House of Dracula (1945)

With all the famous Universal monsters teaming up in a single movie (yes, I know they already did it in House of Frankenstein, but I haven’t seen that one yet, so shut up) I was actually pretty interested in seeing House of Dracula. I mean, this is a classic monster mash up picture, with Dracula […]

Paris Is Burning (1990)

From what I’ve read, when Jennie Livingston’s Paris Is Burning was originally released, it took both the critics and the film festival circuit by storm, and it’s not hard to see why. It really speaks volumes that the film feels as important today as it did when it originally came out in the early 90s. […]

The Mummy’s Hand (1940)

How strange that instead of immediately making a sequel to the original 1932 The Mummy, which was a success at the box office and starred Universal’s rising star Boris Karloff, the executives instead chose to wait several years before any follow up, and when they finally did do another movie with the mummy, it was […]

Skidoo (1968)

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia, it’s been said that Groucho Marx took LSD in preparation for his role as God (as in, a guy named God who’s running a crime syndicate, not the Judeo-Christian god God) in this movie. In retrospect, I wish I had been able to take some acid too when watching […]

After the Ball / Après le Bal (1897)

Youtube really has become a treasure trove when it comes to finding relatively obscure public domain silent films made in the late 19th century. It’s a niché interest, I admit.  But anyway, case in point, without Youtube I probably never would have seen Georges Méliès‘ After the Ball, starring Jehanne d’Alcy, the future wife of […]

Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

No, that is not a typo in the release year, this is indeed a 129 years old film. In fact the film is considered to be the oldest surviving film known to man. The catch? It’s scarcely two seconds long. Which begs to question: Is there any point to write about a silent film that […]

Henry Fool (1997)

It feels both sad and good to have finally finished the Henry Fool Trilogy, even if it meant watching them slightly out of order, starting with Fay Grim (not knowing it was a sequel), then moving on to it’s follow-up and trilogy concluding Ned Rifle, and now completing the set with the very first installment, […]

The Grass Is Greener (1960)

Funny, I hadn’t realized until just now that this was chronologically the very next project Grant did after Operation Petticoat, of which I had just written about. I suppose this is what you’d call synchronicity? Now that we’re entering the 60s we’re starting to get dangerously near the end of Cary Grant’s acting career and […]

Operation Petticoat (1959 )

There are numerous reasons as to why Operation Petticoat is such a misfire as a military farce but by far the biggest reason for its failure to amuse and provide laughter is easily its central comedic premise: a submarine crew during World War II is forced to house a group of evacuated female nurses, and […]

The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

Starring Kitty Winn as Helen and Al Pacino as Bobby, the Panic in Needle Park is a sad and unusual love story of two addicts whose codependency on narcotics and each other drives them towards the  road of pain, abuse and betrayal. Although we do not reach Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream levels of soul […]