Cinema Monolith

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

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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Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

The Video Store Action Heroes are back, reviewing sci-fi actioners from the non-blockbuster side of the ledger. For me, it’s a Molly Ringwald space adventure from ’83.


Todd’s Dark Desk of Noir: Undertow (1949)

Quite the cool little B-noir at the Dark Desk this time around, featuring a handful of familiar faces, a future horror director, and the lovely Peggy Dow.


The Stone Killer (1973)

Charles Bronson is a police detective who travels from New York to LA and uncovers a strange revenge plot orchestrated by the mob in this different ’70s crime thriller.


The Glory Stompers (1967)

A gonzo Dennis Hopper preps for Easy Rider in this better-than-average drive-in flick from American International, a revenge story which pits good bikers against bad.


ffolkes (1980)

The Video Store Action Heroes blogathon kicks off here at the CM with a so-called adventure thriller starring Roger Moore, Anthony Perkins, and a room full of cats.


Suspicion (1941)

Cary Grant brings Joan Fontaine an ominous beverage – and more – in this excellent suspense thriller from Alfred Hitchcock. (Excellent until the end, I should say.)


Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

Worst. Christmas. Movie. EVER! Join me as I rip to pieces the final Jaws film, where a great white seeks vengeance on Chief Brody’s family. Why, I don’t know.


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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 225

From the Monolith: 130

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 6
1940s – 20
1950s – 39
1960s – 34
1970s – 36
1980s – 36
1990s – 7
2000s – 13
2010s – 34

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 41
Comedy – 34
Crime – 24
Documentary – 5
Drama – 26
Horror – 38
Musical – 1
Mystery/Thriller – 16
Romance – 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 28
Western – 8

Movies by CM Rating

10 star – 10
9 star – 28
8 star – 34
7 star – 35
6 star – 22
5 star – 23
4 star – 22
3 star – 16
2 star – 19
1 star – 13
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Pre-1968 – 94
G – 1
PG – 32
PG-13 – 30
R – 58
NC-17 – 0
TV and Unrated – 10

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