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The Russian Woodpecker
The Russian Woodpecker
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy theories work best when they're plausible..and this one...scarily IS..., October 23, 2015
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Conspiracy theories are often a dime a dozen - ask radio talk show host Alex Jones. And the theory here - that the Chernobyl nuclear accident was no accident, staged as such to cover the fact that Russia's nearby gigantic Duga radar tower, which was about to be inspected, didn't actually work due to interference from the Northern Lights - would be as easy to pooh-pooh if it wasn't for the fact that throughout artist Fedor Alexandrovich's investigation into the two subjects, people continually clam up about both the nuclear disaster and the radar tower. It definitely gives you pause, especially near the end of the film, when Alexandrovich suddenly decides he doesn't want to proceed - clearly someone has scared the wits out of him. This is just the gist of the story surrounding this Sundance World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury winner, and the deeper you get into the idea, the more convincing the argument seems, especially in light of current events in the Ukraine, where both installations are now located following the breakup of the USSR. Granted, Fedor has no concrete proof - all the records have mysteriously disappeared. But the fact that his sudden change of tune happens after he obviously recieved a visit or call about his investigation makes people wonder whether his theory could be correct. And if it is, why the truth is still being buried nearly 30 years later. Utterly riveting, and one of the best docs of the year.

Carpenters - Album by Album: Song by Song
Carpenters - Album by Album: Song by Song
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly informative - lots of background info and behind the ..., September 19, 2014
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Incredibly informative - lots of background info and behind the scenes stuff. Author Rick Henry has gone out of his way to put together a concise look at every track on every Carpenters release from the first album through Richard's later solo material and the compilation discs. A must have for any Carpenters fan!

Fantastic Movie Trailers 12 - VHS Rewind! Tape 3
Fantastic Movie Trailers 12 - VHS Rewind! Tape 3
DVD ~ JF Leduc
Price: $12.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars More great outlandish 80s trailers!, July 23, 2013
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Fantastic Movie Trailers 12 - VHS Rewind! Tape 3

Montreal Film Studio has issued another in their Fantastic Movie Trailers DVD series. This one is #12 - VHS Rewind Tape 3, which means more painful trailers from the 1980s (and early 1990s)! And of course, we mean "painful" in a fun this whole series except the one with all the graphic grind-house stuff (of which there is plenty on this disc, hence four stars instead of five).

Here's the list of trailers included on this disc, along with a comment or two as warranted:

SuperBeta/FBI warning
Evil Toons (David Carradine, Arte Johnson)
Hobgoblins (featured on MST3K)
Excessive Force (Thomas Ian Griffith vehicle)
Two Evil Eyes
The Skateboard Kid (Timothy Busfield, Bess Armstrong, Dom DeLuise as the voice of the talking skateboard...yes, you read that correctly...)
Co Ed Oil Wrestling (exactly what it says, not a movie)
Evil Spawn
Honor and Glory (Cynthia Rothrock)
The Story Of Ricky (Aka Riki-Oh)(my other half says this is considered somewhat of a classic..really?)
RCA Videodisc blurb
Leprechaun (Jennifer Aniston)
Cut And Run (Willie Aames, Karen Black, Richard Lynch,and a host of other actors who should have known better)
Robot Jox (Gary Graham)
Ticks (Seth Green, Ami Dolenz, Clint Howard, Alphonso Ribero, Peter Scolari)
Knights (Kris Kristofferson, Lance Hendrickson, Nicholas Guest...WHY??)
Chunk Blower
Slime City
The Creepazoids
Dark Universe
George A Romero's Season Of The Witch (NOT related to the Nic Cage movie)
Return Of The Living Dead
Magnavox Magnavision ad featuring Leonard Nimoy (Fascinating! It looks like an early infomercial)
Excessive Force II - Force On Force
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
House 2 (Arye Gross)
Undefeatable (the hideous end fight scene has been featured on Tru TV's "Worlds Dumbest" series)
Nemesis (Tim Thomerson, Deborah Shelton, Jackie Earle Haley among others)
Young Lady Chatterly
Revenge Of The Ninja (Sho Kosugi classic)
Flesh Gordon Meets The Cosmic Cheerleaders
Dead Heat (Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo)
Leprechaun 3 (hey, what happened to Leprechaun 2, huh?)
Repo Jake (Dan Haggerty)
Cocaine Wars (John Schneider)
American Cyborg (Joe Lara)
Zombie Death House (Directorial debut of actor John Saxon)
My Mom's A Werewolf (Susan Blakely, John Schuck, John Saxon, Ruth Buzzi and... MARILYN MCCOO? REALLY?)
Dreams Come True
All Star Bikini Arm Wrestling (Exactly what it says - not a movie)

As always lots of fun! Quality suffers on some of them, but that's to be expected, seeing as how they were taken from 1980s VHS or BetaMax videos. To me, worth the price just for the Magnavox Magnavision ad with Leonard Nimoy done between "Star Trek - The Motionless Picture" and STII-TWOK" (the whole thing is on YouTube, I just looked). And as noted above, as Spock would say, "Fascinating!" And now we get the same thing on little compact disc sized DVDs...ain't technology grand? :-)

Thanks Montreal Film Studio - another great blast from the past!

Fantastic Movie Trailers 7: Drive-in Frenzy!
Fantastic Movie Trailers 7: Drive-in Frenzy!
DVD ~ Marie-Eve Le Bouthillier JF Leduc
Price: $12.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars These Drive In Trailers are a hoot!, August 22, 2012
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Fantastic Movie Trailers 7: Drive-in Frenzy!
We continue to check out the Fantastic Movie Trailers series, and now that we've purchased the entire library, we'll be doing more reviews.

Drive In Frenzy focuses on Drive In fare, most of which comes from the 70s and 80s. Some of the films are classics of their own kind, but most of them are just drive in swill. Still, as always Montreal Film Studio has put together a heck of a collection for nearly two hours of fun!

The Titles list:

-Drive In Promo
Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes
Taste The Blood Of Dracula
Slaughter's Big Ripoff
The Car
Monolith Monsters
Warriors of Atlantis
Blood From The Mummy's Tomb
Humanoids From The Deep
2000 Maniacs
Asylum Of Satan
Let Me Die A Woman
Goliath And The Dragon
Frankenstein Meets The Space Monster
-car speaker bumper -
The House By The Cemetery
Revenge Of Frankenstein
The Losers
Horror Of The Blood Monster
Kiss Of The Tarantula
Planet Of The Vampires
Monster from Green Hell
- Intermission - several ads and such -
Mission Stardust
The Comeback
One Dark Night
Dracula Has Risen From The Grave
The Doll Squad
The Beast Must Die
The Black Godfather
The Devils Rain
The Redeemer
Power Play
Invasion Of The Star Creatures
The Boogeyman
Amazons And Supermen
Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny, and Girly
The Horrible Sexy Vampire
The White Gorilla
The Pit And The Pendulum (Corman)
Valley of the Gwangi
-"Please Replace Your Speaker"

Plenty more trailers yet to come, and I can't wait. Keep 'em coming, MFS!
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Fantastic Movie Trailers 8 - VHS Rewind! Tape 2
Fantastic Movie Trailers 8 - VHS Rewind! Tape 2
DVD ~ Marie-Eve Le Bouthillier JF Leduc
Price: $12.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars More crazy trailers from the folks at Montreal Film Studio, August 22, 2012
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Fantastic Movie Trailers 8 - VHS Rewind! Tape 2

Well, as we continue to work our way through these trailer discs from Montreal Film Studio, I'm beginning to see a pattern...a lot of the films on this disc probably never saw the light of day in theatres. But then again, that's why it's VHS Rewind - most of these were from videos in the 1980s, although they have some excellent prints of classic trailers like Friday The 13th and The Fog among the offerings this time. And it's the shortest collection so far, coming in at just under 90 minutes- the rest run nearly 2 hours. But all in all, definitely worth the time and those bad trailers...heh heh heh...

The complete list of trailers for this disc is as follows:

Copyright Notice - UK
Ninja Dragon
Warlords Of The 21st Century
Crash And Burn
The New Barbarians
Ghoulies II
Choke Canyon
Future Force
-ad for JVC VHS player -
Friday The 13th
Turkey Shoot
Penitentiary III
Tough Ninja - The Shadow Warrior
Dark Age
Yor - The Hunter From The Future
Space Race
Six String Samurai
-Time/Life Commercial - "The Great Programs" -
Hercules II
Silent Night Deadly Night 5 - The Toymaker
Teenage Exorcist
Saturn III
The Fog
Clash Of The Titans
Troll 2
I Sofravvissuti Della Citta Morta (The Ark OF The Sun God)
-VHS Machine Commerical-
Savage Dawn
Toxic Avenger Part Two
The Gate
Star Crystal
American Ninja 3 - Blood Hunt
2020 Texas Gladiators (a German film..and in German, too...)
Fist Of Steel
Death Machine
Freedom Fighters
Ninja Terminator
-Time/Life Great Programs end-

The VHS ads are hilarious to see - now I feel old... my first VCR was one of those clunkers! And the Time/Life TV ads for "The Great Programs" was an exclusive Betamax offering - hilarious!

We've purchased the whole library of these discs now, so reviews of the discs that follow this one will be forthcoming in the days ahead..

In short - lots of fun as always - and now theres three or four I actually want to find to see if they're as awful as they look in the me a masochist...:-)

Fantastic Movie Trailers 4 - Encore
Fantastic Movie Trailers 4 - Encore
DVD ~ JF Leduc
Price: $12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you want in "B" movie trailers...again..., July 28, 2012
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We have been ordering all the Fantastic Movie Trailers discs lately, after enjoying the 42nd Street Forever series before it, and we haven't been disappointed so far. Although we watch them for pure enjoyment, they're also helping us prepare for an upcoming episode of our podcast focusing on classic trailers.

"Volume Four: Encore" was much more watchable than the sometimes overly gory Volume 3. the quality of the trailers vary because of various sources for the material, but overall they are very watchable. And unlike the "Midnight Madness" gorefest of Volume 3, I'd actually heard of most of these movies - and some I've even seen...::Gasp::

Here's the list of trailers from Volume 4:

THEATER POLICY TRAILER - "Kids Be Quiet or get thrown out" (WHY Can't we still have these "scare" trailers today?)
Playgirl Killer
The Last Grenade
Project Moonbase
The Dark Ride
Stunt Rock
The Anthropophagous Beast
Dracula (the original with Lugosi)
Dracula AD 1972
The Internecine Project
First Man Into Space
Don't Go In The House
Don't Go Near The Park
Don't Open The Door
Don't Open The Window
Don't Look In The Basement
Gorilla At Large
Shock Waves
Fiend Without A Face
Blood From The Mummy's Tomb
The Girl in Gold Boots
Devil Doll
Werewolves On Wheels
INTERMISSION - Bic Lighter ad, Lets All Go To The Lobby
The Being
Dracula Prince of Darkness/Plague Of The Zombies double feature
Son Of Dracula
The Boogeyman
Empire Of The Ants
Bride Of The Monster
Circus Of Fear (on volume 3 as "Psycho-Circus")
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
Curse Of The Vampire
Voodoo Island
And Now The Screaming Starts
Syndicate Sadists
Orloff et L'Homme Invisible
Ghost Of Frankenstein
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Five Million Years To Earth
The Crawling Eye
The Astro-Zombies
Battle Beyond The Sun
Beast Of Blood
Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman
Frankenstein's Bloody Terror
Horror Of Dracula
Devil Monster
The Twilight People
The Plague Of The Zombies (standalone trailer)
The Bride And The Beast

We've got another 8 volumes to order yet, here's hoping they continue to be lots of fun!

A quick word of warning - if you use Playstation 3 for DVD's as we do, you will need to use the "X" button to start the Disc; for some reason the main "Play" menu doesn't work...

Fantastic Movie Trailers 3 - Midnight Madness (2nd EDITION)
Fantastic Movie Trailers 3 - Midnight Madness (2nd EDITION)
DVD ~ JF Leduc
Price: $12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little gory, but then again, it's for midnight movies..., July 26, 2012
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We've been purchasing the entire Fantastic Movie Trailers disc library following up the 42nd Street Forever discs, and have really gone crazy with our interested because one of our upcoming podcast episodes will feature a discussion of classic trailers.

While disc 3 isn't as good as the first two, it's still a lot of fun, even though I've never heard of most of the films and some of them are in other languages with no subtitles. Another thing I don't care about these discs is that they have no chapter listing and no listing of the trailers - you have to watch the whole disc and can't pick and choose the trailers you want to see.

And because no one has done it yet, here's the list of trailers included on this disc (best guess on some of them):

An Italian horror film that we weren't sure of the title because there were no subtitles
Black Bunch
Return Of The Alien: The Deadly Spawn (aka Deadly Spawn)
Mutant (trailer in German)
Sax Rohemer's Kiss and Kill
The Sinister Urge
a French Zombie movie, title not clear
The Curse Of the Living Corpse
The Blob
Beware the Blob (aka Son Of Blob)
Invasion Of The Bee Girls
The Day Of The Triffids
another French horror film, "Something of Death" (we think)
Castle Of Blood
High School Hellcats
Drive In Masacre (their spelling, they forgot the second "s")
Girls Night Out
The Beach Girls And The Monster
Elsa - Fraulein SS
Night Of The Blood Monster
Beyond The Darkness
The Mysterians
Robot Monster
The Vampire Happening
INTERMISSION - two minutes of an 8 minute countdown
The Godson
A Taste Of Blood
Gigantis The Fire Monster
another Italian film (title is likely "L'isqua Oggli Vomini Pesco", or something close to that, can't read my writing..)
Doctor Butcher M. D. (Medical Deviant)
Tourist Trap
Lady Frankenstein
Frankenstein 1970
The Big Doll House
Zombies 2
The City Of The Dead
The Brood
Night Tide
The Mutations
Ministry Of Fear
Curse Of The Devil
Scream and Scream Again
Raw Meat
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
Satans Black Wedding
Movie Theater Goodbye Reel

Like I said, a lot of these are nausea inducing if you have a weak stomach, and also some nightmare fodder, but isn't that the fun of it all? :-)

Can't wait to catch volume four!

Questions for the Movie Answer Man
Questions for the Movie Answer Man
by Roger Ebert
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but very funny nevertheless, January 16, 2011
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Questions For The Movie Answer Man
As part of my goal to read one film book a week, I decided to put my money where my mouth is, and read one of Roger Ebert's earlier books. Although I rarely agree with his reviews, the man is one of the best writers in the business, and this book, comprised of questions from readers and his answers, was a great book to start with. Being published in the late 90s dated the book somewhat - it was released before the first DVD's hit the market - but the answers Ebert provides to some pretty wacked-out questions were always excellent, and often killingly funny. He tended to use the same letter writers over and over (Andy from Westwood MA being a prime example) but that was usually because the letters were funny or outrageous and his answer was often equally as funny or outrageous. A good case in point: Ebert spends several pages on the battle to get Blockbuster to carry a letterboxed VHS of Pulp Fiction in their stores, the answers he got from the various parties involved, and how Blockbuster did indeed finally carry the version, despite complaints from not-too-knowledgeable customers that the tape was broken (nowadays, letterboxing is a common practice - ALWAYS get the letterbox), but their solution and Ebert's reaction was priceless. All in all, despite the dated aspect, the book is very worth the read, and a great introduction tothe acerbic humor that Ebert has become famous for. My grade :B+

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