Cinema Monolith

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

Dirty Harry: The 45th Anniversary Screening

Last year my sister and I went to our first-ever theater presentation of the Clint Eastwood crime thriller ‘Dirty Harry’. And yes, it was worth the 45-year wait. Advertisements

11/8/17

The Seventh Cross (1944)

My contribution to the Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn Blogathon is this wartime survival drama directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Tracy as a concentration camp escapee.

10/17/17

Monster on the Campus (1958)

Something ugly is terrorizing the students and faculty of Dunsfield University, and it’s up to a science teacher, his main squeeze, and the police to find out what.

10/11/17

The CM 10-Movie Weekend

The plan: watch ten movies—four Blu-rays, five DVDs, and one on TV—over the course of a long weekend. Can it be done? Of course it can!

9/23/17

The CM Jaws Collection

I conclude Jaws Month with a look at items from my Jaws collection…a collection whose contents could easily fit inside a tiger shark’s digestive tract.

8/25/17

Now Playing at the Fashion Valley 4

And no, it’s not Mandingo Month! Check out this newspaper clipping from 1975 and find out what makes the content of this ad so memorable.

8/13/17

Jaws on the Thames

Wanna watch a shark movie on a boat? In London? Surrounded by a summer sky and sunset? Well, you better bring plenty of sterling, because it’s gonna cost ya!

8/6/17

Jaws: The Morgue Scene

I continue my fascination with the perplexing medical examiner’s office scene from Jaws, with a look at a pair of early screenplay drafts; was it or was it not edited?

7/28/17

Jaws 3-D (1983)

Ouch! And I do mean the pain you’ll feel while watching this three-dimensional second sequel to the original Jaws, starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, and this unlucky guy.

7/22/17

Top 3 Least Favorite Jaws Moments

Wait, what? My LEAST favorite moments from my favorite movie? Blasphemy! But yet, here they are: three scenes that I wished had been handled differently…or left out entirely.

7/13/17

Jaws Poster Gallery 3: The Foreign One-Sheets

Leading off this year’s Jaws Month is a gallery of one-sheet posters from around the world, some familiar, some…well, not so much. I’m looking at you, Czechoslovakia!

7/4/17

Jaws Month 2017 Begins!

Another scorching-hot summer is upon us, and it’s time once again to visit my favorite movie of all time, the 1975 man-vs-shark classic Jaws!

7/1/17

Blood of Dracula’s Castle (1969)

No blood, a questionable Dracula, and I’d hardly call it a castle…but thank heavens we get to see a woman in a bikini at an aquatic park!

6/25/17

Hoodlum Empire (1952)

Brian Donlevy and Claire Trevor are the stars, but lesser-known John Russell is the focal point in this crime drama about a senate committee fighting the rackets in NYC.

6/5/17

Cavegirl (1985)

What happens when a high school schmuck travels back in time and hooks up with the prettiest girl the Stone Age has to offer? Seriously, you don’t want to know.

5/20/17

That Man from Rio (1964)

A fun adventure-comedy from France starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a man searching for his kidnapped fiancé and a trio of valuable figurines.

5/7/17

Todd’s Dork Desk of Noir

Happy April Fool’s Day! And what better way to celebrate than with a film noir movie…one even more goofy than the goofball above!

4/1/17

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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 161

From the Monolith: 89

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 4
1940s – 12
1950s – 23
1960s – 30
1970s – 22
1980s – 25
1990s – 5
2000s – 10
2010s – 30

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 28
Comedy – 33
Crime – 9
Documentary – 1
Drama – 17
Horror – 29
Martial Arts – 0
Musical – 1
Mystery/Thriller – 14
Romance – 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 19
Western – 6

Movies by Rating

10 star – 9
9 star – 19
8 star – 24
7 star – 22
6 star – 14
5 star – 15
4 star – 17
3 star – 12
2 star – 15
1 star – 11
0 star – 3

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