Cinema Monolith

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

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. Advertisements


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.


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.


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!


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?


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!


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.


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.


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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 159

From the Monolith: 87

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 4
1940s – 11
1950s – 22
1960s – 30
1970s – 22
1980s – 25
1990s – 5
2000s – 10
2010s – 30

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 28
Comedy – 33
Crime – 9
Documentary – 1
Drama – 16
Horror – 28
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 – 14
4 star – 17
3 star – 12
2 star – 15
1 star – 11
0 star – 3

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