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24 Things We Learned from the ‘Speed’ Commentary

Welcome to Commentary Commentary, where we sit and listen to filmmakers talk about their work, then share the most interesting parts. In this edition, Rob Hunter boards a bus destined for destruction with the 90s action classic, Speed. Jan de Bont‘s directorial debut, 1994’s Speed, remains one of the decade’s great action hits, and it continues to thrill on multiple rewatches over the years. It’s new to 4K UltraHD this week,...

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‘Chaos Walking’ Trips All Over Itself and Never Gets Back Up

Apologies in advance for reminding you of its existence, but remember 2016’s Passengers? It was a much-ballyhooed science fiction “original” anchored by two massive franchise stars, and it pretty much stinks for multiple reasons including a tone-deaf narrative and a chemistry-free pairing at its center. That film inexplicably managed to make a few bucks in theaters despite this, but the similarly messy and top heavy new film from...

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26 Things We Learned from Jake Kasdan’s ‘Zero Effect’ Commentary

Welcome to Commentary Commentary, where we sit and listen to filmmakers talk about their work, then share the most interesting parts. In this edition, Rob Hunter revisits a comedy/mystery gem that deserved a bigger fanbase and an ongoing franchise, Zero Effect. Twitter may be a cesspool for numerous reasons, but it has its highlights — one being good people talking about great movies. Someone mentioned Jake Kasdan’s brilliant and...

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‘Creepshow’ Moves Outside Its Comfort Zone with “The Right Snuff”

Creepshow‘s second season continues on Shudder, and the latest episode features all manner of talents from throughout the horror genre. This week’s segments include cast and crew from the likes of Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), True Blood (2008-2014), Cut (2000), Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007), Darlin’ (2019), and Tales from the Hood (1995). We review both installments of Creepshow Season 2, Episode 3: “The Right...

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‘Thunder Force’ Packs a Fun and Funny Punch

The world is often unkind to film collaborations between real-life couples, but while Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow called it quits after Bounce (2000) and Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez called it quits after Jersey Girl (2004), others keep right on trucking through the negativity. Ben Falcone has directed four previous features starring Melissa McCarthy, his wife and one of the world’s funniest humans, and while the three...

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Finds the Balance Between Monster and Human

The primary critical argument against the three previous films in the MonsterVerse franchise — Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) — has been focused almost exclusively on the human element. Basically, the human characters and storylines in those three films long overstay their welcome, and the issue is exacerbated by idiocy, convoluted details, and more. The counter has always been...

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‘The Irregulars’ is an Entertaining if Uneven Riff on Familiar Characters

The character of Sherlock Holmes has probably seen more incarnations and adaptations than most, but while the bulk of them fit into Arthur Conan Doyle’s canon a select handful dare to stretch those expected boundaries. From Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) to Without a Clue (1988) to last year’s Enola Holmes, the upside to fictional creations falling out of copyright is that others can go crazy playing in their sandbox. That last film...

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24 Things We Learned from Mel Brooks’ ‘Spaceballs’ Commentary

Welcome to Commentary Commentary, where we sit and listen to filmmakers talk about their work, then share the most interesting parts. In this edition, Rob Hunter revisits a sci-fi spoof from a master satirist with Spaceballs. Mel Brooks is such a ubiquitous name in comedy that it’s easy to forget he’s only directed eleven feature films. I’d argue that at least three of them are classics, but while I wouldn’t include...