Category: Watching

Movie: Death Race 2000 (1975)

It isn’t often I find myself in direct opposition to an opinion Roger Ebert expressed in a review, yet I am stunned by how much he hated 1975’s Death Race 2000. I will sum up the plot for the unfamiliar.  In the future (well, 2000 was the future in 1975), America is under the thumb […]

Movie: The She-Creature (1956)

In 2014, Bill Nye debated creationism with Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum in Kentucky.  I was disappointed when Nye agreed to that debate, as I thought it tarnished his reputation a bit.  It isn’t as if anything he could say would change Ham’s beliefs.  Despite being held in an auditorium, the whole […]

Movie: Dolls (1986)

Let’s face it: dolls are creepy.  I think this feeling is aptly summarized in one of the most beloved episodes of The X-Files, “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”, where a psychic played by Peter Boyle gets weirded out by a murdered woman’s collection of dolls.  “Why did this woman collect dolls? What was it about her […]

Movie: That’ll Be the Day (1973)

A while back, I watched the David Essex vehicle Stardust from 1974.  Now here I am watching him in 1973’s That’ll Be the Day and I find myself writing things like “it feels like Stardust is a spiritual sequel to this earlier film”.  So, I was shocked to discover, though only after the fact, that […]

Movie: Triple Trouble (2022)

It can be difficult to be a Residents fan. For 50 years now, this anonymous group has been making music that is an acquired taste.  And the style of their music has changed so radically over the years that each era has its fans and detractors.  Then there’s the volume of material—one would pay a […]

Movie: Dangerous When Wet (1953)

The first movie I had seen Esther Williams in was 1956’s The Unguarded Moment.  What was notable about that film is it was her first serious dramatic role.  Prior to that, every picture she starred in emphasized her legendary swimming ability.  This meant a whole lot of synchronized swimming routines—basically, musical numbers staged in and […]

Movie: Modesty Blaise (1966)

Nathan Rabin used to write a great recurring piece in the AV Club called My Year of Flops.  In this, he would present his musings on various unloved films from all eras of cinema.  He would end each piece with the decision as to whether it was a failure, fiasco or secret success.  With that […]

Movie: Black Friday (1940)

Let’s get this out of the way.  I know you came to this review thinking this 1940’s horror film was about the terrifying sales on the day after Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately, it is about something far less scary. Really, this vehicle isn’t much of a horror film at all, which is odd, as it stars Boris […]

Movie: The Unguarded Moment (1956)

There was a term I kept trying to recall while watching 1956’s The Unguarded Moment.  I looked it up afterwards and discovered it was “cognitive dissonance”.  Basically, this means holding two contrasting beliefs in one’s mind at the same time, usually leading to irritation.  It seems to me a couple of characters in this movie […]

Movie: The UFO Incident (1975)

Well, this was a weird one. I like made-for-TV movies, especially ones from the 70s.  It’s interesting how filmmakers had to devise innovative solutions to work in such a restrictive format.  For the most part, they had to be cautious of what would draw unwanted attention from censors.  On the other hand, they also tackled […]

Movie: Undertow (1949)

I’m still surprised William Castle, famous for his gimmicky horror films, started out making noirs.  Pretty good ones, too, from what I have seen so far.  The first one I saw was 1949’s Johnny Stool Pigeon and now I have seen that same year’s Undertow.  Both films are similar in that each is solid, but […]