The Heat is On … 12 Angry Men (1957) … literally!

I couldn’t believe it but symbolism can predict when one of the jurors in 12 Angry Men (1957) changes their vote!  Yes, it’s true.  My friend told me that the “heat” in the room… Continue reading

Zack Snyder says Man of Steel (2013) is real and Superman (1978) is not

Forbes interviewed Zack Snyder in April 2014 about Superman, Man of Steel (2013), and the upcoming sequel, and his answers nearly gave me a conniption fit.  In this interview, he comments on a… Continue reading

Forbidden Planet (1956) is really The Tempest by Shakespeare

My friend recently told me that the movie Forbidden Planet (1956), the science fiction monster movie, ripped off Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.  All I could say is: huh? what?  I couldn’t believe this… Continue reading

Soylent Green is what’s for dinner

The future has been the subject of movies for many years, from Flash Gordon to Forbidden Planet (1956), but Soylent Green (1973) predicts a future of great melodramatic suffering. Many movies show possible… Continue reading

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1968) Could be the Greatest Movie Ever?

Quentin Tarantino has said on many occasions that his favorite film is The Good, the bad, and the Ugly (1968), a movie so well-regarded and so influencing that it could be the best… Continue reading

Peter Cushing fights rubber monsters on the … Island of Terror (1966)

The famous Peter Cushing moved to the Island of Terror and tried to distract my attention from my girlfriend at the drive-in.  This 1966 film has all the famous, B-Movie devices and seems… Continue reading

Vacationing isn’t so good in … The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) is Peter Weir’s directorial debut, a horror movie that would make Roger Corman proud. I say that because Corman is known for his offbeat horror films, like… Continue reading

Harrison Ford in The Fugitive (1993) is a train wreck…literally!

This film received massive amounts of praise in 1993, made over 300 million at the box office, and used a memorable train crash stunt that is about as impressive as it gets.  I really like the entertainment… Continue reading

Do you want a little monster action with your science? No?

The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) presents a truckload of talking about science and throws in some monster action too.  If I wasn’t obvious enough, people talk about science ad nauseam in… Continue reading

The Philosopher Rene Descartes loves his … Akira (1988)

Akira is an influential Japanese anime I’ve been meaning to watch for a while to see just what was going on with it, its director, and the overall themes that make it one… Continue reading

Great Debate #5: What are the scariest movies ever?

This is my list of the scariest movies of all-time.  What is a scary movie?  In my opinion, its is a film that produces a change in attitude, in such that the viewer… Continue reading

Mediocre cowboys + mediocre vampires = Curse of the Undead (1959)

 While grasping at straws in the 50s, Universal produced this vampire tale.  The studio had only one monster success in The Creature from the Black Lagoon in 1954, but the rest of the monster family… Continue reading

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) … Greatest Remake Ever?

Before remakes became as common as dirt, Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1978 was a great success, perhaps inadvertently giving every studio executive in Hollywood an idea about how to create a… Continue reading

Hitchcock Presents His First Masterpiece … The 39 Steps (1935)

The 39 Steps (1935) is an espionage thriller and Hitchcock’s first film masterpiece.  It contains espionage tropes that are still with us today and creates some enduring suspense.  It is a period piece, but… Continue reading

Spielberg can’t get enough … It Came From Outer Space (1953)

With help from the legendary Ray Bradbury, It Came From Outer Space (1953) presents an eerie adventure, which inspired Steven Spielberg to create another seminal science fiction classic later on.  The HollyWood Reporter interviewed Steven… Continue reading

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