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A History of Violence

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 2, 2019

(2005) Directed by David Cronenberg; Written by Josh Olson; Based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke; Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes and Peter MacNeill; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “…the audience read more

Cronenberg Month Quick Picks and Pans

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

Spider (2002) Director David Cronenberg and writer Patrick McGrath (who also wrote the novel the film is based upon) present an intricately woven study of a profoundly disturbed man, played by Ralph Fiennes. After spending years in an asylum, Spider is released into the custody of a boarding house. read more

Fast Company

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 20, 2019

(1979) Directed by David Cronenberg; Written by David Cronenberg, Phil Savath and Courtney Smith; Starring: William Smith, Claudia Jennings, John Saxon, Nicholas Campbell, Don Francks, Cedric Smith and Judy Foster; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: *** “Fast Company to me is r read more

The 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon – Participant Roster

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 19, 2019

We’re back for round two, with The 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon, running June 14th-16th, and hosted by Yours Truly along with my superb co-host Gill Jacob from Realweegiemidget Reviews. You can find all the details here. So far, we have a fantastic line-up, but there’s plenty of roo read more

Announcing The 2nd Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon

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

  We’re back! After last year’s blogathon, Gill Jacob (of Realweegiemidget Reviews) and I had so much fun, we decided to do a repeat. This year, we’re hoping to make this three-day-plus event bigger and better. Popular favorites are always welcome, but we’re encouragin read more

Videodrome

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 10, 2019

(1983) Written and directed by David Cronenberg; Starring: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson and Jack Creley; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “…what if the images that you pulled up were really quite extreme, disturbing, possib read more

February Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Feb 28, 2019

The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) In this thriller with a paranormal twist, photographer Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway), known for her controversial photos, watches as her models are killed off one by one. The twist is that she sees their deaths before they occur, through the eyes of the killer. The exceptio read more

Two Thousand Maniacs!

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Feb 24, 2019

(1965) Written and directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis; Starring: Connie Mason, William Kerwin, Jeffrey Allen, Shelby Livingston, Jerome Eden, Gary Bakeman; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: *** “They couldn’t tell what we were. We were outlaws in a sense, and yet we were read more

The Company of Wolves

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

(1984) Directed by Neil Jordan; Written by Angela Carter and Neil Jordan; Based on a story by Angela Carter; Starring: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Stephen Rea and Micha Bergese; Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Amazon Prime Rating: ***½ “The one thing we did read more

Japan-uary VIII Quick Picks and Pans

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

The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979) Director/co-writer Kazuhiko Hasegawa’s thought-provoking film is the darkest of comedies, told from the perspective of a country that has lived under the nuclear shadow. Makoto Kido (Kenji Sawada) is an eccentric high school science teacher who decides to creat read more

The Great Yokai War (aka: Yôkai Daisensô)

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 28, 2019

(2005) Directed by Takashi Miike; Written by Takashi Miike, Mitsuhiko Sawamura and Takehiko Itakura; Based on the novel Teito Monogatari by Hiroshi Aramata, and the works of Shigeru Mizuki; Starring: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Chiaki Kuriyama, Bunta Sugawara and Kaho Minami; Available on read more

Short Take: Tetsuo: The Iron Man

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

(1989) Written and directed by Shin'ya Tsukamoto; Starring: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka and Shin'ya Tsukamoto; Available on Blu-ray (Region B), DVD and Amazon Prime Rating: *** “In my films, technology is terrifying but still convenient. The theme is the conflict read more

The Castle of Cagliostro

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

(1979) Directed by Hayao Miyazaki; Written by Hayao Miyazaki and Haruya Yamazaki; Based on the manga series by Monkey Punch; Based on characters by Maurice Leblanc; Starring: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Makio Inoue, Gorô Naya, Sumi Shimamoto and Tarô Ishida; Available on Blu-ray read more

Dystopian December Quick Picks and Pans

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

The 10th Victim (1965) In the near future (which looks conspicuously like the ‘60s), a deadly international competition known as “The Hunt,” consisting of ten matches, alternating between hunter and victim, has taken the place of wars. Caroline Meredith (Ursula Andress), in her ten read more

Dead End Drive-In

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 30, 2018

(1986) Written by Brian Trenchard-Smith; Written by Peter Smalley; Based on the story “Crabs,” by Peter Carey; Starring: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford and Wilbur Wilde; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½ “I have a motto: If in doubt, blow it up, o read more

Acción Mutante

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 24, 2018

(1993) Directed by Álex de la Iglesia; Written by Jorge Guerricaechevarría and Álex de la Iglesia; Starring: Antonio Resines, Álex Angulo, Frédérique Feder, Juan Viadas, Saturnino García and Fernando Guillén; Available on DVD Rating: ***½ “You can conclude that I am read more

Soylent Green

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 16, 2018

(1973) Directed by Richard Fleischer; Written by Stanley R. Greenberg; Based on the novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison; Starring: Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Joseph Cotten, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors and Brock Peters; Available on DVD. Rating: **** “The read more

1984

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 6, 2018

(1984) Written and directed by Michael Radford; Based on the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell; Starring: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack and Gregor Fisher; Available on DVD Rating: **** “Winston, you were thinking that my face is old and tired read more

November Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 1, 2018

Razorback (1984) Music video director Russell Mulcahy made his audacious feature film debut with this stylish tale of man against nature. An American TV journalist (Judy Morris) travels to a remote Australian town for her animal abuse investigation, where she’s met with hostility and indiffere read more

Short Takes: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 29, 2018

(1956) Directed by Don Siegel; Written by Daniel Mainwaring; Based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney; Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Jean Willes and Ralph Dumke; Available on: Blu-ray (Olive Films) and DVD Rating: **** read more
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