Tag "Mark Pacis Movie Reviews"

Dementia 13: Director’s Cut (Vestron Video Collector’s Series) – Blu-ray Review

It’s always curious to see the first films from legendary directors. Some are great (THX-1138), while some are not so great. Unfortunately for Coppola fans, Dementia 13 falls under the latter. It’s

Unbreakable – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Unbreakable is easily one of M. Night Shyamalan’s early masterpieces. Before superheroes owned the cinema landscape, Unbreakable is small and restrained but grand in scale at the same time. It doesn’t feature many

Cruella – Blu-ray Review

For the most part, my thoughts on Cruella relatively remain the same as my review back in May. Of course, one of the best things about rewatching Cruella is watching the two Emmas battle

F9: The Fast Saga – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Listen, I’m one of the biggest defenders of the Fast & Furious franchise. I may get teased for my “lack of taste” in movies, but I don’t care because this is still

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,

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

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

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

Fantasia Film Festival: Love, Life and Goldfish (すくってごらん) Review

Based on the josei manga by Noriko Ootani, Love, Life and Goldfish lean heavily on the style of material it’s based on. From the expressive kanji letters overlaid on the screen to

Free Guy Review: The Best Video Game Movie Ever Made

To date, the video game industry has had something of an embarrassing involvement with Hollywood. Studios think that for a video game adaptation to be successful, you need to replicate

Profile – Blu-ray Review

When we reviewed the film back in May, we called Profile “a gimmick stretched to an almost two-hour runtime in a clever but exhausting thriller.” Upon a secondary viewing, my thoughts on the film