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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 16, 2018, 03:47:47 PM
The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (1970): Holmes (Robert Stephens) and Watson (Colin Blakely) are asked by Genevieve Page to find her husband, after which Holmes' brother Mycroft (Vincent Price) orders them to stop the investigation. Why oh why?! Entertaining and witty take on Holmes by Billy Wilder. 8/10
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 16, 2018, 11:03:39 AM
Girl Gang (1954): No-budget exploitation movie, that is surprisingly graphic in its depiction/explanation of how to shoot up heroin. Other than that, it's mostly a snooze fest. Not so bad it's good, but still pretty damn bad. 4/10
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread on: February 16, 2018, 05:56:41 AM
Unexpected but very exciting news: Criterion will release Frank Borzage's Moonrise (1948) this May... Great news, I love this noir. Day one for me.

https://www.criterion.com/films/28550-moonrise
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD! on: February 14, 2018, 01:15:09 PM
IMO, short-track is much more interesting than speedskating  Wink

Only when they fall over each other  Grin
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD! on: February 14, 2018, 01:57:02 AM
As usual, the Dutch are dominating speedskating (and probably not much else?  Huh )

No probably about it, speed skating is the only sport we dominate in  Grin Ireen Wst has now won a gold medal at 4 consecutive Winter Olympics, incredible...

I watched some of those halfpipe runs... Insane stuff, very impressive to watch  Shocked
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread on: February 05, 2018, 08:26:36 AM
Thanks for the great pic XHC.I was hoping to pick the set up this Easter,but it has suddenly gone oop, (it is not even on Arrow's site anymore)with the cheapest on Amazon being 90. Looking on eBay,I've been very lucky & have just picked it up for 45 (with free post!)

It was limited to 2000 copies, so I'm not surprised it's now OOP, it's a great set! And 45GBP is quite cheap, congrats Afro
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 02, 2018, 02:44:34 AM
La Mante aka The Mantis (2017): French mini-series starring Carole Bouquet (Bond-girl in 'For Your Eyes Only') as a convicted serial killer who's asked to help her son Fred Testot who's investigating a new serial killer who's copying all of his mother's murders. Interesting premise, and it's got its moments, but the plotholes and overall stupidity of the police force are grating. And Bouquet fails miserably at imitating Anthony Hopkins's Hannibal Lecter. 6-/10
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Pool Of London (1951) Nautical Noir on: January 25, 2018, 02:35:20 PM
I've never seen "The Blue Lamp" either, are there any sites that specifically deal with just the Brit Noir's?

I don't know any that deal only with Britnoirs. But John Grant, author of A Comprehensive Encyclopedia Of Film Noir, has reviews for a good amount of obscure Britnoirs & noir-ish movies on his blog Noirish, https://noirencyclopedia.wordpress.com/
And there are some books on Britnoirs, but I haven't read any of them Sad
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) New York Noir on: January 25, 2018, 01:24:32 AM
Thanks for the review, another one to add to my watch list!
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Journey to the End of the Night (2006) Gritty So Paulo, Brazilian Noir on: January 24, 2018, 02:41:02 AM
Thanks for this review, looks & sounds like a hidden gem!
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Pool Of London (1951) Nautical Noir on: January 23, 2018, 04:52:54 AM
Thanks for posting - I might have to check this one out along with "The Blue Lamp" since I've never seen either of them.

As in the plot is not so "noir" but the cinematography is?

Basically yes. And yes, both movies are well worth checking out.
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Pool Of London (1951) Nautical Noir on: January 22, 2018, 02:06:53 AM
Just watched the UK blu-ray of this movie last night... Good movie, more noir-ish than noir, with good performances, and the interracial relationship is handled quite nicely & natural without coming off as heavy-handed (while still bringing home its message). 7+/10

But the real star of the movie is the directing & cinematography by Basil Dearden & Gorden Dines resp., who also worked together on The Blue Lamp the year before. The vast majority of the shots are done in and around London, incl a lot of interior shots, and it's all captured on camera beautifully, they've really made London a character of its own in this movie. There's a featurette on the blu-ray with a film historian visiting some of the sites from the movie, showing what remains etc, which is quite interesting.
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: January 15, 2018, 02:26:52 AM
Noose For A Lady (1953): Pamela Alan is sentenced to death for killing her husband, but her stepdaughter Rona Anderson and cousin Dennis Price believe in her innocence. They have a week to try to find new leads and suspects before Alan will be executed. Decent murder mystery with the typical gathering of suspects finale. 6/10

Watched this on the Network UK DVD. Good quality, altho I wish they'd include subtitles more often.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: January 13, 2018, 12:35:30 PM
Who does he steal his scenes from? Isn't Jannings the star? Does he steal the scenes from himself?

Haha, true... But he steals them from Gosta Ekman, who's billed first. Does that count? Smiley
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: January 13, 2018, 07:33:11 AM
Last night was the opening night of the 1st Dutch silent film festival, and the first movie shown was F.W. Murnau's Faust (1926). Good stuff, with gorgeous cinematography, effects & sets. Emil Jannings steals every scene he's in as Mephisto, and Camilla Horn is also great as Faust's love. The story gets a bit slow & overly romantic in the middle third, but the opening & closing third are pretty dark in tone. It was a blast watching this on a big screen with live music (piano and, very subtle, drums). 8+/10
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