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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The Vanishing Shadow (1934)

My Dad grew up during the Great Depression and he fondly remembered going to the local theaters for the Saturday morning matinees, where they’d always show two pictures, a few shorts or newsreels, and of course, a chapter of a serial. These were sort of the precursor of television:  cheap, quickly made, and churned out […]

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

Lately, it seems like Pixar has been stuck in a rut of endless sequels and dubious choices (with Inside Out one of the few bright spots) while the Disney animation department has turned out the sort of films we really expect from Pixar.  Which is certainly the case here. What makes this even more interesting is the presence […]

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