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Announcing The Third Hammer-Amicus Blogathon

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 15, 2021

Due to the pandemic, 2020 was a difficult year for many. For most of us, that meant putting our plans (big and small) on the back burner, while we dreamed of better days ahead. Although we’ve seen a glimmer of hope in 2021, it’s been a trifle premature to celebrate everything getting bac read more

Russia Month Quick Picks and Pans

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

 The Cranes are Flying (1957) Veronika (Tatyana Samoylova) is in love with Boris (Aleksey Batalov), but their romance is interrupted when he enlists in the army. After her family’s home is bombed by the Germans, she’s forced to move in with Boris’ family, and she’s subse read more

Viy

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 26, 2021

 (1967) Directed by: Konstantin Ershov and Georgiy Kropachyov; Written by Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov and Aleksandr Ptushko; Based on the story by Nikolay Gogol; Starring: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin, Vadim Zakharchenko and Pyotr Vesklyarov; Available on Blu-ray read more

Short Take: Sadko

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 13, 2021

 (1953) Directed by Aleksandr Ptushko; Written by Konstantin Isaev; Based on the opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Starring: Sergey Stolyarov, Alla Larionova, Ninel Myshkova, B. Surovtsevand, Mikhail Troyanovskiy and Nadir Malishevsky; Available on DVD Rating: **** “The wise man boasts read more

Cryptid Month Quick Picks and Pans

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

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994) Writer/director John Sayles brings us this gentle tall tale, steeped in Irish folklore (based on the children’s book, Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry, by Rosalie K. Fry). After losing her mother, Fiona (Jeni Courtney), is sent to live with her grandparents in a qui read more

Bigfoot and Friends

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 21, 2021

 Considering the most popular cryptid of them all practically resides in my backyard, here in the Pacific Northwest, it didn’t take long to decide who deserved the spotlight this month. You don’t have to travel very far before you’re surrounded by miles and miles of dense fore read more

The Abominable Snowman

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 9, 2021

 (1957) Directed by Val Guest; Written by Nigel Kneale; Based on the BBC television play, The Creature, by Nigel Kneale; Starring: Peter Cushing, Forrest Tucker, Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis, Robert Brown, Arnold Marlé and Robert Brown; Available on Blu-Ray and DVD Rating: **** “The read more

May Quick Picks and Pans

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

The Singing Ringing Tree (1957) In this engaging adaptation of a Grimm fairy tale from East Germany’s DEFA studios, a sensitive, handsome prince (Eckart Dux) indulges the whims of a capricious princess (Christel Bodenstein). He brings her a magical tree, but she sends him away. After being cur read more

The Christopher Lee Blogathon – Wrap Up

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

 We’ve reached the end of another spectacular blogathon, and once again, we’re impressed with the range of topics from our exceptionally talented participants. But as anyone familiar with ‘80s television can confirm, wait… There’s more! We have another batch of fab read more

The Christopher Lee Blogathon – Day 3 Recap

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

 Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews and I are back for the third day of the Christopher Lee Blogathon. We have another eclectic line-up of blog posts for your perusal. But wait! In the immortal words of sports great Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Due to some read more

The Christopher Lee Blogathon – Day 2 Recap

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

Whew! I hope you’ve had time to catch your breath, dear reader, because it’s time for Day Two of the Christopher Lee Blogathon. Today, you’ll find seven spectacular posts spanning multiple genres, from historical drama, to sword and sandal, and westerns.   If you plan to part read more

The Pirates of Blood River

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

 (1962) Directed by John Gilling; Written by John Hunter and John Gilling; Story by Jimmy Sangster; Starring: Kerwin Matthews, Glenn Corbett, Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir, Marla Landi, Oliver Reed, Michael Ripper and Peter Arne; Available on DVD. Rating: ***½ “Tarted up with palms read more

The Christopher Lee Blogathon Is Here – Day 1 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 21, 2021

 After months of planning, the big day has finally arrived. Yours Truly and my co-host with the most, Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews, proudly present Day 1 of the Christopher Lee Blogathon! It’s an honor to dedicate this three-day event to one of my all-time favorite actors, who w read more

The Hidden

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 13, 2021

(1987) Directed by Jack Sholder; Written by Jim Kouf (as Bob Hunt); Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clu Gulager, Ed Ross and William Boyett; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½  “In a span of 12 hours, I’ve got five bodies, not counting Mill read more

Bug Month Quick Picks and Pans

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

 The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971) Dr. Nils Hellstrom (Lawrence Pressman) serves as our guide to the overlooked world of insects and arachnids in this pseudo-documentary, directed by Walon Green and Ed Spiegel. Supposedly shunned by the academic community for his controversial theories, Hellstrom read more

Mimic

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

 (1997) Directed by Guillermo del Toro; Written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins; Based on the short story, “Mimic,” by Donald A. Wollheim; Starring: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin, Giancarlo Giannini, Charles S. Dutton and Josh Brolin; Available on Blu-ray read more

Tarantula

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 18, 2021

(1955) Directed by Jack Arnold; Written by Robert M. Fresco and Martin Berkeley; Story by Jack Arnold and Robert M. Fresco; Starring: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll, Nestor Paiva and Ross Elliott; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ***½  Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar):  read more

Phase IV

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 7, 2021

 (1974) Directed by Saul Bass; Written by Mayo Simon; Starring: Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy and Lynne Frederick; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ****  Note: This article is an expanded version of a capsule review, originally posted in November 2014.  “They̵ read more

March Quick Picks and Pans

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

The Flesh and the Fiends (1960) Director/co-writer John Gilling’s lurid dramatization of Burke and Hare’s real-life exploits is consistently compelling, remaining one of the best versions of the tale. George Rose and Donald Pleasence play the notorious pair of ne'er-do-wells who supply D read more

Announcing the Christopher Lee Blogathon

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

 Note: As my friends on Twitter can attest, it’s been a bit of a rough week, with my family’s beloved cat, Buster, missing. Despite this unfortunate setback, I have decided that “the show must go on,” so I can give everyone ample time for the following event… Afte read more
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