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A Merely Good Dinosaur, by Reed Lackey

25 Nov


There’s a somewhat unfair quality that most audience members have when they see a film produced by a proven creative team. When a studio’s filmography includes entries which thrive on originality, subverting viewer expectations, and breaking through generational boundaries, films which are merely competent are often treated poorly by comparison. The Good Dinosaur, the latest entry in the canon from Pixar Animation Studios, suffers by being merely a good movie rather than a great one.


Episode 146: Jacob’s Ladder

19 Nov


In this episode, Tyler and Reed are joined by Jim Rohner to discuss Adrian Lyne’s Jacob’s Ladder.

00:00:40- Intro, Jim Rohner, I Do Movies Badly, International Christian Film Festival
00:13:46- Jacob’s Ladder
01:29:35- Episode wrap-up

Episode 144: The Visit

29 Oct

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In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit and George Waggner’s The Wolf Man.

00:00:44- Intro, spiders, Comedy Film Nerds
00:09:10- The Visit
01:08:50- The Wolf Man
01:37:35- Episode wrap-up

The Same Old Scary Story, by Reed Lackey

21 Oct


There’s nothing inherently inferior about choosing to tell a story that everyone’s heard before as long as they love the way you tell it. The same goes with film, where style and craft will always trump a lack of originality. The Inhabitants, a new low-budget indie frightener from the writing and directing team of the Rasmussen brothers, aims for this target specifically. It doesn’t pretend to tell you a story you’ve never heard before, it simply wants to retell a classic scenario as well as it can. The film offers a great deal of promise in its early moments on which it sadly never quite delivers.

A young couple decide to purchase a remote bed and breakfast inn called “The March Carriage”. As they begin to settle in and renovate the building, they encounter a sequence of eerie spectral occurrences which seem to indicate that they are not alone in the house. As I said before, this is nothing new.


Viewer Discretion is Advised, by Reed Lackey

17 Oct


I can still remember the most blasphemous thing I ever said as an actor. My character believed in God, but had utterly rejected Jesus Christ. He was full of fury and bitterness and at a key point in the play, I had to look at the iconic image of Jesus, beaten and bloody for the sins of the world, pretending to be this angry man and yell, “If you are the Son of God, come down off of that cross and save yourself!”


Episode 142: The Babadook

15 Oct


In this episode, Tyler, Robert, and Reed discuss Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook.

00:00:45- Intro, BP Slasher Commentaries, Reed’s articles
00:07:25- The Babadook
01:41:20- Forbidden Planet
02:11:26- Episode wrap-up

“Good” and “Bad” Movies, by Reed Lackey

13 Oct

Before we dive into defining movies as “good” or “bad,” it might be valuable to use another more basic term which might be applied to any art in any medium, but which certainly applies to film. Before a film can be considered either good or bad, we first have to figure out whether or not a film “works”.


The Calling of the Christian Imagination, by Reed Lackey

10 Oct

christianimaginationMy starting point is very simple. Everything that you are – all you say, do, believe, question, and aspire to – begins with your own imagination. This is not to say that you have personally created everything within your own imagination because we’re all at least partially products of our own environments and experiences. But every bit of our own experience passes through the filter of our own imagination and is somehow either rejected or accepted into our beliefs, aspirations, and behaviors. We don’t do anything and we are not anything that was not first planted by us or someone else into our individual hearts and minds.


Episode 141: The Nightmare

8 Oct

In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare and Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.

00:00:49- Intro, Rodney Ascher, nightmares, spiders
00:22:20- The Nightmare
01:11:10- A Nightmare on Elm Street
01:26:27- Spiritual warfare, fear and love
02:05:30- Episode wrap-up

Crustaceous Humongous, by Reed Lackey

7 Sep

Let’s get right down to business. The movie is called Queen Crab. Its plot involves the daughter of a scientist studying growth chemicals in plant life feeding her father’s experiments to her pet crab, causing it to become gigantic. How could anything possibly go wrong?