Cinema Monolith

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

Wife vs Secretary (1936)

Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, and Myrna Loy show me why I need to be watching more films from the 1930s, in this excellent romance drama from director Clarence Brown.


Saboteur (1942)

Factory worker Robert Cummings and model Priscilla Lane chase a murderous saboteur from California to New York in this spy thriller from Alfred Hitchcock.


They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

A mesmerizing documentary from Peter Jackson focusing on WWI and the Western Front, using restored and colorized film footage taken during the war.


California Dreaming (1979)

Dennis Christopher and a bodacious Glynnis O’Connor enjoy romance and volleyball in this mildly diverting beach drama from the tail end of the sunny ’70s.


The Monolith Celebrates 5 Years!

Five years ago today I launched Cinema Monolith, from the dining room table of my friend’s house in Lemon Grove, California. How will YOU celebrate?

1/31/19 · 20 Comments

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

The Video Store Action Heroes are back, reviewing sci-fi actioners from the non-blockbuster side of the ledger. For me, it’s a Molly Ringwald space adventure from ’83.


When the Star Wars Universe Imploded

Forty years ago this week, The Star Wars Holiday Special was unleashed on an unsuspecting viewing audience. The world, and the universe, have never been the same.


Halloween in the Great White North

No Bob & Doug McKenzie here…just two US brothers wandering around a coastal Canadian city looking for burgers, hockey, and a horror movie or two.


Todd’s Dark Desk of Noir: Undertow (1949)

Quite the cool little B-noir at the Dark Desk this time around, featuring a handful of familiar faces, a future horror director, and the lovely Peggy Dow.


The Stone Killer (1973)

Charles Bronson is a police detective who travels from New York to LA and uncovers a strange revenge plot orchestrated by the mob in this different ’70s crime thriller.


The Glory Stompers (1967)

A gonzo Dennis Hopper preps for Easy Rider in this better-than-average drive-in flick from American International, a revenge story which pits good bikers against bad.


ffolkes (1980)

The Video Store Action Heroes blogathon kicks off here at the CM with a so-called adventure thriller starring Roger Moore, Anthony Perkins, and a room full of cats.


Suspicion (1941)

Cary Grant brings Joan Fontaine an ominous beverage – and more – in this excellent suspense thriller from Alfred Hitchcock. (Excellent until the end, I should say.)


Coming Soon: Video Store Action Heroes!

Join Mike, Greg, Mikey, and myself as we join forces to bring you a four-man blogathon of reviews celebrating action/adventure films of the ’70s and ’80s!

8/7/18 · 20 Comments

Jaws Month: A Few Final Thoughts

I close out Jaws Month 2018 with a collection of thoughts and insights about the movie that have been rattling around my brain for a while. Enjoy!


Fun with Jaws

Is it possible to have some fun with a killer shark? Sure, why not? Travel now to Amity Island and lighten up with the cast and crew of Jaws.


He Didn’t Eat a Car, Did He?

We all remember the ‘cutting open the shark’s stomach’ scene, right? Do you remember the items Hooper removes from the stomach? Guess which one now sits on my shelf!


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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 222

From the Monolith: 123

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 6
1940s – 19
1950s – 35
1960s – 34
1970s – 35
1980s – 33
1990s – 6
2000s – 13
2010s – 41

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 40
Comedy – 35
Crime – 21
Documentary – 5
Drama – 24
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 – 35
7 star – 31
6 star – 22
5 star – 22
4 star – 23
3 star – 18
2 star – 18
1 star – 12
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Pre-1968 – 89
G – 1
PG – 32
PG-13 – 34
R – 58
NC-17 – 0
TV and Unrated – 8

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