Cinema Monolith

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

The World is Not Enough (1999)

Reviled by many, enjoyed by few…on which side of the fence will I stand when it comes to this third James Bond adventure starring Pierce Brosnan?

3/24/22

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

Bunco Squad (1950)

A special division of the Los Angeles Police Department investigates a string of suicides, involving a group of con artists, in this nifty crime thriller from RKO.

2/3/22

My Death-Defying Memory of ‘Raiders’

Forty years ago today, I went to the Plaza Twin to see ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ for the first time…and nearly got myself killed afterwards.

7/9/21

Female Jungle (1956)

A women-behind-bars film? An Amazon rainforest adventure? Nope and nope…this low-rent crime thriller wants badly to be a tough film noir, but fails.

5/15/20

Southern Comfort (1981)

The Video Store Action Heroes are back in action, with a look at the films of director Walter Hill. My choice is a bayou action thriller from 1981.

4/11/20

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

Jaws and Jaws Again

If summer’s over, and the beaches are closed, and the paint-happy bastards have gone home, why am I still posting stories about Jaws? Well, because…it’s Jaws.

10/10/19

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

Once Again, It’s ‘Jaws Night’

I’m no longer having ‘Jaws Month’ here at the Monolith, but that doesn’t mean I’m not taking part in my annual ‘Jaws Night’ festivities…

7/4/19 · 14 Comments

The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

A thoroughly entertaining sports documentary about an against-the-grain minor league baseball team, its owner and players, and the city that embraced them.

6/27/19

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

Some awesome work from Edward G. Robinson highlights this different but entertaining crime drama from director Anatole Litvak, featuring Humphrey Bogart in an early role.

6/15/19

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?

6/7/19

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.

5/25/19

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

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.

5/7/19

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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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