Review – Upchucking a Remake (“Child’s Play”)

Somebody shoot me. Here comes yet another remake to torture us all and remind us that Hollywood is fresh out of ideas. UGH!! And if that wasn’t bad enough, the killer doll in question (“Chucky”) is called Buddi, is digitally electronic this time around, and can be operated by your cellphone. *Groan*. Damn millennials! *…

Review – Getting the… (“Shaft”)

Not to be confused by the 1971 OR the 2000 film of the same single title, this is actually a sequel (Shaft 2?) to the 2000 movie. Whereas the 2000 film was gritty, grimy, and had John Shaft as an angry, disgruntled ex-cop, this time around the mood is changed. It’s a comedy. Yup, you…

Review – Welcome Home? (“Donovan Reid”)

A young man walks into a police station. Either unable or unwilling to speak, he non-verbally asks for something with which to write. Given a pen and a piece of paper, he scribbles down and displays the following: “I am Donovan Reid”. So begins Donovan Reid, a film co-written and directed by Austin Smagalski. Filmed…

Review – Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road (“Rocketman”)

This story of how Reginald Kenneth Dwight of England became legendary piano-man Sir Elton Hercules John in what can only be described as a two-hour music video selfie. Think of Bohemian Rhapsody mixed with Mamma Mia!  * Just like 2018’s, Bohemian Rhapsody, we bear witness to the rise and fall (and subsequent rise again) of…