Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Rating: **** (out of 5)

Okay, before I get into this week’s review I have to acknowledge a couple of things. The first is that June is Pride Month. The second is that I had planned to do something special for this month, by doing 30 reviews of LGBT related cinema. I even went so far as asking my LGBT friends for movie selections, compiling a list of well over thirty films. And as you can see, now that it’s eight days into the month I have done nothing. Why? Because I’m a terrible, no good, very bad person who asked for all of this help and before I could even start I screamed, “Oh, fuck! Homework!” and then I passed out on the couch in the fetal position. Sorry, LGBT friends and allies, but I did the exact same thing three years ago declaring twice I was going to read all of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels before season three of Game of Thrones, but in my defense those books are really heavy. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: Zombeavers (2014)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Rating: **** (out of 5)

Happy Memorial Day, everyone. Now, when I planned this week’s column I thought maybe I could do some sort of list of great military films in honor of the ones that gave their lives for our country. I also thought about just reviewing a classic American film. Or something about families and cookouts. Then I thought, “To hell with that! Let’s do Zombeavers!” [Read more…]

PSDC Movie Review: The Human Centipede III: Final Sequence

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Rating: ** (out of 5)

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Okay, let’s do this.

In 2009, Dutch writer/director/possible sociopath Tom Six made a splash with his The Human Centipede: First Sequence, a darkly comic body horror film in which a mad scientist (Dieter Laser) sews three people together so they share a single digestive track. The film was pretty tongue-in-cheek (no pun intended) and was not even remotely as gross and disgusting as one might expect. Other than a couple of surgical shots and that feeding scene the film is honestly not what people think it is and was actually a pretty enjoyable film. Seriously. The film became a pop culture phenomenon, even its own South Park parody. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: The Voices (2015)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

So, this week I am back to my suggestions from friends and this week I chose a movie that has been repeatedly recommended to me by my friend Anne Payne. This week I’m picking the horror-tinged black comedy, The Voices.

In the film we follow Jerry (Ryan Reynolds), a perpetually cheery worker in the shipping department of a bathtub factory. His boss asks him since he is the new guy in department and is asked to be part of the planning committee for the office party. When he’s reluctant, Jerry is told the cute British chick from accounting, Fiona (Gemma Arterton – Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters) will be there, so naturally Jerry accepts. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: Four Rooms (1995)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: Four Rooms (1995)

Rating: *** (out of 5)

I have always been a film fan but I really came into a new level obsession in the mid-90s when the rise of the independent film was pretty much at its peak. Directors like Jim Jarmusch, Kevin Smith, the Coen Brothers, Richard Linklater, and Atom Egoyan entered my world. Now some of them had been making movies for years but I was just a kid. I was stepping into a whole new world. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: They Came Together (2014)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: They Came Together (2014)

Rating ***1/2 (out of 5)

Okay, confession time. I’m not the biggest fan of spoof movies. Now, I’m not saying I don’t like all of them. I think most of Mel Brooks’ films are great and films like Airplane! and The Naked Gun are absolute genius. But when it comes to things like your Scary Movies or your Date Movies or Meet the Spartans, I check out. Movies like those are lazy and instead of trying to craft their own story and dropping in references to other films and genres they are basically a bunch of bad SNL skits barely tied together. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: Paris Is Burning (1990)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: Paris Is Burning (1990)

Rating: ***** (out of 5)

I’m back with another suggestion from a friend, the second from Mark Perez, who also recommended Bubble Boy. This is my first documentary to review and I hope I do it justice. There’s some spoilers but this film is now 25 years old. That’s beyond the statute of limitations. [Read more…]

A Tale of Two Trailers: Star Wars Versus Superman vs. Batman

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

It’s been an exciting week for me because in one single day my childhood came back to me as not one, but two teaser trailers came out this week for easily two of the biggest upcoming blockbusters – Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, due Dec. 18, 2015, and Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice, due in the summer of 2016.

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These two films are pretty hotly anticipated, as well as some hot debate going on. Most of which is will they be any good. Well, let’s judge them both on what we know and what we’ve seen. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: The Big Lebowski (1998)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: The Big Lebowski (1998)

Rating: ****1/2 (out of 5)

This week I am reviewing a film based on a suggestion by my friend and fellow Project Shanks contributor Joe Hines. (Read his stuff and his novel Life in Lyrics.) Thank you for requesting this one, I hope I do it justice. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: The Way (2010)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

The Project Shanks Monday Night Movie – The Way

Rating: ****1/2 (out of 5)

So, I’m writing this review literally minutes after watching this week’s film. Setting the scene, it’s 11:57 pm on the day before Easter, bloated from a Chinese takeout I ate four hours ago, and listening to Francis Ford Coppola’s commentary on The Godfather part II. Tonight was date night, so my girlfriend came over and ended up sitting through The Godfather, which I had started while waiting on both her and food to get here. So after the film ended she asked if I wanted to watch The Way, a film she has been honestly wanting me to watch for many months now. [Read more…]

PSDC Movie Review: Digging Up The Marrow

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Rating: ** (out of 5)

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For me, director Adam Green is one of the best talents working in horror today. He is a clear fan of the genre and while most of his films (Hatchet, Chillerama) are comedies rooted in horror he has made legitimate serious horror films (Frozen, Spiral). He is also one of those directors, like Kevin Smith, that has as many hardcore fans as he does those who loathe everything he does. So, in short, he’s a filmmaker. I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself an Adam Green fanboy, but I do dig what the man does. For the most part. [Read more…]

PSDC Movie Review: It Follows

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Rating: **** (out of 5)

Sex is always a sure fire way to get killed later in a horror movie. Remember, it’s one of the three big rules of how to survive a horror movie. Unless you’re trying to be all cool and postmodern by pointing out the rules and then breaking them. But sex does equal death in horror and in the film It Follows the rules are no different. Well, maybe a little different, as I will explain. [Read more…]