Condorman (1981) – Charles Jarrott

This week’s spy movie is a film that should have worked, if it had a tighter script, and a better effects budget. Disney delivers a superhero spy movie that feels like a family-friendly version of From Russia With Love. Micheal Crawford stars in this film, and that was the thing that originally caught my attention…

Gladiator: 20th Anniversary 4k Review

It’s hard to believe that Gladiator is twenty years old. I can still recall the evening I saw in the theatre, and how the group of friends and I simply loved it. Ridley Scott proved what an amazing and technical director he was, and continues to be, Russell Crowe became a new hero to many…

Tommy (1975) – Ken Russell

As I dig into the recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Grease, I got rather excited about what I would see, and if there would be anything I hadn’t screened before. In fact there was. The Who’s Tommy. Playing like an experimental film that is undeniably…

Gladiator (2000) – Ridley Scott

  The 101 Action Movies brings me Ridley Scott’s Best Picture winner Gladiator for me to re-watch and enjoy. Starring Russell Crowe as Maximus, a Roman general in service to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). When the emperor is murdered by his devious and power-hungry son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), Maximus is ordered to be…

The Brood (1979)

David Cronenberg appears on the list of 101 Horror Movies with this disturbing little film which he wrote and directed. There are a lot of familiar Cronenbery traits including the concept of body horror, and a score by talented Canadian composer Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings). Art Hindle plays Frank Carveth, a father…

Cat People (1942)

Had some time yesterday, to return to the exploration of 101 Horror Movies, and settled in to watch Cat People, which in the end is a story of sexual repression, with terrible repercussions for those involved. Simone Simon stars as Irena a Serbian-born fashion sketch artist, who has come to America to work. Against her…