Yakmala: Deathstalker

This never happens in the movie. The 1980s was a wildly experimental time for pop cinema, due to all the free-floating cocaine and homoeroticism that had everyone’s brains in loops. Many subgenres rose and ultimately fell in this sweaty, coked up morass. The sweatiest of these...

Lifetime Theater: Big D...

I don’t think it’s possible to grow up when I did and not become at least a casual Stephen King fan. He catches some flak, good-natured and otherwise, for his fevered output, and even his most ardent defenders would admit that he misses almost as much as he hits. In particular, he has...

Now Fear This: Ironclad

That blood is truth in advertising. There’s nobody better than Akira Kurosawa. That’s not a debate, incidentally. You can argue (incorrectly, in my opinion) that the man had equals, but there is no convincing case that he had superiors. This is the man who invented the buddy cop...

Yakmala: Catwoman

Her powers include forehead enlargement. The 2004 Halle Berry vehicle Catwoman has been on Yakmala’s radar for a long time, but we’ve never had the courage to take the plunge. Spoiler alert: it’s just as bad as everyone says, if not worse. Tagline: CATch Her in IMAX More Accurate...

Lifetime Theater: Grump...

Let me get this out of the way right up front: I don’t get Grumpy Cat. I mean, I get it. It’s an ugly cat who looks angry all the time. I smiled the first time I saw it, and occasionally get some minor amusement out of it still. What I don’t get is the rabid cult that has sprung up...