A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

I Saw A Film! A story by the great John Cleese and outfitted with no less talents than Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, and possibly the sexiest and most amusing con-artist version of Jamie Lee Curtis ever put on film. The film has it's flaws, of course, but it is mostly meant as a hysterical bank…

The Thin Red Line (1998)

I Saw A Film! War produces two kinds of stories, one, the Audie Murphy to Saving Private Ryan revelation of heroic necessity in a time of demand. We bow to those elders who took upon themselves the life-risking tasks of accomplishing the massive and horrible duties of soldiering under fire. Bloody horror surrounds them, yet…

Grizzly (1976)

I Saw A Film! Your basic killer monster film based on a bear and set in the woods. Our beast has an appetite for lovely young women (appropriately enough as classic monsters go), and the kills are sequences of flashes of violence with cheap aftermath effects. Body parts fly, faces are scratched, and we're told…

Midnight Run (1988)

I Saw A film! A planes, Trains and automobiles adventure that puts De Niro and Grodin together in comic, but adversarial framing. Of course, with the likes of Dennis Farina as a mob boss, Yaphet Kotto as an FBI investigator and Joey "Pants" as a bail bonds chief all coming at them from different sides,…

The Octagon (1980)

I Saw A film! Forty-one years ago Chuck was 40. I was about 15 and went to the Coventry, RI cinema (which later became a restaurant- when the multiplex opened in the late 80s) and saw this film. As a teenager obsessive about martial arts and martial arts films, I was entirely forgiving of the…

Dances With Wolves (1990)

I Saw A Film! The first ten to fifteen minutes of this sprawling epic involving bison, wolves, sympathetic Native American portrayals and a rich tapestry of western vistas, add little to the better majority of this story. Watching Costner ride his horse directly into rebel enemy fire during the last stages of the Civil War,…

Romeo is Bleeding (1993)

I Saw A Film! An attempt at a slick modern noir starring a sloppy Gary Oldman as a cop playing the mafia, headed by Roy Scheider, and a dangerous hit-woman, off each other for a pile of cash, while crashing cars, doing WWE wrestling moves, and getting toes chopped off, winds up goofy, but fairly…

The Offense (1973)

I Saw A Film! Sean Connery is a veteran cop on British streets desperately obsessed with stopping a child rapist and killer. On the outside of this story arrangement is a familiar good-guy desire. We want the good guys to win. We want them to find their quarry and protect the people. Good cop stuff.…

Split Image (1982)

I Saw a Film! Like a wonderful old After School Special warning us of the perils of drug addiction or driving too fast, comes this amazing film starring cute Karen Allen and Michael O'Keefe alongside stalwarts like Brian Dennehy, James Woods and freaking Peter Fonda! What we have here is a cult! And none-to-soon on…

Omega Doom (1996)

I Saw a Film! If you're a Rutger Hauer completist then you'll need to immerse in this poorly made artifact. Robots rule a post-apocalyptic world (we kind of need another term for this. Post-apocalypse is so overused at this point it may as well mean "movie"). The world is grim, and bombed out. There're apparently…