Tag Archive: Off Beat

Nov
30

VIDEO: SCARED TO DEATH – Temple of Bad

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In a startlingly bold experiment for ToB, we’ve decided to take the first twenty minutes of the classic(?) Bela Lugosi horror(?) film, SCARED TO DEATH, and treat it to a daringly new concept in film analysis, one that’s never been seen before and certainly has absolutely no connection to MST3K or CINEMATIC TITANIC or RIFFTRAX, …

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Apr
27

PATCH TOWN – Temple of Bad

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Oh, sure, anybody can look at a ROBOT MONSTER, a BIRDEMIC, a XANADU and say, “Wow, that’s stinky.” It takes next-level insight to take on the likes of PATCH TOWN, an ambitious tale of a grown up Cabbage Patch doll breaking out of the gulag-like factory where he’s enslaved to find the little girl who …

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Oct
31

THE BRAINIAC – Temple of Bad

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(Sung to the tune of Maniac): A Satanist who can zip out of chains. He is suave, and he’s smart, and clumsy. He gropes all the chicks, and eats his victim’s brains, Everybody says he’s eeeee-vil. He gets burned at the stake, but is feeling no pain. He knows it’s just a matter of time, …

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Aug
23

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE MACHINE

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“The Machine, Dan? The Machine? Surely you must mean Ex Machina, the dark, sensual drama about a young programmer falling into the thrall of an eerily human-like android, the film that grabbed so much attention earlier this year. That’s the film you’re talking about, right?” No, no I’m actually talking about The Machine, another film …

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Jul
19

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: SELF/LESS & JELLYFISH EYES & A HARD DAY

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This is a real “watch this, not that,” segment this time. Self/less was the “serious” opening last weekend — directed by overt stylist Tarsem Singh, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley — and the worst sin that could be leveled at it was that it was kind of stoopid. But then, the weekend also saw …

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Jul
05

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE MIDNIGHT SWIM

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You can be forgiven. If your first thought when you hear the phrase, “found-footage mockumentary” is a sincere wish that somebody should have released a Web virus long ago to wipe every copy of The Blair Witch Project off every server on Earth, that’s certainly understandable. So I’m aware of the risk I’m taking by …

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Jun
28

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: INSIDE OUT

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Okay, right, yeah, sure, sure: Inside Out is a wall-to-wall wonder, good news for anyone who despaired that the animation studio, Pixar — after numerous missteps — had lost its mojo, and who, frankly, would’ve rejoiced in any glimmer of the ol’ Pixar verve now. It’s better than that, far better. But while you’re alternating …

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Jun
04

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: REALITY

CATCH-UP THURSDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates. From 4/16/15:It’s the movie about the dream about the film about the movie about the dream. Here’s my review of Quentin Dupieux’s surreal comedy, Reality. Annnnnnd, that catches us up. Thanks for playing!

Jun
02

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: CHEATIN’

CATCH-UP TUESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates. From 4/9/15: The course of true love never runs smooth. When cartoonist Bill Plympton is presiding, it can get downright kinky. Here’s my review of Cheatin’.

Jan
19

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: PREDESTINATION

Ethan Hawke warps the time-lines in PREDESTINATION.

It’s January Mysteries time! Usually it’s no secret why a film gets given a January release date. The month’s largely a dumping ground, a catch-all for films that, for one reason or another, have been found wanting. But occasionally a film lands in the month that, from all on-screen evidence, should have received better treatment. …

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