Cinema Monolith

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

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

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Murder, infidelity, blackmail, sharp instruments, and Grace Kelly in a sheer blue nightgown…it’s all here and more in this underappreciated gem from director Alfred Hitchcock.

12/18/16

From Hell It Came (1957)

One of the most frightening, tension-filled, and well-made ‘killer tree goes berserk on a tropical island’ films you’ll ever see. Just don’t quote me on that.

12/10/16

Raiders of the Five Icons

Ever wondered what those little symbols represent on my review pages? If so, don’t panic, because I’m about to explain everything, with or without Marion.

12/6/16

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

Happy Halloween all you ghouls and ghoulettes! Grab yourself a coffin, kick back with a skull of popcorn, and enjoy this horror anthology from the fine folks at Amicus!

10/31/16

Unknown (2011)

Liam Neeson has an identity crisis in Berlin and busts a few heads figuring out why, in this action thriller from Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra.

10/17/16

Real Genius (1985)

An ’80s teen comedy with smarts: Val Kilmer is the brainiac goofball who invents a laser weapon in this odd but enjoyable film directed by Martha Coolidge.

10/4/16

To Catch a Thief (1955)

A Hitchcock romance thriller starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, filmed on the French Riviera in the mid-1950s. What more could you ask?

9/21/16

Three Texas Steers (1939)

Just so there’s no misunderstanding, I’m NOT reviewing a Western starring John Wayne; I’m reviewing a Western co-starring Carole Landis. And a gorilla. Seriously.

9/8/16

Mac and Me (1988)

Did you ever want to see E.T. savagely plagiarized right before your very eyes? Wait, try this instead: just read my review and be done with it.

9/5/16

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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 – 15
4 star – 16
3 star – 12
2 star – 15
1 star – 11
0 star – 3

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