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  • Baron Blood

    Baron Blood

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This doesn’t represent the best work of director Mario Bava (who made “Black Sunday” and “Kill Baby Kill”) and certainly not of star Joseph Cotten (from “The Magnificent Ambersons” and “Shadow of a Doubt”), but it is a fun stylish horror movie with a touch of gore. Cotton plays a long-deceased Vlad-the-Impaler-style nobleman who is raised by the foolish incantation of a naïve descendant (Antonio Cantafora, who went on to “Demons 2” and “Supersonic Man”) and his hot historian girlfriend…

  • Terror of Mechagodzilla

    Terror of Mechagodzilla

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Director Ishiro Honda (also director of “Matanga” and segments of Kurosawa’s “Dreams”), who made the original Gojira film, returned to helm what was to be the last of the original series (prior to the 1984 re-boot). The monster had been turned into a reluctant hero at this point, but Honda did his best to bring back some of the original sense of Gojira as a force of destruction, one which could be channeled or contained, but never defeated. He also…

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  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Although Alfred Hitchcock had been making movies since the silent era, this was in some ways a break out for him, establishing the pattern of his future career. An ordinary, innocent man (Robert Donat, from “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Goodbye Mr. Chips”) meets a mysterious woman (Lucie Mannheim, a German emigre, who was in “The Mistress,” and “Gerechtigkeit in Worowogorsk”), who, it rapidly develops, is caught up in a spy ring and in peril of her life. Soon,…

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★½

    It’s remarkable how iconic this film has become over the years, breaking all expectations regarding sequels and 80s sic fi. James Cameron (who also directed “The Terminator” and “Titanic”) was still young, enthusiastic and creative, and he picked an excellent cast for his re-telling of the “Alien” story as a metaphor for Vietnam. Sigourney Weaver (also known for “Ghostbusters” and “Galaxy Quest”) became the first feminist action hero in her rethinking of the “Ripley” character from the original film. Michael…