Submarine Films

I’m a sucker for submarine films, particularly World War II films.  It’s not the war so much as the thriller aspect, the cat-and-mouse pursuit, and the challenges of men living underwater in a long tube. Some of my favorite submarine films are: Operation Pacific, Destination Tokyo, Submarine Command, The Enemy Below, Run Silent, Run Deep, … More Submarine Films

The Blob (1958)

The Blob was Steve McQueen’s feature film debut. Science fiction films of the era were either deadly serious in mood or a designed as campy entertainment. This film straddles the two and results in an enduring and enjoyable viewing. This is not high-art, it was made for almost nothing and it’s plot is very simple. … More The Blob (1958)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

The original, and the best.  Superbly directed by Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, The Killers, The Shootist), the film takes advantage of the science fiction craze in the 1950s and the paranoia from the Cold War. Starring Kevin McCarthy as mild-mannered doctor Miles Bennell, he doesn’t believe the sudden rash of people convinced their loved ones … More Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Tin Men (1987)

Battling aluminum siding salesmen in Baltimore. That one sentence description doesn’t really tell you what this film is about. So allow me to fill in the gaps. Director Barry Levinson made four films about his hometown of Baltimore, each representing a different time. Tin Men takes place in 1963, which still feels a bit like … More Tin Men (1987)