LawrenceA

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    Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls (1973) - 5/10 Outlandish horror flick featuring Barry Coe as a man grieving for his recently deceased wife. He's obsessed with finding a way to contact her from beyond the veil, and he's eventually led to Dr. Death (John Considine), a flamboyantly theatrical man who claims to be able to transfer souls into new bodies. Coe pays the Doctor to find a new soul for his wife's corpse, but things don't go well. Also featuring Cheryl Miller, Stewart Moss, Leon Askin, Jo Morrow, Florence Marly, and Moe Howard! This is a bizarre movie, part silly black comedy, part deadly serious gory-horror flick, and much of it frequently stupid. But it's very entertaining, and moves along at a fast pace. Source: YouTube
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    Rupture (1961) - 6/10 French comedy short co-written and directed by Jean-Claude Carriere and Pierre Etaix. A man (Etaix) returns home to find a breakup letter from his girlfriend. He attempts to respond, but has trouble doing so. This was the first directorial effort from music hall clown Etaix, who would go on to make a string of well-liked comedies through the decade. Most of these were trapped in legal limbo for nearly 40 years, but after that was cleared up, and after an extensive restoration process, many of his films were re-introduced around the world to much acclaim. This was my first taste of his works, and I found mildly amusing, if very slight and forgettable. I'll hold off further judgment until I see more of his stuff, which I look forward to. Source: The Criterion Channel
  3. Much like the one you decided to post.
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    Pigs and Battleships (1961) - 7/10 Japanese crime drama/black comedy starring Hiroyuki Nagato as Kinta, a low-life hustler and yakuza member making what meager money he can off of the sailors from the nearby US naval base. He thinks he can make a killing on the black market selling pigs, enough to get his prostitute girlfriend (Jitsuko Yoshimura) off the street. Also featuring Masao Mishima, Tetsuro Tamba, Shiro Osaka, Takeshi Kato, Shoichi Ozawa, Yoko Minimida, Eijiro Tono, and Ko Nishimura. A dark, chaotic, occasionally funny critique on post-war Japanese class struggle and the effects of the continued American military presence. A lot this was hot-button stuff in Japan at the time, which is why the film won prestigious awards, as well as seeing director Shohei Imamura banned from the director's chair for a few years due to the controversy. Source: The Criterion Channel
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    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
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    A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)
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    The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970)
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    Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)
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    The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)
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    Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000)
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    The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (1970)
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    Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972)
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    You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat (1971)
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    Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
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    Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil Mutant Alien Flesh-Eating Hellbound Zombified Living Dead (1991)
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    Theme Songs That Fit A Movie or TV Show Perfectly

    In order from most to least liked (I enjoyed all but the last): Kill Bill 1 & 2 Jackie Brown Inglourious Basterds Reservoir Dogs Pulp Fiction Django Unchained The Hateful Eight Death Proof
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    Paris Belongs to Us (1961) - 5/10 French drama about a college student (Betty Schneider) who becomes wrapped up in the mysterious goings on among a group of intellectuals known by her older brother. One of their number recently committed suicide, and Schneider worries more and more about the reasons why, and begins to fear that others may follow his lead. Also featuring Giani Esposito, Francoise Prevost, Daniel Crohem, Francois Maistre, Jean-Claude Brialy, and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Lelouch, Jacques Demy, and this film's writer-director Jacques Rivette. This is yet another French New Wave film that people heap with praise that I found dull, ponderous, banal, and visually inert. There are some clumsy camera movements that add nothing to the mood or narrative, and seem only to remind the viewer that the director was present. The story lacks a conclusion, and it's left up to the audience to decide if there was anything sinister going on, or if they all just suffered from Cold war-era nihilistic ennui. Blech. Source: The Criterion Channel
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    On the Fiddle (1961) - 6/10 Marginal British comedy about a fast-talking conman (Arthur Lynch) and a Gypsy (Sean Connery!) who meet in RAF training during WWII. Instead of focusing on the war effort, they spend their time trying to get out of work, out of battle, and into easy money. Also featuring Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Victor Maddern, Harry Locke, John Le Mesurier, Cecil Parker, Barbara Windsor, Kathleen Harrison, and Priscilla Morgan. Only occasionally funny, this is mainly of note due to Connery's presence, shortly before Dr. No. After he became famous as James Bond, AIP released this movie in the US as Operation Snafu in 1965. Source: internet
  19. Yes, there are several off-beat choices. Much more interesting than just trotting out the same, overplayed titles yet again.
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    I forgot about this modern classic: The Sixth Man and perhaps the best movie about basketball: Hoop Dreams
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    a new hate target for the left: Kate Smith

    What is a Luke Walton? Your idea is both hilarious and not out of the realm of possibility for someone to actually build. Maybe build it next to the Creation Museum or one of those Bibleland-style amusement parks. You could connect the two parks via a walkway commemorating the War on Christmas.
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    Basketball Blue Chips Above the Rim The Air Up There White Men Can't Jump He Got Game Space Jam Love & Basketball Soccer Shaolin Soccer Bend It Like Beckham Mean Machine Kicking & Screaming
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    I have The Young Swingers and Surf Party in my queue to watch. I've previously seen The Mini-Skirt Mob.
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    The Eye Creatures (1965) & Creature of Destruction (1967) - both 2/10 American International Pictures approached Texas filmmaker Larry Buchanan with an offer: remake a bunch of their old catalog titles, in color and to be sold directly to television, for $10,000 a picture, and Larry could keep whatever money was left over. He then began to produce some of the worst movies ever made. I just watched the last two that I had not seen. The Eye Creatures was the first of these remakes, this one of Invasion of the Saucer Men. John Ashley stars as a teenager who gets to battle the ugly title aliens, with help from other local teens and some dimbulb Air Force soldiers. Every fundamental aspect of filmmaking is forgotten in this horrific monstrosity, which features awful writing, cinematography, editing, sound, acting, special effects, and sets. I bet even the food was terrible. This is the kind of movie where it looks like it smelled bad on set. Creature of Destruction is only infinitesimally better. A remake of The She-Creature, this features Les Tremayne as a stage mentalist who warns his audience that a savage monster will attack someone that night. When an incident does occur, it brings more spectators to the next show, and some begin to wonder if the mentalist may be behind it all. A young Air Force officer (Aron Kincaid) thinks it may have something to do with the mentalist's strange female assistant (Pat Delany). Also featuring Neil Fletcher, Annabelle Weenick, and songs by Scotty McKay. Cheap and dumb, with an old and tired Les Tremayne going through the motions, this is as sad as it is bad. The monster costume is one of the worst in film history. Source: I believe that one or both of these are available in Mystery Science Theater 3000 editions, and those may be your best bet. I watched them straight and unfiltered (both titles are available on YouTube), but novices are warned that watching these movies original and uncut can be hazardous to your health (mental & spiritual), so you may wish to have supervision and/or some large amounts of alcohol or drugs available. Always check with your doctor before starting a Larry Buchanan movie.
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    No Love for Johnnie (1961) - 7/10 British drama starring Peter Finch as a Labour Party MP who has just won re-election. However, he's grown lazy, jaded, and complacent, and almost immediately begins shirking his duties. As his life begins to crumble around him (his wife leaves him, the party apparatus start to push him away, and his constituency want to remove him from office), he starts a May-December romance with 20-year-old model Pauline (Mary Peach). Also featuring Billie Whitelaw, Stanley Holloway Donald Pleasence, Hugh Burden, Rosalie Crutchley, Michael Goodliffe, Mervyn Johns, Geoffrey Keen, Paul Rogers, Dennis Price, Peter Sallis, and Oliver Reed. This character-study and examination of British political structure is a triumph for Peter Finch, who won the third of his five BAFTAs for his role. He's a complicated character, not really likable, but human, and three-dimensional. I was also impressed with Billie Whitelaw as an upstairs neighbor who has fond feelings for Finch, while he seems oblivious to her advances. Source: YouTube

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