It is impossible to describe this film to someone who doesn't know about it, and have them believe you when you say it's great. Shot using Barbie dolls and voice over, this is not a comedy. It's a pretty intense, if strange, drama that includes a whole bunch of social commentary on serious subjects such as eating disorders, mental illness, manipulation and exploitation in the music industry, the facade of suburban "wholesomeness", and sexism. It’s 42 minutes of genius art, one…
Gamera: Super Monster 1980
This one is hard to defend. It was released in America in 1980, 9 years after the last Gamera movie, and 5 years after the last Godzilla movie had been released. So it was a weird move to release a new Gamera film, and then advertise it as having all the monsters from the previous films but amounting to little more than clip show. There’s some new footage wrapped around the old footage, mostly concerning a duo of cheesy superheroes,…
Best Worst Movie 2009
Charming and sometimes funny doc about the folks who made Troll 2 in 1990. The actors like George Hardy are very likable and you feel happy for him in particular because of his genuine niceness. It’s director of Troll 2 (he also worked a lot with Bruno Mattei) who is the real reason to see this; the nearly 60 year old grump is fascinating to watch as he travels to America to experience the cult of this cheesy movie he…
Captain Clegg 1962
Aka Night Creatures
Unique period horror from Hammer Studios; pretty stuffy but the couple of scare scenes are still effective. That this has scare scenes at all is remarkable, as it isn’t even really a horror movie at all, it’s more of an adventure film. It features a great role from Peter Cushing, and the supporting cast is fantastic including Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain from Curse of the Werewolf. The “night creatures” are cool but very briefly seen. Solid yarn from reliable Hammer.
Black Sunday 1960
Great gothic horror, wonderful viewing for the spooky season. Barbara Steele is mesmerizing in this movie. Literally a perfect movie to watch for Halloween.
Killing Zoe 1993
A misunderstood, overlooked masterpiece. For my money, it beats any Tarantino effort.