This August 16th will be the 45th anniversary of the death of “the King,” Elvis Presley. To celebrate, we thought we’d look back at some of ‘ol Swivel Hip’s musicals collected in the blue suede flocked boxed set, Lights! Camera! Elvis! Collection, from a few years back. Titles included are: 1957’s King Creole, 1960’s G.I. Blues, 1961’s… Read More ‘Lights! Camera! Elvis! Collection’: A look back at 8 of the King’s movies
Inexplicably missing-in-action movie from TV icon Andy Griffith. On April 1st, 1968, The Andy Griffith Show broadcast its final first-run episode, ending the-then #1-rated television show in the country, after eight highly successful seasons. Just one short year (and a day) later, Universal Pictures released Griffith’s charming little family programmer, Angel in My Pocket…and America couldn’t have… Read More ‘Angel in My Pocket’ (1969): Has this Andy Griffith film been memory-holed?
John Wayne would have been 115 years old this month (what do you want from me? You come up with these reviews after a 2-week bender).
So the other day I had to take out an unsecured loan to put gas in my lawnmower, and it made me think of my old man, who whenever he lent me his ’81 Caprice Classic always stipulated I had to fill the tank…which he would first run dry (How’s it goin’ down there, Dad? Hot… Read More ‘Zero Hour!’ (1957), ‘Hot Rods to Hell’ (1967), ‘Skyjacked’ (1972): A terrorized travelers triple feature
“Violence is their God… and they hunt in a pack like rabid dogs!”“Get out of their way…if you can!”
Recently having endured the latest—and I pray to God last—James Bond abomination (no, I didn’t pay to see it, and yes, that DVD screener was later used as target practice), I was in desperate need of some corrective movie therapy. Stat. So…since that particular abortion, No Time to Die, decided to lift elements of an earlier… Read More ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (1969): The best Bond, the best Bond girl, the best Bond movie
Will the studio-sanctioned double-feature ever come back?
We need a big screen re-release of this, in Universal’s Sensurround, pronto.
If you live in a state like mine, with mandatory curfews on our personal movements now set in place and Thanksgiving canceled in no uncertain terms—yes, I am actually speaking about America, the United States of America, people, and not some despotic Third World hellhole—then maybe it is time for a little spiritual guidance…even for… Read More ‘One Man’s Way’ (1964): A positive, humane, understanding biopic
A few years back, Severin released a spiffy Blu-ray transfer (from the original negative) of Mario Caiano’s Nightmare Castle (Amanti d’Oltretomba), the 1965 Italian gothic horror shocker starring the incomparable Barbara Steele, along with Paul Muller, Helga Line, Marino Mase, Rik Battaglia, and Giuseppe Addobbati.