REEL CHAT 5.0 – AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)

Beware the moon! Welcome to Episode 5 of “Reel Chat” – a new podcast focusing on the “Reel World as we know it.” On this fifth installment of the “Vintage Vault” retrospective series, host Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard, Andrew McCaskill and a very proud and knowledgeable Matthew O’Neill, to look back at a cult genre classic – 1981’s “An American Werewolf In London.” Learn how writer/director John Landis came up with the film’s concept 10 years before it’s release, it’s iconic London setting, as well as it’s incredible ability to successfully combine two genres – horror… More…

BLU-RAY DISC REVIEW: COMMANDO (1985)

The moment I first took my Blu-ray copy of “Commando” for a spin, the sharp stink of testosterone and ’80s machismo filled my home theatre. I have to admit to spending many a school evening watching shoddy VHS copies of Schwarzenegger flicks like “Commando,” “Predator,” and “The Terminator“. Even then, I knew “Commando” wasn’t subject to the same rules as other films. I didn’t care about its shallow plot, its clichéd cardboard characters, or it’s laughably indulgent violence. No sir, all I cared about was having a good time watching Arnold Schwarzenegger tear through a horde of baddies. I remember… More…

REEL CHAT 4.0 – COMMANDO (1985)

Let’s party! Welcome to Episode 4 of “Reel Chat“, a brand new and exciting movies podcast devoted to the “Reel World as we know it”. On this fourth Vintage Vault installment, host (and huge Schwarzenegger fan) Adam Stolfo is joined by a pumped up Brose Avard, Andrew McCaskill and Matthew O’Neill to look at one of the most satisfying guilty pleasures in the history of action cinema – 1985’s “Commando“. As this is his episode of choice, Brose is in fine form here, showing plenty of love to a film he obviously holds in high regard. In what happens to… More…

BLU-RAY DISC REVIEW: SE7EN (1995)

It begins with the most unconventional of murders – an obese man forced to eat until his stomach bursts. The next crime is no less gruesome – an attorney with a pound of flesh cut from his side, pressed to do the grisly carving himself. For Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) the two crimes have a striking similarity, but nothing concrete to tie them together. But a second pass through the first victim’s house reveals the theme – the Seven Deadly Sins, gluttony being the first and greed the second. With five more sins to explore, the killer’s spree is… More…

REEL CHAT 3.0 – SE7EN (1995)

It’s time for a change of mood… how about dark and miserable!? Welcome to Episode 3 of “Reel Chat“, a new podcast devoted to the “Reel World as we know it”. On this third installment of the “Vintage Vault”, host Adam Stolfo is once again joined by co-host Brose Avard, a very proud and excitable Andrew McCaskill (as this is his chosen episode), and the returning Matthew O’Neill, to look in depth at one of the darkest and most respected thrillers of the mid 90s – director David Fincher’s “Seven“… or “Se7en“. Learn all about the film’s legacy and ongoing… More…

BLU-RAY DISC REVIEW: GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989)

(Disc Released: 23/10/14) Given that 2014 marked the thirtieth and twenty-fifth anniversaries respectively of “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II”, Reel Chat gave me the opportunity to re-watch them.  This can be something of a perilous exercise – bringing an analytical eye to a movie that carries such personal nostalgic weight for me – but I almost always walk away with an enhanced appreciation for the film in question, be it a newfound recognition of it’s merits or a clearer grasp of it’s shortcomings. Much has been written about “Ghostbusters”; much less about “Ghostbusters II”. In the years since it’s release, the latter has… More…

REEL CHAT 2.0 – GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989)

We’re back! Welcome to Episode 2 of “Reel Chat“, a new and exciting movies podcast that promises week in, week out – the “Reel World as we know it”. On this second Vintage Vault installment, host Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard, Andrew McCaskill and first-time guest Matthew O’Neill, to delve into a second helping of Ghostbusters lore, with the guy’s getting their teeth into the much maligned 1989 follow-up – “Ghostbusters II“. Learn all about the film’s inception and luke-warm legacy. Learn how much the hit 80s cartoon series “The Real Ghostbusters” influenced the film’s tone and… More…

BLU-RAY DISC REVIEW: GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)

(Disc Released: 23/10/14) As part of Reel Chat’s introductory episode, it’s been a real pleasure to sit down and enjoy Ivan Reitman’s 80s sci-fi comedy classic “Ghostbusters” – in it’s 30th Anniversary re-release on Blu-ray. From the Columbia Pictures logo, accompanied by Elmer Bernstein’s eerie score, to the moment the iconic theme song is cued, a smile full of fond memories plasters itself to my face. It’s an effective opening sequence that generates interest with a farcical, light-hearted air of spookiness and mystery. Everything that follows is a grandiose spectacle of comedy and special effects, enhanced by an outstanding cast that… More…

REEL CHAT 1.0 – GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to the first official episode of “Reel Chat“, a new and exciting movies podcast that promises week in, week out – the “Reel World as we know it”. On this premiere “Vintage Vault” episode, host Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard, Andrew McCaskill and Stuart Wilson to discuss one of the best and most beloved comedies of the 80s – 1984’s “Ghostbusters“. Hear about Brose’s run-in (and 20 minute chat) with actor Ernie Hudson in 2009, Adam and Brose’s Ghostbusters location tour in New York City (where they met) in 2008, as well… More…