The Alien Dead (1980)

I Saw a Film! A movie isn't a bad movie because it's cheaply made. Of course not, we regularly watch older films with chintzy special effects or minuscule budgets that ask us to use our imaginations to fill in the places where gaps leave much to be desired. From Metropolis and Buck Rogers to The…

The Witches (1967)

I Saw A Film! This old Italian dark comedy, dissipating into some loopy Beckett-like weirdness, is a fun one. There are five separate short films, with little to connect them really, except that they all feature ladies, as any good film should, and the ladies are all central to the emotional upswell as they often…

Hell Drivers (1957)

I Saw A Film! Truckers! I do love Trucker Films! We all do really, it's just a matter of unlocking the magic. While searching for a big-rig, CB radio chatter, smokey-avoiding pleasure ride I came across this number sitting quietly at the back. A truck film from the 50s, set in Britain! It's an English…

Web of the Spider (1971)

I Saw A Film! Instead of a spider movie, it's a sepia toned Italian "ghost story" with a bit of a vampire runner attached. It's cerebral, which means much of the "horror" is implied. Lovely women seem to pop out of paintings and interact with living folks brave enough to hang out in the house…

Remo Williams (1985)

I just noticed that I never saw any follow-up to the "adventure begins" continuing. However, as I typed it into IMDB a couple more Remo Williams franchise items did pop up. It looks like 1988 saw a TV film with none of the original cast, and 2017 shows a Remo Williams 2 about an hour…

Nate and Hayes (1983)

Almost at the end of this 37 year old movie I suddenly realized I've seen it. Nothing seemed at all familiar until the sequence with the rigged cannon, a kind of hinge-point of a climactic battle. Considering all the things we're exposed to, and our frames of mind when exposed it's probably not at all…

Old Enough (1984)

I Saw A Film! Tweens in the city, doing nothing but being snarky and shop-lifting. One a working-class kid, the other from a nice white-collar home go on a few misadventures, and learn a little about life. The magic of this film is in its realism, there's no fantastic escape and no gang violence. The…

Miami Blues (1990)

I Saw A Film! Alec Baldwin has spent the last couple of decades knocking out great comic work (especially on 30Rock and Saturday Night Live), and voice acting for comic animation. So accomplished at this he is I had almost forgotten his youthful forays into thrillers and other dramatic efforts. Granted Miami Blues isn't entirely…

Valley Girl (1983)

I Saw A Film! One of those classic rom-com fantasies in which we're taught that the way to the girl's heart is to pursue her relentlessly, including sleeping on her lawn and beating up her BF. It's fun to think about the fact that baby Nick Cage is actually two to four years younger than…

Atragon (1963)

I Saw A film! A kind of Jules Verne crossed with Japanese fantasy film from Toho Studios. Sadly the actual print transfer suffers considerably and is sometimes headache inducing. Though, if you use your imagination you can kind of intuit what you're meant to imagine is happening. Always a good film technique. Just imagine what…