Jul 15 2011

Rubber

Weird, original and enticing, but very misguided. 2/4

Rubber is about a sentient tire named Robert that rolls around the highways of the American Southwest, becomes infatuated with a young woman, and blows peoples’ heads off via telekinesis.  Naturally, when word of this film hit the Internet early last year, people were understandably perplexed and excited; it was the right side of bizarre.

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Apr 15 2011

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

With a film like this, why even try? Unrateable.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror has become something of a modern day legend over the last two years.  As a recent submission into the pantheon of so-bad-its-rad films like The Room and Troll 2, Birdemic has made its way through the minds of movie geeks everywhere by way of bizarre online trailers and compilations.  Earlier this year, Birdemic was released on DVD and Blu-ray to packs of curious nerds who could finally answer the question: How bad is Birdemic?

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Apr 8 2011

Lo

Creative and ambitious, but not as engaging as it should-or could-be. 2 1/2 out of 4

The best thing about the “Watch It Now” feature on Netflix is the immediate availability of countless kinds of films.  Anyone can casually surf through the Netflix catalog and find themselves watching anything from a Kurosawa film to any one of Troma’s foul-but-fun exploitation pictures.  Granted, half of the fun of cinephilia is happening on some obscure film by accident, whether it be through catching it on a cable station at one in the morning or rummaging through your local video store, but anything that gets people exposed to films slightly to the side of the mainstream is a good thing.

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Dec 12 2009

Podcast 13: Sam Raimi

Drag Me to Hell, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, and Spider-Man take the stage as we cover the work of Sam Raimi.  He’s a big filmmaker with two blockbusters on deck, so we dig into what makes him great, and what might make him not.  Our guest this week was our very own columnist, Fil Garrison.

As usual the podcast is available for download on iTunes and Podcast Alley. Please leave a review there if you haven’t yet, we need more listeners. And you can always listen to it right here on our web page.

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Dec 9 2009

Dance of the Dead

This week marks the FINAL FILM DUEL in its regular sense. Yes, that’s right, Benn and I have decided to retire the format in favor of solo reviews for now. This allows us to review more of the movies we want, offer you more content per week, and does away with that pesky problem of us agreeing on everything. If we do find we disagree strongly, there’s always room for rebuttal reviews, right? This doesn’t mean you’ll never see a Film Duel review again, but we’ll save them for times when we know the movie is truly fitting of the treatment. In the mean time, please savor the column in its final death moans, as we review the ultra-low-budget film Dance of the Dead. It’s zombies at a high school prom, what could go wrong?

Dance of the Dead
Year: 2008
Directed by: Gregg Bishop
Written by: Joe Ballarni
Starring: Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick
Genre: Horror (Zombie)

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Oct 31 2009

Podcast 10: Halloween

This week on the podcast we picked out three Horror films to go with our Halloween release.  We bring on guest host Fil Garrison to help us talk about Poltergeist, Dead Alive, and ZOMBIELAND!  This is the first time we’ve ever talked about a movie currently in theaters on the podcast, so listen up.

As usual the podcast is available for download on iTunes and Podcast Alley. Please leave a review there if you haven’t yet, we need more listeners. And you can always listen to it right here on our web page.

Lock, Stock, and Two Film Geeks Podcast

 


Jul 22 2009

Troll 2

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each other’s reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week we take on the abomination that is the legen — wait for it- DAIRY film that goes by the name of Troll 2.

Troll 2
Year: 1990
Dir.: Claudio Fragasso
Written by: Rossella Drudi and Claudio Fragasso
Starring: Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey
Genre: Horror

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