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  • Tremors 2: Aftershocks

    ★★★

  • Fatal Affair

  • Countdown

    ★★★

  • Blood Red Sky

    ★★½

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  • Tremors 2: Aftershocks

    Tremors 2: Aftershocks

    ★★★

    While the original ”Tremors” wasn't a runaway hit, it did very well on the video rental market, causing a proposed sequel to be primarily planned as a straight-to-video release. This plan was further strengthened as both Kevin Bacon and Reba McEntire declined to return due to other commitments, leaving only Fred Ward and Michael Gross to come back for a second outing, neither as big of a box-office draw to make a theatrical release viable for an already niche movie.…

  • Tremors

    Tremors

    ★★★★½

    Monster movies typically come in two varieties: very serious or very goofy, with many of the classics of the genre's most popular heydays feeling more like the latter through virtue of their clash between their typically low budgets not quite connecting with the filmmakers' earnest desires to make serious horror movies. But few have managed to combine the two quite as successfully as writers S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, and director Ron Underwood for this 1990 creature feature of surprisingly clever…

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  • A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot

    A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot

    ★★★

    original title: Un genio, due compari, un pollo

    Few spaghetti Westerns were quite as plagued with production difficulties as this Sergio Leone-produced comedy. For one, neither Leone nor star Terence Hill got along with director Damiano Damiani in any way (and vice versa), often having furious disagreements with one another. The story, which Leone originally intended as a very black comedy inspired by the French film "Les Valseuses" by Bertrand Blier, somehow morphed into a very lighthearted caper movie that…

  • The Piano

    The Piano

    ★★★★

    Despite its critical and public approval, Jane Campion never quite managed to capitalise on the success she garnered with her off-beat art house drama “The Piano,” though in hindsight this is perhaps not such a surprise given people's ambivalence toward films that step away from your typical popcorn entertainment – being like a trendy diversion for a season to which you don't really come back to for seconds. Still, there's no denying that Campion's one call to universal acclaim still…