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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

October Quick Picks and Pans – Horror Month 2021

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 28, 2021

 Symptoms (1974) Angela Pleasence stars as Helen, a disturbed young woman in writer/director José Ramón Larraz’s thriller, a bubbling cauldron of repressed sexuality and unrequited love. She lives alone on a country estate, nursing the wounds of an unspecified psychological trauma. As a read more

The 3rd Hammer-Amicus Blogathon – Day 3 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 24, 2021

 Whew! We’ve reached the end of the 3rd Hammer-Amicus Blogathon, hosted by Yours Truly and Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews. I hope everyone had as much fun participating as we had hosting this three-day event.   Once again, I’d like to thank my astounding co-host G read more

The 3rd Hammer-Amicus Blogathon – Day 2 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 23, 2021

 We’re back for the second day of the 3rd Hammer-Amicus Blogathon, hosted by Yours Truly and Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews. While the quantity of entries is somewhat smaller than Day 1, there’s no skimping on quality. Here, you’ll find mysteries, folk horror, a “ read more

Demons of the Mind

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 22, 2021

(1972) Directed by Peter Sykes; Written by Christopher Wicking; Original Story by Frank Godwin; Starring: Robert Hardy, Shane Briant, Gillian Hills, Yvonne Mitchell, Patrick Magee and Paul Jones; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½  After a one-year hiatus, I’m back with read more

The 3rd Hammer-Amicus Blogathon Has Arrived – Day 1 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 22, 2021

 After a one-year hiatus, the Hammer-Amicus Blogathon has risen from the grave for yet another round. Once again, my co-host extraordinaire, Gill Jacob from Realweegiemidget Reviews has joined me to preside over the three-day blogging event. We’d like to extend a big thanks to our regular read more

This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 10, 2021

(1967) Directed by José Mojica Marins; Written by Aldenora De Sa Porto and José Mojica Marins; Starring: José Mojica Marins, Tina Wohlers, Nadia Freitas, Antonio Fracari and Jose Lobo; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ***½  “When I shot Inferno em Cores (Hell in Colors), read more

Silent September V Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 30, 2021

 Orochi (1925) Tsumasaburô Bandô stars as Heisaburo Kuritomi, a disgraced samurai. After being castigated by his master for a fight he didn’t initiate, he’s marked as a troublemaker. His life only continues to take a downward spiral from there, after he’s eventually banished read more

The Epic of Everest

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 24, 2021

(1924) Written and directed by Captain John Noel; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: *****  “To us Everest was but a mountain – a thing of rock and ice and snow. To the Tibetans she was more – she was what they named her, ‘Chomolungma,’ ‘Goddess Mother of read more

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 19, 2021

 (1926) Directed by: Harry Edwards; Written by: Frank Capra, Tim Whelan, Hal Conklin, J. Frank Holliday, Gerald C. Duffy and Murray Roth; Starring: Harry Langdon, Joan Crawford, Edwards Davis, Tom Murray and Alec B. Francis; Available on DVD (included on Harry Langdon… The Forgotten Clown read more

The Man Who Laughs

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 11, 2021

 (1928) Directed by Paul Leni; Written by J. Grubb Alexander (Adaptation) and Walter Anthony (Titles); Based on the novel L'Homme Qui Rit by Victor Hugo; Starring: Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Olga Baclanova, Brandon Hurst, Cesare Gravina, Stuart Holmes and Josephine Crowell; Available on Blu-ra read more

August Quick Picks and Pans

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

 101 Reykjavik (2000) 30-year-old, unemployed slacker Hlynur (Hilmir Snær Guðnason) lives an aimless existence, living with his middle-aged mother in a small flat. Instead of looking for work, he spends his nights drinking, going to parties and getting laid. Things take an unexpected change whe read more

Serial Mom

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 28, 2021

(1994) Written and directed by John Waters; Starring: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard, Mink Stole and Mary Jo Catlett; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½ “‘All My Trials’ was the chapter in Shock Value about going to murder trials all over read more
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