Moby Dick (1956)

Director/Coscreenwriter: John Huston By Roderick Heath This is an entry in The John Huston Blogathon hosted by Adam Zanzie of Icebox Movies. Whenever the subject of profoundly underrated movies comes up, John Huston’s adaptation of Herman Melville’s legendary novel is one I think of immediately. Melville’s colossal work, with its multifaceted symbols and thickets of …

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The Dance That’s Stayin’ Alive!

Invitation to the Dance Movie Blogathon 2008 By Roderick Heath I realised, after devoting not too much time thinking about it, that three of my favorite dance scenes are all variations on the same moment, springing from Saturday Night Fever. It’s a film remembered as the flashpoint of Disco culture, a polyester-swathed celebration of those …

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Isle of the Dead (1945)

Director: Mark Robson Val Lewton Blogathon By Roderick Heath Val Lewton’s series of RKO Horror films concluded with a triptych of features starring Boris Karloff: Isle of the Dead, The Body Snatcher, and Bedlam. Lewton was initially far from happy about having Karloff, the top star of the goosebump genre, forced upon him by studio …

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