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R.I.P. Menahem Golan: 1929-2014

It is with great sadness that I mark the passing of Cannon Films maestro Menahem Golan. I can't begin to count the hours of pure joy - and pain - that I've experienced over the years that started with the words "A Golan-Globus Production." From Cobra to Lifeforce to Bloodsport and so many more, Golan and his production company helped define the 80s action flick. Good, bad, or ugly, the films Golan helped bring to life as a Producer, Director, and Writer could always be counted on to entertain... as they will continue to do for ages to come. Mr. Golan, you shall be missed. - Ziggy, 8-8-2014

Low Budget Evil: Scream of the Writer...

Matthew Jason Walsh has just about done it all on the low budget movie scene, but he’s mainly known for his writing, with over 30 movies to his official credit, and who knows how many more that his name isn’t on.  One of his films, Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy, is especially infamous as having spent time on the “top” of the IMDB’s list of the worst movies ever made.  In this 2004 interview with Ziggy, he makes no excuses (we’ve all got to pay the rent somehow), but he does give quite a few insights into the bargain basement of the movie world, and makes his confession about Ancient Evil.  Check out Ziggy's interview with Matthew Jason Walsh!

Our Philosophy & Rating System

At Cinema on the Rocks, we believe that whoever said that life is too short to drink cheap wine was an idiot.  After all, how can you truly appreciate the sublime flavor of great Chianti without having also sipped Mad Dog 20/20?  Or, on the other end of things, you may never discover that most Dom Perignon is actually overpriced, overhyped swill until you try the reasonably priced Brut.  This is (and was and shall always remain) the Doom Cheez Philosophy.

Each of our feature-length movie reviews has a five-sentence short version, and a much more in-depth long version.  Short film reviews just get the long version. Webseries reviews include an overview look at the series in general, followed by a rundown of highlights from episodes and/or seasons. In all cases, we offer cheese and alcohol pairings with our reviews in lieu of stars or numeric ratings.  (We assume, of course, that you are mature enough to handle these things.) 

Welcome to Cinema on the Rocks. I invite you to please sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

-Ziggy Berkeley, proprietor of Cinema on the Rocks

Deep Thoughts

"The trouble with the world is that it's always one drink behind."

- Humphrey Bogart

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