The Thomas Crown Affair (1999 USA)

This is really a love story for anyone who imagines being whisked away from the mundane into places that you’ve only read or heard about in glossy magazines. It’s a film for any person out there who’d like to have the freedom to do what they want and damn the consequences. Well, either that or have enough money to do anything, then disappear. The Thomas Crown Affair is a world where time means nothing, and money is just, well, not an issue. Its only numbers! This is my kind of motion picture. I feel it was made just for me. I probably would have sold my grandmother for the price of an admission ticket. Its that yummy & delicious. [Read more…]

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The Gauntlet (1977 USA)

This motion picture gets a bad rap for it’s implausible story line and outrageous shoot outs, but if you’re in the mood for that sort of thing, it’s a hard one to top. For the sixth time Clint Eastwood does his civic duty as the film’s director and leading man, here sharing the screen with live-in companion Sondra Locke. (This was before a real life drama where he changed the locks on the house they shared when she was away–years after this) The pasty Locke always struck me as a good looking woman, but only if you caught her at just the right angle. [Read more…]

Common Law Cabin (1967 USA)

In Russ Meyer’s world bad taste triumphed over everything and in his first colour picture he doesn’t change the formula. This swamp-like soap opera begins with picturesque imagery of the Colorado river and its banks as a narrator sings its praises as the very best America can offer in its majestic and natural beauty. Then he ends up admitting that the waterway in some places isn’t so salubrious – in fact it smells like garbage. This dual nature sums up the tone of the ensuing 69 minutes, where we are invited to admire the buxom ladies in the cast while seeing them subjected to all kinds of ugly treatment at the hands of the menfolk. [Read more…]

84 Charing Cross Road (1987 US–UK)

charingcrossroad20“84 Charing Cross Road” is the best film I know about unbridled passion for books, for words, and the kind of intimacy that can take place when one person who loves words makes contact with another who shares, or at least appreciates, that passion. If you are the kind of observant, sensitive soul who can see someone sitting on a park bench and intuit their biography from the way they wear their scarf, hold their bodies and read their newspaper, you will *hear* all that this motion picture is saying, and it will move you to tears. [Read more…]

Terrore nello spazio (1965 Italy)

planet2This motion picture (known as Planet Of The Vampires to English speakers) is a talky, slow-burning science fiction entry from Italy. Although the film is pretty unremarkable, it has developed a fairly sizeable cult following down the years. This is due in no small part to the fact that the film has been heavily raided for ideas by makers of bigger, more expensive and more “mainstream” movies in the intervening decades. The likes of Alien, Event Horizon and X-Men all owe something to this atmospheric Mario Bava flick. [Read more…]

The Mummy (Hollywood 1999)

the-mummy-1999-the-mummy-movies-4379715-960-536                                                 (What a hair do for an alpha male – NOT!)
During the 1990’s a stream of remakes came out using the old Universal horror films with the monsters: Dracula (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Frankenstein (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein), The Wolf Man (Wolf) and this Raiders Of The Lost Ark version of our favourite Egyptian monster. This Stephen Sommers – directed effort has librarian and aspiring archaeologist Evelyn (Rachel Wiesz), accompanied by her brother Jonathan (John Hannah), enlisting the help of French Foreign Legion soldier Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) to find a lost Egyptian city. In other words, “kill the bad guy, rescue damsel in distress (not that dress) and save the world.” Has anyone ever asked the world if it wants to be saved? Thought not… [Read more…]

Scream Blacula Scream (1973 USA)

scream-blacula-screamWe all have problems. But African princes who’ve been vampirized by Dracula himself probably carry an extra load. Very camp, very strange sequel to an already outrageous original. “Scream, Blacula, Scream” was the natural progression in the Blacula mythos: after having committed suicide by walking out into the sun in the original film, Mamuwalde (that’s Blacula to you) finds himself unwillingly resurrected by a jive talking voodoo shaman who is insanely jealous of Lisa, a sexy voodoo chick played by none other than Pam Grier. [Read more…]

Jurassic Park III (USA 2001)

jurassic_park_3_3“Jurassic Park III”, is essentially different from the first two. “Jurassic Park III” is a B-movie that has essentially dropped the dreadful exposition that we knew all too well in the first and even the second one. (Those precocious kids that Hollywood loves to include in so many flicks drove me up the wall, thus reducing my enjoyment) This time around it draws on old-fashioned suspense with our troubled heroes on the run. Plus it introduces new creatures. But it does fail in the department of character development, and the ending is too abrupt. However, among the highlights are some nifty parasailing scenes thrown in to the mix.
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Hell In The Pacific (USA 1968)

indexIgnoring the ridiculously abrupt ending, Hell in the Pacific is excellent in its structure. A great concept–two men are lost together on an island in the Pacific. The Second World War is over, but prejudices remain, as one man is Japanese, one American. They don’t share a language, so there is basically no dialogue. There is only survival. How do you make a feature length film about this without stretching the idea thin, without boring the viewer, without resorting to clichés of makeshift boats and coconut to eat? You don’t. [Read more…]

Body Double (1984 USA)

body-double-1984An extremely entertaining thriller which reflects the decade in which it was released by being full of excess and completely over the top. The 1980s was a time when it was often said that “if something’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing” and on the evidence of this film, director Brian De Palma was clearly on message. The plot contains numerous enjoyable twists and involves murder, voyeurism and duplicity. It also tests the boundaries of good taste in the passages where it becomes particularly lurid and prurient. [Read more…]

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