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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Battle In Outer Space” (1959)

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Yes, yes, I know, I know, it’s Monday, not Saturday. We’ve been all through this already: This is about the kinds of movies I used to *watch* on a Saturday afternoon, that doesn’t mean I can only talk about ‘em on a Saturday. So let’s just free our minds of our strictly literal interpretations of things that are, frankly, beneath our notice anyway. I mean, it’s not like the movies I’m reviewing in this feature are any good, right?

That said: We haven’t done one of these in a long while, but when I came across a Japanese space movie I’d never seen before, I just knew I had to cover it.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Hunger Games

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Life imitates art and, invariably, art imitates life and the cycle continues. In 1982 Stephen King published an early novel he had written while he was still in high school as a paperback original under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. In 1987, this book was adapted into a film starring Arnold Schwarzenneger called The Running Man (also the title of the novel). The Running Man told the story of a sort of reality game show where prisoners are forced to outrun gladiators or die trying. Two decades after the novel was published, the idea of reality game shows was, in itself, a reality with television shows like Survivor, American Idol and, God help me I can't make this up, The Real Gilligan's Island. These games don't involve prisoners and are a competition for money, not life and death, but hey, it's fiction, right? Now, art once again imitates life with The Hunger Games, also, ironically enough, based on a novel.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "John Carter" (2012)

John Carter.

It’s a venerable name in science fiction, largely unknown to the much vaster universe of consumers marinated in Tarzan at a young age. That makes its fate as a blockbuster quite uncertain (i.e., no Transformers guarantee here). Setting that commercial issue aside, however, what’s it like as a movie?

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Journey II: Mysterious Island" (2012)

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This is, I think, the first time I've ever reviewed a move that's a sequel to a movie I never saw. I toyed briefly with the idea of watching "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (2008), but then I thought 'eh, it's a Brendan Fraser film. If I'm going to waste my time re-watching Brendan Fraser films, I'd much rather watch 'Blast from the Past.' Then the impetus was lost. Then I forgot both films - "Center" and this new one - existed. Then I took a nap. Then I thought "Holy crap! I don't have any new content today! C'mon kids, we're going to the mall!"

So here we are.

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: Justice League: Doom

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Last year fans of comic books and cartoons based on comic books lost a great storyteller far too early with the untimely death of Dwayne McDuffie. This week, we have been given a gift: Justice League: Doom, Dwayne's last work.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Chronicle

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I walked into Chronicle with certain expectations. I expected to see an ok action movie. I expected to see yet another rip-off of the TV series Heroes (another because the 2009 film Push was the first). I expected to see an exciting movie that I would probably buy on blu-ray and watch again. I expected the movie to be derivative, a rehash, good enough but not remarkable by any means. What I did not expect, and what I actually got, was to be blown away by the experience.

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Movie (Fox, 1996)

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As I've stated elsewhere on this site, I'm not a rabid Doctor Who fan, but I am a fan. I was only nine-years-old when the show's original run ended, and I wasn't a fan of British stuff when I was a kid (everyone talked funny, after all). When I was 25 the show was relaunched and, having long ago given up my prejudice of how Brits talk (though they do still talk funny), I gave the show a chance. I was immediately hooked and watched the show every chance I got. Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor (there have been NINE?!) was phenomenal, and Rose was hot.

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SATURDAY B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “The Unknown World” (1951)

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As with all good-hearted people who came of age in the 70s or early 80s before cable was ubiquitous, my Saturday afternoons were solidly anchored to my local Monster Chiller Horror Theater show. Every week some semi-comedic host would tell bad jokes or engage in sub-stooges-level sketch comedy while framing a particularly crappy horror or SF movie. I drifted away from this in the 80s when I discovered that having long hair and a guitar meant that women would let me touch them, but as soon as I was out of college I discovered MST3K and once again my life was back on its normal course.

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CHURCH TUCKER'S CAPSULE REVIEWS: "The Road" (2009)

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 12/14/09

OK, we've all heard about The Road at this point. How it's bleak as all hell, yadda yadda. Well, the truth is that it sort of is, and sort of ain't. What it is, is damn good.

I was only moderately interested in the movie to begin with. I haven't read the book, and what I heard pre-release made it sound like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with literary pretentions. Having seen it, I can say that it almost is, and that isn't a bad thing.

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