Vivarium (2019)

A couple looking to get their first house walks into a real estate office with an over-eager agent who wants to bring them to the perfect house, in the perfect neighborhood, at the perfect price, to raise the perfect family. Getting to the house is only the start of something bizarre and surreal where they learn a lot and go a little mad.

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Lucille Ball on the Big Screen

Everyone loves the small screen Lucille Ball, but the zany redhead’s long career in films is often overshadowed by her TV celebrity. On this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” actor-writer-comic Kevin Dolan returns to consider Lucille Ball’s film work and the versatility she brought to her cinematic roles.

The episode can be heard here.

Five Dark Fantasies You Can Watch In Place of “New Mutants”

If ever there was an argument to be made about movies being cursed, there is “New Mutants.” This is a movie that even people that don’t like superhero movies will be re-visiting for decades, discussing how it has such a streak of bad luck, it’s become kind of heartbreaking by now. Reshoots, delays, rewrites, shelving, postponing, delaying, and the big Marvel purchase of FOX studios have made “New Mutants” one of the modern Hollywood disaster stories.

It’s a great premise, based on the climax of a great movie like “Logan,” that promised a brand new direction to a beloved Marvel series, that definitively closes the FOX “X-Men” movies and features a great cast of dynamic young stars like Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor Joy and the like. And it almost seems like we’re never going to see it until Disney breaks down and finally decides to put it on their streaming service.

The indefinite postponing on April 3rd to TBD, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic has struck “New Mutants” once again, infuriating fans. But until Disney decides to release the movie finally, if ever, here are five great dark fantasies you can watch to fulfill the appetite.

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TV On DVD: The DC Comics TV Universe

With the Umbrella Academy making waves on Netflix and Marvel getting the ball rolling on “X-Men,” DC and Warner get a jump on the formula with their adaptations of “Doom Patrol.” Although the series is now widely acclaimed and mostly celebrated by comic book fans alike, “Doom Patrol” brings with it a huge legacy. It’s widely and arguably considered the precursor to Marvel’s “X-Men” and many fans argue that Marvel outright stole the premise from right under DC Comics. The elements are all mostly the same right down to a massive mansion housing these various super beings.

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In Memory of Stuart Gordon (1947-2020): Our Five Favorite Films

2020’s been a rough year for the arts in general as while COVID-19 pandemic has forced many films to be delayed, postponed, and or cancelled, and film festivals have been cancelled or delayed, we’ve also lost some excellent artists. Among many of the gut wrenching losses is Stuart Gordon. One of the most widely celebrated and appreciated horror masters, Gordon was a wiz conjuring the spirit of HP Lovecraft to horror cinema, and introducing him to a generation aspiring filmmakers.

Passing away at 72, Gordon will be very sorely missed by horror fans far and wide, but we can at least take solace in the fact that he’ll live forever in his cinematic masterpieces, work behind the camera, and his impression on men and women in the industry.

May he rest in peace.

In his honor, here are five Stuart Gordon films I particularly loved, and five I hope to continue re-watching well in to my old age.

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Joan Collins: An Appreciation

Joan Collins first came to the public’s attention on the big screen in the 1950s, but strangely never quite found her niche in film – her star soared on the small screen’s “Dynasty” in the 1980s. In this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” actor-writer-comic Kevin Dolan (himself a one-time co-star of Dame Joan!) discusses her unusual career and continued appeal.
This episode was recorded at Pleasant Podcasts in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

The episode can be heard here.

April Fool’s Day (1986): Collector’s Edition [Blu-Ray]

I love “April Fool’s Day,” and I say that as someone that originally hated it. It took years for me to come around on it, mainly because in a decade where we got nothing but slasher movies, we were given one. But we also weren’t given one, either. In either case, if you’re going in to “April Fool’s Day,” it embraces its inherent silliness and mounts tension to be a pretty good statement about the slasher sub-genre while also having a good old time with the audience. It’s become a favorite of the sub-genre, and indicates a point where studios were beginning to satirize the tropes of the sub-genre.

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Five Great Movies Isolated to One Room or Setting

2020’s been a crazy year so far, and I like to think of Cinema Crazed as one of the few safe havens from the anxiety and stress from reality. That said though, I couldn’t help but think over some great movies about isolation and quarantining and thought I’d mention five great movies set in one room or setting that enhances the feelings of isolation.

Be sure to let us know some of your favorites, and be safe out there.

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