Vicious Review

I didn’t want to finish this horror short for all the right reasons. Creepy and disturbing visuals accompanied by a chilling score make what could have easily been a simplistic boring gag into one of the most terrifying fifteen minutes of my life. That being said, I am one of the biggest wimps of all time when it comes to horror so I will leave the exact degree of terror to you. But still, Vicious makes excellent use of its low resources, making something out of nothing around every turn. While a bit low on story and character development, the film does what it came to do with its limited run time – and that’s to scare the ever loving pants off of you. Continue reading Vicious Review

Top Ten One Liners

Let’s be honest for a second. Some films that are held in high regard today might not be if not for some of the awesome one liners that they have. Otherwise terrible films like Bad Boys would be complete write offs. But “Sh*t just got real” lives on to be an awesome line of badassness that I can now yell drunk to my friends one night when the Lakers win. So in that spirit, I give you RDR’s top ten one liners.

  1. “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the armies of the North, General of the Felix legions, loyal servant to the true Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”

Russel Crowe, Gladiator

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Spotlight: Podcast Time!

The thing I love most about RDR is that it’s not handled solely by a few guys with laptops. I started it solo but was then joined by some awesome writers and content managers. Now, in our latest collaborative effort we have paired up with some fantastic podcasters to talk about awesome movie/nerd stuff for your enjoyment. Also, most of us get drunk so… there’s that. Check out some of them below!


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Solitude on Demand Review

Solitude on Demand (2015)

Directed by Luca Zambianchi 

Starring Gianfranco Boattini and James Foschi

Should Have Stayed In Solitude
By Mason Manuel

Back in the baby days of RDR (Does being alive for a few months mean we are out of baby days?) I reviewed an excellent short film called B.L.T. There were no flashy effects but there was a stimulating philosophic conversation between two men. They simply sat on a street curb and talked but the dialogue was so engrossing that the film felt special. Solitude on Demand attempts to capture the same magic taking a simplistic setting, and filling it with two men of polarizing ideas. Buuuuuut this one misses the mark. Continue reading Solitude on Demand Review

Life Off Grid Review

Life Off Grid (2015)

Directed by Jonathan Taggart

Living Without Connection
By Mason Manuel

Whenever my parents took me as a kid to my Grandma’s out in the country I was absolutely miserable. There was nothing to do, no video games, and it smelled like old people. I was hard pressed to find anything to love about being away from modern civilization. However, that’s exactly what Jonathan Taggart’s Life Off Grid sets off to do. We are taken to some of the most isolated areas of Canada to see how people survive without the comforts of everything being readily available by society. But these do-it-themselvers aren’t Bear Grylls survivor people that can make a shopping mall out of a toothpick. This film shows exactly who they are – ordinary people who never forget that the Earth is a finite resource. Continue reading Life Off Grid Review

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Review

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2015)

Directed by Michael Bay

Starring John KrasinskiJames Badge DaleDavid Denman

The Michael Bay Redemption
By Mason Manuel

Is there any director that we love to hate more than Michael Bay? The man has unapologetically created some of the most cringe worthy of films of all time, hiding their inadequacies behind some arguably entertaining explosions. Save for Pain and Gain or The Rock, Bay has never been one to capture a human story. So it was with great reluctance and disappointment in myself that I must admit that 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is not a terrible film. In fact… it’s good. Excuse me — I have to go vomit into a bucket for a second. Continue reading 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Review

Actor Alan Rickman Deceased at Age 69

The Guardian reports that British actor Alan Rickman passed away today, January 14th 2016, after a long battle with cancer.

Rickman died “surrounded by family and friends” according to a source close to the beloved actor. Rickman was known for such classic roles as Severus Snape from the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber from Die Hard. Continue reading Actor Alan Rickman Deceased at Age 69