Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

So, after two full years of avoiding movie theatres (thanks, COVID!), I said Fuck It…now is the time. And this…this is the movie getting me back into the pilot’s seat. I have a long history with the original Top Gun, which I recounted back in 2012 when I wrote my ‘In Memory of Tony Scott’ […]

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The Batman (2022)

Ok, Full Disclosure Time – I had to watch this newest cinematic iteration of Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s now classic comic book hero twice in order to get enough of a handle on how I felt about it that these scribbles would happen. And that’s kinda weird. The ENTIRE POINT of this blog is […]

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Moonfall (2022)

Oh, Roland Emmerich…what have you done?! When it comes to the films of this German disaster movie maestro, generally you know what you’re going to get, for better or worse. The man basically reinvigorated the alien invasion / disaster movie genre back in 1996 with the massive summer blockbuster Independence Day (after having previously found […]

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Nightmare Alley (2021)

Cronos (1993) Mimic (1997) The Devil’s Backbone (2001) Blade 2 (2002) Hellboy (2004) Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008) Pacific Rim (2013) Crimson Peak (2015) The Shape of Water (2017) What do these titles all have in common, aside from all ranging from Good to Great on the Quality Scale? They were […]

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The Last Duel (2021)

I feel for Ridley Scott. I really do. Of late, the rightfully revered director (and one of my personal favorites) has been unfairly lambasted for the last decade for many of his recent directorial efforts. Now I’m not saying that some of the criticism hasn’t been warranted, as in some cases, it most certainly has […]

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No Time to Die (2021)

“Bond. James Bond.” These immortal words have played a part in my life going back to early childhood and all those sleepovers at my great aunt’s house in the mid 80’s, where she had a good number of the Connery / Moore flicks on VHS that I would always get to check out whenever my […]

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Dune (2021)

Otherwise known as Dune Part One, if you go by the onscreen title. I was 7 years old when David Lynch’s much maligned adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic 1965 novel (the first of many) was released and I was all for it, without really knowing why. At the time, I was devouring all things science […]

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Halloween Kills (2021)

As I’ve mentioned in past reviews, ad nauseum, I’m a child of the 80’s / 90’s and as a result, I was privy to, and obsessed with, horror flicks that came out in that wonderful time period, that Golden Age of Cinema. During the 80’s in particular, we gore fans were swamped with all manner […]

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Streets of Fire (1984)

Streets of Fire is one of those 80’s flicks that I’d frequently heard of in the pop culture peripherals, but never saw and actually knew very little about. I knew that Walter Hill (Last Man Standing), who’s films I generally love, directed it, that it had a weird, stylized and off-kilter in-film universe and involved […]

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Worth Pondering

A short story by LR Forgues Started Oct 6, 2021 — When it was late and dark, as it was now, his mind tended to wander. Not too far, mind you, there was still a job to do. But just far enough to tickle a deep-rooted intellectual curiosity, which was a most welcome distraction on […]

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