The Mysterious Island

∗∗∗∗∗∗∗∗∗∗ (4/10) Borrowing the name of Jules Verne’s bestseller, this problem-ridden 1926-1929 production features good acting, some remarkable special effects and a solid-ish script, but alas, the schizophrenic semi-talkie-semi-silent film […]

Alraune

(5/10) A misogynist but still fairly entertaining sci-fi/fantasy film from Germany about a soulless woman artificially produced from the semen of a hanged murderer and the womb of a prostitute. […]

Metropolis

∗∗∗∗∗∗∗∗∗∗ (10/10) The plot may be meandering and the political message naive, but the thematic and visual influence of Austrian director Fritz Lang’s exciting 1927 masterpiece Metropolis is rivalled by few […]

Miss Mend

∗∗∗∗∗∗∗∗∗∗ (8/10) Miss Mend (1926) is quite possibly the best American action film serial of the silent era. And it was made in the Soviet Union. The tacked-on, state-required propaganda […]