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  1. Overlord (2018) - Blu-ray


    w/ Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell (son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn), Pilou Asbæk, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Bokeem Woodbine (the only name in the cast that I immediately recognized), Iain De Caestecker and Dominic Applewhite. Story by Billy Ray. Screenplay by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. Directed by Julius Avery. And produced by J.J. Abrams (probably the reason for watching this in the first place) and Lindsey Weber.

    Here it is. Already 12 days into the month of October and I've finally gotten around to watching a horror movie.

    Although sometimes one forgets exactly what one is watching. My first thought while watching this movie was "Hey, didn't the makers of this movie know that the U.S. Army wasn't officially desegregated until after World War 2?". Quickly followed by "Hey, you are watching a movie about Zombie Nazis! And you are going to start nitpicking it for historical accuracy?!?".

    Basically no more and no less than a fairly enjoyable B-movie genre mashup joyride. And, although there has been a number of movies that mix Nazis with horror and/or science-fiction (even Universal's old school horror movies included Invisible Agent (1942)), this movie has a lot more to do with first-person shooter video games like Call of Duty: Zombies and Wolfenstein. So it is best to watch this one as if you're watching someone play such a game.

    Which means that I am fairly confident that Martin Scorsese wouldn't classify this as "cinema" either.

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  2. 6 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    My health has taken a downturn as of late, so I was unable to go to the theater as I intended to see it.

    Hopefully that is just for the short term, my friend. Take care of yourself.

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  3. 53 minutes ago, MovieCollectorOH said:

    True, though The Avengers aren't Steve McQueen.  That begs the question though.  If Steve McQueen was around and in the prime of his career, as he was when he made Bullitt, would he even consider an Avengers movie?

    Maybe. The superhero movies of the 2010s are just as much of an escapism as were the disaster movies of the 1970s. And he did do one of those.

  4. The Devil's Possessed (aka El Mariscal del Infierno) (1974)

    w/ Paul Naschy, Norma Sebre, Guillermo Bredeston, Mariano Vidal Molina, Graciela Nilson and Eduardo Calvo. Directed by León Klimovsky. And written by Paul Naschy.

    Can I get away with just writing "Ugh!" at this point so we can all go on to something else?

    In 15th Century France, Barón Gilles de Lancré (Paul Naschy) returns home after failing to be rewarded by his king for his military victories on that king's behalf. And, therefore, turns to alchemy in order to obtain the Philosopher's Stone so he can use that to achieve his goals instead. But the price of that stone, as per his friendly neighborhood alchemist Simon de Braqueville (Eduardo Calvo), is the blood of damsels (among other things). A price which, after very little prodding by his sexy (of course) wife, Georgelle (Norma Sebre), he agrees to pay which leads to a reign of terror in his barony. Which, of course, leads to a peasant uprising. Which is eventually led by our generic hero and the baron's former comrade in arms, Gaston de Malebranche (Guillermo Bredeston).

    Considering how many of Paul Naschy's movies hearken back to the Universal movies of the 1920s through the 1940s, it should come as no surprise that one of them would be reminiscent of Tower of London (1939). Up to and including the fact that all the horror in it is man made. Matter of fact, if Paul Naschy wasn't in this movie, it would probably have been simply classified as an action adventure. And then I probably wouldn't have wasted my time watching it and writing this. And then you wouldn't be wasting your time reading this.

    And, as an action adventure, this movie is a stew with meats and vegetables pulled not only from the aforementioned Tower of London, but also from Macbeth (naturally with a wife like this) and Robin Hood (extremely so with rebel peasants fighting from the woods and with our hero physically proving himself to said peasants and with the robbing of the baron's second-hand man himself and with the rebel leader secretly participating in the baron's tournament and with, of course, a damsel to rescue from the baron's dungeon) plus comic swordplay as per the then recent duology featuring The Three Musketeers (albeit a poor imitation of that choreography) and even (yes, I am going totally tongue in cheek at this point) Monty Python (simply because everyone expects the Spanish Inquisition!). But a very bland stew nonetheless.

    Random comments:

    1.) This is the third of five movies in The Paul Naschy Collection II Blu-Ray set.

    2.) And, of the Naschy movies that I've watched (or rewatched) during this go around, I would rank this one last as follows:

    a) Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974)
    b) The Hunchback of the Morgue (1973)
    c) Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973)
    d) A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (1975)
    e) Night of the Werewolf (1981)
    f) Count Dracula's Great Love (1973)
    g) Human Beasts (1980)
    h) Vengeance of the Zombies (1973)
    i) The Devil's Possessed

    Matter of fact, if this was the first Paul Naschy movie that I had ever seen, it would probably have been the last Paul Naschy movie that I had ever seen.

    3.) A literal translation of the Spanish title for this one is "The Marshal Of Hell".

    4.) This is the only movie that the second billed Norma Sebre, the third billed Guillermo Bredeston and the fifth billed Graciela Nilson have in common with Paul Naschy.

    5.) As for the fourth billed Mariano Vidal Molina, he also appeared with Paul Naschy in Curse of the Devil (1973) (a Waldemar Daninsky movie), A Dragonfly for Each Corpse, The Cantabrians (1980) (a sword and sandal movie) and Howl of the Devil (1987) (where Paul Naschy plays everyone!).

    6.) And, as previously mentioned, this is one of the sixth billed Eduardo Calvo's ten movies with Paul Naschy with the others being Disco Rojo (1973) (a crime movie which translates as "Red Light"), The Killer is One of the Thirteen (1973) (naturally another giallo with a title like that), Curse of the Devil, Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, A Dragonfly for Each Corpse, The Mummy's Revenge (1975), Cross of the Devil (1975), Inquisición (1977) and Human Beasts (albeit only vocally in this last one).

    7.) And, again as previously mentioned, this is one of eight movies with Paul Naschy that was directed by León Klimovsky with the others being The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman (1971), Dr. Jekyll vs. The Werewolf (1972), Vengeance of the Zombies, A Dragonfly for Each Corpse, Death of a Hoodlum (1975) (a crime movie), The People Who Own the Dark (1976) and Secuestro (1976) (another crime movie which translates as "Kidnapping").

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  5. 1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

    I like both of those as well, but I left them out of my previous listing as I was speaking only of those that started a series for Universal. BoF is a sequel (and my favorite of that series), of course, while Werewolf of London is a standalone, like The Black Cat or The Invisible Ray. 

    In my opinion, The Mummy (1932) featuring Imhotep as the title creature should probably also be considered a standalone movie separate from Universal's four 1940s movies featuring Kharis.

  6. 1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

    Dracula is my favorite of the source materials for the Universal monsters, but Dracula the film I consider to be the least of the Big Four. My preference is Frankenstein, then The Wolf Man, then The Mummy, and then Dracula. The Dracula film is not without its merits (I think Dwight Frye is the best Renfield out of any filmed version), but it's too clunky, with poor pacing, and, after the superior opening moments in Transylvania, the film shows its roots in the stage version with the confined settings of the England-set majority of the film.

    Looks like we're in sync here. I would put these same four movies in the same order.

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  7. North to Alaska (1960) - DVD

    w/ John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian and Capucine. Plus Mickey Shaughnessy, Karl Swenson, Joe Sawyer, Kathleen Freeman, John Qualen and Stanley Adams. And produced and directed by Henry Hathaway.

    The seventh movie in the John Wayne Film Collection. He sure made a number of movies with singers.

  8. The Alamo (1960) - DVD

    w/ John Wayne (Col. Davy Crockett), Richard Widmark (Col. Jim Bowie), Laurence Harvey (Col. William Travis), Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Joan O'Brien, Chill Wills, Joseph Calleia. Plus Ken Curtis, Denver Pyle, Hank Worden, Olive Carey, Ruben Padilla (Generalissimo Antonio Miguel Lopez de Santa Ana) and Richard Boone (General Sam Houston). Written by James Edward Grant. Music by Dimitri Tomkin. And produced and directed by John Wayne.

    The sixth movie in the John Wayne Film Collection. TB indicating earlier that The Horse Soldiers (1959) "feels like we're transitioning from the John Ford Stock Company to the John Wayne Stock Company". So, of course, The Alamo follows The Horse Soldiers on this collection.

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  9. On 8/25/2019 at 12:00 PM, LawrenceA said:

    I was thinking Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, but they were both in BP nominated films - Karloff in Five Star Final and The House of Rothschild, and Lugosi in Ninotchka.



    I also thought that horror stars would make for prime candidates with respect to this thread. But it appears that Lon Chaney Jr. has 4 such movies, Vincent Price has 3, Peter Cushing has 3 and Christopher Lee has 5 or 6 (depending upon one's opinion of extended editions). But, no surprise, none of those movies would be considered horror movies.

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  10. John Wayne played multiple Johns over his career (up to and including his final movie as John Bernard Books in The Shootist (1976)). Heck even Sean (as in his Thornton character from The Quiet Man (1952)) is just John for the Irish.

    Of course, to avoid being in a rut, he did portray a Tom Wayne in The Three Musketeers (1933).¬†ūüėä

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  11. 37 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

    Constance Towers never looked lovelier!

    Very true (and not just for the "Do you prefer the leg... or the breast?" scene ūüėČ). And she does a very fine job in the role. As a matter of fact, although I suspect that the relationship between the John Wayne and William Holden characters are supposed to be the driving force of this movie's fairly episodic plot, it is the relationship between her character and Wayne's character that is the key for me. In many ways, the slow buildup of that relationship from hate to love makes this¬†one of John Wayne's more¬†romantic movies (although, as usual, he does not play a romantic character). And how often does one get to use the words "John Wayne" and "romantic" in the same sentence.

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  12. The Horse Soldiers (1959) - DVD

    w/ John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Hoot Gibson, Ken Curtis, Willis Bouchey, Bing Russell, Hank Worden, Denver Pyle, Strother Martin, Carleton Young, Anna Lee, Russell Simpson and Althea Gibson. And directed by John Ford.

    The fifth movie in the John Wayne Film Collection. I swear this movie airs at least every other day on Starz Encore Westerns. Which is not necessarily a bad thing considering how bloody rewatchable this one is.

  13. Legend of the Lost (1957) - DVD

    w/ John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rossano Brazzi and Kurt Kasznar. And directed and produced by Henry Hathaway.

    The third movie that is part of the John Wayne Film Collection. And one of the two movies released in the 1950s that John Wayne appeared in that I have yet to see (The other being I Married a Woman (1958j for which he only has a unbilled bit.).

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  14. On 8/16/2019 at 2:09 PM, TopBilled said:

    You didn't share your thoughts about THE BIG TRAIL. Any good?

    I enjoyed The Big Trail (1930). But it is not one of those movies that one can make a blanket recommendation about.

    I believe if someone is predisposed to Westerns and/or to John Wayne (and I fall into both categories), they would easily find this one watchable. But even then (and even moreso now after almost 90 years), it is a stereotypical B Western both plotwise and characterwise. Hero (John Wayne) looks to take revenge upon the murderers of his friend. And the hero is the basic clean-cut all-American hero (To repeat, John Wayne is not John Wayne yet. He could have been replaced by any other actor with the same age and same build and same looks and same skills without this movie missing a beat.). And the villains (Tyrone Power Sr., Ian Keith and Charles Stevens) are your basic villains. And you have the basic hard to win love interest (Marguerite Churchill). And you have the basic comic relief (El Brendel). And you have the basic hero's basic sidekick (Tully Marshall). And there is nothing in that basic story itself that says one should watch it.

    But the background for that story is fantastic. It is so visually impressive. Almost gives me the belief that Raoul Walsh made a great documentary about the crossing of the Oregon Trail and then someone told him he needed to add a framing story to that documentary because the viewing audience demands such a story. Kinda like why Carl Denham needed an Ann Darrow for his next movie within King Kong (1933). It is Mr. Walsh's set pieces that raises this one up. That is why one would recommend this movie to someone else.

    Matter of fact, because it is such a visual movie, this one might have worked better as a silent movie so that one wouldn't have to hear the corny dialogue.

    P.S. I also enjoyed Red River (1948).

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