‘The Swarm’ (1978): Is Irwin Allen’s disaster pic one of the worst movies ever made?

“The Swarm is coming!” I wish I could somehow convey how imperative and compelling and flat-out exciting those words were to me, way back in 1978, when they were so dramatically intoned in the trailer that seemed to pop up constantly on TV and at every other movie I went to that winter and spring.… Read More ‘The Swarm’ (1978): Is Irwin Allen’s disaster pic one of the worst movies ever made?

‘Top Gun’ (1986): A lesson in mid ’80s Hollywood moviemaking

Hey: there are red flags in even the best relationships. I should have understood that right away when I started dating my wife all those years ago. Now, I let it slide when she said The French Connection and Bullitt were “boring.” And I said, “Fine, whatever,” when she wouldn’t let me hang up my Shaft’s Big… Read More ‘Top Gun’ (1986): A lesson in mid ’80s Hollywood moviemaking

‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (1969): The best Bond, the best Bond girl, the best Bond movie

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

‘Hundra’ (1983): A welcome addition to the sword-and-sorcery genre

A rare office visit from my editor (you can jimmy those rehab locks with a gum wrapper) resulted in a request to look at Hundra, the 1983 Italian-American-Spanish fantasy swashbuckler from director Matt Cimber. Apparently, a new Blu-ray transfer is coming from Dark Force Entertainment, and if I know my editor, he’s probably into them… Read More ‘Hundra’ (1983): A welcome addition to the sword-and-sorcery genre