Director John Carpenter to play live concert in Syracuse, New York this November

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Director and Composer John Carpenter is playing his movie themes on November 19th, 2017, at The Palace Theatre in Syracuse, NY to coincide with the release of his new Album “Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998”

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Here is a new music video to “Christine” directed by John Carpenter

Here are his North American Current Tour Dates:

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Here is a brand new cover of John Carpenter’s “Halloween” by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor. Enjoy!

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Pics by Vic – Gallery Two

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Hi, everyone, here are some more pics taken by me for Gallery Two of Pics by Vic. I hope you all enjoy and any feedback is greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Vic

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Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, New York

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Stony Brook State Park

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Downtown Rochester, New York

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Stony Brook Park, New York State

Hope you all enjoyed the photos! More to come very soon. Have a great weekend, gang!

Pics By Vic – Rochester, New York

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Hi Gang! Hope everyone is well. It’s been quite a while since my last post and without getting into too much detail, things have been quite busy and occupied. Busy but fun!

The spirit hasn’t moved me much to write any new film reviews of late but I wanted to share another hobby of mine that has been keeping me busy. Photography. These are some pics I have snapped recently around the city I live in, Rochester, New York. If you wish to see other pics I have taken, and you’re on Instagram my handles there are as follows: @ apicbyvic and of course, @ vicsmovieden I also post some photography on Twitter from time to time.

So, I hope you all like the new pics and new post. I will be definitely be adding more photo posts as I take them. Also, in the near future I will be back to writing new reviews. Enjoy and thank you all for sticking with me!

Vic De Leon

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The Mighty Lake Ontario

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The Freddie Sue Bridge and the Genesee River. Downtown Rochester.

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The Freddie Sue. Downtown Rochester, NY.

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Downtown Rochester. Always Bustling. Great sky that day.

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The Iconic Windmill at Dinosaur BBQ in Downtown Rochester, New York.

Thanks everyone for checking out my Photography! I will add about 5 pics per gallery as I move on to other future posts.

My Laserdisc Collection: Gallery Two

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Hi, Gang! Here is another Gallery of some movie titles from my Laserdisc Collection. Enjoy!

PULP FICTION

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Pulp Fiction

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

3 Sides

BACK TO THE FUTURE

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Back to the Future

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

2 Sides

THE FOG

THE FOG

The Fog

Directed by John Carpenter

2 Sides

MISERY

MISERY

Misery

Directed by Rob Reiner

2 Sides

 

Hope you liked the Gallery, everyone. There will be more to come soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

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My Laserdisc Collection: Gallery One

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HI, GANG! JUST A QUICK FILLER POST FOR YOU ALL!

THE FIRST GALLERY OF THE CURRENT LASERDISCS THAT I OWN. THERE WILL BE OTHERS POSTED THROUGH-OUT 2017

ENJOY!

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ESCAPE FROM LA

DIRECTED BY JOHN CARPENTER

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PREDATOR 2

DIRECTED BY STEPHEN HOPKINS

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IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS

DIRECTED BY JOHN CARPENTER

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WOLFEN

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL WADLEIGH

 

HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE GALLERY, GANG. THERE ARE MORE TO COME IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THANKS FOR STOPPING BY ‘THE DEN!

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Star Trek Movies Ranked: The Next Generation (1994-2002)

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4 – STAR TREK: INSURRECTION

DIRECTED BY JONATHAN FRAKES

7 OUT 10

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3 – STAR TREK: NEMESIS

(NO, I DIDN’T HATE IT)

DIRECTED BY STUART BAIRD

7 OUT OF 10

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2 – STAR TREK: GENERATIONS

DIRECTED BY DAVID CARSON

7 OUT OF 10

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1 – STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT

DIRECTED BY JONATHAN FRAKES

9 OUT OF 10

 

HOPE YOU LIKED THE RANKINGS AND I’M SURE THERE ARE MANY OF YOU OUT THERE THAT RANK THEM DIFFERENTLY, SO PLEASE, SOUND OFF BELOW AND THANKS FOR CHECKING IN!

– VIC

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The Star Wars Movies Ranked (Updated)

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Hi everyone! As of the New Year, I’ve re-watched the entirety of the Star Wars Films (both trilogies) and I have Updated my previous post to include Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Hope you enjoy the update and thanks for checking into ‘The Den!

Vic

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The “Star Wars” Movies Ranked

By Vic

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8) Star Wars: Attack of the Clones”

Directed by George Lucas

7 out of 10

 

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7) Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”

Directed by George Lucas

7 out of 10

 

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6) “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 

Directed by George Lucas

8 out of 10

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5) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Directed by Gareth Edwards

8 out of 10

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4) “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Directed by J.J. Abrams

8 out of 10

 

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3) “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”

Directed by Richard Marquand

8 out of 10

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2) “Star Wars: A New Hope”

Directed by George Lucas

10 out of 10

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1) “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”

Directed by Irvin Kershner

10 out of 10

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Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and reading my ranking of the “Star Wars” Movies. I hope you liked it. Let me know your own personal rankings in the comments section. Thanks!

Vic

Enjoy the gallery of Fan Art Posters Below!

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Vic’s Review – “Train to Busan” (2016)

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Train to Busan”

What’s it About?

While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Directed by  Sang-ho Yeon

Damn. This film is crazy. No really, it’s crazy. Pretty damn nuts. It’s been a long while, probably since Zack Snyder’s DotD remake, have I watched an unpretentious, lightning speed work of modern horror zombie art like Train to Busan from South Korea and from director Sang-ho Yeon. Taking it’s que from Danny Boyle and suspending the more conventional slow zombie trope and making the antogonists “infected,” Yeon’s film takes on the same frenetic momentum that 28 Days Later, and even to an extent, World War Z, demonstrated. What Yeon does differently, here, is add a dynamic array of characters, a straight narrative with answers to questions and, of course, the most important thing: Confines the horror to a speeding train. Zombies on a Train? Yeah, sounds like a bad SyFy channel flick, right? Wrong, kiddies.

Yeon’s film is a train ride you must catch on time and enjoy simply because even when setting up important things like working and corporate class division, familial strife, melodrama, and precarious social and environmental issues, the movie is a relentless shot out of a horror cannon. Yeon’s messages never get too deeply rooted or profound, making way instead for close calls and hazardously loaded exchanges between characters. Stereotypes do abound, though, don’t get me wrong, but it’s done here for the sake of “set em up and knock em down” terror antics. Some of the messages and gimmicky social commentary may induce an eye roll here and there, but it isn’t always expedient. What Yeon does best is providing breakneck action sequences that are staged appropriately and tirelessly shot with the utmost attention to the claustrophobia, tension and horror that permeates aboard the train.

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Actor Yoo Gong (Silenced) sympathetically portrays Seok Woo, a troubled Investment Executive, who handles a lucrative industrial company, which appears to be tied in, if not directly responsible for the environmental calamity that has befallen South Korea. Yeon establishes early on in the film that this incident affects not only humans but animals, too, in a very alarming scene involving a deer struck down by a truck driven by one of the company’s employees. Woo is expected to deliver his young 9 year old daughter, played by the wonderful and emotive Soo-an Kim, to her Mother, estranged from Woo, in Busan after her visit with him and her grandmother ends. Woo’s work troubles spill over into his personal life when his relationship with Soo-an grinds to a halt by his non-presence in her life (He even missed a recital which is a big daddy no-no). She astutely picks up on his shortcomings as a dad and her absence from her mother causes her to anxiously await the train trip back. Woo, who is trying hard to be a good father to Soo-an, can’t seem to get out of his own way and cannot seem to patch things up straight with his daughter.

Yeon propels the story very quickly and establishes all the characters on the train that are going to flesh out the gruesome canvas that the film paints on. Yeon, by introducing enigmatic passengers with bite afflictions boarding the train, catapults the movies into familiar, but still exciting territory. Also added in is a homeless stranger who makes it onto the train and hides in a bathroom. The stranger, though, appears to not be bitten or harmed, but just scared and in an iffy state of mind. Needless to say the ball is in Yeon’s court now and the fun begins. TtB is stylishly shot within the tight confines of the train and even the generous open-ness of the accompanying train stations, where the quickly depleting motley crew aboard the train, struggle to survive.

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The excitement is relentless, as is the suspense, and the interactions between the characters feel real and their plight and panic never feel shoe-horned or trivial. Yeon makes sure that when things don’t appear to be able to get worse, they actually do and the mayhem and un-expected dispatches of many established characters is a testament to the reality the characters face, on and off the train.

Actor Dong-Seok Ma plays the love-able, scrappy and big Sang Hwa, who is initially introduced as a cheeky, insult slinging bad ass. Hwa’s only concern is to his pregnant newlywed and he’ll fight legions of un-dead in any way he can to protect her. Even if that means making Woo look inside himself to help her and his own daughter. Woo, who is apathetic and uncaring of others at first is called out numerous times by his daughter, who is the most conscientious character of the whole movie. Even Hwa sees it when Woo does not.

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That is another reason that TtB really works. It’s the father / daughter dynamic that changes Woo and the creatures hunting them down extracts the person that Woo once was. It only takes a fiesty stranger and his daughter to bring it all out into the open, only to face the dangers more confidently and with more endurance than they ever thought they would ever need.

TtB is a film of relationships and exchanges, but we also get a corporate bad guy that is as sleazy and self serving as we can get, along with a team of brave baseball players, a love lorn young man, a pair of elderly sisters who begin to cherish each other in the face of certain death, and a heroic train conductor who only thinks of the safety of his passengers. It all almost harkens back to the pastiche of the great disasters films of the 1970’s. Granted, many of these people don’t make it to Busan but they fulfill a purpose, and that is for Yeon to show us how fragile life is and how much we usually take for granted before it’s too late.

The horror action is insanely paced and never lets up. There are chases, close calls, blood, bone cracking zombie transformations and even derailments and explosions, to boot. The film takes very small respites to further some character development before crashing back into mayhem and commotion.

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The film is inventive in it’s depiction of the survival tactics the characters in peril use in order to prevent themselves from becoming infected. Everything from cell phones to bats to bathrooms. It’s all here, gang. The infected themselves are relentless and never let up, like it should be. They run, jump, growl, distort and even create crazy zombie body ramps, all in order to get to their prey. They are raw, menacing contortionists that are indeed very scary and the energy the actors put into the parts explodes from the screen.

Train to Busan is a smart film that is about humanity albeit with a flair for melodrama in parts. It’s enjoyable not only for it’s mayhem but for how the actors portray the hapless victims caught up in the nightmare, fighting for their lives. It’s a very approachable dynamic that works, here. The movie is clean but gory. (not by any means a gorefest, though). Efficient but untidy and blood curdling. It’s bold, brashy and impetuous in parts and the occasional self indulgence is tolerated.

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Yeon directs a sleek horror film that goes from terrifying you to making you choke up in the span of two hours. It’s a deep film in parts and the melodrama doesn’t keep it from bogging down into slushy hysterics. Yeon’s tight and intense handling of yet another entry in the zombie genre is quite refreshing and actually redeems the genre somewhat. As long as more un-recycled, altruistic, observational horror films like Train to Busan come out then Z flick lovers should be good to go into double dipping in movies as well put together as this one. I highly recommend this one, gang. Enjoy!

Vic’s Top 10 Roy Scheider Movies

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Roy Richard Scheider (November 10, 1932 – February 10, 2008) was an American actor and amateur boxer. He gained fame for his leading and supporting roles in several iconic films from the 1970s, playing Police Chief Martin C. Brody in Jaws (1975) and Jaws 2 (1978), NYPD Detective Buddy “Cloudy” Russo in The French Connection (1971), NYPD Detective Buddy Manucci in The Seven Ups (1973), Doc in Marathon Man (1976), and choreographer and film director Joe Gideon (whose character was based on Bob Fosse) in All That Jazz (which was written and directed by Fosse) (1979). He is also known for playing Captain Nathan Bridger in the science fiction television seriesseaQuest DSV (1993-1996). Described by AllMovie as “one of the most unique and distinguished of all Hollywood actors”, Scheider was nominated for two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award.

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Vic’s Top 10 Roy Scheider Movies

10 – 52 Pick Up

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9 – Cohen and Tate

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8 – Sorcerer

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7 – The Seven Ups

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6 – The French Connection

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5 – Blue Thunder

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4 – All That Jazz

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3 – 2010

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2 – Jaws 2

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1 – Jaws

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Honorable Mentions –

Romeo is Bleeding

Last Embrace

Still of the Night

Marathon Man

The Rainmaker

Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Alert for October 2016

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COMING SOON TO AMAZON PRIME, HULU PLUS AND NETFLIX!

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American Horror Story – Hotel (AP, Netflix)

Smallville Seasons 1 – 10 (Hulu)

Bowling for Columbine (Ap, Netflix)

The Devil’s Advocate (AP)

Spectre (AP, Hulu)

Alice (AP, Hulu)

Amityville Horror (Hulu)

Married to the Mob (AP, Hulu)

Pride and Prejudice (AP)

Zombie Nation (AP, Hulu)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (AP, Hulu)

The Mr Peabody and Sherman Show Season 3 (Netflix)

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Netflix)

The Flash Season 2 (Netflix)

Training Day (AP)

Happy Gilmore (AP)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Netflix)

Kung Fu Panda 3 (Netflix)

Arrow Season 4 (Netflix)

Air Force One (Hulu)

Black Mirror Season 3 (Netflix)

The Falcon and the Snowman (AP, Hulu)

Lethal Weapon (AP)

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“Jaws” Quadrilogy Now Available On Netflix

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You Read right folks! Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3 and even the 4th and most maligned of the series, Jaws the Revenge are all available to stream on Netflix in high definition. Let’s hope for a long stay so everyone can catch them all over and over again!

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