Cinema Monolith

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

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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


Movie Ticket Memories: Jaws 2

I finally bring Jaws Month(s) to a close with the first of a new series of posts spotlighting my favorite memories from various trips to the movies.


Todd’s Dark Desk of Noir

For the Film Noir Blogathon, hosted by Quiggy over at The Midnite Drive-In, I’m taking a look at a slick little crime noir called Armored Car Robbery.


The Game of Jaws

Monopoly? King Oil? Gnip Gnop? Sorry, there was only one game for shark-crazy kids in the 1970s, and that was The Game of Jaws. Alex Kintner not included.


Jaws 2 (1978)

Three years after Jaws became a summer blockbuster and my favorite movie of all time, Jaws 2 was released. And that probably wasn’t a good thing.


Cinema Monolith 2015 in Review

Back in January, WordPress was kind enough to send me my Monolith blogging stats for 2015. Check ’em out…they’re embarrassing, but funny!

7/1/16 · 4 Comments

Monolith Overhaul – Update #2

One last week of overhauling, and I’ll be ready to start posting on the site again. Read on to find out what more I’ve done, and what’s left to do.

6/27/16 · 4 Comments

Jaws Month at the Monolith!

It was 40 summers ago that I first saw the Steven Spielberg classic Jaws, and I’m celebrating the anniversary with a month of Jaws posts!

7/4/15 · 14 Comments

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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 158

From the Monolith: 86

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 4
1940s – 11
1950s – 22
1960s – 30
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 – 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 – 11
2 star – 15
1 star – 11
0 star – 3

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