Movie Review: Men Behind the Sun (1988)

This film caught my eye because it was in the upper echelon of lists that suggested the most disturbing movies ever made. Having seen Salo: or the 120 Days of Sodom, Cannibal Holocaust, and Caligula, I was not sure how this movie would affect me, and if it would live up to its stature as…

Movie Review: The Seventh Seal (1957)=

It took three viewings of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal before I finally understood and appreciated what it truly meant. This film is a masterpiece, and Bergman himself once called it his personal favorite, out of the 63 films he directed in his career that spanned nearly six decades. The themes presented in this film…

Movie Review: Legend of the Lost (1957)

Five years before we saw the mystique of life in the desert with Lawrence of Arabia, and decades before we saw archaeologists in action with Indiana Jones, there was Henry Hathaway’s now almost unknown, Legend of the Lost. This movie is good and bad all at the same time, which is surprising because of the…

Movie Review: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

I have never been much of a fan of plays turned into feature films. Very rarely do they work, in my eyes, but Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is an exception. I was hooked from the first few minutes of dialogue, until the last intriguing scene. The first forty minutes of this film…

Movie Review: Twilight (2008)

If there was one movie that I never thought I would ever even watch, much less write a review about for this site, Twilight is it. I did want want to get caught up in the world-wide hysteria, having to answer such questions as, “Team Edward or Team Jacob?” My friend, who is a die-hard…

Movie Review: The Second Civil War (1997)

The title and storyline of this film could have fit a drama very well, but instead, the filmmakers and their production channel, HBO, decided to turn it into a comedy. This is often very difficult, but director Joe Dante nailed it, to give us The Second Civil War, a political comedy in the same light…

Movie Review: Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

In the few short years that I have been studying film, I can safely say that Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director of all-time. 2001: A Space Odyssey is one that I consider his personal masterpiece and it is my own favorite. The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Dr. Strangelove are right behind that one….

Movie Review: The Last Wave (1977)

The first time I watched this movie almost a year ago, I did not know what I was seeing. It was boring, confusing, and drawn out. For some reason, last week, I was sitting at the computer and something clicked in my mind telling me to get the movie again and give it another shot….

Movie Review: Caligula (1979)

Look at anyone’s list of the most controversial movies ever made, and chances are, Caligula will be near the top, or occupying the number one slot. For a movie that starred so many marquee actors, such as Malcolm McDowell, Peter O’Toole, Helen Mirren, John Gielgud, and John Steiner, it is hard to imagine why. Few…

Movie Review: The Parallax View (1974)

By the time the 1970’s rolled around, conspiracy theories were beginning to take their place in American pop culture, where they still stand today. The murders of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy in the span of less than ten years all helped to fuel this. By 1974, Hollywood’s first ever conspiracy…