Posts From Mark Pacis

Blue Bayou Review: Home is Where the Heart is

After two indie dramas set within Los Angeles’ Korean-American community, actor-director Justin Chon’s new film Blue Bayou focuses on an issue that’s currently affecting thousands of immigrants. That particular issue is an

Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Star Trek: The Motion Picture Ever since the film premiered in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture has never gotten past the reputation of being a joyless film. For the most part,

How to Survive Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Halloween Horror Nights have descended upon Universal Studios Hollywood once again after its hiatus in 2020. Now, it’s been a while since you’ve done Horror Nights, so we’re here to

Interview: Malignant Co-Writer/Director James Wan on Blending Genres, Giving Us a Villain We’ve Never Seen Before, and More

Malignant, the latest horror film from the master James Wan is finally here. Nerd Reactor had the opportunity to speak with Wan alongside a group of fellow journalists about Malignant. He

Malignant Review: A Crazy Visceral Splatterfest

In between the successes of Aquaman and Furious 7, Wan always seems to give back to the horror genre that put him on the map. In his new film, Malignant, Wan uses everything he

The New Trailer for James Wan’s Malignant Released

The trailer for James Wan’s latest horror-thriller, Malignant, has arrived and promises to be “a new vision in terror.” James Wan, the director of hit horror franchises such as Saw, Insidious, and The

Moonfall, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, and Bits of Borderlands Unveiled at the Lionsgate CinemaCon presentation

The Lionsgate presentation gave us a wide array of movies for their upcoming 2021/2022 film slate. While we didn’t see anything for John Wick 4, we were treated to an

Tom Cruise’s Latest and Greatest Stunt for Mission: Impossible 7 Revealed at CinemaCon

Imagine playing with your action figures as kids and coming up with so many entertaining ideas and stunts for your figures to do. Tom Cruise might not have come up

Fantasia Film Festival: It’s a Summer Film! (サマーフィルムにのって) Review

Looking at Soushi Matsumoto’s It’s a Summer Film, you wouldn’t expect the film to be a swiss-army knife kind of flick. However, the film features an eclectic mix of many genres.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review: A Match Made in Wuxia Heaven

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is not a film that you expect from Marvel Studios. It’s both a spiritual and emotionally complex film, with some of the best

Fantasia Film Festival: Midnight (미드나이트) Review

Midnight isn’t so much a thriller but a commentary on society’s treatment of disabled people. The film follows Kyung Mi (Ki-joo Jin), a deaf woman who inadvertently gets caught up in

Fantasia Film Festival: The Sadness (哭悲) Review

The Sadness is such a fascinating take on the zombie genre, but believe me when I tell you that it’s not for everyone. Writer/director Rob Jabbaz has put together a film

JAPAN CUTS: Wife of a Spy (スパイの妻) Review

Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has made a name for himself in the horror genre with such classics as Pulse and Cure. However, with Wife of a Spy, the horror auteur expands to do something he’s

JAPAN CUTS: Hiruko the Goblin (妖怪ハンター ヒルコ) Review

There is something strangely beautiful about watching a Japanese horror flick. J-horror always seems to flow like cherry blossoms in the wind while the creatures stem from the depths of

JAPAN CUTS: Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction (騙し絵の牙) Review

On paper, Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction‘s subject matter is not the most interesting of topics. Yet, Ichirô Kusuno’s riveting story of corporate politics and literary backstabbings creates a sense of

JAPAN CUTS: The Great Yokai War: Guardians (妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ) Review

Takashi Miike. A director known for his bloody cult classics such as Ichi the Killer and Audition. Yet, in 2005, Miike looked to create a movie for kids with the fantasy adventure, The Great

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

 Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is the tired and humorless sequel to the 2017 surprise hit, The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Shocking since a lot of the cast and filmmakers return for this sequel. Returning director

JAPAN CUTS: The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai (峠 最後のサムライ) Review

As Bong Joon-ho famously said in his Globes acceptance speech, “once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” With The Pass:

Fantasia Film Festival: Raging Fire (怒火) Review

Benny Chan was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer and sadly died during the post-production of Raging Fire. Little did we know that Raging Fire was going to be Chan’s magnum opus, as he leaves us

JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film Reveals 2021 Lineup

The 15th JAPAN CUTS film festival recently announced its main slate featuring a variety of films from the land of the rising sun. This year, the JAPAN CUTS festival will