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


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


Goldfinger (1964)

Another re-watch and re-working of an existing Bond review, but before getting huffy about a repeat, just remember: it’s new if you’ve never seen it before, right?


From Russia with Love (1963)

I’m watching all the Bond films again, and thought I’d update my existing reviews along the way. This one gets an overhaul, though my appreciation for it remains the same.


Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

A spy thriller based on a novel by John le Carré, starring Ewan McGregor as a civilian caught in a dangerous web between a Russian mobster and England’s MI6.


Dr. No (1962)

Over fifty years of James Bond action kicks off with this introductory offering starring Sean Connery as MI6 agent 007, who takes on the evil Dr. No.


Todd’s Dark Desk of Noir

This month at the Desk, Mickey Rooney makes his first of three ’50s noir appearances with Quicksand, a nifty little ‘chump in over his head’ crime cheapie from 1950.


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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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