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Looking back at: The Flash

Looking back at: The Flash

February 17th, 2013

When you were comic book fan before 1998 you had it really bad in terms of movie adaptations. Sure you had Superman and Batman in 2 good motion pictures but for every good comic book adaptation you had at least a dozen failed ones, most of them even terrible. I became infatuated with the Spider-man…

Looking back at: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002)

Looking back at: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002)

February 2nd, 2013

Growing up in the 80s it was hard to ignore He-Man and the Masters of the Universe since this was “the cartoon” until Transformers and G.I. Joe came along. I owned some toys and watched the cartoon avidly, I always had a soft spot for it during the 80s but times changed and somehow it…

Looking back at: Crime Story

Looking back at: Crime Story

January 29th, 2013

For the last month the song Runaway by Del Shannon has been in my head, the reason for it is Crime Story, a short-lived cop show that ran from 1986 to 1988 and lasted only two seasons. Crime Story became a bit of cult classic of the years, though it never reached the level of…

Looking back at: The X-Files

Looking back at: The X-Files

November 10th, 2012

Over the last few months I’ve revisited a classic TV-Series: The X-Files. No small feat mind you, as this show ran for 9 seasons consisting of a total of 202 episodes and two theatrical movies. Every weekday I watched at least two episodes which still resulted in taking at least five months to watch it…

Remember these? Analyzing forgotten movies

Remember these? Analyzing forgotten movies

August 9th, 2012

A couple of months go I reviewed “Single White Female” and concluded it was one of those forgotten movies. This week I watched Brainscan, another movie I would call a forgotten movie. This triggered my curiosity and made me look through old movie catalogs I still own and explore how certain movies became forgotten in…

Re: Women In Danger Special

Re: Women In Danger Special

August 1st, 2012

Dear Mr. Ebert, I recently stumbled across the special “Women in Danger” episode of Sneak Previews you did with the late Gene Siskel. Having watched it, it stirred something in me that made me want to give you my opinion about that particular show even though it’s been 32 years. I’m well aware that I…

Why The Dark Knight Rises is actually a Rocky III remake

Why The Dark Knight Rises is actually a Rocky III remake

July 26th, 2012

Watch out: spoilers ahead! When I was watching The Dark Knight Rises last week the final showdown between Bane and Batman reminded me of Rocky. Batman is fighting an opponent who has proven he’s stronger than him in a fist fight, at one point Batman hits him right on his mask which then starts to…

Oh hit movie theme song, were art thou?

Oh hit movie theme song, were art thou?

April 17th, 2012

With the recent passing of Whitney Houston and 100th anniversary of the Titanic, which led to its re-release in 3D, it came to me that the movie theme song as a single accompanying a movie’s release is something that rarely happens nowadays. Whitney starred in The Bodyguard and the movie’s theme song “I Will Always…

The life & death of the Erotic Thriller

The life & death of the Erotic Thriller

March 27th, 2012

About 20 years ago I was a regular customer at my local video store and they always had these catalogues for their customers with all the upcoming releases together with a synopsis of the movie’s plot and a picture of the video cover. I picked up a copy on a regular basis and never threw…

The day the special effect died

The day the special effect died

January 29th, 2012

There are two kinds of special effects in movies; the ones that attract no attention at all and the ones that just do that. The first category is there to make what you see on screen believable, and because it succeeds in generating a realistic image it attracts no attention at all. We believe that…

Looking back at: Batman – The Animated Series

Looking back at: Batman – The Animated Series

December 26th, 2011

These past few months I’ve been catching up on some of my childhood by watching the entire series of “Batman: The Animated Series” as well as its successor “The New Batman Adventures”. Having watched a fair share of episodes back in the day (the early 90’s) it occurred to me that this was regarded as…

Failed to launch

Failed to launch

May 9th, 2010

In Machete by Robert Rodriguez Steven Seagal and Danny Trejo face off one on one for the third time now. Seeing them together in the trailer made me realize one thing; how the tables have turned. Trejo now stars while he has been a busy supporting character for over more than 20 years while Seagal…