Cinema Monolith

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

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 killed us all 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

Swamp Women (1956)

It’s time for another cheese-athon, as Lindsey and I take a look at a Roger Corman ‘prison women on the run’ classic starring Marie Windsor and ‘Touch’ Connors!


Disaster on the Coastliner (1979)

The Video Store Action Heroes are back, this time spotlighting transportation-related action films. My choice is a train, on a collision course with…Shatner, in disguise!


Jaws and Jaws Again

If summer’s over, and the beaches are closed, and the paint-happy bastards have gone home, why am I still posting stories about Jaws? Well, because…it’s Jaws.


Vice Raid (1959)

Blonde bombshell Mamie Van Doren joins the rackets while mob boss Brad Dexter has other ideas for her in this cheap but watchable ’50s crime drama.


Naked Lunch (1991)

Peter Weller takes on bugs, bugs, and more bugs – and yes, bug typewriters – in this whacked-out, baffling, and indescribable ordeal from director David Cronenberg.


Once Again, It’s ‘Jaws Night’

I’m no longer having ‘Jaws Month’ here at the Monolith, but that doesn’t mean I’m not taking part in my annual ‘Jaws Night’ festivities…

7/4/19 · 14 Comments

The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

A thoroughly entertaining sports documentary about an against-the-grain minor league baseball team, its owner and players, and the city that embraced them.


The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

Some awesome work from Edward G. Robinson highlights this different but entertaining crime drama from director Anatole Litvak, featuring Humphrey Bogart in an early role.


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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 227

From the Monolith: 125

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 6
1940s – 19
1950s – 37
1960s – 34
1970s – 36
1980s – 35
1990s – 6
2000s – 13
2010s – 41

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 42
Comedy – 35
Crime – 22
Documentary – 5
Drama – 26
Horror – 38
Musical – 1
Mystery/Thriller – 19
Romance – 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 27
Western – 8

Movies by CM Rating

10 star – 10
9 star – 28
8 star – 36
7 star – 31
6 star – 22
5 star – 23
4 star – 24
3 star – 18
2 star – 20
1 star – 12
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Pre-1968 – 91
G – 1
PG – 32
PG-13 – 34
R – 60
NC-17 – 0
TV and Unrated – 9

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