Cinema Monolith

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

Movie Ticket Memories: Indecent Proposal

Back in 1993, Julie and I traveled to San Luis Obispo to explore the city by bike and see a movie at the old-time Fremont Theater.

2/14/18

The Witch (2016)

A family exiled from a village in 1600 New England must deal with more than just the title character in this chilling horror indie from director Robert Eggers.

2/13/18

The Tingler (1959)

Vincent Price stars as a doctor who experiments with fear, and discovers something every person has inside of them, and which can only be stopped by…SCREAMING!

2/12/18

CM Update – Week 6

Another sleepless week has gone by, and somehow I’m managing to stay one jump ahead. But the good news is, I added a few movies to the Monolith collection!

2/11/18

Todd’s Dark Desk of Noir: Queen Bee (1955)

Today, the Dark Desk takes a look at this noir drama for the O Canada! blogathon, starring Joan Crawford and featuring Canadian actors Fay Wray and John Ireland.

2/10/18

Satan’s Triangle (1975)

You’ve played the 1970s board game, now relive the terror and excitement of the Bermuda Triangle with this seagoing horror movie starring Kim Novak and Doug McClure!

2/9/18

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.

2/8/18

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.

2/7/18

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.

2/6/18

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.

2/5/18

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.

2/4/18

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?

2/3/18

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.

2/2/18

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.

2/1/18

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.

1/31/18

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.

1/30/18

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.

1/29/18

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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 199

From the Monolith: 109

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 4
1940s – 16
1950s – 30
1960s – 31
1970s – 32
1980s – 30
1990s – 5
2000s – 13
2010s – 38

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 35
Comedy – 34
Crime – 18
Documentary – 3
Drama – 20
Horror – 36
Musical – 1
Mystery/Thriller – 17
Romance – 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 24
Western – 7

Movies by CM Rating

10 star – 10
9 star – 25
8 star – 31
7 star – 28
6 star – 18
5 star – 19
4 star – 20
3 star – 16
2 star – 17
1 star – 12
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Pre-1968 – 77
G – 1
PG – 28
PG-13 – 34
R – 52
NC-17 – 0
TV and Unrated – 7

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