Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) USA / 80 min / Horror Sci-fi / B/W

Written by Roger Malcolmcpicpaqmjvp9cia9Set in a small California town, one doctor discovers a plot to overtake the human race in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  The film is based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, adapted for the screen by Daniel Mainwaring and directed by Don Siegel.  Filmed in beautiful black and white photography,  Siegel would go on to direct A-list stars such as Steve McQueen in Hell is for Heores (1962), Clint Eastwood in Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), Dirty Harry (1971), Escape From Alcatraz (1979) and The Shootist (1976) starring John Wayne in his last performance.

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Matinee (1993) PG | Comedy | Drama

Written by Roger Malcolm
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Matinee is a tale of social satire of the early 1960’s with a touch of William Castle-esque movie promoting magic sprinkled throughout.  The story is written by Jerico (Stone) and Charles S. Haas, with Haas also writing the screenplay and directed by Joe Dante – known more famously for The Howling (1981), Gremlins (1984), The ‘Burbs (1989), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) and Small Soldiers (1998).  Dante merges the science fiction films of the era with the real life horrors of the time, demonstrating the skill of a master at work educating his audience without overly preaching while keeping it light and humorous along the way. (more…)