Monthly Archives: June 2016

Not “Mad,” Just Crafty

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.”   Ordinarily a title like “The Mad Doctor of Market Street,” with its tang of 70s grindhouse fare doesn’t seem to promise much to fans of old-timey horror movies, but this one was a Universal product and … Continue reading

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Poor Mr. Baines in his basment room…

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” I’m certainly pleased that we have a splendid new restored version of Carol Reed’s “The Fallen Idol,” although, in truth, it has always been my least favorite of Reed’s “Big Three” contributions to film noir. It’s probably … Continue reading

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But Whatever Happened to Rolf?

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” Universal’s 1942 “Night Monster” is one of the studio’s unsung gems. Directed and written by two men who worked mostly in the western and adventure genres (Ford Beebe and Clarence Upson Young respectively) and photographed by the … Continue reading

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Thomasin, or Life in the Wild

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” England has lush green countryside, dotted with prosperous farms and well-kept villages whose dwellings are of stone, but the price to dwell there is adherence to the King’s Laws and the King’s Religion. As Robert Eggers’ “The … Continue reading

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