Monday, May 28, 2007


Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970): A truly bizarre, fascinating motion picture. The kind of movie only a film critic could write, a concentraded, deliberate, "make-it-up-as-they-go-along", contradictory fantasy of tits and melodrama. As trashy as the times, A-

The Tingler (1959): A shockingly excellent B-movie with the legendary Vincent Price, and as great as a movie about a centipede that will grow in your back if you can't scream. Not as fun as if I could have seen in Percepto-style in the theater (they would buzz some of the chairs, and of course, the only way to kill the Tingler is to scream, as brilliant a gimmick as I've seen), but damn, even though the tingler is cheesy-looking, it's an excellent film and actually takes some unexpected turns, including a stunner of a twist near the conclusion, B+

Odd Man Out (1947): An excellent, despairing, hopeless film with the great James Mason as an IRA agent who gets shot in a bank heist gone wrong and wandered the streets slowly dying from a gunshot wound. A surprisingly amount of character development for the times and genre, well-acted but a bit repetitive in spots and a tad overlong, but still, quality, B

I've already spoken about Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: B+

Emperor of the North (Pole) (1973), a strange, undeciding film that is mostly interesting for Ernest Borgnine knocking hobos out with a hammer and Lee Marvin dodging him. That's pretty much the entire film right there: Ernest Borgnine knocks hobos out with a hammer, Lee Marvin dodges him, and Keith Carradine is annoying and pointless. The film doesn't make a stand because it doesn't know who its enemies are and what it wants to do. C

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