Friday 19 March 2021


 The Last Fight (1983)

True Identity (1991) - Feels like a Screen Two, despite how much money Disney threw at it.

Your Cheatin' Heart (1964) - Did they cast the wrong George Hamilton?

Amok Train (1989) - Jesus, this is one good looking film. 

Brothers in Blood (1987) - the only Vietnam war film to have a lead be a soldier turned avant-garde spoken word artist drag performer. 

slugs (1988) - Eh.

Shadow of the Vampire (2001) - It's a one joke premise.

Original Gangstas (1996)

A Gnome named Gnorm (1990)

Weapons of Death (1977) - Tonally a mess

The Boy who Stole a million (1960) - Sub-Euston comedy.

Wicked Stepmother (1988) - What was Cohen thinking?

Fortresss (1992)

Disembodied (1998)

The Cat (1992) - Bonkers, vilent Hong Kong horror/action about an alien cat. 

Death Becomes Her (1992) - It's just a feature length Tales from the Crypt.

Baby Blood (1990) - French attempt at comedy gore. 

Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) - Natasha Lyonne seemed suited to 70s period dramedies. 

To Sleep with Anger (1989) - A stressful, confrontatonal film. Danny Glover's smile, grr...

Afraid of the Dark (1991) - A quota quickie for the 90s.

Pin (1988)

The Unholy Three (1925)

The Green Fog (2017) - Guy Maddin edits lots of film of San Francisco together.

See also Cowards Bend the Knee (2003) and Careful (1991) and The Saddet Music in the World (2003), The Forbidden Room (2015), Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997), Keyhole  (2011), Brand it on the Brain (2003)

Bay of Angels (1963) - Typical Demy.

Mystics in Bali (1981)

Poltergeist ii (1986)/Poltergeist III (1988)

Poison for the Fairies (1986)

5 Women for the Killer (1974) - Dreary giallo with Francis Matthews.

Philadelphia Here I Come (1975) - The American Film Theatre captures 70s Irelan, a world of Quix and Vim and Flash and Boland's biscuits, and Kellogg's corn flakes.  And all the Irish stars.  Young 

Mutilations (1987) - Ambitious stop-motion aliens vs Oklahoma am-drammers. 

The 2 Marshalls (1960) - More Toto.

Shackout on 101 (1955) - Weird to see Lee Marvin young. 

Once Upon A Girl (1976) - It' horrible. Cartoon fairytale porn, with  Hal Smith doing a variant of his Winnie the Pooh voice as Mother Goose and the voice of Frank Welker.

Nightmare Beach (1989) - Almost refuses to be a slasher. 

Hail Mafia (1965)  - Shadow blend around the actors., Jack Klugman's prematurely aged face hanging out of darkness The cheapness of the film just helps.

Prelude to Happiness (1975) - Amputee romance. Bizarre artefact.

Black Candles (1982)  - Larraz makes a basic Satanic sex film, set in England.  

Executive Koala (2005) - Oddly enchanting. 

Seeding of a Ghost (1983) Typical Shaw honron.

Ishtar (1987)

New Jack City (1991), King of New York (1991), Bad Lieutenant (1992) - Get these confused.

Reversal of Fortune (1990)/Six Degrees of Separation (1993) - I often get these confused too. 

Street Trash (1987) - Typical gorecom grot.

Been watching a lot of NYC movies - Cadillac Man (1990), Boomerang (1992), Blue Steel (1990), Hudson Hawk (1991), Who's That Man (1993), Palermo Connection (1990), Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991), Out for Justice (1991), In the Spirit (1990), The Refrigerator (1991),  A Shock to the System (1990), Lonely in America (1990), What about Me (1993) The Hard Way (19991), All the Vermeers in New York (1991), Still Life (1990),  Funny About Love (1990), The Pickle (1993), Maniac Cop 2 (1992). Maniac Cop 3 (1993), Awakenings (1990), the Super (1992), Strictly Business (1991), Green Card (1990), Ghost (1990), Street Hitz (1992), Sinners (1990), By the Sword (1991), State of Grace (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), II Secret of the Ooze (1991), New York Cop (1993), Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1991), Metropolitan (1990), Q and A (1990)Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD (1990), Men of Respect (1991), Jacob's Ladder (1990), Presumed Innocent (1990), Mo Better Blues (1990), Do the Right Thing (1990), Pillow Talk (1959), Funny Girl (1969), Johnny Suede (1991), Straight out of Brooklyn (1991), Billy Bathgate (1991), Naked in New York (1993 - an indie Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992),  The Night we Never Met (1992), the Saint of Fort Washington (1993), Home alone 2 (1992), Malcolm X (1992), the Fisher King (1991) Prince of Tides (1991), Scent of a Woman (1992, with added Munsters), Mac (1992), Sugar Hill (1992),Frankie and Johnny (1991), Night and the City (1992), The Wedding Banquet (1993), Other People's Money (1993), Laws of Gravity (1992), Deceived (1991), Chain of Desire (1992), A Stranger Among Us (1992), Queens Logic (1991), Single White Female (1992), Light Sleeper (1992), Staying Alive (1983), The Pickup Artist (1988), Vampire's Kiss (1988), Plutonium Baby (1987), Call Me (1988), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), Running on Empty (1988), Crossover Dreams (1985), Robot Holocaust (1986), Family business (1989), Special Effects (1984), Perfect Strangers (1984), Cobat Shock (1986), the Oracle (1986), Necropolis (1987), Prime Evil (1987), Tenement (1985), Lurkers (1986), The Undertaker (1988), Black Rain (1989), Legal Eagles (1986), Forever Lulu (1987), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Call me (1988), Rooftops (1989), Beyond Therapy (1987), Sea of Love (1989), Slime City (1988), Splatter University (1984), Last Rites (1988), True Believer (1989), Someone to Watch over me (1986), Eat a bowl of tea (1989), Slaves of New York (1989), Roseland (1978), True Blood (1989), Body Rock (1984), Lonely Guy (1984), Unfaithfully yours (1984), True Love (1989), Sidewalk Stories (1990), Romantic Comedy (1983), Trilogy (1969), Old Enough (1984) World according to Garp (1982), Crocodile Dundee (1986), Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989), Fast Forward (1985), Wild Style (1983), Mutant hunt (1986), A Rage in HArlem (1991), Stuck on You (1982), the plot against Harry (1971)

Whispers in the Dark (1992) - This cost $30 million. A "too classy to be a horror" "erotic thriller" with Alan Alda as a murderous nutter? 

Freelance (1971) - Nice, sleazy turn from Peter Gilmore.

L'Amour de Braque (1985) Gallic nonsense.

Victor/Victoria (1982) - Nice to see Michael Robbins. 

Night of the Living Dead (1990) -

Monday 8 March 2021


 100 Days (1991)  - Bollywood giallo.

Stone in the Mouth (1983) - Bland thriller with Harvey Keitel.

Walking the Edge (1984)-  Half-arsed vigilante movie with Robert Forster and Nancy Kwan 

Hard Target (1993)- Serviceable but entertaining actioner, but never reaches the madness it quite needs.

Scrubbers (1983) - It's like a Magdalene home but they watch the Long Good Friday on VHS. Features as the borstal staff lesbian icons Pam St. Clement and Miriam Margolyes, plus Dana Gillespie and Pauline Melville. 

Fantasma D'Amore (1981)- Michael Kroecher is a delightfully weird presence. 

Revenge of the Radioactive Reporter (1990)- Dipshit Toxic Avenger, then Dipshit Darkman.

 Laser Mission (1989) - Brandon Lee tries to be a Bond-type. He looks a bit Duncan Jax here.

Girl with a Pistol (1968) - London-set swinging Italian comedy.

The Loves and Times of Scaramouche (1976) - The Italian Royal Flash?

Les Ordres (1974) - Cold, clinical Canadian drama.

Leonard Part 6 (1987) - Err, it's as bad as I feared. Joe Don Baker is wasted. Poor Tom Courtenay, especially as he'd stopped acting in films for a decade before the Dresser relaunched him, and then he decides to do this?!? 

Train D'Enfer (1966) - Rote Eurospy with Jean Marais.

Il Sorpasso (1962) - Amiable routine Italian comedy.

The Cossacks (1961) - Rote Italian would-be epic.

Wake Up and Die (1966) - A proto-Eurocrimer.

I Deal in Danger (1966) - TVseries Blue Light with Bob Goulet transferred to the big screen.

Crooks in Cloisters (1963) - Amiable all-star Britcom.

Isabel (1968)

Slap af Frede (1966)- Danish spy "Comedy".

Duel of Champions (1961) - Alan Ladd looks sick here.

Buddha (1961)  - Lots of Japanese-looking "Indians" in this sumptuous but hard to follow epic.

Lion Man (1976)

2 Colonels (1960) - Toto and Walter Pidgeon, together at last.

THe Phantom of the Ritz (1989) - Snooze.

See also Torment (1986) - despite a neat idea with a final girl. 

Innocent Prey (1984) - Bland Aussie slasher. Ironically if they'd actually shot the Texas stuff in Australia, it'd have been more fun.

The Corpse Eaters (1974)- Homemade Canadian gore.

Miami Blues (1991) - Amiable, faux-Coen Brothers lark. 

The Purple Ball (1987)

Wolshead - the Legend of Robin Hood (1969) - Dismal pilot for an Arthur of the Britons-type series.

The Last of the Knucklemen (1978) - An excellent collection of Aussie character actors. 

Byleth (1972) - Ropey Italian horror. 

Bad Charleston Charlie (1972) - Ropey gangster comedy.

The Horse (1970) - Typical Gabin.

Dracula's Daughter (1972) - Typical Jess Franco smut. 

Bad Charleston Charlie (1972) - Ropey gangster schlock. 

Cut Throats Nine (1972) - Bleak, tough but authentic feeling Spanish western.

The Intruder (1975) - A typical Florida tax shelter film that was never made to be released.

Tales from the Hood (1995) - Better than Boyz N THe Hood (1991), simply because of Clarence Williams III. 

She Came to the Valley (1979) - Peculiar, weirdly 50s type western. 

Satanico Pandemonium (1975)

Hard Knocks (1980) - Dreary delinquency from Australia. 

Revenge (1986) - 80s Oklahoma slasher shite. How did they get Pat Wayne into this?

Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981) - Amanda Plummer and Diane Lane plus Burt Lancaster in an anachronistic-feeling western. 

The American Scream (1989) - Not the fun the video cover promotes, but a hideously ropey snow-slasher/sex comedy. 

Long Island Cannibal Massacre (1980) - It's a Ronseal kind of film. 

Akenfield (1974) - Didn't realise Peter Hall's epic of rural English life was contemporary set.

An American Hippie in Israel (1972) 

Eliza Fraser (1976)

Mutant (1984)

Lone Wolf (1988) - Werewolf versus, wait, they're teenagers?

Interface (1985) - Low budget, charmless Texan cyberpunk.

In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal (1986)

Boomerang (1976) - Routine Delon vehicle.

The Legend of Blood Castle (1975)

The Cop (1970) - Routine Eurocrime.

Watch Me When I Kill (1977) - Generic giallo.

Mamba (1988) - Rote snake horror with Mrs. Sting. 

Stone (1974) - Routine biker adventure, but being Austalian, that adds a lot.

Hell River (1974) - Half-baked but somewhat charming war film with Rod Taylor again doing his quarter-arsed American accent (still sounds Aussie, mind) and Adam West with bleached hair as a Nazi. 

Windwalker (1980)

Mad Mutilator (1985) - Amateurish French slasher.

Moon in Scorpio (1987) - Dreary middle-aged yacht slasher with Britt Ekland.

DEadline (1984)

Freakshow (1989)

Edge of the Axe (1989) - No sign that this is by Jose Larraz, but hey ho, it is.

Cardiac Arrest (1980)

Centrespread (1982)  - Typical Australian grot.

See also Hoodwink (1981) and Heatwave (1982), Man of Flowers (1983), The True Story of Eskimo Nell (1976),  Felicity (1978), Running from the Guns (1987), Kadaicha (1988)

Alley Cat (1984) - Rote vigilante pic.

Evils of the Night (1985) - Neville Brand looks like a nan.

48 hrs (1982) - Sure I had logged this, but no. It's just a fine cop buddy movie.

See also Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Oddballs (1984) - Is this supposed to be a kids' film?

Witness (1985) - Can't believe this was not shot in Canada.

Jason Lives - Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)   - Huh.

Future Kill (1985) - Miserable punk SF

The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) - Supergirl and Lisa Simpson (in Southern "Mumma's watchin' her stories" mode) versus Man in a Suitcase. 

Teen Wolf (1985) - What a load of shite.

The Nest (1988) - Routine bug movie.

Demonwarp (1988) - Rural alien horror with George Kennedy.

The Wraith (1986) - The Car with a cyberpunk sheen.

Steel Dawn (1987) - Mad Pat in Sarth Ifrika. 

Reform School Girls (1986) - Pat Ast an underused presence.

Faceless (1987) - This might be my favourite Jess Franco. That cast...

The Housekeeper (1986)- Dreary Canadian psychodrama Ruth Rundell Mystery with Rita Tushingham. Begins in London, though the snowy Canadian industrial locale has a  more Northern look to it. 

Stand Alone (1985)/The Annihilators (1985) - Ropey New World actioners, but at least Stand Alone has Charles Durning giving it his all and Bert Remsen looking like Len Fairclough.

City Heat (1984) - Burt and Clint (and Richard Roundtree briefly) in one of those "Bugsy Malone with adults" films. 

The Red Headed corpse (1971) - Rote giallo.

Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller (1989) - Aussie kids TV esque Canadian coproduction.

See also George's Island (1989)

Bedroom Eyes (1984)  Twink's pal Dick does sexy stuff.

Thunder Run (1986)/Rolling Vengeance (1987) - Routine truck stuff.

Kill Me Again (1989) - Routine Val Kilmer.

Pouvoir Intime (1986) - Fair Canuck thriller.

Nightmare  on Elm Street III - Dream Warriors (1987) - Nan Martin should have done more horror stuff, as a Sheila Keith-like presence. 

Heathers (1989) - the sheer late 80s-ness of it is a problem for this Millennial. Not the other stuff, which is fine. It's just 1989 was a time when things looked tacky. 

The Unnamable (1989) - Routine late 80s horror with plenty of FX, gloss but little actual meat and dull performances.

Killer Party (1986) - Feels like a Goosebumps, but then you realise William Fruet worked on that.

Dead Ringers (1988) - Excellent performance from the man in the pink castle. 

Out of the Dark (1988) - Divine emanating drag king vibes as a hard boiled PI is the one highlight. 

Creepshow 2 (1986) - Holt McCallany's big Irish head  dressed up as a Native American - like a member of the Indian Showband...

Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989) - The Princess Bride Italian style. 

Bodycount (1986) - The Italains gamely do an American slasher, but there's no style or excitement.

Spookies (1986) - Is this supposed to be a kids' film?

Let Sleeping Cops Lie (1988) - Routine Delon vehicle.

Pumpkinhead (1988)- Typical mid-range 3-star US horror.

One Crazy Summer (1986)  Too obnoxiously zany

River's Edge (1986) - Dreary 80s indie music in film.

Twentieth Century (2019) - I like the visuals, but this latest film from the Winnipeg Film Group never really comes together. Nice to see once ubiquitous Canadian funnyman Sean Cullen again. 

Wednesday 3 March 2021


 A Shot at Glory (2000), A Special Day (1977), Communion (1989), Mutant on the Bounty (1989), Mission to Venice (1964), The Strangeness (1985),  Omicron (1963), Robot Jox (1990), Star Crystal (1986), La Ciel sur la lete (1965), You are a Widow, Sir (1971), Silver Dust (1953), Deep River Savages (1972), Prison (1988), Hector the Mighty (1971), REvenge of Ivanhoe (1965), Our Man in Jamaica (1965), Twister's Revenge (1987), The Naked Witch (1964), Jerry Cotton - Dynamite in Green Silk (1968), Alerta - Alta Tension (1967), Candidate for  a Killing (1969), Supercolpo da 7 miliardi (1967), Wonderful Land of Oz (1970), Puss 'n' Boots (1971), Queen of the Seas (1961), Blood Sword of the 99th Virgin (1959), the Man from Orgy (1970), A Life at Stake (1956), Formula for Murder (1985), Secret of the Sphinx (1964), the Doll (1962), Charlie Chan's Secret (1936), the Trap (1946), the Golden Eye (1948) and Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1936), Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938), Charlie Chan in Reno (1939) and Charlie Chan at the Racetrack (1936) Bloodtracks (1985), Life in Emergency Ward 10 (1959), Memphis Belle (1990), Sexy Susan Sins Again (1968), Four Crazy Draftees in the Army (1974), Santo vs Blue Demon in Atlantis (1969), This, that and the other (1970), A pair of Briefs (1962), Wetbacks (1956), Sandra (1965), Robin Hood and the Pirates (1960), Secret Agent 777 (1965), Cool It Carol (1970). No my Darling Daughter (1962), Father Dear Father (1973), My Crazy Head (1971), A man to Kill (1967), Kill Agent Gordon (1966)/Superseven Calling Cairo (1965)/Operation Poker (1965), Man on the Spying Trapeze (1966), CarrĂ© de dames pour un as (1966), Black Box Affair (1966), Circle of Intrigue (1956), A Man to be Killed (1967), L'Honorable Stanislas  (1963), Cinq Gars pour Singapour (1967), Der Fluch des schwarzen Rubin (1965), Super Spook (1975), Blood on the Stars (197?), Sunny (1941), Starcrash II (1981), the Wild Ride (1960), Deadwood '76 (1965), Munchies (1987), Gunmen (1994), Man is not A Bird (1965), The Happy Family (1952), Battle of El Alamein (1969), Soul Hustler (1973), Bloody Moon (1981), Virgin Witch (1972), Young Man with a Horn (1950), High and Low (1963), Woman in the Dunes (1966), Lady in Danger (1934), Top of the Food Chain (1999), Runaway Nightmare (1982), the Tin Girl (1970), Naked Evil (1966), Murder without crime (1950),  Brief Ecstasy (1937), I Complessi (1965), Double Cross (1941)

Cross Country (1983) - Bland Canuck thriller.

Mongrel (1982) - Aldo Ray, Miller lite and a killer dog...

Doorman (1986) - Forgettable if well-made semi-slasher with Bradley Whitford.

Dead Bang (1989)

Midnight (1989) - Lynn Redgrave as Elvira versus Tony Curtis. Like The Mummy Lives, not a comedy.

The Private War of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968) - Rotuine Bob Hope comedy. 

Kilink in Istanbul (1967) - Bond and Dracula soundtracks appear in this luantic Turkish item. 

Sudden Death (1985) - Routine female rape/revenge. 

Strike Commando 2 (1989) - The fact that Richard Harris in this horrid ninja/Raiders/Rambo knockoff is so staggering that I thought at points it were  a lookalike, but then he opened his mouth, and when a strange culchie/Yank twang came out in that unmistakeable voice, no, it is him. 

Passport to Shame (1959) - Rote Brit noir with Diana Dors and Eddie Constantine.

Mad at the World (1955)  - Surprisingly rote JD-er 

The Frightened Lady (1940) - Rote Edgar Wallace.

The Edge of the World (1937) - A very Scottish picture.

MIdnight Limited (1940) - Rote Monogrammer. 

The World Ten Times Over (1963) - Decent turns by Sylvia Syms and Billy Hartnell. 

Living Legend (1980) - Earl Owensby plays the legendary king of rock and roll, Eli.

That's right, Eli.

This not-Elvis however sings with the voice of actual Roy Orbison (whose career was in the gutter -hence his appearances in the Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club).

The songs are ear-scrapingly terrible, despite that voice.

Owensby has no charisma or presence, and you don't buy that he is this huge rock star. Dean Stockwell was a better lipsyncer to Orbison. Plus Orbison's voice is so inimitable that it just doesn't fit Owensby's lips. You may as well have just cast Orbison.