As per Ghost in the Shell tradition, it has been 11 years since audiences saw the beloved GitS characters on the big screen. The series had experienced much success on the small screen with a few television series. One of those series, the most recent in fact, Ghost in the Shell Arise decided to release a theatrical tie-in to cap off a storyline started in the 5th part of the Arise series. With that in mind, does this work as a standalone theatrical release, especially for those who haven't seen any of Arise? Join Corbin and Allen as they jack into their ghost to determine whether this is a worthy installment in the beloved Ghost in the Shell franchise.
3 years after the abysmal Halloween 6, which strayed so far from its roots that fans couldn't even recognize it as a "Halloween" movie...producers and writers for the next installement, in an unprecendented move, decided to scrap Halloween 4, 5, and 6 from canon, essentially meaning they "officially" never happened, and instead make a new film that served as a direct sequel to Halloween II. For the first time since Halloween II, Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the series to reprise her role as Laurie Strode. Michael hasn't been seen for 20 years, but decides to show up on her son's 17th birthday. Promising a conclusion to the series, many fans view this as the true Halloween III, capping off the perfect trilogy of the Halloween series. Is this the best "Halloween" since the original? Does it provide a satisfying conclusion to the series on the 20th anniversary of the original that started it all? Join Corbin and Allen as they discuss the 7th Halloween installment to find out!
It's been three years since the world encountered the mega-hit blockbuster, Jurassic World, a reboot/sequel to the Jurassic Park franchise. With marketing that promises a return to the original's horror roots along with the awe and wonder, does this fifth installement live up to its predecessors? With an all-star cast and the best CGI to date, is Universal's Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom the best Jurassic Park film yet or...is it the worst? Join Corbin, Allen, and special guest Curtis, as they discuss the film to find out!
Nearly a decade after Ghost in the Shell released in US theaters, the anime was on its way to becoming a cult classic, so it's no surprise Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence hit theaters with greater acclaim than its predecessor. With a returning cast and crew, this outing promised the same philosophical musings while introducing animation built off the previous installment, along with more action. Making a sequel to a classic is a tall order. So does Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence make a worthy successor to the original? Join Corbin and Allen as they discuss the movie to find out!
Paul Schrader, writer of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, returns with a new, original movie, First Reformed. A story about Rev. Toller whose life and personal beliefs are questioned when he grapples with mounting despair from tragedy, worldly concerns, and a tormented past.
Join Allen, Curtis and special guest, Jacob, as they discuss the various themes and topics First Reformed brings up, how they interact with them personally and how they fit in with society.
You can read Jacob's written review of First Reformed, along with many others, here:
Before The Matrix but after Akira, a cult hit came to U.S. shores...Ghost in the Shell: a mesmerizing vision of the future where man has mostly become machine. With cutting-edge animation combining old and new techniques, the Japanese creative team brought to life an enthralling story that ponders the philosophical questions of life, creation, and God. Since its release, Ghost in the Shell has become a cult classic causing adults to ponder its deep questions and young boys itching to get a peek at this adult animation. Join Corbin and Allen as they review and discuss this Japanese classic.
The 6th (or 5th depending on how you're counting) Halloween movie released 6 years after Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers making this at the time the longest gap between movies in the franchise. Continuing and concluding the "Curse of Thorn" storyline, this movie promised definitive answers as to why Michael murdered his sister Halloween night when he was a mere child and why he attacked random babysitters nearly two decades after that. Does Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers provide satisfying answers to the decades-long mystery of the William Shatner mask-wearing murderer? Join Corbin and Allen to find out as they give their review for not only the theatrical cut but the recently released notorious Producer's Cut which used to only be available as a VHS bootleg!
After 25 years of constant back and forth developing and then sidetracking, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese finally made his passion project, Silence, based on the 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo. Unfortunately, this film flew under the radar for most moviegoers. The film stayed in theaters for a month and had a small wide release. Low box office numbers plus being snubbed at the Academy Awards begs the question is this passion project a quarter of a century in the making rightly relegated to the bottom shelf or is this a modern masterpiece of cinema? Join Corbin and Allen as they discuss Silence.
5 years after the announcement we would get a standalone origin story for the galaxy's favorite scoundrel - Solo: A Star Wars story hit theaters this weekend. With a fresh, young cast stepping into the beloved roles, the new cast and filmmakers had a tall order to fill. Plagued with production roadblocks and Ron Howard coming on board to reshoot mostly the entire movie - does the new movie live up to the hype and do the beloved characters do justice while giving fans a satisfying origin story? Join Corbin and Allen to find out!