The Wicker Man (2006)

Any movie Nicolas Cage touches instantly becomes a timeless work of art. He has a knack for interpreting scenes the wrong way, and in doing so inadvertently improves the projects he signs on to. From Face/Off to Vampire’s Kiss, the campy films he gets involved in are always immensely fun to watch. I do think he’s an […]

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Plan 9 From Outer Space has been hailed as one of the most legendary bad movies of its era, perhaps even of all time. Director Ed Wood’s most famous b-movie has entered the pop culture lexicon in such a way that most everyone has at least heard the title. Personally, I don’t get the hype. […]

A Case of Spring Fever (1940)

Noooo Springs!!! Bwee – boo! Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without springs? Wonder no further. A Case of Spring Fever is one of the classic short films featured on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 that enforces a timeless lesson: be careful what you wish for. When Gilbert Everyman is stuck fixing his couch […]

A Deadly Adoption (2015)

Predictable as this movie is, here’s an obligatory spoiler alert. Trust me though, everything given away in this article is obvious enough that you would have figured it out anyway. When spending time with my friends, I make a point to bring the natural rhythm of the conversation to a halt to tell them about their jobs, […]

For Y’ur Height Only (1981)

In some ways, For Y’ur Height Only is ahead of its time. Produced in the Philippines and featuring an awful English dub, the film parodies the absurdity of the James Bond film franchise, much in the same way Austin Powers did a few years later. But in this farcical Bond adventure, Mini-Me is the star. Weighing in at […]

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

Translated from Spanish, the word ‘Manos’ actually means ‘Hand’. So the title of this film is really just Hand: The Hands of Fate. This is the story of an odd desert cult ruled by the omnipresent Manos, or Hand, whose powers are never completely defined. Hand’s only long term goal seems to be to serve someone called […]

That Time I Met Tommy Wiseau

And tried to impersonate his expression on the DVD cover. INT. LOBBY – THE ROYAL CINEMA – TORONTO – EVENING His eyes agape, clearly star-struck, a young TREVOR CHARTRAND hands his DVD copy to TOMMY WISEAU. Tommy presses the DVD against the wall and uncaps the lid to his marker, poised to begin writing… TOMMY What’s […]

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

Set up and pay off. Set up. Pay off. The opening of most competently made motion pictures sets up plot points that will be called back to later. This is not the case with James Nguyen’s Birdemic. What we have here is two entirely different movies in one awkwardly edited package. Everything established in the first half of […]

The Room (2003)

INT. THE ROOM SET – DAY Production designer MERCEDES YOUNGER is putting the final touches on a film set – a plainly furnished room with a few couches, framed pictures of spoons, and a spiral staircase. TOMMY WISEAU, the director, enters. TOMMY Oh hai, production designer Mercedes. What are you doing? MERCEDES Hey Tommy, actually I’m really […]