Review: Turbo Kid

Just how far can a movie make it propelled by nostalgia alone? That's the question that Turbo Kid seems intent on asking the viewer. In much the same tenuous way that Robert Rodriguez's Machete films sprung into being off of the back of a fake trailer housed within the Grindhouse project, Turbo Kid began life as a short that was …

Why I Love… #82: Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Year: 1990 Director: Joe Dante Stars: Zack Galligan (Billy Peltzer), Phoebe Cates (Kate Beringer), John Glover (Daniel Clamp), Robert Protsky (Grandpa Fred), Robert Picardo (Forster), Christopher Lee (Doctor Catheter), Haviland Morris (Marla Bloodstone), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Howie Mandel (Voice of Gizmo), Tony Randall (Voice of Brain), Frank Welker (Voice of Mohawk) Genre: Comedy / …

Review: Everest

Watching Everest, director Baltasar Kormákur's all-star throwback disaster movie, I was reminded of something simple I'd forgotten about myself; I hate heights. I'm terrible at them. That dizzying sense of imminent danger, combined with the occasionally fleeting sensation that I might irrationally hurl myself down, down to oblivion. Because of this I tend to keep away …

Review: Legend

When I think of great dual performances, there are two that spring instantly to mind. First, Jeremy Irons as the Mantle twins in David Cronenberg's 1988 surgical drama Dead Ringers (one of the best films in a cluttered career), and then also Nicolas Cage portraying both Charlie Kaufman and his fictional brother Donald in Spike Jonze's …