An Uneven Sequel, My Guilty Pleasure – EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC

This sequel to William Friedkin’s original horror classic is far from perfect. Yet I’ll be damned if it isn’t my guilty pleasure.

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Minority Report’s Speculative Fiction is All Kinds of Awesome

Minority Report. 2002. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Screenplay by Jon Cohen & Scott Frank; based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. Starring Tom Cruise, Max von Sydow, Steve Harris, Neal McDonough, Patrick Kilpatrick, Jessica Capshaw, Anna Maria Horsford, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Tim Blake Nelson, Lois Smith, Mike Binder,Continue reading “Minority Report’s Speculative Fiction is All Kinds of Awesome”

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The Devil Traffics in Needful Things

Needful Things. 1993. Directed by Fraser C. Heston. Screenplay by W.D. Richter; based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Starring Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer, J.T. Walsh, Ray McKinnon, Duncan Fraser, Valri Bromfield, Shane Meier, William Morgan Sheppard, Don S. Davis, Campbell Lane, Eric Schneider, Frank C. Turner,Continue reading “The Devil Traffics in Needful Things”

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Bergman’s HOUR OF THE WOLF is an Intensely Personal Journey into the Shattered Mental Health of Artists

Not considered one of his master works, Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf is a shattering rumination on what it is mentally to be and live with an artist.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens & a Return to Form

Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 2015. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Screenplay by Abrams/Michael Arndt/Lawrence Kasdan. Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Max Von Sydow, Peter Mayhew, Gwendoline Christie, Simon Pegg, and Mark Hamill. Lucasfilm Ltd./Bad Robot/Truenorth Productions. Rated PG. 135Continue reading “Star Wars: The Force Awakens & a Return to Form”

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The Amityville Horror Never Lets Truth Get in its Way

The Amityville Horror. 1979. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. Screenplay by Sandor Stern; based on the book by Jay Anson. Starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton, John Larch, Natasha Ryan, K.C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Sacks, Helen Shaver, and Amy Wright. American International Pictures. Rated 14A. 117 minutes. Drama/Horror. ★★★★ WhenContinue reading “The Amityville Horror Never Lets Truth Get in its Way”

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William Friedkin Gets to the Pulse of Fear with The Exorcist

  The Exorcist. 1973. Dir. William Friedkin. Written by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, and Linda Blair. Warner Brothers Rated 18A. 132 minutes. Horror ★★★★★ (Movie) ★★★★★ (Blu ray release) By now, everyone has either seen The Exorcist orContinue reading “William Friedkin Gets to the Pulse of Fear with The Exorcist”

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