FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

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From Russia With Leering. James Bond 007 returns in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, the first sequel to the first ever James Bond movie, DR. NO. And it is… uh… I don’t know how to break it to you Bond fans, but try to sit through this movie in 2016 and let me know how many times you flinch from the … Read More

THE SKYDIVERS

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Never gets off the ground. If you enjoy dreary, talentless non-actors delivering lines in a bland monotone over a plot that goes from Point A to Stop Making Sense, then Coleman Francis‘s THE SKYDIVERS is your cup of tea, er, coffee. Kevin Casey is Beth Rowe, who runs an airfield whose prime attraction is coffee and skydiving. In that order. … Read More

KINGS OF THE SUN

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The Sensitive 2000’s Male… 2000 B.C. that is. His exotic masculinity tapped different chords, promising the danger and excitement of all that was uncommon. –Rock Brynner, writing of father Yul in the biography, “Yul: The Man Who Would Be King.” Yul Brynner’s entertainer uncle gave the young gypsy one piece of laconic advice: “When you play for a crowd, lead … Read More

NINE HOURS TO RAMA

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The Dark Side of the Horst. I see a red door and I want it painted black. –The Rolling Stones, “Paint It Black” No, it’s not a movie about Arthur C. Clarke’s enigmatic alien space station, Rendezvous With Rama, but about the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi (aka Mahatma Gandhi) on January 30, 1948, and his alleged last utterance upon … Read More

THE HAUNTING

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Once Upon a Scary Spinster… If you can get past the theatrical acting and the melodrama and the distracting voiceover, THE HAUNTING is a reasonably good horror movie. Scary? In places. Silly? In more places. Still, this may be one of the first True Horror movies, utilizing the audience’s imagination to create its scares. From the novel by Shirley Jackson … Read More