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Podcast: Damien Riley and Beverly Hills Cop

Damien Riley of Talking Stars fame has started his own spin-off podcast. When he asked me to make a guest appearance, I suggested we talk about the Eddie Murphy classic franchise of films, Beverly Hills Cop. It's a fun and relaxed look at the three films that make up this trilogy of classic 80's action… Continue reading Podcast: Damien Riley and Beverly Hills Cop

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Film Reviews

Rampage (2018)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan Director: Brad Peyton Back in 1986, there was an arcade game where you played as a giant animal with the goal of destroying whole cities before the military could kill you. Rampage is perhaps the last game you would expect to get a film adaptation, and is… Continue reading Rampage (2018)

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Preview: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Starring: Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J Blige Director: John Stevenson The garden gnomes are back, in this follow up to Gnomeo and Juliet (2011). When their owners move to London, Gnomeo (McAvoy) and Juliet (Blunt) find themselves put in charge of a new garden that needs… Continue reading Preview: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Film Reviews

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillen, Kevin Hart, Jack Black Director: Jake Kasdan Jumanji, the evil board game that sucks people in and traps them or unleashes jungle creatures into the homes of the players has evolved. Since no one plays board games, it hides itself as a computer console, and tricks four teens in detention… Continue reading Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

Starring: Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell, Edmond O'Brien Director: Frank Tashlin You won't find many Jayne Mansfield movies in academic lists of classic films. Partly because she didn't make very many before she died in a car accident, and partly because her films are not considered very high brow. Many people felt that she was the… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

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Lady Bird (2017)

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges Director: Greta Gerwig In 2002, a teen (Ronan) who prefers to be called Lady Bird is in the last year of High School, and struggling with her identity and her future. While she is highly creative and intelligent, she doesn't have the best grades,… Continue reading Lady Bird (2017)

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Coco (2017)

Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Miguel is a little boy who dreams of being a musician. But because on of his ancestors ran away and abandoned the family, music is banned, and Miguel is on track to join the families shoe-making business. On the night of Dia… Continue reading Coco (2017)

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Preview: Mom And Dad (2017)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Lance Henriksen Director: Brian Taylor Writer/director Brian Taylor brought us Crank (2006) and Gamer (2009), which in some ways tells you what to expect here: an amusing and violent commentary on modern day social troubles that's also a fun ride. In this film, a family lives in modern,… Continue reading Preview: Mom And Dad (2017)

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Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Howl’s Moving Castle on ScreenMayhem.com

Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the magical fairy tale fantasy of Howl's Moving Castle.… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Howl’s Moving Castle on ScreenMayhem.com

Film Reviews

The Disaster Artist (2017)

Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Allison Brie Director: James Franco Back in the early 2000's, a man called Tommy Wiseau made a film called The Room. It's one of the weirdest, worst films ever. And yet... it's so bad that it's incredibly entertaining. It's reached cult status over the years, and has regularly… Continue reading The Disaster Artist (2017)