Cinema Monolith

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

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.

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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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That Man from Rio (1964)

A fun adventure-comedy from France starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a man searching for his kidnapped fiancé and a trio of valuable figurines.

5/7/17

Todd’s Dork Desk of Noir

Happy April Fool’s Day! And what better way to celebrate than with a film noir movie…one even more goofy than the goofball above!

4/1/17

Goldfinger (1964)

Another re-watch and re-working of an existing Bond review, but before getting huffy about a repeat, just remember: it’s new if you’ve never seen it before, right?

3/23/17

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Look out! It’s that time again…Lindsey and I have another wonderfully cheesy monster movie to share with you that’s surprisingly more hot rod than horror!

3/7/17

The Last SCTV: A Few More Things

A trio of images I wanted to share with you related to SCTV, that didn’t quite fit into my previous post. Consider it a bonus feature, free of charge.

2/15/17

The Last SCTV

The fine folks at Speakeasy and Silver Screenings are hosting their annual O Canada! blogathon, and my contribution is an article about the Canadian comedy show SCTV.

2/4/17

31 Over 31

So what the heck is ‘31 Over 31’? Well, mathematically it’s 1, and an online search will get you an article on this year’s Fiesta Bowl. But…Bruce Lee? Hmmmm.

1/31/17

From Russia with Love (1963)

I’m watching all the Bond films again, and thought I’d update my existing reviews along the way. This one gets an overhaul, though my appreciation for it remains the same.

1/27/17

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

A spy thriller based on a novel by John le Carré, starring Ewan McGregor as a civilian caught in a dangerous web between a Russian mobster and England’s MI6.

1/25/17

Dr. No (1962)

Over fifty years of James Bond action kicks off with this introductory offering starring Sean Connery as MI6 agent 007, who takes on the evil Dr. No.

1/19/17

Todd’s Dark Desk of Noir

This month at the Desk, Mickey Rooney makes his first of three ’50s noir appearances with Quicksand, a nifty little ‘chump in over his head’ crime cheapie from 1950.

1/13/17

Zoolander 2 (2016)

Remember when I said I wanted to spend this year getting caught up on all the films I missed in 2016? Well, I may have to amend that statement.

1/8/17

Top 3 Most Disappointing Films of 2015

I’ve changed it up once again, from ‘Dismal’ to ‘Disappointing’: the films from 2015 that weren’t necessarily horrible, but whose unexpected mediocrity left me in a state of utter disappointment.

12/29/16

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

Merry Christmas, Monolithians! And to make your holiday weekend a bit brighter, I’ve placed this witty and fast-paced comedy gem in your stocking! Ho Ho Ho!

12/24/16

Top 5 Favorite Films of 2015

A new Top 5 format: cut back on watching movies at the theater, watch them at home on video over the following year, THEN pick my Top 5!

12/21/16

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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 157

From the Monolith: 85

Movies by Decade

1920s - 0
1930s - 4
1940s - 11
1950s - 22
1960s - 29
1970s - 22
1980s - 24
1990s - 5
2000s - 10
2010s - 30

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure - 27
Comedy - 33
Crime - 9
Documentary - 1
Drama - 16
Horror - 27
Martial Arts - 0
Musical - 1
Mystery/Thriller - 14
Romance - 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy - 19
Western - 6

Movies by Rating

10 star - 9
9 star - 19
8 star - 23
7 star - 22
6 star - 14
5 star - 15
4 star - 16
3 star - 11
2 star - 14
1 star - 11
0 star - 3

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