Monster Trucks (2016)

I watched this one because a friend really, really wanted to see it. It should tell you something that I feel a need to make excuses for watching it. Mind you, you quickly get the idea that those involved are just a little ashamed of it all:  not only did the film get delayed repeatedly, […]

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The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

(Warning:  Spoilers ahead!) This is an odd one. For a brief moment in the Eighties, Disney turned out a number of fairly dark live action films at least nominally aimed at children.  This one is (at least on the surface) a moderately scary ghost story which strongly resembles the sort of horror films Hammer and […]

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

I”ll confess that my expectations for this one were quite low. I’m a big fan of the original Bullwinkle show and have been thoroughly disappointed by every attempt to make a feature film based on the series.  The original was such a strange  and quirky sort of effort that it is hard to imagine any […]

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Clockmaker (1998)

(aka Timekeeper) I have to confess that I find the idea of children’s films put out by Full Moon Features to be a very strange notion.  But, for a brief moment, they did release a fair number of them under the Moonbeam Pictures name. As far as I know, none of them have deadly puppets, […]

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RPG Metanoia (2010)

“Metanoia” refers to a moment of spiritual growth brought on by an act of penitence and true remorse for one’s actions.  As curious as naming a fictional video game after a Christian theological term may seem, it seems more curious that the main character of this film does, in fact, undergo such a change.  Perhaps […]

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Ratchet & Clank (2016)

If you’d asked me to name the best videogame film adaptation, I probably would have ducked the question by answering Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, which, while an incredible (if silly) film, isn’t actually based on a videogame, just on the whole notion of gaming. On the whole, most of the ones I’ve seen seem to […]

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