Posts by Phil Brown

Top Five Review

Top Five is the best use of writer, director, and leading man Chris Rock's talents on the big screen to date.

Home Entertainment Review: Nightbreed and Lord of Illusions

Nightbreed & Lord Of Illusion (Clive Barker, 1990 and 1995, respectively) Shout Factory’s offshoot Scream Factory got into the horror movie business in a big bad way, not just hoping to become a new player in genre movie home entertainment, but intending to become the biggest game in town. Thus far, there’s no denying that […]

Home Entertainment Review: Dolls

Dolls (Stuart Gordon, 1987) – There’s a case to be made that Stuart Gordon is the most underrated horror movie director. He permanently carved his name into horror history with his debut Re-Animator, which transformed an old H.P. Lovecraft tale into a deadpan camp comedy drenched in buckets of blood. Yet, that sadly remains his […]

Home Entertainment Review: It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934) – As anyone who knows the ropes of a movie trivia pub night can tell you, there are only three movies that won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress at the Oscars. Of those three movies, the least substantial by far is It Happened One […]

Home Entertainment Review: F For Fake

F For Fake (Orson Welles, 1975) – Orson Welles might have spent most of his life struggling to make films after forever changing the medium with Citizen Kane, but he also never made a bad movie amidst those endless struggles. After tiring of his constant battles with the studio system in the 40s, Welles essentially […]

Hello Ladies: The Movie Review

The best movie to be released this week actually debuted on HBO, and it was the conclusion of an underrated TV series that gets a feature length send off.

Home Entertainment Review: Maleficent

Maleficent (Robert Stomberg, 2014) – There’s undoubtedly something inspired about casting Angelina Jolie as the classic Disney villain Maleficent, and certainly in the few scenes in which the actress revels in evil the film works as promised. Unfortunately, most of the movie is wasted as yet another Disney fantasy adventure reboot a la Alice in […]

Home Entertainment Review: The Vanishing

The Vanishing (George Sluizer, 1988) – Every October, Criterion likes to celebrate Halloween by serving up a few horror movie releases. However, it’s not like Criterion serves up new editions of Dawn of the Dead or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre during this period. Nope, they continue to focus on obscure and underappreciated examples of world […]

Kung Fu Elliot Review

Somewhere between a charming comedy and an unsettling psychodrama, the documentary Kung Fu Elliot needs to be seen to be believed.

The Young Ones Review

There's not enough story, character, or originality to sustain Jake Paltrow's great looking and well acting apocalyptic western The Young Ones.

Before I Go to Sleep Review

A waste of a fresh concept, a good director, and a talented cast, Before I Go to Sleep only succeeds at being a dully predictable slog.

Home Entertainment Review: Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi, 1959) – Sleeping Beauty slipped out of the magic kingdom animation in the midst of a strange period for Disney. The company had started spreading its resources into television and live action feature production, while much of uncle Walt’s attention was focused on launching a certain theme park that would go […]

Home Entertainment Review: Edge of Tomorrow (or, Live, Die, Repeat)

Live, Die, Repeat (or, Edge Of Tomorrow) (Doug Liman, 2014) - It’s been a while since there’s been reason to get excited about a Tom Cruise movie. Though his last decade included the underrated War of the Worlds and the wonderfully goofy Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, good Tom Cruise movies have become the exception and not […]

Home Entertainment Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Million Ways to Die in the West (Seth MacFarlane, 2014) – The weird thing about Seth MacFarlane is that even though he’s been at the center of pop culture comedy for about a decade, the guy has really old fashion tastes. If it were somehow possible to bring back vaudeville, I’m sure he would […]

Home Entertainment Review: Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014) – When Roland Emmerich’s god-awful Godzilla hit screens in 1998, it was preceded by an ad campaign hinged entirely around size and scale. The movie itself featured a silly square faced cartoon that seemed to have no weight beyond that of failed expectations (zing!). Gareth Edwards’ drastically better Godzilla hit screens […]