Blockbuster Movie Tie-Ins for the Sega CD

Crazy special effects that make you feel like you’re in a virtual reality movie. Big (bigger! biggest!) budgets! A-list movie stars and directors!

Summer blockbuster season is officially here. Beyond the traditional summer movie fare of superheroes and sequels that Hollywood deluges us with each year, you can also count on longer-than-usual theater lines, extra large tubs of buttery popcorn, and a brief respite from the summer heat […]

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This Month In . . . 1993 (June)

June 1993 was all about one movie: the long-anticipated adaptation of Michael Crichton’s prehistoric Techno-thriller Jurassic Park.

In hindsight, it is hard to imagine anyone other than Spielberg at the helm of such a big-money extravaganza, but everyone from Tim Burton to Richard Donner were clambering for the hotseat until Universal finally won out and snatched the rights. Naturally, they presented their prize asset to the man who gave birth to the summer blockbuster […]

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Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

Even in the disjointed and scattershot, decades-long history of Tales from the Crypt, Demon Knight is an outlier.

From the E.C. comics of the 50’s to Amicus’s two 70’s anthology films to the HBO series in the early 90’s to whatever the hell is going on at TNT right now, the three feature-length films sporting the Tales from the Crypt banner stand in stark contrast to everything that came before. For starters, they’re not anthologies, and—if you can indulge me donning my Asshole Film Critic Hat for a moment—not very good […]

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The Glimmer Man (1996)

Seagal has starred in so many second-rate movies during the past two decades you sometimes forget he was once a rather formidable action star.

Back in his early to mid-90’s prime, he starred in some pretty decent efforts, the kind with enough of a budget to attract some top-level acting talent. Take The Glimmer Man for example. Keenan Ivory Wayans may not be first choice when it comes to a humorous, street-talking sidekick, but he’s too good for the kind of bargain-basement efforts Seagal now stars in. Similarly, Manhunter’s Brian Cox and The Shawshank Redemption’s Bob Gunton are both very fine actors whose mere presence can elevate any old nonsense you care to throw at them […]

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This Month In . . . 1991 (May)

The month of May was packed full of high-grossing box office hits, but the opening week was most notable for a stylish low-key comedy with a big heart. Based on a crime novel by Chester Himes, Bill Duke’s Rage In Harlem is a touching tale about an ingenuous churchgoer named Jackson (Forest Whitaker), who wins the heart of a salacious female grifter (Robin Givens) after becoming a key component in her latest con […]

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Say Never Again: The Untold Story of Dalton’s Third Bond Outing

Timothy Dalton’s reign as James Bond was cruelly brief, but it was also extremely important for the series as a whole.

When Dalton was finally announced as the fourth James Bond (if you count David Niven’s camp entry in the original Casino Royale), fans were more than a little dubious about the Welshman’s credentials for the role, but this was 007, and historically that has always been the case […]

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Retro Gaming Archives: May/June 1991

When any sort of new technology is made available for public consumption, there’s a portion of the population that will resist it and a portion that will embrace it wholeheartedly.

Consumers of video games are no different in this regard. 1991 was a couple of years into the 16-bit revolution thanks to home consoles such as the Turbografx-16/PC Engine and the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, but there was still a portion of the population clinging to their 8-bit NES […]

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Guess Who’s Back: The Greatest Horror Movie Franchise Trailers

What do you miss most about the good old days of home video?

Cover art is something that stands out – it made that oh so joyous experience of choosing your rental all the more joyous. Choice is the second thing that springs to mind. Sometimes you would arrive home on a Saturday evening and be thoroughly disappointed with a movie that promised so much and delivered so little. But that was part of the fun, particularly when you unearthed the kind of gem that you couldn’t wait to rent again […]

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Money Train (1995)

Back in 1992, Ron Shelton’s low-key comedy-drama White Men Can’t Jump gave us more than just basketball.

The story of two racially opposed hustlers who would form an unlikely bond both on and off the courts, the movie proved a surprise hit thanks to a heartwarming screenplay and the magical onscreen chemistry of its lead players. The film was even a favourite of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, who was probably in need of a little cheer from time to time […]

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Cinema’s Raging Bile Duct: The Skewed Morality of Fight Club

Some movies you tend to grow out of; I just didn’t expect Fight Club to be one of them.

I was 17 when David Fincher’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s transgressive novel hit the cinemas, and after seeing it I was immediately convinced that it was one of the greatest movie’s ever put to celluloid. Further watches only confirmed my feelings, but the passing of time has altered my opinion. In hindsight, it is easy to see how […]

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