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The Right Stuff

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 22, 2022

 (1983) Written and directed by Philip Kaufman; Based on the book The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe; Starring: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Veronica Cartwright, Lance Henriksen, Harry Shearer and Jeff Goldblum; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: * read more

Starman

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 11, 2022

(1983) Directed by John Carpenter; Written by Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon; Starring: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel and Robert Phalen; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ****  “You are a strange species, not like any other, and you would b read more

April Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 30, 2022

The Last Wave (1977) Peter Weir’s enigmatic follow-up to Picnic at Hanging Rock is almost a spiritual sequel to its cryptic predecessor, raising many questions but providing few answers. David Burton (Richard Chamberlin), a Sydney lawyer, defends a group of aboriginal men accused of murder. Wh read more

A Few Brief Blog Announcements

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 6, 2022

Whew! What a year. What? It’s only April? How can that be? It’s been quite an eventful time, so far, and its only bound to get busier as the months progress. Between work, personal obligations, and all the recent blog activity, it’s all been a bit much, and I need to take a breathe read more

Body Horror Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 29, 2022

Taxidermia (2006) Director/co-writer György Pálfi’s fascinatingly grotesque film consists of a trio of interwoven stories (based on short stories by Lajos Parti Nagy), covering three generations (1942, 1960s, and presumably the 1980s) of a Hungarian family. In the first segment, a sexually fru read more

Announcing the Corman-verse Blogathon

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 25, 2022

When you think of the term “living legend,” Roger Corman should be on everyone’s short list. Hollywood outsider, who re-shaped Hollywood into his image, famous for making movies fast and cheap, creating significant work and schlock in equal portions (But we’re not judging. So read more

Double Take: The Fly

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 21, 2022

 The Fly (1958) Directed by Kurt Neumann; Written by James Clavell; Based on the short story by George Langelaan; Starring: Al “David” Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall, Kathleen Freeman and Charles Herbert; Available on DVD and Blu-ray Rating: ****   read more

Short Take: Boxing Helena

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 13, 2022

 (1993) Written and directed by Jennifer Lynch; Story by Philippe Caland; Starring: Julian Sands, Sherilyn Fenn, Bill Paxton, Art Garfunkel, Betsy Clark, and Kurtwood Smith; Available on DVD  Rating: **  Helena (Sherilyn Fenn): “I’ll never need you.”Nick (Julian Sa read more

Matinee

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 6, 2022

 (1993) Directed by Joe Dante; Written by Charles S. Haas; Story by Jerico Stone and Charles S. Haas; Starring: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub, Kellie Martin, Dick Miller and Robert Picardo; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ****½ "Atomo Vision read more

Blood Feast

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Feb 27, 2022

(1963) Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis; Written by Louise Downe; Story by David F. Friedman and Herschell Gordon Lewis; Starring: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton and Scott H. Hall; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***  “When I shot Blood Feast and we started read more

February Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Feb 21, 2022

 Tiny Tim: King for a Day (2020) Swedish filmmaker Johan von Sydow’s illuminating, bittersweet documentary about eccentric singer/performance artist Tiny Tim (born Herbert Butros Khaury), sheds some light on the enigmatic personality, probably best remembered for the song, “Tiptoe T read more

Japan-uary XI Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 31, 2022

The Night is Short. Walk On, Girl (2017) Masaaki Yuasa’s delightful animated film (based on the novel by Tomihiko Morimi) is a surefire cure for what ails you. Over the course of one night, we follow the exploits of unflappable coed Kōhai (meaning “Junior”), as she enters a drinkin read more

Giants and Toys

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 22, 2022

(1958) Directed by Yasuzô Masumura; Written by Yoshio Shirasaka; Based on the novel by Takeshi Kaikô; Starring: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Hitomi Nozoe, Hideo Takamatsu, Michiko Ono; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ****  “You’re behind the times. You don’t understand the age read more

The H-Man

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 11, 2022

(1958) Directed by Ishirô Honda; Written by Takeshi Kimura; Story by Hideo Unagami; Starring: Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata, Eitarô Ozawa Koreya Senda and Makoto Satô; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating ***½   “Take a look at this logbook from the ship read more

Streetwise

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 31, 2021

 (1984) Directed by Martin Bell; Starring: Erin (“Tiny”) Blackwell, “Rat,” DeWayne Pomeroy, Lou Ellen “Lulu” Couch, Patrice Pitts, Kimberly Marsh; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “The idea was to enter the world of these kids, to figure out read more

Documentary December Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 27, 2021

The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993) Ray Müller’s fascinating documentary delves into the life of pioneering filmmaker/Nazi sympathizer Leni Riefenstahl, who made the notorious propaganda film Triumph of the Will (1935). Now age 90 (at the time of this film), Riefenstahl loo read more

My Winnipeg

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 12, 2021

 (2008) Written and directed by Guy Maddin; Dialogue written by George Toles; Starring: Ann Savage, Darcy Fehr and Louis Negin; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ****  “I had long been dreaming about my city, Winnipeg, that it didn’t seem to have a place in anyone read more

Rififi

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 1, 2021

 (1955) Directed by Jules Dassin; Adapted by Jules Dassin; Based on the novel by Auguste Le Breton; Starring: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey, Claude Sylvain, Robert Hossein, Marcel Lupovici and Jules Dassin (as Perlo Vita); Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ** read more

Noirvember Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 27, 2021

 Where Danger Lives (1950) Dr. Jeff Cameron (Robert Mitchum) is about to finish his stint at a hospital to go into private practice. His life takes a detour for the worse when he crosses paths with young, attractive suicide patient, Margo (Faith Domergue). They seem to hit it off until he learn read more

Strangers on a Train

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 14, 2021

(1951) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Screenplay by Raymond Chandler and Czenzi Ormonde; Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith; Starring: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll, Patricia Hitchcock and Kasey Rogers; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ****  Thanks t read more
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