2009
 


Verson Jetorix watched:

SHANE (53)
Still enjoyable for its stark restraint, violent brawls, and interesting cast.


 

 

THE COOL ONES! (67)
Dated and hopelessly naive even upon its release, this pop music fever dream nevertheless has its hokey charms, including a bravura turn by Roddy McDowall.

 

 

NIGHT TRAIN TO PARIS (64)
Espionage yarn laced with humor in the mode of the early Hitchcock thrillers. Non-spy Leslie Nielsen must get a secret tape to Paris on New Year’s Eve all the while ducking cops, killers, and beautiful models. Fun enough.
 

 

THE WALKING DEAD (36)
Classic Michael Curtiz crime/horror hybrid features the great Karloff in another excellent performance as a sympathetic underdog, although the send up of the Frankenstein reanimation scene is gratuitous.  Great supporting cast as well.


 

 

DAY OF THE NIGHTMARE (69)
It's worth watching this gender bender for the Ozz, the Carter, the cars, and any number of locations and props.  Primo in that dept.

 

 

FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS (62)
I never tire of this colorful sci-fi saga.

 

 

FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY NIGHTMARE (06)
I liked this well-intentioned if not entirely successful impressionistic take on the mad doctor movie.  A curio.
 

 

BLACK NIGHT (05)
Art film along the lines of Lynch and Greenaway but with out the appeal. Interesting to look at tho.

 

 

WAR OF THE TROJANS (62)
Part of the Muscle Madness box set, this Steve Reeves sequel to THE TROJAN HORSE suffers from a not-so-good print and mediocre transfer, but at least it's wide.  The story is interesting enough and Steeve's always good in this stuff.  Features Giacomo Rossi-Stuart too.

 

 

ENTER THE DEVIL (72)
Not too bad little desert satanism flick kind of like Devil's Rain.  Top-billed is Josh Bryant.
 

 

COUNT DRACULA (77)
This Louis Jordan BBC version is certainly the best TV adaptation of the famous tale, but it also rivals any theatrical version, in my opinion.  Thoughtful, gorgeous, and even at 2.5 hours still a fascinating ride.

 

 

THE SEVERED ARM (73)
Not a very good movie (no-budget revenge for cave-in cannibalism) but some cool cars and other 70s ambiance.

 

 

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (60)
An interesting level of hell: beauty and perfection held at bay by a puzzle unsolvable, a game unwinnable, a woman unattainable, a season unknowable.

 

 

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (59)
Classic courtroom drama seems dated now but it's still fun to watch for the cast and Otto's cinematic games.

 

 

GOLIATH AND THE SINS OF BABYLON (64)
Cut above the usual peplum with one of the better heroes, Mark Forest.  Directed by Michele Lupo.
 

 

WENDY AND LUCY (08)
I liked this tiny movie about a girl and her dog on the road.  Surprisingly effective, minimalist film making.  Shot in the northwest.
 

 

THE DEVIL'S HAND (61)
I liked this little "clean floor" voodoo horror.  Fun cast and story and the sets are pure thrift store kitsch.  Would make an excellent double feature with THE FOUR SKULLS OF JONATHAN DRAKE.  Bought it.
 

 

TERROR IN THE MIDNIGHT SUN (58)
I liked this original Swedish version of INVASION OF THE ANIMAL PEOPLE.  A spaceship lands in Lappland and scientists investigate as the aliens unleash a giant monster to terrorize the frozen 'hood.  Nice photography, unusual locations and imaginative, no-budget special effects.
 

 

SPECIAL (06)
A long 80 minutes about a guy who participates in a shady drug trial which results in him thinking he has super powers.  I liked the basic idea and the cast holds up for the most part, but the pacing is sluggish.
 

 

THE DAY MARS INVADED EARTH (63)
I liked this yak-fest.  Great location, fun cast.  Sinister's copy is widescreen which really adds to this black and white, no budget sleeper.
 

 

ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (57)
Liked this noir suspense story despite the pat ending.  Jeanne Moreau looks fabulous but there's not enough Lino Ventura for my taste.


 

 

THE LADY IN RED (79)
Okay telling with lots of nudity, bloody violence, and a Forster scene or two.  From the writer/director team of the superior Forster flick, ALLIGATOR.

 

 

SAINT JACK (79)
Ben Gazzara effortlessly carries this fascinating slice of life from the underbelly of Singapore.  A surprising sleeper.

 

 

DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (39)
Laconic Jimmy Stewart brings law and order to town without using a gun (almost), and makes Marlene Dietrich moist in the process.  Good one.

 

 

THE WACKNESS (08)
Pretty good, lots of drug-taking.  One of the few Ben Kingsley characters I've liked.


 

 

SHOOTER (07)
Bad movie heaven.  We're talking SHOOTER II.

 

 

TIMECRIMES (07)
Excellent time travel thriller from Spain.  Mind bending, scary, and amusing all at the same... time!
 

 

BRAINSTORM (65)
William Conrad directed this neo noir with style.  Jeff hunter falls for rich dame Anne Francis and plots to kill hubby Dana Andrews and then feign insanity.  Widescreen b&w, cool cars, cool jazz, high tech milieu, downbeat ending.  Nice.
 

 

CHOKE (08)
Unpleasant comedy tries to get off easy, so to speak, and take the high road at the end but it ain't workin'.  Joel Grey has a nice little part.
 

 

DAY OF THE OUTLAW (59)
Good winter western with Robert Ryan as a bad ass rancher and Burl Ives as a badder ass rogue soldier.  Packed with adult themes, brutality, a solid B cast of supporters, and a ton of snow. The "removing the bullet" scene is right up there with RONIN's.  Recommended.
 

 

MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY (41)
Breezy, annoying mystery thriller with Dennis O'Keefe as a greenhorn prosecutor with a 'funny' name.  Peter Lorre as a bad guy is the redeeming feature.

 

 

SEASON OF THE WITCH (72)
I liked some of this story of an experimental housewife, and some of it was downright excruciating.  Very much of its time.
 

 

BURIED ALIVE (39)
Well-acted prison melodrama with horrific overtones makes for a nice early-period noir fix.
 

 

OUR MAN IN HAVANA (60)
Low key espionage with humor and pathos.  I liked it even tho some would say it was dull.
 

 

LOVE ME DEADLY (72)
Strange story of a female necrophiliac bogged down in the second half but it had enough going for it to keep me in there until the end.  Great cars.
 

 

JACK THE RIPPER GOES WEST (74)
I was looking for this under the better title, Knife For the Ladies.  A hip, "modern" detective comes to Old Tucson and teams up with Sheriff Jack Elam to nab a serial killer.  Like a TV pilot with extra blood and a generally unhealthy attitude.

 

 

LEGACY OF SATAN (74)
Terrible.

 

 

THE BELIEVERS (87, encore)
This spooky thriller still holds up due mainly to restraint, atmospheric suspense, and good performances.
 

 

SABOTAGE (36)
Hitchcock's suspense thriller brings terrorism into the local movieator.  Art is terrorism.
 

 

THE GREAT NORTHFIELD MINNESOTA RAID (72, encore)
This interesting, if minor, mud 'n' rags western has a good cast--Cliff Robertson and Robert Duvall stand out--and a bravura climactic bank robbery sequence.

 

 

DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS (65, encore)
In the mood for a simple gothic with energy, edge and above all, brevity?  The best Barbara Shelley movie.

 

 

UNKNOWN WORLD (51)
A team of scientists, including the expendable kind, tunnel into the earth to find a new Eden.  The direction is a bit slack but this sleeper has some pretty good no-budget special effects and better-than-usual dialog.  Worth a look for fans of old s/f flicks.
 

 

THE SILENT PARTNER (78)
Don't know how this made the list but it turns out to be a pretty good little Canadian flick about a bank teller (Elliot Gould) who takes advantage of a robbery to abscond with fifty grand.  Of course, the robber (Christopher Plummer) gets wind and retaliates.  Written by Curtis "LA Confidential" Hanson.
 

 

RETURN IN RED (07)
I liked this tiny rural horror film that asks more questions than it answers but it has more atmosphere and suspense than most big budget wanna be's.

 

 

BEGUILED (71, encore)
Saw this eons ago.  It's interesting but never seems to find its footing, much like the main character who loses his!

 

 
 

APPALOOSA (08)
Excellent western in the traditional manner.  Ed Harris is a true western anti-hero natural and I hope he makes more westerns.


 

 

RAGE AT DAWN (55)
A fine cast (Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, J. Carrol Naish, Edgar Buchanan, Denver Pyle, Ken Toby) in a pedestrian western.  The ending is downright shocking however.  The DVD is lousy.
 

 

BLACK TEST CAR (62)
Skinny-tie Japs slap each other around playing the industrial espionage game.  Nice.