Halloween

War of the Worlds (2005)

We begin our Halloween series with a film I’ve wanted to do for a long time:  Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds.  It’s an uneven, interesting take on the alien invasion flick, rejiggered for the post-9/11 socio-cultural climate. I’ve long been curious how a rewatch would affect my opinion of it.  Travis and I join up…

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Movie Mailbag Monday: Halloween Schedule

For this Movie Mailbag Monday, we draw our lineup for the month of October.  That’s four Halloween movies, plus a double feature on the 31st!  It’s a pretty diverse, solid lineup, so enjoy!

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Thirteen Ghosts (2001)

Thirteen Ghosts marks the final entry in our Halloween season.  Everyone seemed to enjoy this one a little more than me.  It does have the cheesy, guilty pleasure factor in its favor, but I also found Ghosts to be jarring, uneven, and poorly executed. Even the stylized title is confusing:  Thir13en Ghosts.  It looks kinda like Thirlben…

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Halloween Special: Trick ‘r Treat, Hocus Pocus

Happiest of Halloweens from all of us at Cinemavino!  This is a big holiday in the movie world, as it inspires an entire genre in of itself.  Some of these films are great.  Others are so terrible, they end up being wonderful.  Countless others fall somewhere between these two goalposts. For this very special episode of Cinemavino,…

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Aliens (1986)

Hey everyone!  This week’s Cinemavino continues our Halloween series, and we’re looking back at a genuine classic.  Aliens actually hits on several of our recent themes:  It’s a great sequel, a great horror flick, and a personal favorite of mine. Aliens is also a rarity in cinema history, as it completely shakes up the formula that made its…

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Tremors (1990)

This week’s episode is a real labor of love.  Tremors is personal favorite of ours, a cult classic, and a full-on nostalgia trip.  We all loved rewatching and talking about it.  If you’re looking for pure junk food entertainment for Halloween, Tremors might be the absolute cream of the crop. For this week’s vino, we went…

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The Thing (1982)

For this week’s Cinemavino, we enjoy one last Halloween classic:  John Carpenter’s The Thing.  It wasn’t well-regarded upon initial release, but the years have blessed the film with a cult following.

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Midsommar (2019)

A little backstory on the episode title:  Before we officially started rolling, Travis, Tay, and I engaged in a heart-melting rendition of “I Don’t Know Much (But I Know I Love You).”  It got us thinking that our true calling may lie as a barbershop trio.  Our names start with “T,” so we decided to…

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The Frighteners (1996)

Welcome to another edition of Cinemavino!  For this week’s episode, we return to the familiar format of screening a movie, pounding some wine, and offering gibberish commentary.  This weeks offering:  Peter Jackson’s jokey CGI scare-fest, The Frighteners.  It has Michael J. Fox in his last live-action role to date, some surprisingly good special effects for their time,…

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