Dubbed “The Cannibal Cop,” Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and eat young women. Valle argued it was all a fantasy; the prosecution’s narrative convinced jurors otherwise. Valle was facing a possible life sentence when filmmaker Erin Lee Carr began visiting him in prison. After 22 months behind bars, his conviction was overturned in a stunning reversal. The film was there for his release and subsequent house arrest to examine a life arrested. But the question remains: given the chance, would he, could he, have done it? “Thought Crimes” unravels the conflicting stories of a potentially dangerous young man and the unexpected consequences of our online activity.
The film was theatrically released January 23, 1987, in the United States. Upon its release, the film grossed $2.4 million at the box office and was well-received by critics. It has since gained a cult following and was followed by two sequels: Stepfather II (1989) and Stepfather III (1992), and a remake also called The Stepfather, released on October 16, 2009.
The Stepfather has an 86% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 6.7/10 out of 29 reviews. Film critic Roger Ebert, from the Chicago Sun Times, gave the movie 2.5 stars out of 4, and commented: “Violence itself seems to sell at the box office, even when it’s divorced from any context. Maybe that’s what the filmmakers were thinking. What often happens, though, is that in an otherwise flawed film there are a couple of things that are wonderful. The Stepfather has one wonderful element: Terry O’Quinn’s performance.”
On “Combustible Celluloid”, the film ranked 3 out of 4 stars, and reviewer Jeffrey M. Anderson commented: “Joseph Ruben directs competently but perhaps not as playfully as the material could have used, but O’Quinn gets in a few prime moments, such as the startling one in which he forgets which persona he’s currently occupying. Nevertheless, The Stepfather is still a high water mark of 1980s horror/suspense.”
Boxing Legends TV takes a look at the 5 times Floyd Mayweather Jr looked invincible. Regarded as one of, if not the greatest defensive fighter of all time, but its sometimes forgot how could really inflict damage a his early years.
In 2016, Mayweather was ranked by ESPN as the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years. In the same year, he peaked as BoxRec‘s number one fighter of all time, pound for pound, as well as the greatest welterweight of all time. Many sporting news and boxing websites ranked Mayweather as the best boxer in the world, pound for pound, twice in a span of ten years; including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports. He is also regarded as the best defensive boxer in the sport, as well as being the most accurate puncher since the existence of CompuBox, having the highest plus–minus ratio in recorded boxing history. He finished his career with a record of 26 wins without a loss or draw in world title fights (10 by KO); 23 wins (9 KOs) in lineal title fights; 24 wins (7 KOs) against former or current world titlists; 12 wins (3 KOs) against former or current lineal champions; and 2 wins (1 KO) against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees.
In addition to his accomplishments in the ring, Mayweather is well known for being one of the most lucrative pay-per-view (PPV) attractions of all time, in any sport. He topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012 and 2013 respectively, and the Forbes list again in both 2014 and 2015, listing him as the highest paid athlete in the world. In 2007, he founded Mayweather Promotions, his own boxing promotional firm after defecting from Bob Arum‘s Top Rank. Mayweather has generated approximately 19.5 million in PPV buys and $1.3 billion in revenue throughout his career, surpassing the likes of former top PPV attractions including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, and Manny Pacquiao.
Written and directed by Frank Wisbar, this hour-long B thriller from 1946 is so obscure that it doesn’t even rank an entry in Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide, but it’s a perfectly adequate example of the low-budget fare that was cranked out like sausages by Producer’s Releasing Corporation (PRC) in post-World War II Hollywood. Of interest to trivia buffs is the youthful appearance of future Pink Panther director Blake Edwards as the movie’s youthful would-be hero, while Rosemary La Planche plays his beloved, who would sacrifice herself to spare her lover from the title character–the shadowy ghost of a ferryman (played by Charles Middleton) who haunts the local swampland, avenging his wrongful hanging for murder. Steeped in rich, foggy atmosphere, the film copies the effective visual style of Wisbar’s earlier German film Fährmann Maria, and although this shoestring spooker barely registers on the fright meter, it’s still an interesting oddity for hardcore film buffs, who will appreciate the fact that a movie of such minimal consequence has somehow made its way to DVD.
Pacquiao is generally considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time as he is the first and only eight-division world champion, having won eleven major world titles, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Pacquiao is also the third boxer in history to win genuine world titles in three of the original eight weight divisions of boxing, also known as the “glamour divisions” (flyweight, featherweight, and welterweight).
Shout out to reddit user Serengeti1 for making this video highlight of all of the leg kick finishes in UFC history. A nice reminder that Pat Barry and Anthoni Hardonk could have had much better runs in the UFC if they were matched up differently!
Rodney Ascher’s terrifying film explores the topic of sleep paralysis, and the twisted inner workings of the human brain.
2. “There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane” (2011)
HBODocs From the title, we obviously know that there’s something wrong with Aunt Diane, but you don’t know the depths of it. The film is compelling throughout it’s entirety, profiling a woman who seems to have things together, as she’s happily married with kids, but then you recognize there’s something very troubling about her.
3. “Boy Interrupted” (2009)
Filmmaker Dana Perry profiles her son Evan, who had a fascination with death and dying at a young age. He went through therapy throughout his youth as he struggled with depression and mental illness. Boy Interrupted is a heavy watch, especially when you see Evan’s downward decline, but it highlights the seriousness of mental illness.
4. “Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy” (2014)
Freddy Krueger has probably been the star of your nightmares before. Explore the origins of the terrifying “dream demon” in this award-winning documentary.
5. “My Amityville Horror” (2013)
Daniel Lutz tells his version of the notorious Amityville haunting at his Ocean Avenue home where Ronald DeFeo Jr. once slaughtered his sleeping family.
6. “Paradise Lost” (2009)
Berlinger and Sinofsky’s documentary profiles the triple murder of three children in West Memphis, Arkansas. The film follows the families of the victims and the accused throughout the trial, and centers on the small-town criminal justice system.
7. “The Imposter” (2012)
Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Barclay goes missing in 1994, and three years later is found alone and scared in Spain. However, it becomes clear to the family that the boy who went missing is not who he says he is, and is literally an imposter to the family. This chilling documentary will send shivers down your spine from beginning to end!
8. “Killer Legends” (2014)
Urban legends make for great horror stories, but how much of them are fiction? Filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills attempt to uncover the truth behind the urban legends we’ve grown to be fearful of.
9. “Room 237” (2012)
This documentary explores one of the greatest horror movies of all time, The Shining. It’s an intricate look into fan interpretations of it and its twisted theories.
10. “Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father” (2008)
This one may pull at your heartstrings a bit. Dear Zachary follows filmmaker Kurt Kuenne’s tribute to his murdered best friend, Andrew Bagby, who was killed in cold blood by his estranged girlfriend, Shirley Turner. In a shocking turn of events, Turner announces that she is pregnant with Bagby’s child. The film is an expose of the custody case, and an emotional letter to his son, Zachary.