Saturday, September 18, 2021

Batman Day EXCLUSIVE Bat-Tech Unboxing! (Action Figures, Limited Edition, Vehicles)


Happy Batman Day! In this exciting Bat-tastic episode, we're unboxing A DC: BATMAN BAT-TECH EDITION BOX prepared in cooperation with SPIN MASTER especially for this occasion! What Bat-goodies await us? 

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Friday, September 17, 2021

A Clockwork Orange 4K UHD Review


Greetings, Droogies! Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE has arrived on 4K UHD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and we've got your in-depth review of the audio and video quality, the special features, and most importantly, an analysis of this enduring classic on its 50th Anniversary! 

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

First Look At Upcoming Kino Lorber Releases - Universal Horror, TV Movies, Elvis, and Pre-Codes!


Over a dozen OCTOBER Kino Lorber releases have arrived at Cereal At Midnight headquarters and we've got your first look, weeks before they hit shelves!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Patreon Exclusive: Completists and Collecting - Real Talk About Tough Issues


In this Patreon exclusive, we discuss the challenges of being a collector, the desire to be a completist, and how to balance fandom with limited space, finances, and time. This is a big one!

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Total Exotica - Lounge Sounds For A Swingin' Bachelor Pad!


Pour yourself a cocktail and sit back as Cereal At Midnight discusses Total Exotica: From Far Off Islands to Your Bachelor Pad! This swingin' new compilation of mid-century lounge music is sure to blow the winds of your mind into another hemisphere!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Bela Lugosi And The Valley Of The Zombies - Silver Screams Cinema Review!


Cereal At Midnight takes a walk down Poverty Row in our latest review from Imprint's SILVER SCREAMS CINEMA Blu-ray collection. In this installment, Bela Lugosi and John Carradine star in RETURN OF THE APE MAN and we venture into the VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES!

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Monday, September 13, 2021

New Arrivals from Vestron, MVD, Severin, and More!


In our latest rundown of new disc arrivals, we're covering the freshest releases from Paramount Presents, Vestron Video, MVD Rewind Collection, Severin, Time Life, and Film Movement! All this, plus Dolly Parton and strippers. No foolin'!


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Saturday, September 11, 2021

New Toku Arrivals: Ultraman 80 And The Ultraman Anime!


Cereal At Midnight has the two newest additions to Mill Creek Entertainment's Ultraman home video library! Check out our hands-on look at ULTRAMAN 80 and the awesome anime series THE ULTRAMAN, hot off the presses!

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Kino Lorber Review-Palooza - Vincent Price, Steve Martin, and...Pufnstuf?!


It's our first ever label-focused Review-Palooza! In this episode, we're reviewing nearly a dozen brand new titles from Kino Lorber! Featuring Vincent Price, Steve Martin, brutal westerns, action from the director of Enter the Dragon, and even the psychedelic world of Sid and Marty Krofft, this one is jam-packed with genre goodness!

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Out of Print Sinatra From 20th Century Fox (Patreon Exclusive)

 


Just for Patreon, here's a video discussing Sinatra's work under the 20th Century Fox umbrella and its current out-of-print status.

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What is Howling Village? (Epic Pictures / Dread Central)



What is Howling Village? Ride shotgun as we unbox the latest horror film from Epic Pictures and Dread Central!


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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Book Review (Quentin Tarantino)


Heath has read Quentin Tarantino's novel, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. Here's our review!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Unbelievable Viewer Mail Haul - Do Not Miss This One!


Join us for a MASSIVE viewer mail unboxing video with dozens and dozens of unbelievable treasures! This episode represents movies, music, comics, action figures, and even food--EVERYTHING we cover. We are so grateful for our generous community, and this is a video you will not want to miss!

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Non-Spoiler Review



We've seen the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS! Here's our non-spoiler review!

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Friday, September 3, 2021

New Horror And Noir From Umbrella Entertainment!


Mail call! The latest releases from Umbrella Entertainment have just arrived and they are hot! How hot? RED HOT! Tune in for Universal horror, a Scorsese-approved noir, and a genuine Australian slasher classic!

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Patreon Exclusive - Too Many Box Sets?!


New discussion episode just for Patreon!

With so many companies releasing MASSIVE and expensive Blu-ray box sets and competing for the same dollars, is it possible that there too many box sets?! Thanks to Patreon supporter Jim E. for the topic!

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Space Adventure Cobra - The Movie [4K Anime Review]


Saddle up for classic 1980s anime action as we review SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA: THE MOVIE, now on 4K UHD from Discotek Media!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Patreon Quick Pick: Getting Our Drivers License


In this Patreon-exclusive Quick Pick, Heath and Bree discuss Olivia Rodrigo's album SOUR!

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Unboxing CRAZY New Releases!


We've got CRAZY new releases from David Sterling and Joe D'Amato, a Star Wars documentary, and even a creature from the swamp!

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Is This Manga Adaptation The Real Thing?


Koji Fukada's THE REAL THING is a four hour, ten-part adaptation of a Japanese manga now on disc from Film Movement. How does this Japanese drama starring Ready Player One's Win Morisaki translate from the page to the screen?

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

August 2021 Patreon Live Stream REPLAY!

August's live stream is packed with discussion about everything from Elvis and Tarantino to Spider-Man and Scorsese! Also, plenty of hot takes from Heath!To unlock over 100 (!!!) exclusive episodes of Cereal At Midnight PLUS access to our secret Facebook group, live streams, and more, visit Patreon.com/cerealatmidnight

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Friday, August 27, 2021

High Fidelity: Is the Series Better Than the Film? (Feat. Vanessa Buttino)


How does High Fidelity, a ten-part streaming series based on Nick Hornby's bestselling novel, compare to the film that stars John Cusack? In this episode, Heath is joined by Vanessa Buttino to break it all down and decide if this series, which stars Zoe Kravitz (daughter of High Fidelity film star Lisa Bonet), lives up to the very high standards set by the book and the movie!

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

HorrorPack Unboxing: Don't WHAT In the Woods?!


HorrorPack is here! In our latest unboxing, we raise another shipment of dark delicacies from their ghostly coffin. You won't believe what's included this time! No, seriously. "Don't WHAT in the woods?!"

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Gridman Is Here! New Releases From Mill Creek Entertainment!


The latest batch of releases from Mill Creek Entertainment has arrived and GRIDMAN THE HYPER AGENT is here! 

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

A Ghostly Sideshow Statue Unboxing!


Check out this MASSIVE Sideshow Collectibles/Hollywood Collectibles Group unboxing, courtesy of Cereal At Midnight Patreon supporter HAMDAN! You guys aren't going to believe this one!

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Review: The Protege (2021)

The Protege is the kind of movie that I keep saying Hollywood doesn't make anymore, and yet here it is. Once upon a time that doesn't feel all that long ago, cinemas were packed with movies like this one: reasonably-intelligent action-thrillers with likable actors, exotic international locations, and scripts with enough witty dialogue and twists and turns to keep you happily chugging toward the finale. And yet, The Protege now feels like a welcome holdover from a bygone era.

The Protege stars Maggie Q as Anna, an assassin trained from childhood in the art of killing by another assassin, played with relish by Samuel L. Jackson. On their trail is a bad guy named Rembrandt, played by Michael Keaton. What he does is never explicitly made clear, though the character explains his role in the story as the person who comes in and cleans things up for his boss and makes sure no important details are overlooked. The plot in brief: Maggie Q's character is a bad mother-shut-your-mouth, and she's looking for revenge against a very powerful figure who strikes the shadows. In her quest, she'll take on armies of corporately-funded bad guys, dodge a hail of bullets, and do much of this looking glamorous. Can she elude Michael Keaton's pursuits and find the person she's looking for to extract her revenge? 

This movie stands on the shoulders of giants, particularly Luc Besson, who almost single-handedly created the modern girl-with-a-gun subgenre with his 1990 film Nikita, aka La Femme Nikita, which was remade in 1993 by Hollywood as Point of No Return, brought to television screens in 1997 as a weekly cable series, and then rebooted in 2011 as another television series, this time starring...Maggie Q. Even this film's father/daughter assassin dynamic is lifted directly from another Luc Besson movie, Leon, a.k.a. The Professional, which stars Jean Reno and Natalie Portman. Make no mistake, this movie doesn't exist without the career of Luc Besson.

Which is why it's so refreshing that this movie subverts those influences and surprises the audience as much as it does. 

There are twists galore in The Protege. The filmmakers assume that you're well-versed in this sort of international action thriller, and they use the shared shorthand of these kinds of films to their advantage. So with the rules established, our writer and director set about to surprise us and take us into unexpected directions at every turn. Characters that appear to be major players are removed almost immediately. Our leads encounter dead ends. They get captured. They get tortured. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. 

At the center of the interesting character work is the relationship between Maggie Q's Anna and Michael Keaton's Rembrandt. In the past ten years or so, Keaton has entered a whole new realm of his career in which he seems capable of anything. The one-time stand-up comedian who rose to fame in Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice, and Batman has become one of our boldest, most fearless actors, taking on the darkest of roles with a twinkle in his eye. In Protege, he's deeply attracted to Maggie Q's assassin, and she's attracted to him as well. While we've seen that sort of relationship on screen many times before, I can't recall one that felt so immediately dangerous but alluring at the same time. Keaton is incredible here, balancing coldness and interest; his fascination borders on obsession, but we never for a moment doubt that he has every intention of pulling the trigger when the time comes.

This is the third film I've seen that stars Samuel L. Jackson this year (following Spiral and The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard) and it's the one that I have enjoyed the most from him and plays best to his strengths. For those who love Jackson's line in Pulp Fiction about striking down upon thee with great vengeance (which Quentin Tarantino lifted verbatim from a Sonny Chiba movie called The Bodyguard aka Karate Kiba), the actor has a speech in this film about the nature of evil that should long be remembered. There's another bit of dialogue that has also stuck with me in which his character mentions being thankful for friends that don't offer to help until you ask for it. Context is key and I won't spoil it, but it's a great line, and it's delivered masterfully. The Protege gives Jackson a lot to work with. On one hand, it's a bit of a callback to the 1996 film The Long Kiss Goodnight, but it also allows him to use his decades of experience. Jackson has veteran gravitas that he didn't have 25 years ago. 

The real star of the film is, of course, Maggie Q. She's in nearly every scene, and if she didn't work in the role, then the movie itself would not work. Luckily, The Protege plays to all of her strengths by paying equal service to her beauty, but also her physicality and fighting ability. This is a movie that has a mob boss sucker-punch her in the stomach within the first few minutes. It trusts her, and it trusts us to accept that she can hold her own in a world populated by tough guys and thugs. This is, after all, a natural extension of her small screen portrayal of Nikita.  

The Protege is brimming with merciless and bloody action, a massive body count, and Euro cool. It's no wonder, as this film was written by Richard Wenk (screenwriter for The Expendables 2, The Equalizer 1 and 2, the Jason Statham version of The Mechanic) and directed by Martin Campbell. If Campbell is not a movie buff household name, he should be: he's the director behind James Bond hits Goldeneye and Casino Royale (two of my personal favorites), The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro starring Antonio Banderas, as well as 2017's The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan. Yes, he's also the director behind the ill-fated Green Lantern movie, but his track record is far more weighted with hits than misses. 

The Protege is a fine action film with likable stars and a compelling performance from Michael Keaton. It does stumble a bit from time to time, especially in figuring out how to actually end, but it does far more right than wrong, and it's impressive in the moments when it's firing on all cylinders. Hopefully, those who will enjoy it most will find it in the comings weeks and months. Though flawed, it's one of the better movies of 2021.

I began this review by saying that once upon a time, the movie theaters were packed with films like this one. In other words, not too long ago, most movies were at least this good. They were competently made, had storylines that weren't paper-thin, showed us things that we didn't see in a hundred other movies, and bore the fingerprints of their creators in a way that laid bare both the strengths and limitations of those creators. The Protege feels a bit like a return to those days for me, when action movies like The Replacement Killers and The Long Kiss Goodnight and Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible and Robert Rodriguez's Desperado and yes, Martin Campbell's Goldeneye didn't have to break new ground, but I loved them because they had style and actors I liked, and they gave me enough spectacle to reward repeat viewings without having to completely check my brain at the door. The Protege lives in the house that Luc Besson built--a house that I admire--but it has added a fresh coat of paint and changed the furniture a bit. I'm glad to know that movies like this are still being made, even if they don't always get the attention they deserve. 

The Protege is now playing in theaters. 



MVD Rewind Collection New Release Spotlight - Dark Action in the Mortuary


The MVD Rewind Collection continues to grow with tons of favorites from all genres! In our latest spotlight, we look at some recent MVD Rewind releases and a couple of horror movies that are hitting shelves soon!

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Quick Pick: Disco 75 - Shake Your Boogie Thang!


Let's disco! In our latest music spotlight, we discuss DISCO 75, a new three-disc, 55-track compilation covering the hottest dance floor grooves of 1975. Featuring The Jackson Five, Frankie Valli, Soul Train Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band, and literally dozens more, this compilation has boogie fever!

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Silver Screams Cinema - Republic Pictures Horror Double Feature! (Imprint Films)


We're digging deep into the SILVER SCREAMS CINEMA collection from Imprint. In this first installment, let's discuss a horror double feature from poverty row's Republic Pictures!


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Comics Talk! (Patreon Exclusive)


Let's talk comics! In this Patreon Exclusive episode, Heath talks about the Marvel, DC, and independent comics that he's been reading, and discusses a BIG CHANGE in his comic book collection! 

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

FIRST LOOK At Brand New Kino Lorber Studio Classics!


Kino Lorber's September releases have landed at Cereal At Midnight headquarters and we've got your FIRST LOOK, weeks before their street date! There's something for everyone here: horror, martial arts, comedy, espionage, and western!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Spaghetti Western Spotlight - My Name is Pecos (Vengeance Trails)


Our cinematic journey through Arrow Video's Vengeance Trails Blu-ray box set continues with MY NAME IS PECOS (1966), starring Robert Woods and George Eastman! 

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Quick Pick - Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 4K Review!


Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard is now available on 4K! Is it worth your hard-earned money? Tune in and find out!

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Monday, August 16, 2021

GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE Cereal Review!


When it comes to breakfast, who you gonna call? Cereal At Midnight is on the scene with a taste test for the new GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE cereal from General Mills! Be careful not to cross the streams when pouring the milk!

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Friday, August 13, 2021

The Latest From Imprint - Hammer Horror, Silver Screams, And More!


The latest titles from Imprint Films have just arrived and they're sure to curdle your blood! Hammer horror, Silver Screams from the Golden Age, The Dead Zone, AND MORE! This is Imprint's first "all horror" bundle, and we're screaming...with delight!



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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Quick Pick: GI JOE - OPERATION BLACKOUT Honest Review


Yo Joe! In our latest Quick Pick, we're putting the video game GI JOE: OPERATION BLACKOUT on Dr. Mindbender's examination table to find out how this title stacks up to other Joe games. 


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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Suicide Squad: Success or Failure? (Patreon Exclusive)


Let's talk about James Gunn's THE SUICIDE SQUAD! With many happy audiences members but underperforming box office and streaming figures, there's a lot to discuss and examine, including the future of Warner Bros and how they create and market movies based on DC Comics properties.

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Quick Pick: CHARIOTS OF THE GODS - Ancient Aliens Revealed?


Aliens among us?! CHARIOTS OF THE GODS is one of the first documentaries to explore the concept of ancient alien visitations to Earth, and we've got the full lowdown on the new 50th anniversary Blu-ray which also includes the sequel, MYSTERIES OF THE GODS! 

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Vengeance Trails: It's MASSACRE TIME! (Lucio Fulci, Spaghetti Westerns, Arrow Video)


Arrow Video's VENGEANCE TRAILS spaghetti westerns box set is a thing of beauty! In this episode, we unbox the set and review the first movie, MASSACRE TIME, starring Franco Nero, written by Fernando Di Leo and directed by the splatter master himself, Lucio Fulci!

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Review: Val (2021)


 Say the name "Val Kilmer" and you most likely immediately think of a particular role or movie starring the actor. For some, Kilmer is Batman. For others, he's Iceman from Top Gun. He's also The Saint, the Real Genius, even Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors. For decades, Kilmer has been an actor, an icon, a rebel, and outsider, a so-called troublemaker. 

A new documentary that has just hit Amazon Prime after wowing audiences at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Val strips away all of the masks and performances and reveals a man who is deeply artistic and sensitive. He's a loving father and a gentle soul, but also a seeker and a fighter in the face of a devastating and life-changing illness. Even after spending nearly two hours with him via this intimate portrait, he remains something of an exquisite enigma and a study in contrasts. 

Like many movie fans, I've appreciated Kilmer for a long time. He's been at the center of so many of the films that have shaped culture, both popcorn fare and the more thoughtful films that cinephiles praise, such as Michael Mann's Heat, The Ghost and the Darkness, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I knew he'd become a bit of a recluse and that commercial opportunities had largely dried up for him because he was considered difficult to work with and too much of a wild card. I even knew that he'd been battling throat cancer and that the subsequent treatment had left him almost unrecognizable, robbing him of his rich voice and elocution. 

But I was altogether unprepared for the man that Val reveals. This is a creator and an artist in all forms. He made home movies with his brothers as a kid, was the youngest student ever to be accepted at Juilliard--the iconic performing arts school--and wanted to be a stage actor rather than a movie star. He's also a deeply-internal man who has experienced life with his eyes wide open, appreciating every moment, savoring the highs and lows, living in the now.

The reason we're able to see so much of the real Val is because he has been fervently filming his own life since he was a child. Every audition tape, candid footage from behind the scenes of every movie, he's kept it all, creating a personal archive of his entire life that spans thousands of hours of video cassettes and film reels. We get to go backstage thanks to footage from his earliest plays and acting classes, then be a fly on the wall during the filming of monster hits like Top Gun, Tombstone, and in an incredibly-revealing bit of footage, we're there to see The Island of Dr. Moreau fall apart when the director had no control of his actors or the production. Every triumph and tragedy is preserved for us. Practical jokes, romances, the birth of his children, the death of his parents, it's all captured and presented for us to witness. 

Val himself has written the narration for this story, which is told in his own words, but with a twist: because his voice is little more than a wet, garbled rasp delivered through a tube in his throat, his son Jack reads Val's words, providing this film with a sense of legacy. The bond between father and son is visible, and so is Kilmer's deep love for his daughter Mercedes. The amount of genuine affection and vulnerability pouring out of this film is almost overwhelming: love for his children, love for acting, love for art, love for life. 

Val is not really a biography, at least not in the traditional sense. Yes, we trace his roots from childhood all the way through his career and up to his intense and hard-fought struggle with throat cancer, but this is more than a routine look at a man's life and work. Due to the amount of footage from Kilmer's own personal archives, this is one of the most personal documentaries I've ever seen. 

Reviews for documentaries such as this one and the recent Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain are difficult to write because the movies themselves transcend the craft of filmmaking and become altogether different experiences. How do you review a man's life? His struggles and successes? How can we watch Val Kilmer candidly share his most intimate moments, such as grief over the loss of a parent on the day he's said goodbye to them, or the joy of watching his child take their first steps, and then review those moments? It not only feels impossible, it feels tasteless to even attempt. Yet I recognize that one of the reasons I've had such an emotional response to the documentary is because it's so masterfully constructed by directors Ting Poo and Leo Scott, and yes, by Kilmer himself.  

Val is stunning. A quote from Val himself: "I see myself as a sensitive, intelligent being, but with the soul of a clown." This seems to be the man in a nutshell, and yet there's so much more. Anyone that has ever enjoyed a Val Kilmer movie or performance--even those who haven't--will most likely find themselves connecting with his beautiful, open heart. The film takes its time and unfolds with the same gentle curiosity that Kilmer himself embodies and leaves viewers (at least this one) feeling inspired, motivated, and reminded that time is the only commodity that we cannot replace. Val gets our highest recommendation. 

Val is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. 



Quick Pick: Kim is Wilde About Elvis!


In our latest Quick Pick, we've got music from Kim Wilde and the weirdest tribute to Elvis ever!

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Saturday, August 7, 2021

Retro Anime Review: ACROBUNCH! Combiner Robot 80s Mecha Awesomeness!


Acrobunch is a hidden gem anime series from 1982 that has been given new life by Discotek Media! Here's our review!


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Friday, August 6, 2021

Review: The Suicide Squad (2021)

When I learned that James Gunn had been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy III by Disney back in 2018 over decade-old social media posts, it seemed inevitable that the competition would come knocking on his door. I could almost see the email: "Hey James, it's *redacted* from Warner Bros! Just saw the news about you and Disney. Listen, we'd LOVE for you to come here and do for the DC brand what you've done for Marvel. We'll give you a huge budget, and you can do whatever you want. Make us a Guardians of the Galaxy movie with DC characters!" 

When the trailers for The Suicide Squad (not to be confused with 2016's Suicide Squad) surfaced in the lead up to this movie's release, it sure did look an awful lot like Guardians of the Galaxy with a fresh coat of paint and an R-rating. I hoped I was wrong. 

I was not wrong.

The Suicide Squad is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy if Guardians of the Galaxy had no boundaries, limitations, or likeable characters. It's an angry movie (understandably, given where it came from) full of cynicism, irony, and violence in service of nothing aside from anarchy. One action scene leads into another action scene as the body count piles up in increasingly-graphic and disturbing methods of death. Did I mention the irony? Seriously, metric tons of irony. This movie carries a smirk from start to finish. 

The comparisons to Guardians are unavoidable: ragtag outsiders and slackers, a wrestler-turned actor, a CGI misfit that we're supposed to grow fond of as the film unfolds, and a soundtrack of a.m. radio gold that's often played in contrast to what's happening on screen. Entire scenes and set pieces are lifted directly from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, too. How about an escape from a heavily-guarded prison facility? Or how about an action scene in which one character (you know, the quirky one) takes out an entire army single handedly while an oldies song plays on the radio? This movie is cut from the same cloth as one of Disney's greatest triumphs, minus the likable characters, the good humor, and a story that's in service of a larger picture. 

We shouldn't be surprised. James Gunn cut his directorial teeth making movies for Lloyd Kaufman's Troma Studios, the home of The Toxic Avenger and Cannibal: The Musical, and he's rooted in horror and B-movies. That's actually a very cool thing in my book, and it was fun to see him paying homage to his trash roots in some of his earlier blockbuster fare. I like trash movies. But I don't like very expensive trash movies that take up the financing dollars and cinema space of smaller creators and voices. In The Suicide Squad, Gunn indulges every B-movie whim like a kid in a candy store. But this is not a B-movie, it's a massive tentpole film with every ounce of the studio's resources behind it. 

Something to remember: James Gunn does not like big studio movies. If you've ever heard an interview with him or listened to his commentaries, he makes no bones about his intentions to subvert the safe, boring expectations of the typical movie goer. In Guardians when he wrote a scene in which the main characters assembled and walked toward the screen in slow motion, Armageddon-style, he undercut the cheesiness of the moment by having one of the characters tug on their crotch. Yet in The Suicide Squad, he does the same thing again, not once, but twice. It pains me to say this, but The Suicide Squad seems incredibly patronizing.  For a director who has always been fairly honest about his disdain for populist entertainment, maybe this is his ultimate revenge against both the audience AND against Disney. 

But we can't lay this solely at the feet of James Gunn. Warner Bros. is the real smoking gun here. In recent years, the studio, in desperate need of a creative compass, has chased every competitor's success, redirected their franchises mid-stream, and shown little to no understanding of the characters in their stable, some of which are over 80 years old and have a tried-and-true formula and appeal. It actually seems that Warner Bros. is embarrassed by their stable of icons, and has gone to great lengths to change them and redefine them into something that longtime comic fans no longer recognize. Fans of the Suicide Squad comic, especially the run by John Ostrander which began in 1987 (the Suicide Squad name in DC Comics goes back to 1959), will find nothing of the characters they love, or the noble missions with life on the line. But hey, there are poo poo jokes.  

I'm predicting this movie will make a ton of money (I'm writing this on opening day), but in a world where the online community attacks Kevin Smith's Masters of the Universe for not serving the "true fans" and pushing an agenda, will the same backlash be leveled against The Suicide Squad, which features race swapping, gender swapping, and pulls a bait-and-switch in the first ten minutes? It would be hypocritical for them not to, right? RIGHT? Someone once told me they hated Disney's Captain Marvel because a female character beat a male character in a fight. In this movie, a female character takes out an entire army. It's actually one of the coolest scenes in the movie and features a wonderful use of Louis Prima's "Just A Gigolo," but it's possible that this movie packages its subversion in such a pleasing package that the typically-outraged audience will be silent. We'll see. 

I'm already seeing rave reviews for The Suicide Squad, but I have to imagine time will not be kind to this movie. It's a cynical film for a cynical age, but there's so little story filling this two hours and twelve minutes that I can't imagine people coming back to it. We've got another extinction-level threat--kudos to Warner for drawing on DC history by using one of the first enemies of the Silver Age Justice League--and literally disposable characters hacking and shooting their way through mountains of bodies as they march toward what is ultimately a video game boss battle. But it's in service of nothing. Character development is virtually non-existent. When the movie tries to have a heartfelt moment in the finale, it's done nothing to earn it or to make us care. What does it say when my favorite character in the movie was a CGI shark? To be fair, he is voiced by Sylvester Stallone.  

Sometimes when I review something and have a negative reaction, people say "turn off your brain and just enjoy the ride." I've never understood how they're able to accomplish this. To me, it's like saying "hold your nose and enjoy this food." How? Doesn't the enjoyment actually come from savoring the characters, watching how they grow, and experiencing a story that unfolds in ways that engage our brains? 

I really wanted to like The Suicide Squad. I am a fan of multiple members of the cast, and I'm a fan of James Gunn. Unfortunately, this seems to be a director working through some serious anger issues because of his experience with Disney, and he's made a movie that has lots of action, but almost nothing else, including plot or character development. As a long-time comic book fan of the DC Universe, there's almost no sign of the characters I've enjoyed for so long, and no work is done here to build up or establish this new version of the characters, either. I honestly have no idea who this movie is for. It's not for the dedicated comic fan, because most of the characters are absent or unrecognizable. It's not for the Disney crowd who made Guardians of the Galaxy a huge success, because this movie is rated R. It's not for B movie or indie/cult fans, because it's a $185 million big studio spectacle. It's not for the fanboys, because it contains gender/race agendas they despise so much. Ultimately, I can only say who this movie was NOT made for, and that's me. 

The Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters and on HBO Max. 

Interview with INITIATION (2020) Horror Director John Berardo


Initiation (2020) is a slasher movie with a ton to say. Cereal At Midnight sits down with John Berardo, the co-writer and director, to discuss his influences, how the film was made, and how social media has changed the horror landscape. 


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Thursday, August 5, 2021

The Tomorrow People, Mike Hammer & More! New Releases from Via Vision Entertainment!


New television-on-disc releases have arrived from Via Vision Entertainment and we've got the full rundown on THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, Mickey Spillane's MIKE HAMMER, and so much more! 

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Quick Pick: A Virus Pandemic Satire from 1968?! (What's So Bad About Feeling Good)


It's the first ever Cereal At Midnight QUICK PICK! In this inaugural installment, we're taking a short look at WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT FEELING GOOD? This 1968 comedy is a satire about a miserable society going through a virus pandemic! The parallels to today are MIND BLOWING!


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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Little Rascals ClassicFlix Restorations Vol. 2 Review!


The Little Rascals - The ClassicFlix Restorations Vol. 2 has JUST been released and we've got your hands-on first look! 

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Monday, August 2, 2021

New Discs from Umbrella Entertainment!


The latest batch of new releases from Umbrella Entertainment contains something for everyone!
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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Review: The Jungle Cruise (2021)

Disney's latest attempt to turn a theme park attraction into a movie franchise succeeds in delivering a breezy popcorn-muncher, but the thrills are gone all too soon. 

Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of fun to be had. Dwayne Johnson's turn as a jungle cruise skipper who delivers groan-inducing puns and one-liners while also swinging from the trees to battle bad guys is the stuff that blockbusters are made of. Similarly, Emily Blunt's portrayal of a brash, no-nonsense botanist who won't let any obstacle stand in her way makes for easy viewing. Let's be honest, these are two of the most charming, likeable people working in Hollywood today; the camera loves them, the audience enjoys them, and this is a fantastic bit of casting that helps this movie go down easy. There's even nice character work delivered by Paul Giamatti (American Splendor) and Jesse Plemons (The Irishman). 

I just wish these actors had more to do. This is another case of one of the major studios serving up MacGuffin: The Movie, in which our characters have to find a thing to go unlock a thing, save a thing, or stop a thing from happening. Character moments are broad and trope-ish, the action fairly generic, especially in the age of big CGI spectacles filled with lots of chases and battles. This movie is as conventional as blockbusters come: take likable heroes, send them on a quest for a sacred object, insert dastardly, mustache-twirling villain, add a supernatural threat, sit back and wait for the money to roll in. 

If you've seen Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Mummy (1999) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), then Jungle Cruise holds no surprises for you. In fact this movie borrows so liberally from each of those smash successes that it seems to have lifted entire elements, character relationships, and even scenes directly from those established hits. The quest for a sacred, mystical object is straight outta Indy. The bookish, attractive lady adventurer with a foppish brother and the rakish, dashing male expedition leader is lifted from The Mummy. The supernatural element--which I won't spoil here--was already used to good effect in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. "You best start believin' in formulaic blockbusters, missy...you're IN ONE!" 

As a fan of the theme park ride on which this movie is based, there's a lot that I appreciate. Dwayne Johnson delivers entire chunks of the Jungle Cruise ride banter, and his passengers groan accordingly. In fact, almost all of the elements from the ride are included in the movie. The Jungle Cruise theme park attraction is one of the kitschiest, campiest, and deliberately-goofy experiences that still exists on Disney property, which is precisely why so many Disney parks nuts (like me) love it so much. The filmmakers realize this, and instead of trying to outrun these cheesy elements, they've embrace them fully. For Disney aficionados, there are TONS of Easter Eggs just waiting to be picked up by savvy audience members. 

But Easter Eggs don't make a memorable movie. There's enough pulp adventure and serial-era fun to satisfy audiences in the short term, but the problem is that nothing sticks. Yes, we have lots of chases, CGI animals and jungle shenanigans, but it's hard to shake the feeling that the movie is just one action scene after another, connected by the thinnest of character motivations or development. This is corporate cinema at its biggest. Those seeking evidence of Disney's usual agendas will find exactly what they're looking for, and audiences everywhere get to play their favorite game, "let's spot the gender swap."

Also, we have to talk about the Metallica song. The film opens with a flamenco-flavored rendition of the metal legends' hit "Nothing Else Matters." As soon as the Disney castle is shown, the familiar guitar arpeggio begins in what is unmistakably a new version of one of classic rock radio's favorite songs. Later in the movie, the promise of that flamenco guitar doodle is delivered upon, with a full-on Metallica performance, distortion turned to 11. Stay through the credits and you'll see that sure enough, James, Kirk, Lars, and Robert are credited for both the songwriting AND the performance. This is in a South American jungle adventure set in 1916? Odd choice. Hey, it worked when Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle used Guns 'n Roses, why not here? In fact, that's probably exactly why that song is in this movie.

If it seems like I'm being overly-critical, I want to make it clear that I DID enjoy Jungle Cruise. I laughed when I was supposed to laugh, I had fun watching the two leads stay one step ahead of certain death while learning to like and trust each other, and I especially love the post-WWI pulp/serials adventure vibe. The problem is that I just saw the movie a few hours ago as I write this review, and I'm already forgetting large chunks of the film. There's a massive exposition dump that kicks off Act III, and I can't remember most of it. This is not a movie built on plot or character, it's a movie designed to be a spectacle, but in an era that's positively bursting with other $200 million dollar spectacles, it doesn't do much to stand apart from the Jumanjis or the Fast and Furiouses that now compete so heavily for our dollars. 

Jungle Cruise is a fun way to spend a couple of hours. The characters are likable, the action is enjoyable, and the setting harkens back to some of the most exciting adventure stories in all of cinema. As an adaptation of an admittedly tired Disney theme park ride, it's wildly successful. The audience I saw this movie with loved it. They clapped when it was over! If the box office returns and Disney Plus viewings meet expectations, no doubt we'll be back here again in 2024 for Jungle Cruise 2, and then another sequel, and probably another after that. And if that happens, I'm very happy for Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Hey, it couldn't happen to a nicer couple of people. But this is a potato chip of a movie. Heck, it's the whole bag of potato chips: tasty in the moment, but gone all too soon. 

Jungle Cruise is now playing theaters and on Disney+ via Premiere Access.