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« Reply #17250 on: August 01, 2017, 01:36:03 AM »

Loophole (1954): Don Beddoe and Mary Beth Hughes steal 50K from bankteller Barry Sullivan. While the police eventually believe he's innocent, insurance investigator Charles MacGraw feels otherwise, making a new life for Sullivan and his wife Dorothy Malone difficult. Solid noir-ish thriller, good performances, but shot unimaginatively. 7/10

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« Reply #17251 on: August 01, 2017, 12:04:07 PM »

An almost unknown Ulmer. It's on youtube, the upload isn't great though.


I saw HER SISTER'S SECRET on TCM. It was good image quality.

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« Reply #17252 on: August 02, 2017, 04:09:06 AM »

Inserts (1975) directed by John Byrum starring Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Harper, Bob Hoskins and Veronica Cartwright. The film is about a washed up "boy wonder" director circa 1920s who now resorts to making porn films. It's entertaining enough and you can catch it currently on Youtube. 7/10

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« Reply #17253 on: August 03, 2017, 03:17:08 PM »

The Franchise Affair (1951): James Stewart-lookalike Michael Denison takes on the case of two hermit-like women (incl Denison's real-life wife Dulcie Gray) accused of kidnapping and beating a girl, with the local community turning against them. Much better than I had expected, great performances and an excellent script (based on a novel). 8+/10

Saw this on the Network UK DVD. Good picture & audio quality as usual. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNk3gwPX44E

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« Reply #17254 on: August 03, 2017, 03:31:51 PM »

Thanks for the link to The Franchise Affair, Xh. If you liked the film, you should really read the book. Together with Brat Farrar, those two are my favorite Josephine Tey books. Well worth it.

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« Reply #17255 on: August 03, 2017, 03:53:08 PM »

Thanks for the link to The Franchise Affair, Xh. If you liked the film, you should really read the book. Together with Brat Farrar, those two are my favorite Josephine Tey books. Well worth it.

Thanks for the recommendation, I hadn't heard of Josephine Tey before reading about this movie I'm afraid  Undecided

The link is only a short trailer, sorry Sad

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« Reply #17256 on: August 03, 2017, 08:37:25 PM »

Cleopatra (1963) - on a rewatch, 8/10. I did see it on TV years ago, dubbed, and it didn't leave much of an impression. Watching the remastered Blu-ray in English was so much better.


The good:

- it looks gorgeous. The costumes, the sets, the scale of the whole thing. They flaunt that budget - and no CGI back then!
- Mark Antony's extremely short miniskirt armours.  Evil
- Prof. Higgins pretty much just being Prof. Higgins dressed as Caesar. He's adorable.
- Richard Burton definitely nailed Antony. Too many Antonys suffer from being Extremely British and not really believeable as a party animal with a heart of gold and drama queen tendencies. Burton has it all down.
- Octavian is a little shit but also has his moments of "fuck I'm just gonna Shakespeare this".
- Rufio. Just... everything about Rufio. He made me cry. I have a weakness for loyal, tragic characters.
- some of the character banter is comedy gold.
- it gets pretty damn sad towards the end (as it should)



The bad:

- some of Cleo's headdresses are... questionable. Like those shower cap thingies.
- reading up on just how much stuff was cut even in the 4+ hour version. They really should release a full version, no matter how long.
- Liz is beautiful and certainly a good actress, but she's a movie star, not a queen. And some of that "infinite variety" is lacking.
- Cleo using her magic fires to see events she's not present at. This is some Melisandre level shit.
- conspirators, conspiring in broad daylight, in uniformly dark outfits so we can tell they are Suspicious™
- Cleo's entourage for her Big Entrance more like "Rio Carnival Rejects"

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« Reply #17257 on: August 03, 2017, 10:11:31 PM »

Cleopatra (1963) - on a rewatch, 8/10. I did see it on TV years ago, dubbed, and it didn't leave much of an impression.

We agree:

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=10905.msg177888#msg177888

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« Reply #17258 on: August 04, 2017, 02:03:26 AM »

Dunkirk (2017) 6.5/10

When I have some time, I'll write my thougts on the movie in its thread.

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« Reply #17259 on: August 04, 2017, 02:04:28 AM »



I found a site that gives a detailed write-up on what is missing and where:

http://elizabethtaylorthelegend.com/Elizabeth%20Taylor%20-%20Restored%20Cleopatra%20Main%20Page.html

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« Reply #17260 on: August 04, 2017, 04:14:20 AM »

Naked Alibi (1954) Hayden, Grahame, Barry, in a Noir that could have been way better, directed by Jerry Hooper, who?, with the same cinematographer that would later shoot Touch Of Evil for Welles. Grahame in this and The Big Heat is at the height of her beauty. It could have used more on location shots rather than Universal back lot. The town reminds me of Mayberry, lol, even actual Tijuana looks fake. It either needed a better director or a bigger budget. Compared to other Noirs it's about a 6/10. For Grahame fans a 7/10.

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« Reply #17261 on: August 04, 2017, 05:25:16 AM »

Naked Alibi (1954) Hayden, Grahame, Barry, in a Noir that could have been way better, directed by Jerry Hooper, who?, with the same cinematographer that would later shoot Touch Of Evil for Welles. Grahame in this and The Big Heat is at the height of her beauty. It could have used more on location shots rather than Universal back lot. The town reminds me of Mayberry, lol, even actual Tijuana looks fake. It either needed a better director or a bigger budget. Compared to other Noirs it's about a 6/10. For Grahame fans a 7/10.

You're spot on. It's been a while since I watched it and the only part of it I can still recall vividly is Gloria Grahame in that black dress.... Cheesy

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« Reply #17262 on: August 04, 2017, 06:47:52 AM »

You're spot on. It's been awhile since I watched it and the only part of it I can still recall vividly is Gloria Grahame in that black dress.... Cheesy

It's actually a red dress, and ditto for the peekaboo one she wears in The Big Heat, you get clued in from the posters.  Afro

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« Reply #17263 on: August 04, 2017, 08:35:22 AM »

It's actually a red dress, and ditto for the peekaboo one she wears in The Big Heat, you get clued in from the posters.  Afro

I honestly thought it was black, hahaha... In my mind they're just black, it's sexy as hell Cheesy

But The Big Heat is up for grabs tho (and yes, I'm googling Grahame posters at the office right now, hah)...
Dress #1:
Red: http://www.impawards.com/1953/posters/big_heat.jpg
Blue: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTk5OTMwODQ0NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzM2NDU0MjE@._V1_.jpg

Dress #2:
Yellow: http://1125996089.rsc.cdn77.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Big_Heat_1953_poster.jpg
White: http://www.impawards.com/1953/posters/big_heat_ver5.jpg
Pink (and dress #1 is blue again): https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTk5OTMwODQ0NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzM2NDU0MjE@._V1_.jpg
Green (granted, this one is a recent blu-ray cover): http://www.infernalcinema.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Heat.jpg

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« Reply #17264 on: August 04, 2017, 08:48:21 AM »

It's actually a red dress, and ditto for the peekaboo one she wears in The Big Heat, you get clued in from the posters.  Afro

I honestly thought it was black, hahaha... In my mind they're just black, it's sexy as hell Cheesy

Surely the color on the posters is not necessarily related to the actual color and just the choice of the artist?

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