Movie Reviews by Curt Solash
My natural modesty rarely permits me to brag, but I know that the thousands of fans I've already garnered on Gay Travelers Magazine eagerly await my next film review. However, I thought for a change of pace that I'd write an article on twenty of my all time favorite movies.
Naturally, the choices are personal and the list includes some movies that would undoubtedly appear on many viewers' "All Time Worst" list, but that just adds to the fun. I think this list will probably make clear my sometimes unorthodox tastes and perverse sense of humor. I certainly hope so. Here they are, dear readers, in no particular order.
But Black Sunday is the supreme exception, one of the best horror films ever made. Its director, Mario Bava, is justly famous for his nightmarish visual effects, ghostly lighting, and terrifying atmospherics, and Black Sunday is his masterpiece, starring the queen of the genre, the sublime Barbara Steele (I am supremely proud to say I have spoken to her and have her autograph; a wonderfully gracious lady!). It concerns the one day each century that Satan walks the earth and the movie is full of witch burnings, curses, vampires, graveyards, ghosts, pitch black nights, eerie castles and tombs, an effective score, and is not a film to see alone! It's easily the opus magnus of the genre.
Some quotes: from leading Sterling Hayden: "There is not enough money in Hollywood to lure me into making another film with Joan Crawford...and I like money!".
From director Ray: "As a human being, Miss Crawford is a very great actress." At one point, when the cast burst into spontaneous applause over some superlative emoting from McCambridge, Crawford raided Mercedes' dressing room, took all her clothes and costumes and dumped them out on the road! Sounds like fun? You don't know the half of it till you experience the picture.
Copyright 2019 Curt Solash
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Curt Solash is a retired educator, an antique advertising collector and a lifelong cinemaphile from New York City who now lives in sunny Florida with his life partner.