Cinema Monolith

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

Joe Kidd (1972)

With Joe Kidd, Clint Eastwood creates another iconic Western character in this well-made and entertaining effort from director John Sturges and writer Elmore Leonard. Advertisements


4 Movies, 4 Theaters, 1 Day

This e-mail I sent to friends and family chronicles the trip I took from Phoenix to Tucson in 2009 to see four movies at four different locations.


The Black Castle (1952)

Karloff and Chaney take a back seat to Greene and McNally in this Gothic mystery set in the Black Forest of Germany, where vampires are few and far between.


A Walk in the Woods (2015)

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte hit the Appalachian Trail, and encounter all sorts of silliness, in this adaptation of Bill Bryson’s popular travel book.


CM Update – Week 5

I’ve reached my goal of posting on the site every day of January; now, I’m into February, and it’s becoming a struggle to keep up. And to get any sleep.


Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Somebody get this damn thing offa me! Roger Corman and his brother Gene offer up this pre-Alien copycat, which stars an odd bird-creature that thirsts for… conversation?


The Cove (2009)

An outstanding documentary that reveals the truth behind a hidden cove in Japan, where thousands of dolphins are slaughtered by fishermen every year.


Inside the CM Vault: Hanson Brothers Autographs

Ready to put on some foil? After you do, check out what I picked up at a sports pub back in 2006, from three guys who threatened to kill me.


Celluloid Mayhem at Pomerado Hospital

Wait, how can there be film-related mayhem at a hospital? It wasn’t easy, but trust me, the person involved somehow found a way.


The Forest (2016)

A woman travels to a suicide forest in Japan, where her twin sister is believed to be lost, and finds plenty more than she bargained for.


It All Came True (1940)

Ann Sheridan and Humphrey Bogart star in this combination of comedy, romance, crime, and musical, directed by Lewis Seiler and co-starring Fanto the Hopping Dog.


CM Update – Week 4

I’m three days away from the end of January, and three days away from completing a full month of posts… something that’s never been done on the CM site before!


Todd’s Dark Desk of Noir: 99 River Street (1953)

One of my favorite noir films of all time, a gritty little gem directed by Phil Karlson and starring John Payne as a patsy with a short fuse.


Top 3 Most Disappointing Films of 2016

Here they are, the three films that failed to fulfill my expectations in 2016…plus three runners-up, and another that wins the award for worst of the year.


Premium Rush (2012)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a bicycle messenger on the run from crazed NYC cop Michael Shannon, who wants what’s inside an envelope he’s delivering. Yeah, it’s lame.


Monolith Retakes: Die Hard

I kick off another new series with a look at the one moment (okay, maybe two) in Die Hard that I wish had been done differently. Or dropped altogether.


Die Hard (1988)

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of one of the coolest action movies of all time, starring Bruce Willis as the proverbial monkey in the wrench.


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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 196

From the Monolith: 106

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 4
1940s – 16
1950s – 29
1960s – 31
1970s – 32
1980s – 28
1990s – 5
2000s – 13
2010s – 38

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 34
Comedy – 34
Crime – 18
Documentary – 3
Drama – 20
Horror – 36
Musical – 1
Mystery/Thriller – 17
Romance – 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 22
Western – 7

Movies by CM Rating

10 star – 10
9 star – 25
8 star – 31
7 star – 28
6 star – 17
5 star – 18
4 star – 20
3 star – 16
2 star – 17
1 star – 11
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Not rated –
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PG –
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R –
NC-17 –
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