Cinema Monolith

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

Under Capricorn (1949)

Alfred Hitchcock tries his hand at costume dramas – and drags us along with him – in this tedious Technicolor offering starring Ingrid Bergman, Michael Wilding, and Joseph Cotten.

3/3/22

St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

Take seven doofs, throw them into an irritating story with even more irritating dialogue, make it all seem sophomoric and self-important, and what do you get? This, unfortunately.

4/7/20

Vice Raid (1959)

Blonde bombshell Mamie Van Doren joins the rackets while mob boss Brad Dexter has other ideas for her in this cheap but watchable ’50s crime drama.

7/20/19

Naked Lunch (1991)

Peter Weller takes on bugs, bugs, and more bugs – and yes, bug typewriters – in this whacked-out, baffling, and indescribable ordeal from director David Cronenberg.

7/14/19

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.

5/13/19

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.

3/1/19

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

The Way Back (2011)

A compelling story about a group of WWII prison escapees who trek thousands of miles to safety and freedom, starring Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, and Colin Farrell.

1/11/18

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

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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 230

From the Monolith: 127

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 6
1940s – 20
1950s – 38
1960s – 34
1970s – 36
1980s – 35
1990s – 7
2000s – 13
2010s – 41

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 43
Comedy – 35
Crime – 23
Documentary – 5
Drama – 27
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 – 33
6 star – 22
5 star – 23
4 star – 25
3 star – 18
2 star – 20
1 star – 12
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Pre-1968 – 93
G – 1
PG – 32
PG-13 – 35
R – 60
NC-17 – 0
TV and Unrated – 9

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