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It! The Terror from Beyond Space 1958
Of course you'd bring a bazooka to space.
The shadow of the scaly gorilla from Mars (the man in the rubber suit is Trying) is an influential one, but it doesn't get around this being pretty turgid and lumpy. Veers rapidly between "huh, that is a bit imaginative" to "oof or even yikes" throughout.
Female crewmembers on Very Important American Space Mission? Great, except they seem to be on board ship to serve coffee from a very terrestrial percolator while…
So, you want to introduce your mother to Italosleaze...
Judge me or not, I'm not kidding. And neither do I kid when I say I'm so glad this exists. In the best 'what's a copyright law' manner, some sprinklings of the A-Team, Terminator, Predator, Mad Max, Robocop, and any number of Serious Vietnam Movies get thrown into a blender. What's served isn't substantial, but good grief is it fun.
There's a heart and surprisingly satisfying emotional journey in this film,…
Playgirl Killer 1968
A stern warning to anyone considering taking up drinking wine and lusting after men with beards.
Quite watchable and engaging 1960s cheapie that doesn't fall into any of the easy and distasteful possibilities of its plot, but commits wholly to "man wishes to Art so much that Murder!" without adding implied necrophilia or sexual assault. It's a low bar but it clears it.
Very fun to watch characters already being visibly written against type-- almost as fun as antique glimpses…
The Mask 1961
A very standard psychodrama of the period, with up-to-the-minute office decor that's haunted every secondhand shop in the country since, raised above the crowd by the wonderful balletic visions bestowed by The MASK.
There is possibly something being said about the pursuit of knowledge being overtaken by the pursuit of vanity and self-indulgence, but when the dangerous visions are so much more appealing than the crime drama with supposed romantic tensions, embracing the powers of the mask seems the only…