Animal House (1978)

Film Title

Animal House

Synopsis

The greatest movie about college life ever made

Director

John Landis

Cast

John Belushi
Stephen Furst
Tom Hulce
Mark Metcalf
Donald Sutherland
John Verner
Verna Bloom
Kevin Bacon
Tim Matheson
Peter Riegert
Bruce McGill

Animal House is a movie that was not taken seriously when it was made. The expectations were low, and Donald Sutherland, the one big star, (Kevin Bacon’s first movie!) took a paltry lump-sum of $30,000 for his role in the movie. No university or college would let them shoot the movie at their campus until […]

Bullitt (1968)

Film Title

Bullitt

Synopsis

A star witness under protection is killed and Bullitt must find the killers

Director

Peter Yates

Cast

Steve McQueen
Robert Vaughn
Jaqueline Bissett
Don Gordon
Robert Duvall
Simon Oakland
Norman Fell

Bullitt is an award-winning film that showcases one of the most exciting car chases ever. The 1968 fast-back Mustang used in the chase scene recently sold at auction for 3.4 million dollars, and it was in rough condition. I will be reviewing the 2-disc Special Edition DVD of this movie. Steve McQueen was one of […]

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 […]