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« #285 : October 02, 2012, 12:02:45 PM »

It's Alive (1974) A good b-horror, with the great assets of never showing the munster. Nothing you've never seen, but the suspense is created. 6\10 because Hermann's score is run-of the-mill.


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« #286 : October 02, 2012, 12:06:52 PM »

The Concert for Bangla Desh (1972) It takes me back in time, when I listened and listened to the triple LP, wondering what Leon Russell was mumbling in his rendition of JJF-Youngblood. There are some good renditions of known songs. But some are well under the originals: Something, for example. Bob Dylan put me, as usual, to sleep. 7\10


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« #287 : October 06, 2012, 06:10:48 PM »

La ricotta (1962) Thanx to youtube now this is easily accessible even to foreigners as it has 3 languages subs. I consider it the best Pasolini's movie (though it lasts only 30') with Accattone.  Would have liked to know what Welles thought of his character: I don't seem to remember Bogdanovich asking him about that.

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« #288 : October 06, 2012, 06:13:19 PM »

This Island Earth (1955) It offers little originality except for the coloured scenes during the trip to the planet and the bombing of the planet itself. Of course the special effects are funny now, but they still make for a good visual quality. 6\10


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« #289 : October 06, 2012, 06:15:01 PM »

Feu Mathias Pascal (1926) This could have been tolerable with a half hour cut, especially in the first part. Pirandello himself is said to have appreciated the movie, though. 6\10


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« #290 : October 06, 2012, 07:07:11 PM »

This Island Earth (1955) It offers little originality except for the coloured scenes during the trip to the planet and the bombing of the planet itself. Of course the special effects are funny now, but they still make for a good visual quality. 6\10

I disagree. The special effects are the best part of the movie. It's very thin story-wise though and the spectacle's not good enough to compensate.



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« #291 : October 06, 2012, 08:34:38 PM »

I disagree. The special effects are the best part of the movie. It's very thin story-wise though and the spectacle's not good enough to compensate.

That's exactly what I meant: apparently I didn't make myself clear. sorry.


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« #292 : October 11, 2012, 03:19:47 PM »

The Driver's Seat (1974) Most of reviewers at IMDB give this one positive assessments. I agree and more. Critics, probably american ones, thrashed it at the time, probably because they didn't watch it or because it was italian; on the contrary I came to this movie by reading a contemporary review by an italian critic. The movie is at times fascinating, much of the effect based on the sexual undercurrent of the plot. I am not a Taylor's fan, even taking into account that she doesn't look here at her best. But watching the scene when she mangles her droopy breast (already appreciated in an earlier scene under a little covering bra), while she falls prey to some sort of sexual arousal, well, it makes me feel young again.  >:D 8\10


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« #293 : October 19, 2012, 04:01:53 PM »

Taken 2 (2012) As good as n. 1. 8\10


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« #294 : October 26, 2012, 01:14:54 AM »

Don Giovanni (1978) I saw this 3 times and each time it gets better thanx mainly to Raimondi's performance: his acting is on a par with any great actor you could name. I read (not being an expert) that his vocal performance is not just as good. It doesn't matter for me: this is a movie, not the recording of a theatre performance. 9\10 because I can't understand how Losey could pick up (if it was him who did) the singer playing Don Ottavio: he is a pain to watch, and, always from what I read, doesn't sing well.


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« #295 : October 26, 2012, 01:18:19 AM »

Hellraiser (1987) Not very impressive horror, mainly because I couldn't understand the point of it all. Why should people strive to enter the hell or whatever it is? 6\10


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« #296 : October 26, 2012, 01:20:14 AM »

Hellbound - Hellraiser II (1988) More of the same. 5\10


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« #297 : October 26, 2012, 01:22:58 AM »

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992) The one I liked best, because, at least for the first part, is more based on thrilling and less on gore. 7\10


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« #298 : October 26, 2012, 07:40:00 PM »

The Lawyer (1970) A so-so courtroom drama, enlivened by Barry Newman's performance. Harold Gould looks fake from a mile. Lots of good-looking females. The OST sucks. 7\10


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« #299 : October 31, 2012, 11:34:53 AM »

Vanishing Point (1971) A movie which could have been on a par with Duel if it hadn't striven for meaning and concentrate instead on the action. The flashbacks are a nuisance, I would have preferred to know as little as possible about Kowalski. And the finale I always thought it was moronic. Still a 7\10.


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