Cinema Monolith

Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.

CM Year in Review 2022

Not the banner year I’d hoped for at the Monolith in 2022, but I did watch a lot more movies, and tripled the number of posts…from two to six!


Gamera: Super Monster (1980)

Nine months without posting, and THIS is what I come back with? But seriously, is there a better way to spend Christmas than with a giant flying turtle?


Inside the CM Vault: ‘You Must Remember This’

Not a song, but a book! Take a trip to Hollywood’s yesteryear with this entertaining collection of interviews from Walter Wagner, a book which contained an unexpected extra.


The World is Not Enough (1999)

Reviled by many, enjoyed by few…on which side of the fence will I stand when it comes to this third James Bond adventure starring Pierce Brosnan?


Cinema Graveyard: Vineyard Twin

In this next installment of Cinema Graveyard, I look back at another bygone theater from my past, the Vineyard Twin Cinema in Escondido, California.


Under Capricorn (1949)

Alfred Hitchcock tries his hand at costume dramas – and drags us along with him – in this tedious Technicolor offering starring Ingrid Bergman, Michael Wilding, and Joseph Cotten.


Bunco Squad (1950)

A special division of the Los Angeles Police Department investigates a string of suicides, involving a group of con artists, in this nifty crime thriller from RKO.


CM Year in Review 2021

Wait, what’s this? A Year in Review post that’s just three weeks late, instead of three months? Could this be a sign of better things to come? Hmmm…


My Death-Defying Memory of ‘Raiders’

Forty years ago today, I went to the Plaza Twin to see ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ for the first time…and nearly got myself killed afterwards.


CM Year in Review 2020

Last year I was nearly four months late posting this, but this year I’m only two! Join me now as I look back at the Monolith in 2020.


Christmas Documentary Screening

Happy Holidays, Monolith Fans! Thought you might like to know, Channel 11 in Tucson is airing a very cool Christmas special Thursday night, December 24th. Read on for more info!

12/23/20 · 12 Comments

Happy 45th, Jaws Fans!

I know the official anniversary date was June 20th, but for me, Jaws will always be associated with July 4th. So grab a bucket of chum and celebrate!

7/4/20 · 24 Comments

Female Jungle (1956)

A women-behind-bars film? An Amazon rainforest adventure? Nope and nope…this low-rent crime thriller wants badly to be a tough film noir, but fails.


Southern Comfort (1981)

The Video Store Action Heroes are back in action, with a look at the films of director Walter Hill. My choice is a bayou action thriller from 1981.


St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

Take seven doofs, throw them into an irritating story with even more irritating dialogue, make it all seem sophomoric and self-important, and what do you get? This, unfortunately.


CM Year in Review 2019

Yeah, I know, I’m about three months late with this, but better late than never, right? Join me as I take a look back at Cinema Monolith in 2019!


Merry Christmas from Cinema Monolith!

Happy Holidays from Sammy Maudlin, myself, and everyone here at the Cinema Monolith home office in Peoria, Arizona! Hope you’re getting a lot more snow than I am!

12/24/19 · 8 Comments

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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 231

From the Monolith: 128

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 6
1940s – 20
1950s – 38
1960s – 34
1970s – 36
1980s – 36
1990s – 7
2000s – 13
2010s – 41

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 43
Comedy – 35
Crime – 23
Documentary – 5
Drama – 27
Horror – 38
Musical – 1
Mystery/Thriller – 19
Romance – 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 28
Western – 8

Movies by CM Rating

10 star – 10
9 star – 28
8 star – 36
7 star – 33
6 star – 22
5 star – 23
4 star – 25
3 star – 18
2 star – 20
1 star – 13
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Pre-1968 – 93
G – 1
PG – 32
PG-13 – 35
R – 60
NC-17 – 0
TV and Unrated – 10

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