The discomfort movie of the moment. Contagion (2011) Review

Having been concentrating on comfort movies recently, I took a break to take in what, in the present climate, is almost the diametric opposite of a comfort movie in the present climate. Steven Soderbergh’s chillingly prescient docudrama “Contagion” covers the terrifying rapidity with which an aggressive and deadly new disease emerges in the far east…

Space Raiders (1983) Review

The foremost example of movie adaptations of corn-based snack foods, “Space Raiders” the movie actually bears little resemblance to its crispy namesakes (probably because it predates them by about four years). It does, however, have a similar nutritional content given its primarily a concoction of reused and repurposed VFX shots and musical cues from James…

Craggus Comfort Movies: Battle Beyond The Stars (1980) Review

There’s something so intoxicatingly comforting about Roger Corman’s sci-fi reimagining of “The Magnificent Seven”, itself a remake of “Seven Samurai” that I’m surprised it’s not regulated by the government. It’s appeal probably lies in its perfect placement at the start of the home video boom in the early eighties when it was available to rent…

There’s no puzzle to what gives Labyrinth (1986) its magic.

Published as part of Realweegiemidget’s Pop Stars Moonlighting Blogathon 2020. There’s an immutability to the best of Jim Henson’s work and it’s that sense of timelessness that marks “Labyrinth” out as one of the finest classics of his astonishingly rich legacy. While many of Henson’s frequent collaborators – George Lucas, Frank Oz – were involved…