The Cruel Tower is one of the strangest old black and white movies I have seen. I’m not really sure what’s odd about this movie, but there is just something about it that is a little weird. It starts off with a guy getting attacked by hobos on a train and kicked off. He’s picked up by a gentle giant and falls in with three guys who make a living doing work on top of water towers and stacks. They go to work for a former burlesque queen known as The Babe and there is the requisite love triangle.
Few movies have ever been as cynical and on target in its critique of the relationship between college and big money as “The Basketball Fix.”
Roxey is played by Skip Homeier with a shock of white hair, a voice that itself could probably kill a few people and an attitude that makes him truly one of the great movie psychotics of all time. Without Roxey and Skip Homeier’s Oscar-worthy performance, “Cry Vengeance” would not be anything special at all.
The similarity between the Cyclops of “The Atomic Submarine” and the Rigel VII aliens who occasionally pop in for a visit to Springfield even extends to the deep, commanding voice that is tinged with just enough self-satisfied superiority to make it even more unwelcome and threatening.
June 27 is Industrial Workers of the World Day. Get out and protest for the rights of the worker and then come home to watch these movies about the labor movement. Or vice versa.
The term “bullet time” was registered as a trademark by Warner Brothers in connection with the breakthrough special effects introduced in “The Matrix.” While there is no denying that the bullet time effects are stunning and deserving of dropped jaws, the plain honest truth of the subject is that an admittedly much more primitive concept of bullet time was literally utilized in “Zotz!” for much more comical effect than was achieved in “The Matrix.”
Okay, fellow B-keepers, pay close attention to this one because The Sound of Fury aka…