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The Abominable Snowman
(1957)

There's a fall in this that's absolutely hilarious and the best part of the movie.
The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas (1958) is a movie I DVR'd this past Halloween on FXM. The storyline follows a British botanist and an overzealous American searching the Himalayas for a Yeti.... Will they find one; and if they do, will they wish they hadn't?

This movie is directed by Val Guest (Casino Royale) and stars Forrest Tucker (The Crawling Eye), Peter Cushing (Star Wars), Maureen Connell (Kill her Gently), Richard Wattis (The Man Who Knew Too Much) and Robert Brown (License to Kill).

This movie is very slow for the genre. The first 25 minutes involves random people trying to convince John not to go. Once they start the hike it's constant back and forth on who is right, the botanist or the overzealous American, about the Yeti. The monster reveal isn't until the very end and then there's a fall in this that's absolutely hilarious and the best part of the movie.

Overall this is a very average addition to the genre that is a bit disappointing. I would score this a 5/10 and recommend seeing it once.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
(2011)

Not as bad as some reviews make it out to be but isn't great either
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) is a movie I recently rewatched for the first time in a long time on Tubi. The storyline follows Edward and Bella getting married and going on their honeymoon. They have to be careful because Bella is human and can be injured from "being with Edward." When Bella becomes pregnant there's a concern if she can survive having a vampire baby...

This movie is directed by Bill Condon (Dream Girls) and stars Kristen Stewart (Snow White and the Huntsmen), Robert Pattinson (The Batman), Taylor Lautner (Abduction), Billy Burke (Drive Angry), Gil Birmingham (Hell or High Water) and Peter Facinelli (The Vanished).

This was a very uneven movie that wasn't as bad as some reviews make it out to be but isn't great either. The wedding was a bit awkward. Jake still being jealous was ridiculous as this point and unnecessary. The baby name process was also weird. The acting is inconsistent with Stewart being off as usual. The ending was good though and the perfect way to transition to the next film.

Overall this is a very average movie that's worth watching once. I'd score this a 5/10.

Fields of the Dead
(2014)

There's absolutely nothing good about this film.
Fields of the Dead (2014) is currently available on Tubi. The storyline follows a group of friends who stay the night in an old farm house. One of the friends find an old book in their room and decide to read a couple passages which awakes the dead around the farm. Can the friends survive the night?

This movie is directed by Daniel B. Iske (Monster X) and stars Mark Booker (Perfectmatch), Melanie Recker (It's Dark Here), Lara Adkins (The Wretched) and Mike Delange (The Wretched).

There's absolutely nothing good about this film. The kill to start the movie before the opening credits was weak and could have been much better. The jump scares in this were also lacking and the film focuses too much on character interactions and "missing friends" rather the horror elements. The use of blood was also a miss and the comedy elements were lame. There's really no aspects of this I liked.

Overall this is a disappointing addition to the horror genre I'd recommend skipping. I'd score this a 1/10.

Deadpool 2
(2018)

It's impossible not to like these movies.
Deadpool 2 (2018) is a movie in my DVD collection that I recently rewatched on Hulu. The storyline follows our mercenary friend who discovers a young man with powers who is being hunted by time traveling mutant, Cable. Since Cable can be anywhere at any time Deadpool will need a team to fend off the mighty Cable...

This movie is directed by David Leitch (John Wick) and stars Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern), Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men), Morena Baccarin (Gotham), T. J. Miller (Cloverfield), Brianna Hildebrand (Tragedy Girls) and Eddie Marsan (21 Grams).

It's impossible not to like these movies. Once again the soundtrack and opening credits are awesome. Deadpool will always be Ryan Reynolds greatest character and he always does such a great job of pulling in the appropriate characters from the X-Men universe. Both Cable and Juggernaut are iconic characters in the X-men universe and are delivered superbly...I just wish we had more Juggernaut than we got. The comedic content remains gold, I'll just say the storyline and comedy wasn't as good as the first film.

Overall this is another iconic addition to the super hero genre that's an absolutely must see. I would score this an 8/10 and strongly recommend it.

Doom
(2005)

I'm sure the Rock pretends this movie doesn't exist.
Doom (2005) is a movie I recently rewatched on HBOMAX. The storyline follows a group of space marines sent to a site on Mars where strange events were reported. Little do they know they're walking into the gates of hell...

This movie is directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak (Romeo Must Die) and stars Karl Urban (Pathfinder), Dwayne Johnson (Rampage), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Richard Brake (31) and Ben Daniels (Rogue One).

The storyline for this had a good set up but falls apart quickly after entering the spacecraft. The intensity and circumstances are well established but the story turns to mush quickly. The CGI is really bad so the monsters look ridiculous. The weapons are cool and some of the fight scenes are good that don't involve monsters. It's too bad because the gore when they don't overuse CGI is good. Then the movie turns into video game mode to ensure it gets a 1 or 2 rating out of 10.

Overall this movie is a bad mashup that doesn't work in any way. I'm sure the Rock pretends this movie doesn't exist. I would score this a 2/10 and recommend skipping it.

Hiroshima shitô hen
(1973)

This may not be as good as the first one but it is still an absolute must see
Yakuza Papers 2: Hiroshima Death Match (1973) is a movie that I recently rewatched on Tubi. This picture has two parallel storylines that are bound to cross. One storyline follows a young man who is sick and tired of being beat up by local gang members and takes up a new job as a hitman. A love story unfolds between him and the bosses niece. Meanwhile Shozo from the first film has joined up with a ruthless man looking to gain power within the Japanese Yakuza.

This movie is directed by Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) and stars Bunta Sugawara (Wicked Priest), Sonny Chiba (Street Fighter), Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood), Hiroshi Nawa (Zatoichi: The Fugitive) and Mikio Narita (Shadow Warriors).

The best part of this movie is definitely the action/fight sequences. Many of the action scenes combine gun shootouts with sword fighting that's breathtaking. Some of these scenes have a vast number of characters and deaths that's extremely entertaining. This has a worthwhile and intricate storyline that contains fascinating characters. Chiba and Sugawara are awesome and I adored seeing Lady Snowblood in this.

Overall this may not be as good as the first one but it is still an absolute must see. I would score this an 8/10 and strongly recommend it.

From Beyond
(1986)

This is a movie that gives you A+ special effects and gore
From Beyond (1986) is a movie I recently rewatched for the first time in a long time on Tubi. The storyline follows a science experiment where test subjects are connected to a machine and allowed to see parallel dimensions. Unfortunately for them using the machine allows other organisms to take advantage of the open portal and attack the human race...

This movie is directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) and stars Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Ted Sorel (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (Re-Animator).

This movie is absolutely outstanding. The cast is excellent top to bottom and the special effects are out of this world. Ken Foree is essentially added to the Re-Animator team and created an instant horror genre classic. I have to say the professors tapes in this is an A+ and the "Get Dressed" scene is absolutely horror gold. The gore in this is over the top good and as good as any movie from this era.

Overall this is a movie that gives you A+ special effects and gore. This is horror genre gold that I would give an easy 9.5/10 and strongly recommend.

Greased Lightning
(1977)

The triumphant nature of the main character's success was inspirational.
Greased Lightning (1977) is a movie I recently watched on HBOMAX. The storyline for this picture surrounds a moonshine driver in the 30s in southwest Virginia who is observed for his talents and recommended to join the local race tracks. He becomes one of the first ever local drivers to win a championship and then gets an invite to NASCAR where he becomes the first ever black NASCAR champ. He uses his success to better his family and neighborhood which surprises everyone due to his race...

This movie is directed by Michael Schultz (Cooley High) and stars Richard Pryor (Harlem Nights), Pam Grier (Coffy), Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys), Cleavon Little (Vanishing Point), Bill Cobbs (Demolition Man) and Noble Willingham (The Howling).

This cast is absolutely awesome, Pryor and Grier were outstanding. The car race scenes and moon shine runs were very well done and Pryor's dialogue and comedy made me smile the entire film. I also loved the steak ordering sequence at the restaurant. Beau Bridges was a nice addition to the cast also. The triumphant nature of the main character's success was inspirational.

Overall this is a worthwhile movie that is an absolute must see. I would score this a very strong 7.5/10 and strongly recommend watching this once.

Hell Fest
(2018)

Tony Todd's narration was the best part of the movie
Hell Fest (2018) is a movie I recently watched on Tubi. The storyline involves a new horror amusement theme park that is an absolutely must attend. A serial killer takes advantage of the theme and goes on a killing spree within the park.

This movie is directed by Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension) and stars Tony Todd (Candy Man), Amy Forsyth (A Christmas Horror Story), Stephen Conroy (Cell), Reign Edwards (Snowfall), Christian James (Dollface) and Bex Taylor-Klaus (The Last Witch Hunter).

Tony Todd's narration was the best part of the movie. The kill scenes were inconsistent with some better than others. I wanted more gore but it does get better as the movie unfolds. The ending has a worthwhile twist. I did like the mask but felt they could have done more with the main villain.

Overall the is a slightly above average addition to the horror genre. I would score this a 6/10 and recommend seeing it once.

City Slickers
(1991)

This is a clever addition to the comedic genre. It is far from a classic but is still worth a viewing.
City Slickers (1991) is a movie I recently watched for the first time in a long time on HBOMAX. The storyline finds some men approaching 40 who all feel their life is going down hill for various reasons. They decide to take a vacation in the mid west to hopefully get their juices flowing again. When things fall apart and they need to take matters into their own hands they may get the opportunity they're looking for...

This movie is directed by Ron Underwood (Tremors) and stars Billy Crystal (Analyze This), Jack Palace (Tango & Cash), Daniel Stern (Home Alone), Bruno Kirby (Sleepers), Josh Mostel (Billy Madison), Helen Slater (Ruthless People), David Paymer (Get Shorty) and Patricia Wettig (The Langoliers).

The storyline for this picture is unique and very well told. The comedic content is a bit inconsistent but Jack Palace is gold in every scene he's in. There's definitely some creative writing in this and with some worthwhile zingers. The birthday party pregnancy circumstance was amazing. I die laughing at that scene every time. I will say that the western elements were fun and the ending is triumphant.

Overall this is a clever addition to the comedic genre. It is far from a classic but is still worth a viewing. I would score this a 6.5-7/10 and recommend seeing it once.

Lake Placid 3
(2010)

This movie is bad.
Lake Placid 3 (2010) is a movie I recently watched on Tubi. The storyline follows a game warden who moves onto the infamous Lake Placid Lake in Maine. As he and his wife deal with his transition their son plays by the lake and makes some new friends. When the son gets caught stealing to feed his "friends" and the family finds out who his new friends are it quickly becomes apparent the town is in danger...again...

This movie is directed by Griff Furst (Mask Maker) and stars Colin Ferguson (Haven), Yancy Butler (Kick Ass 2), Kirsty Mitchell (The Hitman's Bodyguard), Kacey Clarke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) and Michael Ironside (Total Recall).

This movie is bad. Once again the CGI alligators are absolutely atrocious. The opening kill scenes could have been better and the grocery store sequence was insane. Why did Michael Ironside join this cast? Overall this is a painful addition to the horror genre I'd strongly recommend skipping. I'd score this a 2/10.

Jezebel
(1938)

This is a well done gem from the 30s that is definitely worth a viewing
Jezebel (1938) is a movie I recently watched on HBO and tells the tale of a southern girl who wants to do things her own way in a non-traditional fashion in 1850s New Orleans. She walks, talks and dresses in a way that she believes is justified and goes against southern traditions; however, when she doesn't get what she wants, she falls back on southern traditions in hopes of getting the man she lost to love her...

This movie is directed by William Wyler (Ben-Hur) and stars Bette Davis (All About Eve), Henry Fonda (12 Angry Men), George Brent (Dark Victory), Margaret Lindsay (Scarlet Street), Henry O'Neill (The Wall Changes) and Richard Cromwell (Men of the Hour).

This movie has great attire, settings and depiction of the era. The cast is absolutely awesome and deliver fantastic performances. The storyline and dialogue is very well written. I always appreciate some properly delivered zingers, and Davis gives some subtle and not-so-subtle zingers throughout the movie. There's some great conversations about the difference in people and perspectives between the north and south as well. The film unfolds well and in an uncertain and unpredictable fashion.

Overall this is a well done gem from the 30s that is definitely worth a viewing. I would score this a solid 8/10 and recommend seeing it once.

Men
(2022)

This is an absolutely must see movie that I would strongly recommend; but unfortunately, falls flat of its potential
Men (2022) is a movie the wife and I caught in theatres last night. The storyline follows a young lady who recently suffered an unfortunate circumstance and has rented a house in the country to reset her mindset. One day she takes a walk along the railroad tracks close to the house and sees and experiences some amazing things until she is seen by a strange, naked man. A series of events is unlocked where it seems no matter where she goes a strange man appears, sometimes the same strange man and sometimes a new one...

This movie is directed by Alex Garland (Annihilation) and stars Jessie Buckley (I'm Thinking of Ending Things), Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful), Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) and Gayle Rankin (Glow).

This movie has a lot going for it and one shortcoming... The cinematography, use of colors and lights, settings, backstory and circumstances are all magnificent. The intensity is very well done from beginning to end. The special effects are top notch and there's an outstanding scene with a knife and a peep hole that's worth the price of admission. The cast delivers perfect performances. Unfortunately, when this was over I felt the same exact way about this film that I felt about Annihilation- the first 80% of the movie is an A...and the end is a D. There's aspects about the end I loved, outside of the knife scene the crow, the arm and the ankle were brilliant. But where they went for clever to pull it all together didn't work for me.

Overall this is an absolutely must see movie that I would strongly recommend; but unfortunately, falls flat of its potential. I would score this a 6.5-7/10 and strongly recommend it.

Woo
(1998)

This is far from a classic but it is a worthwhile addition to the comedic genre
Woo (1998) is a movie I recently watched for the first time in a long time on Tubi. The storyline follows a young man down on his luck with the ladies. He is introduced to a crazy young lady who is gorgeous but has a larger than life personality in just about every way. Against his better judgement he decides to try and go on a date with this woman and his entire night is interrupted by his friends, her ex-boyfriends, her friends and her hijinks. Is there any way they can work?

This movie is directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer (Party Girl) and stars Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Duane Martin (Scream 2), LL Cool J (Deliver Us from Eva), Dave Chappelle (Half Baked) and Paula Jai Parker (Friday).

The storyline for this picture is fairly unique and the writing is better than you may expect. The storyline has over the top characters and selected the perfect cast to deliver them. Davidson and Pinkett Smith are awesome and there's some good cameos throughout the film, especially Chapelle and LL. The comedic content is inconsistent but there are some hilarious sequences sprinkled throughout the film.

Overall this is far from a classic but it is a worthwhile addition to the comedic genre. I would score this a 5.5-6/10 and recommend seeing it once.

Daikyojû Gappa
(1967)

This is a very average addition to the monster genre that's still entertaining and worth a viewing
Gappa the Triphibian Monsters (1967) is a movie I recently watched on Tubi. The storyline follows some members of a tabloid who get excited when they find the eggs of a monster on an island in the Pacific. When they bring the egg back to Japan 🇯🇵 the parents of the egg will stop at nothing to get it back.

This movie is directed by Hiroshi Noguchi (Cat Girls Gamblers) and stars Tamio Kawaji (The Warped), Kôji Wada (A Hell of a Guy) and Tatsuya Fuji (Bright Future).

This is a movie with all the joys and pains of monster movie in the 60s. The monster costumes are bad but the model cities and vehicles were great. A lot of the lines are cheesy but there's some funny sequences like the fishing opening. The cinematography was very good but the storyline was just okay. I always find it random how many of these movies have children who save the day and how the government, military and police forces listen to them...then at the end everyone has a "lessons learned" moment. 😂

Overall this is a very average addition to the monster genre that's still entertaining and worth a viewing. I would score this a 5/10 and recommend seeing it once.

Muppets from Space
(1999)

This isn't a top Muppet movie but it is an entertaining one and worth a watch
Muppets from Space (1999) is a movie that my daughter and I recently watched on HBOMAX. The storyline follows gonzo feeling like he needs to find more of his kind. As he digs he believes he is an alien and more of his kind are looking for him. He tries to discover how, and where, the best way to find his kind is...

This movie is directed by Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and stars/contains the voices of Dave Goelz (Labyrinth), Steve Whitmire (Muppet Treasure Island), Bill Barretta (The Happy Time Murders), Jeffrey Tambor (Hellboy), Rob Schneider (The Hot Chick), Frank Oz (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) and David Arquette (Scream).

The cameos in this are really awesome. I loved Rob Schneider, Ray Liotta, Hulk Hogan, David Arquette and so many others. Rizzo the Rat is such an underrated muppet and he was one of my favorite characters in this. The kung fu scene with Ms. Piggy in this was fun, as was Fonzy and the invisible hands scene, and the maze conversation was hilarious. The Bear villain was also a good touch.

Overall this isn't a top Muppet movie but it is an entertaining one and worth a watch. I would score this a 6.5/10 and recommend seeing it once.

The Abominable Dr. Phibes
(1971)

This is far from one of Price's better pictures but it's still a fun performance that's a must see
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) is a movie I DVRd last Halloween on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). The storyline follows a man who lost his wife and wants revenge on everyone he feels is responsible. He will make headway on his mission and relax from his actions behind an organ playing for his lost wife. Will the man accomplish his mission or will those around him uncover his dastardly deeds.

This movie is directed by Robert Fuest (Aphrodite) and stars Vincent Price (The Raven), Joseph Cotten (The Third Man), Virginia North (Deadlier than the Male), Terry-Thomas (School for Scoundrels), Susan Travers (The Avengers) and Maurice Kaufmann (Gorgo).

I always enjoy the depiction of the era with the attire, cool masked parties and dialogue. This has a phantom of the opera feel to it. I always feel like they drag out scenes with him at the organ or showing his depression about his wife. The kill scenes are pretty good and the reveal at the end is excellent.

Overall this is far from one of Price's better pictures but it's still a fun performance that's a must see. I would score this a 6.5-7/10 and recommend seeing it once.

The Wild Bunch
(1969)

This is a worthwhile addition to the western genre that is a must see for fans of the genre
The Wild Bunch (1969) is a movie I recently watched on HBOMAX. The storyline follows a group of outlaws towards the end of the wild, wild west. They decide to make their way down to Mexico for one last heist. They encounter a Mexican gang and it quickly becomes apparent their last heist may do as much good for the local people as harm to the gang.

This movie is directed by Sam Peckinpah (The Getaway) and stars Ernest Borgnine (Escape from New York), William Holden (Sabrina), Warren Oates (Stripes), Robert Ryan (The Dirty Dozen), Edmond O'Brien (The Barefoot Contesa) and Elsa Cárdenas (Giant).

The storyline for this is fairly creative and has great characters. It was easy to root for and feel bad for the characters at the same time.

Borgnine delivers a brilliant performance and his facial expressions and mannerisms were perfect. The settings and circumstances were fun and the chemistry between characters throughout various endeavors within the movie is entertaining. The writing is also solid and includes great dialogue. The action scenes are also worthwhile.

Overall this is a worthwhile addition to the western genre that is a must see for fans of the genre. I would score this a 7.5/10 and recommend seeing it once.

Popcorn
(1991)

This is an underrated horror gem that is an absolute must see
Popcorn (1991) is a movie I recently watched on Shudder. The storyline follows a group of film making students who think a good finds raiser would be a horror movie marathon at an old abandoned movie theatre. It is a good idea until a serial killer that is his own master of disguise joins the party...

This movie is directed by Mark Herrier in his directorial debut and stars Jill Schoelen (Cutting Class), Tom Villard (One Crazy Summer), Dee Wallace (Cujo), Derek Rydall (Death Wish 4) and Ray Walston (Fast Times at Ridgemont High).

This movie is really awesome and one of those films you wish you were in. The characters are entertaining and the cast is better than you'd expect. The kill scenes are also very good and there is a kiss scene in this that's top notch. The mosquito movie the audience watched looked great (which is why I wish I was in the movie). The ending reveal was excellent as was everything that happened after it.

Overall this is an underrated horror gem that is an absolute must see. I would score this an 8/10 and strongly recommend it.

Cruel Intentions
(1999)

This is an uneven movie but still somehow every good. I just loved the ending and soundtrack.
Cruel Intentions (1999) is a DVD my wife and I recently watched together. The storyline follows a rich playboy who uses his wealth and good looks to score women and has been keeping a journal of his endeavors. One day a new dean is taking over his school and bringing a wholesome daughter with him. The young man and step sister make a sinister bet that he can't charm her. A game of cat and mouse ensues.

This movie is directed by Roger Kumble (The Sweetest Thing) and stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Swoosie Kurtz (Liar Liar), Christine Baranski (The Grinch), Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blond), Selma Blair (Hellboy) and Ryan Phillippe (Crash).

The storyline for this is very good at times, seems like it's trying too hard other times and is sometimes cheesy. The cast is perfectly selected and everyone is awesome. Witherspoon, Gellar and Phillippe had perfect chemistry. The storyline unfolds well and the love story elements are very entertaining. The cat and mouse game is sick and clever at the same time.

Overall this is an uneven movie but still somehow every good. I just loved the ending and soundtrack. I would score this a 7.5/10 and strongly recommend it.

The Lawnmower Man
(1992)

This was never one of my favorite King pictures
The Lawnmower Man (1992) is a Stephen King picture available on HBOMAX. The storyline follows a scientist who is getting desperate and about to lose his financial backing. He has created a virtual reality machine to increase intelligence and needs results and needs them fast. He decides to use human test subjects in his experiments and selects a local autistic boy. Watch as his evolution unfolds...

This movie is directed by Brett Leonard (Virtuosity) and stars Jeff Fahey (Lost), Pierce Brosnan (The World is not Enough), Jenny Wright (Near Dark), Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil's Rejects) and Jeremy Slate (True Grit).

The storyline for this is very straight forward and felt like a "modernization" of Flowers for Algernon. The acting is excellent by everyone involved, especially Brosnan and Fahey, who are going mentally stable in opposite directions. The Mom in this that falls for the lawnmower man was smoking; but unfortunately, the virtual reality is very dated and looks crazy. The kills were always mediocre and the end you can see coming.

Overall, this was never one of my favorite King pictures. It is entertaining and worth a viewing but far from a top 10 King movie. I would score this a 5.5-6/10 and definitely recommend you see it once.

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen
(2020)

This was a well done movie that did the series proud
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train (2020) is a movie my daughter and I recently watched on Hulu. A serial killer demon(s) has made the news as they target victims on trains. Flame Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku,is looking to destroy the demon. He is aided by our heroes from the Demon Slayer series.

This movie is directed by Haruo Sotozaki (Cowboy Beebop: The Movie) and contains the voices of Hiro Shimono (Attack on Titan), Natsuki Hanae (Dragon Ball Z), Satoshi Hino (Naruto) and Katsuyuki Konishi (Pokemon: The Movie).

The animation in this is outstanding, especially the attack scenes. I adored the depiction of the demons and the weapons attacks and enhancements were great. The villains were good and creative and there's several scenes in doubt for our heroes. The final fight is unbelievably good.

Overall this was a well done movie that did the series proud. I would strongly recommend this and score it a 8.5/10.

A House on the Bayou
(2021)

This is a clever film that's well put together
A House on the Bayou (2021) is a movie I recently DVRd and watched off EPIX and is also available on Prime. The storyline follows a family where the husband is caught cheating and the wife determines the best way to reconcile is to take a family vacation. Shortly after arriving at the vacation house the family is kidnapped for a deliberate reason and purpose...but what could it be?

This movie is directed by Alex McAulay (Don't Tell a Soul) and stars Angela Sarafyan (Westworld), Paul Schneider (Lars and the Real Girl), Lia McHugh (Eternals), Jacob Lofland (Mud) and Doug Van Liew (American Underdog).

The family dynamic and emotions between members are well established, as are the circumstances. The cast is very well selected and the characters are interesting and well delivered. The writing in this is also solid, both the storyline and dialogue. The horror elements are a bit inconsistent. There is a car scene in this that's awesome and some unexpected super natural elements that's intriguing. I absolutely loved the end of this movie.

Overall this is a clever film that's well put together. I would score this a 7-7.5/10 and recommend giving it a shot.

Eat My Dust
(1976)

This is a good character piece with some worthwhile coming of age elements
Eat My Dust (1976) is a movie in my DVD collection that I recently watched on Tubi. The storyline follows a high school kid in the 70s who wants girls, fast cars and to have fun. He has the car, which helps him get the girl and leads to fun...but how much of the fun and girl is do to him versus the car?

This movie is directed by Charles B. Griffith (Smokey Bites the Dust) and stars Ron Howard (Andy Griffith Show), Christopher Norris (Wonder Woman), Clint Howard (The Waterboy), Rance Howard (Small Soldiers), Dave Madden (The Partridge Family) and Warren J. Kemmerling (Godzilla, 1985).

The cars in this are awesome. Even the cop cars are great. The cinematography is excellent and they use some fun fast-forward/rewind to capture stunts and cool car scenes. The comedic content is good and there are some fun circumstances throughout the picture. The acting by the Howard brothers and the supporting cast is perfect for the content.

Overall this is a good character piece with some worthwhile coming of age elements. I would score this a 7/10 and strongly recommend it.

Kairo
(2001)

This storyline had potential but falls flat due to poorly executed horror elements
Pulse (2001) is a Japanese movie that I recently watched on HBOMAX. The storyline follows people as they discover a dark web where something inside the internet is trying to get out. Where are these spirits from and why are the people that discover them their target?

This movie is directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure) and stars Kumiko Asô (Samurai Resurrection), Koyuki (The Last Samurai), Shun Sugata (Kill Bill), Shô Aikawa (Gozu) and Kôji Yakusho (13 Assassins).

This is a very dated movie which is evident by the computers and dial up internet connections shown throughout the film. That aspect did make me smile. The ghosts/spirits in and out of the computer were very average and not as good as similar Japanese films like Ringu and Ju-on. The storyline also could have been better executed.

Overall this storyline had potential but falls flat due to poorly executed horror elements. I would score this movie a 5/10 and recommend skipping it.

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