David O. Selznick pops up some imitation Capra-corn
  • D.O.A.: A Right of Passage (1980)

    In 1978, the controversial British punk band The Sex Pistols scheduled a seven-city tour of the U.S.; and Tom Forcade, the founder of cannabis culture mag High Times, decided to invest in making a concert film/documentary about his favorite band.  He hired unknown London director Lech Kowalski to document...
  • Fantômas (1964)

    With the success of the James Bond films Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963), movie studios around the world were on the lookout for an action hero with series potential.  As their answer to James Bond, France’s Gaumont Studios turned not to a popular literary hero,...
  • Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

    Seventy-three years before the Guardians of the Galaxy saved, um, the galaxy, and a full thirty-seven years before Christopher Reeve slipped into Superman’s tights, the very first comic book-inspired, live-action superhero movie hit the big screen.  It wasn’t a feature film.  It was a serial — a popular form...
  • The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

    Kino Lorber Studio Classics recently released five classic Bob Hope comedies on Blu-ray — My Favorite Brunette, Road to Rio, The Lemon Drop Kid, Road to Bali, and Son of Paleface. While I consider The Lemon Drop Kid the least of these films, it seems appropriate to review that title...
  • Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case (Maigret et l’affaire Saint-Fiacre, 1959)

    On December 5th, Kino Lorber will release new digital restorations of the first two Inspector Maigret movies starring Jean Gabin.  I previously reviewed the first film, Maigret Sets a Trap (1958), so if you are unfamiliar with the Maigret movies, you may want to read the prior review before...
  • Maigret Sets a Trap (Maigret tend un piège, 1958)

    Between 1931 and 1972, Georges Simenon wrote 75 mystery novels and 28 short stories centered around a gruff, introspective, pipe-smoking, Parisian police inspector that he dubbed Jules Maigret.  Not only were the books tremendously popular; Simenon soon saw the potential to extend the character into other media.  Merely one...
  • Blood Rage (1987)

    Welcome back, dear readers.  It’s been a while since I visited the Junk Drawer; but since it’s Thanksgiving, I thought that I would share a real special film for you today. When you think Thanksgiving, you think family gatherings, too much food, football, and slasher films. Well, maybe not...
  • Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939)

    Return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when cinematic thrills came in action-packed, weekly installments.  In the first half of the 20th Century, movie theaters would lure young audiences back for weekly Saturday matinées, no matter what feature film was being unspooled, by including a serial...
  • The Crazies (1973)

    Welcome back, everyone, to the third and final review for the Arrow Video release of George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn (6-Disc Limited Edition) Box Set.  This time I am reviewing The Crazies (1973), Romero’s biggest and most complex movie up to that point in his...
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