• Ragtime

    Ragtime

    ★★★

    1981 In Review - November
    #11

    A kaleidoscope of tales from E.L. Doctorow's eponymous novel evokes life in pre-World War I New York City. A white family find a black baby in their yard and takes on the mother as a maid. A black pianist, Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Howard E. Rollins Jr.), returns for his woman and child after finding success in a Harlem jazz band. Firefighters, dismayed to see a black man own a Model-T Ford, deface it, and…

  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet

    Four Flies on Grey Velvet

    ★★★

    1971 In Review - November
    #10

    A musician is stalked by an unknown homicidal maniac, who blackmails him for the accidental killing of another stalker.

    Michael Brandon is the drummer in a rock band who finds himself in deep trouble after accidentally killing a man who appeared to be stalking him. Soon people surrounding Brandon begin turning up dead. This Argento film benefits greatly from excellent acting, stylish cinematography and a very audacious music score by Ennio Morricone. Brandon is…

  • The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie

    The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie

    ★★

    1981 In Review - November
    #10

    Bugs Bunny hosts an award show featuring several classic Looney Toon shorts.

    The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie is basically just a compilation of shorts we all grew up with that has all been thrown together and made into a film. It focuses a lot more on the work of Friz Freleng who is a legend in the world of animation. 
    Basically it's just a clip show, with some newly added material... The…

  • The Deadly Duo

    The Deadly Duo

    ★★★

    1971 In Review - November 
    #9

    A prince of the Sung Dynasty has been taken prisoner by Ching invaders and is being held in an impenetrable fortress by elite men of the Ching. A group of fighters loyal to the Sung set out on a treacherous journey to the fortress in order to free the prince. A mysterious stranger is recruited to accompany the fighters to help them gain access to the fortress.

    These Shaw Brothers films are always so…

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★½

    1981 In Review - November 
    #9

    A German terrorist (Klaus Kinski), his gang and hostages are trapped with a deadly snake in a London house.

    Bumbling kidnappers have their plan foiled when, thanks to some bizarre mix-ups, a deadly snake gets released in the townhouse where the kidnapee lives. Since the police are outside, the criminals are trapped within.
    Directed in principle by Tobe Hooper who left the shooting due to a nervous breakdown being replaced by Pies Haagard, Venom…

  • The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper

    The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper

    ★★

    1981 In Review - November
    #8

    A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains, has Cooper following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite the best efforts of a dogged cop.

    D B Cooper was the pseudonym of an unidentified skyjacker who parachuted from a commercial aircraft, at night, somewhere between Washington State and Oregon in 1971, he'd extorted $200,000 from the airline after threatening the crew with…

  • Porky's

    Porky's

    ★★★½

    1981 In Review - November 
    #7

    High school friends Pee Wee (Dan Monahan), Tommy (Wyatt Knight), Billy (Mark Herrier) and Mickey (Roger Wilson) want to lose their virginity. But when they're kicked out of a strip club after the owner, Porky (Chuck Mitchell), takes their money, they plot revenge. While they try to get back at him, they deal with other teen troubles, including Pee Wee's worries that his "equipment" is shrinking, their sexually opinionated gym teacher (Kim Cattrall) and…

  • Home Sweet Home

    Home Sweet Home

    1981 In Review - November
    #6

    An escaped mental patient steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradleys' Thanksgiving celebration, where he plans to make them a little less thankful….

    This truly is bottom of the barrel stuff for a slasher film and without doubt one of the worst movies I have seen from 1981. It’s another one of those themed slasher films, this time is set at Thanksgiving. 
    It's bad, beyond bad. But it's just so…

  • I, Monster

    I, Monster

    ★★½

    1971 In Review - November
    #8

    In the Nineteenth Century, in London, the psychologist Charles Marlowe (Christopher Lee) researches a new drug capable to release inhibitions and uses his patients as guinea pigs. He discusses the principles of Freud with his friend Dr. Lanyon and decides to experiment the drug on himself. He becomes the ugly and and evil Edward Blake and his friend and lawyer Frederick Utterson (Peter Cushing) believes Blake is another person that might be blackmailing Charles.…

  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    Sometimes a Great Notion

    ★★½

    1971 In Review - November 
    #7

    A family of independent Oregon loggers refuses to participate in a local strike against the big lumber companies.

    An Oregon logging family refuses to join the local union in a strike, leading to tension in the small town. This was Newman's second stint in the director's chair and he seems unsure about how to tell a good story. The plot moves in fits and starts, making it hard to become invested in the story.…

  • Goliath Awaits

    Goliath Awaits

    ★★

    1981 In Review - November
    #5

    A team of scientists discover a secret underwater community within the wreck of an ocean liner that sank during World War II.

    Goliath Awaits was a two part TV movie that was successful on TV at the time, it was a huge ratings winner. It’s a very strange premise, a cruise liner sinks to the bottom of the sea and 40 years later a salvage crew discovers it - plus a whole community of…

  • The Corpse

    The Corpse

    ★★

    1971 In Review - November 
    #6

    A patriarch's (Michael Gough) corpse comes back to haunt the wife (Yvonne Mitchell) and daughter (Sharon Gurney) who murdered him.

    AKA Crucible of Horror, this movie is a psychological thriller about a sadistic husband and father who plays cruel mental and physical games with his family. When the mother and daughter (Sharon Gurney) have finally decided that they've had enough, they turn the tables on this brutal bully and give him a taste of his…