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  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    ★★★½

    It seems simple enough, but this film takes a basic potboiler premise and takes it to a mindbogglingly high level of sublime and artful horror. Phibes isn't just mad with lust for revenge; he is a genius of high order: a doctor, an inventor, a scientist, and a concert musician. Phibes manages to weave all of his various skills and interests into his revenge, and still takes time out of his murderous rampage for a waltz with his stylish assistant,…

  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff

    ★★★

    Watching the pudgy little guy bluster and whistle and sweat his way from bad situation to worse situation, all the while simultaneously aided and blocked, sometimes in the same sentence, by his best pal, Bud. That's what Abbott and Costello are all about, and this one delivers the goods, albeit in a reduced fashion. However, the inclusion of Karloff adds a large dose of fun to the proceedings, and his influence often elevates even the hoariest of material. He certainly does here.

    To read my full review of this film, visit cinema4pylon.blogspot.com/2006/12/rixflix-to-z-abbott-and-costello-meet_05.html

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★½

    Mind you, my 5-star rating applies only to the original version I saw on its original release in 1977. Any Lucas-scrambled version following that one can suck it...

  • Buck Privates

    Buck Privates

    ★★★

    Desperate to get away from cop Nat Pendleton (a favorite of mine), street con artists Bud and Lou accidentally join the U.S. Army. Too bad for them, Pendleton ends up as their sergeant. Buck Privates is merely OK in terms of military hi-jinks and once again, the romantic leads might as well be invisible, but this Oscar-nominated crowd-pleaser is more about building patriotic spirit (though it should be noted that America was still a year out from joining WWII; the…