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  • Triumph of Maciste

    Triumph of Maciste


    This is the first in a series of Italian peplum films in which Kirk Morris plays Maciste, the son of Hercules. In this one, Maciste is in Memphis, Egypt, where a tyrannical queen sacrifices women to a volcano god in a cave full of troglodytes. Even for a fan of the genre, this is a tough watch. Morris has the body for the job, but his face is utterly expressionless. Nobody in the supporting cast stands out as remarkable either.…

  • King David

    King David


    I enjoy biblical epics not for their religious content but for their depiction of the ancient world. The first thing that struck me about King David is that it has a real authentic look about it. Most of the actors look like they could have been ancient Israelites, even if they speak the king's English, and the cities and dwellings have a genuine, unglamorized look about them. It has an understated realism that rings truer to the period than Scorsese's…

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  • The Lost World

    The Lost World


    Beyond the basic premise of dinosaurs in South America, the plot of this adaptation bears little resemblance to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original novel, but it does manage to evoke the general atmosphere of the story. Claude Rains captures the blustery arrogance of Professor Challenger, Conan Doyle's sci-fi hero. Performances by the rest of the cast are pretty dismal, except for maybe Fernando Lamas as a creepy, guitar-wielding helicopter pilot.

    Instead of using claymation for the dinosaurs, the special effects…

  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon


    Bogart is at his best in this classic proto-noir thriller. For a guy who played so many anti-heroes, his portrayal of Sam Spade may just be his anti-est. It's a joy to watch a movie with so many despicable yet magnetic characters. The rest of the cast is phenomenal as well, and the rapid-fire dialogue is some of the best of its era. If the film has a flaw, it may be that it's TOO talky. Would it have killed…