Cinema Monolith

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Glenn Ford and Van Heflin wait for a train and engage in a battle of wits in this atypical Western classic from director Delmer Daves.


The Arena (1974)

The Video Store Action Heroes are back for another blogathon, this time taking a look at cage and ring fighting of the ’70s and ’80s. My pick: female gladiators!


Q (1982)

Look, up in the sky, it’s…something big that nobody can see! Michael Moriarty goes over the edge in this early-’80s horror offering from Larry Cohen. You’ve been warned.


Rocketship X-M (1950)

In this early space-travel drama, Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, and three others are rocketed to the moon, but make an unexpected detour…with more than unexpected results.


On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

George Lazenby takes over for Sean Connery as secret agent James Bond, who travels to Switzerland to romance a countess and once again do battle with SPECTRE.


Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Schlockmeister director Roger Corman delivers with this cheesy-but-brainy sci-fi/horror offering, featuring scientists trapped on an island inhabited by giant, angry crustaceans.


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.


Saboteur (1942)

Factory worker Robert Cummings and model Priscilla Lane chase a murderous saboteur from California to New York in this spy thriller from Alfred Hitchcock.


They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

A mesmerizing documentary from Peter Jackson focusing on WWI and the Western Front, using restored and colorized film footage taken during the war.


California Dreaming (1979)

Dennis Christopher and a bodacious Glynnis O’Connor enjoy romance and volleyball in this mildly diverting beach drama from the tail end of the sunny ’70s.


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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 222

From the Monolith: 123

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 6
1940s – 19
1950s – 35
1960s – 34
1970s – 35
1980s – 33
1990s – 6
2000s – 13
2010s – 41

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 40
Comedy – 35
Crime – 21
Documentary – 5
Drama – 24
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 – 35
7 star – 31
6 star – 22
5 star – 22
4 star – 23
3 star – 18
2 star – 18
1 star – 12
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Pre-1968 – 89
G – 1
PG – 32
PG-13 – 34
R – 58
NC-17 – 0
TV and Unrated – 8

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