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1984

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 6, 2018

(1984) Written and directed by Michael Radford; Based on the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell; Starring: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack and Gregor Fisher; Available on DVD Rating: **** “Winston, you were thinking that my face is old and tired read more

November Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 1, 2018

Razorback (1984) Music video director Russell Mulcahy made his audacious feature film debut with this stylish tale of man against nature. An American TV journalist (Judy Morris) travels to a remote Australian town for her animal abuse investigation, where she’s met with hostility and indiffere read more

Short Takes: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 29, 2018

(1956) Directed by Don Siegel; Written by Daniel Mainwaring; Based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney; Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Jean Willes and Ralph Dumke; Available on: Blu-ray (Olive Films) and DVD Rating: **** read more

Spellbound

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 24, 2018

  (1945) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Written by Ben Hecht; Based on the novel The House of Dr. Edwardes by Hilary Saint George Saunders and John Palmer; Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll and Rhonda Fleming; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ** read more

Blog Update: Wrapping Up 2018, And Looking Ahead

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 8, 2018

Call it fatigue, call it a case of the post-Halloween blues, call it what you will, but as you may have noticed, there’s been a delay in this month’s output. Anyone who’s followed this blog for a while will know it’s been an unusually rough year for me, with life throwing som read more

October Quick Picks and Pans – Horror Month 2018

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 31, 2018

Next Door (2005) This taut psychological horror from Norwegian writer/director Pål Sletaune subverts our expectations – we think we know exactly where it’s going to go, until we’re taken to some uncomfortable places. In the opening scene, John’s (Kristoffer Joner) ex-girlfrie read more

House of Frankenstein

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 24, 2018

(1944) Directed by: Erle C. Kenton; Written by: Edward T. Lowe Jr.; Story by Curt Siodmak; Starring: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Anne Gwynne, Elena Verdugo, Glenn Strange and J. Carrol Naish; Available on Blu-ray and DVD. Rating: ***½ “Kill my trusted old read more

A Bucket of Blood

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 13, 2018

(1959) Directed by Roger Corman; Written by Charles B. Griffith; Starring: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone, Julian Burton, Judy Bamber, Bert Convy and Bruno VeSota; Available on DVD and Amazon Prime Rating: **** “What am I going to do next? I gotta do something befo read more

Prince of Darkness

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 4, 2018

(1987) Directed by John Carpenter; Written by Martin Quatermass (aka: John Carpenter); Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Lisa Blount,Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Alice Cooper, Susan Blanchard and Peter Jason; Available on Blu-ray and DVD. Rating: ***½ “Rarely does a ho read more

September Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 30, 2018

Patch Town (2014) In this imaginative low budget fantasy from director/co-writer Craig Goodwill (based on his short film from 2011), people born from cabbages are transformed into dolls (due to probably copyright infringement, Cabbage Patch Kids are never expressly mentioned, but the comparison is u read more

Short Takes: Kidnapped

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 27, 2018

(1917) Directed by Alan Crosland; Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson; Starring: Raymond McKee, Joseph Burke and Robert Cain; Available on: DVD from Amazon.  Rating: ***½ “O Alan, this last hour my legs have been fainting under me; I’ve a stich in read more

Twice Upon a Time

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 24, 2018

(1983) Directed by John Korty; Written by John Korty, Charles Swenson, Suella Kennedy and Bill Couturié; Starring: Lorenzo Music, Judith Kahan, Marshall Efron, James Cranna, Julie Payne, Hamilton Camp and Paul Frees; Available on DVD Rating: **** “Our mistake, I suppose, was to read more

Hands of the Ripper

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 9, 2018

(1971) Directed by Peter Sasdy; Written by Lewis Davidson; From an original story by Edward Spencer Shew; Starring: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Morrow, Dora Bryan and Derek Godfrey; Available on: Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½ “I believe that girl is suffering from a diso read more

August Quick Picks and Pans – Animation Month

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 31, 2018

Loving Vincent (2017) This Polish/British co-production from writer/directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman explores the life and death of Vincent van Gough, told through the lens of his artwork. The film’s unique look, which captures van Gough’s style, is nothing short of mesmerizing read more

It’s National Dog Day

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 26, 2018

I’m taking a quick paws (I couldn’t resist… someone please stop me.) from my regularly scheduled programming to honor our four-legged pals on National Dog Day. They offer so much, yet expect so little in return. For the price of some kibble, treats and toys, they pay us back tenfol read more

Heavy Metal

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 15, 2018

(1981) Directed by Gerald Potterton (overall feature), John Bruno and Jimmy T. Murakami (“Soft Landing”), John Halas (“So Beautiful and So Dangerous”), Julian Harris and Paul Sabella (“Captain Sternn”), Barrie Nelson (“B-17”), Jack Stokes (“Den&# read more

Yellow Submarine

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 5, 2018

(1968) Directed by George Dunning; Written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal; Original Story by Lee Minoff; Based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; Starring: Paul Angelis, John Clive, Dick Emery, Geoffrey Hughes and Lance Percival; Available on Blu-ray and DVD read more

July Quick Picks and Pans – Giallo Month

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 31, 2018

Death Walks at Midnight (1972) This nifty thriller from director Luciano Ercoli has enough turns to keep you guessing until the end. Top fashion model Valentina (Nieves Navarro, aka: Susan Scott) takes an experimental hallucinogen for money and has visions of a brutal murder with a spiked gauntlet. read more

Who Saw Her Die? (aka: Chi L'ha Vista Morire?)

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 26, 2018

(1972) Directed by Aldo Lado; Written by Aldo Lado and Ruediger von Spies; Starring: George Lazenby, Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi, Dominique Boschero, Piero Vida and Nicoletta Elmi; Available on DVD and Amazon Prime Rating: ***½ “I have always considered that giallo films read more

5 Dolls for an August Moon (aka: 5 Bambole per la Luna D'Agosto)

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 18, 2018

(1970) Directed by Mario Bava; Written by Mario di Nardo; Starring: William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edwige Fenech, Howard Ross, Helena Ronee, Teodoro Corrà and Ely Galleani; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating:*** “Everyone seems to be waiting for something that’s not read more
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