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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

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I hope so. Those are the dip***** that elected him. They deserve no less.
  5. 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.
  6. Some how I don't think that you're really sorry. And don't confuse annoyance with offense.
  7. Haven't you admonished others in the past about posting the same thing in multiple threads?
  8. LawrenceA

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Coming out against tobacco in 2019? A real example of political courage.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. Now you know how I feel.
  14. 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
  15. Okay then, I'll leave you to your confusion.

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