Five Reasons Why “Cloverfield” is still Pretty Fantastic

Yesterday marked the decade anniversary of the release of “Cloverfield.” It was in 2007 that Bad Robot unleashed an amazing and painfully addictive viral campaign for what was essentially a modern giant monster movie. Taking to the internet as the primary tool, fans speculated for over a year what “Cloverfield” was from theories about a Cthulhu apocalypse film to “Voltron,” and fans even created their own monster designs for what the monster would and should logically look like.

There was even a mysterious online game that had zero to do with the movie but capitalized on the mystery, nonetheless. “Cloverfield” ended up being a wonderful film, and the start of an anthology movie series that involved human struggle, a mysterious marketing campaign and a giant behemoth of some kind. With “Cloverfield” now a decade old and two more mysterious movies from the series coming very soon, I look at five reasons why the movie is still so fantastic.

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The Bootleg Files: The Lost Starfighter

BOOTLEG FILES 622: “The Lost Starfighter” (2017 “Star Wars” fan film).

LAST SEEN: It is on YouTube.


REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: Not unlike all fan films, it is based on an unauthorized use of copyright protected material.

CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Maybe in a galaxy far, far away, but not in this one.

I have not seen the latest installment in the “Star Wars” saga, nor do I have any plans to watch it. For that matter, I have no plans to see any more films released under the “Star Wars” banner.

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It Comes At Night (2017)

Trey Edward Shults’ “It Comes At Night” is a great movie, it’s also a poorly marketed movie by a studio that had no idea what to make of it. It’s a masterful dramatic thriller less in the realm of “The Walking Dead” and much more in the realm of “On the Road.” Shults definitely creates a film that focuses on the apocalypse and a family surviving through the apocalypse. But what Shults does is create an enemy that assures an inevitable and unstoppable death at the hands of a miserable disease that is inexplicable and remorseless. When we meet Paul, his wife and son Travis, they’re beginning to set their grandfather free in the woods where they plan to execute and bury him.

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“The Genesis Exiles” 2nd Edition On Sale Now!

Now with a brand new cover, better formatting and added passages, “The Genesis Exiles,” Felix Vasquez jr’s Science Fiction Action novel is now for sale on:

Amazon Paperback (12.99)

Amazon Kindle (2.99)

The novel the Action Elite calls “Explosive!” and “genuinely thrilling and action-packed…” Felix Vasquez Jr’s. “The Genesis Exiles” is the story of Ben and Maggie, two super powered beings tasked with stopping international terrorists alongside a team of covert soldiers with their own special abilities.

But when an ally betrays them, revealing their secret forbidden love affair to their superiors, they go on the run intent on proving their innocence, all the while battling forces the government deals them. Many of whom were once their most trusted friends.

Come hell or high water, they struggle to stay together in the face of a war more personl than either anticipated. A fun mix of “X-Men,” “The Fugitive,” don’t miss out on this exciting and fast moving novel!

Ice Cream Man (1995): Limited to 2,500 Slipcover Edition [Blu-Ray/DVD]

Full Disclosure: This copy of “Ice Cream Man” was purchased at my own discretion.

One of the last relics of the video store, I vividly recall coming across the cover to “Ice Cream Man” at least a dozen times and wondered what horror Clint Howard would dole up from the back of a truck. Years later, “Ice Cream Man” has caught on as a surreal and self-aware horror thriller that packs in a lot of gore, grue, and goofy black comedy that makes it a collector’s item. From Jan Michael Vincent shooting a bunch of mental patients, to the Ice Cream Man using Ice Cream as a symbol of his sexual repression and rage, to really bad padding to make one of the child actors look heavy, “Ice Cream Man” has earned its status as a cult classic since video stores shut down permanently.

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Bette vs. Joan – The Feud Continues

During Hollywood’s Golden Era, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were the most powerful rival forces of dramatic power unleashed on the screen. Their legendary off-screen feud continues to fascinate us today, and on this episode writer/actor/raconteur Kevin Dolan offers insight on why we are still enchanted with the lives and films of these two mega-stars.

The episode can be heard here.

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