Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cosmos: War of the Planets A.K.A. Year Zero: War in Space (1977)

An Italian science fiction adventure film directed by Alfonso Brescia.
The trials and tribulations of a team of astronauts are shown.
The plot is murky like a swamp and with all the characters in the same costumes, they are hard to tell apart. The vintage synthesizer music was the only good thing about this film. The pacing was on time, but with style in the negative, it got annoying. The stupid plots and flashy costumes and sets earn this a poor. It seems like they might have been trying to make a movie.

Bride of the Gorilla (1951)

An American drama directed by Curt Siodmak, starring Raymond Burr, Lon Chaney Jr. and Barbara Payton.
A woman's husband is poisoned by a gypsy. He gets jungle fever and wants to spend the night in the rainforest killing things.
It would have been o.k. if there had been even one scene showing the husband rampaging through the jungle, but there were none. It was what I shall now dub a "talking movie" in which dialogue and words are the only action. They talked about rampaging through the jungle, but it was never shown. Any film that coins a phrase to describe how bad it is can only be rated shit.

Battle of the Worlds (1961)

An Italian science fiction drama directed by Antonio Margheriti, starring Claude Rains.
A wandering planet enters the Earth's solar system. Scientists investigate.
This was pretty boring. There were spaceships, space suits and foreign worlds, but that didn't make it interesting. The quality in general was very low. People wearing space suits and talking about other planets entering our solar system is about as interesting as when they put on togas and talk politics. I rate this bad. Don't watch it.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Gamera vs. Guiron A.K.A. Gamera vs. Giant Evil Beast Guiron A.K.A. Attack of the Monsters (1969)

A Japanese science fiction film directed by Noriaki Yuasa.
Two boys wander onto a space ship which takes them to another planet. Gamera, the giant turtle monster follows them. The girls on the planet plan to eat the brains of the boys and have giant monster fights.
Call it cheesy, lame, hokey or any other derogatory terms, but I like this. It's a movie about monster fights (as advertised) and there's nothing wrong with that. The special effects don't look like modern computer graphics, but that gives it style. Speaking of style, it's abundant and you can't mistake this film for something other than what it is. Young male characters are perfect because that is the target audience. I could spout about the glorious simplicity of this film all day or just rate it good. It is exactly what it is supposed to be.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

An American science fiction horror film directed by Bernard L. Kowalski.
Giant leeches drag people into their cave in a swamp in order to drain the people's blood. Small town drama goes on outside the swamp.
This was horrible! The plot and characters were simple and easy to follow. The leeches themselves had about a minute total of screen time. Talking, boring, poorly made. If I watch a movie called "Attack of the Giant Leeches", I expect to see leeches attacking. I saw hillbillies, dorks and women talking. I rate it shit. Yes, I'm rating quite a few movies shit lately. They are all in the running for worst movie ever made and I mean it every time.

Atom Age Vampire (1960)

An Italian horror science fiction film directed by Anton Giulio Majano.
A scientist uses radioactive material to restore the beauty of a woman and turn himself into a monster.
More '60s Italian trash. My blog is full of rantings on my distaste for this filth and I feel no need to add to that. The problem is that it's boring and poorly made. I rate it shit. Don't watch it.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Space Men A.K.A. Assignment Outer Space (1960)

An Italian science fiction directed by Antonio Margheriti.
A crew of astronauts must stop a runaway spaceship from crashing into the Earth. This ship is emitting an emission which destroys anything that comes close to it.
This is the most boring science fiction film I have viewed to date. It figures that it was made in Italy in the 1960s when and where they were also making such bad sword and sandal flicks. Science fiction should have robots, aliens and foreign worlds. This had none of those. It was just people in space suits talking and some model ships against a black background. BORING! I rate it shit. Please don't watch it!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Winterset (1936)

An American crime film directed by Alfred Santell.
A man is executed in a murder case, even though he is innocent. Years later, the judge, real murderer and the son of the executed man meet in a poor section of a city.
The characters could be identified, but the plot was totally incoherent. The video was primitive and the audio was infected with a dead air hiss. I found the movie to be boring, mostly due to inferiority of plot and was tempted to turn it off. I rate it bad. Don't watch it.

Terrorstorm: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism (2006)

An American documentary by Alex Jones.
Alex Jones narrates a review of false flag events through history and shows some interviews.
There is some good information in this film and it is clearly presented. The final edition with the extra hour of speeches is unnecessary though. This is not quite of the magnitude of Endgame, but still an important film. If you are interested in this subject matter or Alex's films in general, this is a good one to watch. I rate it adequate.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Windjammer (1937)

An American adventure film directed by Ewing Scott.
A man is sent to serve legal papers to a senator. They meet at a yacht race where the man is denied entry to the senator's yacht. Pretending to drown, he is brought on board and is stuck on the ship. When a storm strikes, the yacht crashes into a pirate ship and the passengers are taken hostage by the hostile captain.
The audio was of especially poor quality and the editing of the audio and video were very sloppy. The plot and characters were not explained sufficiently, did not make sense, but were easy to follow (if that makes any sense). This was just more rough to sift through in search of diamonds. I rate it poor.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wildcat (1942)

An American drama directed by Frank McDonald.
A greedy man tries to strike it rich by drilling for oil. He cheats, lies, steals, etc to get what he wants.
If you've seen one oil movie, you've seen them all. The oil boss is always driven by greed, the guy with the well next door is always in competition, the significant other relationship is always uncertain and the well always catches fire. The video was super-grainy and the editing was terrible. Instead of ripping it apart by listing all the film elements and saying they were bad, I'll just rate it bad. I have nothing good to say about this film. Don't watch it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Django Unchained (2012)

An American western written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz.
A bounty hunter frees and partners up with a former slave who was separated from his wife when they were sold. Together they find her and endeavor to buy her from a man who runs slave fights.
Quentin Tarantino knows how to make a movie! Jamie Foxx plays the part of a gunslinger quite well and Christoph does a very good job as well. It took me a few minutes to recognize Samuel L. Jackson. The plot and characters are riveting, style knows no bounds and the dynamic pacing is elegant. My only problem with this was the audio, which had almost muted dialogue and music that shook the firmament. If you like Tarantino's other films, this one will not disappoint. I rate it best. Watch it!

Who Killed Doc Robbin (1948)

An American comedic mystery directed by Bernard Carr.
A group of children witness important events involved in a murder and are asked to testify in court.
The audio was poor quality and difficult to hear, just like the video was poor quality and difficult to see. The characters were EXTREMELY annoying and the plot got obfuscated by humor that didn't make me laugh. I thought the non-white children were quite funny though and a monkey putting on the clothes of one of them caught my attention. I'm not saying that I'm racist, just pointing out that the humor in the film was. Darkie jokes aside, this is not a good film and I would advise against watching it. I rate it bad.

Friday, August 22, 2014

White Pongo (1945)

An American adventure film directed by Sam Newfield.
Alerted by the diary of a deceased explorer, a group enter a jungle in Africa to search for a white gorilla.
The audio was absolutely horrible, being muffled and mid-range heavy. The video was a little on the blurry and grainy side. The plot and characters barely kept my attention and although the story was easy to follow, I would say that the presentation was bad. I've seen jungle crawl films (kind of like "dungeon crawl" games) before and they all tend to be very similar, making them uninteresting. The gorilla costumes were actually not too bad. Even though I could easily tell that there was a human inside, they looked like gorillas. I rate this poor because it's just more rough in the way of my diamond search.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Underground Rustlers (1941)

An American western directed by S. Roy Luby.
A team of 3 true gunslingers is sent to a gold producing town to stop harriers from stealing gold.
Talk about remembering faces of fathers, these guys didn't even have to shoot! They rounded up the harriers (who were hidden among the townspeople) by playing it cool and using their brains. This included the playing of some trve kvlt honky tonk kovntry music. The audio and video were stylishly antiquated and the costumes were authentic. The plot and characters kept me sincerely interested for all 55 minutes of the duration. I will be watching this again sometime because it's a keeper. Overall, this is what old, hokey western films are all about. I rate it good.

Under the Red Robe (1937)

A British American historical drama directed by Victor Sjostrom.
A cardinal makes a deal with a man who is caught dueling illegally. The man must capture the leader of the Huguenots.
The audio and video seem to come from the time period depicted in the film. The plot and characters did not hold my attention in the least bit. The whole thing is just so antiquated that it is impossible to watch. I rate it shit because I turned it off before the end.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tulsa (1949)

An American action drama directed by Stuart Heisler.
A fickle woman lets greed guide her choices in boyfriends and business practices until it is too late to prevent a catastrophe.
The plot and characters kept me interested and the presentation was very clear. The audio and video style reminded me strongly of The Big Trees (1952). The video was a little too bright and the audio was treble-oriented and a little grainy. The pacing seemed to accelerate as the film progressed, which worked out well. I did not like the signature song of the film because I thought it was too hokey. Overall, it's a regular movie from the late '40s. I rate it o.k. You may want to watch it if you liked The Big Trees.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009)

An American documentary directed by Dylan Avery.
The destruction of the world trade towers in New York City on September 11th 2001 is examined in detail. Evidence is presented that the government's accepted story is false.
If you're interested in the subject matter, this is THE film for it. Every aspect of the event is explained very clearly. I would challenge anyone who believes the story presented by the mainstream media to watch this and not change their mind. I know that the film explains this better than I could ever hope to so I'll just rate it awesome. Watch this movie!!!

The No Mercy Man (1973)

An American action film directed by Daniel Vance.
A gang of thugs from a carnival are causing trouble in a small town. A Vietnam veteran has just returned from the war with deep mental scars. Conflict ensues.
I liked the folk song in the intro and ending: "love and lust are the same to him like being raped by the devil" "wave your medals in the wind before a plastic crowd" such powerful lyrics! In the first bar scene, a dork enters the bar full of hooligans and I thought this was very well done and showed some good contrast. The ending was extremely violent and this action escalated when the veteran decided to join the fight. Everything else was mediocre, lackluster and generic. Overall, it's a standard '70s flick with some good parts. I rate it o.k.

Monday, August 18, 2014

They Never Come Back (1932)

An American action drama directed by Fred C. Newmeyer, starring Regis Toomey.
A boxer injures his arm and is told that he can no longer fight. He gets a new job as a bouncer in a night club where he angers the boss on his first night of work. When money is reported to be missing, it is found in the ex-fighter's jacket and he is jailed. After he gets out of jail, the boxer calls upon his friends to help him set wrongs to right.
The characters were identifiable and some actually changed over the course of the film (EGADS! Dynamic characters!). The plot kept my attention through the entire duration and I thought that it was good. The audio and video were dated, but pretty good for 1932. The style and editing were typical of that time and this was the only negative that I found. Some of the editing was a little sloppy on timing by today's standards and the boxing matches were shown at a higher speed, which seems like it would have been an old technique even in 1932. Overall, it's a pretty good film for anyone who likes older movies. I'm rating it adequate.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The White Orchid (1954)

An American romantic adventure directed by Reginald Le Borg.
An archaeologist in South America is researching precolumbian ruins and is sent a female photographer. He does not approve of a woman holding this job, but she manages to convince him otherwise. She finds them a guide and on the way into the jungle, the two men quarrel over who will win the woman.
The plot was easy to follow and the characters identifiable. The straight ahead camera-work made the presentation very clear. Technically speaking, it was an alright film with no problems. It just didn't strike my fancy. The subject matter was outside my normal fare and the style wasn't sufficiently strong to make me like it for artistic reasons. What we've got here is a regular movie that's alright to watch. I rate it o.k.

The Desrtuction of Atlantis (2006)

A Documentary by Michael Tsarion.
Michael Tsarion lectures about genetic manipulation and engineering.
Mike T lays down some amazing prose. He mentions hollow-earth theories briefly and generally talks about how the genetic experiments with human/alien DNA. Mike can't say much without referencing other material because everything is connected.  Michael Tsarion is a smart guy and he speaks well. My only problem with this is that if you listen to the beginning, he's announcing that there was a part one and this is part 2. I rate it awesome because I like Mike T.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Uranium Conspiracy (1978)

An Israeli German Italian action film directed by Gianfranco Baldanello and Menahem Golan.
Spies from a few different countries are trying to steal or protect radioactive materials.
The plot was difficult to discern and the characters not memorable, with the exception of one man who had a catch phrase. The style was standard '70s, pacing fast, video was too dark in many places and the audio was in foreign languages with no subtitles. I rate it bad because it's a rotten stinking movie. Too bad nobody will get that inside joke.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Endgame:Blueprint for Global Enslavement (2007)

An American documentary by Alex Jones.
Alex lays out the history and plans of the Illuminati new world order including the Bilderberg group, eugenics, biometrics and the North American Union.
This is Alex's masterpiece, his tour de force, his magnum opus. Watching this film is one of the most effective ways of waking up to the new world order. Mr. Jones narrates the pure truth about the vulgar lies of the government with confidence and without hesitation. The entire film is good facts and I believe it to be one of the best documentaries ever made. I rate it best. WATCH IT!!!!

The Swiss Conspiracy (1976)

A German American action romance directed by Jack Arnold.
A supposedly secure Swiss bank is robbed and account holders are killed. The bank hires an American former treasury official to find who is disrupting business. While involved in this investigation, he falls in love with a woman.
Everything was mediocre, '70s and boring. The editing was a little sloppy, video grainy and audio had clarity problems. The characters were easy to identify, but the plot almost put me to sleep. This is just another crappy movie that I had to sort through in search of diamonds in the rough. I rate it poor.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Matrix of Evil (2003)

An American documentary by Alex Jones, starring Ron Paul, Cynthia McKinney, Craig Roberts and Frank Morales.
Alex Jones and other political speakers call listeners to action against illegal laws, manufactured wars and the new world order.
This film has great speeches by great speakers and is full of good information. Alex rants a little bit, but most of it is on-topic presentation. The gentleman speaking at about the hour mark says something about not being a patriotic couch potato because it is a waste of time and I think that this is the most powerful statement in the entire film. It goes along the same lines as a classic quote about evil winning when good men do nothing. My only issue with this is the title. When good people say good things and it's called "Matrix of Evil", that is not correct. How about "Defenders of Freedom" or "Battle Call for Liberty"? I like the film, but not the title and rate it good.

The Star Packer (1934)

An American western directed by Robert N. Bradbury, starring John Wayne.
A gang of harriers are terrorizing a town and a lone gunslinger with his Native American friend must stop them.
The plot was simple, yet hard to follow and the characters were few, but difficult to differentiate. I thought John Wayne (the sheriff) was robbing a stagecoach in the beginning! The video was appropriate, but the audio was very weak. An example of this is when John Wayne jumps into a river and it sounds like someone dropped a pebble into a cup of water. There was also a section of video where the screen goes totally black for a few moments. The costumes were very cowboy western and the sets were pretty stereotypical. If you want to watch cowboys ride horses for 53 minutes, that's what this is for. Otherwise, skip it. I rate it o.k. because it served it's purpose.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

An American romantic adventure drama directed by Henry King, starring Gregory Peck.
A man is injured on a journey in Africa. While lying on his cot and waiting for help to arrive, he reflects on his life up to that point. This mostly focuses on his romantic relationships.
The plot and characters kept me interested, but I had some difficulty discerning one girlfriend/wife from another. The flashbacks worked wonders for this film and I thought that they were appropriate and used well. There were some areas where the production quality was not so great, but these were very few. The sets and costumes were top notch and I wouldn't change a thing there. Some of the music was really good and some of it was negligible, so good there too. In fact, I liked this movie. I think that it was made very well, the story was good and the presentation was clear. I rate it good.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

A British adventure drama directed by Harold Young.
An English aristocrat leads a double life as a namby-pamby fashion consultant and a political revolutionary.
The poem: "They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven? Is he in hell? That damned elusive pimpernel." I like the poem and the main character is played very well. I also award this film some female anatomy points for noble women in low-cut dresses. The plot was not the clearest that has ever been presented and the audio had a loud dead air hissing sound throughout. Normally, nobility, politics and romance bore me to tears, but they worked well for this film. Even though it's something that I would not usually have an interest in, I kind of liked it and thought it had style. I rate it adequate.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The One Eyed Soldiers (1966)

A Yugoslavian, Italian, British American action adventure film directed by John Ainsworth.
Some men are looking for a hidden treasure that was owned by the dead father of a woman.
The plot was murky and the characters barely identifiable. Obviously the presentation was not clear. With generic style and slow pacing, the film dragged across my screen for an hour and fourteen minutes. The lead actress was beautiful, but that is all that I can say as a "pro" for this film. I rate it bad.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Masters of Terror (2003)

An American documentary by Alex Jones.
Alex Jones explains why and how countries use false-flag terror attacks to create wars. He also touches on subjects like RFID chips and phone/internet neutrality.
This was a little on the dry side. It's just Alex sitting in a room and showing documents while he's talking. The subject matter is very important and clearly presented. There is a large amount of good information in this film without much "ranting" filler. I rate this adequate because it's good information and presented clearly, but does not grip your attention.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined (2010)

An American documentary by Jason Bermas and Alex Jones.
A documentary filmmaker shows clips of people referencing the new world order.
I think what happened here is that Alex had already explained everything in his earlier films, but still wanted to make a movie. He said "Let's get this loose Change guy and make a film together. It should be double good, right?". Wrong. This is gilding the lily and repetition. Many other films have this same exact information and more. The presentation is fine and it's an alright conspiracy film, but there are already so many of those. I rate it poor for being a copy of a knock-off. A good movie is supposed to be unique and this one is not. Check out the Documentary section in "Browse by Genre" for other good documentaries to watch.

Dark Secrets: Inside Bohemian Grove (2000)

An American documentary by Alex Jones.
A filmmaker and radio talk show host goes to Monte Rio, California in order to sneak inside a private club for rich politicians. While inside, he films a ritual called "The Cremation of Care".
The audio and video are of inferior quality because Mr. Jones did not want to be caught recording inside the club. The style is very, very strong and easy to identify as Alex's work. This is a very important film because it shows a secretive men-only club participating in occult rituals. These are the type of people who are the figureheads of countries and companies. The ones who decide financial and military matters of the entire world. Just think about that for a little while. I rate it awesome.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Lost World (1925)

An American adventure film directed by Harry Hoyt, with special effects by Willis O'Brien.
A mixed group of people travel to a plateau in the Amazon in search of dinosaurs and the father of one of their number.
Simple plot, small number of characters, stop-motion animation? Yes. This may be supremely old and a silent film, but it is still good. I like the prehistoric beasts being animated by a prehistoric special effect. I am extremely biased on the subject matter of this film. I grew up playing with dinosaur toys, have always watched dinosaur films and still have a collection of dinosaur memorabilia. However, they made one serious mistake by making the setting the Amazon in South America instead of the Congo in Africa. Everybody knows Mokele Mbembe lives in Africa! Other than that, great film and very entertaining for anyone who likes dinosaurs. Just skip the first few boring minutes until they get to the jungle. I rate it good.
This is my 1500th film review and I wouldn't choose another film in all the world to commemorate the occasion. There are better movies out there that are more shocking, artfully crafted and more important than this one, but part of me is still the little boy with a box full of dinosaur toys to play with.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Last Chance (1945)

A Swiss war film directed by Leopold Lindtberg.
A pair of soldiers escape from a battlefield in northern Europe where their regiment has been annihilated. They seek refuge in a small town where a priest is hiding other refugees who are also hiding from the Germans. When the German army draws near, all of the refugees and soldiers try to make it to a safe area before they can be caught.
This film was in 8 languages and the subtitles were absolutely the worst I have ever seen. The simple plot helped to render some of the dialogue superfluous and I was somehow able to follow the story. The characters were the shallowest I have ever seen, with no back-stories and no development. The editing was sloppy, there was no style and the pacing was slow. I have better things to do than rip apart crappy, old movies. I rate this bad. Don't watch it.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Iron Mask (1929 reissued in 1952)

An American action adventure film directed by Allan Dwan, starring and narrated by Douglas Fairbanks.
The swashbuckling team of the 3 Musketeers is split up and twins are born to the French royal family. One of the twins is the heir to the throne and the other is exiled to live as a commoner. The rightful heir is then imprisoned and the other twin installed into royal power in his place. The Musketeers must reunite to sort out the problem with the twins and make sure that the right one is king.
I didn't like the last film that I watched in which Douglas Fairbanks had dialogue, but this is totally different. The action star narrates adventure quite well and the music is very fitting. The video looked about how video from 1929 would be expected to look, but there was some style in the a/v combo. The political part of the plot was a little hard for me to follow, but the copious amounts of action made up for this. I must say again that the narration was spot-on as Fairbanks described in an energetic voice, using eloquent words the action that was going on. I rate this adequate.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959)

An American crime film directed by Charles Guggenheim and John Stix, starring Steve McQueen.
A young man falls in with some gangsters who are about to commit a bank robbery. He has planned to be the getaway driver and the robbery is to take place in his hometown, which is also the hometown of one of the other gangsters. The fellow rogue who shares the hometown is the brother of the main character's ex girlfriend. The ex is called upon to loan the gang some money until the robbery can be executed and when she sees her brother, things start to get difficult.
The pacing was extremely slow. Painfully so. The plot and characters were easy to follow, but failed to hold my interest. The audio and video were alright for black and white, but the style was generic and generally lacking interest. I really didn't like the movie and thought it was way too boring. I rate it bad.

The Devil's Party (1938)

An American crime drama directed by Ray McCarey, starring Victor McLaglen.
A gang of children grow up in New York City. One of them is caught setting fire to a warehouse as a child and gets into criminal activities as an adult. Some of his fellow gang members grow up to be police. When a man dies and it looks like murder, the police are called in and the gangster turns out to be involved.
The audio, video and style are very old-fashioned now, but were standard at the time this was made. This makes the film seem very dated. The plot and characters were mildly interesting and I was able to follow the story through the whole duration. Conflict involving cops and gangsters is generally overused and did not do anything to help this film stand out to me. Overall, it's an old movie about childhood friendships being broken by concerns in the adult world. I rate it poor.