The Sorcerers (1967 United Kingdom)

Boris Karloff is masterful, even if he has to spend half of this film sitting helplessly on the floor. The late Michael Reeves certainly knew how to make the viewer feel uncomfortable. This is even more upsetting than his later Witchfinder General. It’s a fascinating, yet very sad, snapshot of urban British working class life in 1967. It’s amazing how things seemed more unclean then, how depressingly dirty and squalid the back streets of “swinging London” could really be like. Everything about The Sorcerers is grubby. While the dvd is playing I feel like I’m there. In The Glory Hole. (Don’t laugh – you’ll need to see this movie to know I’m not being rude. The GL is an integral part of the plot) It’s all very mentally disconcerting. [Read more…]

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Dig That Bass

Library music (aka production or stock music) is music recorded in a multitude of contexts and styles by work-for-hire musicians, owned by music-library labels, and lent out to commercial enterprises in TV, radio, and film. So there’s a good chance you’ve heard this somewhere. Thought I’d give credit to the guys responsible…guitar – Colin Pincott. bass – Don Gillies. drums – Peter Trout. organ / composer – Mike Lease. Library music is fascinating because if there’s such a thing as ephemeral music this is it—recordings that were meant for a certain moment then filed away when that moment has passed, with the general public unable to purchase it at the time. They give us a picture of the way day-to-day music sounded decades ago, outside either the bounds of pop-chart aspirations or the critically-acclaimed underground. This particular piece screams “use me in the most sleazy way!”

Bedazzled (1967 Britain)

Groovy art for the Japanese poster for Bedazzled.Bedazzled just gets better as the years go by, especially after the fiasco of the Liz Hurley remake. It embodies all of the anarchic playfulness, the growing contempt for any authority (in this case, even God), and the tremendous rush of optimism manifest by pop culture and bright, colourful fashion of the surreal 1960s. The film is strangely sad and creepy too. [Read more…]

QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967 United Kingdom)

lastronave degli esseri perduti 320x240It is difficult for me to post at this time (too busy) but here is one more. This may be the mother of all my film reviews. We are talking about cinema that grabs me by the hair. The amazing Nigel Kneale was England’s answer to Richard Matheson, and his powerful story is given the glossy Technicolour treatment by director Roy Ward Baker. [Read more…]

Belle de Jour (France 1967)

largeMaybe all girls dream of being a prostitute. That’s a surreal thought! Moving on… the first glimpse of our main character, Séverine, occurs during a masochistic nightmare (or maybe its a welcome dream) where her husband betrays her on a coach ride through the woods. She awakens in bed, where we discover she has had dreams like this before. [Read more…]

THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (1968, France)

bride-wore-black-2Time for me to get nostalgic about my first few posts and this was the very first, so if you missed it back in March (I started off writing reviews that were too short and cold–then realized they needed more length & warmth). So here it is again. How can you resist? I didn’t think so either. Seriously though, this is one of my more sexy reviews. It has to be. Jeanne Moreau is the star and her middle name is Sexy. You’re eyes and brain will thank you for it …. [Read more…]

THE AVENGERS (1965-1967 UK) Television Review

tumblr_magrwlB6qe1qaxluno1_500No TV series can summon up the 1960s better than this one. Other shows tried to imitate it, but never successfully. How could they, when The Avengers itself finally lost it after a two year peak. Patrick MacNee (as John Steed) had a devilish charm while Diana Rigg (as Emma Peel) combined beauty and brains. [Read more…]

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