Luigi Bastardo

Twilight Time Presents: Five Selections of Summer

Once again, a seemingly brief period of time has passed by, leaving in its wake a stack of movies on ...
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To Sir, With Love (1967) Blu-ray Review: Twilight Time Goes to School

By today's standards, the classic movie motif of a determined teacher reaching a group of tough, underprivileged kids in an ...
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Best of Bond…James Bond: 50 Years – 50 Tracks Review: An Outstanding Collection

Bond. James Bond. For some, it's the man itself that makes them jump up and down with delight -- personal ...
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The Living Daylights Movie Review: It’s Not Easy Being the New Guy, Especially When You’re the New Guy’s Substitute

As anyone who ever found themselves making that awkward transition from one school to another during their years spent in ...
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Moonraker Movie Review: Even an Established Film Franchise Can Bow to a New Trend

After 33 years, what is honestly left to be said about Moonraker that hasn't already been touched upon? I certainly ...
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10 Things I Hate About You: Season One, Volume Two DVD Review: Canceled Too Soon?

Wait, they made a series out of that movie? Indeed they did! For those of us who don’t bother paying ...
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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Blu-ray Review: A Cinematic Ipecac

Dear Adam Sandler; Go to Hell. Please. For reals. Sincerely,Me When I first saw the previews for Bucky Larson: Born ...
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The Black Cobra / No Survivors Please DVD Review: Two Kooky Titles from West Germany

Sometimes, I get this urge. A longing to sit back and switch off the more cerebral functions of that which ...
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Colombiana DVD Review: Uninspired, but with a Decent Soundtrack

They say you start to repeat yourself as you get older. This is evidently the case with Luc Besson, the ...
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Body Puzzle DVD Review: Gory Goofy Great

Listening to Modest Mussorgsky’s powerful “Night on Bald Mountain” can prompt men to do very strange things. In the case ...
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In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds Blu-ray Review: Uwe Boll is Back, and Badder than Ever!

While many moviegoers and critics alike curse the fact that he was ever born in the first place, I think ...
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Great White Death DVD Review: A Silly Sharksploitation Schlockumentary

After the astonishing success of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws in 1975, budget filmmakers around the world were determined to jump out ...
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The Left Hand of God DVD Review: Another Fine Humphrey Bogart Flick

Upon one’s initial glance at the cover of Edward Dmytryk’s The Left Hand of God, the common goad is to ...
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Straw Dogs (2011) DVD Review: How to Ruin a Classic

Generally, when the modern-day monarchs of Hollywood decide to remake a classic motion picture, they opt to “re-envision” it instead ...
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Design for Living Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Delightfully Risque Pre-Hayes Code Romp

”It’s amazing how a few insults can bring people together in three hours.” ”It was certainly good to hear all ...
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Santa Claus (1959) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Who Needs LSD When You Have This?

It is frequently hailed as one of the weirdest Christmas movies ever made. It was lampooned in the mid ’90s ...
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Murder Obsession (Follia Omicida) DVD Review: Hey, Logic is for Losers!

Michael Stanford (Stefano Patrizi) is a young actor who occasionally suffers from strange flashbacks concerning the death of his father, ...
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WWII Double Feature: Jungle Patrol / Silent Raiders DVD Review: Two Forgotten Gems from VCI

I have many guilty pleasures when it comes to film. Cliffhanger serials, Italian horror movies, European spy flicks — I ...
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Golden Needles DVD Review: Joe Don Baker Kicks Ass in Hong Kong

Golden Needles is one of those movies that could have been better — memorable, even — had any of its ...
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The Stunt Man (1980) DVD Review: One of the Best Damn Movies Ever. Ever.

Director Richard Rush had a vision. He wanted to adapt The Stunt Man, a novel by Paul Brodeur, into a ...
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The Rules of the Game (1939) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Jean Renoir, Je T’aime

I have no choice but to dismiss you. It breaks my heart, but I can’t expose my guests to your ...
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Ghost Warrior DVD Review: Like a Corny Tabloid Headline Come to Life

Based on an idea by low-budget filmmaker Charles Band, the fanciful Ghost Warrior is a spin on the timeless “fish ...
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Enter the Ninja DVD Review: ‘So, Who Are You Going to Kill Next, Mr. Ninja?’

Some movies are born unto greatness, achieving staggering heights of recognition rarely ever matched by imitators — the likes of ...
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Kill a Dragon DVD Review: Don’t Train It; Kill it!

”Look, Limey: you swish your way, and I’ll swish mine!” – Vigo (Aldo Ray) in drag, upset at being told ...
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Frankenhooker Blu-ray Review: Nobody Makes Movies Like Frank Henenlotter!

There aren’t very many movies out there that have been publicly endorsed by both Joe Bob Briggs and Bill Murray. ...
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Stagecoach (1966) DVD Review: The Version Everyone Forgot About

There’s just something about redheaded women that make men want to fight over ’em. Within the first few minutes of ...
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The Last Gun / 4 Dollars of Revenge Blu-ray Review: A Double Dose of Mediocrity

When someone hears the phrase “Spaghetti Western,” there’s a damn good chance a vision of Clint Eastwood wearing a poncho ...
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Quigley Down Under Blu-ray Review: Yet Another Reason Tom Selleck Kicks Ass

”This ain’t Dodge City — and you ain’t Bill Hickok.” – Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck) confronts his former one-time employer, ...
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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Blu-ray Review: ‘Gesundeidt’

When you look at the cinematic contributions Walter Matthau left behind upon his death in 2000, one tends to commonly ...
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Malone (1987) DVD Review: Hey, Little Sister, Shotgun?

Anyone who grew up in the ’80s probably remembers seeing a certain videocassette in the stores at one point or ...
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The Stool Pigeon (2010) Blu-ray Review: Contemporary Hong Kong Action at its Finest

It’s rare that a movie can employ that timeless-yet-tired ol’ Yuletide tune, “White Christmas,” and actually not make you want ...
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The Mysterious Monsters DVD Review: Peter Graves Hunts for Bigfoot!

How would you set about trying to prove the existence of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster to skeptics and ...
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Galaxina / The Crater Lake Monster Blu-ray Review: Two Crazy Crown International Titles Go Blu

If you’ve ever seen some of the god-awful movies that independent film studio Crown International Pictures released like The Beast ...
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The River Murders DVD Review: All Kinds of Awful

I vaguely recall a time wherein actors Ray Liotta, Ving Rhames, and Christian Slater were slightly admired — maybe even ...
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My Cousin Rachel (1952) DVD Review: A Victorian Era Psychological Thriller?

What’s this? A Victorian Era psychological thriller from the writer of Rebecca and The Birds? Why, yes, indeed! Based on ...
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The Flim-Flam Man (1967) DVD Review: George C. Scott at His Most Amusing

”You can sell anything on God’s green Earth if a customer believes it’s stolen.” –George C. Scott as Mordecai C. ...
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Sugar Hill (1974) DVD Review: The Grandmother of All ’70s Blaxploitation Zombie Flicks!

”I give you your revenge! Put them to evil use; it’s all they know — or want.” - Baron Samedi ...
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The Howling: Reborn Blu-ray Review: Direct-to-Video meets Direct-to-Bargain-Bin

From the very first frame, it’s clear to even a single-celled organism with a solitary intelligence quota point that The ...
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Act of Vengeance (1974) DVD Review: Watch Out, Men, ‘Cuz the Rape Squad is Here!

Filmmaker Bob Kelljan started off with a promising enough career at AIP Studios in 1970 writing and directing the cult ...
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Book Review: The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood – A Highly Recommended Reference Book

Recently in the history of our humble little planet, we’ve witnessed a ruthless dictator’s toppling demise, the occupation of Wall ...
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Grayeagle DVD Review: Charles B. Pierce’s Faux Native American, er, “Epic”

During the last portion of the 20th Century, filmmakers became slightly attracted to the notion of making moving pictures about ...
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Straw Dogs (1971) Blu-ray Review: Don’t Mess With Dustin Hoffman, Dammit!

”This is where I live. This is me. I will not allow violence against this house. Don’t worry.” –David Summer ...
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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) Blu-ray Review: Why Bother?

One of the delightful things many people enjoy when watching vintage flicks from the Golden Age of Hollywood is spotting ...
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The Tempest (2010) Blu-ray Review: A Nightmare of Pretentiousness

In the recent Big Box of Wood release from S’More Entertainment, filmmaker/Ed Wood historian Ted Newsom commented that, while Wood’s ...
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Hong Kong Confidential (1958) DVD Review: Pour Yourself a Martini and Enjoy the Fun!

By 1958, Gene Barry had already established himself as something of a star among moviegoers, having won The War of ...
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Hickey & Boggs DVD Review: Definitely Worth Checking Out

”Nobody came.” “Nobody cares.” –Bill Cosby and Robert Culp as Al Hickey & Frank Boggs (respectively), ironically predicting how the ...
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The Incredible Melting Man DVD Review: ‘Epically Awful’ at its Finest

”Magnificent! You’ve never seen anything until you’ve seen the sun through the rings of Saturn!” –Alex Rebar as astronaut Steve ...
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The Magnificent Seven / Return of the Seven Blu-ray Reviews: MGM Reissues Half of a Previously-Released Set

It’s really not something that’s bound to come up in most history classes, but America has this odd tendency to ...
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Henry’s Crime Blu-ray Review: Keanu Reeves Branches Out

What is Henry’s Crime? Apart from a poor title, it’s a movie about some poor dope by the name of ...
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Norwegian Ninja DVD Review: A Tale of Bizarre Absurdist Comedy

Movies that depict events of real-life political scandals usually wind up being about as memorable as the entire career of ...
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Marley & Me: The Puppy Years Blu-ray Review: Oh, Dear God, No!

Just when you think that that god-awful mega-super-evil conglomerate known as Walmart couldn’t get any more malicious towards its ignorantly ...
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The Beaver (2011) Blu-ray Review: A Terrific Film with Some Dazzling Performances

I have literally seen several thousand movies — and I am not in any way trying to brag when I ...
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Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man DVD Review: A Truly Mind-Blowing Experience

In the early ’70s, cop flicks were all the rage. Witness, for example, the oh-so-spectacular Dirty Harry franchise from the ...
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Overboard (1987) Blu-Ray Review: A Fun Throwback to the Screwball Comedy

”Billy, there is a God and he loves me!”“You’re not gonna shave your head, are you?” Noted film critic Andrew ...
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Be Cool Blu-ray Review: The Filmmakers Should Have Followed That Advice

We’ve all heard of the wonders of “Movie Magic.” No, I’m not referring to the screenwriting software, but rather to ...
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Stake Land Blu-ray Review: It Goes for the Throat

In the film industry, all it takes is one hit. Zombieland -- a film that I really did not enjoy ...
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Beneath the Planet of the Apes Movie Review: An Extreme Guilty Pleasure

Long before the term “direct-to-video” was even so much as a twinkle in a greedy movie exec’s eye, the idea ...
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