Excalibur (1981)

I Saw a Film! Man I wanted this to be real when I was a lad. I loved this Boorman fantasy epic which leaned heavily on some old Mallory Arthurian legend fun, and imagined it to be something like a documentary of the 14th or 13th or whatever century. I understand that most of the…

Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)

I Saw A Film! Between Beverly Hills Cop the third and The Nutty Professor Eddie Murphy dropped this little number in the mix, a kind of darkly comic Nosferatu romp set in the big city. The theme is similar to Coming To America, as our suavely grinning vampire is looking for his lady (one who…

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka! (1988)

I Saw A Film! A well-crafted parody of 70's black action films focused on the usual plot points of drug use, organized crime, the return of prodigal sons, and a desire to roll all the themes into one sweet disco-dancing, bad-joking, fake kung-fu package. Add to that the wonderful collection of star power the Wayan…

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962)

I Watched a Film! An exquisite piece of artwork, from revered Czech director Karel Zeman, fashioned of both live action and animation involving the titular character and his "Moonman" rival acquaintance, Tony, an absolutely ridiculous name, according to the baron. Zeman inspired everyone from Jan Svankmajer to Terry Gilliam, and I'm only just learning about…

What Happened To Kerouac (1987)

I Saw A Film! Independence used to mean of mind. Intellectual pursuit, arts, and independence of mind, used to be tremendously valued. Steve Allen and even Buckley would have these writers and thinkers on panel shows, and while often enough the questions discussed were crap (or in Buckley's case pointedly leading), it was still far…

Head (1968)

I Saw A Film! Love or hate the Monkees, the facts are that the music world is rife with stars performing other talented people's efforts. You can get upset that studio musicians produced most of The Monkees' music, but you better realize that that was true of Elvis and The Beach Boys as well as…

Tinto Brass’ Miranda (1985)

I Saw A Film! I keep saying things like, I'm a big boy, and I want to see more provocative adult sexual stuff, and give me a female Henry Miller! But then, when I get it, I find myself snickering like a school boy and being quite put off by all the crotch zooms and…

200 Motels (1971)

I Saw A Film! Fifty years ago the Mothers of Invention with their genius ringleader Zappa created this document, one part disjointed surrealist play, one part homage to the music, and two parts go-f&%$-yourself as an ostensible story about what it was like being on tour with the band. Narrated by Ringo Star (dressed as…

The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976)

I Saw A Film! It's another of those: Women who have had enough and decide to take on the world through a series of old fashioned bank-robberies and fighting with the law type films. Lucky for them they are up against goony ineffectiveness in a series of slack-jawed men who basically nut themselves on fence…

The Four Musketeers (1974)

I Saw A Film! Part two of this thoroughly enjoyable franchise has the Faye Dunaway character (I always remember her best from Network, and she is unusually beautiful in this film), the right-hand-lady of the Cardinal Richelieu (Heston-he looks cute too) getting her revenge after her plot of embarrassing the queen didn't work out in…