My Desperate Rationalization of the Time Travel in Joseph Kahn’s DETENTION

My Desperate Rationalization of the Time Travel in Joseph Kahn’s DETENTION

I didn’t love DETENTION the first time I saw it. I probably got a little too excited when I heard it was going to be a John Hughes style high school comedy married to Joseph Kahn’s hyperactive directorial style, slasher movie tropes, and time travel craziness. I was a big fan of the over the top zaniness of  Kahn’s  feature film debut TORQUE, and when I read him describe the stunts in TORQUE in relation to Michelle Yeoh’s bike train jump in Jackie Chan’s POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP, I realized he…

The Unofficial History of Midnight Madness

The Unofficial History of Midnight Madness

I am a Midnight Madness obsessive and have bought a ten ticket pass every year since 2008 (100$ as a student back in the day! R.I.P pass). My favorite movie going memories are the ones I made waiting in line for hours with friends (rain or shine), reacting as one with an audience when a film works like gangbusters, and the long discussions we’d have afterwards at 2 AM over pizza at the Big Slice around the corner of the Ryerson Cinema (R.I.P Big Slice. We loved you so.) Below, you’ll…

Wolf Warrior 2 Is The Best Canon Film That Canon Never Made

Wolf Warrior 2 Is The Best Canon Film That Canon Never Made

  I wasn’t super excited about WOLF WARRIOR 2.  I found the first one fairly middling, with a distinct lack of martial arts, and a waste of Scott Adkins as a villain, so I wasn’t jumping for joy when I saw a sequel was on the way. The first one was a massive hit in China, so I hoped maybe an influx of funds would boost the entertainment value. Wu Jing (the star of SPL 2) directs and stars as an invincible soldier living in a worn torn African country that quickly becomes under…

The Top Five: Forgotten Movie Making-Ofs

The Top Five: Forgotten Movie Making-Ofs

Almost none of the films in this list are great. Most are not even good. It’s the story of their making that is fascinating. #5 – WILLARD: THE YEAR OF THE RAT (2003)  It’s obvious that director Glen Morgan was passionate about remaking the story of a boy and his rat, and tried his hardest to make it count, which makes it extra gutting to watch it all be taken away from him. The doc  does a good job at focusing on the invisible crew members (PA’s and such) without…

It’s time to ace ‘GHOULIES III: GHOULIES GO TO COLLEGE’

It’s time to ace ‘GHOULIES III: GHOULIES GO TO COLLEGE’

Why do I love little rubber monsters so much? Is it the fact that the monsters represent the unleashed ID of my child self? Or that the monsters reflect the beast that I feel stir inside me on a daily basis, the one that struggles to escape, the one that is the true me? I think I’m thinking too hard about this. As the bald ghoulie rocking a wicked six pack would say: PARRRRTYYYYYYYYYYYY TIMMMMME! Directed by special effects maestro John Carl Buechler (of original TROLL fame) GHOULIES 3: GHOULIES…

A Short and Satisfying Fight with ‘The Final Master’ (REVIEW)

A Short and Satisfying Fight with ‘The Final Master’ (REVIEW)

Lets be honest folks, it’s been pretty slim pickings in the world of martial arts cinema these days. SPL 2 and Indonesia’s HEADSHOT were barn burners, but they were  the exception to the rule. I still get excited when I see something like ‘Sammo Hung choreographed THE MONKEY KING 2 (from the director of SPL 2!) and I always leave the theater asking myself if there actually any fights in the movie (for the record there was a single one done all through CGI) Have we seen the last days of…

The Most Dangerous Running Man in ‘The Million Game’

The Most Dangerous Running Man in ‘The Million Game’

A disheveled man wakes up in a hotel room. His television has his face plastered all over  it. The announcer calmly announces that it’s the last day of the game. The hunters will soon find the man and attempt to kill him. If the man survives, he will get a million dollars. He makes a break for it. We cut to a commercial. It’s about a drink that will make your sex life perfect. You are watching THE MILLION GAME (A.K.A  DAS MILLIONENSPIEL) The Most Dangerous Game for the public’s enjoyment, most famously…

Albert Pyun Is A Great Director

Albert Pyun Is A Great Director

As a kid with dial up internet I would spend every waking out trawling cult movie review websites: BADMOVIES.ORG. ZOMBIE KEEPER. STOMP TOKYO. I discovered the work of John Woo, Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson and hundreds of other directors that blew my mind, redefined my view on cinema and put me on the career path that I am today. I was never inspired to check out the work of Albert Pyun. The reason is as sad as it’s straightforward: Everyone I read hated him.  I will never forget a review for…

ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? A TV MOVIE COMPENDIUM 1964-1999 (REVIEW)

ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? A TV MOVIE COMPENDIUM 1964-1999 (REVIEW)

I’ve always dismissed the TV movie as pop culture filler. Sure, there are  classics like THE NIGHT STALKER and DUEL, but those are the exceptions, not the rule. And beyond the allure of B-level stars slumming it on the small screen, TV movies were a product that had a place in their time, but now existed principally as a curio. They weren’t worth wasting 90 minutes on, right? ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? proved me wrong. Lovingly curated by TV movie obsessive Amanda Reyes, the book is a wall to wall…

George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead is My Favorite Film of All Time

George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead is My Favorite Film of All Time

I was going to write an article bout the loss of a great artist and what he means to me. I made a video instead.   Justin Decloux Justin Decloux is a writer and filmmaker who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He loves long walks to the movie theater, staying in on rainy nights and watching movies, and sitting at his computer looking up new movies to watch. One day, he will have seen everything there is to see, and he will start all over again. http://www.canmakeproductions.com