Category: Watching

Movie: No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

William Goldman was quite the prolific screenwriter.  Most famously known for The Princess Bride, he actually worked across a wide range of genres, authoring such screenplays as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man and Misery.  So I was intrigued when I noticed he wrote a novel that was adapted into 1968’s No Way […]

Movie: Perfect Blue (1997)

When this 1997 anime appeared on Shudder, I did a double-take.  This movie has appeared on my radar occasionally for many years now, but I wasn’t curious enough to learn more about it.  I realize this is a bias, but Akira is the only anime I have enjoyed.  Yet I found myself intrigued when a […]

Movie: Melvin and Howard (1980)

1980’s Melvin and Howard is based on a true story.  There are a couple of things I need to make clear from the beginning.  First, there needs to be some clarification that it is based on a true story and not based on hard facts.  Second, I am going to delve a bit into the […]

Movie: It Couldn’t Happen Here (1987)

There have been bad movies based on concept albums.  Then there have been bad “jukebox musical” films, where a narrative thread tries to serve as a throughline for otherwise unrelated songs.  But here is a true oddity: It Couldn’t Happen Here takes the tracks from the Pet Shop Boys album Actually and…uh, well, I’m not […]

Movie: The Blancheville Monster (1963)

Nothing happens in the 1963 Italian gothic horror film The Blancheville Monster.  What is confusing is how much nothing happens in it.  There is a weird inertia to this picture, even if it has a girl returning to her family castle after living in exile, her father who may or may not be deceased (and, […]

Movie: Late Bloomers (2011)

At one point in 2011’s Late Bloomers, one of William Hurt’s sons tell him about the difference between cognitive age and physical age.  Apparently, the difference between the two is most people think of themselves, on average, as eight years younger than their physical age.  As somebody on the downward slope past the middle of […]

Movie: Crimes of the Future (2022)

I am currently fighting a battle against some sort of ivy I planted in a flower bed a long time ago.  It started out as green and creamy white and didn’t grow tall enough to lift off the ground.  But it eventually evolved into pure green shoots that grew too tall to support themselves.  They […]

Movie: Ransom (1974)

In 1974’s Ransom (released in the US as The Terrorists), Sean Connery takes on a group of terrorists who have hijacked an airliner and have a British diplomat held hostage.  One would expect the former James Bond and future star of Highlander, The Hunt for Red October and The Rock to open a big ol’ […]

Movie: Little Ceasar (1931)

Not too long ago, I finally saw The Public Enemy, Jimmy Cagney’s most famous gangster role.  Now I finally caught up with what is essentially the equivalent of that for Edward G. Robinson, 1931’s Little Ceasar.  I know it isn’t fair to compare those films, but I preferred the Cagney picture over this one. The […]

Movie: Thunder on the Hill (1951)

In movies, people are always taking sanctuary in churches, monasteries and convents, but I do not recall ever hearing about somebody doing this in real life.  This is what residents of a flooded town do in 1951’s Thunder on the Hill, taking shelter in a hilltop convent.  As for me, I wasn’t taken in when […]

Movie: Bad Education (2019)

Is it possible to be a thief and yet deeply care about the people steal from?  For me, that enigma is the heart of 2019’s Bad Education, a dramatization of the largest embezzlement from a public school system to date.  Note the addition of “to date”, as we’ll probably have an even bigger one at […]

Movie: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Hell hath no fury like a 50-foot-tall woman scorned.  At least, that’s what 1958’s Attack of the 50 Foot Woman would have us believe.  Allison Hayes plays the titular character.  Before her transformation, she was in a bad way.  For reasons unclear to me, she still loves her scheming, greedy, adulterous husband (William Hudson).  He […]

Movie: The Price of Fear (1956)

$2.49 a pound, but you’ll save more if you buy in bulk. 1956 noir The Price of Fear has an interesting premise.  Lex Barker plays a man on the hook for two crimes.  Given the timing of them, he could only have committed one or the other.  Fact is, he committed neither. Merle Oberon was […]

Movie: The Running Man (1963)

One of my favorite meals I can remember was at a suburban Thai restaurant where the power was out at the time.  Their kitchen was gas, so they could still cook.  As long as you had cash, they would serve you.  We sat there and ate in the light breeze flowing through the space from […]