March 7, 2014


Thelma and Louise


As a special entry for Women’s History Month here’s a commentary on Ridley Scott’s 1991 adventure, Thelma & Louise. Thelma and Louise is a film about two ordinary women who take a trip to self-discovery.  This film features a waitress in a dead-end relationship (Thelma played by Geena Davis) and an emotionally abused housewife (Louise played […]

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February 24, 2014


Simply Stated – RIP Harold Ramis

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Aurora:Nothing more to say… Originally posted on The Draconic Verses: View original

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December 31, 2013


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

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October 24, 2013


Hammer’s, Frankenstein Created Woman

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It’s time to consider a female version of Frankenstein’s monster – Hammer style. While Frankenstein Created Woman is not a favorite entry in the Hammer horror arsenal, it is not without merit.  In fact, it’s an intriguing film.  And after having seen it, I’m surprised it’s not discussed more often. The story goes… Baron Frankenstein, […]

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October 17, 2013


Flesh for Frankenstein

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Flesh for Frankenstein was later titled Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (1973) – Witten & Directed by Paul Morrissey Cast: Udo Kier – Baron von Frankenstein Monique van Vooren – Baroness Katrin Frankenstein Joe Dallesandro – Nicholas, the stableboy Arno Juerging – Otto, the Baron’s assistant Dalila Di Lazzaro – Female Monster Srdjan Zelenovic – Sacha / Male Monster Marco Liofredi […]

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October 12, 2013

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The Frankenstein Syndrome


Despite my affection for filmed versions of Frankenstein, Sean Tretta’s 2010 offering, The Frankenstein Syndrome is not the kind of film I’d normally be attracted to.  The film was released directly to DVD and as a low-budget production it received relatively little publicity.  In fact, I’d never even heard of it until I searched for […]

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July 14, 2013


Holy United Underworld, it’s the DYNAMIC DUO!


“On a peaceful afternoon motor ride, millionaire Bruce Wayne and his youthful ward, Dick Grayson have been summoned back to Wayne Manner by an urgent, but anonymous call for help.  A yacht carrying a revolutionary scientific invention to Gotham City is in grave danger.  Never ones to skirt responsibility, with characteristic speed and resolve, they […]

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July 13, 2013


Elizabeth and Richard: The First Five Films


Special guest post by Maegan @MaesMusings _________________________________________ “There is a tendency among certain writers, especially the sententious, to create ‘fine’ pieces of writing about us.  They are all the same.  The rich couple, living their lives in a fishbowl glare of publicity, unable to take an ordinary walk in an ordinary city street, mobbed wherever we […]

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July 5, 2013




  Rob Medaska @MP2V Director MP2V I met Rob Medaska at a work function a couple of months ago and our conversation quickly focused on our love of film.  One thing led to another and we were suddenly life-long friends, or at least I feel that way.  Rob and I both love the classic, Universal horrors, which we […]

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June 30, 2013


Sydney Pollack’s, THE FIRM

“You don’t identify him with one kind of film.  He can do it all.  He has what I call an omni-talent.  360 degrees.“ Cliff Robertson said those words of Sydney Pollack – actor, writer, producer and director. Sydney Pollack began his career as an actor and as an acting teacher.   He began his directorial […]

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June 24, 2013

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Sidney Lumet, purveyor of truth


(on actors): “I understand what they’re going through. The self-exposure, which is at the heart of all their work, is done using their own body. It’s their sexuality, their strength or weakness, their fear. And that’s extremely painful. And when they’re not doing it in their performance, they pull back.” He made movies about people […]

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June 20, 2013


Man of Steel, welcome to the Planet


As I sat in my geek seat at a local multiplex last Friday morning waiting for the new installment of Superman, or (sorry) Man of Steel to start, it occurred to me the huge responsibility that a studio has to consider when revising a beloved franchise and character.  So I made sure my heart and […]

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May 25, 2013


Peter Cushing’s Centennial – a tribute


I’ve taken an unplanned hiatus from posting on this blog, but return with a special tribute to one of the greats. His was a wonderful presence on-screen.   A much-beloved and revered presence.  He’s a who’s who of powerful classic horror figures, unforgettable to anyone who grew up watching the Hammer film classics where he […]

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April 4, 2013


Roger Ebert dead at 70 –

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Roger Ebert dead at 70 – I have no words for this. May he rest in peace.

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March 17, 2013


Springtime Movie Quiz

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When Michael of It Rains…You Get Wet asks me to blog about something, I jump!  Even if it results in a major movie migraine! Not only is It Rains…You Get Wet a wonderful blog wherein its author pens insightful film commentary, that author also happens to be one of the most supportive bloggers I’ve encountered. […]

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March 4, 2013


London in Genres: Match Point


Written and directed by Woody Allen, this film has his signature all over it, but Match Point is not his usual fare.  It is a film about chance, fate and luck…in life, in love and…in murder.  Set in London, with the city’s streets and sites as a backdrop, this sexy, crime thriller has a lot […]

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March 3, 2013


Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

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For some odd reason I am compelled now and again to advocate for Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, the last film directed by Sidney Lumet.  It seems each and every time I watch a Lumet film, and I love almost every single one he ever made, I go back and take a look at […]

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March 2, 2013




It is the story of a man, a story of redemption that also happens to be one of the best courtroom dramas ever made that I dedicate this post to.  It is Sidney Lumet‘s, The Verdict from 1982.  And it is quite a film. The Verdict is filmed from a David Mamet script based on […]

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February 24, 2013


A Tale of Two Airports


When the Oscar nominations for 1970 were announced, there were two clear leaders, tied for 10 nominations apiece. One was from a genre familiar to Oscar watchers: the War film. Patton, the story of George S. Patton, garnered 10 nominations, including Best Actor, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay.  The movie which matched its total […]

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February 9, 2013


Midnight in Paris


In Paris at Midnight is where I want to be…

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