The Monster and the Ape #4: Uninteresting Things and Uninterested People

The Monster and the Ape #4 The Fatal Search   For those of you playing The Monster and the Ape Home Game, the episode should start at approximately 1 hour 10 minutes in the OV Guide video. This chapter begins with our narrator, an obvious espresso fiend and probably the star of Dwain Esper’s Caffeine…

Hitchcock Halloween Blogathon: Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

This is the SBBN entry for the Hitchcock Halloween Blogathon, hosted by Backlots. Check out their blog today for all the great entries — and Happy Halloween, everyone! *** Charlie Newton (Theresa Wright) has decided in a fit of late-teen pique that her family life needs some shaking up, that the small-town drudgery — and…

The Vincent Price Blogathon: The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

This article on The Tomb of Ligeia is the SBBN entry for Nitrate Diva’s fantabulous Vincent Price Blogathon, held October 25 through 27th. Check out all the terrific entries! *** It is a clear, cold day in the early winter of 1838, and Verden Fell, current owner of the Castle Acre Priory, an astonishing 11th…

The Italian Horror Blogathon: Orgasmo (1969)

This is the SBBN entry for the 4th annual Italian Horror Blogathon hosted by our good friend Kevin at Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies. The ‘thon runs for a week, so keep checking in! *** Actress Carroll Baker spent 1967 reeling from a series of Hollywood setbacks, all of which began, somewhat ironically, after she achieved…

Slight Delay: The Monster and the Ape

Due to several deadlines and every appliance I have ever touched breaking down on the same day, there won’t be any Monster and the Ape this week. I hope it will resume next week, if time and work permits.

Warner Archive: Phil Spector (2013)

“I’m not standoffish, I’m inaccessible. Always have been.” Al Pacino as Phil Spector in David Mamet’s Phil Spector (2013)   Just past the clumsily-worded disclaimer that opens Phil Spector is a movie that makes very little sense. Its title, its subject matter, its very existence is utterly dependent on the very real Phil Spector, his…

The Monster and the Ape #3: Slower Than the Speed of Monkey

The Monster and the Ape #3 Flames of Fate Our narrator opens with exciting incomplete sentences! Suddenly! Just then! The wonder metal metalogen! Giant ape!   Spot the homoerotic subtext!   For those following along at home with the OV Guide version of the serial, this episode should start approximately 49 minutes in. During the…

Warner Archive: The Loved One (1965)

The Loved One (1965), a biting satire on American commercialism and the business of death, was billed on its release as “The Motion Picture with Something to Offend Everyone!”, and even today, this still holds true. Based on the 1948 Evelyn Waugh novel, it was written after his “humiliating success,” as he referred to it,…

The Monster and the Ape #2: Bringing a Monkey to a Knife Fight

The Monster and the Ape Episode 2: The Edge of Doom When we last left everyone who bothered to show up for the first day of shooting on The Monster and the Ape, Ken was laying face down in a pit of sparks, Babs was stuck behind a false wall, Prof. Arnold was lying mostly…

Warner Archive: Gummo (1997)

Gummo (1997) is a difficult film that too often feels outrageous for the sake of outrageousness, though fans of the film seem to love it for just that reason. Personally, I’ve never been able to fully accept artistic expression that exploits people in order to show that sometimes our society exploits people. It’s impossible for…