Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Monday, December 28, 2020

Oops, Wonder Woman raped a dude


WONDER WOMAN 1984

2020
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Written by Geoff Johns, Dave Callaham, and Patty Jenkins

Spoiler alert: moderate

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Walt Disney, part XXXVI: Beginnings are contagious there


OLIVER & COMPANY

1988
Directed by George Scribner
Written by committees with their own subcommittees, apparently

Spoiler alert: moderate

Walt Disney, part XXXV: I hope you're proud of yourself—and those pictures you took


WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT

1988
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman ("based on" the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf, but at least the book properly punctuates its title)

Spoiler alert: forget it, reader, it's Chinatown

Monday, December 21, 2020

What a disaster: Maybe they ought to leave it the way it is—a kind of shrine to all the bullshit in the world


THE TOWERING INFERNO

1974
Directed by John Guillermin and Irwin Allen
Written by Stirling Silliphant (based on the novels The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Busby Berkeley: Manhattan babies don't sleep tight


GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935

1935
Directed by Busby Berkeley
Written by Robert Lord, Manuel Seff, and Peter Milne

Spoiler alert: moderate

Sunday, November 29, 2020

What a disaster: There's got to be a morning after


THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

1972
Directed by Ronald Neame
Written by Stirling Silliphant and Wendell Mayes (based on the novel by Paul Gallico)

Spoiler alert: a little bit more than moderate, a little bit less than high

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Opie on Opie


HILLBILLY ELEGY

2020
Directed by Ron Howard
Written by Vanessa Taylor (based on the book by J.D. Vance)

Spoiler alert: man, this guy is doin' fine

Friday, November 27, 2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Moon blinked


OVER THE MOON

2020
Directed by Glen Keane and co-directed by John Kahrs
Written by Audrey Wells

Spoiler alert: moderate

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

What a disaster: Crystal healing


THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN

1971
Directed by Robert Wise
Written by Nelson Gidding (based on the novel by Michael Crichton)

Spoiler alert: a little bit higher than moderate, but there's no way to talk about it without at least alluding to the ending

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Blonde Sunday


I MARRIED A WITCH

1942
Directed by Rene Clair
Written by Robert Pirosh, Mark Connelly, Dalton Trumbo, Andre Rigaud, and Rene Clair (based on the novel The Passionate Witch by Thorne Smith and Norman H. Matson)

Spoiler alert: well, the title's a dead giveaway

Monday, November 9, 2020

Census Bloodbath: For me to poop on


MADHOUSE
aka And When She Was Bad aka There Was a Little Girl

Halloween might be cancelled, but it's still October but it's still early November, for which I apologize, though now that the true terror and pain is over, perhaps we can catch up.  Either way, it's still within the general timeframe prescribed for that mix of peanut butter and chocolate we call The Switcheroo, with Brennan Klein of Popcorn Culture and Alternate Ending doing my weird, gross, nostalgic 1950s sci-fi thing for a spell, whilst I do some nice, wholesome slashers from the brightest days of the 1980s.

1981
Directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis
Written by Stephen Blakeley, Peter Sheperd, Roberto Gandus, and Ovidio G. Assonitis

Spoiler alert: moderate

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Census Bloodbath: Parasocial relationship


Halloween might be cancelled, but it's still October, and that means it's time again for the peanut butter and chocolate we call The Switcheroo, with Brennan Klein of Popcorn Culture and Alternate Ending doing my weird, gross, nostalgic 1950s sci-fi thing for a spell, whilst I do some nice, wholesome slashers from the brightest days of the 1980s.

THE FAN

1981
Directed by Ed Bianchi
Written by Priscilla Chapman and John Hartman

Spoiler alert: moderate

Monday, October 26, 2020

Busby Berkeley: Flying away from Rio


WONDER BAR

1934
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Written by Earl Baldwin (based on the plays by Geza Herczeg, Karl Farkas, and Robert Katscher)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Cineramarama: Vacation's all I ever wanted


CINERAMA HOLIDAY

1955
Directed by Robert L. Bendick and Philip De Lacy
Written by Louis de Rochemont III and Otis Carney (based on a book, somehow, called America Through a French Looking Glass by Renee Gossett and Pierre Gossett)

Spoiler alert: N/A

Friday, October 23, 2020

Census Bloodbath: Cultural appropriation


Halloween might be cancelled, but it's still October, and that means it's time again for the peanut butter and chocolate we call The Switcheroo, with Brennan Klein of Popcorn Culture and Alternate Ending doing my weird, gross, nostalgic 1950s sci-fi thing for a spell, whilst I do some nice, wholesome slashers from the brightest days of the 1980s.

NIGHT SCHOOL

1981
Directed by Ken Hughes
Written by Ruth Agerton

Spoiler alert: high, I guess, I said reluctantly

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

This is the voice of world control


COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT

1970
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Written by James Bridges (based on the novel Colossus by Dennis Feltham Jones)

Spoiler alert: high

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Cineramarama: For beautiful for spacious skies


THIS IS CINERAMA

1952
Directed by Merian C. Cooper, Michael Todd Jr., Ernest B. Schoedsack, and Gunther von Frisch

Spoiler alert: as inapplicable as it gets

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The night breed


LITTLE MONSTERS

1989
Directed by Richard Alan Greenberg
Written by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott

Spoiler alert: mild

Friday, September 11, 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Oh the huge manatee


CHILDREN OF THE SEA
Kaiju no kodomo

2019 Japan/2020 USA
Directed by Ayumu Watanabe and Kenichi Konishi
Written by Hanasaki Kino (based on the comic by Daisuke Igarashi)

Spoiler alert: I feel like I'd need to have understood what happened in order to spoil it, but hey, let's say "moderate"

Monday, August 31, 2020

God gave rock 'n' roll to you


BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC

2020
Directed by Dean Parisot
Written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon

Spoiler alert: moderate

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Brooklyn, James—Cinderella wants to take another look at the ashes


COVER GIRL

1944
Directed by Charles Vidor
Written by Marion Parsonnet, Paul Gangelin, Erwin Gelsey, John H. Kafka, and Virgina Van Upp

Spoiler alert: moderate

Saturday, August 29, 2020

The great beauty


ROMAN HOLIDAY

1953
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Dalton Trumbo and John Dighton

Spoiler alert: moderate

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Life after wartime



THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

1946
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Robert E. Sherwood (based on the novella Glory For Me by MacKinley Kantor)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Friday, August 21, 2020

I'm a society burglar—I don't expect people to rush about shooting me


HOW TO STEAL A MILLION

1966
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Harry Kurnitz (based on the story "Venus Rising" by George Bradshaw)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The first wonder of the world


LAND OF THE PHARAOHS

1955
Directed by Howard Hawks
Written by William Faulkner, Harold Jack Bloom, and Harry Kurnitz

Spoiler alert: well, the pyramid gets finished, but moderate otherwise

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Dancing about architecture


PLAYTIME

1967
Directed by Jacques Tati
Written by Jacques Lagrange, Art Buchwald, and Jacques Tati

Spoiler alert: oh, very inapplicable

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Disney's Challengers, part V: Courageous heart


THE SECRET OF NIMH

1982
Directed by Don Bluth
Written by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy, and Will Finn (based on the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien)

Spoiler alert: high