford Among the Amish

Witness stands as a solid crime thriller and drama due to its strong cast and its unique story setting.

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Tupac: Live at the House of Blues (2010) Blu-ray Review: Tupac and Snoop Back in ‘96

One can clearly see that Tupac is fired up and the dominant personality wandering that stage.

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Verotika Blu-ray Review: A Comic Book Horror Anthology Come to Life

Sometimes good, too often comically bad but it seems that’s what Danzig’s goal was here: to make a purposely bad, live action comic book.

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Burnt Offerings Blu-ray Review: Not the Average Haunted House Movie

The more mentally distraught the family becomes the more the house regenerates

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Kingdom of the Spiders DVD Review: Shatner vs the Tarantulas 

Better than expected and may be Bud’s masterpiece.

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Strange Invaders Blu-ray Review: I Married a Woman from Outer Space

Strange Invaders is 93 minutes of fun that is best enjoyed if one does not take it too seriously.

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Why We Fight (2020) Blu-ray Review: Three Athletes Tell Us Why They Do

Martial arts taught them how to face their fears, roll with life, and keep fighting.

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A Disturbance in the Force: How the Star Wars Holiday Special Happened Blu-ray Review: Bringing Balance and Answers After 45 Years  

A fine film that does indeed provide many answers as to how the Holiday Special was conceived and brought about.

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Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League DVD Review: Rude and Crude…They Are the League

A full-blown, well-produced, very watchable and enjoyable documentary.

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Gentleman Jim Blu-ray Review: Still Packs a Punch

A lighthearted drama that packs a punch and has some good laughs.

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House of the Long Shadows Blu-ray Review: Four Horror Icons Enter an Old Dark House

Vincent Price casually calls Lee a “bitch.” Good stuff.

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Showdown (1993) Blu-ray Review: It’s High School Bloodsport

Showdown is 98 minutes of fun martial arts action that definitely bridges the gap between The Karate Kid and Never Back Down.

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Beyond Atlantis Blu-ray Review: Somewhere Beyond the Sea a Beautiful Blond Awaits Patrick Wayne

Not exactly good but definitely enjoyable for what it is.

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Book Review: Charlie Chaplin vs. America When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided by Scott Eyman

Chaplin vs. America has a good flow and is entertaining throughout.

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Nightwing / Shadow of the Hawk Double Feature Blu-ray Review: Two Not-Too-Bad Supernatural Spookers

Nightwing packs a better punch and carries a bigger coup stick than Shadow of the Hawk but both are worth a watch.

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The Devil Doll Blu-ray Review: Tiny Human Dolls Help Lionel Barrymore Get Revenge

The Unholy Three mashed up with Psycho, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Child’s Play’s Chucky.

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Rock Around the Clock Blu-ray Review: It’s Squares-Ville, Man

Mostly, the story of a twisted love triangle between a band manager, a young dancer and a successful talent agent.

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Boris Karloff Collection DVD Review: Viva Karloff! These Four Movies Not So Much

Not to be confused with The Boris Karloff Collection this Boris Karloff Collection is highly forgettable overall.

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Mackintosh and T.J. Blu-ray Review: Roy Rogers Rides into the Sunset One Final Time

A ’70s cowboy movie with a good country soundtrack that doesn’t get overly sappy or corny in telling its tale.

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Chariots of the Gods Blu-ray Review: Before Ancient  Aliens…

Chariots of the Gods isn’t as kooky as one would think

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Book Review: “You Talkin’ To Me?” The Definitive Guide to Iconic Movie Quotes by Brian Abrams

You Talkin’ To Me is a great resource of many of Hollywood’s most memorable lines.

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La Bamba Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Soars Far Above Other Hollywood Biopics 

The Luis Valdez classic gets the full Criterion treatment.

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The Wild Party Blu-ray Review: A Wild Night Is Calling

Entertaining overall and provides a lively and intriguing look at what those legendary, sometimes deadly Hollywood parties of the 1920s may have been like.

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Spinout Blu-ray Review: Hey, Elvis! You Gotta Win This Race!

Another silly excuse for Elvis to sing some songs, kiss a few girls and win that race.

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Liar’s Moon Blu-ray Review: A Teenage Soap Opera with a Great Soundtrack

A watchable teenage soap opera about love, choices, and consequences, loaded with great music.

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A Taste of Blood (2020) Blu-ray Review: These Vampires Aren’t Sexy but the Soundtrack Is

Dubbing debacle aside, A Taste of Blood was easy to stomach.

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Mutant Blast Blu-ray Review: A Witty, Weird, Gorific Blast

I laughed and said “WTF?” many times

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Bigfoot or Bust Blu-ray Review: It’s Busty Alright

I was indeed amused for a bit and I’m just saying, Bigfoot, you deserve better, buddy.

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Swamp Thing (1982) Blu-ray Review: Wes Craven’s Beauty and the (Bayou) Beast

Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing is a delightful beauty and the (bayou) beast tale filled with comic book action and is mostly kid friendly, at least it was for us 80s kids.

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Cimarron (1931) Blu-ray Review: An Epic Western and a Product of Its Time

Cimarron (1931) is melodramatic, slow in places, and a product of its time, both cinematically and in its politically incorrectness, but an enjoyable 124 minutes overall.

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The Vault (2017) Blu-ray Review: Heist Goes Wrong, Phantom Turned Loose 

I let critical (over) thinking go and enjoyed the rest of this loony 91-minute-long ride.

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Children of the Corn (1984) Blu-ray Review: The Corn Kids Bring New Meaning to Cult Classic

Children of the Corn remains both fascinating and disturbing as it spins its terrible tale of a town overcome by frenzied youth

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Vengeance: A Love Story Blu-ray Review: Nic Cage As a Vigilante Cop 

I’d say catch this Cage outing on cable or streaming somewhere for free.

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Trapped Alive Blu-ray Review: An ’80s Hodgepodge of Horror Tropes That Collapses Fast

Trapped Alive misses the mark by trying to be and do too much while somehow doing nearly nothing at all.

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The Loveless Blu-ray Review: A Stylish Mash-Up of Two Very Different Outlaw Biker Classics

The Loveless opens like The Wild One, postures like Scorpio Rising and speaks like Brando’s Johnny while lacking the action of both but that’s okay as it all jibes together well

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Two Witches Blu-ray Review: Two Witches Casts a Classic Horror Spell

Hinges creak, shadows creep, candles flicker, and danger lurks in shadowy places throughout this instant horror classic.

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Wild in the Country (1961) Blu-ray Review: Dramatic Elvis in the Country

Wild in the Country isn’t actually that thrilling but it is a damn good Elvis picture.

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The Dark (1979) Blu-ray Review: I’d Be Okay If It Had Stayed in the Dark

It isn’t terrible but I wasn’t afraid of The Dark.

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Heartland of Darkness Blu-ray Review: Linnea Quigley’s Lost Movie

The score is pretty good as well but Linnea is tops, or topless rather. Twice!

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Panther (1995) Blu-ray Review: No, Not That Black Panther

The truth is out there, in book and documentary film form.

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Deadly Games Blu-ray Review: More Like Slays of Our Lives

An enjoyable movie with some solid kills, lots of creepy scenes, and some well-rounded nudity. Hubba hubba.

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Ghostriders Blu-ray Review: They Aren’t Just in the Sky!

Edward D. Wood, Jr. would be proud.

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Men at Work Blu-ray Review: Put Away the Vegemite. It’s Not the Band from a Land Down Under

It plays like an odd comic book mashup of Weekend At Bernie’s, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and an 8-bit Nintendo action/adventure game.

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Walk Proud Blu-ray Review: A Gang Epic, It’s Not. Cult Classic? Maybe…

Walk Proud isn’t a bad movie, it just isn’t very good either.

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The Count Yorga Collection Blu-ray Review: Vampire Wreaks Havoc in California! Read All About It!

A great “modern” take on the classic gothic vampire genre.

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Book Review: Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films Celebrating Cinema’s Greatest Stunts by Scott McGee

McGee puts us in the driver’s seat and behind the camera using first-hand sources and candid photos to illustrate how some gags were accomplished and how it felt to be watching it all go down for film’s sake.

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Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition Blu-ray Review: Happy Holiday, Batman!

Batman: The Long Halloween is a fine film noir-esque tale that sees Gotham transition from a city ruled by gangsters to one ruled by “freaks.”

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Massacre at Central High Blu-ray Review: More Than Just Goofy Teens Getting Whacked

One can clearly see how it was a major influence for 1988’s Heathers.

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The Brink’s Job Blu-ray Review: William Friedkin’s Heist Film

An enjoyable period piece that’s entertaining for its full 104 minutes.

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Force 10 From Navarone Blu-ray Review: A Sequel 18 Years in the Making

Not as good as The Guns of Navarone but a fun way to spend just over two hours nonetheless.

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Man of a Thousand Faces Blu-ray Review: James Cagney Plays Lon Chaney

Cagney plays Chaney well, in his own unique way.

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Wild Rovers Blu-ray Review: William Holden and Ryan O’Neal Ride into the Sunset

Wild Rovers, a forgotten gem of a western with some solid action, although a bit somber at times but so is Lonesome Dove.

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Edge of Sanity Blu-ray Review: Anthony Perkins as Dr. Jekyll and Jack ‘The Ripper’ Hyde

Visually stunning and sexually edgy, the movie has its moments of horror and also its unintentional moments of laughter.

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Taza, Son of Cochise Blu-ray Review: Rock Hudson as an Apache Chief

Taza, Son of Cochise is 79 minutes of fast-paced western action.

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The Frisco Kid Blu-ray Review: A Rabbi and a Bank Robber Ride West

The Frisco Kid is a good, wacky western and an enjoyable way to spend 119 minutes.

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Book Review: Disneyanity: Of ‘Walt’ & Religion by Douglas Brode

An interesting and fascinating read that explores themes of spirituality that may be found throughout Disney films.

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Book Review: It’s Alive! by Julian David Stone

Julian David Stone brings to life the world of 1930s Hollywood as it lumbers out of the silent era and into the universe of sound.

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The Soul of The Midnight Special 10-DVD Set Review: As Chic Says, ‘Good Times’

A history-filled, memory-packed box set for music fans to treasure for many years.

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The Killing Criterion Collection DVD Review: A Day at the Races

The pairing of two early flicks from legendary director Stanley Kubrick makes for great viewing pleasure.

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A Big Box Of Cowboys, Aliens, Robots, and Death Rays Review: 75 Percent Accurate is Still Pretty Good

A good set for anyone interested in B westerns, sci-fi, and classic spooky fun from the 1930s.

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2 Weeks in Another Town DVD Review: Another Look at Hollywood’s Bad and Beautiful

An entertaining film about the behind-the-camera life.

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Braveheart (Two-Disc Special Collector’s Edition) DVD Review: A Well-rounded Film

Director and star Mel Gibson delivers a fine performance in both roles telling the story of William Wallace.

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The Batman: Double Feature DVD Review: A Couple Crossovers

Both movies are entertaining and well done.

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True Grit (Special Collector’s Edition) DVD Review

From start to finish True Grit is much like the Duke’s own life: exciting, straightforward, and filled with humor.

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: Centennial Collection DVD Review

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is an excellent western that I appreciate more now that I’ve seen it though adult eyes.

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