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August 2014

Robin Williams’ 10 Greatest Film Performances

From a career filled with amazing highs and several cinematic lows, the late Robin Williams will always be the benchmark between stand-up skill and dramatic depth.


My First Midnight Movie: ‘Phantom of the Paradise’

On a regular basis, yours truly will discuss many of the movie "firsts" that have occurred in his life over the last half century. Let's start with Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise.


‘Into the Storm’ Is No ‘Twister 2’

Not only is Into the Storm mindless and mediocre, it's disrespectful, as well.


The ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Are Half-Baked Heroes on a Half-Assed Shell

What happens when you substitute bombast for fun and bloat for finesse? This.


‘Kismet’ Is a Mix of ‘Arabian Nights’ and Hollywood

Warner Archive has offered up a version of the 1955 version of "Kismet", which contrasts nicely with its 1944 counterpart.


Don’t Open That Door! #61: The Aztec Mummy aka La Momia Azteca (1957)

This week on our ongoing field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them: things get spicy south of the border in The Aztec Mummy, known to Telemundo viewers as La Momia Azteca


‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Out-Whedons ‘The Avengers’

What makes James Gunn's scruffier and un-spandex'd band of reluctant heroes so appealing is how they approximate the good-hearted rogues on the raggedy charm of space westerns like Whedon’s own "Firefly".


The 10 Best Examples of Make-up Artist Dick Smith’s Genius

With his passing at age 92, this make-up wizard left behind a legacy that literally reinvented movie F/X while influencing the people who created them.


Sexism, Sanity, and Motives

Chase a Crooked Shadow trades upon sexism, but it also makes the audience question its own uncertainty about the motives and sanity of the female characters.


‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero’ Is One Pathetic Prequel

Unless you count a last act catfight between two babes that are basically disintegrating into pools of genetic stew right before our very eyes, there's not much to recommend Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.


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