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  1. LawrenceA

    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
  2. LawrenceA

    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
  3. LawrenceA

    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
  4. 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.
  5. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I hope so. Those are the dip***** that elected him. They deserve no less.
  6. 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.
  7. Some how I don't think that you're really sorry. And don't confuse annoyance with offense.
  8. Haven't you admonished others in the past about posting the same thing in multiple threads?
  9. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Coming out against tobacco in 2019? A real example of political courage.
  10. 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
  11. LawrenceA

    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.
  12. 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.
  13. Please feel free to answer him, then. Every time I say I'm done trying to help people because it never turns out well I end up doing it again you know what they say about trying the same thing over and over again with the same outcome well I guess I never...
  14. Now you know how I feel.
  15. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie (1963) - 7/10 Lengthy documentary originally made for Swedish television by director Victor Sjoman. Sjoman and his crew follow director Bergman as he films Winter Light. There are many interviews with the director, the cinematographer Sven Nykvist, lead actor Gunnar Bjornstrand, and others. The process is shown from writing the script to location scouting to costume fitting and set construction to rehearsal and finally filming. For film nerds, especially those with a taste for foreign films, this is an invaluable document. All others will be bored to tears. Source: Criterion DVD
  16. Okay then, I'll leave you to your confusion.
  17. LawrenceA


    C.H.U.D. Beauty and the Beast TV series Mimic The Mole People At the Earth's Core
  18. I answered you yesterday. It was on late last night/ very early this morning at 3:45 AM ET, just like the TCM schedule said that it would be. How it appeared in their programming? I would guess the same way everything else does. They paid a licensing fee.
  19. LawrenceA

    Favorites and Other Lists & Musings

    Sh! The Octopus
  20. 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...
  21. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Eyes of Fire (1983) - 7/10 Strange, unique supernatural thriller set in the mid-18th century. A group of American colonists are chased out of town due to their allegiance to a crackpot preacher (Dennis Lipscomb). They travel via a river into "New France" where they set up residence in some abandoned cabins in an area of a primeval forest that the local Natives refuse to enter. It seems the place is haunted by a "devil-witch", a demonic entity that captures the souls of the unwary, placing them into trees and using them as ghostly slave labor. A skilled trapper (Guy Boyd) and a mystical Irish orphan girl (Karlene Crockett) are their only hopes of salvation. Also featuring Rebecca Stanley, Sally Klein, Rob Paulsen, Kerry Sherman, Mike Genovese, and Fran Ryan. This was an independently made feature shot in Missouri, and the limited budget shows in some of the special effects work. However, the location shooting is very good, the acting is adequate, and the story is engaging and unpredictable. Despite its flaws, I liked this one, and appreciated the effort to do something different. Source: YouTube
  22. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    In the Cool of the Day (1963) - 5/10 Dismal soap opera starring Peter Finch as an Englishman who falls in love with the ill wife (Jane Fonda) of a colleague (Arthur Hill). Finch himself is trapped in a loveless marriage to a wife (Angela Lansbury) left literally scarred by past tragedy. Also featuring Nigel Davenport, Alexander Knox, Constance Cummings, John Le Mesurier, Alec MacCowen, Valerie Taylor, and Madeleine Sherwood. Dull, unbelievable people in uninteresting situations, with Lansbury standing out as another unlikable character. Fonda is just as bad. Source: TCM
  23. LawrenceA

    Trump vs. the Press/Media

    Maybe a montage of all of those over-the-top paintings of Trump as Rambo/Napoleon/Julius Caesar/Superman, with Kid Rock and Ted Nugent music in the background.
  24. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    I Fidanzati (1963) - 7/10 Italian drama from director Ermanno Olmi. Giovanni (Carlo Cabrini) travels to Sicily to work at a chemical plant, leaving his fiancee Liliana (Anna Canzi) back home in the north. He struggles to decide if the work is worth the loneliness and the culture shock. A sort of companion piece to Olmi's 1961 picture Il Posto, this film replaces that one's humor with a deep melancholy. The modern world is seen as dehumanizing and emotionally distant, and romantic notions are put away in the face of economic need. There's a sparsity to the film that I liked, but in the end I felt the movie paled in comparison to Il Posto. Source: TCM
  25. They're in English for me: 1 WEDNESDAY 2 THURSDAY

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