A Film Rumination: Futureworld, Richard T. Heffron (1976)

5/10 (Average — worth watching if you like the genre)

Futureworld is the sequel to the equally campy Westworld.  The chemistry between the main characters (played by Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner) is actually above average and probably saves the film from utter failure.  However, I enjoyed myself despite the predictability, the absolutely silly premise, the lack of action (there’s a sword fight and that’s about it) and the anti- Continue reading

A Film Rumination: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Fassbinder (1972)

8/10 (Very Good)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) is by far my favorite Rainer Werner Fassbinder film I’ve seen and like all of his films, an acquired taste.  I’ve not always appreciated his works — I barely tolerated The Merchant of Four Seasons and managed to watch only half of The Marriage of Maria Braun (I did enjoy Veronika Voss). However, Continue reading

A Film Rumination: Damn the Defiant! (variant title: H. M. S. Defiant), Lewis Gilbert (1962)

https://i0.wp.com/granadamovieposters.com/photos/damndefiantHS.jpg7/10 (Good)

Damn the Defiant! isn’t the best naval action film out there however it’s definitely an under appreciated good film.  That said, I have a weakness for the subject matter since I grew up on C. S. Forester’s Hornblower and Alexander Kent’s Captain Bolitho books (i.e Napoleonic era valiant British officers fighting the evil Frenchies!).  Thus, Continue reading