Movie Mondays: Pastorela

Synopsis: In a neighborhood in the Ciudad de Mexico (aka Mexico City) the annual Pastorela (Nativity Play) is a big event. Law officer Jesus “Chucho” Juarez (Joaquin Cosio) is always cast as the devil, he knows the part by heart. However, when the priest Benito (Osami Kawano) dies of a heart attack while in the […]

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Movie Mondays: Father’s Day

Low budget genre film production companies usually do not stick around long enough to gain either notoriety or a reputation. Troma is one of the few that has endured. Its reputation is . . . let’s be generous and say “mixed.” Some Troma movies are worth a laugh. Many (many, many) Troma movies don’t work […]

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Movie Mondays: Knives Out

Synopsis: When private nurse Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) finds her employer, the famous bestselling mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), in the upstairs room of his massive mansion with his throat cut, the death seems like suicide. Lieutenant Elliot (Lakeith Stanfield) and State Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) are sure the case is a clear […]

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Considering Westlake: Smoke

I never would have expected Donald E. Westlake to tackle a Universal Monster movie for one of his comic crime capers. Sure, he made mention here and there about Dracula, Frankenstein, etc., often using old horror movies as a method of comparison for some of his characters or their behaviors. However, with Smoke he tackles […]

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