Author of The Swithen novel series (www.theswithen.com). Movie reviews at Telekfilm on Medium. Content Strategist. Hints of citrus and sandalwood.

The Switcheroo

Released: 1993
Director: Harold Becker
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Alex Bladwin, Bull Pullman, Bebe Neuwirth

The Setup: Shady dealings between a doctor and the couple he moves in with.

Let’s discuss: So I always knew that this movie would end up on this site, and there’s one reason for that: This is the only movie I know of that consciously switches genres halfway through. One often thinks “Wouldn’t it be interesting to really surprise an audience, and pull them into a romantic comedy, but have it turn into a horror film,” or “Start with a mystery, then have it…


The Sound! The Fury! THE SOUND!!! THE FURY!!!!!!

Released: 2016
Director: Visionary Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

The Setup: Warner Brother’s tries to fast-track an Avengers-like superteam.

Let’s Discuss: I has some big-time problems with Man of Steel, including issues with its callous killing of thousands of people discreetly offscreen, but I must admit it exerted a weird fascination over me, and I actually saw it about three times in the theater. The visuals were just amazing and kind of stupefying, I liked how it was actually quite sci-fi with spaceships and humans reacting…


The unique case

Released: 1969
Director: Peter Hunt
Starring: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas
The Setup: James Bond falls in love while on the case.

Let’s discuss: So while writing my review of the latest Mission: Impossible, I was thinking how it would be interesting to have a spy film with some real emotional content, and that got me interested in seeing this again. And I loved it! This is the one and only Bond film made with model and commercial star George Lazenby, after Sean Connery left the part. It was made by a director who had been…


Blondes have more fun, but also get murdered

Released: 2015
Director: Erik Van Looy
Starring: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Matthias Schoenaerts

The Setup: Five guys share a loft in which a murder occurred.

Let’s discuss: I can’t make excuses for why I saw this. It looked fun and I thought it had potential to be clever. In retrospect, it kind of was fun, although it’s getting rapidly less fun the more I piece together how absolutely pointless it was. As for potential to be clever, well, another one lost. This is basically a string of red herrings and…


Don’t gaslight me, bro!

Released: 1974
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Starring: Robert Hoffmann, Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov, Adolfo Lastretti

The Setup: Extra-bizarre Giallo, and that is saying something.

Let’s discuss:
I have no idea how this ended up on my queue, but thank God it did. It’s been a few months now, and as usual, after a little break, one needs a Giallo or two again. Having scored with The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, I decided to move this one up in priority, and wow.


Who would have imagined killer robot spiders could be lame?

Released: 1984
Director: Michael Crichton
Starring: Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, Kirstie Alley

The Setup: Tom Selleck is a crack cop on the crazed robot unit!

Let’s discuss:
So there I am perusing Netflix when I suddenly have that WTF?? moment wherein I discover that not only is there a movie with Tom Selleck as a futuristic cop, but he’s fighting ROBOT SPIDERS! Two great features that go great together. So obviously this sprints ahead of the Godard film that was next in my queue.

Turns out we have…


Wait a minute — this is SUPPOSED to be funny?

Released: 1994
Director: Kim Henkel
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Renee Zellweger, Robert Jacks, Tonie Perensky
The Setup: New group of killers terrorize new group of teens.

Let’s discuss:
I picked this up for a few dollars a while ago, knowing that it had a reputation as one of the worst movies ever, and it sat on my shelf until that sudden urge hit me that I HAD to see it now. And imagine my pleasant surprise that far from being horrendous, it’s actually quite, QUITE good. …


Look on up at the bottom

Released: 1972
Director: Ronald Neame
Starring: Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Ernest Borgnine, Pamela Sue Martin
The Setup: Cruise ship turns upside-down. People try to escape.

Let’s discuss: I became pretty intrigued to see this by seeing the recent remake, sure, but also because I’ve been listening to “The Morning After” on a CD of songs from movies I compiled, and I wanted to see how it comes off in the film. I haven’t seen it since I was 15. Me and a former boyfriend tried to watch it once, but 20 minutes in he…


FanFare

It’s the best King Arthur movie, but how does it compare to the source material?

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Image Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures

There are a fair amount of King Arthur movies, and most of them are absolutely terrible. The main reason for that is there’s just too much story for any one movie (the legend spans 60 years and has hundreds of characters), but the stories are so interconnected, if you pull one out, you lose the greatness of the whole.

One of the few (relatively) successful films is John Boorman’s Excalibur, which I adore while acknowledging that it, to be polite, has its issues.It is a lovely and very atmospheric movie that succeeds in capturing the look and feel of the…


28 quite good songs with “Baby” in the title.

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Photo: Tiburi on Pixabay

In addition to smelling great, writing awesome books and movie reviews pored over by top directors, I also have amazing taste in music. How do I do it? Even I don’t know.

I started these playlists for friends, but since giving up my humanity and becoming a brand, I now share them in order to boost awareness of my “cool, hip” side. The analytics are spot-on!

I sometimes listen to my playlists in alphabetical order in order to shuffle them without using “shuffle.” Doing this, I noticed a number of songs…

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