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.


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+




Sunday, May 07, 2017

The Man I Love(1947)

The Man I Love - Ida Lupino  blows back into town -she is visiting her family and also a singer for nightclubs. Featuring music by the Gershwins and stellar performances by Ida Lupino, Alan Hale and Robert Alda this romantic movie is well worth checking out. Featuring snappy dialogue and a solid plot I am glad I have TCM again. A

Sugarland Express

Sugarland Express - amazing 70s car-chase film by Steven Spielberg . Based on a true story this movie follows Goldie Hawn and William Atherton as 2 down on their luck petty thieves that decide they need to rescue their son from foster parents. The movie is littered with great cameos by locals with thick Texas accents and some great accidental demolition derby. A


Saturday, May 06, 2017

LA 92 /It Happened One Night / Winter Kills

LA 92 -A Nat Geo documentary about the Los Angeles riots after the 4 officers that beat down Rodney King - graphic and sickening footage that is gripping at the same time. Currently streaming on Hulu. A+


It Happened One Night (1934) - Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert co-star in this Oscar winning romantic comedy that follows a  runaway bride and a reporter hoping to get a scoop on the story of the moment. They banter on a bus and a farm and a couple of hotel rooms. The movie is cute and charming but the scandal of it has not endured( Gable without a shirt, Colbert flashes her gams). B+


Winter Kills (1979) - a ridiculous conspiracy movie following Jeff Bridges as the wayward brother of an assassinated president. Featuring an all star cast of Hollywood veterans chewing up scenery including John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Elizabeth Taylor , Erin Grey , Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden , Ralph Meeker and many more.  C-



Monday, May 01, 2017

The Opposite Sex

A campy remake of the classic the Women. This movie is a mix of musical and verbal cat-fights(also one actual cat fight). Featuring an all-star cast led by June Allyson and featuring Ann Sheridan , Jim Backus , Dick Shawn , Agnes Moorehead, Joan Collins, Joan Blondell and many others. Featuring wacky songs, some good verbal jabs and wardrobes that assault the eye this is a fun jaunt.  B+