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Not worth the time  
on April 27, 2006 - 12:27 AM PDT
  of War-Gods of the Deep (1965)
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful

I rented the series of Jacques Toerneur movies for their beauty. This movie is not worth the time, if it's JT fabulous cinematography you're looking for. It is a cheap mid-60's drive-in movie. Vincent Price is at his older gruff best.

If you want more gorgeous vintage cinematography, Mario Bava was consistently great.
Quite a surprise  
on January 29, 2006 - 12:54 AM PST
  of The Beast (1975)
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful

This movie is a cross between Beauty and the Beast, mid- to hard-core porn, and a country-house comedy of manners. At first I fast-forwarded through the plot hunting for naughty bits, got caught up in the non-naughty bits, and wound up watching from the opening to the middle again. It has structure problems: the three-act formula is muddled. The directing & cinematography is very good and I'm now hunting up Borowczyk's other films. Guy Tréjan in particular is very good as the master of the house.

I could not turn on the english subtitles.
A very fine flick  
on January 2, 2006 - 11:43 PM PST
  of Horror Hotel (1960)
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful

This movie is very well done. Very spooky! Sometimes a little too much dry ice fog, but effective nonetheless. The three lead actresses are great. Patricia Jessel is great as a 300-year-old witch. Betta St. John and Venetia Stevenson are very good damsels in distress. And Christopher Lee is, well, Christopher Lee: a little hammy, but good. The director clearly knew how to direct women better than men.
50/50 content, poor production  
on November 22, 2005 - 9:41 PM PST
  of Anthology of Surreal Cinema vol.1 (1924-1928)
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful

The Entr'acte print was terrible; I've seen much better ones. The same with Ballet Mechanique. The other two I had not seen and were fairly clean. Also, no extras; there's a huge history to this stuff that I'd love to see explored by the film geeks. Such did not produce this title.
A fine discovery  
on October 5, 2005 - 10:14 PM PDT
  of Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life... and Other Strange Tales (1993)
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful

"It's a Wonderful Life" is one of four shorts in the collection. Richard E. Grant is underappreciated.

A fine discovery on this disc is "The Deal", written by the comic Lewis "Back in" Black. Two corporate titans meet, test, and bond with each other. Both are obsessed with testicles, and have altered their own.
Manos! Torgo! Frighteningly bad.  
on August 27, 2005 - 4:28 PM PDT
  of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos, Hands of Fate (1993)
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful

Torgo! This episode inspired a "Flying Toasters Company" screen saver where Torgo walked across the screen. It included a slider which allowed you to select the size of Torgo's knees.

And the short "Hired! Part 2" is on my ten-best list.

Otherwise this thing was really creepy and wrong.
on August 26, 2005 - 9:01 PM PDT
  of Danger: Diabolik (1968)
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful

This film is a fine example of 60's goofiness, based on a popular comic book series. I saw a rerelease/restoration years ago and had a great time.

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