LawrenceA

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  1. 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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    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.
  3. 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).
  4. LawrenceA

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    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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    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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    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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    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
  8. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

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

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Coming out against tobacco in 2019? A real example of political courage.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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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