Movie: God Told Me To (1976)

I find it odd that I have repeatedly encountered dismissing assessments of Larry Cohen’s film oeuvre, usually claiming his work is too inconsistent to be ranked along the likes of Romero and Carpenter.  I disagree with this as, the more of his work I see, I have found most of his films in a similar […]

Movie: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

As I have written before, I own a lot of physical media.  Regularly hitting certain deals usually results in me acquiring movies for a pittance movies of which I am previously unaware.  I like to go into a movie educated yet knowing as little as I can about the plot, so I’ll check out the […]

Movie: The Sleeping City (1950)

Coleen Gray has a great little speech in this movie.  She’s a nurse and she and a doctor (played by Richard Conte) are taking a smoke break on a balcony.  Gray’s speech is a surprisingly grim assessment of humanity.  Curiously, the actual image in this scene is greyer than anything in any other movie I […]

Movie: 976-EVIL (1988)

Some of the movies I watch I only learned about from books, which is partly why I read so many movie books.  That, and I have no life. I was turned on to Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead in the early 90’s because of a piece I read in Chet Flippo’s book Everybody Was Kung-Fu […]

Movie: Abandoned (1949)

I love film noir, a genre that only became a genre after the fact.  Before French critics coined the term, noir was simply “crime” pictures, usually the lower-budget second feature on a double-bill (or the “B-movie”).  So, while I may prefer to watch a movie of this type before randomly choosing one from most other […]

Movie: The Court Jester (1955)

Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone can be beneficial.  I have always said how much I hate musicals.  The more I thought about it, I realized I not only liked some movies with numerous musical sequences (i.e. the Marx Brothers’ Universal films) but I even liked some musical numbers, such as “On The Atchison, […]

Movie: *batteries not included (1987)

“Cute” used to be a word I used only in the pejorative. It would be very easy to dismiss this Spielberg-produced movie.  Of course it would be Spielberg (80’s Spielberg, no less) in that the elderly, eclectic and/or eccentric tenants are about to lose their ancient apartment building to an evil developer, only to have […]

Movie: Still Of The Night (1982)

In a perfect world, Roy Scheider would have been allowed to make exactly one movie in the 70s and 80s where he co-stars with a shark, and then he would have had to spend the rest of that era in thrillers set in New York City. There is something about Scheider that radiates urbane sophistication […]