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Attacks on Zach Braff's Kickstarter Campaign Amount to Class Warfare Claptrap

Attacks on Zach Braff's Kickstarter Campaign Amount to Class Warfare Claptrap

Zach Braff’s Garden State is the embodiment of everything that was awful about American indie movies in the last decade. Cute color schemes, fashionable twenty-something alienation, Natalie Portman’s mentally-ill male hipster fantasy construct causing everyone to decide they liked a terrible

'Dark Skies' Review: Genre Mashup Nicks Best Bits from Previous Shockers

'Dark Skies' Review: Genre Mashup Nicks Best Bits from Previous Shockers

Dark Skies is the latest outing from Scott Stewart, the guy who essentially remade Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive with pissed-off angels in the place of homicidal 18-wheelers in Legion. Stewart does some more borrowing in Dark Skies, but with more well-known

Gay Rocker Defends Chick-fil-A on Free Speech Grounds

Gay Rocker Defends Chick-fil-A on Free Speech Grounds

Rob Halford, the iconic banshee behind the metal mic of Judas Priest, articulated his thoughts on the Chick-Fil-A controversy over at Noisecreep while promoting the upcoming 30th anniversary re-release of his group’s celebrated album, “Screaming for Vengeance.” Halford, who himself is

HomeVideodrome: Stillman's Early Gems Flash Auteur's Conservative Streak

HomeVideodrome: Stillman's Early Gems Flash Auteur's Conservative Streak

Criterion is re-releasing two of director Whit Stillman’s gems thats decorate their prestigious collection on Blu-ray this week, “Metropolitan” and “The Last Days of Disco.” “Metropolitan” is a film that feels as though it could’ve been written by J.D. Salinger, with its preppy debutante

HomeVideodrome: Remembering the Potent Gray/Soderbergh Collaboration

HomeVideodrome: Remembering the Potent Gray/Soderbergh Collaboration

Director Steven Soderbergh and raconteur Spalding Gray collaborated in 1996 on “Gray’s Anatomy,” in which Gray described his battle with a rare ocular disease, piercing through to larger subjects involving illness and death. While he worked as an actor and

Home VideoDrome: 'Ghost Rider' Sequel Cranks Up Cage's Gonzo Spirit

Home VideoDrome: 'Ghost Rider' Sequel Cranks Up Cage's Gonzo Spirit

The film that pops to mind when seeing “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” is another Marvel Knights effort, “Punisher: War Zone.” Like “War Zone,” this movie isn’t necessarily a sequel, but it doesn’t entirely ignore its predecessor either. Both are

Home Videodrome: Give 'John Carter' a Serious Second Chance

Home Videodrome: Give 'John Carter' a Serious Second Chance

In my initial review of Disney’s “John Carter,” I said it suffered from the “‘Dune’ Syndrome,” in that it’s a film that may have a tough time penetrating an audience outside the one built-in, which was quite small for this

'Piranha 3DD' Review: Joyless Sleaze

'Piranha 3DD' Review: Joyless Sleaze

Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha 3D” is a trash movie that understood what it was and joyously reveled in its ridiculous garbage vibe. It was a remake with roots in B-movie cheapies, as it comes from the sans-3D Roger Corman/Joe Dante “Jaws”

HomeVideodrome: 'Chronicle' Reinvents Superhero, Found Footage Genres

HomeVideodrome: 'Chronicle' Reinvents Superhero, Found Footage Genres

When “Chronicle” came to theaters earlier this year, it instantly drew comparisons to Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark anime film, “Akira.” Despite their deeper cultural differences, both films invite comparison, as each of them features an unstable character who is bestowed with

HomeVideodrome: 'Gremlins 2' a Better 'Batch' than the Original

HomeVideodrome: 'Gremlins 2' a Better 'Batch' than the Original

While I enjoy “Gremlins,” I actually prefer “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.” The first one is a bit on the mean-spirited side, luring the kids in with a cute little creature before blindsiding them with disturbing violence, as well as

HomeVideodrome: 'Wicker' Sequel Barking Up Wrong Tree

HomeVideodrome: 'Wicker' Sequel Barking Up Wrong Tree

It never bodes well when directors revisit one of their classics to mine more material from it decades after the fact, and it’s especially bizarre when it happens in the low-budget world of cult horror. A recent example is Dario

HomeVideodrome: 'Iron Lady' Unworthy of Lady Thatcher's Legacy

HomeVideodrome: 'Iron Lady' Unworthy of Lady Thatcher's Legacy

There is a good movie to be made about the remarkable life and career of Margaret Thatcher. Unfortunately that film has yet to be made, as “The Iron Lady” certainly isn’t it. “The Iron Lady” suffers from incompetent direction by

HomeVideodrome: 'Muppets' Reboot Rocks

HomeVideodrome: 'Muppets' Reboot Rocks

Because I was on vacation, there will be no podcast this week. I don’t have any strong feelings of nostalgia for the Muppets. Like most kids, I watched “Sesame Street,” occasionally caught “The Muppet Show,” and I even remember seeing

HomeVideodrome: Give Unfairly Maligned 'Musketeers' a Second Look

HomeVideodrome: Give Unfairly Maligned 'Musketeers' a Second Look

On this week’s HomeVideodrome podcast, Jim talks about the upcoming headache that is SXSW, Hunter reviews “John Carter,” and we run through this week’s considerable line-up of releases.  Head over to The Film Thugs to listen! “The Three Musketeers” is a book

HomeVideodrome: Not Afraid to Love Sandler's 'Jack and Jill'

HomeVideodrome: Not Afraid to Love Sandler's 'Jack and Jill'

Due to scheduling conflicts, there will be no HomeVideodrome podcast this week.  Head on over to The Film Thugs for other shows and update. Adam Sandler movies are my comedy comfort food. Ever since the one-two punch of “Billy Madison”

HomeVideodrome: 'American Sleepover' Evokes Best of Teen Movie Genre

HomeVideodrome: 'American Sleepover' Evokes Best of Teen Movie Genre

This week on the HomeVideodrome podcast, Hunter and Jim talk about the results of the Oscars as well as run-down this week’s releases.  Head on over to The Film Thugs to give it a listen. George Lucas’ “American Graffiti” set the standard

HomeVideodrome: A 'Very' Amusing Stoner Sequel

This week on the HomeVideodrome podcast, Jim finally sees “Drive” and weighs in, Hunter reviews “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas” and Jim reveals his love affair with “A Fish Called Wanda.” Also, we discuss Ryan O’Neal’s finest moment on film in

Van Halen's 'Tattoo' a Bad Ink Job

Van Halen recently played a much-discussed show over at Cafe Wha?, a small club owned by David Lee Roth’s nonagenarian uncle. The small crowd was made up of celebrities, music industry types and journalists like Grantland’s metal guru Chuck Klosterman,