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The Wrestler: A Q.T. Marshall Story

Originally released in 2017, The Wrestler: A Q.T. Marshall Story is an award-winning documentary about an independent wrestler trying to make it to WWE. It’s an underdog story about a regular guy from New Jersey trying to make it to the big-time. While I didn’t know anything about Q.T. Marshall prior to watching this documentary, his name was vaguely familiar. In a world filled with wrestling documentaries, including 350 Days, Nail In The Coffin, You Cannot Kill David Arquette, and The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, is this one worth watching? Read on for my thoughts.

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Shudder: March 2021 U.S. Highlights

In March, Shudder members can look forward to new movie premieres every week, including season two of the hit series A Discovery of Witches, Shudder original films Lucky, Stay Out of the Attic, Slaxx and Violation, the Shudder exclusive Koko-Di Koko-Da, and an impressive lineup of recent and classic horror favorites including Ken Russell’s The Devils. I had the pleasure of watching Lucky last year, and it was phenomenal. It premieres on March 4, so make sure you it’s at the top of your list! Below is a rundown of everything you can expect to see on Shudder in March.

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Shudder: February 2021 U.S. Highlights

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and as the great Robert Englund once said, “Just because it’s a love story doesn’t mean it can’t have a decapitation or two.” If your thoughts are in line with Robert’s then you’ll want to keep your eyes on Shudder where cupid’s arrow is known to impale. Below are all of the gory details about what you can expect during the month of love.

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Movie Review: Relentless

Nearly two years ago I interviewed Diamond Dallas Page, the founder of DDP Yoga (DDPY) and a legend in the professional wrestling industry. It was an amazing discussion that resulted in a series of events: we became friends, I stayed at Dallas’ house for a week a few months later, he taught me DDPY at the largest workshop ever, and I became Philadelphia’s first-ever certified DDPY instructor, among other wonderful opportunities. If you want to get to know Diamond Dallas Page better and learn all about DPPY and why it’s so special, I implore you to watch his newly released documentary, Relentless, which is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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Shudder January 2021 U.S. Highlights

Merry Christmas! It may be December 25, but horror lasts all year long, including at Christmastime. There are a bevy of holiday favorites to enjoy on Shudder right now, and January is shaping up to be a terrific month as well. Below you’ll find all the details about what’s coming to Shudder in the first month of the new year. Happy Holidays!

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Movie Review: Marley & Me

I love animals. I often say they’re better than humans. After all, they provide us with unconditional love and they don’t have all of the faults and issues that humans do. Especially now, when many of us are at home because of COVID, our pets provide us with a level of joy and love that is irreplaceable. I also believe that until you live with a pet, you don’t fully understand just how profound that connection can be. They truly are wonderful beings. Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and I hope everyone reading this had a fabulous holiday. Mine consisted of a bounty of food and watching two movies with my wife: The Break-Up and Marley & Me, both starring Jennifer Aniston. If you’ve never seen Marley & Me and don’t want me to spoil it, stop reading here. If not, let’s dive in.

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Movie Review: The Wrestler

Today, I watched The Wrestler for the first time since it came out nearly 11 years ago. It is still a fantastic movie. It’s very much the pro wrestling version of Rocky Balboa, an equally fabulous piece of cinema that is gritty, authentic, and overflowing with emotion.

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ARROW: The El Duce Tapes

You may recall that in my most recent post about the ARROW streaming service I mentioned The El Duce Tapes. As a massive music fan and lover of documentaries, I want to take a closer look at this movie because it’s an interesting one with a subject matter that I was previously unfamiliar with. Read on for more details.

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Movie Review: Edge of the Axe

Edge of the Axe is a 1988 cult classic horror movie I never heard of, but I was intrigued by the artwork and the trailer so I figured I’d give it a go. To my surprise, it was a much more nuanced story than I expected. This, along with solid acting and character development, made for a highly enjoyable movie.

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Remembering Sean Connery

It was reported today that Sir Sean Connery died at the age of 90. He will forever be remembered as the original James Bond, playing a pivotal role in launching the pop culture phenomenon that is still going strong today. As a lifelong Bond fan, I’m thankful for his immeasurable contributions to the series. Moreover, I appreciate Sean Connery for the countless roles he played outside of 007. He wasn’t a one-trick pony. Rather, this skilled Scottish actor was a chameleon who could embody a wide range of characters that swept us away with wonderful stories for nearly 60 years.

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