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June Quick Picks and Pans

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

Filibus (1915) Demure Baroness Troixmonde moonlights as calculating master criminal Filibus. And if that’s not enough, she also appears as the dapper, mustachioed Count de la Brive. Valeria Creti’s triple-threat characters crosses genders and societal expectations as she stays one step a read more

Day of the Animals

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

(1977) Directed by William Girdler; Written by William W. Norton and Eleanor E. Norton; Story by Edward L. Montoro; Starring: Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel, Michael Ansara, Ruth Roman, Jon Cedar and Paul Mantee; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: **&n read more

Short Take: Tears of the Black Tiger

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 5, 2022

 (2000) Written and directed by Wisit Sasanatieng; Starring: Chartchai Ngamsan, Stella Malucchi, Supakorn Kitsuwon, Suwinit Panjamawat, Arawat Ruangvuth and Sombat Metanee; Available on DVD Rating: **** The following review is part of the Foreign Western Blogathon, hosted by Debbie V. from M read more

Space Month II Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 1, 2022

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969) In this intriguing live-action venture from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (of Supermarionation fame), scientists discover another planet on the opposite side of the sun, which has remained undetected until now. The U.S. and Europe launch an arduous joint mission read more

The Corman-verse Blogathon – Wrap-up

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

 Whew! We’ve finally reached the end of the Corman-verse Blogathon, and what a blogathon it’s been. While no single event can capture the immensity of Corman’s impact on film and filmmakers, I think our contributors did a splendid job of spotlighting the wide range of eclectic read more

The End of the Corman-verse Blogathon – Or Is It? – Day 3 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 28, 2022

 Well, dear readers and writers, we’ve reached Day 3 of the Corman-verse Blogathon, and what a blogathon it’s been. Today, we have a bumper crop of posts, spanning the many decades and multiple facets of Corman’s career. I’m still catching up on reading all of the amazin read more

Battle Beyond the Stars

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 28, 2022

(1980) Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami; Written by John Sayles; Story by Anne Dyer; Starring: Richard Thomas, Darlanne Fluegel, John Saxon, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard, Sybil Danning, Sam Jaffe and Morgan Woodward; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ***½  This post is part of the read more

The Corman-verse Blogathon Is Here – Day 2 Recap

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

 We’re back for Day 2 of the Corman-Verse Blogathon! Enjoy this small-but-mighty round of posts, from a couple of talented bloggers. If you’re planning to participate but not quite ready, never fear, we’ll incude your link for Day 3. Post a comment below, email me at barry_c read more

The Corman-verse Blogathon Is Here – Day 1 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 26, 2022

 Welcome to the Corman-verse, a three-day blogging event, honoring legendary filmmaker Roger Corman! At age 96, Mr. Corman is still going strong, with more than 500 credits to his name, and a list of protégés longer than your arm. Yours Truly and my exceptional co-host, Gill Jacob of Realweegie read more

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
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