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November 19, 2015

Movie Review: Ride or Die (Digital Playground - 2015)

Reviewed by: Rick L. Blalock - November 19, 2015

Starring :
Mia Malkova
Riley Reid
Aidra Fox
Lola Foxx
Selena Rose
Derrick Pierce
Ike Diezel
Karlo Karrera
Marco Banderas
Toni Ribas

Mia Malkova, the sexy ex-street racer, is happily conforming to her life as a CIA agent until she’s sent to the boardroom and gets handled. Her new assignment is to go undercover in the street racing community and locate the Grip Gang, a racing threesome consisting of Selena Rose, Lola Fox and Aidra Fox, who’ve hijacked a government truck. She hasn’t raced since her father passed away, but now she must face her inner demons and go full throttle - fuck her way in or face jail time!

(Runtime - 2 hr. 26 mins.)


For my next review, I thought that i'd visit this 2014 film from Digital Playground, called RIDE OR DIE, which stars Mia Malkova. To describe the film in a sentence, RIDE OR DIE, is essentially Digital Playground's answer to THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise.

In the film, Mia Malkova is "Fiona Getz", a young woman who has already be through a lot in life. She grew up having a famous stock car racer for a father, one who was killed on the track. Later, she also ended up in the arms of an abusive, and corrupt boyfriend, who is now serving time in prison, because Fiona turned him in. The film finds her currently working a comfortable desk job at the Police department. A job that she actually prefers. However, things get a lot more interesting for her, when she is called upon to go undercover in the world of illegal street racing. Due to her experience with racing, her higher ups see no one better for the task. The department is now covering a case involving a gang of street racers, who are working side by side with the cartel. The gang has been hijacking, intelligent, military grade computer chips, powerful enough to control military drones, and putting them into the hands of the cartel, and cartel boss, "Toni". With the illegal operation ongoing, the Police need to get someone inside their world. At first, Fiona, who has spent some time distancing herself from racing, is reluctant to go in, but eventually realizes that she has no other choice, but to gear up and go full throttle. She dives right in by infiltrating the world of a guy named Vincent Smith, a wealthy entrepreneur, who has a liking of street racing. Vincent throws parties, and hosts big money races at his establishment, and it is during such night that Fiona poses as an eager street racer. However she does not go unnoticed, She is almost immediately recognized on account of her father, Simon, who, as it turns out, is someone that almost everyone there idolizes - Vincent included. Because of this, they of course, allow Fiona into their circle. Fiona then takes to the streets for her first race, and surprisingly, she comes out on top, thus winning big money. This impresses Vince, who works to get closer to the new racer. They do eventually become close, however, it is when Vincent's rebellious sister, Lisa(Riley Reid) is apprehended by the cops, that Fiona's cover is blown. It is also at that time revealed that Lisa has ties to the head of the cartel. Because of this, the Police ask for Vincent's help, when it comes to cracking down on the gang's operation. First, however, Vincent is upset, as he feels as though he has been betrayed by his girl, Fiona. But of course, he eventually agrees to go deep to avoid punishment of his own. From there, the stage is set for one more race, and seeing as members of the gang have entered, Fiona and Vincent work together in hopes of putting an end to them, before more microchips can be delivered.

November 18, 2015

Love, Anonymous(ADAM & EVE - 2015)

Reviewed by: Rick L. Blalock - November 18, 2015

Starring :

Julia Ann
Britney Amber
Charlotte Stokely
Ryan McLane
Bianca Breeze
Tyler Nixon
Van Wylde
Jade Nile


Gentle cougar, hot-bodied MILF and all around lust object Julia Ann discovers an anonymous love poem inside a book. Thinking it was written for her, things start to go a little crazy at her café bake shop.

(Runtime - 2 hr. 14 mins.)


Love is abound, but so is confusion and misunderstanding, in this romantic comedy from Adam & Eve. LOVE, ANONYMOUS proves that confusion can go a long way.

In the film, Julia Ann is "Emily", an owner of a bakery called "Sweet Dixie". She is a woman who longs for love, and has yet to experience it, although she has been seeing Link for sometime. While Link, has shown interest, her desire for love just hasn't yet been fulfilled. However, that all seems to change when she discovers a mysterious poem, which had been tucked away in a book, which had been written anonymously. After reading the poem, all signs point to a younger co-worker named Randy, who may, or may not have been dropping hints earlier. Convinced that it's him, Emily comes onto Randy strongly, only to later come to find Randy himself finding the mysterious poem. It's a poem, which he believes to have been written by his boss, about him, as a result of their sexual encounter the previous night. From there, a trend occurs, as the poem in question makes its way into many hands at "Sweet Dixie", resulting in sweet chaos, tangled in love, and misunderstanding. The poem, causes mass confusion for all involved, who in the end find the true meaning of love individually. Who would have thought that such a simple love poem could cause so much trouble?

November 17, 2015

Movie Review: "Man, Pride and Vengeance" (1967; Constantin Film/Blue Underground)

...often, this reviewer had been chastised and heckled by some of the more seasoned ( having 18 to 25 years aged seniority over me) film collectors and aficionados in varied cult film discussion group circles, for not having any measure of appreciation for the western genre. Without missing a beat, this reviewer is equally quick to set things straight with those critics, obligingly calling forth the contrary, in assuming and maintaining a most ardent appreciation of the western genre...though, not so much the stereotypically melodic, almost vaudevillian adaption of the genre, cinematically depicted in the olden-golden days of the '30's and '40's, but more the latter rendered 'western genre' which depicted the Wild West era in a much more gritty, unrelenting, unflinching and historically brutal & harsh fervor...something with...well, something with more of a 'realistic' bite, than a ballad...

...let's face it: Seth McFarland's bumbling and cowardly, albeit keenly perceptive character, in the director's hilarious send-up to the American Western...2014's Spaghetti Western film-title inspired "A Million Ways to Die in the West"...hit the nail resoundly on the head, when describing the hard, desperate and oh-so deadly times of that particular era. Life, at that time, was hardly that found in western films produced, circa early '50's and before...of stereotypical dashing, clean-cut heroes, who although exceptional with the gun, and unafraid to wrestle up some well-choreographed fist-i-cuffs, never got a scratch on them, wore brightly colored tunic shirts with embroidery & dangly tassels, rode whistle-responding horses as blindingly white as their ten-gallon hats, and almost always had a weather-worn guitar, strapped to their backs, which they would pull out and melodically strum, in between conflicts, out on the so-called 'lone prairie'. With the exception of the seasoned, weathered and 'been around', though still possessing a hint of once-beauty bar keep, as well as the typical segregated brothel of 'fallen' ladies, living just on the outskirts of dusty town, the women were pretty much naive, innocent, virginal and, for lack of a better term, 'polly pure-bred'. And the 'hive of villainy', as self serving and despicable as they might be, always managed to initiate their diabolical ways in such a way that somehow, the hero of the story always managed to save the day, in the end (...a credit to the film writers of the time; after all, we wouldn't want the bad guys to win, right??). The classic vaudevillian, stove-top-pipe high hat-wearing, mustache-twirling 'Snidley Whiplash' type...yes, ruthless, greedy and conniving, but hardly the sadistic, blood-thirsty and power-mad 'bad guys', which would punctuate the brand of western film, yet to come...or rather, yet to be imported, as of the early-to-mid '60's...

November 16, 2015

Movie Review: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015)

Directed by Peter Pau and Tianyu Zhao

Movie Review by Greg Goodsell

In a fantastical universe set in the 16th century – or so, demi-Gods, demons and mortals coexist. The demons of hell are anxious to return to the earthly plains to raise a ruckus. Hu City, a Chinese every town on the Silk Road has recently suffered through some “demon issues.”

Semi-God Zhang Daoxian, played by Winston Chao volunteers to save the city, and sends protégé Zhong Kui (Kun Chen) to hell to steal the Dark Crystal. The egotistical Zhong endures corporal pain to master demon-slaying techniques. Zhang grants Zhong the ability to conjure up his demonic alter-ego – resulting in a really BAD bit of computer animation that one would see in a second-tier video game -- Demon King lets loose the snow spirit Xueqing (Bingbing Li, “Transformers 4”) and dispatches her to Hu City to reclaim the crystal. Arriving with a caravan of female demons in the guise of a hoochie-coochie dance troupe, she mesmerizes Zhong, who believes she is his lost love, Little Snow. Throw in lots of so-what battles and a drag queen warrior and you have more of the same from the Chinese film indus

Movie Review: Places in the Heart (1984)

Directed by Robert Benton

Movie Review by Greg Goodsell

Edna Spalding (Sally Field, in her second Oscar win for Best Actress) is a Depression-era mother of two small children who suffers an incredible tragedy. Her sheriff husband is killed by accident in a drunken altercation with a black teenager. Justice in small town Texas in 1935 being what it is, the kid is dragged behind a truck as her husband’s body is laid out on the kitchen table prior to burial. Unable to write a check, let alone earn a living, the town’s slimy banker (Lane Smith) reminds Edna she has less than $200 saved and suggests she sell her farm, move in with relatives or put her kids in an orphanage. Edna balks at this, and sticks to her guns.

Opportunity literally comes knocking in the form of black hobo Moze (Danny Glover), who pesters her for work in exchange for a hot meal. Stealing some spoons off her table before high tailing it, a sheriff catches him, drags him before Edna and in an amazing act of compassion, she denies the charges, which sets him free. Moze proves to be a Godsend, as he has a hands-on experience in cotton farming, just the thing to turn around the unused land on her property to keep her creditors at bay.

November 13, 2015

Movie Review: The Eternal Return of Antonis (2013)

Oh boy. It’s a drama. It also seems to be one of those films that’s making some kind of social commentary on the world at large or whatever. This one comes to us from Greece. To quote the back of the DVD, this movie is a “...dark and artful satire on fame in the modern world.”

Fuck. Me.

The Eternal Return of Antonis is about a man named Antonis (go figure) who has been a television broadcaster for 20 years. Apparently his star is fading so he fakes his own kidnapping to get back into the main spotlight. His buddy either owns or has access to an empty hotel out in the boondocks which is perfect. Antonis can hide out there for a few weeks until it’s just the right time to spring back in the world no worse for the wear!

Though the pantry is kept fully stocked (thanks to his friend’s infrequent visits), and there is plenty to keep him occupied (karaoke, wine and cigars, tennis court, pool, molecular gastronomy DVD) the weeks of isolation take their toll on Antonis and he begins to crack.

Not only does he send a ransom note to the TV station he works for but he also cuts off his own finger as ‘evidence’ that the kidnappers mean business. Eventually (seriously, that wasn’t enough?) an entire colony of bats comes home to roost in Antonis’s belfry and he snaps completely.

That addiction to fame and attention is a bitch, eh?

Movie Review: Hits (2014)

David Cross writes and directs a tale of fame set in the small town of Liberty, NY.  The film shows how the internet can make you famous, even if it wasn't the way you intended for it to happen.

Meredith Hagner plays Katelyn, a nineteen year old girl with a dream to be on the NBC television show, "The Voice."  She feels she has what it takes and is willing to do just about anything to be heard.

Katelyn's father Dave, who is brilliantly played by Matt Walsh, has issues with his city council.  He continues to go to the town halls and is shut down.  This has progressively made him more upset and the videos of his city council outbursts have become mildly popular on YouTube.  This is where Donavan(James Adomian) comes in.  He becomes quite interested in Dave's cause when his drug dealer(Michael Cera) shows Donavan and his wife(Erinn Hayes) the YouTube video.  Donavan, who lives in New York City, and his group of friends are part of an internet group called "Think Tank" and he feels Dave is the perfect subject.

Everything culminates in the small town of Liberty.  Katelyn is looking to record a demo, Dave is becoming more and more popular on the internet, Donavan is surprised by the amount of attention, and there are a lot more characters that have integral parts within this story.

David Cross masterfully weaves all of the characters into this film.  There is a lot going on, but he finds a way to give each character enough screen time so that you are able to keep up with this interweaving tale.  There are also characters who may play small roles but had me laughing out loud.  Derek Waters was remarkably funny in his role as the awkward and always hungry Larson.

Those that are looking for fame do find it.  It just doesn't come the way they might have thought it would.

I'm giving "Hits" three out of five Pile Drivers.  Definitely worth watching if you like a tragic comedy.

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November 12, 2015

Movie Review: Wanted (Wicked Pictures - 2015)

Reviewed by: Rick L. Blalock - November 12, 2015
Starring :

Annika Albrite
Cassidy Klein
Amber Rayne
Jodi Taylor
Stormy Daniels
Allie Haze
Jessica Drake
Chanel Preston
Mia Li
Brendon Miller
Tommy Gunn
Ryan McLane
Steven St. Croix

Brad Armstong
Eric Masterson
J. Crew
Dick Chibbles


The sheriff of Diablo City is as crooked as they come. He has a plan to steal a valuable deed from a woman by wrongfully accusing her of murder and having her hanged. After an impromptu rescue, four women find themselves both outlaws and unlikely friends in a race against time.

(Runtime - 2 hr. 59 mins.)


In the Adult Western, WANTED, from WICKED PICTURES and Stormy Daniels, chaos ensues when a a wealthy ranch owner dies. Confusion and greed erupts in the town of Diablo City Arizona, when a Prostitute named Joanna is blamed for Frank Garrett's death by Sheriff Clayton. In reality, Garrett loved Joanna, who suddenly dies shortly after seeing her for one last time. But not before giving her a valuable deed to a portion of his ranch, as well as a map to a secret location, indidicating that something valuable could be found there(although he wasn't specific as to what). After Clayton discovers the deed in her possession, he believes that money was the motive for killing Frank, and orders Joanna hanged, However, but before the hanging can go down, Joanna is courageously saved by 3 women(Dani, Birdie, and Lilah), as well as Frank's assistant, Samuel - who knows the truth regarding his former colleague and Joanna. After narrowly escaping a gunfight with Clayton and his Deputy, the group takes to the dusty trails, on horseback, as they hide out, and then later go searching for the location on Frank's map. Unfortunately for them however, they are soon pursued by not only Clayton, but also a Bounty Hunter named Morgan. Clayton just so happens to have caught wind of the map also, while Morgan, who was previously tracking Dani across several states, suddenly finds even more incentive, when she, of course, becomes a wanted woman. It seems that Morgan, and one Danielle "Dani" Deauxregard have themselves a storied history. As it is told to us: 5 years ago, while Dani was working as a Prostitute on Bourbon street in Louisiana, the two crossed paths. It was also on that night, that the rather sneaky Dani took the man for his money. Ever since then, the man has hoped to take her in. However, it doesn't make the situation any easier, in that he just might love her. When it comes down to it, however, Morgan agrees to accompany them on their trip(as Dani hopes to make enough money off of her cut of the wealth that they achieve with what is found via the map, so that she may help her best friend Birdie save her family's property), just as long as she agrees to let him bring her in after it's all said and done. While on the trail, and elsewhere, many sexual encounters occur, before Dani and the others are faced with one last showdown with the Sheriff, as they fight for wealth, freedom, and yes, love as well.

November 11, 2015

Movie Review: Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012)

A Native American artifact is stolen from an Apache casino and now a quirky bunch of Elvis impersonators, crooked cops, blonde haired women, guns for hire and more are on the hunt for it.

I love a good heist movie and I even like a bad one if the story is goofy enough.  This falls into the latter.  There are actually quite a few decent actors in this film and it was cool to see them working together.  Christian Slater totally fits the role as the main character, John Smith, who gets wrapped up in all the silliness that is a movie about Elvis impersonators hunting down a Native American mask.

As in all heist movies, there are twists and turns that I won't get into here, but they do keep you entertained.  At times it looks like things start looking up for John Smith, and then something happens(usually a hit to the face).  Slater's portrayal as the main character was extremely fun and kept the movie going.  His part made me think of his roles from the late 80s/early 90s where his career was at it's peak.

The person who shares a lot of time with Slater is "The Girl Next Door," played by Megan Park.  There was excellent chemistry between the two of them on screen making her a surprise of the film.

If you can get past the first five minutes, you should be fine the rest of the way with this film.  Although I felt most people played their parts the way they were intended, I did not like Helena Mattsson's line delivery.  She's an absolutely gorgeous assassin who quotes Edgar Allen Poe poetry before she shoots people.  Problem is, she doesn't sound confident doing it.  I'm assuming she was going for sensual but there's a crack or something else off in her delivery and it just comes off poorly.

The Elvis impersonators are great with Chris Kattan as "Gay Elvis," Anthony Brandon Wong as "Asian Elvis," Tony Cox as "Midget Elvis"- I mean "Little Person Elvis," and Gary Oldman as "Elvis Elvis."

Powers Booth is "The Rancher" and has a very Boss Hog look going for him.  Dane Cook and Sam Trammell are the Sheriffs.  The film even has Jeff Fahey and Matthew Willig as hit-men with cool nicknames.

Overall, I think that Michael Winnick as writer/director put together an okay film.  It was a lot of fun with cheesy over the top action and goofy lines.  It was definitely better than I expected.

On a scale of up to 5, I'm giving "Guns, Girls and Gambling" 3 Pile Drivers.

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November 10, 2015

Movie Review: Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman (2012)

A video game loving DJ named Santiago(Matias Oviedo) overhears a conversation he should not have involving mob boss Che Longana(Jorege Alis).  In order to get out of being killed, Santiago says he is able to bring them the Machine Gun Woman(Fernanda Urrejola) - dead or alive.

I'm sure you can guess by the name, that this movie does not take itself too seriously.  Director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza puts this film together in a really fun and creative way.  The movie looks like you're playing the video game Grand Theft Auto in the country of Chile.  Characters are introduced with a video game look and once Santiago gets started on his "mission," you will feel like you're watching the game. The shots of the car on the way to missions and the final battle scene shows that this was the exact look they were going for.

The flow of the film works for what it is going for and the run time is only 73 minutes.   If you're in the mood for something artsy and Oscar-worthy, you will want to look elsewhere.  If you're looking for late night laughs, insane violence and fun cheese then give it a shot.

"Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman" is subtitled as it was shot in Spanish.  The original title is, "Traiganme la Cabeza de la Mujer Metralleta."

On the scale of up to 5 Pile Drivers, "Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman" receives 3.

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November 7, 2015

TV on DVD Review: The Great American Dream Machine

                       Reviewed by:

                        James D.

The Great American Dream Machine more than likely inspired Saturday Night Live and maybe the direction National Lampoon and films like The Groove Tube went into. This show created by PBS’s own Alvin H. Perlmutter what a very thought provoking and at times funny variety show that only lasted from 1971 to 1972. Who would have guessed at one time PBS was so daring to air a show like this. This show seems to remind me of The Daily Show, it has a humor to it but it also has such an odd way of getting its point across. The show has an earnest feel but yet at times seems to struggle with fully getting its point exactly out there without some comical moment that feels thrown in. There are no 2 episodes that are like each other. This show has such an unpredictability that you are not even sure what they are going to throw at you.

The show is very uneven and at times come across as a cluster, but the fascination really provides the base that people could be invested in what is happening. This show does a great service at showing us how this country was at the time, where we meet people like an Evil Knievel or a Mel Torme. This film is also a mixture that works to an extent of music, personal opinion pieces, performance art and short films.

Movie Review: Primer (2004)

Aaron(Shane Carruth) and Abe(David Sullivan) have an invention.  They don't know what it is or what it does, but they know they have something.  They find out they have a time machine that makes it possible to go back a short time in the past.  The two have issues with how to use the time that they now have.

Primer is the type of movie that puts your brain into think mode.  I'm actually going to watch it again just so that I can help myself piece together the amount of times the two friends use the time machine.

The camera shots are really weird in this movie.  The opening scene is a shot from the ceiling angled down with a light in in the upper portion of the screen and the garage door in the background.  The next scene in the kitchen/dining area has the camera on the counter top, with the edge of the counter top showing.  There were other shots that just had too much showing of people's backs or other objects in the foreground that weren't vital for the scene.  By no means, am I an expert as far as directing goes, but there were so many scenes that were visually bothersome and it took away from the movie-watching experience.

November 6, 2015

Movie Review: The Zero Theorem (2013)

Qohen Leth(Christoph Waltz) is a talented computer operator in a futuristic world.  Qohen lives a very isolated life and it's due to his faith that he will be receiving a phone call.  He doesn't know when, so he has centered his life around working and waiting for the phone call.

Qohen is put on a project by Management(Matt Damon) to prove the Zero Theorem.  Proof that at if the universe ends, there truly is nothing.  The film explores the faith of people and what drives them.  It is explored wonderfully as you see Qohen giving up on experiences that would make him a happier person, but he needs to know what that phone call is.

The visuals in director Terry Gilliam's film help push the faith drive.  Qohen lives in an abandoned church with eyes on him at all time, much how people feel with religion.  The biggest visual metaphor would be the giant crucifix with Jesus' head removed and replaced with a camera.

The pace of the movie wasn't the fastest but overall I didn't get bored watching, especially with Christoph Waltz in the lead role.  Watching him deal with love, friendship, trying new foods and the like felt very organic.  Melanie Thierry as Bainsley was a delight to watch as well as her relationship with Qohen was played out incredibly well.  Lucas Hedges as Bob started off as someone I really did not like, but he turned out to be the most reasonable voice of the film.

Movie Review: Halloween Hell (2015)

Ed Hardy is back after a long hiatus to give us another glimpse of gory horror in Halloween Hell. The director, most notable for the late 70s and early 80s efforts Bloody Birthday, Plague and Alien Warrior. As a fan of the time period, and Ed's films in general, I was eagerly anticipating this new venture. I remembered the gory practical effects and solid characterization on a budget that was a hallmark of an Ed Hunt film. Halloween Hell has a portion of that, which is great, but it suffers from a reliance on digital effects that are, truly, sub par and a talent pool that was drained before shooting began. Still, there are moments of really effective horror filmmaking but they are hampered by budgetary and talent constraints.

November 5, 2015

Movie Review: Tusk (2014)

It's no secret to anyone who knows me or listens to the podcasts I've been on that I am a huge Kevin Smith fan.  From the first time I watched Clerks I was enthralled with his work.

I finally got around to watching Tusk and at first I wasn't sure what I thought of it.  There's the Kevin Smith humor but it's mixed in with a little bit of a Human Centipede-esque type of film.

Tusk is about an obnoxious podcast host(Justin Long) who travels to Canada to interview an internet sensation.  Unfortunately for him, he is unable to get the interview but he finds out about another person(Michael Parks) who seems like he may be interesting to talk to as well.  Things don't go well and the podcast host will go through some serious changes.

Smith is able to get the most out of the actors in this film.  Michael Parks is masterful as the walrus aficionado.  Justin Long plays his part as the podcast host as excellently as well.  As with most Kevin Smith films, the cameos are fun to watch for(I didn't even recognize Johnny Depp, guess I better watch it again).  The Canadian humor is funny as well.

As for the film itself, it wasn't exactly my favorite.  That's not to say I didn't enjoy the film, it's just not one I would watch regularly.  It's definitely worth checking out but be warned, it's not for those of you with a weak stomach.

On a scale of one to five, Tusk recieves Four Pile Drivers.

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Scream XXX: A Porn Parody (Vivid, 2011)

Reviewed by Rick L. Blalock - November 5, 2015

Do not answer the phone, do not open the door, do not forget the lube. Making porn parodies can be MURDER 

(Runtime - 2 hr. 6 mins.)
Well, here's something a little different. As we all know, the Adult Industry now has an abundance of porn parodies. Granted there were a few here and there, which were sprinkled about in the '80s, but these days, porn has, just about parodied everything. From "I Love Lucy", to Batman, it's all been done, and at present, it continues. So imagine a porn parody, which parodies a popular film, while at the same time, parodies itself, and other films like it. That is exactly what you have here with the Axel Braun Production, SCREAM XXX: A PORN PARODY.

This film which was both written and directed by Eli Cross, centers around the on-goings of a porn set. Cross, whom plays himself in the film, leads a production for label Vibrant Video(get it? The film is/was initially distributed by Vivid Video). The production is a parody of the mainstream film franchise, STAB. Although popular, the STAB series was brought to a halt when the real life killer, in which the series was based, laid the waste the film's cast and crew alike. The town is still shaken by the event, however the show rolls on for porno. It has now been some time since the tragedy, and Eli Cross and company are now rolling on their porn parody. However, I guess it should be no shock when the porn production too, hits an all too familiar snag, when the film's starlet, Lily LaBeau is found dead after a day of shooting. A victim of 53 stab wounds. However, the death of one of the film's stars does little to deter Cross, who wishes to keep going. However, soon, the production of STAB XXX begins to quickly fall apart, not only due to on set turmoil between the cast and crew, but also because the killer, dubbed "Clownface"(The film uses the Ghostface mask from SCREAM, with a clown nose attached), how begun to pick off all who remain. As it would appear, the person who is under the guise of Clownface isn't exactly a fan of the so-called porn parody, and hopes to put an end to them, once and for all.

Movie Review: Bloody Knuckles

Reviewed by James DePaolo

Bloody Knuckles is, quite possibly, the most fun you will have this Halloween if you are not out trick or treating. This is an outrageous comedy that combines Idle Hands with Street Trash to give us this very bold violent comic nugget of fun. This film shows us what can happen when a comic book artist makes a comic about a Chinese crime lord. Travis has created this comic book called “Vulgar Invasions”, which one issue caught the eyes of Leonard Fong who is a ruthless head of a street gang. After Travis signs the comic for Fong, well Fong takes a portable hand saw and cuts off his writing hand. They take the hand and throw it into a sewer. Travis turns to malt liquor to heal his pain. Travis’s hand takes on a life of its own and decides to persuade Travis to get revenge on the ones who did this to him and continue with the comic book. This film has such a dark sense of humor that you are never quite sure where the material is heading. At times the ride is a bit bumpy, there are some pacing issues and some of the situations do fall a tad short. The acting in the film was fine; it displayed depth with the character of Travis, especially in the scenes where he argues with his own hand. While the material in the man vs hand argument never goes over the top as Ash was in Evil Dead II, it still had a fun spirit to it.

November 1, 2015

Interracial Sex Havoc #11: 1996 – 1997

The Interracial Sex Havoc project is a reviews selection of films that contain at least one interracial sex scene. I am focusing on regular films (both independent and major studios productions), but select adult films are also included. The present chapter is about movies released from 1996 to 1997. I reviewed many goodies, including a Jon Voight film and a Russell Crowe flick. So, enjoy!

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)

Ashtray [Shawn Wayans from White Chicks (2004)] lives in the hood but he doesn’t like the violence and poverty that comes with it and he wants to fall in love and move away. He meets Dashiki [Tracey Cherelle Jones from Baby Boy (2001)] who is a psychotic single mother with 7 kids that seem to be from many ex-boyfriends. There is also a black activist who is has sex with a white girl or two but we see none of that; it is implied though as a shot of a moving vehicle suggests intercourse.

This is essentially a parody of all the “hood” movies that were popular in the mid-‘90s and although it is insanely hilarious as a satire (benefiting by exaggerating stereotypes), it also works as a genuine comedy. This is because director Paris Barclay [who you may know from his TV work] throws everything in and it somehow manages to stick successfully. It was budgeted at $3.8 million and it grossed more than $20 million which means that audiences liked it too.

October 31, 2015

Movie Review: Some Kind of Hate (2015)

Reviewed By: James D.

Let’s be fair, 2015 has not been a stellar year for horror films. Some Kind of Hate, I feel is here to change all that. What It Follows promised to deliver but ultimately failed upon is what Some Kind of Hate delivers and keeps on delivering. In horror, when we hear words like “originality” and “ cutting edge”, we are always fearful of a film that is going to get so over-hyped that when we do get to see it our expectations are going to be so high that the film may not live up to it. Some Kind of Hate is a film that took a simple concept and really transformed it into quite frankly a very effective and unique film.

 The film opens with Lincoln Taggert who is that kid in school who is both troubled and does not fit in. He is constantly bullied and one day decides to defend himself. He gets in trouble and is sent to this reform program in the middle of nowhere with other troubled kids. When he gets there he meets a girl who he takes a liking to who is just as messed up as he is. He also meets a group of bullies like the ones who haunted him at school. They hear from Lincoln’s roommate that when he gets mad he gets violent, so they want to test him to see the violent side come out. Lincoln want to be left alone and just do his stint and go back home.

October 30, 2015

Movie Review: The Lazarus Effect (2015)

David Gelb directs this film about medical students who have found a way to bring the dead back to life.  This isn't a zombie film like Re-Animator since the dead come back fully functional, or so it seems.

The Lazarus formula had been in development for quite some time when there is finally a breakthrough in their testing.  Animals were the first subjects and when it finally worked, the results came as quite a surprise.  The formula not only brings the dog Rocky back to life there seem to be some unexpected side effects.  The Lazarus formula is put to the test later in the film when an unfortunate accident puts a friend in death's way.

Dream sequences lead you into a backstory that helps put the film together and expound on the motivation behind Olivia Wilde's character Zoe.  The limited amount of people in the cast really helps this movie as, with only an hour and twenty three minutes of run time, you have just enough time to get who they are and why they are important in their respective roles.