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« #960 : March 11, 2022, 10:46:06 AM »

The Peacemaker (1997) Another timewaster with a couple of passable action scenes. 5-6/10


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« #961 : March 12, 2022, 11:31:56 PM »

Momentum (1956) A good Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode based on a good Woolrich story.


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« #962 : March 13, 2022, 04:04:27 AM »

Post Mortem (1958) As above. Both telefilm are close to the original story. Joanna Moore is pretty, but I missed her both in Touch of Evil and Ride a Crooked Trail.


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« #963 : March 14, 2022, 01:36:12 AM »

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)  No, it is actually FFC's Dracula. I had watched it on tv but I gave it another try counting on the dubbing may have had a negative effect on my opinion. But it is actually the reverse. Nobody here speaks English but a kind of neutral version of it, even Hopkins (worst Van Helsing ever). Of course, Coppola is a master technician and it shows in many sequences, with great costumes, photography and sets. But I still wouldn't trade it with the more basic Hammer's stuff. And I certainly wouldn't trade the two anorexic actresses with the big boobed Hammer's fare. Quotations from Exorcist and Hunchbacks of Notre Dame reveal that Coppola probably didn't know himself where he was heading for. The film still is very faithful to the literary source (somebody on the internet counted it as the second movie most near to the novel) but it is the most distant from what one does expect from a vampyre movie as it developed from Nosferatu onwards. And I'm satisfied with that one. 7/10


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« #964 : March 18, 2022, 01:52:34 AM »

Green Lantern (2011) Good CGE scenes but the rest is the usual filler. 5/10


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« #965 : March 19, 2022, 03:08:58 AM »

Black Hawk Down (2001) I had skipped this  for no sure reason, the title probably just didn't inspire me. I was wrong: this is a must-see, though it has many defects. The best thing it does is depicting the chaos of a war battle. In fact, it could have easily done without the first 30' and explain what it was all about during the beginning of the action. The movie reminded me of Zulu, at least as the basic concept, there is less  concentration on the characters, thank God, though in the final part there is the usual preaching accompanied by the usual annoying dirge. 7/10


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« #966 : March 19, 2022, 11:22:46 AM »

The Death of Stalin (2017) This is based on a comic book, not the best ground to build an historic movie. But as we still know little of how things really went after Stalin died, this is just as good as any other movie based on that event. One has also to consider that the  approach is rather a satirical one to add to the inaccuracy of some events. But as that autocracy was probably even more absurd than, say, Hitler's one can even accept that as a good pov. 7-8/10 


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« #967 : March 21, 2022, 01:30:42 AM »

Searching (2018)  This is peculiar for the narrative style, as the story is told through what passes through images caught by mechanical devices (pc, tv surveillance cameras). The plot is based on a violation of a ground rule of detective fiction, so in the end it has little relevance, just a bit of entertainment value because of the way the story is told. 7/10


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« #968 : March 28, 2022, 11:47:54 AM »

John Wick (2014) A passive videogame, to watch and forget. Apparently the son of the russian crime czar didn't know who Wick was, his father never told him about him, let alone assuming he never knew him personally. Which makes you conclude that Wick retired at the very least  20 years before the events: how old is he? But who cares about coherence? 6/10


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« #969 : March 30, 2022, 01:33:34 PM »

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) The title made me think it was a hard-boiled detective mystery. Instead is an action thriller with a woman playing the indestructible superhero. And it works for the first half, when the protagonist has no clue what kind of mystery is hiding behind her amnesia. Then the action starts and it's good until the little daughter makes the scene and some embarrassing tearjerking scenes are served which make the rating go down the drain. 6/10


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« #970 : April 02, 2022, 02:50:14 PM »

My Blue Heaven (1990) Mild family comedy, with Martin as miscast as can be (but for me is miscast in all movies because I can't remember him making me laugh in the other 2-3 movies I saw). 4-5/10


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« #971 : April 05, 2022, 09:47:40 AM »

The Blue Knight (1973) A '70's Wambaugh I had missed. Of course I did, it was a 188' TV movie. More of a cop drama than an action one, it has one of the greatest Holden performances. He was 54-6 when he shot it, playing a 50 year old. But he looks much older: which suits the character. The plot is nothing original, you guess many developments and how is gonna end quite soon. But the intensity of Holden's performance make you pass over all that. Funny to see a young Sam Elliott without mustache. 7-8/10. On youtube.


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« #972 : April 10, 2022, 03:20:35 PM »

The Blue Lamp (1950) British answer to The Naked City. Well directed, it's like two movies shot in different style: those with the criminals in noir style and those with the cops in a more regular one. 7/10


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« #973 : April 23, 2022, 04:16:23 PM »

The Choirboys (1977)  I saw it eons ago and wasn`t enthused. After so many years and now not dubbed, I am annoyed and bored. These cops  are like the collegiates of the softcore b movies: idiots or just not credible. Yes, Wambaugh was a cop, but really it is hard to believe that not a single LA cop had a normal IQ.  And the vice squad stories are embarrassing. A cop`s girlfriend is a stripper and SM Domina. He likes being whipped but two colleagues catch him in the act. Uhm. So what? Instead of telling them to MYFB he suicides after an incredible scene. And the cops all happy because they forced the chief not to punish them  after one of them killed an innocent gay passerby. 3-4/10


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« #974 : April 25, 2022, 12:22:17 AM »

The Squeeze (1956) Directed by Aldrich, written by Edwards and starring Dick Powell (and Richard Jaeckel). A little crime yarn good at the start but a quite lame finale. Interesting the gay (not so) subtext. 6/10 On youtube.


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