The Devil’s Disciple (1959)

The Devil’s Disciple (1959) George Bernard Shaw’s take on the American Revolution, with the wit to prove there’s no difference between a Puritan minister (Burt Lancaster) and a revolutionary apostate (Kirk Douglas). Pity the poor wife (Janette Scott) who must choose between them. “Martyrdom,” quips “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne (Laurence Olivier), “it is where one achieves … More The Devil’s Disciple (1959)

Green Slime (1968)

Green Slime (1968) Director’s Kinji Fukasaku’s pop art interiors and space ships are filled not only with grade-B actors, but also with monsters that reproduce wildly into “an army of rubbery-looking goblins.” Their resemblance to R2-D2 remains uncanny. Ivan Reiner wrote and produced this story about a space station, Gamma 3, infected by these alien … More Green Slime (1968)

Hidden Fear (1957)

Hidden Fear (1957) John Payne plays an archetypal B-Movie detective, whose ugly American bullying rides roughshod over the Danish police who suspect his sister of murder. André de Toth, shooting on location in the New Wave style, captures the bleak post WWII black market of seedy Amsterdam. I no longer remember any of you Perhaps … More Hidden Fear (1957)

A Dog’s Life (1914)

  A Dog’s Life (1918) Silent. Chaplin’s first written. produced, and starring film for First Nation Films, with “Scraps” the dog and Edna Purviance as the love interest. Action-packed and full of surprising comic skits that all connect to a solid plot. The slums were never better photographed, nor the crime in American cities better … More A Dog’s Life (1914)

Silver Streak (1976)

Silver Streak (1976) The first film to pair Gene Wilder with Richard Pryor is an homage to Alfred Hitchock’s train sequence in North By Northwest. Gene Wilder plays a publisher who is aboard the Silver Streak on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey in order “to rest and get a lot of reading done.” Jill Clayburgh … More Silver Streak (1976)