Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) – Brian Gibson

A number of cast and crew (including composer Jerry Goldsmith and visual effects artist Richard Edlund) return for Poltergeist II: The Other Side and while Julian Beck seems truly terrifying as Kane, the film doesn’t have the Spielberg or Hooper magic that made the first film such a hit. The Freeling family, Diane (JoBeth Williams),…

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) – Ted Post

  The next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is the long-running Planet of the Apes series, I’d previously reviewed the first film for the blog, so leapt forward into the first sequel, which sees Earth Astronaut, Brent (James Franciscus) travelling through some kind of space anomaly in his search for Taylor (Charlton Heston), who…

The Newsroom S02E09 – Election Night Part II

  And just like that Season 2 comes to a close. Sigh. Clocking in with 9 episodes this season, the season finale of Aaron Sorkin’s fantastic show, comes to a close by really telling relationship stories this time around as the jobs of everyone at News Night hangs in the balance. As November 8, 2012…

The Newsroom S02E08 – Election Night Part I

  HBO’s brilliant Aaron Sorkin drama roared back to the screen this past Sunday after a one week absence (believe me I noticed) and brought the pot to a steady and feverish boil as we follow the ACN News Night team through election night of November 8, 2012, amidst all the problems the blown story…

The Newsroom S02E06 – One Step Too Many

  Wow. What an episode, especially the last act when things really look like they are on the precipice of spinning out of control! The episode opens with the Red Team hearing about the black-op code-named Genoa. A red team’s purpose is to look at all the evidence, witness and material that has been collected,…

The Demented (2013) – Christopher Roosevelt

Anchor Bay Canada has been looking after me very well, and this week sent me a copy of this new horror flick to take a look at. It’s another take on the zombie movie, which, while not bringing anything really new to the table (except for one item I’ll talk about), will probably distract the…

The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse (2012) – Justin Paul Ritter

Releasing today on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment is this spooky, violent and enjoyable CG-animated feature based on the Dynamite Entertainment graphic novel. I came into the film unfamiliar with the original comic but intrigued by the idea, a zombie, John Romero (Michael Villar) becomes self-aware, urged back to reality even as he…

Planet of the Apes (1968) – Franklin J. Schaffner

The further I get into the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list, the more films I know, and am enjoying the chance to revisit. It’s been a number of years since I’ve seen this classic film, based on a novel by Pierre Boulle and a script by Michael Wilson and The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling. Schlocky fun, it…