Monday, July 3, 2017

Fool's Views (6/1 – 6/30)

And we’re halfway through the year!

Considering that we’re just about on pace with last year’s totals, it’s shaping up to be another less-than-average year for the Doc, numbers-wise – a tally that was not helped by a cinema-free week in Colorado visiting Mom and the dogs (turkeys, chickens, random elk, etc). But in terms of entertainment quality, I’d say we’ve been doing all right. Granted, this month’s horror totals were decidedly down, but we did manage some worthwhile Civilian first-time views (and revisits), as well as delving into several bona-fide classics from the Kurosawa Kanon.

We’re about to head into rehearsals for Oak Park Festival Theatre’s production of Fair Maid of the West, which might stymie my couch time considerably (see Jan/Feb from earlier this year), but we’ll keep struggling through, my friends. After all, these movies aren’t going to watch themselves, amirite???

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

CATHY'S CURSE (1977) Blu-ray Review

Cathy’s Curse (1977) d. Eddy Matalon (France/Canada)

Shot in Canada during the tax shelter years (and released the same year as David Cronenberg’s Rabid), this bizarre French-produced Omen/Exorcist knock-off centers around the spirit of a young girl – who died decades earlier in an automobile accident with her father – possessing the body of a young couple’s daughter after they move into the family estate. You see, the husband (Alan Scarfe) is the younger brother of the girl who died, and just to stir the pot, did I mention his wife is recovering from a mental breakdown?