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31  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Seijun Suzuki's Voice Without A Shadow (1958) on: November 20, 2017, 05:10:08 AM
Being the first movie I've seen by him,I was wondering what Suzuki's other movies are like?

This was my second one, so I'm anything but a Suzuki expert, heh... But I can wholeheartedly recommend Branded To Kill aka Koroshi No Rakuin (1967), the other movie of his that I've seen. It's got tons of style and beautiful cinematography, lotsa violence and sex, and while it doesn't bring anything new to the table story-wise, it's a weird and unique movie all the same. It's the movie (the final straw) that got Suzuki blacklisted for about a decade...
32  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Seijun Suzuki's Voice Without A Shadow (1958) on: November 17, 2017, 09:26:08 AM
Nice review & ticked Smiley

The lead actress is great, and it's got some tense, suspenseful Hitchock-ian scenes, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as you did. 7/10 for me.
33  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Brit Noir: The Hypnotist (1957) on: November 14, 2017, 03:24:12 AM
Agreed on your rating, this one's nothing amazing, altho it has plenty of familiar and always dependable British faces in the cast. If you want to see another Hartnell Britnoir, I can recommend Appointment With Crime (1946) in which he stars in likely his most bitter and unlikeable role as a framed criminal looking for revenge.
34  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Slightly Scarlet (1956) on: November 09, 2017, 02:30:55 AM
It a tad on the campy side, remember that sequence where Buddy Baer (brother of Max Baer) lifts George E. Stone off the floor one handed to light his cigarette.

Agreed... That scene reminded me of Mike Mazurki.
35  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Slightly Scarlet (1956) on: November 08, 2017, 03:52:39 PM
Right. Bring on the Blu-ray!

+1000, would love to upgrade my DVD... Sure, it's not the greatest noir, I rate it a 7/10 myself... But it's a visual feast in so many ways, and oozes sex from every frame. Imagine if this movie would have the same picture quality as the Niagara disc... Not sure my TV could survive the workout with all those garish colors. Bring the Payne, you lucky SOB.
36  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Eli Wallach on: November 06, 2017, 06:45:08 AM
Nice list Smiley

A possible addition:
Noose For A Lady (1953) -
37  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Farewell, My Lovely (1975) on: November 06, 2017, 06:42:24 AM
Looking forward to the double bill blu-ray. Having said that, I'm not a big fan of this adaptation of The Big Sleep. Mitchum sleepwalks through most of the movie, James Stewart is painful to watch (not his fault, his physical issues are just clearly on display here) and it feels like half the script was updated to the late 70s UK while the other half wasn't. OTOH, it's got a superb supporting cast, from Oliver Reed to John Mills to Joan Collins and so on.
38  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 06, 2017, 05:19:57 AM
Watched over the weekend...

Beyond The Darkness aka Buio Omega (1979): After the death of his wife, amateur taxidermist Kieran Canter goes cuckoo, supported by his even crazier housekeeper Franca Stoppi. Over the top gore (the taxidermy reference was included for a reason, and that's only the start), with some impressive effects. Not scary, but don't watch right after a big meal. 5/10

Last year 88 Films ran a fundraiser for restoring a bunch of Italian horror movies incl this one, which I participated in. What the f*ck was I thinking?! The included interview featurette about director Aristide Massaccesi aka Joe D'Amato is really nice & informative however.

Stolen Assignment (1955): Reporter couple John Bentley and Hy Hazell investigate the murder of failed artist Patrick Holt's wealthy wife. One of several movies made around the reporter couple (not always played by the same actors), it's a nicely made and decently fun movie. But far from a hidden gem. 6/10

Watched this on the Network UK DVD I got through their most recent sale. Good quality as always.
39  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 03, 2017, 10:28:14 AM
A Quality Of Murder (1991): Denholm Elliott is asked to look into a mysterious letter, but ends up neck deep into solving the brutal murder of the writer, inside a small community at a boy's school. Despite Elliott playing George Smiley (John le Carre's 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' etc), this is more of a classic British murder mystery than anything Cold War related. Not bad, not great. 6+/10

The Fourth Protocol (1987): Secret service agent Michael Caine uncovers Russian plans to smuggle a nuclear bomb into the UK to detonate at a US army base, in an effort to destabilize nuclear agreements between Russian and the US. Pretty talk-y, but I enjoyed it. 7/10

Watched both on a cheap-o 'doublepack' DVD I picked up years ago and promptly forgot about. TFP is a pan&scan version tho, bleagh... Another old DVD that shall be donated to the local charity shop.
40  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Vice Squad (1982) City Of Angels - Grindhouse - "B" Neo Noir on: November 01, 2017, 04:54:19 PM
Great review & screencaps! Looks like essential viewing material... It's up on Dailymotion so will check it out soon,
41  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 01, 2017, 02:36:23 AM
Inside The Mafia (1959): Very loosely based on the murder of mobster Albert Anastasia and the so-called Apalachin meeting of the American mafia. Ted De Corsia gets gunned down in a barber shop, his righthand man Cameron Mitchell plans revenge. He takes over an emergency airstrip where the mafia's top guy will be flying to for a summit to discuss re-allocating the main territories. Low budget movie, but well made, and quite enjoyable. 6+/10

Available on yt in pretty decent quality.
42  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 28, 2017, 08:48:56 AM
Never seen this one yet  Cry

Try and find it if you can, I imagine you would be really into this one, even if only for the visual aspect of it.
43  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 28, 2017, 07:33:42 AM
Seance On A Wet Afternoon (1964): Medium Kim Stanley and her weakling husband Richard Attenborough kidnap the daughter of a wealthy businessman, hoping to achieve fame and wealth by 'helping' the parents get their daughter back via Stanley's paranormal powers. Slow and talky movie, but wow, does it matter?! Amazing performances by Stanley and Attenborough, gorgeous and creative cinematography & directing, excellent creepy score (by Bond theme composer John Barry) and an overall tense atmosphere. 9/10
44  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 27, 2017, 01:51:25 AM
High Tide (1947): Lee Tracy and Don Castle drive off a cliff and are stuck inside the car as the tide rolls in. Flashback to the events leading up to that point. Tracy's a ruthless newspaper editor who sent a crook to the chair and has set his eyes on an even bigger gangster. He hires Castle to make sure he stays around long enough for it. And soon Castle's implicated in the murder of Tracy's boss. Decidedly B (it's a Monogram picture), convoluted plot, and noir through and through. Not a hidden gem, and the version I saw was barely watchable at best, making things hard to follow at times, but it was enjoyable enough. 6+/10

It's available on youtube, but as I said the quality is abysmal. The Film Noir Foundation has restored this movie from an original 35mm print, but I don't think it's been released on DVD/blu-ray yet. I would love to see it in good quality.
45  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 24, 2017, 05:14:34 AM
A Portrait Of Murder aka Laura (1955): A 45m TV remake of the classic novel/noir 'Laura'. It's surprisingly watchable, removing all fluff from the movie, while keeping the core intact (as well as the scene where MacPherson visits Lydecker while he's taking a bath!). George Sanders is no Clifton Webb, but at least he's got the right persona for playing Waldo Lydecker. Dana Wynter is no match for Gene Tierney however. All in all tho, I really enjoyed it, even if it doesn't come close to the original. Things just move at a rapid pace, so don't blink. Recommended! 7/10

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