Am I the Only Sane One Here?

And Sucker Punch bombs. Counting Sucker Punch, Zack Snyder’s last three movies failed to make back their budgets at the U.S. box office.  While Watchmen and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole did add decent worldwide totals to their U.S. box office takes, when you factor in prints and advertising and the cut of […]

The Cohen Case Files: Black Caesar (1973)

Written, Produced, and Directed by Larry Cohen Larry Cohen’s first excursion into the blaxploitation genre (unlike many people, I don’t consider 1972s Bone to be a blaxploitation film), Black Caesar is a solid morality tale with gangster film trappings.  If not for the profanity, nudity, and graphic violence on display, it could be a Warner […]

Criminally Ignored: The Last Winter (2007)

It’s a very risky project when a filmmaker tries to make a genre film that wears a political message on its sleeve.  But that’s exactly what co-writer/producer/director Larry Fessenden did with The Last Winter.  Unlike other films that have attempted to merge an ecological message with horror elements (I’m looking at you The Happening), Fessenden […]

The Cohen Case Files: Special Effects (1984)

Written and Directed by Larry Cohen I first saw Special Effects in the early ‘90s when I was still discovering my affection for Larry Cohen’s films. At the time, I had only seen the “big” Cohen films (It’s Alive, Q). I found the film to be interesting, but something felt off about the tone that […]

The Cohen Case Files: Full Moon High (1981)

Written, Produced, and Directed by Larry Cohen For how much he has dabbled in various genres (horror, science fiction, blaxploitation, mystery, thriller), Cohen has largely steered clear of straight forward comedies.  There is plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor in films like The Stuff, Q, and his script for Maniac Cop, but for the most part, he […]

The Cohen Case Files: God Told Me To [aka Demon] (1976)

Written, Produced, and Directed by Larry Cohen I’m going to spend a lot of time on this blog writing about the films of writer/producer/director Larry Cohen.  Unfairly brushed aside by mainstream critics and many film historians as merely a cheesy B-movie director, his output has been admittedly uneven, but the highs far outnumber the lows […]