And Palladino is a graduate of Connecticut College with a BA in film studies and current graduate student at Drew University. He has been writing about films since the age of 14 when he first started contributing to the Home News Tribune newspaper in New Jersey. Film and TV appearances include Person of Interest, The Wolf of Wall Street, Birdman, Elementary, and Blame. He has also worked on documentaries and written short story e-books that can be downloaded for free from the iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or smashwords.com.
[rating=1]Starring: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods Director(s): Rod Lurie Writer(s): Rod Lurie
In 1971, Straw Dogs starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George and directed by Sam Peckinpah was released to much attention. Over 40 years, it has become a classic that stands as one of the finest achievements of the director and actors.
[rating=4]Starring: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen Director(s): Erle C. Kenton Writer(s): Screenplay by Philip Wylie, Waldemar Young; based upon the book by H. G. Wells
The early 1930s is thought of as the golden age of horror films, and for good reason. This was the era that gave us Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, M, Freaks, Vampyr, and King Kong. And now thanks to the Criterion Collection, Island of Lost Souls officially makes its way to DVD and Blu Ray for the very first time.
[rating=2]Starring: Jeri Ryan, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Kay Panabaker, Peyton List Director(s): Christopher Leitch Writer(s): William Penick, Chris Sey
A family moves into a new home, which seems like an improvement from where they last lived. It doesn’t take too long after that for someone, most likely one of the children, to realize there are things going bump in the night. The protagonist character is skeptical but decides to do some digging and discovers that these strange events have some connection to a cold case crime from long ago. Then it’s up to our hero, possibly with the assistance of someone who dabbles in the supernatural, to set the wrongs of the past right and make the home a happy place again.
[rating=2]Starring: Peta Wilson, Warren Christie, Chelan Simmons, Sonya Salomaa Director(s): David Lister Writer(s): Lindsay James
Last summer’s tail end saw the piranhas, but this one belongs to the sharks. Presumably to capitalize on the buzz from Shark Night 3D, Malibu Shark Attack has finally found its way to DVD. Made for television and airing on the Syfy channel two years ago, ARC has put the film out as part of the Maneater line.
This movie, which I think can be best described asJaws meets Baywatch meets Hurricane Katrina, succeeds a bit in being an entertaining diversion, but suffers from some key problems, ones that even the most casual viewers will find.