The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

In the five years its release, “The Cabin in the Woods” has already become a bona-fide horror classic with many passionate fans and dissenters. Myself, I stand with the former: It’s a clever, self-conscious and effective modernizing of the ol’ haunted-cabin-in-the-woods-under-siege horror trope (with “The Evil Dead” as the most famous example of its ilk)…

More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (2011)

While this 2011 documentary into the 1985 horror-comedy classic is definitely as-billed (i.e. it surely is “the definitive documentary” on the film), it’s hard not to notice that the running time is staggeringly long for a behind-the-scenes documentary, in fact it’s even longer than the film it’s discussing. That leads to several unnecessary diversions and…

Piranha (1995)

This is a surprisingly faithful remake to the 1978 original… right down to using the same footage from the low-budget predecessor in lieu of its own (it comes as no surprise that Roger Corman is a producer here). There’s nearly nothing of value here but it’s kinda fun nevertheless, with a surprising all-star cast, with…

The House (2017)

Light as a feather, this mainstream Hollywood comedy is somewhat akin to cotton candy: It’s pleasant and easily digestible, but there’s no value there whatsoever. Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler seem like there’s having fun in roles they could be do in their sleep, but it’s Jason Mantzoukas who steals scenes left and right, thanks…

Iron Man (2008)

The beginning of the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe is just as strong today as it was upon initial release: Driven primarily by Robert Downey Jr’s innate charm and a truly awe-inspiring blend of first-rate special effects with crisp, sharp and smart writing, the whole movie feels like it goes by in a flash. It’s astounding…

The Office (Season 4) (2007-08)

It’s often clear throughout this fourth season of NBC’s reboot of the BBC sitcom that the producers were stretching the characters further and headed towards a more mainstream mode for the show. Much has become cartoonish and occasionally one-dimensional, not to mention many 45-minute episodes that feel padded and rhythmically off somehow, but the show…

Kesha – Rainbow (2017)

Anyone expecting the same Lady Gaga-lite sound of Kesha’s signature pop here is bound to get whiplash from the swift turn this album represents for the artist. After fighting a public legal battle against producer Dr. Luke (including allegations of sexual battery), Kesha returns here with fire in her belly and a newly discovered artistic…

Roseanne (Season 7) (1994-95)

This later season of the then-revolutionary show begins its unfortunate, precipitous decline from the top-notch quality that had mostly come before. It’s obvious that Roseanne’s capriciousness and growing obnoxiousness bled into the finished product, resulting in many episodes that are often downright unwatchable thanks to her unreasonable and off-putting arrogance. The rest of the cast…

Ghostwatch (1992)

A legendary television hoax that sparked a panic akin to the 1938 broadcast of “War of the Worlds”, this 1992 television movie was presented as a live broadcast being held on Halloween night, investigating an alleged haunted house in Britain. With events gradually unfolding throughout the broadcast and reaching the television studio, audiences were led…

Cult of Chucky (2017)

It’s almost inconceivable that the “Child’s Play” series has arrived at its seventh entry still fresh and inventive, but here we are. This is the best kind of horror sequel: It’s clearly designed to entertain and please longtime fans, with a series of related events that tie back to either the original first movies or…

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 5) (2009)

Some of this brilliant and remarkably consistent sitcom’s best episodes can be found in this home-run of a season. From absolutely hilarious episodes like “The Gang Wrestles for the Troops” to “Mac and Dennis Break Up” to “The Waitress Is Getting Married”, the show’s cast and production team is perfectly on-point: The writing manages to…

Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)

On its face, it’s hard to see why Winona Ryder would have chosen this little project as her follow-up to her breakthrough with “Heathers” and “Beetlejuice”. After all, it’s a relatively uneventful comedy not to mention an undemanding role for the then-budding superstar – in retrospect however, one can see how Ryder chose to play…