Starring debuts #16: Aaron Eckhart in In the Company of Men (1997)

Film Title

In The Company Of Men

Synopsis

Misogyny! Hooray! Or is it?

Director

Neil LaBute

Cast

Aaron Eckhart
Matt Malloy
Stacy Edwards

Perhaps the key scene in Neil LaBute’s caustic debut is the one in which business exec Chad (Eckhart) gets a junior colleague to expose himself. It’s during this brief humiliation that we grasp Company’s true interest: the increasingly unpleasant methods Chad will use to clamber over other men in the workplace. A fair chunk of […]

Ambulance

Film Title

Ambulance

Synopsis

An ambulance in La-La Land

Director

Michael Bay

Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Eiza Gonzalez
Garret Dillahunt
Jackson White

“Ambulance” – La-La-Land. It shouldn’t take long into a viewing of Ambulance for you to realize you’re getting a movie that had approximately three minutes of thought put into its screenplay. For reasons that make absolutely no sense, the title highlights the “LA” part, as if it matters even a tiny bit what city this […]

Fucked-Up Films #3: I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Film Title

I Spit On Your Grave

Synopsis

Woman 4, Men 1

Director

Meir Zarchi

Cast

Camille Keaton
Eron Taber
Richard Pace
Anthony Nichols
Gunter Kleemann

What are these sick bastards doing? Bored by the prospect of going bowling yet again and the lack of choice at the local cinema, four men in rural Connecticut plump for a bit of fishing. Oh, and rape. Lots and lots of rape. How skuzzy are the men? Matthew’s a camp, bespectacled half-idiot only good […]

Nosferatu (1922)

Film Title

Nosferatu

Synopsis

The first real vampire movie ever made is still terrifying

Director

F.W. Murnau

Cast

Max Schreck
Alexander Granach
Gustav von Wagenheim
Greta Schroder
George H. Schnell

It has now been a century since the release of the first real vampire movie, F.W. Murnau’s somewhat loose adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. In Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, the names of characters were changed, along with many plot details, and still there was a lawsuit brought by Stoker’s heirs, and a […]

Starring debuts #15: Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid (1984)

Film Title

The Karate Kid

Synopsis

A bullied teenager must channel his inner Rocky to defeat the odds

Director

John G. Avildsen

Cast

Ralph Macchio
Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita
Elisabeth Shue
William Zabka
Martin Kove

There are wish fulfillment movies and then there’s the fucking Karate Kid. Macchio plays Daniel LaRusso, a wholesome, 17-year-old kid who’s arrived in LA with his upbeat mom. A five-strong gang of bullies, who’ve been taught ‘no mercy’ by their evil karate teacher, zero in. Well, big deal. Daniel still gets the buxom, high-class girl […]

The Mask (1994)

Film Title

The Mask

Synopsis

A supernatural mask turns a bank clerk into a bizarre Super Hero

Director

Chuck Russell

Cast

Jim Carrey
Cameron Diaz
Peter Riegert
Peter Greene
Amy Yasbeck
Richard Jeni

It is over-stating the obvious that actor Jim Carrey is an acquired taste. He has a legion of fans that adore him and probably an equal number that find him as annoying as Forrest Gump. Love him or hate him, it cannot be denied that Jim Carrey has some serious, unique talent. Carrey has starred […]

Creepy Shit

I s’pose there’s only one time I had the shit creeped outta me. Granddad was in a nursing home and one night we got the call that he was on the way out. I went with dad and sat in a room as death came to play. Granddad was wired, unaware of his family alongside […]

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Film Title

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Synopsis

How to make magic boring

Director

David Yates

Cast

Eddie Redmayne
Jude Law
Mads Mikkelson
Ezra Miller


We are often faced with choices in life that we wish we could go back and choose again. While walking into the screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, I was presented with a choice of schwag for the film – would I like a movie poster or a reusable, cloth grocery bag? As […]

The Wire: HBO- 2002-2008

Film Title

The Wire

Synopsis

The Baltimore drug scene, where the chance of young black men living past 25 is slim

Director

David Simon

Cast

Dominic West
Lance Reddick
Sonja Sohn
Wendell Pierce
Idris Elba
Michael Kenneth Williams
Seth Gilliam
Jamie Hector
Felicia Pearson

I recently re-watched most of this great series that ran for 5 seasons on HBO. This series is one of the most stark and brutal shows ever presented on television. It spotlights the drug scene in Baltimore, Maryland. Here is my comprehensive review and the plot summary. “N*gg*r “Bitch” “Faggot” “Ho” “Dog” “Yo” “It’s all […]

Are Online Casino Reviews Worth Your Trust?

According to Statista, the global online gambling market is currently worth around $59 billion and is expected to be worth more than $92 billion by 2023. So, the industry is growing quickly. A large chunk of that market comprises online casinos. With more and more countries relaxing online gambling laws and more and more people […]