He Never Died (2015)

I Saw A Film! I know I rarely stretch out to the modern industry as I have missed so much over my life I am sure I can spend all of what I have left just catching up on oldies, gems, forgotten masterpieces and flat out junk, which should be categorized at least in the…

Black Belly of the Tarantula

I Saw a Film! Being that I've had all this arthropod training for years in academia I'm always attracted to films that purport to rely on our joint-legged, exoskeleton-wearing critters as plot points or motifs. Silence of the Lambs and the Death's Head Sphinx moths, Wasp Women, 400 foot tall mantids, Bee Girls, giant spider…

High-Ballin’ (1978)

I Saw A Film! Sometimes nothing can solve your problems and the only answer is the independent trucker (cue Big Black's "The Power of Independent Trucking" no seriously, go right now). Jerry Reed (fresh off Burt Reynold's films) is a family man trucker who along with pal Peter Fonda must face off against corruption and…

The Loveless (1981)

The other day I was thinking about how much time has passed since 1980, and that it's about the same amount of time as had transpired from 1940 (math!) and that the amount of time from now back to the end of WW2 was about equal to the mount of time from the end of…

Night Tide (1961)

I SAW A Film! It's a simple, oddball little film about a basic Navy kid played by Dennis Hopper, when he was a cutie-pie, and a lovely but dramatic carnival babe, played by Linda Lawson (of lots of sporadic TV from Ben Casey to Saved By the Bell), who gets paid to lay in water…

Phenomenon (1985)

Would you enjoy watching a fifteen year old Jennifer Connelly get chased around and communing with bugs for about two hours? Sure we all would! Well, you're in luck! If you enjoy Italian slasher films from the undisputed master of unflinching violent gore (Argento), and you like teenage girls, this is your film. If you…

The Astro-Zombies (1968)

I Saw A Film! A film from 1968 with the retro touches of a much older era, helped along tremendously by having John Carradine spout oodles of meaningless science mumbo-jumbo, in a manner only he was appropriate for, while fiddling with knobs, mounted near gauges, wired to stuff and arranged in a large basement flat,…

Getting Straight (1970)

Fifty years ago a film about anti-war protest, black rights and students wanting a say in the administration of a university, all wrapped up in philosophical ideology about integrity and self-identification was made starring Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen, directed by Richard Rush (who did Freebie and Bean which I've now mentioned twice in my…

The Sisterhood (1988)

I have to admit to having a serious soft-spot for this sort of film. Back in the day (around 1988!) it was common for a friend of mine and his lady-friend, and sometimes a lady-friend I might locate, to get together on a Saturday night, order some pizza and rent "bad" movies. The argument always…

Caged Heat (1974)

I Saw A Film! I thought it about time I reacquaint myself with a popular cinematic construct designed primarily to fill dingy old-fashioned cinemas with masturbation, the women-in-prison film. After all, who could resist the sexy charms of a bunch of women forced to shower, tussle, and shower some more! Our heroines don't end up…