The Crow (1994)

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A year after he and his fiancee are brutally murdered on Halloween, a young rock singer named Eric Draven comes back from the dead to “put the wrong things right”. What follows is two bloody nights of revenge as Eric tracks down the gang responsible and kills them one by one. Based on the comic of the same name by James O’Barr, The Crow is one of the first faithful comic book adaptations, and arguably one of the best. Continue reading

That Awkward Moment When You Realize Dollman Was a Stand Up Comedian

I always liked this guy as a kid.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who grew up watching him in Full Moon/Charles Band films* where he played the quick-witted, but stoic, anti-heroes in Trancers and Dollman.  I always thought he was a good actor, and up there with John Saxon as far as favorite genre guys.  Interestingly enough, I came across this while looking through the comment section of the A.V. Club’s article on the Death Wish series in which they focus on the more unpleasant aspects of the series.  I can’t deny the things they say exist, however, I think they miss the point that the films were meant to be escapist grindhouse fare, and not the treatise on conservatism it’s painted as.  The comments section, as always with the site, is incredibly entertaining as quips about the series and fond recollections are posted, as well as the inevitable Simpsons reference.  One of the more interesting comments notes the girl who played Bronson’s daughter in the first film was also the commenters history teacher.  He notes it was odd seeing her ass spray painted in a film and then going to class the next day, to which one guy says “Yeah teachers have lives outside of class, how strange!” and someone quips back “Yeah seeing a teacher naked on screen isn’t exactly the same as bumping into her at the gas station”.

*I’m going to be really embarrassed if I’m the only one who remembers Tim Thomerson.

The Conjuring (2013)

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I had the pleasure of finally seeing James Wan’s The Conjuring this past weekend.  It was a film that struck me from it’s previews as being worth a watch, and the buzz after it’s release had me greatly intrigued, but I was still on the fences as to if it’d be as good as I had heard.  By the time came for the closing credits the film had greatly assured me that yes, it was worthy of the hype. Continue reading