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  • The Loreley’s Grasp (Los garras de Lorelei, 1974)

    Welcome back! As promised, here is the review to The Loreley’s Grasp, the second film in the Scream Factory Blu-ray Double Feature that includes The Night of the Sorcerers.  Also released in 1974, The Loreley’s Grasp is one part monster movie and one part Wagnerian opera. Mix together for goofiness. A small...
  • Erik the Conqueror (Gli invasori, 1961)

    On the whole, I’m not a fan of sword and shield pictures.  I find the clashing of metal against metal to be fairly tiresome, I have trouble following the rather arbitrary distribution of royal titles, and a flaming arrow leaves me cold.  Yet, I loved Erik the Conqueror (1961)....
  • The Night of the Sorcerers (La noche de los brujos, 1974)

    There are some movies, which are like the denizens on the “Island of Misfit Toys” — just a little bit off, a tad strange, a smidge odd, or altogether broken. Still, just because these misfits find themselves in the junk drawer of cinema history, doesn’t mean that they don’t...
  • Beggars of Life (1928)

    In 1927, The Jazz Singer took the nation by storm with a new cinema novelty — sound.  Looking back, it’s a shame that sound hit when it did, because motion pictures had just reached a zenith in visual storytelling.  Directors such as F.W. Murnau, Abel Gance, and William Wellman...
  • Swept Away (Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto, 1974)

    Forget Christian Grey and his fifty shades, if you want to watch a sadomasochistic love story that really cooks, look no further than Lina Wertmüller’s Swept Away (1974, not to be confused with the 2002 remake of the same name).  Not only is the film better written, better acted,...
  • Girl on the Bridge (La fille sur le pont, 1999)

    In the 1990’s and early 2000’s Patrice Leconte was the darling of the independent film and festival circuit with his adult dramas that burst beyond the boundaries of the French-speaking world into the international market.  His films such as Monsieur Hire, The Hairdresser’s Husband, Ridicule, The Widow of Saint-Pierre, and The...
  • The Four Musketeers (1974)

    The Four Musketeers is the second half of Richard Lester’s adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ Les Trois Mousquetaires, and was filmed at the same time as The Three Musketeers (1973).  If you haven’t seen the earlier movie or read my previous review, I suggest you do so now.  It will save me...
  • The Three Musketeers (1973)

    There have been literally dozens of film and television adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ novel Les Trois Mousquetaires; but once you’ve seen director Richard Lester’s one-two punch of The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974), all other adaptations are superfluous.  Lester’s swashbuckling films are rousing adventures, with near-perfect casting, beautiful...
  • You’re Never Too Young (1955)

    Motion pictures provided a poor showcase for the comedy team of Martin & Lewis.  As nightclub comedians, they thrived on the spontaneity of live performance, where they could jump in and out of character, ad-lib, interact with the audience, and try to crack each other up.  Movies were too...
  • The Living Wake (2007)

    Take one part Wes Andersonian whimsy, a couple of parts British absurdism, add a dash of Withnailesque melancholy, shake vigorously, and the resulting cocktail might end up something like The Living Wake. This bizarre indie comedy stars Mike O’Connell as K. Roth Binew, a self-proclaimed artist and dedicated drunkard,...
  • Bone Tomahawk (2015)

    Just two months before The Hateful Eight (2015), Quentin Tarantino’s 70mm Western, was released to great acclaim and ballyhoo, another Western, also starring Kurt Russell, premiered unceremoniously on the small screen through video-on-demand.  This was a criminal treatment of Bone Tomahawk, because it was not only the better of...
  • When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922)

    While William Randolph Hearst always wanted to promote his mistress/live-in companion, Marion Davies, as an virtuous, innocent beauty, Marion bristled against playing the delicate flower.  Davies had a flair for comedy, and preferred meatier roles, where she could play a multi-dimensional modern woman (preferably one with a sense of...
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  • While William Randolph Hearst always wanted to promote his mistress/live-in companion, Marion Davies, as an virtuous, innocent beauty, Marion bristled against playing the delicate flower.  Davies had a flair...
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