Django Kill . . . If You Live, Shoot!(1967)

I Saw A Film You gotta love the title! A sprawling spaghetti western centered around a bad-tempered world of thugs, wealth and power. Our protagonist (Tomas Milian, misspelled on the lobby card) is left for dead in a vile racist double cross. That doesn't quite have the power of The Good the Bad and the…

WTF Podcast with Marc Maron (2009-)

Something a little different. I thought I'd talk a bit about the WTF podcast and Mr. Maron, who has been through some rough times and back. Most recently the sudden death of his girlfriend, director Lynn Shelton. The revelation of which had me in tears on my way to work one morning recently, so be…

Deadlier than the Male (1967)

Another of these vague "battle of the sexes" ideas so popular in the sixties, this time instead of an all female world domination operation like The Million Eyes of Sumuru there's an evil chess-playing Bond-villain man at the helm, which kinda undermines the title a bit. Also, similar to The Million Eyes of Sumuru there's…

Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

I Saw a Film This film came out just before I actually read any Hunter S. Thompson which I got around to in late teenager years (my dad referred to him as jaundiced), and so I remember it as a kind of hilarious buddy bender movie. Thompson for those who did not delve into his…

Successive Slidings Of Pleasure (1974)

I saw a Film! Here we have a stark minimalist tableaux suggesting a strange and erotic tale. As we necessarily construct a "story" out of the events we're shown, a drab world of nuns and judges surround a pretty young woman who swears she didn't stab her roommate and playmate to death while the gorgeous…

Phaedra (1962)

Here's another Jules Dassin film starring his wife Melina Mercouri in the titular role (I like saying "tit"). This film set in Greece isn't quite as much fun as Never On Sunday and takes a tragic turn (Ilya from Never On Sunday would not like it!). Basically a wealthy shipping magnate takes Phaedra as his…

Never On Sunday (1960)

A fellow named Jules Dassin decided to make a film. He wrote, directed and starred in it as a misguided American fan of ancient Greek literature and thought, running headlong into a world of modern working-class Greeks who mostly couldn't care less about an American's obsession with Socrates or Greek Tragedy. There's something of a…

Phantasm (1979)

When this film came out the adverts featured a lot of Angus Scrimm clopping around in platforms and a mysterious and deadly flying orb that drilled human skulls for no apparent reason, and seemingly existed unattached to any human operator. And that's all I could remember. Returning to the film fourty-one years later I kind…

The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

I watched a movie! Find every reference to a penis or a snake you can find, including even the old board-game snakes and ladders, and the cry of “Me spotted dick!” and loosely wrap a British Isles mythos around it. And film it like an overlong episode of Dr. Who and there you go. Hugh…

Torso (1973)

An old Italian murder mystery greatly enhanced with a generous helping of lovely boobs and that bright red movie blood. I've often thought someone should have created a lipstick with the name Italian Movie Blood. There isn't much to talk about here except that much of the incidental dialog is hilariously insipid, and despite being…