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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

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
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