Author: Nicole Frangos

Review: Bad Santa 2

When Bad Santa was released in 2003, we hadn’t seen anything quite like it. No film had quite as much fun bastardizing the Christmas genre with such filthy glee. Billy Bob Thornton’s lewd Santa Claus remains a Christmas classic that many return to yearly, much like the more sanitized classics like Home Alone. This is why a sequel is particularly tricky: it’s such a beloved, unique film that its sequel was bound to have a tricky time filling those boots. And this is the case occasionally with Bad Santa 2, which is definitely an inferior film. Bad Santa 2 resumes 13...

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EUFF 2016 Review: Head Full of Honey

Head Full of Honey is a bittersweet tale about a family dealing with their grandfather’s Alzheimer’s disease. After his mother’s death, Nico (Til Schweiger) becomes concerned with the deteriorating mental health of his father (Dieter Hallervorden). Nico encourages his father to move in with his own wife and daughter Tilda (Emma Tiger Schweiger — Til’s real-life daughter). Grandfather and granddaughter develop a strong relationship, and they fill their days with stories and adventures. As her grandfather’s behaviour becomes more erratic and dangerous, Tilda learns that bringing dementia patients to meaningful places from their younger days can sometimes help their memory....

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Cinema Revisited: Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus (1993) was standard watching fare in the nineties; plenty of millennials may still own their worn-out VHS tapes, or at least remember them fondly. For those who haven’t seen it, Hocus Pocus tells the story of a teenager who accidentally brings a coven of evil witches back from the dead on Halloween night. If you browse through any click-baity site, it would appear that everyone is still obsessed with this movie. But why do we love this movie so much? What is it about Hocus Pocus that makes it incessantly re-watchable for some of us, even as...

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Review: Ouija: Origin of Evil

It’s 1965 in Los Angeles. After purchasing a Ouija board as a prop for her séance scam business, a widowed mother (Elizabeth Reaser) accidentally invites evil spirits into her home. Her youngest daughter becomes possessed by a particularly malevolent spirit and the family is forced to save her, with the help of a priest – E.T.’s own Henry Thomas. And now you know the whole plot of Ouija: Origin of Evil; hopefully we saved you a visit to the cinema. As far as evil spirit movies go, this one fits the formula perfectly. Nice family plus Ouija board equals youngest child...

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Review: The Girl on the Train

It’s hard to talk about the plot of The Girl on the Train without getting spoiler-y. Those who haven’t read the book will want to go into this movie knowing only the basics; and those who have read the book don’t necessarily need a plot recap. So let’s put it this way: The Girl on the Train is the film adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ wildly successful 2015 novel, which tells the story of Rachel (Emily Blunt), Megan (Haley Bennett), and Anna (Rebecca Ferguson), three women whose lives are intimately connected in ways that are deceitful and dangerous. The film...

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The TFS List: Ranking Rob Zombie’s films

Rob Zombie is a contentious figure in horror – but whether you love him or hate him, there’s one thing that’s certain about him and his films: they’re sure to ignite a response. A shrinking violet he isn’t. Also, he is a true horror fan – not only because of his awesome horror memorabilia collection, which we still remember from MTV’s Cribs, but because his films pay homage to the greats. In celebration of October, horror’s finest month, we’ve ranked Zombie’s films from great to horrendous. We only took a look at full-length feature films directed by Zombie –...

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Review: Command and Control

Command and Control is a documentary that examines the 1980 Damascus Titan missile explosion. The Titan II missile, which was buried in an underground silo, was maintained by a missile combat crew and Propellant Transfer Team (PTS). On September 19, 1980, an accident occurred during a maintenance service: when PTS member Dave Powell was servicing the missile’s oxygen tank, he dropped a socket onto the silo’s floor, where it bounced into the side of the Titan II, creating a fuel leak that lead to the inevitable explosion. A man was killed, others seriously injured, and the launch complex was...

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