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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 14, 2022, 05:39:10 PM »
Frankenstein's Castle Of Freaks (1974)  Good for a few laughs. Count Frankenstein (must a been a relative to the Baron), Rossano Brazzi is reanimating a dead Neanderthal (they still find a few living in the local caves and they got to kill one every once in a while. The Count has three helpers one Hans (Luciano Pigozzi), the hunchback Kreegin (Xiro Papas), and the horny deviant dwarf played by Michael Dunn. It's a sort of a Sexploitation monster movie. I first caught some of it on "Elvira's Movie Macabre" Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks lol, and noticed it had a lot of censored ovals for a PG film, lol. Found it streaming on ok.ru.

I was always a big Michael Dunn fan from TV's The Wild Wild West. It's pretty ridiculous but had to watch a 4/10.

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I picked this up during a recent Criterion Barnes & Noble sale. Somehow I had never managed to see it until now, despite it being so famous.

Wow, just wow.

Weirdly I kept thinking of Repo Man throughout, which I watched again only a month or so ago. Must have been the Robby M?ller cinematography.

Yea funny but in reverse I had never managed to watch Repo Man untiul a few moths ago, lol

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread
« on: August 10, 2022, 06:13:40 AM »
I'd pay $10 for the set, I've seen The Tattered Dress, and think Undertow, and Night Runner The rest I've never heard of.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: July 28, 2022, 01:50:26 PM »
Ο Βασιλιάς  aka  The King 2002 It's a bit like Straw Dogs, watch here with English subs.


https://youtu.be/PGHJukAjVgA

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Off-Topic Discussion / Accused of Murder (1956)
« on: July 13, 2022, 02:38:20 PM »


None of the women in this look remotely like the poster, lol.

titoli

Accused of Murder (1956)  What struck me in this run of the mill cop movie is the looks of the 2 female leads: ugly and old. Vera Ralston was about 33 at the time but she looks well in her '40s. But even in her youth I  doubt would have troubled anybody's dream. Virginia Grey was 39 but she could have subbed for Bette Davis  in Baby Jane. LVC has got a more relevant part than usual and it's the only reason to watch this one. 5-6/10

cigar joe

Agree

Visually, it all looked too artificial, and antiseptic. The streets are too clean and too empty, the dime a dance ballroom too big, the police office too big and too clean.  Also the widescreen enhances all of the above. Noirs should be more claustrophobic, in my opinion.  Accused of Murder had a few shots that looked good, but not many, you didn't see any Dutch angles and not much visual style.

I think once you see Noirs like The Naked City, Side Street, The Sniper, Kiss Me Deadly, The Line-Up and others heavy with on location work the studio set back lot Noirs look anemic in comparison.  Catch The Money Trap (1965) where mixing back lot with on location just doesn't look right.

Yea the leading ladies were definitely not eye candy, lol.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: July 13, 2022, 02:33:23 PM »
Accused of Murder (1956)  What struck me in this run of the mill cop movie is the looks of the 2 female leads: ugly and old. Vera Ralston was about 33 at the time but she looks well in her '40s. But even in her youth I  doubt would have troubled anybody's dream. Virginia Grey was 39 but she could have subbed for Bette Davis  in Baby Jane. LVC has got a more relevant part than usual and it's the only reason to watch this one. 5-6/10

Agree

Visually, it all looked too artificial, and antiseptic. The streets are too clean and too empty, the dime a dance ballroom too big, the police office too big and too clean.  Also the widescreen enhances all of the above. Noirs should be more claustrophobic, in my opinion.  Accused of Murder had a few shots that looked good, but not many, you didn't see any Dutch angles and not much visual style.

I think once you see Noirs like The Naked City, Side Street, The Sniper, Kiss Me Deadly, The Line-Up and others heavy with on location work the studio set back lot Noirs look anemic in comparison.  Catch The Money Trap (1965) where mixing back lot with on location just doesn't look right.

Yea the leading ladies were definitely not eye candy, lol.


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: James Caan R.I.P.
« on: July 07, 2022, 01:11:22 PM »
At 82. Never pictured him as Santino. But he made so many good movies.

RIP

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The only Thompson adaptation that I didn't really like was After Dark, My Sweet (1990) I didn't like Jason Patric or Rachel Ward, and didn't like the paucity of sets it was visually uninteresting. It seemed that most of it was shot in a suburban ranch house and it's backyard.



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I think I saw the 2010 and wasn't impressed. I'll check the 76 but first I'll have to re-read the novel.

The 2010 version was also set in the 1950s while 1976 was more contemporary.

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Have you read the novel?

A long time ago, but the novel is quite a bit different than the film, most adaptations are.

I also prefer 1976's The Killer Inside Me to 2010's The Killer Inside Me even though the location was changed from Texas to Butte, Montana. I liked Stacey Keach and Susan Tyrrell better.

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What did  I write? "The look is cheap (but probably CJ will be enthusiastic and say it is pure noir),"

Correct, it's called different strokes for different folks.

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Too bad for you.
The noir-ish cinematography by Declan Quinn (Leaving Las Vegas) enhances the dreary winter Raritan Bay seaside atmosphere and the low class bungalow interiors, especially when filtered through a murky unofficial DVDr, the film can only improve with a proper DVD release.  7/10 and going up with a proper release.

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Other Films / Re: Blackthorn (2011)
« on: June 29, 2022, 03:46:28 PM »
Just belatedly added to the American Western Index

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