October 7, 2009

Unforgettable scenes: ‘Boogie Nights’

There are a lot of scenes in “Boogie Nights” that I’d like to featureĀ  here, but they’re not YouTube friendly. I particularly love the first sex scene between Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) and Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg). Moore is amazing at playing a bad actress. That’s my favorite scene, but the scene most people can […]

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October 7, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘The Omen’

“The Omen” had a lot to live up to following similar films “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist.” It stepped out on its own as if it was the only demon-child film ever made. With an almost-soap opera premise, politician Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is faced with a dilemma when his wife Katherine (Lee Remick) gives […]

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October 7, 2009

‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ sequel/reboot a bad idea

Reports are swirling that a sequel to “National Lampoon’s Vacation” is in the works. And it might not be what you think. It won’t be Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) loading up the family truckster, but actually Rusty Griswold. It’s a second-generation kind of thing and I think it’s a horrible idea. A new movie […]

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October 7, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘The Hills Have Eyes’

1970s horror movies found a niche with nasty, murderous rural families. That can be attributed to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” which is also the best. But the second-best was Wes Craven’s “The Hills Have Eyes” in 1977. The movie follows the Carter family as they make their way cross-country to California. There’s Big Bob and […]

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October 5, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Friday the 13th II’

Before the franchise started getting ridiculous, “Friday the 13th” was actually worthy of lists. That’s why the first sequel comes in at the No. 27 spot. We first see Jason Voorhees spill blood in “Friday the 13th Part II” and he does so in a big way. Jason apparently saw Alice kill his mother in […]

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October 4, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘The Others’

“The Others” isn’t just another ghost story. It’s one with great intelligence, suspense and surprise. During the height of the movie-twist era (thanks, M. Night Shyamalan), “The Others” does go there, but unless you’re a psychic, you won’t know everything that’s going on until director Alejandro Amenabar tells us. Nicole Kidman brilliantly plays Grace, the […]

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October 2, 2009

31 days, 31 great horror movies: ‘Duel’

We’ve all be victims of road rage, right? That’s what makes “Duel” so scary. It could happen. That is if you’re driving on mostly deserted desert roads. Steven Spielberg directed our No. 30 spot in 1971. It was a simple movie. One red Plymouth Valiant. One sinister-looking tractor trailer. And Dennis Weaver. Weaver plays David […]

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October 1, 2009

31 days, 31 great horror movies

It’s October 1. That means Halloween is just around the corner. But to many, it’s already here. True Halloween fans take the first of October as the beginning of the Halloween season. We start seeing decorations, hearing costume ideas, and of course there are the movies. From now until Oct. 31, we can expect to […]

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September 27, 2009

Director Roman Polanski arrested in Switzerland

Academy-Award winning director Roman Polanksi was arrested Saturday by Swiss police as he flew in for the Zurich Film Festival. Polanksi has been wanted by the United States since 1977 for sexual assault charges. He could face extradition to the United States where he would finally be charged with the 32-year-old crime. The 76-year-old filmmaker […]

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September 26, 2009

‘Halloween II’ theme done on Mario Paint

It’s no secret that I am a fan of the original “Halloween” franchise (at least through Part 4), so I was quite amused and impressed when I made this little discovery on YouTube. This will prove how much of a geek I am: I was searching YouTube for fan-made “Halloween” trailers which led to me […]

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