Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Runaway Train (1985) Review

Joel looks back at Andrei Konchalovsky's prison escape film Runaway Train (1985) and waxes poetic about the wacky and wonderful production company that was Cannon Films.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Our Entry for Absolutesublime1's Halloween Collaboration Video

Every Halloween, movie-themed YouTuber Absolutesublime1 does a scary movie collaboration video with other YouTube folks, in which everybody talks about the movies that scared them the most (and why). After watching these annual videos for years, we finally got to join in on the fun!

The complete Halloween collaboration video on Absolutesublime1's channel:

Our segment in full HD (in case you wanted to see all the tiny details in... the curtain, I guess):

Thursday, October 19, 2017


While we're busy working on the next batch of Cinemologists reviews, we've got some VLOGs for you to enjoy. First up, Joel talks about an extremely rare soundtrack, the movie behind it, and why Ennio Morricone is amazing.

Then Alex takes a look at the new UK-based publication Infinity, a magazine focused on classic science fiction and cult movies of the past.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Criterion Fieldtrip: Demy More

... or "My Dinner with Women on the Verge of Being Cat People." Alex, Joel, Y2K, and Showbiz Pizza Phil take on the Big Three B&Ns in the area and come away with some precious 50% off Criterion loot. You can find Phil's art here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Eraserhead (1977) and the New Language of Cinema

In this video essay, guest reviewer Christian unpacks Eraserhead (1977), David Lynch's dream of dark and troubling things, touching on its pioneering style and divisive audience reactions.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989) Review

Alex celebrates Terry Gilliam's often overlooked and incredibly exuberant film adaptation of the Baron Munchausen tales.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

We Hit 1,000 Subscribers on YouTube!

Our YouTube channel just passed the "1,000 Subscribers" mark, so we're celebrating the only way we know how... with fog machines and Crystal Pepsi. We may act incredibly silly, but we're seriously thankful for you guys!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Review

In today's review, Alex gets nostalgic and looks back at an underappreciated Muppets classic.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Movie/Book Fieldtrip: Second Christmas

Holiday gift cards, prepare to die! Joel, Alex, and Y2K head out to some new spots and familiar haunts to look for books, movies, and... picture frames? Just roll with it. And, whatever you do, don't press the "Try Me" button.

Monday, February 6, 2017

How Movies Become Obscure

Here at The Cinemologists, we do our best to put the spotlight on obscure movies. We talk about which ones are worth watching, why they’ve been overlooked, and how to find them these days.
In going about this enterprise, I always find myself asking the question...
“What makes a movie obscure?”
Then, numerous images of box office flops (Raise the Titanic), underappreciated cult films (Danger: Diabolik), and badly misrepresented gems (Starcrash) dance before me like a line of unconventionally attractive chorus girls. My mind’s eye also displays, in equal or greater number, the films I don’t need to talk about: Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Shining, Ben Hur, Jaws, Casablanca...
But then something unsettling happens: I flash back to college (horrifying, I know). In this uncomfortable state of remembrance, I recall my fellow students (all 90s kids like me) sitting there in the dark watching the assigned movies our professors put on during class time. And, among foreign film staples and indie Americana, we would occasionally watch some of the popular classics I just mentioned.
No, not Raise the Titanic; I meant the other list!
Here’s where things get weird.