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« Reply #480 on: February 15, 2010, 05:08:25 PM »

Farewell, My Lovely (1975) with Mitchum is light years better.  Afro
Seconded. But then, it wasn't a Winner film.

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« Reply #481 on: February 15, 2010, 05:26:05 PM »

I wish that was released on region 1, oh well. I'll track it down. Thanks.

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« Reply #482 on: February 15, 2010, 05:29:40 PM »

BS is not Winner's best movie, I can easily agree, but about the sisters, expecially the one playing Carmen, I disagree. Have you seen American Graffiti?







And Sarah Miles, well she's no Bacall, but she's far from ugly.





And Winner is not a hack. He may not be a great director but I would like so much to watch these days movies like the ones with Bronson or Lawman.


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« Reply #483 on: February 15, 2010, 05:34:07 PM »

Yes, I like AG quite a bit but I can't say I find her very attractive. I will admit that her hair style wasn't helping her cause.

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« Reply #484 on: February 15, 2010, 05:50:40 PM »

I'd say it qualifies as a neo noir.

and I have been a bit sleep deprived of late, so that's the reason for all the grammar errors--not that I am a stranger to them.

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« Reply #485 on: February 19, 2010, 05:37:25 AM »

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704722304575037631589446308.html?KEYWORDS=dvd+movies

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« Reply #486 on: February 23, 2010, 02:50:15 PM »

The Sniper (1952) - 7/10. Stanley Kramer's name on the front of this red-flagged it for me, and sure enough, it turned out to be a movie with a message. I guess the message was, Psycho killers are people too. Who knew? But also they're a menace, and nobody wants this particular one on the loose, not even the sniper himself. He keeps sending the police messages hoping they'll put a stop to his compulsion to kill good-looking brunettes, but they take their time about it. When they finally nab him, though,  he's visibly upset about what he's done. A shame about the large body count. Presenting the killer sympathetically was, apparently, a way for the producer to show his good intentions. This isn't your ordinary tawdry tale of serial killings, Mr. Kramer seems to be repeatedly announcing, this is a much more high-toned affair. Oh well, the San Francisco locations are shot well, the score is quite interesting, and the lead actor isn't bad. But what's Adolphe Menjou doing in the picture--and what happened to his mustache?

Too much time was spent in police headquarters with secondary characters sharing their philosophies on how to treat violent criminals. I'd say it's obvious Kramer's voice is heard through the psychologist. As preachy as it is, it was an interesting movie with some great moments. I wish more time was spent in the streets because the location work was very good, like you said. The shot when the lead shoots the dude on the water tower in one frame is something that will stick with me. I wish there were more moments like that.

I actually thought Menjou turned in the best performance in the movie and it's always great to see Marie Windsor.

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« Reply #487 on: February 23, 2010, 05:25:56 PM »

And Sarah Miles, well she's no Bacall, but she's far from ugly.

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« Reply #488 on: February 23, 2010, 07:20:12 PM »

I take back my comment on Sarah Miles because I didn't realize she was in Blow Up.

But she really looked bad in the movie.

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« Reply #489 on: February 27, 2010, 12:05:34 PM »


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475871/

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« Reply #490 on: February 27, 2010, 12:12:28 PM »


Le jour se lève (1939)

If the story was more complex this would have been a huge movie, like this it often drives forward relying mostly on Jean Gabin's great charisma as the leading man. Jacqueline Laurent was unbelievably cute, Arletty on the other hand very magnetic. Good (if not great) cinematography. Noir before noir?


(around) 7.5/10

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« Reply #491 on: February 27, 2010, 07:11:01 PM »

Cool audio interview with Eddie Muller, the Czar of Noir (interspersed with some great noir soundtrack music):
http://www.backalleynoir.com//showthread.php?200-Eddie-Muller-on-The-Juke-Joint-radio-show

Good to know Human Desire is finally coming to DVD, and that Too Late For Tears is getting the full restoration treatment.

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« Reply #492 on: March 01, 2010, 12:28:46 AM »

New pressed DVDs of the following are coming (possibly this summer) per reports at the Digital Bits and HTF: Rope of Sand (49), Union Station (50), Dark City (50), and Appointment With Danger (51). Looking forward to that last one, especially--Jack Webb as the bad guy!

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« Reply #493 on: March 03, 2010, 03:57:25 AM »

The House On Telegraph Hill (1951) dir by Robert Wise with Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese   (who I just saw recently in "Thieves Highway"), William Lundigan, and Fay Baker, good film with twists about a 7/10.

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« Reply #494 on: March 29, 2010, 05:57:04 AM »

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) - 7.5/10
I guess I was more fitting audience for it now than five years ago.

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