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 on: Today at 05:53:44 AM 
Started by Milan NS - Last post by noodles_leone
Painful  Undecided

Ennio is doing so many gigs these days, maybe h'll be back next year Smiley

 on: Today at 05:17:11 AM 
Started by cigar joe - Last post by cigar joe
Jim Hutton is my favourite actor, and I think he's the sexiest actor ever, but this is a movie which I simply can't bring myself to watch. This film looks horrible.

Although...if he has any topless scenes, then I wouldn't mind if you posted a few pics.  Smiley  Smiley  Smiley

If he's nearly naked in any scenes, then please post LOTS of pics.  Smiley  Smiley  Smiley   Smiley

That's strange for you, since you are a big fan, he's featured practically the first 10-15 minutes before we get the rest of the cast really introduced

BTW he is naked in the autopsy sequence.  Evil

 on: Today at 02:44:46 AM 
Started by Spikeopath - Last post by Spikeopath

Jessica Warren I Love You.

The Price of Fear is directed by Abner Biberman and adapted to screenplay by Robert Tallman from a story by Dick Irving Hyland. It stars Merle Oberon, Lex barker, Charles Drake and Warren Stevens. Music is by Heinz Roemheld and cinematography by Irving Glassberg.

Little seen or just forgotten these days, The Price of Fear is actually a rather tight and entertaining piece of film noir film making. Rising above some production limitations, pic is strong on characterisations and it looks just splendid. Story essentially finds Barker as an innocent man out to prove he didn't kill two people in two separate incidents!, while Oberon slips into femme fatale clothes as a love interest who's trying to avoid being found out for one of the killings Barker is under scrutiny for.

Narrative is deliciously twisty in how characters react and perform during the play. Into the mix is an intrepid detective, smooth talking villain, a blackmailing wife, a witness under duress and even a train sick canine! Old noir faithfuls coincidence and fate play their big hands, as does some narration drive. The look is minus chiaroscuro but the nighttime scenes are impressive enough, shiny streets and bulbous lights excellently photographed by Glassberg, while Biberman plays with frame tilts and interesting framing of the lady characters.

There's been some complaints about cast performances, but all are fine here. OK, so it lacks in viper femininity and laconic masculine as per noir classics previously, but nothing here hurts the piece. Solid as a rock is this, it even has the courage of its convictions to provide a genuine surprise ending. Where the main players catch a train to noirville, the termination point worth waiting for. 7/10

DVD - Box Set - Women In Danger -

 on: Today at 02:40:54 AM 
Started by Spikeopath - Last post by Spikeopath

The Denton Rapscallion.

In a Valley of Violence is written and directed by Ti West. It stars Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransome, Karen Gillan and John Travolta. Music is by Jeff Grace and cinematography by Eric Robbins.

Ethan Hawke plays Paul, an ex soldier accompanied only by his dog, Abbie, who is drifting across the desert towards Mexico. Stopping off in the dying town of Denton, Paul finds trouble that will have consequences for himself and town alike.

Ti West is more well known for his horror ventures, where although divisive in that genre sphere, he can be proud of his success rate. Here he tackles the Western, and true to form, he homages past genre masters whilst unmistakably putting his own stamp on things. Opening with credits straight out of Spaghetti Western land, and introducing us to a musical score that will accompany the story that is wonderfully feverish, West is in no hurry for blood and bone shenanigans. He always favours the slow burn and so it proves here.

There's nothing remotely new here, it's a standard tale of a gunman - one damaged by his war efforts - who through circumstance is forced to abandon his hope of a quiet life. He's a loner man of few words, thus giving viewers a classic Western character staple, an anti-hero to root for and for us to yearn for him to find peace. When the violence comes, it's sharp and bloody, but often there is humour as well, deftly inserted into proceedings, whilst the canine is skillful and a key character to all and sundry.

Perfs are more than adequate. Hawke sifts seamlessly into being a believable drifter type of complexity, Ransome is annoyingly brattish, but that's actually job well done, and Travolta - sporting a wooden leg - gets better once (and if) you buy into him in this setting. Gillan isn't given much to do, but lands some decent emotive punches, but it's Farmiga who stands out as Mary-Anne. She's utterly infectious and thankfully she gets a well written part, that of a young woman trying to hold her own in the most trying of township circumstance.

The purpose built town of Denton looks just that!, but this is off- set a touch by the nice location landscapes (Santa Fe, New Mexico), and with the story working from solid genre foundations then this is a pleasure - without pulling up any trees - for fans of such. 7/10

DVD - Region 2.

 on: Today at 01:19:42 AM 
Started by Spikeopath - Last post by Spikeopath
where did you get this DVD from?

This movie has never been released on DVD; it is a public-domain movie. There's version on YouTube that is so awful it's unwatchable. I see that on eBay, several people are selling DVD's they made - but who knows how good the quality is: here and here

I see that it is also available as a download from Amazon for 99 cents to rent or $2.99 to buy (a dirt cheap price presumably because it's public domain)

DVD - COPY means it's a copy put onto a DVD, otherwise I would just say DVD! Actually, print is fine, so I would think it's come off of a TV showing may years ago.

 on: Today at 12:15:00 AM 
Started by cigar joe - Last post by kjrwe
Jim Hutton is my favourite actor, and I think he's the sexiest actor ever, but this is a movie which I simply can't bring myself to watch. This film looks horrible.

Although...if he has any topless scenes, then I wouldn't mind if you posted a few pics.  Smiley  Smiley  Smiley

If he's nearly naked in any scenes, then please post LOTS of pics.  Smiley  Smiley  Smiley   Smiley

 on: Today at 12:10:22 AM 
Started by drinkanddestroy - Last post by kjrwe
The first time I saw it, I absolutely loved it. Great cast, interesting storyline....

The second time I saw it, I was disappointed. Stanwyck and Sanders just seemed to be so tired and unmotivated.

 on: Yesterday at 07:10:53 PM 
Started by morrison-dylan-fan - Last post by morrison-dylan-fan

Watched on DVD 9

* This review may contain spoilers ***

After seeing the Nordic Noir False Trail a few weeks ago,I made a note to pick up the first of the two films (made 15 years earlier!)in the series. Finding the adaptation of Jo Nesbo's very good book The Snowman to be getting terrible reviews, (with the director admitting that production was rushed,and saying that 15% of the script that was needed to be shot was left un-filmed) I decided it was time to go on a hunting trip.

The plot:

Returning to the small town of Norrbotten after being a cop in Stockholm for 20 years due to the recent death of his dad, Erik Bäckström joins the local police force. Joining his brother Leif,Erik Finds the village to appear to be crime free,where all the people know each other,and know each other secrets, Bäckström decides to investigate a case of reindeer poaching. Learning that the poaching has been going on for years, Bäckström tries to find out why no one has been arrested,but is told by his fellow officers not to hurt local honour. Seeing his brother Leif wide smirk when standing with a group of local thugs, Bäckström decides to hunt down the secrets of the town.

View on the film:

Going down a similar country lane as the one in Lucio Fulci's superb 1972 Giallo Don't Torture a Duckling for this very early Nordic Noir, the screenplay by co-writer/(with Björn Carlström)director Kjell Sundvall dig up the superstition and Noir distrust just below the peaceful village image. Arriving as an outsider,the writers give the dialogue thrown at Erik Bäckström a brittle crunch,where one sly hand-shake can cause secrets in the town to be lost forever. Giving an excellent twist to the genres major theme of the elite being corrupt, the writers keep the mystery of the poachers tightly linked to the dour arrival of Erik into town,which exposes the police force working with the corrupt locals,which causes any trust Erik gives to his fellow officers to leak out.

Impressively starting visual themes which would be expanded on 15 years later,director Kjell Sundvall & cinematographer Kjell Lagerroos keep track on the activates in the town with sweeping crane shots over the beautiful countryside,that close in on the sniper-fire of deceit. Peeling away at the calm appearance, Sundvall paints Erik's bitter Noir frustrations in a deep black canvas,where outbursts of violence hit the screen with a blunt force.

Hanging around each other like a pack of hyenas,all of the guys playing the local thugs give outstanding performances,with Jarmo Mäkinen making gang leader Tomme Harela a psychopathic ticking time bomb, and Lennart Jähkel seeds moments of doubt into Leif,which are unable to overcome the allure of the darkness. Currently looking like he will return for an upcoming TV mini-series in the role, Rolf Lassgård gives a magnificent performance as loner Rolf Lassgård,whose failure to catch any glimpse of happiness is drawn with a superb heaviness on his shoulders by Lassgård,as Erik Bäckström joins the hunting season.

 on: Yesterday at 05:13:16 PM 
Started by noodles_leone - Last post by cigar joe

Also, you overrate FAFDM  Evil

Fighting words  Wink

 on: Yesterday at 04:35:04 PM 
Started by noodles_leone - Last post by noodles_leone
SOCIAL NETWORK is a good movie but you so overrate it.

It really doesn't matter, so many upcoming directors are already heavily influenced. As a matter of fact, I can see its influence on many, many movies from the 2010's. Some films are above being "overrated" or "underrated" (as well as above their own flaws): movie history already chose its side.

I don't think that many regular audience member will ever love it though.

Also, you overrate FAFDM  Evil

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