The Twilight Zone (1961) – A Game of Pool, The Mirror, and The Grave

Paramount Pictures just keeps guiding me deeper and deeper into the Twilight Zone with their Complete Series on blu-ray. This week’s trio of episodes are a lot of fun. First up is A Game of Pool, penned by George Clayton Johnson, this episode first aired on Halloween, 31 October, 1961. Honestly I would have expected…

High Noon (1952) – Fred Zinnemann

  I have been long overdue to watch this movie, so I was very happy to dive back into the action genre of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. This one leads off a number of westerns that I have either never seen or longing to rewatch. This one, however, was well…

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953) – Eugene Lourie

  My sci-fi journey continues with the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, as I dive into the first title recommended following a viewing of King Kong, which I’ve previously reviewed here. The most enjoyable aspect of this film, is Ray Harryhausen’s animation of the titular monster, which is vaguely Saurian, but unlike…

Escape From New York (1981) – John Carpenter

  “Call me Snake.” The 101 Sci-Fi Movies just brought me one of my favorite John Carpenter films, Escape From New York (though I like all of Carpenter’s and Kurt Russell’s collaborations – even some moments in Escape From L.A.). Kurt Russell plays Snake Plissken, the coolest anti-hero ever as far as I’m concerned. A…

American Ninja (1985) – Sam Firstenberg

My exploration of B-movie 80s action movies continues with American Ninja. And what a surprise this one came from Canon and Golan and Globus as well. I think they must’ve made out alright in the 80s with all the goofy little low budget action movies they were making. It may be hard to believe but…

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

Clint Eastwood returns as the Man With No Name (though this time his name is Blondie) in Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, a film which may be one of the greatest westerns of all time, not to mention a rip-roaring action-adventure. Building on the style, and pacing he created in the…

For A Few Dollars More (1965)

Clint Eastwood returns as The Man With No Name (although¬†the name of his character in this film is revealed as Manco)¬†in Sergio Leone’s follow-up to Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More. Joining Clilnt in Spain for this shoot was fellow American Lee Van Cleef as Colonel Douglas Mortimer. The two men are competing…

Call Me Snake…

I’m off to a sneak preview of the new sci-fi actioner Lockout this evening. When I first saw the trailer, the only thing I could think was that it looked like a John Carpenter/Kurt Russell film without either of them (though some of the dialogue looks even cheesier) and more importantly, it looked like a…