Asylum (1972) – Roy Ward Baker

Roy Ward Baker delivers another slightly spooky anthology film as I move into another section of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies – Killer Dolls! The segment that features the tiny terrors is the last of four tales that are told to a potential new staff doctor as he tours an asylum and interviews a…

Spartacus (1960) – Stanley Kubrick

Kubrick takes us back to 1st Century B.C.E. for the next stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film. The classic story of a slave that leads a revolt against the Roman Empire, that has become decadent, and indulgent. Leading the cast, and serving as executive producer is Kirk Douglas, who is joined…

Mysterious Island (1961) – Cy Endfield

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues its exploration of the cinematic Jules Verne. I’ve previously covered the highly enjoyable Walt Disney version of 20,000 Leagues, so up next is Mysterious Island, which serves as a bit of a sequel to Leagues as it sees the appearance of Captain Nemo; this time played by Herbert Lom…

King Solomon’s Mines (1985) – J. Lee Thompson

Cheesy lines, poor pacing, editing and uninspired action sequences that are poorly shot, and some even lifted from Raiders and the serials of the 30s weigh this film down that not even a score by Jerry Goldsmith can save. Shot back to back with its sequel Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold, the…

Trailer Tracks: King Solomon’s Mines (1985) – J. Lee Thompson

  In the early 80s, thanks to Raiders of the Lost Ark, the high adventure movie was seeing a huge comeback, and everyone was trying to cash in on it. And they thought it would be a great idea to bring back H. Rider Haggard’s Alllan Quartermain to the screen again. Starring Richard Chamberlain, Sharon…

The Ladykillers (1955) – Alexander Mackendrick

  The recommendations from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film for Kind Hearts and Coronets continue to entertain with this film that features Alec Guinness, Herbert Lom and Peter Sellers. I`d seen the Coen Brothers remake with Tom Hanks, but had never seen the original, which is too bad, because this one was a…