‘Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh’: You Could Do Worse as far as Sequels Go (review)

The second movie in the series. It picks up not too long after the first one left off, with the officious Purcell lecturing on the history of Candyman (Tony Todd returns). He’s approached by Ethan (William O’Leary), whose father was killed by Candyman. After Purcell is killed (also by Candyman), Ethan confesses to the murderContinue reading “‘Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh’: You Could Do Worse as far as Sequels Go (review)”

‘Candyman’ is Captivating and Disturbing (review)

Helen (Virginia Madsen) and her friend Bernadette (Kasi Lemmons) are working on a sociological study of urban legends and graffiti and stumble across the story of Candyman (Tony Todd), a hook-handed murderer who lives in the Chicago ghetto. Unfortunately for them, Candyman is more than just a local legend. Helen in particular attracts his attention,Continue reading “‘Candyman’ is Captivating and Disturbing (review)”

‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ is a Classic, but not Universal’s Best (review)

A group of scientists looking for fish specimens in Brazil get more than they bargained for when they encounter a half-man, half-fish. Unfortunately he has the nasty habit of killing minor characters and absconding with Kay, the only woman in the movie. Her fiance David has to chase the creature down and battle him. CreatureContinue reading “‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ is a Classic, but not Universal’s Best (review)”

‘Crazy Lips’ is Bizarre but Compelling (review)

Japanese movie. Satomi is a young woman whose brother Michio is a fugitive suspect in a murder case. She goes to the Psychic Research Center and enlists the help of wacky psychic Mamiya and her assistant Touma. They show up at her house and do a séance to find the real killer. From there, poorContinue reading “‘Crazy Lips’ is Bizarre but Compelling (review)”

‘The Conqueror Worm’ is About as Raunchy as You’d Expect, Given the Title, but Not Scary (review)

English movie by way of good ol’ American International Pictures. It’s also known as Witchfinder General, but that’s not nearly as entertaining to write about. Vincent Price is Matthew Hopkins, the town Witchfinder in 1645 England. Basically he’s in charge of accusing people of witchcraft and seeing them punished. Too bad he’s also corrupt, andContinue reading “‘The Conqueror Worm’ is About as Raunchy as You’d Expect, Given the Title, but Not Scary (review)”

‘Cello’ is Subtle but Powerful (review)

Korean movie. Mi-ju is a music professor recovering from a car accident in which her friend Tae-yeon was killed. She has no memory of the accident, only a giant scar on her arm. Her life takes a turn for the worse after listening to a cassette tape of her and Tae-yeon playing music. Her familyContinue reading “‘Cello’ is Subtle but Powerful (review)”

Kasi Lemmons’s ‘The Caveman’s Valentine’ is Gorgeous and Intense (review)

Romulus (Samuel L. Jackson), also known as the Caveman, is a homeless schizophrenic man. In another life he was a brilliant concert pianist but now lives in a cave in Central Park. After coming across a dead body, he decides it’s the work of his phantom enemy Steiberson, and vows to solve the case. AContinue reading “Kasi Lemmons’s ‘The Caveman’s Valentine’ is Gorgeous and Intense (review)”

‘Case 39’ Isn’t Particularly Original, but Still Quite Enjoyable (review)

  Emily (Renee Zellweger) is a social worker who comes into contact with Lilith (Jodelle Ferland), a ten-year-old girl who has been showing signs of neglect. Lilith’s parents clearly dislike her, and Emily eventually catches the two of them shoving Lilith in their oven. Emily gains custody of Lilith, who unfortunately is not as sweetContinue reading “‘Case 39’ Isn’t Particularly Original, but Still Quite Enjoyable (review)”