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Radical Retro Movie Review: John Carpenter’s “The Thing”

October 31st, 2011 8:33pm EDT
The Thing
Happy Halloween! Welcome to this surprise Radical Retro Movie Review. Recently I was thoroughly disappointed by “The Thing,” a prequel to the John Carpenter film by the same name. Since the 2011 counterpart turned out to be such a dud, I thought I should revisit the 1982 version and discuss what still makes it such a compelling masterpiece today.

What most people don’t know, is that John Carpenter’s “The Thing” was actually a remake of a 1951 film called “The Thing from Another World,” which was based itself, on a short story by John W. Campbell Jr. Carpenter was able to effectively ...
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'The Firm' Makes Its Debut On Blu-ray May 29

May 28th, 2011 7:21am EDT
The Firm
In "The Firm," based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer (Tom Cruise) is a young man from a poor Southern family who has struggled through Harvard Law School to graduate fifth in his class. Mitch is entertaining offers from major firms in New York and Chicago, but when Memphis-based Bendini, Lambert, & Locke offer him a 20 percent higher salary than the best offer he's received, in addition to an enticing variety of perks and fringe benefits, he decides to sign on and remain in the South.

Mitch's wife, Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn), warns him that the deal sounds almost to...
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Underrated & Overrated Horror Films

October 31st, 2008 12:25pm EDT
Saw
Today is Halloween. No introduction necessary. Check out our list of five of the most overrated and underrated horror movies of all time:

UNDERRATED

5. "Scream" (1996)

Ah, the classic case of so overrated it became underrated. Actually, it's more that this movie was so good and influential that its hallmarks have become so deeply ingrained in moviedom that we can't imagine a time that existed before it. It didn't invent the slasher genre, it just brought it to a new level, adding humor and bringing a spot of intelligence to its leads. It was also a perfect parody of ...
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Low Times Mean Good Times With Andy Kindler, Part 1

April 1st, 2008 10:39am EDT
Andy Kindler
There seems to be a relationship between the state of comedian Andy Kindler's career and the state of American culture. The worse the economy, the less informative the news, and the poorer the satire, the more opportunities Andy gets. This past month alone Andy has been on Letterman, Comedy Central's The Root of all Evil, and was even profiled by the LA Times. "To a man like me," says Andy, "Who brings joy to the non-masses, I'm going to be able to profit during down times." What's down, what's coming, and what's funny about it is the subject of this Starpulse Q and A with comedian Andy Kin...
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With A New Season Upon Us... Let's Take A Look At The Greatest Baseball Moments on Film

March 31st, 2008 11:59am EDT
Bull Durham
It's no secret that one of America's favorite days of the year is opening day (in turn, we are not a fan of the Japan trips that do not allow all teams to open on the same day). With all the controversies that exist in baseball today (steroids, HGH, the designated hitter) it is nice to look to the movies and find an innocence that we all may be losing a grip on. In the spirit of that innocence, we present the top five greatest baseball moments on film:

5. Not to get too sentimental right off the bat (no pun intended, seriously) but is there a scene in any movie that makes a baseball...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 27

September 27th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Avril Lavigne
Happy Birthday to Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne (1984), rapper Lil Wayne (1982), 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold (1978), "Shakespeare in Love" actress Gwyneth Paltrow (1972), singer Shaun Cassidy (1958), Philadelphia Phillies hall-of-famer Mike Schmidt (1949), actor A. Martinez (1948), singer Meat Loaf (1947), BTO singer/guitarist Randy Bachman (1943), diabetes spokesman Wilford Brimley (1934), television actor Will Sampson (1933; d. 1987), director Arthur Penn (1922), actor Carl Ballantine (1922), "City Slickers" actress Jayne Meadows (1920), prolific actor/director/producer William Co...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 27

September 27th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Avril Lavigne
Happy Birthday to Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne (1984), rapper Lil Wayne (1982), 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold (1978), "Shakespeare in Love" actress Gwyneth Paltrow (1972), singer Shaun Cassidy (1958), Philadelphia Phillies hall-of-famer Mike Schmidt (1949), actor A. Martinez (1948), singer Meat Loaf (1947), BTO singer/guitarist Randy Bachman (1943), diabetes spokesman Wilford Brimley (1934), television actor Will Sampson (1933; d. 1987), director Arthur Penn (1922), actor Carl Ballantine (1922), "City Slickers" actress Jayne Meadows (1920), prolific actor/director/producer William Co...
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