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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Niagara (1953)
« on: Yesterday at 06:05:03 AM »
After re-watching this on Blu-ray, I had to come on here to say how good this film is. The locations shots are breath-taking.

I've just watched Dean Martin and Marilyn duet the song from the film on You Tube. That's great fun. It's better than the way MM sings 'Kiss Me' in the film. But I reckon that her portrayal of slightly-trashy Rose is her best. It's good how she switches from her baby voice, when other people are around, and then reverts to a bit of a cold and normal voice when alone with her husband.

 I hadn't given it a rating before now. But I've just unhesitatingly rated it 9/10 on IMDb.

Post the link to the duet, I can't find it. thanks

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: June 14, 2019, 04:48:28 AM »
Kona Coast (1968) Directed by Lamont Johnson, written by Gilbert Ralston (screenplay), and based on the John D. MacDonald story "Bimini Gal."  It stars Richard Boone, Vera Miles, Joan Blondell, Steve Ihnat, Chips Rafferty, and Kent Smith.

Boone plays a ship captain after the killers of his daughter and his best friend. Nice cinematography of Hawaii. I'd heard about this being trash.  If you are a Boone fan, you'll get a kick out of seeing him once again as a tough hombre, though this go round in John D. MacDonald style, in T shirt, shorts, and yellow windbreaker.

He's not a beach bum like Travis McGee he's more a fishing guide/captain marina bum, sort of like Bogart in To Have And Have Not. The film is watchable, you get to see Joan Blondell as the runner of dry out crash pad for alcoholics, Vera Miles as Boone's ex gal pal, and Kent Smith as the owner of a beach bar, hear a lot of Hawaiian lingo and see a lot of Kona scenery.

It's watchable, a time waster for Boone fans 6/10

source: internet a beautiful print BTW

Cleopatra (1963) long bloated epic. 6/10 For interesting entertaining stories about Rome I still prefer BBC's "I, Claudius" and HBO's "Rome." Watch chronologically (historical-wise), the latter first then "I, Claudius."

Fury at Gunsight Pass (1956) David Brian's part of an outlaw gang rides into town to rob the bank and their accomplice is the local undertaker (Percy Helton). They are supposed to wait for gang leader Dan Duryea's other part of the gang to get to town before starting the robbery. However Percy Helton tells Brian that the stage is gonna take a big part of the banks money as soon as a marriage ceremony gets done. Brain decides to go ahead with it. The robbery goes awry and Brian's part of the gang are captured. However the money is not found. The second half of the film takes place in a horrendous dust storm. 6.5/10

Rafles sur la ville (1958) AKA Sinners of Paris
A French Film Noir  where Michel Piccoli plays a police inspector whose best friend is is shot down by escaping gang boss Charles Vanel. Piccoli has not only lost a friend but his moral compass. He starts to have an affair with the wife of his replacement while pumping stoolies for information. 7/10

The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977) Trash. Really dumb film starring Joey Heatherton as (Xaviera Hollander) and George Hamilton. The film is loosely based on Hollander who was a former Dutch call girl, madam, and author. She was a flash in the pan for her best-selling memoir The Happy Hooker: My Own Story.

"In 1968 she resigned from her job as secretary of the Dutch consulate in Manhattan to become a call girl,where she made $1,000 a night. A year later she opened her own brothel, the Vertical Whorehouse, and soon became New York City's leading madam. In 1971 she was arrested for prostitution by New York Police and forced to leave the United States." (IMDb)

The jokes are lame, and the T&A is plentiful. I kept thinking to my self where are the song and dance numbers? This may have worked as a Mel Brooks film, something along the lines of The Producers, where the jokes are punctuated with "Springtime for Hitler" show pieces.

I won't rate it since I didn't finish it. lol

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: June 13, 2019, 02:15:21 PM »
I take it you mean the fake snowfall, as the snow on the ground is the real deal. But you're absolutely right. On re-watches it really annoys me too. Still, even with those blemishes, I enjoy the last half-hour of the film a tremendous amount.

I let it slide.

I still think it would make a good miniseries along the lines of Deadwood.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam
« on: June 13, 2019, 02:09:31 PM »
R.I.P. Sylvia Miles - Midnight Cowboy and Farewell My Lovely has died aged 94

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: D-Day
« on: June 06, 2019, 06:14:58 PM »
Well, it's more complicated. First of all, we have A LOT of different places  for our French rednecks (and if you ask a true parisian, he'll tell you everybody outside of Paris is a redneck. Paris was new yorkish even before New York existed). But in Normandy, we have rednecks and also rich parisians who buy houses there to spend their weekends and retirement. So it's sort of a mix bag. Kind of like your Vermont, maybe?

Lol like upstate NY

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: June 06, 2019, 04:59:03 PM »
Phoenix (1998) Bad Cops. Directed by Danny Cannon. Written by Eddie Richey. The film stars Ray Liotta, Anthony LaPaglia, Daniel Baldwin, and Jeremy Piven.

Sort of a Quentin Tarantino film wannabe. Instead discussing how a Big Mac with Cheese is called a Le Royale with cheese, there is a running joke about the film King Kong and about the wall on the island they find him on. It has some interesting moments and some truly dumb ones. Watchable. 6/10

Source: Netflix DVD

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Tarantino Speaks
« on: June 06, 2019, 04:56:38 PM »
That's the first interesting Leone related comment I've read on this board in years!

 It had to come from Hippie Jenkins  O0


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Tarantino Speaks
« on: June 06, 2019, 04:55:23 PM »
To my mind, Leone's great theme is male heterosexual friendship. By the time he gets to DYS and OUATITA that theme is front and center, but earlier in his career his approach was more circumspect. FaFDM obviously presents the developing friendship between Mortimer and Manco, but it seems rather superficial. This is largely, I think, because the two characters are rather sketchily drawn. Mortimer has a backstory, but little of his personality is engaging, and Manco remains pretty much a cipher. GBU is a big advance over the previous film in this regard. We are with Blondie and Tuco long enough--and they go through so much together--that we develop real affection for the characters separately and together. Tarantino, in his recent comments on the film, puts his finger on a unique feature of the film: it is a buddy picture that deploys many of the tropes of buddy pictures without in fact actually being a buddy picture. At the end of the film it's more than likely that Tuco will chase Blondie down and kill him (see notes for GBU 2: Tuco's Revenge). But Leone has, by the time of GBU, developed his approach to character to such an extent that the film has real gravity. It is an epic, not only in scope, but in depth. The characters really live. I never go back to FaFDM hoping to spend time with Mortimer and Manco: they are flat characters who exist just to further the plot. But I'll often spin scenes from GBU--not even the whole movie--just to be able to spend time with a couple of old friends.



The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Tarantino Speaks
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:40:41 AM »
Thanks Cusser for copying that....

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Dead Reckoning (1947)
« on: May 25, 2019, 04:59:19 PM »
Yea 7/10 is about what I'd go. But I'll give it a watch tonight on TCM or stream it and get Eddie's intro and outro.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: May 21, 2019, 10:26:44 AM »
Thanks, I watched the first half on your tip.  Obviously the Coens had this in mind when they were making their own Greenwich Village story. One thing, though, I have to wonder about ILD now: where are the cops? Clearly, they were a very noticeable presence in the Village at that time. The Coens are guilty of giving us a very sanitized version of the times.

I noticed Mel Stewart from Odds Against Tomorrow and Trick Baby was part of the cast. Also Tani Guthrie one of the Bellamy Sisters from I, the Jury (1953).

Other Films / Re: Deadwood (2019 TV Movie)
« on: May 21, 2019, 02:42:16 AM »
This TV movie is to be shown on HBO on 31st May. It has the same cast as the old TV series of 'Deadwood.' Ian McShane as Al and Timothy Olyphant as Seth. And Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane. She should have a bit more to do this time as she is third in the cast. Keith Carradine will be Wild Bill Hickock. Jeffrey Jones is Merrick.

I like the poster. It is sepia tint with a frayed edge look to it.

Thanks for the heads up.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:52:04 AM »
The Greenwich Village Story (1963) Surprisingly well made independent feature that explores the "Beat" culture just before the "Age of Aquarius" hippy era, bookended by more modern footage. An interesting time capsule and even relevant concerning politics today. 6-7/10

Catch it fast currently on Youtube.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: May 17, 2019, 01:40:58 PM »
One In The Gun (2010)- A David Lynch film wannabe, some interesting stuff but mostly self indulgent crap. 4/10

Detour (1945) Bluray Restoration, beautiful.

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