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Something Weird

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Feb 26, 2023

(1967) Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis; Written by James F. Hurley; Starring: Tony McCabe, Elizabeth Lee, William Brooker, Mudite Arums, Ted Heil and Lawrence J. Aberwood; Available on DVD  Rating: ***  “The witch has a painting on her leg, which is a mouth. There are areas in h read more

Double Take: The Stepford Wives

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Feb 21, 2023

 The times, they were a-changing. Ira Levin’s 1972 novel The Stepford Wives,* reflected the evolving sociopolitical climate of the turbulent late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when many women, tired of being regarded as second-class citizens, and shackled by domestic life, demanded mor read more

Announcing The Futurethon

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Feb 7, 2023

 “Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future…” – Criswell (Plan 9 from Outer Space) Oh, the futureR read more

Short Take: Along with Ghosts

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 31, 2023

 (1969) Directed by Yoshiyuki Kuroda and Kimiyoshi Yasuda; Written by Tetsurô Yoshida; Starring: Kôjirô Hongô, Pepe Hozumi, Masami Burukido, Mutsuhiro and Yoshindo Yamaji; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ***½  “I’m the guardian of this place, the Onizuka. read more

Japan-uary XII Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 25, 2023

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (2020) In this clever sci-fi/comedy, Kato (Kazunari Tosa), a coffee shop owner, inadvertently discovers the means to see events two minutes in the future via his home computer. Soon, his friends and plucky co-worker attempt to   delve further into the myster read more

Hiruko the Goblin

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 19, 2023

 (1991) Written and directed by Shin'ya Tsukamoto; Story by Koji Tsutsumi; Based on the manga by Daijirô Morohoshi; Starring: Kenji Sawada, Masaki Kudou, Hideo Murota, Naoto Takenaka, Megumi Ueno and Chika Asamoto; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ***½   “… read more

Short Take: The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 8, 2023

 (1957) Directed by Mitsuo Murayama; Written by Hajime Takaiwa; Starring: Ryûji Shinagawa, Yoshirô Kitahara, Junko Kanô, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi, Ikuko Môri, Ichirô Izawa and Shizuo Chûjô; Available on Blu-ray  Rating: ***  “Light has a fixed wavelength. The human eye is the read more

Documentary December Quick Picks and Pans

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

 Night and Fog (1956) 10 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, French filmmaker Alain Resnais revisited the grounds of the infamous concentration camp. The bucolic, tranquil surroundings (filmed in color), belie the fact that this was once the backdrop for some of the greatest atrocities per read more

Burden of Dreams

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 15, 2022

 (1982) Directed by Les Blank; Written by Michael Goodwin (Narration); Narrated by Candace Laughlin; Starring: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Mick Jagger; Available on DVD  Rating: ****½   “When I came back to Germany, and I had to hol read more

The Third Man

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 4, 2022

(1949) Directed by Carol Reed; Screenplay by Graham Greene; Based on a novella by Graham Greene; Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Paul Hörbiger, Ernst Deutsch, Erich Ponto; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: *****  “Carol Reed is the kind of dir read more

November Quick Picks and Pans

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

 Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) This gripping thriller from director Roy Ward Baker takes place over the course of one tense night. After being dumped by his lounge singer girlfriend Lyn (Anne Bancroft, in her first feature film), airline pilot Jed Towers (Richard Widmark) looks for some re read more

Favorites from 1978

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 20, 2022

Several months ago, I was challenged by Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews to discuss my top five favorite movies from 1978. As many film fans know, it was such an exceptional year for movies. The plethora of choices made it difficult to narrow down my picks – so difficult, in fact, that I dec read more

The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon – Final Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 31, 2022

 As George Harrison once wrote, all things must pass, and so it goes with the Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon. On behalf of Gill Jabob from Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly, we’d like to give a hearty thanks to everyone who took part, as well as our dear readers! read more

The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon – Day 3 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 30, 2022

Where did the weekend go? We’ve already reached Day 3 of the Devilishly Delightfully Donald Pleasence Blogathon, hosted by Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly! Tonight, we present a quartet of posts for your enjoyment. Note: There will be a post-blogathon wrap-up tomorrow, read more

Circus of Horrors

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 30, 2022

 (1960) Directed by Sidney Hayers; Written by George Baxt; Starring: Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasence, Jane Hylton, Kenneth Griffith and Yvonne Romain; Available on Blu-ray and DVD.  Rating: ***½  This post is part of the Devilishly Delightful Don read more

The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon – Day 2 Recap

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

 We’re back for Day Two of the Devilishly Delightfully Donald Pleasence Blogathon, hosted by Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly! Please enjoy today’s posts, covering some film and television titles that might have slipped beneath the radar.It’s not too late read more

The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon Is Here – Day 1 Recap

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

 Welcome to Day One of the Devilishly Delightfully Donald Pleasence Blogathon! My superb co-host Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly are proud to present this three-day event, celebrating versatile, enigmatic character actor Donald Pleasence. We have a bumper crop of posts fo read more

Horror Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 25, 2022

We Are the Night (2010) Lena (Karoline Herfurth), a small-time thief with a troubled past, finds a strange kinship among a group of vampires. She initially enjoys her new-found freedom as an immortal being, but soon discovers the terrible price that comes along with her transformation. Things get es read more

The Devil Bat

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 16, 2022

                                          (1940) Directed by: Jean Yarbrough; Written by John T. Neville; Story by George Bricker; Starring: read more

The Legend of Hell House

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 10, 2022

(1973) Directed by John Hough; Written by Richard Matheson (based on his novel, Hell House); Starring: Roddy McDowall, Pamela Franklin, Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt and Roland Culver; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** Dr. Lionel Barrett (Clive Revill): "Is there anything you’d care read more
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