The Creature sells the Black Lagoon and moves

The Creature from the Black Lagoon apparently didn’t learn his lesson in the previous sequel, as he comes back for more abuse, from characters in the movie and audiences alike.  I don’t know… Continue reading

Great Debate #8: What are the best MacGuffins?

Great Debate Number Eight has reminded me of some great (and bad) plot devices in film history.  Some of these MacGuffins are famous, like the illuminated “briefcase” in Pulp Fiction, but others have… Continue reading

Clint Eastwood Becomes a Scientist

Among great movies, Revenge of the Creature (1955) is not one of them, but it has an interesting cameo from a very young Clint Eastwood and Flippy the Educated Porpoise.  Revenge of the… Continue reading

Greatest Sherlock Holmes #8: Jeremy Brett climbs a tree

Watson calls Sherlock Holmes a big fat “egotist” in Conan Doyle’s “The Copper Beeches”, a trait that accurately describes Holmes as friendly as a cold fish.  Holmes is in a bad mood at the… Continue reading

Muscle Car Tourney #1: Rush (2013) vs Days of Thunder (1990)

Our opening competition in the Muscle Car Movie Tourney is between Rush (2013) and Days of Thunder (1990), two really similar movies, if you can believe that, so that begs the question: which… Continue reading

What are some good muscle car movies?

Next week I am reviewing all muscle car movies all the time, and I think I’ve selected a few rare gems.  We’re not just talking about the Steve McQueen and Nicholas Cage classics,… Continue reading

Greatest Sherlock Holmes #7: Jeremy Brett Steals Christmas

It’s Christmas in July and I celebrate by watching the tale of “The Blue Carbuncle”, a story of murder, theft, greed, and anti-Christmas sentiment.  This Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes episode was set during… Continue reading

Women are entitled to invisibility too

The third in the Universal invisible trilogy, The Invisible Woman (1940) becomes a cavalcade of pratfalls, in more ways than one.  This movie begins with a man getting hit in the face by… Continue reading

This is Spinal Tap is preserved forever by Congress

This is Spinal Tap (1984) is one of my favorite comedies of all time, right there next to Groundhog Day (1993), Fletch (1985), and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), and the Library of… Continue reading

Greatest Sherlock Holmes #6: Jeremy Brett makes a garter snake look scary

Granada’s “The Speckled Band” has a snake that doesn’t look too imposing, but this episode has great performances by Jeremy Brett and David Burke to make up for it.  Arguably one of the most popular… Continue reading

Which Robin Hood do you like?

The adventures of Errol Flynn were as infamous in the media as Marilyn Munroe or Lindsay Lohan, but his film career was one-hundred times better, making 1938’s The Adventures of Robin Hood an… Continue reading

Peter Cushing has too many brides to choose from

The Brides of Dracula (1960) is one of the better Hammer horror films, but this movie tries to be a Dracula movie without Dracula, as Christopher Lee does not appear in this film.  This movie… Continue reading

Greatest Sherlock Holmes #5: Jeremy Brett’s The Crooked Man is an incomplete parable

There’s nothing wrong with metaphor or allegory in my opinion, even religious metaphor or allegory, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle twists his parables and his allegories until “The Crooked Man” becomes little more… Continue reading

Greatest Sherlock Holmes #4: Sherlock Holmes gives the greatest advice ever

I don’t know why Sherlock Holmes doesn’t have more female fans, because “The Solitary Cyclist” shows him giving free career advice, helping with relationships, and catering to young women.  As you might expect, he… Continue reading

I’ve been cursed to watch a werewolf movie

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) is a serious, serious horror movie, and one that attempts to inject some originality into the Wolfman with rape, violence against women, and melodrama.  I would probably pick An American… Continue reading

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