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Revisiting "Rock Star" - Mark Wahlberg Goes Metal!

In 2001's "Rock Star," Mark Wahlberg plays Chris "Izzy" Cole, a yokel tribute band singer who gets to live out his dream of fronting his favorite heavy metal band.

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Ranking James Wan Films 1-10

I rank James Wan's directorial films from best to worst.

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5 Extremely Disturbing Movies for Horror Fans Who Think They've Seen It All

Think you've seen it all? Looking for a horror movie that pushes the envelope? Check out this spoiler-free list of five extremely disturbing movies that will haunt and horrify even veterans of the genre.

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"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" Review

Shang-Chi, the master of unarmed weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

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The Two Muses of an Assassin: The Portrayal of Two Relationships in "Kenshin The Beginning"

Rurouni Kenshin is a series I've followed since it came out in America years ago. And the live-action franchise is one of the best anime adaptions ever made. The final movie explores his past as an assassin and relationship to Tomoe. A relationship I believe that defines the series overall.

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Top 7 Most Adorably Shy Male Characters

Who says shy men can’t be charming?

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Ranking Wachowskis Films 1-7

The Wachowski Siblings films ranked 1-7.

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Storytelling Through Violence: The Battle Between Blade and Nomak in "Blade II"

I was a big fan of the Blade franchise back in the day. Like with many trilogies, the second movie, "Blade II," was the best of the three. A large portion for this reason comes from the final battle of Blade and Nomak.

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"The Fountain" - Love as an Antidote to Finality

The Fountain, a visual road trip through life, death, and everything in between. Often self-indulgent with symbolism and meaning, but hey it's fiction.

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Fantasia 2021: "Yakuza Princess" Review

Masumi and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in the action thriller Yakuza Princess directed by Vicente Amorim. With a promising concept and a balls out (literally) performance from Meyers, it's a shame Yakuza Princess isn't worth your while.

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The Best & Worst Indie Thrillers Streaming on Netflix in 2021

Even though there is no shortage of streaming services to choose from, it can still be difficult to find something decent to watch. Rather than scrolling until you're lulled into a stupor, you might want to check out, or avoid depending on your tastes, the following spooky offerings.

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4 Movie Sequels That Give the Originals a Run for Their Money

There are those who believe that most movie franchises would have been better off quitting while they were ahead. Once in a while, however, a follow-up comes along that is as good, if not better, than the film that got the ball rolling. These are a few of those rare gems.

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Should I Watch..? 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

How can a Mad Max film be so well received by the critics? Can an all-out action film ever really be a five-star classic? Benjamin Cox had his doubts - before they were blown completely out of the water.

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Storytelling Through Violence: "Rurouni Kenshin The Final" and the Battle Between Kenshin and Enishi

In the West, sword fights and Japan are usually synonymous. Yet they often communicate an unspoken story within a story. A subtly that many Western action movie lack because of an over-emphasis on appearance. One of the best examples of this art is from the movie, "Rurouni Kenshin: The Final."

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"Demonic" (2021) Review: A Comatose Dream World

South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp resurfaces with a demon possessing horror film that has potential, but it never overcomes its low budget woes.

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"Those Who Wish Me Dead" Review

A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.

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Fantasia 2021 - "Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist" Review

A moving and intriguing tribute to one of anime's greatest visionaries. Satoshi Kon created some of the best anime films to date that will essentially be timeless, beautiful, and extraordinary forever.

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Ranking the "Scream" Movies 1-4

What’s your favorite scary movie? I rank the "Scream" films 1-4.

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5 Must-See Suspense Thrillers From the 70s & 80s

The 1970s and 80s introduced audiences to some truly groundbreaking horror films whose popularity lives on to this day. Fortunately, they also provided us with some lesser-known movies that are just as good, if not better. The following are five prime examples of the latter.

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7 Genre-Blending Retro Wuxia Movies

7 genre-blending retro Wuxia movies that are as weird as they are thrilling. In some cases, a hilarious barrel of laughs too.

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Cinematagrophy Breakdown: "Gravity" (2013)

Today we're going to space with Alfonso Curran's 2013 masterpiece that is "Gravity."

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Fantasia 2021: "Frank and Zed" Review

Jesse Blanchard's wonderfully violent, hilarious, and heartwarming puppet horror comedy is gloriously entertaining and worth seeking out if you ever have the opportunity. Easily one of my favorites from Fantasia 2021.

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'The Suicide Squad' Review

Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

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6 Horror Movies From the 70s & 80s That Are So Bad They're Good

Cheesy horror movies are a fan of the genre's guilty pleasure when done right. The following are a few examples of films that you may, or may not, have heard of that have cringe factors that are off-the-charts. Even so, they are surprisingly watchable and, in some cases, downright enjoyable.

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"The Suicide Squad" - A Much-Needed Revival

While no one really asked for a sequel to the abysmal 2016 DC film, we actually got one. And it just so happens to be really good.

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Should I Watch..? 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

It's been a while since Benjamin Cox spent any time with the cinematic mutant supergroup, so he figured it was time for a catch-up. Trouble is, it feels as though he has missed out on something...

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"The Green Knight" (2021) Review

A message lost in revisionism: Lowery returns with an adaptation that oozes style but proves too hollow to resonate. ⭑ ⭑ ⭑1/2.

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How Beetlejuice Aged Like Milk

Beetlejuice is a beloved Halloween classic that's spawned a cartoon and a musical. But is it aging well?

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Should I Watch..? 'Summer of Soul'

This musical documentary about the almost forgotten 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival is an energising watch with possibly one of the all-time great soundtracks. It's also keen to make a statement as Benjamin Cox discovers.

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"Jungle Cruise" Review

Based on Disneyland's theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.

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Ranking James Gunn Films 1-5

A ranking of the films from writer/director James Gunn.

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"A Quiet Place Part II" Review

Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world.

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"The Little Rascals-The ClassicFlix Restorations, Vol. 1" Blu-ray Review

For almost 100 years, audiences have enjoyed the antics of The Little Rascals. Now, ClassicFlix is releasing the films on Blu-ray discs for the first time. Marshall Fish reviews volume one in the series.

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"Mandibles" (2021) Review: An Unfunny and Aimless Comedy

The ninth film from Quentin Dupieux, the French filmmaker behind other odd cinematic outings such as "Rubber," "Wrong," and "Deerskin." Mandibles attempts to be a quirky comedy, but is mostly just a waste of time.

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"Godzilla vs. Kong" Review

The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another. The fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong.

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Should I Watch..? 'Avatar' (2009)

With anticipation building for the forthcoming next instalment, what better time is there to revisit the film that recently reclaimed the title of Biggest Film In History? Time for Benjamin Cox to join the Blue Man Group...

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"Fear Street": Does Netflix's Horror Trilogy Work?

Netflix and director Leigh Janiak decided to take a gamble on a three-week horror film trilogy event, unlike anything I've seen before. Did this gamble pay off in the end?

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Should I Watch..? 'Django' (1966)

While not the first Spaghetti western or the best, Sergio Corbucci's violent film became a lightning rod for controversy - and inspired countless other filmmakers to follow in his footsteps. Benjamin Cox reloads and shoots from the hip.

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"Space Jam: A New Legacy": A Decent and Fair Game

"Space Jam: A New Legacy" is a standalone sequel to the 1996 live-action/animated hybrid film "Space Jam." Though familiar and "controversial", the movie is entertaining with good acting, impressive animation, and a fair supply of heart to appeal to both basketball and Looney Tunes fans.

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Ranking Baz Luhrmann Films 1-5

A ranking of the five films from Baz Luhrmann.

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Should I Watch..? 'The Third Man'

Often cited as the greatest British film of all time, Carol Reed's film-noir mystery remains as amazing a watch as it has ever been. Benjamin Cox happily introduces you to a thriller of real class.

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A Reminder of Pure Evil's Face: Hanz Landa and Dieter Hellström From "Inglorious Bastards"

Movies usually present us with idolized or false representation of characters or societies. But every once in awhile, a movie will not only present something accurate, but socially apt in reminding the viewers of of a truth that may have been forgotten.

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"Black Widow" Review

A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films "Civil War" and "Infinity War."

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"Fear Street Part 2: 1978" (2021) A '70s Slasher-ific Movie Review

The 'Fear Street' book series by R.L. Stine has garnered plenty acclaim from a loyal cult following over the years. Now it's getting the Hollywood treatment with a brand new cinematic trilogy to be released over three week period. Let's find out if these new film adaptations are worth our time!

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Was "Black Widow" Worth the Wait?

Marvel's first film in two years (thanks COVID) has finally arrived. But was the highly anticipated solo film for the MCU's first female Avenger worth waiting for?

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"The Tomorrow War" Review

A family man is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront the past.

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"Fear Street Part 1: 1994" (2021) A '90s Slasher-rific Movie Review

The 'Fear Street' book series by R.L. Stine has garnered plenty acclaim from a loyal cult following over the years. Now it's getting the Hollywood treatment with a brand new cinematic trilogy to be released over three week period. Let's find out if these new film adaptations are worth our time!

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Cinematography Breakdown: "Children of Men"

The latest installment of the Cinematography Breakdown series.

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"The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" Review

The Warrens investigate a murder that may be linked to a demonic possession.

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"Infinite" Review

A man discovers that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives.