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The Abominable Dr. Phibes: The comedy of horror. Retro review by Ian M. Clarke

  For director Robert Fuest, this film was a high wire balancing act: an odd amalgam of horror, comedy, satire, irony and 60s-era kitsch. He never slips, but gingerly scampers from scene to scene, setting the tone dial at just the right temperature. Out of this we have enduring cult classic. Throughout the 1970s, The Abominable Dr. Phibes was a… Read more →

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Casino Royale (1967) “The name is Bond, Jimmy Bond” Retro Review by Ian M. Clarke

                          Casino Royale: A 1967 hellzapoppin’ film based on Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name. James Bond in a full-blown hellzapoppin’? Why yes – and such a thing could only happen in 1967. At no other time during the incomprehensible history of this planet could anyone corral… Read more →

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‘Don’t Make Waves’ Or ‘How a 60s FrankenFilm Pulls it Off’ by Ian M. Clarke

  It’s confusing to think that Alexander Mackendrick, the director of such classics as The Man in the White Suit, The Lady Killers, and The Sweet Smell of Success, also made Don’t Make Waves (1967). I suppose that even ambitious film directors need something light and fun to cleanse the artistic palette. But that’s not how it worked out. Not… Read more →

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M*A*S*H: Or Animal House Goes to Korea (The second Altman article in a series of three) | I.M. Clarke

Through early morning fog I see/ Visions of the things to be/ The pains that are withheld for me/ I realize and I can see/ That suicide is painless/ It brings on many changes/ And I can take or leave it if I please. * ‘Suicide Is Painless’, theme to M*A*S*H   I heard the best movie ever made about… Read more →

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Valley of the Dolls Revisited: The Enduring Art of Awfulness

Article By I. M. Clarke Years ago, during a somewhat strained interview, I asked the director of a feature-length Canadian film why he’d said his work was destined to be a cult hit?  He replied that, after studying the most prominent cult films, he had compiled common characteristics and somehow melded them with his plodding narrative. Obviously, he missed the… Read more →