Dracula (1974)

I saw a movie! A.K.A. Bram Stoker's Dracula Think of your favorite variations on the theme from Lugosi to Christopher Lee, to more modern efforts with Gary Oldman and of course the ridiculous iterations with Edward and Bella. Or maybe Nosferatu is more your cup of tea? I'm especially partial to the Herzog film, and…

The Fat Spy (1966)

I Saw a Film! Phyllis Diller and Jack Leonard, along with eyelash-fluttering Jane Mansfield pad out a string of sappy ballads and nearly folk-rock ditties about people with too much money and cloying love of course. A gang of "kids" (they look like ROTC cadets, it's still '66 so no hippies) are headed to a…

Blank Generation (1980)

I Saw a Film! Richard Hell is a kind of NYC music legend, writing and performing as one of the pioneers of the "punk rock" movement of CBGB and influencing a whole "blank generation". I had no idea he'd also starred in this little film in which he basically portrays a struggling musician called Billy,…

Chrome and Hot Leather (1971)

I Saw a Film! In which a so-square-he's-basically-milk Vietnam Sargent played by Tony Young (of much 70s-80s television) faces off against a biker gang for the wholly avoidable murder of his girlfriend. As far as I can tell, having watched a great many of these old films, biker gangs are basically where people who can't…

Sleeping Dogs (1977)

I Saw A Film! A sort of rambling, no frills action thriller set in New Zealand and featuring a fictional revolution of sorts and starring Sam Neill (with two Ls) who plays Smith and Warren Oates as a callous American company commander ostensibly there to help quell the unrest. The idea, as best as we…

Lord Love a Duck (1966)

I Saw A Film! I probably watched this thing too seriously. I had heard it was a satire about Southern California culture, but its cannons are aimed at a time sort of just before the real Cali culture would erupt (Vietnam protests, Civil Rights, Black Panthers, student university take-overs etc) a bit of which would…

The Five Golden Dragons (1967)

I Saw A Film! I felt my heart sinking as this one progressed. I almost decided it wasn't going to be worth the effort, but I persevered and was rewarded with a bit of action/spy malarkey and whimsy that was made a bit more palatable by including some lovely ladies, including (Secret Agent Super Dragon's)…

St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

I saw a film! I remember this one being in the cinema and a sweetheart named Samantha P. suggesting we see it. She didn't hear the title quite right and thought it was something about "elbows". We didn't see it. I probably tortured her with some crap she was nice enough to accompany me to.…