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    I Just Watched...

    The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) - 7/10 Gimmicky mystery from director John Huston. George C. Scott stars as a retired detective who investigates the death of a friend, Adrian Messenger, that left behind a list of names that may have been connected to the event. Also featuring Dana Wynter, Jacques Roux, Clive Brook, Gladys Cooper, Herbert Marshall, John Merivale, Marcel Dalio, Tony Huston, and Kirk Douglas. There are also cameos by Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, and Frank Sinatra, all under heavy makeup, and most dubbed with other voices. Douglas also uses several heavy disguises throughout. I enjoyed this despite the silliness of the makeup gimmick. Douglas and Mitchum were easily detectable, while the others not so much. I liked seeing Gladys Cooper as a slightly sloshed widow, Clive Brook 30 years after Cavalcade, and Huston's eldest child Tony as Brook's doting grandson. I know from reading Huston's biography (as well as those of his daughter Anjelica) that the director's sole interest in making this were the fox hunting scenes, the last of which he even cameos in as a participant. I can do without seeing that scumbag pastime, but it didn't ruin things enough to make the movie a wash, either. Source: Universal DVD
  3. I'm starting this thread to discuss the movies that I have previously picked as my top ten favorites from each year. After I rewatch them, I'll post a short review and make any comments or observations about my enjoyment of the films as well as any anecdotes or associated trivia bits. Feel free to comment on my choices, my reviews, or post your own reviews or comments about any of your favorite films that you've rewatched recently. I've already posted my thoughts on my picks for the Silent Era (any movies made up to 1928) in the Silent section in the Genre Message Boards. I'll be starting this thread with my picks for 1929. A couple of comments beforehand, though: I was not able to find copies of all of my choices for my ten favorites of the year, so I'll only be rewatching six titles. Also, I've recently more than doubled the number of movies that I've seen from 1929, and a few of those titles would appear on my list were I to rewrite it. I'll list those titles here first, but since I just watched them, I won't review them again, as there are reviews of them elsewhere on the site, down in the Genre sections. These are the titles that I could not secure a copy of to rewatch: The Trespasser The Letter The Love Parade Pandora's Box These are the titles that I watched recently that would likely appear on an updated list: The Mysterious Island The Last Warning The Great Gabbo The Old and the New A Cottage on Dartmoor As for the rest of my original list of my top ten favorite films of 1929, the next would be...
  4. LawrenceA

    Movie - WW2 plane crash and crew were ghosts

    Sounds like Sole Survivor.
  5. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    The Leather Boys (1963) - 7/10 British drama with Rita Tushingham as a teenage bride to mechanic and biker Colin Campbell. They soon grow frustrated with wedded life, and Colin starts spending more and more time with fellow biker Dudley Sutton, who may have romantic feelings for Colin. This is another working-class, "kitchen sink" picture, with drab, rainy B&W English scenery and frustrated characters without the ability to properly express their troubles to one another. The film was controversial at release due to the homosexuality, although it's positively tame by today's standard. Co-stars Campbell and Sutton both died last year. Source: internet
  6. As a relatively recent poster who has a lot of posts, I assumed that I was one of, if not the chief, person being suggested here. Of course, my posts are also not careful or picky, and I certainly don't come across as someone who has put a lot of thought in what I convey, so that also led me to think that I was target of the poster's derision. If my presence, or the style or frequency of my posts, have caused people to post less frequently or to seek other message boards to post in, it would not surprise me in the least. I've been told directly and indirectly, and via PM many times and from more people than I can recall, that the above is true.
  7. LawrenceA

    I'm Alive! Did Anyone Even Notice My Absence?

    Not everyone.
  8. LawrenceA

    Upcoming Releases

    There are several upcoming Blu-ray releases that are not Criterion, although many were released on DVD by them and have gone out of print. Here are some of the titles that may be of interest. They Might Be Giants (1971) - June 11 The Brink's Job (1978) - June 18 Mississippi Burning (1988) - June 18 The Silent Partner (1978) - June 18 Midnight Lace (1960) - June 25 The Wild Heart/Gone to Earth (1950) - June 25 Bob le Flambeur (1956) - July 2 Le Doulos (1962) - July 2 Le Professional (1981) - July 2 Leon Morin, Priest (1961) - July 2 The Outsider (1983) - July 2 Alphaville (1965) - July 9 The Annihilators (1985) - July 9 The Champagne Murders (1967) - July 9 Dead of Night (1945) - July 9 Peter Pan (1924) - July 9 Thunder Bay (1953) - July 9 Hold Back the Dawn (1941) - July 16 Jefferson in Paris (1995) - July 16 Death Takes a Holiday (1934) - July 23 Easy Living (1937) - July 23 The Milky Way (1969) - July 23 Sweet Charity (1969) - July 23 The Ugly American (1963) - August 13
  9. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Ladybug Ladybug (1963) - 7/10 Effective drama from director Frank Perry. The students and faculty of a small, rural school react to an alarm warning of an imminent nuclear attack. As the children are evacuated (on foot) back to their homes, they discuss their fears, concerns, and opinions on life in the shadow of nuclear annihilation. The faculty members include Jane Cowell, William Daniels, Nancy Marchand, Jane Hoffman, and Kathryn Hays, while Estelle Parsons, James Frawley, Richard Hamilton, Elena Karam, and Judith Lowry play parents or other relatives and adults. The kids, most of whom give good performances, include Doug Chapin, Miles Chapin, Bozo Dell, Dianne Higgins, Alan Howard, Linda Meyer, Susan Melvin, and Alice Playten. I found this a sensitively handled drama on a then-very pressing issue (this was shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis). Marchand is good as always, playing a teacher who slowly, quietly unravels. Daniels, Cowell and Parsons were all making their film debuts. Source: TCM
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    I Just Watched...

    In Mexican films, it may be due to the influx of German immigrants during the 1800's. There were social divides between wealthy landowners of European ancestry and the poorer locals of native or mixed-native descent. Then there's the influence of Frankenstein as the ultimate mad scientist, who also happened to be a nobleman. And that whole thing with the two world wars probably influenced the perception of Germans, I'd imagine. I had a friend that watched a lot of genre films and he always insisted that having German/Nazi villains was the laziest thing (outside of historically appropriate stories, of course). They were later supplanted in pop culture with the Commies, then the Russian mob, then Islamic terrorists, and now it's the Mexican/Central or South American drug cartels. I can see white supremacist/nationalists becoming more frequent bad-guy cliches, as well.
  11. The Last Warning isn't the only Flicker Alley Blu-ray being released on June 4. It's joined by a newly re-mastered edition of The Man Who Laughs (1928).
  12. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Scarab (1983) - 4/10 Incredible Spanish supernatural thriller (?) with Robert Ginty as an American reporter working in Europe who stumbles upon the efforts of a South American war criminal (Rip Torn), who is possessed by an Egyptian god, to achieve global domination. The reporter teams up with a mysterious nurse (Cristina Sanchez Pascual) to stop Rip and his cult of followers. This was a really strange one, with a lot of nonsensical plot developments, awkward comedy bits, and copious nudity, as the women in Rip's cult frequently appear topless. Also featuring bizarre costumes, bad special effects, and terrible music. Source: YouTube
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    I Just Watched...

    Judex (1963) - 7/10 French thriller from director Georges Franju. Channing Pollick stars as the mysterious Judex, an avenger of wrongs who targets a corrupt banker (Michel Vitold). Judex tries to help the banker's innocent daughter (Edith Scob), but he's repeatedly challenged by a clever criminal (Francine Berge) who wants the banker's fortune for herself. Also featuring Jacques Jouanneau, Theo Sarapo, Rene Genin, Benjamin Boda, and Sylva Koscina. This was Franju's loving remake of Louis Feuillade's 1916 serial of the same name. He condenses it down to a 98-minute romp of standard perils and cliffhangers, all done with a sharp modern style. The film benefits by keeping the story set when the original serial was released, and there's a stand-out sequence set at a masquerade party. Fun and entertaining. Source: Criterion DVD
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    I Just Watched...

    Johnny Cool (1963) - 6/10 Crime drama starring Henry Silva as a Sicilian bandit (obviously based on Salvatore Guiliano) who agrees to work with Italian-American mob boss Marc Lawrence. Silva travels to the US using the assumed name of Johnny Cool and proceeds to wipe out all of the competition, meeting up bored society gal Elizabeth Montgomery along the way. Also featuring Telly Savalas, Brad Dexter, Joey Bishop, Richard Anderson, Mort Sahl, John McGiver, Jim Backus, Wanda Hendrix, Joan Staley, and Sammy Davis Jr. as "Educated". Produced by Peter Lawford, and directed by Montgomery's then-husband William Asher, this has a lot of violence, uneven comic relief moments, and shades of scorched-earth nihilism. Source: YouTube
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    I Just Watched...

    Invasion of the Vampires (1963) - 6/10 Mexican horror film starring Rafael del Rio as Dr. Ulises, who arrives in a country town being plagued by mysterious attacks. Ulises discovers that the source is a nest of vampires led by nobleman Count Frankenhausen (Carlos Agosti). Also featuring Erna Martha Bauman, Tito Junco, Fernando Soto, and Bertha Moss. There's a lot of good spookshow atmosphere, with beautiful vampire women in gossamer evening gowns stalking the fog-enshrouded night. I also liked the music and sound effects, very old-fashioned but fun. There are the usual limits when it comes to the special effects, including a laughable attack by a giant bat that has to be seen to be believed, but overall this was much better than I expected. Source: YouTube
  16. LawrenceA

    Recently Watched Horror

    Svengali (1931) - Supernatural thriller from Warner Brothers and director Archie Mayo, based on the novel Trilby by George L. Du Maurier. John Barrymore stars as Svengali, a composer and music impresario who teaches singing in hopes of finding the right talent to mold into stardom. He discovers it in pretty young woman Trilby (Marian Marsh), and sets out to harness her abilities, which also requires him to exert his supernatural ability to hypnotize and dominate the thoughts of others. This understandably upsets Trilby's suitor Billee (Bramwell Fletcher). Also featuring Donald Crisp, Carmel Myers, Luis Alberni, Lumsden Hare, Ferike Boros, and Paul Porcasi. Barrymore, with a long pointed beard and heavy makeup, gets to glare about and look intimidating. The scenes showing his hypnosis, during which Barrymore wears white contact lenses, are effective, as is a scene with the camera swooping over highly-stylized rooftops to show his hypnotic pull over great distances. Marsh is pretty but unpolished, acting wise, but as she was just 17 at the time, it's understandable. There's a scene of her nude modeling for an art class that could only have been Pre-Code. While this film is generally categorized as horror, I wouldn't go in expecting much of the typical horror film elements. This earned two Oscar nominations, for Best Art Direction (Anton Grot) and Best Cinematography (Barney McGill). 7/10 Source: TCM.
  17. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I hope so. Those are the dip***** that elected him. They deserve no less.
  18. You're the one who said I was offended. I stated that your reposting of the same thing in multiple threads was an annoyance. As for attitude problems lately, have you looked in the proverbial mirror? You've been in a very poor, combative, defeatist, negative, naysayer mood for a while now. I gave you some slack because I didn't know if something was going on in your home life to cause the change, but I've got my own problems, and have grown tired of it all. As I've said in the past, I should try to refrain in engaging with people in this section of the message board. Nothing constructive, instructive, or even entertaining ever comes from any of it, just misery and ill-will. I'll do my best to avoid the Off-Topics from now on.
  19. Some how I don't think that you're really sorry. And don't confuse annoyance with offense.
  20. Haven't you admonished others in the past about posting the same thing in multiple threads?
  21. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Coming out against tobacco in 2019? A real example of political courage.
  22. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    The Insect Woman (1963) - 7/10 Japanese drama from director Shohei Imamura. The story follows the life of Tome (Sachiko Hidari) from birth to late middle age. She's the daughter of the village idiot in a tiny rural community. As she grows older, she struggles to support her growing family, first as mill worker during the war years, and later as a prostitute and madam. Hidari turns in a terrific performance. Imamura seems to be subverting the "quietly-suffering noble woman" genre so popular in Japanese film, while also offering a critique of socioeconomic inequalities. Source: The Criterion Channel
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    Recently Watched Horror

    I want to see it, although I'm a bit weary of lighthouse stories after seeing several in the past few years. I really liked The Witch.
  24. Criterion always do their own subtitles. I watched the Criterion copy of La Chienne last year, and it was crystal clear. That is most likely what will be shown.

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