Cinema Monolith

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

The Big Year (2011)

Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black have themselves a big year…but what exactly is a big year? And why do they need binoculars to see it?


Fun with Buckaroo Banzai

Jump in your Ford jet car and travel back with me to 1984, and have some fun with one of the screwiest sci-fi comedies you’ll ever see.


Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

One of my favorite actresses, Doris Day, passed away this morning, so in remembrance I thought I’d post a review I’d finished recently, of a film where she truly excelled.


They Came from Beyond Space (1967)

Worst. Sunglasses. EVER. Lindsey and I return for another round of reviewing cheesy movies, this time for a sci-fi alien thriller courtesy of our friends in England.


3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Glenn Ford and Van Heflin wait for a train and engage in a battle of wits in this atypical Western classic from director Delmer Daves.


The Arena (1974)

The Video Store Action Heroes are back for another blogathon, this time taking a look at cage and ring fighting of the ’70s and ’80s. My pick: female gladiators!


Q (1982)

Look, up in the sky, it’s…something big that nobody can see! Michael Moriarty goes over the edge in this early-’80s horror offering from Larry Cohen. You’ve been warned.


Rocketship X-M (1950)

In this early space-travel drama, Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, and three others are rocketed to the moon, but make an unexpected detour…with more than unexpected results.


On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

George Lazenby takes over for Sean Connery as secret agent James Bond, who travels to Switzerland to romance a countess and once again do battle with SPECTRE.


Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Schlockmeister director Roger Corman delivers with this cheesy-but-brainy sci-fi/horror offering, featuring scientists trapped on an island inhabited by giant, angry crustaceans.


And Speaking of Emma Peel…

In my last post I discussed my recent purchase of The Avengers on DVD, and how much I loved Diana Rigg. Well…

3/12/19 · 7 Comments

One Last Monolith Haul

Back in January I made the decision to stop buying DVDs and Blu-rays; these were the last that will ever be inducted into the Monolith.


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

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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 227

From the Monolith: 125

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 6
1940s – 19
1950s – 37
1960s – 34
1970s – 36
1980s – 35
1990s – 6
2000s – 13
2010s – 41

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 42
Comedy – 35
Crime – 22
Documentary – 5
Drama – 26
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 – 36
7 star – 31
6 star – 22
5 star – 23
4 star – 24
3 star – 18
2 star – 20
1 star – 12
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Pre-1968 – 91
G – 1
PG – 32
PG-13 – 34
R – 60
NC-17 – 0
TV and Unrated – 9

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