Halloween Horror Fest 2015: The mess that was the ‘Texas Chainsaw’ franchise

To those who’ve followed my work, it’s no secret that I love “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” I find it to be one of the best horror films ever made thanks to its style, detail, setting and more. I also admire its sequel for being a legitimate attempt at a horror-comedy which focused more on humor than downright scares.

Following the original two, though, the series took a complete nose dive with two more films that may or may not have been sequels to the original. Now, with all fairness, there was a reboot in 2003, and for all its faults, I think the 03 film comes close to at least trying to recapture the original film. I don’t consider it a horror classic and still think it pales in comparison to the original, but it’s an OK horror picture.

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2015 Summer Movie Awards

Best Movie
Ex Machina
There were some solid pictures that I reviewed from May through August like “Southpaw” and “Straight Outta Compton,” however, none were better than the sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina.” Director Alex Garland, with the help of great performances from Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander, was able to create a fantastic mind-bending story that keeps one guessing.

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Does the Academy need a new category for unique performances?

Every year Academy Awards are given to deserving nominees in the best actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress categories. Despite some upsets here and undeserving winners there, most of the time, the argument can be made that the Academy gets these categories right.

The problem is, despite having deserving winners and more so deserving nominees, there is still a category of performances that are left out. They are the more unique forms of acting. The ones where the actor can’t necessarily be seen, but the performance can still have a major effect on the audience.

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Robin Williams’ death: A loss that spans generations

One of my first experiences at a movie theater was watching “Aladdin” on the big screen in 1992.

It was great not only because it was a fantastic movie to watch, but also because it opened the door for me to Robin Williams, an actor who would make some of the best movies that I would see in my childhood.

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A farewell to Spill.com

It’s an end of an era. It’s an end to a chapter in my life. It’s the end of Spill.com.

For those who don’t know what the site is, who have never heard of the site and never visited, let me inform you a bit on what Spill.com was.

Spill is, at least until the end of December, a website created by an Austin, Texas, based film critic named Korey Coleman. Coleman, along with four other Austin area film critics started working together well over six years ago and posted various content about film on the web.

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Blockbuster closing and video rental memories

I grew up in a small Midwestern town with a population between 5,000 and 7,000 people. A blockbuster store never showed up in that town, instead we had small community video rental stores. No matter what type of rental store was in any community, though, mine or yours, from huge corporate to locally owned rental spots, the memories remain the same.

To start off with, some have discussed how they are happy to see Blockbuster go down. The fact is, many local video rentals were in fact forced out by the large video rental chain. However, this isn’t what this column is about. In the end, Blockbuster was fighting the same battle that every video rental store is fighting. And with the latest blow, the remaining blockbuster stores closing, it represents the last of a group of warriors falling in battle.

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