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The Inmates are Running the Asylum

In New Column by John Tebbutt

Aficionados of bad movies know about The Asylum — the film distribution company responsible for cheap monster fare like Sharknado and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, as well as “mockbusters” that sound suspiciously like other, higher-profile movies (Transmorphers, The Terminators, Paranormal Entity, Titanic II). This week, Video Vulture takes a look at some of its films — and by “takes …

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The irresistibly tawdry world of GLOW

In New Column by John Tebbutt

To call the wrestling of GLOW fake is to miss the point. It’s like calling Adam West’s Batman TV show fake. Everything is so unreal and over-the-top ridiculous that it’s clear nobody is trying to take this stuff seriously. These are cartoon characters leaping off of turnbuckles in evening gowns. GLOW (short for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) was a lunatic …

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What a croc

In New Column by John Tebbutt

You need to keep your expectations low with a movie like Croczilla (2012). Promoting it as China’s first ever monster film just raises the stakes too much. Hong Kong has been creating insane monsters for ages (1975’s Infra-Man; 1976’s The Oily Maniac). South Korea gave us The Host (2006). Japan practically invented the giant monster movie. C’mon, China, whatcha got? …

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Channel Roulette

In New Column by John Tebbutt

I select the “Auto Channel Search” function on my TV, and then try to prepare myself for disappointment as the progress bar slowly fills up. At 90 per cent completion, I still have zero channels. This isn’t looking good…. Y’see, it made sense to me to disconnect my cable service, since I really wasn’t using it that much. But I’m …