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  • Dodge City

    Dodge City

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    Dodge City (1939) is good old-fashioned fun featuring derring-do from that classic derring-doer Errol Flynn, loveliness and spunk from the lovely and spunky Olivia de Havilland, villainous villainy from Bruce Cabot + gang, and humorous sidekickery from Alan Hale. Plus it has one of the most epic bar brawls put to film and from what I can recall doesn't even feature a single horse fall (I love westerns but I hate those). All this in Technicolor (not yet a common…

  • Without Warning

    Without Warning

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    Without Warning (1980) has a very solid first two thirds but falls apart in the last third when it becomes a snooze fest. The ending almost saves it but not quite. It's a by-the-books horror/sci-fi film in a lot of ways (there's even a Halloween (1978) rip off (homage?) at the end, but Dean Cundey did shoot both films). But there is still a lot to appreciate (i.e. laugh at) - a Marty McFly prototype (another Dean Cundey connection), some…

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  • Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

    Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

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    Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (1972) (easily the best title for a giallo ever) is a quasi-gothic thriller (very) loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat (1843).

    Edwige Fenech is as charming and as impossibly gorgeous as ever, Luigi Pistilli is perfectly despicable, and Anita Strindberg plays unhinged like nobody's business. This is my favorite of Sergio Martino's multiple gialli and his direction is impressive. Bruno Nicolai's at times baroque score…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

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    There really is no other film like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). No other film before and no other film since. And there really was no other filmmaker like Stanley Kubrick. Before or since. It's a film of impeccable style, grace, and patience, filled with gorgeous visuals, sumptuous and occasionally terrifying sounds, and ponderous and unnerving moments. It's the existential sci-fi film to end all existential sci-fi films, and one to spark endless theories.

    This was my first time seeing…