LawrenceA

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    I Just Watched...

    Jeanne Eagels (1957) - 6/10 Exploitation melodrama masquerading as biopic, with Kim Novak as the famous stage and screen actress. The film charts her beginnings as a dancer in a carnival run by Jeff Chandler, to her eventual conquest of the Broadway stage, with the assistance of imperious acting coach Agnes Moorehead. Eagels develops a drug and alcohol problem along the way. Also featuring Charles Drake, Joe De Santis, Larry Gates, Virginia Grey, Murray Hamilton, Joe Turkel, and Gene Lockhart in his final film role. Frank Borzage also cameos as himself. Like most Hollywood biopics, this is more fiction than fact. The weight of the story lies on Novak, who's not the kind of actress to do this part justice, although she tries. She also shows off a lot of skin, so fans of her pulchritude will enjoy that, at least. There are a few sensationalist scenes that push things towards out-right camp, but not enough to make this a must-see.
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    I Just Watched...

    I "hotlink" the pictures I use. Find the image you want online, right-click and choose "open in new tab", then CTRL+C to copy the URL address. CTRL+V to paste the URL into the message box, where it will appear as the image like so: The chief drawback to using this method is that the image disappears if the original host website pulls it.
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    I Just Watched...

    Yeah, I didn't even bother putting that one on my list of his films. But who knows, perhaps some day it will show up somewhere.
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    I Just Watched...

    Deliver Us from Evil (1973) - I haven't seen that one yet. It looks promising.
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    I Just Watched...

    Istanbul (1957) - 6/10 Remake of Singapore (1947), with the location changed, obviously. Errol Flynn stars as a former US Army pilot who returns to the title locale after a long absence. He had been mixed up with smugglers, which resulted in the death of his girlfriend (Cornell Borchers), only he learns that she's still alive, but suffering from amnesia and now married. Also featuring Martin Benson, Torin Thatcher, Werner Klemperer, Leif Erickson, Peggy Knudsen, Vladimir Sokoloff, and Nat King Cole. Flynn looks tired, and the material is a bit too muddled, but I've seen worse, and the supporting cast is interesting. Cole sings "When I Fall in Love". With the exception of the presumed-lost Murder at Monte Carlo (1935), Istanbul was the final Errol Flynn movie that I had not seen.
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    Upcoming Shout/Scream Factory Releases

    June Can't Stop the Music (1980) June 11 The Entity (1983) June 11 Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) June 11 Jeffrey (1995) June 11 The Boris Karloff/Bela Lugosi Collection June 18 The Monolith Monsters (1957) June 18 Snow Falling On Cedars (1999) June 18 Fatso (1980) June 25 Monster On the Campus (1958) June 25 This Island Earth (1955) June 25
  7. I thought I'd start a thread about this DVD/Blu-Ray company's releases. They concentrate on genre fare, but some more mainstream titles get releases, as well. They do a very good job with their remasters and extras. January Releases The Glass Key (1942) January 15 Howling III (1987) Obsession (1976) January 15 The Plague Dogs (1982) January 15 Plague of the Zombies (1966) January 15 Saturday the 14th (1981) January 15 10 to Midnight (1983) January 22 Cobra (1986) January 22 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) January 22 Deadly Force (1983) January 29 Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975) January 29 Screamers (1995) January 29 Suburbia (1983) January 29
  8. Read from the top down. What part confuses you?
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    I Just Watched...

    How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1957) - 7/10 Amusing British black comedy about a formerly wealthy, aristocratic family that is plotting to kill a rich relative (Charles Coburn) while he visits, with hopes to inherit his fortune. Nigel Patrick directed and stars as the family patriarch, Wendy Hiller as his flighty wife, Katie Johnson, Anthony Newley, Athene Seyler, Kenneth Fortescue, Paddy Webster, and Michael Caine. There's lots of good character works from the performers, with Patrick, Hiller and Coburn the stand-outs.
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    chow chat

    You microwave plastic containers? You make mashed potatoes in the microwave? You make hot dogs in a crock pot? And turkey hot dogs? It all sounds very un-American.
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    ClassiCategories

    The Party (1968) Life of the Party (2005) Life of the Party (2018) The Shooting Party (1985) The Hunting Party (1971) It's My Party (1996) The Anniversary Party (2001) The Birthday Party (1968)
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1992

    Could it be this one? It's listed under the first director, and is from 1990. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312459/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1992

    1990 La Femme Nikita, Luc Besson, France Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, Akira Kurosawa & Ishiro Honda, Japan Europa, Europa, Agnieszka Holland, Germany Close-Up, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran Island of Fire aka The Prisoner, Chu Yen-Ping, Taiwan I've also seen: Ninja Empire, Godfrey Ho, Hong Kong Soldier of Fortune, Pierluigi Ciriaci, Italy 1001 Movies You Must See The Asthenic Syndrome, Kira Muratova, USSR Close-Up, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran Europa, Europa, Agnieszka Holland, Germany No Fear, No Die, Claire Denis, France
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    I Just Watched...

    Murder on Flight 502 (1975) - 6/10 All-star TV-movie answer to the Airport films. An airport security chief (George Maharis) receives an anonymous letter informing him of a series of murders about to be committed on a transatlantic flight. It's up to flight captain Robert Stack to try and stop the killings before they happen. Also featuring Hugh O'Brian, Farrah Fawcett, Walter Pidgeon, Molly Picon, Dane Clark, Laraine Day, Ralph Bellamy, Theodore Bikel, Danny Bonaduce, Brooke Adams, Fernando Lamas, Polly Bergen, Rosemarie Stack, Elizabeth Stack, Steve Franken, and Sonny Bono. This is cheesy and often laughable, but the old pros are worth seeing, with Pidgeon and Picon having a fun time. It's hard trying to take Stack seriously in an airplane movie after Airplane. Time Travelers (1976) - 5/10 Imaginatively titled science fiction TV-movie featuring Sam Groom as a 20th century doctor who agrees to travel back 100 years in time in order to try and find a cure for a mysterious illness. He's accompanied by veteran time traveler Tom Hallick who tries to teach him the ins and outs of responsible time traveling. They run into trouble when they realize that their time travel machine has sent them to Chicago on the eve of the Great Fire, so they have to work against the clock (HA!). Also featuring Richard Basehart, Trish Stewart, Francine York, Booth Colman, and Walter Brooke. This was a failed pilot from producer Irwin Allen (he even reused sets decorations from Time Tunnel), and it also features a story credit for Rod Serling. A lot of stock footage is lifted (and tinted) from In Old Chicago (1938).
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    I Just Watched...

    House of Numbers (1957) - 6/10 Crime thriller with Jack Palance in dual roles as brothers Bill and Arnie. The latter is doing life in San Quentin, so the former decides to help him break out, with the assistance of Arnie's wife (Barbara Lang). Their plan involves Bill sneaking into San Quentin and then switching places...sort of. It doesn't make a lot of sense, and seeing as how San Quentin approved of the film and allowed filming on their grounds, you can guess how things turn out. Also featuring Harold J. Stone as a guard, Edward Platt as the warden, and Joe Turkel and Timothy Carey, the same year they were in Paths of Glory, as other prisoners. Palance is always a treat to watch, as he's so jaw-clenchingly intense that I can't tell from scene to scene if he's supposed to be scared, angry, crazy, or all three.
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    I Just Watched...

    Hot Rod Rumble (1957) - 3/10 Dreadful drama about bad-boy hot-rodder Arnie (Richard Hartunian), who gets blamed for causing a wreck that killed the guy who was dating Arnie's ex Terri (Leigh Snowden). Arnie says he's innocent, so he tries to redeem himself. Also featuring Brett Halsey, Wright King, Joey Forman, Larry Dolgin, Dorothy Adams, and Ned Glass. Hartunian is awful, a hysterical Method abuser who comes off as mentally unbalanced. It doesn't help when the dialogue is a bunch of overwrought garbage.
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    I Just Watched...

    Hell's Crossroads (1957) - 5/10 Republic western retelling of the James/Ford story. Gunman Vic Rodell (Stephen McNally) ran with the James-Younger gang until a wound forces him to hide out at the farm of Paula (Peggie Castle), the sister of Bob Ford (Robert Vaughn making his "official" movie debut). When Bob gets into trouble, he's offered a chance at freedom, only he's ordered to kill Jesse James (Henry Brandon). Also featuring Barton MacLane, Harry Shannon, Douglas Kennedy, Grant Withers, Myron Healey, and Morris Ankrum. A weak re-imagining of the oft-told story, although Vaughn already shows some screen charisma. (This one was a delayed posting after I had a four-hour power outage due to thunderstorms. All that precious movie-watchin' time lost!)
  18. Spielberg Leads Oscar Charge Against Netflix? While Netflix’s “Roma” may not have won the Best Picture Oscar last weekend, it got within such close spitting distance that it has rattled conservative elements of the film industry into action. IndieWire reports that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is going to re-evaluate its stance on films from streaming services, and the person leading that charge would appear to be none other than filmmaker Steven Spielberg himself. Spielberg recently suggested in a speech that Netflix films should only compete for Emmys, not Oscars, and the site indicates he will now voice his concerns at the upcoming Academy Board of Governors meeting scheduled for April. A spokesperson for Amblin Entertainment tells them: “Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation. He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.” The Academy itself told the site: “Awards rules discussions are ongoing with the branches. And the Board will likely consider the topic at the April meeting.” The topic of Netflix movies and what qualifies as a movie began in earnest nearly a year ago during a very public kerfuffle at the Cannes Film Festival in May and has been debated on and off ever since. A lot of it has to do with the so-called ‘theatrical experience’ and the three-month exclusivity window in place that exhibitors demand to protect their business. “Roma” remains an interesting case study. Had it gone a regular theatrical route, a black-and-white Mexican language film with no stars and following a live-in nanny and house cleaner would certainly not have generated much box-office. Thanks to Netflix though, the film not only scored a 600 screen theatrical release for several weeks but has been available in nearly 200 countries worldwide. How is it any less a movie than other nominees, especially those who did the bare minimum one-week release on a few screens in New York or LA? In fact, by imposing stricter rules to potentially disqualify streaming services, the site suggests AMPAS may end up making it incredibly difficult for smaller indie films to qualify. Whatever the case, this AMPAS meeting is going to be closely watched. http://www.darkhorizons.com/spielberg-leads-oscar-charge-against-netflix/
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    Bogus Movie Biographies

    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter got some dates wrong.
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    I Just Watched...

    Hell Bound (1957) - 7/10 John Russell stars as the head of a gang planning on robbing a ship of a military medicinal narcotics surplus. We see the plan played out in theory, and then the actual heist, which naturally does not go according to plan. Featuring June Blair, Stuart Whitman, Stanley Adams, Margo Woode, George E. Mather, Frank Fenton, Gene O'Donnell, Virginia De Lee, and Dehl Berti as "Daddy". This movie is jam-packed with low-life thugs, junkies, slimeballs and cheap dames. The striptease dance of De Lee is memorable, but the real star is Russell. I've seen him in a few westerns and was never really impressed by him, but he makes for a rather compelling and intimidating heavy here.
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    ClassiCategories

    Sorcerer (1977) - remake of Wages of Fear (1953) Dracula (1979) - remake of Dracula (1931) - both based on the stage play more than the novel The Cat and the Canary (1979) The Lady Vanishes (1979) The Champ (1979) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) The Prisoner of Zenda (1979) Hurricane (1979)
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    I Just Watched...

    Reflections of Murder (1974) - 7/10 TV-movie remake of Diabolique, with Joan Hackett as the headmistress at a private boarding school who plots with a teacher (Tuesday Weld) to kill Hackett's abusive husband (Sam Waterston). Also featuring Michael Lerner, Lucille Benson, R.G. Armstrong, and Lance Kerwin. This one was surprisingly well-made and effective, with excellent cinematography and taut direction from John Badham. One of the better TV movies of the decade. Savages (1974) - 6/10 Sam Bottoms stars as a desert guide accompanying hunter and big-city lawyer Andy Griffith. When Andy accidentally shoots and kills a man out in the wild, Bottoms becomes the prey as Griffith decides to eliminate the sole witness. Also featuring James Best and Noah Beery, Jr. This TV-movie features an against-type role for Griffith, playing a ruthless, perhaps sociopathic killer who seems to revel in Bottoms' degradation. The movie stumbles a bit in the final act, but it's still better-than-average. This was remade as Beyond the Reach in 2014, with Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine. Death Stalk (1975) - 5/10 Two couples (Vince Edwards & Anjanette Comer, Robert Webber & Carol Lynley) on a white-water rafting vacation run into a quartet of escaped prisoners (Vic Morrow, Neville Brand, Norman Fell, and Larry Wilcox). The cons take the women hostage and head down the river, while the husbands struggle to catch up to them and save the day. Routine and lacking in surprises, the only appeal here is the cast and the scenery.
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    I Just Watched...

    Gun Girls (1957) - 3/10 Hilariously bad "juvenile" delinquent movie about bad girl Joy (Eve Brent, looking and sounding like she's 35) who leads a small gang of girl thieves and armed robbers. Also featuring Timothy Farrell as a sleazy criminal middle-man. With Jeanne Ferguson, Jacqueline Park, Calvin Booth, George Graham, Harry Keaton, and Barbara Weeks. Terrible dialogue, amateurish acting, and even worse direction from Robert C. Dertano, who also wrote this turkey, are the highlights. This is high-octane trash featuring multiple on-screen outfit changes for the girls, clunky lecturing from a parole officer about juvenile crime, and a schmaltzy ending that serves as the cherry on top of this bad-movie sundae.

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