Spying is and isn’t kiddie stuff here

Cloak & DaggerThe family movie Cloak & Dagger is very rough in tone at times, but is well done enough to make it worth a look for you and your kids.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


Click to share:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • email
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Reddit

    Misses the mark

    Direct HitDespite being a PM Entertainment production, Direct Hit is a lesser ’90s direct to video actioner.

    Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


    Click to share:

    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • email
    • StumbleUpon
    • Delicious
    • Digg
    • Reddit

      New at 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting

      Let’s start with the roundtable reviews:

      Dead of Night (1945), the first classic horror anthology, released decades before there were enough of them to constitute a proper subgenre…

      Dead of Night (1976), Dan Curtis’s somewhat feebler follow-up to the notorious Trilogy of Terror

      and…

      Nightmares (1983), one of the rare failed TV pilots to get elevated all the way to theatrical release.

       

      As for the rest, we’ve got:

      Christiane F. (1981), in which the teens of West Berlin shoot a whole lot of smack…

      Critters (1986), in which the Hopkinsville Goblins are reinterpreted as the galaxy’s deadliest Muppets…

      Destroy All Monsters (1968), which far from destroying them, gave the monsters a new lease on life…

      The Funhouse (1981), in which we can naturally count on Tobe Hooper to deliver the grodiest horror movie fun fair of all time…

      Green Room (2015), in which “gifted” isn’t quite the right word the youth which Patrick Stewart is mentoring this time…

      Microwave Massacre (1983), which flogs you with the dumbest jokes you can imagine until eventually you start to think they might, just maybe, be funny after all…

      Sole Survivor (1982), in which just dying in the damn plane crash is arguably the better deal…

      and…

      Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971), in which Melvin Van Peebles might’ve known that only Huey Long was really going to get it.

       
       
       

      El Santo rules the wasteland-- and also 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting.


      Click to share:

      • Twitter
      • Facebook
      • email
      • StumbleUpon
      • Delicious
      • Digg
      • Reddit

        Kidnapping is seldom this fun

        The BetrayedThe kidnap drama The Betrayed has all the ingredients needed to be given sleeper status.

        Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


        Click to share:

        • Twitter
        • Facebook
        • email
        • StumbleUpon
        • Delicious
        • Digg
        • Reddit

          Cocktails & Capers: The End Result of a Year of Silence

          My website has been silent for a long time, but that’s because I was writing this.

          Page after page of rambling on everything from: Sweet Smell of Success, Billie Holiday, and old New York bars; Louis Feuillade’s Fantomas and Les Vampires; AJ Raffles and gentleman thieves¬† in film and print; the murky origins of the Martini; Kriminal, Kilink, Diabolik, and fumetti cinema; the origins of masked wrestlers and the birth of the El Santo/Blue Demon team-up; amaro and how Lucky Luciano and Ian Fleming won WWII; and the story of Dean Martin’s Matt Helm films, which became a sprawling epic involving the mob, Mia Farrow, the Kennedys, bodies in 55 gallon drums, the CIA, and Ian Fleming’s plan to defeat communism by stealing Fidel Castro’s beard.

          It also contains cocktail recipes!

          Parts were previously hosted on Teleport City, Mezzanotte, or Alcohol Professor but have been substantially re-researched and rewritten. And then a whole mess o’ stuff is new.

          365 pages, black and white but with an attractive color cover. US$15.99 via Amazon. Buy it here of through whatever your country’s Amazon may be (it should be on all of them). It will eventually filter out to other sites, but that’s out of my control.

          If you work at or have a connection to a brick & mortar you think would be interested in stocking it, let me know. Gotta hustle.

          And finally, if you are foolish enough to buy it and read it, consider giving it a rating and/or review on Amazon and Goodreads.


          Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


          Click to share:

          • Twitter
          • Facebook
          • email
          • StumbleUpon
          • Delicious
          • Digg
          • Reddit

            Badly conceived

            PaternityWhile the Burt Reynolds comedy Paternity is thankfully not irritating like his worst yahoo comedies, the end results are all the same too bland and unsurprising to generate many laughs.

            Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


            Click to share:

            • Twitter
            • Facebook
            • email
            • StumbleUpon
            • Delicious
            • Digg
            • Reddit

              A serving of spirits

               

               
               

              KWAIDAN (1964)

              Kobayashi Masaki’s first colour film is an anthology of four ghost stories, in which the meetings of humans and spirits have an impact upon both.

              Both chilling and sad in its implications, Kwaidan is also a stunning exercise in visual style.

               

               

               

              Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


              Click to share:

              • Twitter
              • Facebook
              • email
              • StumbleUpon
              • Delicious
              • Digg
              • Reddit

                A different kind of monster mayhem

                ArenaNot your typical hand-to-hand combat movie with aliens, Arena is one of the more enjoyable movies to come from Empire Pictures.

                Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


                Click to share:

                • Twitter
                • Facebook
                • email
                • StumbleUpon
                • Delicious
                • Digg
                • Reddit

                  …but not enough for the viewer

                  A Billion For BorisWhile the family movie A Billion For Boris has a great premise, the overall execution does not really work despite a few nice touches here and there.

                  Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


                  Click to share:

                  • Twitter
                  • Facebook
                  • email
                  • StumbleUpon
                  • Delicious
                  • Digg
                  • Reddit

                    Just fantasy…and not enough of that

                     

                    A Resurrected Review so old, I’m calling it as new!

                    (There is something genuinely new on the way, but personal issues have me running behind schedule…)

                     

                     

                     

                     

                    FLESH AND FANTASY (1943)

                    A spectacular cast and some gorgeous visuals can’t quite paper over the cracks in this half-hearted triptych examining destiny and self-determination.

                    However, the central story of the three, which finds palmist Thomas Mitchell telling sceptic Edward G. Robinson that he is doomed to commit murder, almost rescues the rest.

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                    Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


                    Click to share:

                    • Twitter
                    • Facebook
                    • email
                    • StumbleUpon
                    • Delicious
                    • Digg
                    • Reddit