Cinema Monolith

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

The Great Criterion $1 Sale

Yes, you heard right: the Criterion Collection is having a $1 sale, and I took advantage of it. Just don’t look for this deal on Criterion’s website. Or Amazon’s. Or… … Continue reading


Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

One of the more entertaining and laugh-out-loud documentaries I’ve seen in recent years; the story of Cannon Films, purveyors of cheap, schlocky movies of the 1980s.


Dirty Harry: The 45th Anniversary Screening

Last year my sister and I went to our first-ever theater presentation of the Clint Eastwood crime thriller ‘Dirty Harry’. And yes, it was worth the 45-year wait.


The Seventh Cross (1944)

My contribution to the Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn Blogathon is this wartime survival drama directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Tracy as a concentration camp escapee.


Monster on the Campus (1958)

Something ugly is terrorizing the students and faculty of Dunsfield University, and it’s up to a science teacher, his main squeeze, and the police to find out what.


The CM 10-Movie Weekend

The plan: watch ten movies—four Blu-rays, five DVDs, and one on TV—over the course of a long weekend. Can it be done? Of course it can!


The CM Jaws Collection

I conclude Jaws Month with a look at items from my Jaws collection…a collection whose contents could easily fit inside a tiger shark’s digestive tract.


Now Playing at the Fashion Valley 4

And no, it’s not Mandingo Month! Check out this newspaper clipping from 1975 and find out what makes the content of this ad so memorable.


Jaws on the Thames

Wanna watch a shark movie on a boat? In London? Surrounded by a summer sky and sunset? Well, you better bring plenty of sterling, because it’s gonna cost ya!


Jaws: The Morgue Scene

I continue my fascination with the perplexing medical examiner’s office scene from Jaws, with a look at a pair of early screenplay drafts; was it or was it not edited?


Jaws 3-D (1983)

Ouch! And I do mean the pain you’ll feel while watching this three-dimensional second sequel to the original Jaws, starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, and this unlucky guy.


Top 3 Least Favorite Jaws Moments

Wait, what? My LEAST favorite moments from my favorite movie? Blasphemy! But yet, here they are: three scenes that I wished had been handled differently…or left out entirely.


Jaws Poster Gallery 3: The Foreign One-Sheets

Leading off this year’s Jaws Month is a gallery of one-sheet posters from around the world, some familiar, some…well, not so much. I’m looking at you, Czechoslovakia!


Jaws Month 2017 Begins!

Another scorching-hot summer is upon us, and it’s time once again to visit my favorite movie of all time, the 1975 man-vs-shark classic Jaws!


Blood of Dracula’s Castle (1969)

No blood, a questionable Dracula, and I’d hardly call it a castle…but thank heavens we get to see a woman in a bikini at an aquatic park!


Hoodlum Empire (1952)

Brian Donlevy and Claire Trevor are the stars, but lesser-known John Russell is the focal point in this crime drama about a senate committee fighting the rackets in NYC.


Cavegirl (1985)

What happens when a high school schmuck travels back in time and hooks up with the prettiest girl the Stone Age has to offer? Seriously, you don’t want to know.


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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 162

From the Monolith: 89

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 4
1940s – 12
1950s – 23
1960s – 30
1970s – 22
1980s – 25
1990s – 5
2000s – 10
2010s – 31

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 28
Comedy – 33
Crime – 9
Documentary – 2
Drama – 17
Horror – 29
Musical – 1
Mystery/Thriller – 14
Romance – 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 19
Western – 6

Movies by Rating

10 star – 9
9 star – 20
8 star – 24
7 star – 22
6 star – 14
5 star – 15
4 star – 17
3 star – 12
2 star – 15
1 star – 11
0 star – 3

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