Category: Movies

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VIDEO: Godzilla (1954)

In this kaiju-sized episode of the DVD Shelf Movie Reviews, we delve deep into the creation of one of the most famous giant monsters in movie history, Godzilla! Born out of World War II’s impact on Japan, Godzilla has gone on to star in nearly thirty movies over the years, but none are as dark, ominous, and captivating as the original 1954 black-and-white film that started it all.

VIDEO: Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

Jump scare! Phil Buni’s March Medical Madness continues with this very meta sequel, where
a group of film students break into a mental hospital to investigate whether the events of the first film actually happened. Because we all know how well Blair Witch 2 turned out!

VIDEO: A Knight's Tale (2001)

Take one sports movie, add Chaucer, comedy, the hits of Queen, and anachronistic metalworking, and serve with a side of naked Paul Bettany. Also on today’s episode: Palamon, Arcite, Emily, and the Bessemer process. Not necessarily in that order.

VIDEO: Push (2009)

The Cinema Slob gets around to watching Push, the super-powered action thriller starring Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning. So what does the Slob think of this stylish entry into the world of superhero movies? Test your psychic abilities, and check out the Slob’s review to find out!

VIDEO: Chinango (2009)

Renegado takes a look at Chinango, allegedly the first Latin American martial arts movie ever made. Filmed in Mexico in 2006, and not released until 2009, Renegado finds out if this movie measures up with other entries in the martial arts genre, or if he has another Undefeatable on his hands.

VIDEO: An American Werewolf in London (1981)

In this episode, we take a look at the classic ’80s horror/comedy An American Werewolf in London, directed by John Landis. We’ll look at the Landis’s inspirations and what effect the film had on his future directing career, including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. We’ll also look at the Oscar-winning makeup effects by Rick Baker, and why they make the film so unforgettable.

VIDEO: Blood Diner (1987)

A pseudo-remake of the Herschell Gordon Lewis classic Blood Feast, and one of the most ridiculous horror comedies of all time. Two brothers (and their uncle, who’s just a brain and eyes in a jar) open a restaurant that serves the best food in town, and the secret ingredient is all the people they killed in sacrifice to resurrect the goddess Shitaar.

VIDEO: Movies That Weren't: Hong Kong Phooey, Marvin the Martian

NOTE: This review is in Spanish with English subtitles. In 2011, Eddie Murphy signed on to voice Hong Kong Phooey, based on the cartoon about a dog who knows kung fu, but the project fell through. The same director was working on a Marvin the Martian film which also never happened, and now he’s leaked footage from both projects to show us how we dodged two bullets!

VIDEO: Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947)

Seeing Bryan Singer’s Jack and the Giant Slayer inspires Joey to watch a much better adaptation of the Jack and the Beanstalk story, namely, this Mickey Mouse short that was originally released as part of the film Fun and Fancy Free, and would be the last time Walt Disney would ever voice Mickey Mouse.