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Short Take: Not of This Earth

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 1, 2019

(1957) Directed by Roger Corman; Written by: Charles B. Griffith and Mark Hanna; Starring: Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones, William Roerick, Jonathan Haze and Dick Miller; Available on DVD (Out of print) Rating: ***½ “Throwing in some tongue-in-cheek humor paid of read more

Roger Corman Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 29, 2019

The Haunted Palace (1963) Although the title is based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, it isn’t really a part of Corman’s Poe Cycle, but an adaptation (by Charles Beaumont) of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” This slow-moving, atmospheric movie features read more

The Intruder

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 22, 2019

(1962) Directed by Roger Corman; Written by Charles Beaumont; Based on the novel by Charles Beaumont; Starring: William Shatner, Beverly Lunsford, Robert Emhardt, Leo Gordon, Charles Barnes and Jeanne Cooper; Available on DVD Rating: **** “While those first Poe films in CinemaS read more

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 9, 2019

(1963) Directed by Roger Corman; Written by Robert Dillon and Ray Russell; Story by Ray Russell; Starring: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt and Don Rickles; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “I had numerous opportunities to join the Establishmen read more

Don’t Look Now

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 1, 2019

(1973) Directed by Nicholas Roeg; Written by Allan Scott and Chris Bryant; Based on a story by Daphe du Maurier; Starring: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½ “I love the very spine of the thing, the very read more

June Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 27, 2019

Seconds (1966) John Frankenheimer’s disturbing sci-fi thriller, based on a novel by John Ely, plays a bit like an extended Twilight Zone episode, with the central message that we must be careful of what we wish for. A jarring Saul Bass opening title sequence sets the stage for the tone of the read more

Moon Zero Two

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 17, 2019

(1969) Directed by Roy Ward Baker; Written by Michael Carreras; Story by Gavin Lyall, Frank Hardman and Gavin Davison; Starring: James Olson, Catherina Von Schell, Warren Mitchell, Adrienne Corri, Ori Levy and Bernard Bresslaw; Available on DVD (Warner Archive) Rating **½  read more

The 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon – The End…Or is it?

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 17, 2019

After months of planning, Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews and I have reached the end of The 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon. Once again, I’m floored by the volume of outstanding contributions, ranging across a variety of films and subjects. As much as we love Hammer and Amicus horror, we read more

The Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon Is Here – Day 3 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 16, 2019

It’s Day Three of the 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon, and this train isn’t showing any signs of stopping yet. My co-host with the most, Gill Jacob from Realweegiemidget Reviews and I have returned with another splendid assortment of posts for your perusal, with vampires, zombies, Fran read more

The 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon – Day 2 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 15, 2019

Welcome to Day Two of the 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon, hosted by Gill Jacob from Realweegiemidget Reviews and me! We had a tremendously diverse crop of posts yesterday, and today continues that trend, with spy movies, monsters, and more!   Watch this post for further updates. If yo read more

The 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon Is Here – Day 1 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 14, 2019

Sequels typically up the stakes, and this year’s follow-up to the Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon is no exception. I’m impressed with the diversity of posts, so far, covering a variety of subjects/films, including deep cuts from the respective Hammer and Amicus catalogs. I can’t wait read more

The Land That Time Forgot

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 14, 2019

(1974) Directed by Kevin Connor; Written by James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock; Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs; Starring: Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon, Keith Barron, Anthony Ainley and Bobby Parr; Available on Blu-ray and DVD (Out of print). Rating: *** read more

Nautical Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 30, 2019

Captain Blood (1935) Errol Flynn kills it in the star-making title role of Michael Curtiz’s swashbuckling epic, based on the book by Rafael Sabatini. After he treats a patient from the wrong side, the young, brilliant Dr. Blood is sentenced to ten years as a slave on a British Colony in Port R read more

Latitude Zero

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 23, 2019

(1969) Directed by Ishirô Honda; Written by Ted Sherdeman; Story by Ted Sherdeman; Starring: Joseph Cotten, Cesar Romero, Akira Takarada, Masumi Okada, Richard Jaeckel, Patricia Medina and Linda Haynes; Available on DVD Rating: *** Dr. Okada (Tetsu Nakamura): “You’re a mo read more

Lifeboat

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 18, 2019

(1944) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Screenplay by Jo Swerling; Story by John Steinbeck; Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Canada Lee and Hume Cronyn; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ****½ “The intent of read more

The Navigator

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 8, 2019

(1924) Directed by Buster Keaton and Donald Crisp; Written by Clyde Bruckman, Joseph A. Mitchell and Jean C. Havez: Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, and Frederick Vroom; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “Rollo Treadway – Heir to the Treadway fortune – read more

Sword & Sorcery Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 1, 2019

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924) This is the first of two films by director/co-writer Fritz Lang (with a script co-written by Thea von Harbou), based on an epic 11th century German poem. The story follows our protagonist Siegfried (Paul Richter), as he fights a dragon, secures a sword and magic helm read more

Conan the Destroyer

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 25, 2019

(1984) Directed by Richard Fleischer; Written by Stanley Mann; Story by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway; Based on the character created by Robert E. Howard; Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Olivia d'Abo, Wilt Chamberlain, Mako, Tracey Walter and Sarah Douglas; Available on: Blu-ray, DVD read more

Short Take: Hawk the Slayer

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 17, 2019

(1980) Directed by Terry Marcel; Written by Terry Marcel and Harry Robertson; Starring: Jack Palance, John Terry, Patricia Quinn, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter O'Farrell, Ray Charleson, William Morgan Sheppard and Cheryl Campbell; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: *** “I like a man read more

Dragonslayer

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 11, 2019

(1981) Directed by Matthew Robbins; Written by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins; Starring: Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam, Peter Eyre and Ian McDiarmid; Available on DVD Rating: ***½ “Oh, I know this creature of yours – Vermithrax Pejora read more
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