Cinema Monolith

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

Fun with Roman Holiday

Go behind-the-scenes and have some fun with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn on the set of Roman Holiday! Advertisements

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Berlin Express (1948)

A top-notch espionage thriller directed with a smooth noir eye by Jacques Tourneur, starring Robert Ryan as an American caught up in intrigue on a Paris-to-Berlin train.

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

So you didn’t like Prometheus all that much, eh?  Well, wait ’til you feast your eyes on Alien: Covenant…you’ll be wishing you were blind.

1/15/18

CM Update – Week 2

Two weeks are in the books, good for a total of seven reviews, two articles, a Top 5 list, and a look inside the CM vault.

1/14/18

Todd’s Dark Desk of Noir: The Maltese Falcon (1941)

It’s a warm Saturday night here at the desk, where I take a look at one of the earliest and best examples of noir, The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart.

1/13/18

Inside the CM Vault: Foreign Film Festival Guides

This first entry in the Vault series takes a look at a trio of film festival guides donated to the CM collection by a friend who attended the festivals.

1/12/18

The Way Back (2011)

A compelling story about a group of WWII prison escapees who trek thousands of miles to safety and freedom, starring Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, and Colin Farrell.

1/11/18

Cinema Graveyard: Mann Rancho Bernardo 6

Another new series kicks off with a look at a dead theater from my past, and one which holds the most memories: the Mann RB6 in Rancho Bernardo, California.

1/10/18

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Day 2 of our look at the Sherlock Holmes series starring Robert Downey Jr spotlights the sequel to the hyperactive original. The question: does it get any better?

1/9/18

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

We kick off two days of Holmes with the first of two ‘modern updates’ featuring Robert Downey Jr as the bohemian private investigator who seems to know it all.

1/8/18

CM Update – Week 1

Hello all you Monolith groupies! This is what I’ll be doing every Sunday…a quick post to tell you what’s in store for the upcoming week.

1/7/18

Barracuda (1978)

You yell “Barracuda,” everybody says “huh, what?” I haven’t seen that many Jaws copycats, but I’ll go out on a limb and say this one is the worst.

1/6/18

Top 5 Favorite Films of 2016

Yes, they’re mostly all mainstream Hollywood films, and yes, most received fair to middling reviews across the board, but you know what? I still liked ’em!

1/5/18

The Good German (2007)

Steven Soderbergh’s attempt at a wartime film noir is just that: an attempt. But he’s not the only reason this black-and-white mystery drama was so underwhelming.

1/4/18

Movie Ticket Memories: North by Northwest

How far would you travel to see a movie on the big screen? What if it was a Hitchcock movie at a cool old-time theater?

1/3/18

The Sting (1973)

Okay, here we go! Let’s start the year off on a high note with a 10-star favorite that’s been on my Top 5 list for a very long time.

1/2/18

365 Days of the Monolith

Yes, I’m actually seriously going for it: a post a day for the entire year, beginning today!

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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 171

From the Monolith: 93

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 4
1940s – 14
1950s – 23
1960s – 30
1970s – 24
1980s – 25
1990s – 5
2000s – 12
2010s – 34

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 30
Comedy – 33
Crime – 11
Documentary – 2
Drama – 18
Horror – 30
Musical – 1
Mystery/Thriller – 16
Romance – 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 20
Western – 6

Movies by CM Rating

10 star – 11
9 star – 20
8 star – 26
7 star – 22
6 star – 14
5 star – 16
4 star – 19
3 star – 13
2 star – 16
1 star – 11
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Not rated –
G –
PG –
PG-13 –
R –
NC-17 –
Unrated –

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