12 Angry Men

Film Title

12 Angry Men

Synopsis

In a stifling Jury Room 12 men deliberate the fate of a murder suspect

Director

Sidney Lumet

Cast

Martin Balsam
John Fiedler
Lee J. Cobb
E.G. Marshall
Jack Klugman
Edward Binns
Jack Warden
Henry Fonda
Joseph Sweeney
Ed Begley
George Voscovek
Robert Webber

In movie jargon, the words “classic” and “masterpiece” are accolades that are tossed around quite a bit. Sometimes they are well deserved, sometimes not, and often the status is indeterminate. In the case of 12 Angry Men, there is no reasonable doubt at all about the verdict. This classic is a masterpiece and one of […]

Carnival Of Souls (1962)

Film Title

Carnival Of Souls

Synopsis

A woman’s life becomes disturbingly bizarre after she walks away from a horrific car accident.

Director

Herk Harvey

Cast

Candance Hilligoss
Frances Feist
Art Ellison
Sidney Berger
Stan Levitt

Carnival of Souls is one of the 50 horror movies included in the Amazon movie bundle (still available!) that I purchased years ago. Most of those movies were more laughable than horror, and really cheesy affairs, like The Beast Of Yucca Flats. Others were well made and effective, even if they were low budget. The […]

Un Coeur en Hiver (1992) (A Heart In Winter)

Film Title

Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)

Synopsis

A French movie about violins and impossible love.

Director

Claude Sautet

Cast

Daniel Auteuil
Emanuelle Beart
Andrew Dussollier

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I was asked what was a great movie about love? Now I’m no expert on love, but I do recognize great films every once and awhile. Check out this magnificent French film. Available at Prime Video. This is a wonderful French film, and not your usual love story. Boy, it’s never a good thing to […]

The Bible: A Book Review

The Bible is a collection of books that is viewed as some sort of masterpiece by its subscribers because of their fear and confirmation bias. What the Bible really is, is a collection of books that loosely chronicle the history of some primitive and very violent people who by their own coronation, somehow were the […]

Why and how is Donald Trump so popular with half the United States?

The relationship between Donald Trump and his ardent supporters reminds me of that great classic TV show, Amos & Andy. Kingfish is Trump and he is always very convincing and compelling to Andy. Andy represents all of Trump’s die-hard sycophant and supporters, loyal to the end. No matter how outrageous the scheme is, or how […]

High On Heels (2020)

Film Title

High On Heels

Synopsis

A documentary on the high heel experience

Director

Adelin Gasana

Cast

Models
Engineers
Podiatrists
Chiropractors
Pole Dancers
Various other women

I get several requests every year from indie film makers, inviting me to screen and review their movies. Some of these, like The Road To The Well, are near masterpieces, but most are a total waste of time, being poorly made vanity projects. High On Heels is a well-made 45 minute documentary on a phenomena […]

Donald Trump: The Arrogance Of Power And Lack of Accountability Edition

Congress has officially confirmed the Electoral College victory of Biden and Harris. To all the Trumpers, thugs, evangelicals, preachers and right-wing pundits, where is your God now? How can you not say that this is God’s will, if you believe in that sort of thing? The overwhelming support of Christians for Donald Trump exposes the […]

A Meowy Christmas Vacation

Film Title

A Meowy Christmas Vacation

Synopsis

Steve and his furry friends drop yet another load



Cast

Steve, I Will Be Making A Formal Complaint, Rudzinski
Cerra Atkins
Ben Dietels
A Mangy Tabby named Whiskers
Various botfly-infested rodents

When I reviewed the worst Christmas movie ever made, A Meowy Christmas, I had no idea of the massive amount of whiney butt-hurt that would be forthcoming from the movie creators, Steve Rudzinski and the writer of that horrid mess, Bill Murphy. This was 3 years ago and long forgotten until a got yet another […]

The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

Film Title

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

Synopsis

Yet another dreadful Saving Christmas movie, Italian style.

Director

Rossano Brazzi

Cast

Paul Tripp
Lydia Brazzi
Alberto Rabagliati
A Truckload of Creepy Midgets
Mischa Auer
John Karlsen
Rossano Brazzi

Christmas is fast approaching and another year of watching and reviewing Christmas movies is winding down. This movie is yet another recommendation from one of our fine readers. The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t should have been named The Christmas Movie That Wasn’t. So, what went wrong with this wonderful Santa Save Christmas Movie? The short […]

Mrs. Worthington’s Party-A.K.A. Noelle (2007)

Film Title

Mrs. Worthington's Party (Noelle)

Synopsis

A priest comes to a small New England village to shut down a dying parrish. What is thought to be a routine sacking is anything but.

Director

David Wall

Cast

David Wall
Kerry Wall
Sean Patrick Brennan
Jean Bates

It is no secret that faith-based movies have taken their review lumps from both believers and non-believers alike. The harsh criticism heaped upon this genre of movie has been well deserved, and I have been a joyful participant in this scrutiny. Faith-based Christmas movies are especially vulnerable to criticism for poor artistic presentation and falling […]