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Posts By Barry Wurst

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Why We’re Wrong About ‘True Detective’ Season 2
4 years ago

Why We’re Wrong About ‘True Detective’ Season 2

By  •  Reviews, TV

Before the season was half over, the phrase was everywhere. “True Detective” and the term “hate watching” became connected in the same gleefully nasty way “Nuke the Fridge” and “Jump …
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HiT Rewind: ‘April Fool’s Day’ (1986)
4 years ago

HiT Rewind: ‘April Fool’s Day’ (1986)

By  •  Reviews, Movies

This isn’t an April Fool’s Day gag but a genuine recommendation, especially if you’re “not into scary movies.”

Die-hard horror fans, on the other hand, know that Fred Walton’s 1986 …
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‘Remember’ Plummer’s Performance, Not the Movie
4 years ago

‘Remember’ Plummer’s Performance, Not the Movie

By  •  Reviews, Movies

His friend Max (Martin Landau) has financed Zev’s journey, including his hotel accommodations and travel expenses. What we gradually learn is that Max is sending Zev on a mission that …
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How ‘Species’ Survived 3 Sorry Sequels
4 years ago

How ‘Species’ Survived 3 Sorry Sequels

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Even its studio, MGM, famously had low expectations. It should have considered that the combo of slick special effects, gore, ample nudity and a cluster of respectable actors would draw a …
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‘Forsaken’ Squanders Dueling Sutherlands
4 years ago

‘Forsaken’ Squanders Dueling Sutherlands

By  •  Reviews, Movies

John Henry Clayton reconnects with his father, a disapproving reverend played by Kiefer’s real-life father, the great Donald Sutherland. The young Clayton is trying to turn his back on his …
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‘Serpent’ Still Horror’s Ultimate Burial Shocker
4 years ago

‘Serpent’ Still Horror’s Ultimate Burial Shocker

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Don Coscarelli’s “Phantasm” exploits the imagery of a mortuary (and the process of embalming) to unsettling effect. Roger Corman’s “Premature Burial” (1962) and George Sluzier’s still-terrific “The Vanishing” (1988) also …
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Pop Culture Confessions: ‘Sister Act’ Dream or Nightmare?
4 years ago

Pop Culture Confessions: ‘Sister Act’ Dream or Nightmare?

By  •  Opinion, Humor

When I woke up, my thoughts regarding the imaginary film were so thorough, I immediately typed the constructive criticism I had developed during the dream. Looking at those notes, I …
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‘Lazer Team’ Isn’t the Cult Classic It Strains to Be
4 years ago

‘Lazer Team’ Isn’t the Cult Classic It Strains to Be

By  •  Reviews, Movies

“Dude, Where’s My Car” may have been shamelessly dumb, but it had consistently successful, even witty, gags.

The same can’t be said for the equally juvenile “Lazer Team.”

Four knuckle …
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Take Two: Why ‘Jem’ Deserves a Second Chance
4 years ago

Take Two: Why ‘Jem’ Deserves a Second Chance

By  •  Reviews, Movies

The big screen adaption of the ’80s animated hit had one of the worst openings of all time. The few who saw it weren’t impressed. “Jem” director Jon Chu claims he …
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Rampling, Courtenay Make ’45 Hours’ Essential Viewing
4 years ago

Rampling, Courtenay Make ’45 Hours’ Essential Viewing

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star as Kate and Geoff Mercer, a late-middle-aged couple preparing for their 45th wedding anniversary. We learn this will be a milestone celebration, bringing many …
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