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November Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 1, 2019

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) The wealthy and powerful Martha Ivers (now O’Neil) (Barbara Stanwyck) is married to meek district attorney hopeful Walter O’Neil (Kirk Douglas in his film debut). Both individuals harbor a dark secret about her past, which is brought to light when read more

Short Take: D.O.A.

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 30, 2019

(1949) Directed by Rudolph Maté; Written by Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene; Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Lynn Baggett and William Ching; Available on DVD, Kanopy and Amazon Prime  Rating: ****  “You knew who I was when I came in here read more

Some Belated Acknowledgements

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 24, 2019

Time has a nasty habit of getting away before you know it. Way back in January, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the hardest working blogger on the web, Gill Jacob of Realweegie MidgetReviews. Fast forward several months to September, and I was nominated for the LiebsterAward read more

The Kiss of the Vampire

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 31, 2019

(1963) Directed by Don Sharp; Written by John Elder (aka: Anthony Hinds); Starring: Clifford Evans, Edward de Souza, Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel, Barry Warren, Jacquie Wallis and Isobel Black; Available on Blu-Ray and DVD Rating: **** “I decided straight away he was going to be read more

October Quick Picks and Pans – Horror Month 2019

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 27, 2019

The Evil (1978) Psychologist C.J. Arnold and his wife Caroline (Richard Crenna and Joanna Pettet) begin renovations on a decrepit antebellum mansion with the help of some volunteers. Before long, it becomes clear that the house wants them dead or at least prisoners. Meanwhile, a spectral visitor app read more

Horror Express

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 20, 2019

(1972) Directed by Eugenio Martín; Written by Arnaud d'Usseau and Julian Zimet; Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa, Julio Peña and Telly Savalas. Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “They say that this is a cult picture – I read more

Scared Sh*tless in the ‘70s

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 10, 2019

“I am a man of fifty-two years that is still dealing with his first ten years of existence. I am trying to recuperate from those first ten years.” – Guillermo del Toro (from 2016 interview by Keith McDonald and Roger Clark, Guillermo del Toro, At Home with Monsters) So many read more

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (aka: Who Slew Auntie Roo?)

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 3, 2019

(1971) Directed by Curtis Harrington; Written by Robert Blees and Jimmy Sangster; Original screen story by David D. Osborn; Starring: Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Chloe Franks, Ralph Richardson, Lionel Jeffries and Michael Gothard; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: *** “Isn’t read more

September Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 29, 2019

They Live by Night (1948) Director Nicholas Ray’s debut feature is a gripping film noir about doomed love between Bowie (Farley Granger), an escaped convict, and Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell), an inexperienced young woman who wants to escape her father (Will Wright) and her humdrum life. Granger i read more

The Once Over Twice – Three O’Clock High

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 25, 2019

(1987) Directed by Phil Joanou; Written by Richard Christian Matheson and Tom Szollosi; Starring: Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan, Richard Tyson, Stacey Glick, Jeffrey Tambor, Philip Baker Hall and Mitch Pileggi; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “I was really working overti read more

Film Twitter Survival Guide

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 17, 2019

“Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing or fighting, my friend.” – from “We Can Work It Out” – Lennon/McCartney (used slightly out of context) I typically go on a rant once a year (give or take a few months), so I figured I was overdue fo read more

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 2, 2019

(1961) Directed by Val Guest; Written by Wolf Mankowitz and Val Guest; Starring: Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Michael Goodliffe, Bernard Braden and Arthur Christiansen; Available on Blu-ray (Region B) and DVD (Region 2) Rating: ****½ “When I had written the original treat read more

Post-Apocalyptic August Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 28, 2019

On the Beach (1959) Most post-apocalyptic films provide some glimmer of hope, however slight. Director Stanley Kramer gives the audience no quarter with this grim, star-studded depiction of a no-win situation following a nuclear war. Minus some dubious Australian accents, it’s a solid adaptati read more

Damnation Alley

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 22, 2019

(1977) Directed by Jack Smight; Written by: Lukas Heller and Alan Sharp; Based on the novella by Roger Zelazny; Starring: George Peppard, Jan Michael Vincent, Paul Winfield, Dominique Sanda and Jackie Earle Haley; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **½   “There used to b read more

A Boy and His Dog

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 12, 2019

(1975) Written and directed by L.Q. Jones; Based on a novella by Harlan Ellison; Starring: Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Jason Robards, Tim McIntire and Hal Baylor; Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Amazon Prime Rating: **** “I’m getting the hell out of here. I wanna see Blood a read more

Short Take: Not of This Earth

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 1, 2019

(1957) Directed by Roger Corman; Written by: Charles B. Griffith and Mark Hanna; Starring: Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones, William Roerick, Jonathan Haze and Dick Miller; Available on DVD (Out of print) Rating: ***½ “Throwing in some tongue-in-cheek humor paid of read more

Roger Corman Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 29, 2019

The Haunted Palace (1963) Although the title is based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, it isn’t really a part of Corman’s Poe Cycle, but an adaptation (by Charles Beaumont) of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” This slow-moving, atmospheric movie features read more

The Intruder

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 22, 2019

(1962) Directed by Roger Corman; Written by Charles Beaumont; Based on the novel by Charles Beaumont; Starring: William Shatner, Beverly Lunsford, Robert Emhardt, Leo Gordon, Charles Barnes and Jeanne Cooper; Available on DVD Rating: **** “While those first Poe films in CinemaS read more

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 9, 2019

(1963) Directed by Roger Corman; Written by Robert Dillon and Ray Russell; Story by Ray Russell; Starring: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt and Don Rickles; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “I had numerous opportunities to join the Establishmen read more

Don’t Look Now

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 1, 2019

(1973) Directed by Nicholas Roeg; Written by Allan Scott and Chris Bryant; Based on a story by Daphe du Maurier; Starring: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½ “I love the very spine of the thing, the very read more
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