Random Film of the Week: Brainstorm (1983)

A few years back, The second thing I thought of when Facebook snapped up “virtual reality” headset maker Oculus was this flawed but still incredible 1983 sci-fi film directed by Douglas Trumbull. Unfortunately, Brainstorm slipped into theaters under the dark … Continue reading

Random Film of the Week Quickie: DEAD END

I love Dead End for a few reasons. It’s a great film based off a stage play that yep, both looks and feels stagey, but that works highly in its favor. It’s a classic Old New York City film just … Continue reading

Random Film of the Week: Dracula/Horror of Dracula (1958)

Amusingly enough, I was wearing a Famous Monsters of Filmland T-shirt I got as a gift when I ran into an older neighbor in the supermarket last week who mentioned that as a kid, her parents took her to see … Continue reading

Random Film of the Week Quickie: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

I first saw this really awful and brilliantly bad sci-fi flick very late at night some years ago and again recently after overhearing someone in a diner hilariously recast the Avengers movies as period pieces set in the early 60’s. … Continue reading

Random Film of The Week: Starship Troopers

Someone call up Guinness, please, because I can very likely tell you of the world’s shortest class trip that doesn’t involve anything dangerous happening. Back in 1997, I went to see Starship Troopers on its release day, opting not to … Continue reading

Random Film of the Week: The Split (1968)

As crime capers go, Gordon Flemyng’s 1968 action/thriller The Split is flawed, but pretty good, even if the big money haul it showcases would be 100% impossible if attempted today. Granted, 2010’s The Town presented a similar heist that was … Continue reading

Random Film of the Week Quickie: Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight)

A few years ago, I was sitting in a diner waiting for a few friends to arrive and overheard two guys in the booth behind me debating whether or not Orson Welles was a good filmmaker. Wait, what?  My ears … Continue reading

Random Film of the Week: Gold Diggers of 1933

(Thanks, Classic Fun!) For too many reasonable to reasonably odd reasons, after all these years, I’d never seen ALL of the Mervyn LeRoy/Busby Berkeley film extravaganza that is Gold Diggers of 1933. I’d seen the fantastic beginning many years back … Continue reading

Random Film of the Week: Doctor X (DVD)

Let’s just say that as a kid of, oh, seven or eight years old back in the 70’s, I had no idea (not a clue!) what I was watching when the local public TV station ran Doctor X so very … Continue reading

(Not-So) Random Film of the Week: Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon is a story which does not depend upon surprise. What is important is not what is going to happen, but how it will happen. –Stanley Kubrick My first introduction to Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon was via the most likely … Continue reading