It has been some time since I went overboard and put together one of these long-winded end-of-year summaries; I think the last time I did anything like this was when I last "hosted" my own little version of the Academy Awards presentation -- circa 2016, I think? Long-time readers remember this annual feature as The … Continue reading Year in Review: 2018 on Thomas J! (Part 1 of 2)
Release: Friday, April 6, 2018 →Theater Written by: Bryan Woods; Scott Beck; John Krasinski Directed by: John Krasinski As a relatively newly minted father himself, actor-director-Scranton prankster John Krasinski seems to be sharing with us in his horror debut something deeply personal, an epiphany that has struck him, like it might another parent, as horrifying: There will eventually … Continue reading A Quiet Place
Release: Friday, March 23, 2018 →Theater Written by: Jonathan Bernstein; James Greer Directed by: Steven Soderbergh Steven Soderbergh is to date the most recognizable filmmaker to have publicly touted the virtues of making movies using your own smartphone. We aren't talking Instagram videos of course, but full-length feature films. In this case, a gritty horror film about a … Continue reading Unsane
Release: Friday, February 23, 2018 →Theater Written by: Alex Garland Directed by: Alex Garland Annihilation is the reason for many things. It is the reason why science fiction is my cinematic genre of choice -- there is something thrilling about breaking the rules and getting away with it, and here is a world in which the laws of … Continue reading Annihilation
Release: Friday, August 12, 1983 →YouTube Written by: Don Carlos Dunaway; Lauren Currier Directed by: Lewis Teague Bad dog! Very BAD dog! When man's best friend becomes your worst enemy, you get Cujo'ed -- trapped in your 1983 Ford Gimp-mobile, fighting for your life against a rabid St. Bernard who can smell your fear and taste the salt … Continue reading October Blindspot: Cujo (1983)
To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as well as … Continue reading Month in Review: September ’17
Release: Friday, September 15, 2017 →Theater Written by: Darren Aronofsky Directed by: Darren Aronofsky No one makes movies like Darren Aronofsky. Then again, does anyone dare? With mother! the enfant terrible of modern Hollywood has produced quite possibly his most polarizing and interpretive work yet. That does take into consideration his previous effort, the controversial Noah epic. And I … Continue reading mother!
Release: Friday, June 9, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Trey Edward Shults Directed by: Trey Edward Shults Trey Edward Shults' sophomore feature It Comes at Night is a psychological horror film that traps the audience along with two families in an abandoned house in the woods that, over the course of a slow-burning 90 minutes, turns into a cauldron … Continue reading It Comes at Night
Here’s a reblog of Thoughts All Sorts’ review of The Lost Boys to wrap up Day 3 in the 2017 Decades Blogathon. You’ll find this review on my esteemed co-host’s site, Three Rows Back. Thanks everyone!
We’re onto Day 3 of the Decades Blogathon – ‘7’ edition – hosted by myself and Tom from the brilliant blog Thomas J.The blogathon focuses on movies that were released in the seventh year of the decade. Tom and I are running a different entry each day (we’ll also reblog the other’s post) and for today we’re tracking back to a movie where the hair was biiiig and there was death by stereo in 1987’s horror comedy The Lost Boys, covered by Catherine from Thoughts All Sorts.
Those ’80s. They were something weren’t they? I had a real good chuckle while watching The Lost Boys (1987) again. Had forgotten about the hairstyles, clothes and general ’80s feel. Remember those big Swatch wall watches?
This is one that I probably watch more for nostalgic value than anything else. I clearly remember being allowed to rent two videos…
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Release: Friday, October 7, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Babak Anvari Directed by: Babak Anvari For the better part of the 1980s tension between Iran and Iraq had been escalating into large-scale armed conflict, an eight-year period of violence recognized today as the Iran-Iraq War. Then-president Saddam Hussein, hoping to pounce on Iran in post-Islamic Revolution turmoil, invaded without warning … Continue reading Under the Shadow