Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Code Two

Decades before C*H*I*P*s this 1953 action film follows brash young Ralph Meeker as he makes the squad and then takes on cattle rustlers. He is mentored by Keenan Wynn  and look for a cameo by Chuck Connors playing cards.  B-

Monday, June 26, 2017

The High Wall (1947)

A solid film noir about a veteran who returns home and has amnesia. Amazing cinematography and amusing cameos flesh out this murder mystery. Worth checking out for noir fans  B+


Zabriskie Point

An interesting look at misguided youth spurred to revolution and free love at the end of the 60s in LA. We follow 2 strangers united by chance in the desert after a murder , a stolen plane and some frolicking in the desert. Soundtrack by Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead. Visually stunning and filled with scenes that date the movie to it's time- this is well worth checking out. B+



Friday, May 26, 2017

They Came to rob Las Vegas

This 1968 caper flick follows Gary Lockwood as he decides to take on an armored truck . Elke Sommer , Lee J Cobb , and Jack Palance  are a part of this random exercise in explosions, fights and Vegas. This should of stayed in Vegas. C-


Straight Jacket





Pair director William Castle with writer Robert Bloch ( Psycho, 3 episodes of classic Star Trek) and give them Joan Crawford, Diane Baker and George Kennedy and you have a hoot of a movie. Also look for the Fall Guy in a brief cameo at the beginning of the movie. This thriller is half unintentional (intentional comedy) and half horror film. If you like camp mixed with ax-murdering - you should enjoy this 60s concoction.  B



Monday, May 15, 2017

Batman & Bill

Batman and Bill is a documentary currently streaming on Hulu about the co-creator of the Dark Knight. While it is an interesting story - the documentary felt overly long and like it was washing it's own car after 60 minutes.
 C+


Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Dirty Dozen

Dirty Dozen - decades before the cartoonish Expendables - Lee Marvin leads this teamwork through montage cast of all-stars in a solid action flick from the 60s. I imagine this movie is on some Maxim or GQ list of macho movies dudes must watch. Hall of Fame RB James Brown , Donald Sutherland, Trini Lopez, Ralph Meeker , Charles Bronson and other action stalwarts of the 60s band together to train for a suicide mission behind Nazi lines.

Well worth checking out if you like ensemble action flicks.  A



Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Shield for Murder

Shield for Murder- hardboiled bad cop movie featuring Edmund O'Brien from 1954.

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Gritty and to the point - this movie is non-stop action and patter - prototypical noir - well worth checking out for any fan of the genre.  A+