Marnie is a dark reflection of how Hitchcock viewed women

Marnie is one of Hitchcock’s “neglected” films… it has gotten some critical attention but not nearly as much as more popular films such as Psycho or North by Northwest. That’s why I revisited it for this column, and as I…

The Stunt Man showcases the brilliant Peter O’Toole

Legends aren’t supposed to die. Legends should fade away, but always be there… a constant shadow you can always count on, comforted in the knowledge they are there. But they do die, because time is a hungry beast that devours…

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant… except a good movie

Thanksgiving time. It’s about families, food, and football. And for me, it’s also about movies. It’s a great time to take a day off and fest on some films, either blu-rays from my “view” pile or releases that I have…

Remembering Hal Needham and his (not-so-finest film) Megaforce

When Hal Needham passed away last week, I was saddened, but not surprised. Needham, when he was given an honorary Oscar last year, said “I’m the luckiest man alive, and lucky to BE alive.” As a stuntman, he broke more…

The movie Rollercoaster brings terrorism to America’s theme parks

I love theme parks… but I don’t ride rollercoasters. There’s a lot of reasons… I don’t like heights, I’m not a thrill-seeker… but one of the main reasons is because, at the age of 10 years old, I watched the…

The Car is an unlikely (and failed) Jaws ripoff

When Jaws exploded in theaters in 1975, it started the summer blockbuster – for better or worse. It also spurred the creation of a series of ripoff films, to try and take advantage of Jaws’ success: The Deep, Orca, Barracuda,…

Starcrash is cheesy sci-fi that is far from intellectual stimulation

Marjoe Gortner! Caroline Munro! David Hasselhoff! It’s a cavalcade of stars! OK, so it’s not an academy award-winning cast… or even close. These… exceptional performers are the featured players in Starcrash, a 1978 sci-fi film produced in Italy. Clearly intended…

“if….” introduces the world to the brilliant Malcolm McDowell

In the mood for a dark meditation on the class system in 1960s English boarding schools? Then I’ve got the film for you! “if….” is the name of the 1968 film that introduced the world to the actor Malcolm McDowell….

Rainn Wilson is impressive in Super, an eccentric take on the superhero film

James Gunn is one messed-up dude. If you didn’t know that already, based on his previous body of work (Slither, The Specials), you need to watch the brilliant and disturbing film Super, starring Rainn Wilson. It is… dark. Very dark….

Colossus: The Forbin Project is Mad Men for technophobes

I remember first watching Colossus: The Forbin Project during the formative phase of my early geek years. Back then, I looked for every and all sci-fi TV show and movie to watch. Space: 1999, Silent Running, Planet of the Apes……

OSS 117: Lost in Rio is just the cure for bad news

Jean Duardin is a genius. If you only know him from his award-winning turn in The Artist, then you don’t know the half of it. Before that film propelled him into international stardom, he was doing quite well for himself…