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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: George Kennedy (1925-2016)
« on: September 04, 2020, 04:31:34 AM »
George Kennedy is good as the detective in 'The Boston Strangler' which I re-watched recently. Robert Shaw was first choice for that role. But I reckon George Kennedy makes a better detective. He is good in authority roles.

There are a couple of B-mysteries I like him in. He gives a suitably hysterical performance in 'Demonwarp.' His daughter is carried off by a Bigfoot monster.

My favorite ghost ship movie is 'Death Ship.' George Kennedy plays Captain Ashland in that. Another OTT performance which us B-mystery fans love. He is a grumpy captain but trusted. Only when a ghostly Nazi torture ship comes his way he goes beserk. He turns into an evil captain who intends to "sail his ship into eternity." Love it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Eddie Constantine
« on: September 01, 2020, 05:05:41 AM »
There's an Eddie Constantine French release from 1963 I've got a bit of a hankering after. 'Les femmes d'aboard.' He plays an agent but not Lemmy Caution this time.

I'll try BFI when I'm next looking through their stuff. And for any other Eddie Constantine I may come across.

I always wonder where Peter Cheyney got the name of Lemmy Caution from. An how a British author invents an American character who finds fame in France. I've got a feeling Cheyney's writing was involved in an obscure French TV series in 1974 with German actors. It would be hell trying to track that one down I'm thinking.

I actually enjoyed 'Alphaville.' A haggard-looking Constantine wearing his Bogart trenchie. Anybody out there who liked 'Alphaville' may want to try Patrick McGoohan's 'The Prisoner.' Some think McGoohan got the idea from 'Alphaville.' The Prisoner is the same type of rebellious tough guy pitched against psychological operations.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Saxon R.I.P.
« on: August 08, 2020, 02:40:54 AM »
A new RIP to me. I liked him as Bullmer in 'Tenebrae.' So I'll give that a rewatch. I want to see that amazing dog jumping the high fence in that one again.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam
« on: August 05, 2020, 02:28:52 AM »
The most memorable Wilford Brimley character for me is Dr Blair in 'The Thing' (1982). Before and after he was assimilated.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:58:23 AM »
I shall be watching these two mysteries as a remembrance to the late Dame Olivia:-

My Cousin Rachel (1952)
Murder Is Easy (1982 TV)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: July 23, 2020, 02:30:08 AM »
I reckon 'The Boston Strangler' should have boosted the career of Tony Curtis. Maybe it was controversial at that time but i reckon it is a good chilling mystery. I'll give it a rewatch before giving it a rating. It's a pity that Tony Curtis returned to soppy comedies after making this.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Crime films on my IMDb ratings page
« on: July 20, 2020, 02:40:46 AM »
                                                        THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (2017). Rated 8/10.

This is a complex mystery noir set in the Cairo of the 2011 rebellion and it's narrow fusty back streets. The story is based on a true one of a female singer who gets murdered. She had sold herself on a part time basis.

Detective Noredin takes his life in his hands searching the sleazy visciousness of the city. He's played by the Lebanese Fares Fares. He's got all the screen presence of the noir tough guys of the classic era. I'll look out for more of his movies.

This got hidden away in the early morning of our Channel 4. I recommend noir fans to search this one out.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In a Lonely Place (1950)
« on: July 15, 2020, 02:34:12 AM »
I've just read the Dorothy B. Hughes novel of 'In A Lonely Place.' It's a very good noir mystery. I've always thought of California as all fun in the sun. But Hughes describes it as a creepy fogbound place. Very atmospheric read for mystery fans.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« on: July 11, 2020, 02:48:50 AM »
Looks like face masks compulsory in our shops soon. I'm glad to be out of my 15 week isolation period without the Internet into the bargain. So now catching up with the movie forums.

Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio Morricone died
« on: July 09, 2020, 02:40:15 AM »
RIP. I've just now voted 'Th Good The Bad and The Ugly' as his best score on IMDb. It's winning hands down.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« on: March 21, 2020, 01:26:48 AM »
We went out for dinner last night (Sunday, Phoenix AZ); only like 4 tables of folks there.  Businesses like this will be hurting, and same for their employees.

Some restaurants over here in the UK are about to launch into a home delivery service. They will keep their restaurants open possibly at reduced space for their usual customers. The idea is they want to keep their food suppliers and staff in work. With so many people spending more time at home they will probably do well with their home deliveries.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« on: March 19, 2020, 01:39:15 AM »
I'm out early in the morning shopping. Trying to get 12 weeks supply of food in the house. I think it's impossible to do that. But here in the UK we are being warned to get ready for a 12 week self isolation period.

I'm wondering what to look at during those 12 weeks. Perhaps 'Rear Window' is the best isolation period movie to watch. I can watch James Stewart's neighbours. I can't see mine because no overlooking where I am. I wish I had an Italian balcony.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Stuart Whitman R.I.P.
« on: March 19, 2020, 01:28:50 AM »
Good age. My favourites are 'Signpost To Murder' (1964) and a TV Movie 'The Woman Hunter' (1972).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam
« on: March 11, 2020, 01:39:04 AM »
R. D. Call died on February 27th aged 70. He's been working up until late so a bit unexpected. Complications set in after back surgery. He played a mean baddie in so many movies and on TV.

He cropped up in a lot of murder mystery series like 'Nero Wolfe' and 'Diagnosis Murder' and 'Murder She Wrote.' So I got to know his face well. My favourite of his roles is as Captain Cody in a 2002 movie 'Murder By Numbers.' With his line "You're supposed to identify yourself with the murderer. Not the victim."

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Max Von Sydow R.I.P.
« on: March 10, 2020, 01:24:12 AM »
I reckon he always gave a good performance. My favourites are:-

Minority Report
The Quiller Memorandum
Sleepless (2001)
Brass Target
Snow Falling On Cedars
Three Days of the Condor

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