Escape From Alcatraz (1975)

Film Title

Escape From Alcatraz

Synopsis

Four men try the impossible-Escape from The Rock

Director

Don Siegel

Cast

Clint Eastwood
Patrick McGoohan
Robert Blossoms
Jack Thibeau
Fred Ward
Paul Benjamin
Larry Hankin
Bruce M. Fischer

We have discussed this many times, the separation of the actor from the person and the person’s politics and religion. In the movie review world, except for rare occasions like the aging Queen Rex Reed, an actor or director’s greatness overwhelms whatever personal shenanigans that he or she might harbor in real life. Nevertheless, Clint […]

The Amusingly Bonkers: Part Two

Switchblade Sisters AKA The Jezebels (1975) Normally if a movie contains knife fights, rape, pimping, drug dealing, nudity and shootings, you can safely assume it’s a drama. Not Switchblade. It’s pure comedy from start to finish. It’s so OTT there’s not one ounce of dramatic tension to be found, but wander into its overheated, estrogen-fuelled […]

The Amusingly Bonkers: Part One

There are plenty of people who take enormous pleasure in hooting through terrible movies. The so-bad-it’s-good crowd. Fair enough. I must admit I enjoy The Exorcist’s craptastic sequel, a flick that regularly ends up on lists of the worst ever made. I also heartily respond to the mammalian madness of Orca: The Killer Whale, a […]

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Film Title

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Synopsis

A forbidden spell opens the door to the Multiverse -or- It’s not complicated

Director

Sam Raimi

Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch
Elizabeth Olsen
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Benedict Wong
Xochitl Gomez
Rachel McAdams

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” – It’s not complicated. We’ve seen the multiverse coming to the MCU for quite a while. It all started when the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) taught us about the multiverse in Doctor Strange. We get another glimpse of it in Avengers Endgame, when the Ancient One explained to […]

Brazil (1985)

Film Title

Brazil

Synopsis

One of the strangest movies ever made.

Director

Terry Gilliam

Cast

Jonathan Pryce
Kim Greist
Robert De Niro
Ian Holm
Michael Palin
Katherine Helmond
Bob Hoskins

80% of people claim to have read 1984 while only 16% have actually done so, and 78% of people who’ve seen Brazil claim to have understood its parody of 1984. While we have no data on how many are telling the truth, it’s safe to surmise that 14% made the connection. Like 1984 the world […]

Ulzana’s Raid (1972)

Film Title

Ulzana's Raid

Synopsis

Merciless killers chase merciless killers across the merciless desert

Director

Robert Aldrich

Cast

Burt Lancaster
Bruce Davison
Jorge Luke
Richard Jaeckel
Joaquin Martinez

Some films don’t appeal. They might be a huge hit, win a boatload of Oscars, and get cracking reviews and yet… I’d rather read the Koran than take a gander. Maybe you feel the same. Maybe there’s a flick or two you can think of that the prospect of sitting through leaves you cold. Dances […]

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Film Title

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Synopsis

Nicholas Cage plays Nick Cage

Director

Tom Gormican

Cast

Nicholas Cage
Pedro Pascal
Tiffany Haddish
Ike Barinholtz

“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” – Nic Cage is…inevitable. If ever there was a person who could be described as a movie, it’s Nicholas Cage. It’s right there in a title that is as pompous and full of itself as it is long. What really made me want to see the film was the […]

Crawlspace (1986)

Film Title

Crawlspace

Synopsis

A Nazified acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree

Director

David Schmoeller

Cast

Klaus Kinski
Talia Balsam
Barbara Whinnery
Kenneth Robert Shippy

Sometimes you want a movie to educate, move or inspire you. And sometimes you just wanna watch that pint-sized Teutonic nutter Klaus Kinski collect eyeballs. Now I’m not one to condemn actors for their off-screen behavior or ill-judged Tweets. I don’t really care what they get up to or what their political affiliations are. I […]

The Bad Guys (2022)

Film Title

The Bad Guys

Synopsis

Bad criminal type animals attempt to go straight

Director

Pierre Perifel

Cast

Sam Rockwell
Mark Maron
Awkwafina
Craig Robinson
Anthony Ramos

The Bad Guys – Does farting really make someone bad? It took me a while to put my finger on it, but I finally realized why The Bad Guys failed to resonate with me. The opening of the film shows a wolf and a snake having breakfast at a diner. Everyone else in the diner […]

Beetlejuice (1988)

Film Title

Beetlejuice

Synopsis

A New England couple is dismayed to find death more complicated and chaotic than life.

Director

Tim Burton

Cast

Alec Baldwin
Geena Davis
Michael Keaton
Winona Ryder
Jeffrey Jones
Catherine O'Hara
Glenn Shadix
Sylvia Sydney

Beetlejuice is a wildly outrageous film made by the great Tim Burton. This is a film that demands multiple viewings to be fully appreciated. Beetlejuice was initially supposed to be a horror movie, but the performances by Michael Keaton as the unhinged bio-exorcist, the unfortunate dead couple, Adam and Barbara, and the whacky trio that […]