NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR

5 Stars
Year Released: 1922
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 64 minutes

Somewhere out there, there are movies which surpass the definitions of “classic”…


Posted on January 2, 2002 by

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

5 Stars
Year Released: 1984
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

FILM THREAT HOLIDAY REVIEW! If I were one who awarded stars to movies, this “Christmas Carol” would easily score the maximum…


Posted on December 23, 2001 by

FINAL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 111 minutes

IN THEATERS IN LIMITED RELEASE IN NY & LA! Shot digital for just over $100,000, and adapted from a bland, one-act premise, at first glance, Campbell Scott’s minimalist drama “Final” seems unremarkable…


Posted on December 7, 2001 by

THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE (El Espinazo del Diablo)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 106 minutes

ST. LOUIS INT’L FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone” surely defies being pigeonholed into a single genre…


Posted on November 18, 2001 by

STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

A lovingly arranged bio of the late director’s life and career…


Posted on November 6, 2001 by

LIFT

5 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

“Lift” tells the story of Necy, a stylish young black woman who sets floor displays for a ritzy Boston department store while quietly robbing it…


Posted on November 6, 2001 by

IRON MONKEY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 94 minutes

IN THEATERS! In “Iron Monkey,” Woo-Ping makes any fights he arranged in “The Matrix” look tame by comparison…


Posted on October 24, 2001 by

REEFER MADNESS

3 Stars
Year Released: 1936
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 67 minutes

CLAssIC DRUG MOVIE ON DVD! As pure camp, “Reefer Madness” is only half-successful. Yes, there are scenes that are hilariously over-the-top including an oldster run down by a baked teenager…


Posted on July 29, 2001 by

SOUTH

3 Stars
Year Released: 1919
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 0 minutes

Hurley’s “South” proves a riveting — if imbalanced — silent documentary of British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 bid to navigate the South Pole…


Posted on June 5, 2001 by

DRAGONSLAYER

3 Stars
Year Released: 1981
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 108 minutes

FANTASY FILM FEVER! In many ways, “Dragonslayer” is a realistic fairy tale. All of the classic pieces are here: heroes, bad guys, monsters, virgins in peril, mysticism and staggering odds…


Posted on May 22, 2001 by

CLASH OF THE TITANS

3 Stars
Year Released: 1981
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 118 minutes

FANTASY FILM FEVER! While liberal in its take of Greek myth, one could do worse than “Clash of The Titans” for a crash course on the subject — a colorful tale of the heroic, half-god Perseus…


Posted on May 22, 2001 by

KRULL

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 1983
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 121 minutes

FANTASY FILM FEVER! When “Krull” debuted way back in 1983, I recall feeling intrigued about it: a flashy cross between “Dungeons & Dragons” and “Gamma World,” while melding elements of other fantasy role-playing games…


Posted on May 22, 2001 by

CONAN THE DESTROYER

2 Stars
Year Released: 1984
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103 minutes

FANTASY FILM FEVER! The “Conan” sequel is a movie with no real value, except for its campier qualities…


Posted on May 22, 2001 by

HOLIDAY INN

3 Stars
Year Released: 1942
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

FILM THREAT HOLIDAY REVIEW! The idea behind “Holiday Inn” couldn’t be simpler nor more “old Hollywood”…


Posted on December 25, 2000 by

RIFIFI

4 Stars
Year Released: 1955
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 115 minutes

RE-RELEASED IN 2000! Roughly translated as “Rough and Tumble,” Director Jean Dassin’s “Rififi” already stands as a fine example of American film noir via Paris, France…


Posted on December 13, 2000 by

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