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  1. LawrenceA

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    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
  2. LawrenceA

    Movie - WW2 plane crash and crew were ghosts

    Sounds like Sole Survivor.
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    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
  4. 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.
  5. LawrenceA

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

    Not everyone.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. LawrenceA

    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.
  9. 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).
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I hope so. Those are the dip***** that elected him. They deserve no less.

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