Review: Gordon Ramsay’s “24 Hours to Hell and Back”

As a fan of Kitchen Nightmares and Gordon Ramsay in general, I was excited to see him returning with a new “restaurant help” show after a nearly four year hiatus. In fact, judging from the commercials, it appeared that this was going to be the same show, just done in a more challenging 24 hours as opposed…

Movies in 2018

In 2015, I watched my 1,000th movie. Considering 2018 was a year of transition for me with a move, I still managed to see 108 movies with 53 of them being for the first time, bringing my lifetime total to 1,271 (according to my IMDB lists). Last year, there was a healthy mix of new…

Movie Review: “Bird Box” (2018)

This review contains spoilers. I am going to begin by echoing a sentiment shared by many while watching the newly-released Netflix film Bird Box: for most of the running time, I felt like I was watching A Quiet Place (2018). And The Happening (2008). It was like the two films got together and had a baby, and the…

Ode to that Grimy, Terrible, Amazing Hockey Rink

My best friend nearly lost an eye here. I was once given a two-handed slash to my shin that was so hard I had a welt the size of a golf ball for months. The goals scored, tantrums thrown, and screaming matches exchanged here were enumerable. I don’t think anyone actually knows who Bill Ward…

Halloween 2K18: A Review of: “Halloween” (2018)

This review contains a major spoiler. Like most people, I walked out as the end credits began to roll. This was not because of any particular disdain for the film, but rather because I am not usually one of those people to sit through them. Only unless I am enraptured by what I saw and…

Halloween 2K18: A Review of “A Quiet Place” (2018)

A Quiet Place would have indistinctly blended in with all of the other post-apocalyptic films if not for one inclusion: the characters cannot make any noise. It is the year 2020 and earth has undergone a massive invasion by beastly, terrifying, ultra-violent alien creatures. Yet as vicious as they are, the aliens do not have…

Halloween 2K18: A Review of “The Witch” (2015)

Horror movies with historical backdrops are incredibly rare. Those that do exist almost always fail bombastically. This is for several reasons. First and foremost, sets and costuming for any historical drama can cost money, and the budgets for such horror movies usually relegate the participants to looking like the props department did their shopping at…

Halloween 2K18: A Review of “Annabelle: Creation” (2017)

Having just called Annabelle (2014) a stain upon the Conjuring franchise for ignoring the real story of the Annabelle doll and choosing to go with something truly fantastical, here I am ready to rave about its prequel made three years later, Annabelle: Creation. This film too chooses to ignore most of the Warrens’ story regarding…

Halloween 2K18: A Review of “Annabelle” (2014)

I really wanted to hate this movie. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the two Conjuring films, this latest installment of Annabelle, was not even going to pretend to have any basis in reality whatsoever. The whole “Based on a True Story” label is pretty much useless when it comes to horror movies anyway. As a…