The Cohen Case Files: I, the Jury (1982)

Written and Produced (Uncredited) by Larry Cohen Through print interviews, commentary tracks, and in person question and answer sessions, I feel like I may have heard more about I, the Jury than any other film in which Larry Cohen has had a creative hand. The problem is that most everything Cohen has to say about […]

The Cohen Case Files: Best Seller (1987)

Written by Larry Cohen Of the numerous films that Larry Cohen has written, but not directed, Best Seller is probably the best of the bunch. In a prologue set in 1972 Los Angeles, a group of gunmen wearing Richard Nixon masks pull off the daring robbery of two million dollars from a police impound. During […]

VOD Spotlight: Grand Piano (2013)

VOD Spotlight takes a look at recent releases available for home viewing before they hit theaters. The official running time of Grand Piano is ninety minutes. When you subtract the fifteen minutes of opening titles and end credits, that leaves a scant seventy-five minutes of screen time for the actual story. Not surprisingly, everything in […]

Favorite Films of 2013

I have done “Ten Best” lists in past years, but I always felt a little fraudulent when doing so. Even with as many films as I watched when I was writing reviews on a more regular basis, I still only was able to take in a fraction of the movies that come out in a […]

The Cohen Case Files: Hell up in Harlem (1973)

Written, Produced and Directed by Larry Cohen Note: Since Hell up in Harlem is a sequel to Black Caesar, this review will contain SPOILERS regarding certain plot points (including the ending) of Black Caesar. I usually have no problem overlooking the seams when it comes to a Larry Cohen film. I’ve grown accustomed to cheaply […]

I Don’t Think I’m Being Unreasonable

I apologize for the inconsistent number of posts over the last few weeks. Other writing projects that had to take priority over what I post here and the lack of any really interesting movies about which to write have kept me away. This was also the reason my 31 Days of Horror posts were not […]

31 Days of Horror: Day 31 – V/H/S/2 (2013)

I am doing the 31 Days of Horror Challenge. Every day in October, I will watch a different horror film I have never seen before and write about it here on the blog. I started my 31 Days of Horror with the anthology The Theatre Bizarre so it seems fitting that I end it with […]

Vannin’ (2013)

Note: This review is from a sneak peek of Vannin’ presented by the Chicago Cinema Society on November 16th at the Patio Theater. As much as I like documentaries, it seems there is an overwhelming belief that only those films that focus on difficult, often dark subject matter are worth watching. Obviously, there is a […]

31 Days of Horror: Day 30 – The Dunwich Horror (1970)

I am doing the 31 Days of Horror Challenge. Every day in October, I will watch a different horror film I have never seen before and write about it here on the blog. If not for two inspired casting choices, The Dunwich Horror would be a completely forgettable film. I don’t mean to imply that […]

31 Days of Horror: Day 29 – I Saw the Devil (2010)

I am doing the 31 Days of Horror Challenge. Every day in October, I will watch a different horror film I have never seen before and write about it here on the blog. I think I’m over serial killer movies. Too many modern serial killer films take on the traits of the dreaded torture porn […]