Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.
I’m sure most of you are familiar with the little Monolith tower symbol that appears in the upper right-hand corner of some of my review pages, right? Well, in case you weren’t aware, that icon lets you know that I own the movie being reviewed, whether it be on DVD, VHS, Beta, or any other home video format. I’ve had that symbol in use since I first launched the site back in 2014, and recently I decided to add a few more similar icons to the mix as well. Along with that, I thought it might be a good idea to explain what those symbols are, and what they represent.
By the way: hovering your mouse over any of these icons—here and on the actual review pages—will reveal a short message related to that particular review. Go ahead, give it a try!
This first icon displays an image of the Monolith, the revolving five-foot-high pillar of shelves that holds my 750+ collection of movies, and where my blog site gets its name. It stands in the corner of my living room as a faux-wood testament to where all my grocery money disappears to, but here on this site it’s just a reminder to you that I’m the proud owner of the movie being reviewed.
Next up is an image of a silver film reel, which signifies a movie that I’ve seen in a movie theater, whether it was during its initial release or at a revival screening years later. Since the early ’80s I’ve kept a decent record of all the films I’ve seen theatrically—title, date seen, theater name, and city and state—and I thought it would be fun to share that information with those who are reading the review.
One of the links on the main page of this site will take you to my Project 82 page, where I list all the movies I saw in theaters in 1982, and the dates and places I saw them. It’s my goal to review as many of those movies as possible, and whenever I do, I’ll add this icon to the top of the page. The image of an interstate road sign popped into my head when I first thought of a P82 logo, so I stuck with it.
The most recent addition to the list is an icon for a fun sci-fi/horror show which airs every Saturday night on MeTV. The host, Svengoolie, serves up science fiction and horror movies both good and bad, with skits and discussion about the film during breaks. Since I watch so many of these shows, and am hoping to review quite a few, I thought I’d add this symbol to the list as well. I’ve only reviewed one Svengoolie film so far (House of Dracula), but many more are waiting in the wings!
Are there any reviews that include all four icons, you ask? Well, not yet, but one film—and just one film—has the potential to include all four, and that would be the 1953 version of House of Wax. I own it, I saw it in theaters during its 3-D re-release and I saw it in 1982, and it’s the only film I saw that year that even has a slight chance of being shown on Svengoolie. As for a three-icon movie, there are many possibilities, but right now Raiders of the Lost Ark is the only review on the site to contain three…and I don’t think it’s going to be seen on Svengoolie anytime soon.
But wait, what about that fifth icon? Well, that one appears in just one review on this site. I won’t tell you which one…we’ll see if you can track it down on your own. But here’s a hint: the review in question was the first I ever posted on Cinema Monolith. And remember, the future begins tomorrow.