Movie: Stand-In (1937)

Since its inception, Hollywood has always loved making movies about itself.  That these pictures usually take pot-shots at the industry doesn’t discount the arrogance behind the endeavors.  Still, there have been many memorable movies in this mold, and I can now count 1937’s Stand-In among them.  At a time when most studio fare was light-hearted […]

Movie: The Razor’s Edge (1946)

1946’s The Razor’s Edge has a central conceit which I was dumbfounded to encounter in a major studio film of that vintage.  Tyrone Power plays a man disillusioned by war, who sets out to wander the world looking for answers.  He doesn’t even have questions, exactly.  “Since the war, I’ve been searching—searching for something I […]

Movie: The Wheeler Dealers (1963)

I think there should be a genre of movies where the leading actress is some sort of professional, yet feels she has to bury her feelings in order to succeed.  You know, the whole “why can’t I be a [insert profession here] and a woman, too?” thing. In the case of 1963’s The Wheelers Dealers, […]

Movie: Soldier (1998)

I never understood how Starship Troopers is supposed to be an anti-fascist film.  The whole thing seems pretty rah rah rah USA USA USA to me.  Maybe the message is clearer in Heinlein’s original novel, but I haven’t read it. 1998’s Soldier came out only a year later and I feel it had a similar […]

Movie: White Heat (1949)

There are many people who seen vastly more film noir that I have, but I don’t know any of them personally.  And I have been slow to see some of the most legendary titles of this genre, as I simply wander through my stacks of blu-ray discs and get to the landmarks as they happen […]

Movie: Laws of Attraction (2004)

One of my favorite short stories is The Jane Fonda Room by Jonathan Carroll.  In that story, the newest resident of hell selects from a list of possible punishments “The Movie Room”.  Jane Fonda is his favorite actress and so he will be shown her entire filmography.  And then the entire series of movies again.  […]

Movie: Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)

Waxwork surprised me by being better than I anticipated, so I was curious why it only has one sequel.  After all, many deeply terrible horror movies have spawned seemingly endless progeny.  I don’t feel I need to see Witchcraft to tell you it isn’t worthy of the sixteen installments that series has to date. 1992’s […]

Movie: Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)

William Castle is largely remembered for the horror movies he directed in the 1950’s.  To be more accurate, he’s legendary for the gimmicks he employed in select theatres for some of his features.  Things like the buzzers under the seats for The Tingler, or a skeleton on a wire flying over viewers’ heads at a […]

Movie: Who? (1974)

Man, I am getting tired of movies subverting my expectations.  I keeping throwing in a movie I think will be awesome and it sucks.  Get myself ready to laugh at a film that looks to be hilariously bad, and it will end up actually being good. Such is the case with 1974’s Who?  I mean, […]

Movie: Singapore (1947)

As soon as I saw the title card for 1947’s Singapore, I had the same-titled opening track from the Tom Waits album Raindogs in my head.  I’ve always hoped I will someday see a noir with a vibe like that astounding track, but I only see ones that have traces of its greatness.  Unfortunately, what […]


Everybody knows that song about how the hip bone is connected to the thigh bone, and so on.  It wasn’t until I had been practicing yoga for a while that I realized how much truth is in that. Following surgery on my face recently, I started to experience intense discomfort from my glutes through my […]

Movie: One Million B.C. (1940)

First off: this isn’t that prehistoric film Hammer made in the 60’s, where Rachel Welch famously wears that fur bikini.  That was One Million Years B.C.  Just wanted to get that out of the way. 1940’s One Million B.C. comes to us courtesy of Hal Roach, a guy better remembered for his work with Harold […]