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I review movies with sound effects and a few jokes to keep it interesting.

I review movies with sound effects and a few jokes to keep it interesting.
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I review movies with sound effects and a few jokes to keep it interesting.








Pete’s Dragon (1977) Plot Summmary

This is my reading of the plot summary of the 77 classic: Pete's Dragon. (text from from Wikipedia) Includes the original trailer audio and Helen Reddy's "Candle on the Water."


The Blackcoat’s Daughter

Film Summary of the horror/mystery film "The Blackcoat's Daughter." The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015) February (original title) R | 1h 33min | Horror, Thriller | 16 February 2017 (USA) The Blackcoat's Daughter Poster Trailer 2:17 | Trailer3 VIDEOS | 33 IMAGES Watch Now With Prime Video ALL Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break. Director: Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins) Writer: Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins) Stars: Emma...


Previews of Cam / Jacob’s Ladder / High Tension

In this episode I give an introduction to three movies I highly recommend. Only minor spoilers here. Cam (2018) TV-MA | 1h 34min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 16 November 2018 (USA) Cam Poster Alice, an ambitious camgirl, wakes up one day to discover she's been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself. Director: Daniel Goldhaber Writers: Isa Mazzei, Daniel Goldhaber (story by) | 2 more credits » Stars: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters


Amores Perros

Alejandro González Iñárritu's debut film is amazing. I finally got around to watching it and did a show on it here for fellow fans. Amores Perros (2000) Amores perros (original title) R | 2h 34min | Drama, Thriller | 13 April 2001 (USA) Amores Perros Poster A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu) Writer: Guillermo...


The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built - Note: This is my full walkthrough & film summary of this graphic horror movie. Not for everyone. My rough notes: The director and buildup 2 levels: the incidents of a serial killer / the walk to hell, escorted by the verge It’s weird because we are in jack’s head but not supposed to relate with him, and yet we may. Ocd etc are relatable things Mr. Verge (Demon) and Jack 1st incident - Uma Thurman’s character is a bit demanding/annoying. She insults him by saying...


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The Christmas movie that always makes me laugh. Get some hot chocolate and reminisce with me about this strictly hilarious film. Ready? Merry Christmas, I hear Santa's sleigh! Let's go.


Trauma 8/10

This is my monologue on Lucio A. Rojas' controversial, extreme horror film "Trauma" (2017) Warning: not for everyone. Notice: It is an extreme horror film with elements of vengeance and thriller. If descriptions of extreme horror including torture offend you, please do not listen to this episode. This is a complete walk-through of the film which includes spoilers.


The Killer Inside Me 7/10

I give a review of this film in today’s monologue. I also talk a bit about serial killers in movies in general. Recorded 12/18/2018. For more on movies I find interesting like this one, tune in here or feel free to subscribe by one of many methods


Bunch O’ Films 12/13/2018

In this episode I review: Boiler Room, The Possession of Hannah Grace, The House With a Clock in its Walls, The Deaths of Ian Stone, and The Grinch. Boiler Room 20002hRCrime, Drama, Thriller7.01063 MetascoreBen Younger | Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long A college dropout, attempting to win back his father's high standards he gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it once appeared to...


A Christmas Story: Muse on Favorite Scenes

"You'll shoot your eye out." "The Old Man," directs Ralphie to look at one last present that he had hidden. Ralphie opens it to reveal the Red Ryder gun he wanted. These are only two of so many scene I love in "A Chrstmas Story." Let's reminisce together shall we? A disclaimer: As usual, my podcast contains spoilers. "You'll shoot your eye out." The Old man directs Ralphie to one more present. Ralphie takes the gun outside and fires it at a target perched on a metal sign in the backyard. The...


It’s a Wonderful Life

My daughter Isabella is my guest on this show :) It is highly rare that a film touches so many lives over the course of so many generations. We’ve had plenty of movies about the great depression and the surrounding hard time periods. None of them portray such stirring and memorable images as “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Please note my review contains spoilers) Meta info: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)PG | 2h 10min | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 7 January 1947 (USA)An angel is sent from Heaven to help...


Big Fish

I do give spoilers in my reviews. Why should you be excited to watch "Big Fish?" Let me count the ways. "Big Fish: is like "Alice in Wonderland." Big Fish is like our lives with our elders as they pass on and share strange stories with us. In fact, most of them don't wait until their older, they share outlandish, possibly annoying, but unforgettable stories all their lives. Big Fish (2003)PG-13 | 2h 5min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 9 January 2004 (USA) Big Fish PosterTrailer 2:28 |...


Ralph Breaks the Internet

It’s great when you see a sequel with your favorite character doing more of what you loved the first time. Due to mediocre writing and an attempt to be flash over story, this film quickly veers away from the first film. All is not lost though, the visuals are indeed amazing and enjoyable. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)PG | 1h 52min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 21 November 2018 (USA)Ralph Breaks the Internet PosterSix years after the events of “Wreck-It Ralph,” Ralph and Vanellope, now...


Alpha, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, 247F, Boiler Room, The Exorcist 3, Megan Leavey, Baskin, The Return of the Living Dead, Mercy, Crazy Rich Asians

Alpha, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, 247F, Boiler Room, The Exorcist 3, Megan Leavey, Baskin, The Return of the Living Dead, Mercy, Crazy Rich Asians 1. Alpha (2018) PG-13 | 1 hr 36 min | Adventure, Drama, Family 8 Rated on 04 Dec 2018 In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity. Director: Albert Hughes |...


The Manchurian Candidate, Puzzle, Citadel, Battle Royale, Audition

It's another Bunch O' Films episode! These movies are great! I got to 5 this time plus a short diary entry. Feel free to comment here or on twitter @rileyonfilm or @thedrpodcast Text below is a transcript which can be seen better at The Manchurian Candidate (1962) This film is often listed as a “must-watch” classic. For many years I have been intrigued by it but only now have I take the time to watch. I can tell you it has great cinematic moments and indeed every film lover...


Bunch O’ Films 11/27/2018

In this episode I review 4 popular films: Bohemian Rhapsody, Candyman, Beautiful Boy, & Widows. Transcript/Text below can be read easier at Bohemian Rhapsody As far as realism goes, Brian May looks like himself. No other cast member resembles their character, especially not Rami Malik who plays Freddie Mercury. Besides that, when he talks he doesn’t sound like him. Rami is making a different voice but it isn’t the singer fans know of. But I’m only touching the tip of the...


Comics vs Horror Challenge w Guest Drew

It's a very cool topic today with a special guest: Drew of Drew's Movie Reviews to watch 3 horror films I thought he'd enjoy and he challenged me with three in like fashion. Did I become comic book crazed? Did Drew become a zombie? Listen and find out! My guest Drew can be found at these locations: Website/blog: Drew's Movie Reviews Twitter: @DrewToTheFuture & Facebook Page: Drew's Movie Reviews Drew had You’re Next, Train to Busan, and Hush. I had Dredd, Watchmen, and Spiderman 2.


A Separation – Plus 3 other great foreign films w subtitles

Watching this movie "A Separation" I saw a country that was so backward in the way it deals with justice but I also saw just how difficult it might be for a man such as this protagonist in his 30's, as opposed to a woman, to exist in these countries. This film takes place in Iran. You know, we all should be thankful for the #Metoo movement because it has brought to the light rape and mistreatment of women all over the planet. I believe it has already brought about change through awareness....



Just like "Inglorious Bastards" gave free reign to kill and maim Nazis, so "Overlord" creates a green light for gore against those same bastards. On the face of it we have a reason to kill and do it with vengeance. It's like a horror/vengeance director's perfect setting. From the little ink blot blood paratroopers on the movie poster to the opening scenes fleshing out D-Day, this film a huge set up. The pay off is nothing to sneeze at either. It does what you imagine it will do based on the...


Rebel Without a Cause

This film takes place in Los Angeles and focuses on juvenile "delinquent" teenagers in 1955. I picked it to review because I love the film, even though the performances are a bit unsettling at times. My wife and I are going to LA for the weekend to celebrate our 16th anniversary. One place we will be going is a prominent setting in the film: The Griffith Observatory. I think this film brings out the truth in adolescence, even its "storms." Highlights include a star studded cast and a very...