DANGEROUS WOMEN: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)

If you were a well-to-do woman in Italy in the 1970s, chances are -- based on the movies that I have seen -- that you are about to killed, have killed someone, are having a lesbian affair, are on drugs or all of the above. Carol (Florinda Bolkan, Don't Torture a Duckling) is one of those… Continue reading DANGEROUS WOMEN: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)

Kim Basinger: Professional idiocy, circa 1987 and 1988

In 1987, Kim Basinger appeared in Blake Edwards' Blind Date with Bruce Willis. In 1988, she appeared in Richard Benjamin's My Stepmother is an Alien with Dan Ackroyd. In both films, she plays nearly the same role: a woman so devastatingly gorgeous, she decimates the brains of weak-willed men everywhere before settling for a man who obviously… Continue reading Kim Basinger: Professional idiocy, circa 1987 and 1988

Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Do we need a fourth installment in The Conjuring film series? More to the point, do we need another origin story for the evil doll, Annabelle, after 2014's Annabelle? And can directed David F. Sandberg, whose Lights Out showed such promise only to ultimately be a failure, helm a feature that's true to the quality James Wan brought to… Continue reading Annabelle: Creation (2017)