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31  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: March 01, 2018, 12:42:22 PM
I'm guessing it will look identical. However, there is a conspicuous horse fall in the picture, a no-no under current British film policy, and there is speculation that it will be edited out (they have done that kind of thing with other pictures). And you really want that horse fall (one of the great unintentional gags in the film). If it has been taken out of the BFI edition, the CC release will be the one to get.

Gotcha... I'm not familiar with the movie myself, but yes, that does sound like something the BBFC frowns upon.
32  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: March 01, 2018, 06:35:19 AM
Tom Jones (1963) – 7/10. Tony Richardson adapts Fielding, and it’s pretty funny. Criterion offers two cuts of the film, the theatrical release, and the director’s cut, which is 7 minutes shorter (Richardson trimmed scenes he felt went on too long). Neither version looks all that great, either due to production circumstances (it was a Woodfall film) or the lack of proper element preservation (it was a Woodfall film) or both.

BFI in the UK is releasing an 8-film boxset of Woodfall films, incl Tom Jones. I assume it will use the same master/restoration that Criterion used, but who knows, it might look a bit better...

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Woodfall-A-Revolution-in-British-Cinema-1959-1965-Blu-ray/198759/
33  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread on: February 27, 2018, 03:13:46 AM
The Strange Mrs. Crane (1948): Marjorie Lord is the wife of Pierre Watkin who's running for governor. Her life is seemingly perfect, but Watkin doesn't know she used to be, and maybe still is?, a con artist who seduced men for their money. When her former partner in crime, Robert Shayne, comes back into her life, he wants some of the money she now has access to. Half to be precise, or else he'll tell Watkin about her past. Lord can't let him do that, and she kills him. The police arrest his gf tho, Ruth Brady. In a twist of fate, Lord is assigned jury duty on Brady's trial, who faces the death penalty...

The plot of this movie is reminiscent of 1948's Blonde Ice, but Marjorie Lord ('The Argyle Secrets') never comes across as cold-hearted as Leslie Brooks. It's a bit of a shame, as Lord does well at the start of this movie as the socialite lady. But she's not quite convincing enough as a conniving femme fatale. Still, she does a nice job, and I enjoyed watching her. Robert Shayne ('Three Strangers', 'Mr. Skeffington') is also quite decent as the con artist who went to prison, bounced back, and now wants a piece of his ex-partner's pie. The rest of the cast are what you'd expect from low-budget B movies like this one, adequate but forgettable.

Even tho he's credited as Sherman Scott in this movie, it was prolific B-director Sam Newfield ('The Lady Confesses', 'Mask Of The Dragon') that directed this noir. If anything, his experience at making these sorts of low-budget movies that had to be done as quickly as possible, helps this movie. There is no room for filler, it moves at a rapid pace, fitting a decently plotted story into an hour runtime, but things never feel too rushed. And the movie has a nicely ironic ending. I do wish more time was spent on the lighting, DoP Jack Greenhalgh ('Fingerpints Don't Lie', 'F.B.I. Girl') doesn't do much lighting wise aside from a few scenes inside dark apartments. But for these types of quick programmers, this one's quite decent and enjoyable. 6+/10
34  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 26, 2018, 03:31:38 AM
Watched several movies over the weekend...

The Locket (1946): Laraine Day is about to marry Gene Raymond, when ex-husband Brian Aherne warns him about her, and her past (which also includes Robert Mitchum). Primarily known for its flashback within a flashback within a flashback, this psychological noir/melodrama is highly enjoyable, altho it does lack some tension. 8/10

Don't Torture A Duckling (1972): Italian thriller/giallo about a small town where several young boys are killed for no apparent reason. Plenty of symbolism and red herrings, as well as a naked Barbara Bouchet Cheesy, make this a 7/10

The Commuter (2018): Decided to catch one of Liam Neeson's final action thrillers in the cinema. I like him as an actor, but I'm glad he's finally abandoning this niche he carved out for himself. It's expertly made but everything about this movie is a cliché. 6-/10

The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959): Based on an actual bank robbery gone wrong, this heist movie focuses more on the robbers than on the robbery itself. Quite interesting with its fly-on-the-wall approach, it's not a typical Hollywood heist movie. Also has an early role for Steve McQueen. 7-/10
35  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
36  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
37  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
38  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
39  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 Wüst 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
40  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
41  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
42  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
43  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!
44  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Journey to the End of the Night (2006) Gritty São Paulo, Brazilian Noir on: January 24, 2018, 02:41:02 AM
Thanks for this review, looks & sounds like a hidden gem!
45  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.
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