The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug, by Peter Jackson  I saw The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug last Saturday with my wife, and I really wanted to love this movie–but I didn’t. If I hadn’t read the book, I would have thought it a typical adventure fantasy...
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The Story of Mankind

The Story of Mankind (1957) starring Vincent Price, Ronald Colman, Cedric Hardwicke, the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo), and many more
The Story of Mankind (1957) starring Vincent Price, Ronald Colman, Cedric Hardwicke, the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo), and many more  In a nutshell,  The Story of Mankind has humanity on trial for its’ very existence.   The Devil himself (played delightfully by Vincent Price) is the prosecutor....
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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers (1939), starring Don Ameche and the Ritz Brothers
The Three Musketeers (1939), starring Don Ameche and the Ritz Brothers  I’ve known of the Ritz Brothers for some time, although I’ve not seen many of their movies.  Previously, the only one of their movies that I saw  was  The Gorilla (with Bela Lugosi).  And I wasn’t...
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Prehistoric Women

Prehistoric Women (1967) - Hammer Films
Prehistoric Women (1967) – Hammer Films Hammer Films, having made  One Million B.C., had all of these leftover sets — what to do with them? Make a very campy, rather silly, “Cavegirls in trouble” film, of course. It’s campy in the style of the 1960’s  Batman TV series,...
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Miracles for Sale

Miracles for Sale, starring Gloria Holden, Henry Hull, Magician, Robert Young, Todd Browning, William Demarest
Miracles for Sale (1932) starring Robert Young, Florence Rice, Henry Hull, Gloria Holden Robert Young is probably best remembered for his eponymous television role as Marcus Welby, M.D. — but in his youth, he was an attractive leading man, as in the magical murder mystery, Miracles for Sale....
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The Evil of Frankenstein

The Evil of Frankenstein, starring Peter Cushing
Synopsis of The Evil of Frankenstein Penniless, Baron Frankenstein returns to his hometown to retrieve whatever items he can to sell … only to find that they’ve already been taken by the corrupt mayor. The baron and his assistant seek refuge in a cave.  With the help of...
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White Zombie (1932) starring Bela Lugosi

White Zombie, starring Bela Lugosi
White Zombie  (1932)  by: The Masked Reviewer, starring Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, John Harron, Robert Frazer White Zombie begins with Madeleine Short (Madge Bellamy) arriving in Haiti to reunite with her fiancee Neil Parker (John Harron). They are to be married at Charles Beaumont’s plantation. But Charles (Robert Frazer)...
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Godzilla 2000

Godzilla 2000 (1999)
Godzilla 2000 (1999) In a very real sense,  Godzilla 2000  is the movie that the American  Godzilla movie (starring Matthew Broderick) should have been.   The movie begins with a semi-independent researcher taking a reporter (along with his young daughter) to a  potential Godzilla sighting, where they get more...
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Godzilla Vs. Space Godzilla

Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994) Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla is a campy Godzilla movie, in the style of “two guys in rubber suits pretending that they’re in the WWE”.  I enjoyed it, but that’s the kind of monster movie that I grew up with; if you are in the...
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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is an old-school Godzilla movie–and I mean that in the best way possible.   It’s not a social commentary or serious film like the original  Godzilla movie.  It’s  the best kind of two monster face-off Godzilla movie that I grew up watching.   Godzilla...
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