I Am Comic (2010)
Cast: Ritch Shydner, Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan, Roseanne, Kathy Griffin, Chris Hardwick, Carrot Top, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry Miller, Louie C.K. Director: Jordan Brady This is a documentary purportedly about what its like to be a working stand-up comedian, out of the road much of the year, putting together material, and trying to live something of a normal life. Former stand-up Jordan Brady...
Island of Despair (1969)
Cast: Maria Schell, Herbert Lom, Maria Rohm, Mercedes McCambridge Directed by Jesus Franco I’ve never seen any Jess Franco movies, and this was available to stream on Netflix, so I figured what the hell. I’m not above a women in prison picture. But apparently this is just a 68 minute chopped up version of Franco’s 99 Women, with all the prison sex and sadism cut from it. It would be funny, as it’s...
The Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)
Cast: Claudine Auger, Giancarlo Giannini, Barbara Bouchet, Barbara Bach, Rosanna Falk, Silvano Tranquili Director: Paolo Cavara In my early journey through the world of Italian giallo movies, Im finding that a great title does not always translate as a great movie. In this one, Giannini is a detective on the trail of a killer whose victims are injected in the neck with tarantula venom, causing...
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Peter OToole, John Gielgud, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy, John Steiner Director: Tinto Brass Caligula was, along with Heavens Gate, one of the more notable cinematic misfires of the 1970s. It was the folly of Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione, an attempt to enter the arena of film production with a depiction of the most outrageous Emperor in the decadent,...
Daughters of Darkness (1971)
Starring Danielle Ouimet, John Karlen, Delphine Seyrig and Andrea Rau Directed by Harry Kumel Newlyweds Stefan and Valerie arrive in Belgium in the tourist off-season, with a grand old hotel all to themselves. They seem happy and nice at first but what’s wrong with Stefan (Karlen) that he can’t tell his mother he just got married? After all, she doesn’t live too far away. This plot point is sort...
Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)
Starring Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bach Directed by Aldo Lado This is one of those movies suggested by Netflix after I watched something kind of similar. It’s part of some sort of dvd set called The Giallo Collection but isn’t really a giallo as far as many people think of the term (slasher film). It has a fairly unique premise, though: a man is poisoned and paralyzed, moved...