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Blood Splattered Cinema
Hosted by: Horror Guru
The Horror Guru reviews the bloodiest, wildest, and weirdest horror that cinema has to offer!
The Bunny Perspective!
Hosted by: Phil Buni
Media reviews and analysis by a pot smoking, puppet bunny. Do you like weird-but-great underground films? Hate Glee, Gigli, and other Hollywood garbage? The Bunny Perspective offers a blend of humorously angry negative reviews, and honest praise of underground movies and TV. We talk about films, TV, anime, and animation. We are the Cult of the Bunny, and you too can be a Cultist. #CultoftheBunny
Cartoon Palooza
Hosted by: Joey Tedesco
A satirical review show where a guy from Jersey watches and criticizes cartoons, including everything from comic books to animated movies. Whatever it is, Joey will either tell you to run out and see it... or fughetabouit!
The Cheap-Arse Film Review
Hosted by: Liam Barrett
It's the Cheap-Arse Film Review, where a young(ish) man finds out if it's possible to live the life of a cinephile super-nerd on the strictest budget possible. Inspired by growing up in the wilds of Essex, England (that's only partially a joke, by the way) and the current harsh economic times, Liam only reviews DVD that can be purchased for £1.00p or less!
The Count Jackula Show
Hosted by: Count Jackula
There are vampires, and there are men from outer space, but there is only one vampire from outer space! Join Count Jackula from the Planet Drakula as he explains the ins and outs of horror, from the mythic to the modern. Blood, off-color humor, and an obsession with Elvira are in store for you!
The DVD Shelf
Hosted by: David Rose
Life is short, so skip the bad movies and let your host David Rose reveal, review, and recommend the ones you should have on your own DVD shelf. The DVD Shelf is a film-lover's safe haven to bask in the warm glow of cult favorites, over-looked cinematic gems, rediscovered classics, and downright fun flicks on both DVD and Blu-ray.
The Examined Life (of Gaming)
Hosted by: Roland Thompson
Just when video games were getting good, the late '90s and early '00s came along. The Examined Life (of Gaming) dares to delve into the good, the bad, and the value-priced games of this dark period, and sometimes we find something worth playing!
The Film Renegado
Hosted by: Film Renegado
Coming to you from south of the border, it's the Film Renegado! A civil engineer with a cinephile complex, the Film Renegado uses movies made in Mexico or by Mexican directors to share bits from his country's culture, past and present. You will both learn and be entertained! How cool is that?
Friday Night Fright Flicks
Hosted by: Count Jackula & Horror Guru
Welcome, fright knights, to Friday Night Fright Flicks! Join your hosts Count Jackula and the Horror Guru as they stumble their way through current horror releases, letting you know which ones are worth the price of admission.
Good Bad Flicks
Hosted by: Cecil Trachenburg
Good Bad Flicks is a show not only dedicated to rare movies, but also forgotten classics and misunderstood box office bombs. Your host Cecil takes you through each movie, discussing the promotional materials, and taking a look at what went on behind the scenes. With a healthy dose of Irish sarcasm, he throws a few jabs at even his most cherished favorites.
The Graphic Novel Picture Show
Hosted by: Solkir
Your host Solkir presents The Graphic Novel Picture Show, a retrospective of the history of comic book movies!
Joshua the Anarchist
Hosted by: Joshua Bell
Charged with the crime of liking Batman & Robin, Joshua the Anarchist has been declared insane and committed to Arkham Asylum. Locked away in a padded cell, he'll endure movie after movie as doctors attempt to "treat" him. He may not have gone in a madman, but he soon will be.
Minority Report Reviews
Hosted by: Tom Marriott
Minority Report Reviews is where often slated or just plain forgotten films and TV shows come for an ego boost. Focusing primarily on unloved sequels, your host Tom Marriott takes questions from the general public to showcase the positives in these films. Love it or hate it, this is the show where you can have your say and see a guilty pleasure defended by the host with the most... strange tastes.
Movie Dorkness
Hosted by: Sofie Liv
It's the show formerly known as Red Suitcase Adventues! Join Sofie Liv, a nice Dane (who may not be as negative as everyone else!) as she dissects pop culture phenomena to explore both the good and bad in popular films.
The Movie Skewer
Hosted by: Team Agony Booth
From the makers of the Agony Booth™ comes The Movie Skewer, where terrible movies are roasted over an open flame for your enjoyment. Watch the very first online review/recap series that’s too much for one host to handle!
Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack
Hosted by: Michael A. Novelli
Need a healthy dose of cynicism from a guy whose face you can barely see? Then Mr. Mendo’s your man! Whether a movie suffers from Hype Backlash, Intellectual Dishonesty, or is just Complete Shit, Mr. Mendo is there. Mr. Mendo wasn‘t raised in this country, so he takes nothing for granted: if something ain‘t right, he’ll nose it out. So join him as he takes on Oscar winners and legendary flops alike in front of a blanket suspended between his couch and recliner!
Mystery Madness
Hosted by: Full of Questions
Mysteries are awesome! And who's better suited to examine the wonderful, the terrible, and the adequate of the movie mystery genre than a teenager with nerdy glasses and substandard editing software? ...Many people, probably, but enjoy the show anyway!
PGSM Summaries
Hosted by: Nycea
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (PGSM for short) is a hilarious live-action retelling of the Sailor Moon story. On this show, your host Nycea summarizes and riffs on this gloriously bad series—one episode at a time.
Reel vs. Reel
Hosted by: Animated Heroine
Animation isn't just for kids; it's also for adults who never learned how to grow up. In Reel vs. Reel, the Animated Heroine looks at two similar animated films to see which one comes out on top and why. Her love for good animated films is only matched by her cynicism towards the bad ones.
Stuff You Like
Hosted by: Sursum Ursa
Stuff You Like is an original show where redhead Sursum Ursa waxes enthusiastic about movies, TV shows, and anything else that comes to mind! Expect singing, snarky subtitles, random pictures she finds on the internet, and lots of fangirling!
Terror Obscura
Hosted by: Fear Fan
Terror Obscura is a show dedicated to exploring the best and worst horror films ever made. While some shows are content to just mock bad films, this one isn't afraid to take even the most sacred of cows to the slaughterhouse. If you like horror, humor, or if you're just looking to find some titles you might want to rent, Terror Obscura is the show for you!
Tom's Retrophilia
Hosted by: Thomas Stockel
Is he a connoisseur of vintage media, or just a bitter old man trapped in the past?  Either way, tune in and watch Tom take a look at the movies and television shows from a time when he was actually in the target audience!
The Unusual Suspect
Hosted by: Unusual Suspect
The Unusual Suspect reviews popular movies, and tears 'em apart! They may be good, but no movie is perfect, and there's always things you may have overlooked and hadn't thought about. So join the Suspect as he exploits and ridicules the films you know and love. Just don't kill him for it!
What We Had to Watch
Hosted by: Il Neige
Il Neige is a smart-ass with a love-hate relationship with movies from the new millennium. Sure, reviews can be fun or cathartic, but there's also the risk of the occasional Twi-hard invasion or fireball to the face! ...That's how these things usually go, right? So join Il Neige as he braves the cinematic dangers that lie just beyond the fourth wall to critique the best and worst of 21st century filmmaking!
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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

The third Star Trek film is, with the exception of Wrath of Khan, my favorite of all the films. Actually, I think I like it just as much as the second film, and slightly more than the fourth. You could make an argument that the second, third, and fourth movies represent the best story arc in the entire franchise. The last few seasons of Deep Space Nine are a close second, brought down by some typically bad Ferengi episodes.

The second movie is a movie I consider to be a perfect viewing experience (as is this one), the fourth one is just plain fun (to say nothing of a nice breather after the intensity of the previous two films), and the third movie is a wonderful mix of action, drama, and humor.

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Notable notes on the film:

Interesting way to catch the audience up, as the recap of the previous movie’s ending is given a little bit of visual flair, as the images begin small with a pale blue tint before gradually coming into the entirety of the screen in full color. It’s an interesting touch that gives the film a little bit of a unique quality.

James Horner’s score is good, as it was in the previous film, which makes sense, because it’s pretty much the same damn score only with a few new themes in it. I actually don’t have a problem with this. In an odd way, it makes sense, since the film is about the shaken and distraught crew coming to terms with the loss of Spock (granted, going against direct orders to get his body so they can toss his soul back in it is an odd way of coping, but who are we to judge?). Hell, why not have the score follow suit?

Or I could just be full of shit, and it was just cheaper to tell Horner to go the Corman route and compose a little new music while they reused stuff from his previous score. Either one is quite plausible.

Christopher Lloyd as our villain for the day is great, though in an entirely different way than Ricardo Montalban was in the previous movie. While Khan was a wonderfully obsessed villain from the past, Lloyd’s Commander Kruge is great, since he’s such an unknown commodity. All we know about the guy is that he’s a Klingon... And a rather unpleasant one, at that.

Lloyd plays the role with a hammy relish that’s just entertaining as hell, even though nowadays it’s a little hard to not think of tons of Back to the Future jokes every time he appears. This isn’t anything new, as Lloyd got the role right after Taxi went off the air.

I also love the Klingon Bird of Prey. It’s just a cool ship.

Equally cool is Kruge’s pet. I love that even his crew is nervous about it, as we can see at the end of the scene where Kruge orders a crewman to feed the beast.

The introduction of the new starship Excelsior is a fun addition, as it’s a cool looking ship. It helps that it’s built up and presented in much the same way the asshole jock character in a teen comedy from the same period is shown. Makes what happens to it later quite amusing.

Performances are uniformly excellent for the most part, but I have to note what a terrific job DeForest Kelley does here. It’s not an easy task he has (playing McCoy and Spock, to an extent), but he pulls it off with considerable skill.

Leonard Nimoy directs the film with a surprisingly assured hand, given that this was his directorial debut. He keeps the pace nice and tight, the humor actually works (it helps when you let the laughs come from the characters rather than the situations they’re in), and he gets solid work from all but a few of his actors.

I get a personal kick out of Night Court’s John Larroquette as one of the Klingons. I always liked the guy, and the fact that two of our bad guys are Reverend Jim Ignatowski and Dan Fielding is quite funny to me. My only regret is that they couldn’t snag Richard Moll to play a Klingon.

Why yes, I am an ‘80s geek. What gave it away?

If there’s anything that could be considered a weak link in this movie, it would be the appearance of Kirk’s son David (Merrit Buttrick) and Saavik (Robin Curtis) from the previous film. Both characters figured prominently in the previous movie, as they do here, but the actors turn in rather stiff performances. Nothing outwardly horrible, they’re just a bit on the stiff side. Still, there are one or two good moments from them here and there, and their first scene leads to the revelation that Spock may still be alive, so it’s all good.

On a side note, am I the only one who found the captain of the science vessel just a tad on the annoying side? I’m all for making sure the new planet you’ve discovered doesn’t melt the gonads of the away team you send down, but come on!

Come to think of it, pretty much every person in Starfleet not on the Enterprise comes off as either overly strict (the unseen council that’s clamped down on the Genesis planet issue), a smug ass (the Excelsior captain), or sort of a pussy (the Grissom captain). Sort of weird.

The mind meld scene with Kirk and Spock’s father Sarek (Mark Lenard) is a nice bit of acting from both men.

The way the Genesis planet is used is pretty neat, as a rapid evolutionary process that turns out to be highly unstable. It’s set up and followed up on quite nicely.

I love the scene where McCoy tries to charter a flight to the planet. While the guy was always a funny character before, having Spock inhabiting his mind in a way makes him even better. The alien he ends up talking to is also... interesting.

The best sequence in the entire movie is the ten-minute stretch (give or take a minute or two) where Kirk and company steal the Enterprise. Having the ship set to be decommissioned is a nice setup for the events, and the cast and Nimoy handle the entire sequence with a deftly light comic touch.

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