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  1. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    What Waits Below (1984) - 6/10 Cheesy yet enjoyable adventure film that sees a group of explorers entering a massive cave system only to discover a lost civilization of albino mutants. Starring Robert Powell, Lisa Blount, Timothy Bottoms, Anne Heywood, Richard Johnson, A.C. Weary, Jackson Bostwick, and Liam Sullivan. I liked this in a Saturday-matinee way, knowing full well its many shortcomings but liking it anyway. I'm a sucker for lost civilization stories. There's a bit of tacked-on gore that was unnecessary, and it takes a bit too long to get to the good stuff, but this entertained me. Also released as Secrets of the Phantom Caverns, this was shot in Cumberland Caverns, Tennessee, and Cathedral Caverns, Alabama. Source: YouTube
  2. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    The Mind Benders (1963) - 6/10 British drama starring Dirk Bogarde as a scientist experimenting with sensory deprivation. When a fellow professor dies as a result, a government man (John Clements) investigates, and realizes that Bogarde and his associates may have stumbled on a way to effectively brainwash people. They decide to test that theory on Bogarde, to tragic results. Also featuring Mary Ure, Michael Bryant, Wendy Craig, Harold Goldblatt, Edward Fox, and Geoffrey Keen. The acting is good, but the story lacks punch, and the direction is flat and matter-of-fact. Source: TCM
  3. LawrenceA

    Recently Watched Horror

    But you didn't much care for It Follows, if I remember correctly, right? And you hated Hereditary, if I remember correctly? Did you like The Witch? Another recent one that came as a pleasant surprise was The Autopsy of Jane Doe. I also liked the recent Netflix film The Ritual. I also enjoyed The Babadook, whose director has a new film, The Nightingale, coming soon. It's not horror, but it's said to be harrowing and pretty horrific, nonetheless.
  4. I had to change it already. It was giving me nightmares, and I hadn't even tried sleeping yet. I'm trying to find an avatar to settle on. I know...with me that's an unlikely occurrence, but I think my current, late-mid period Vincent Price one fits my tastes.
  5. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Maniac (1963) - 5/10 Sub-par British thriller from Hammer Films. Kerwin Mathews stars as an American who gets stranded in the south of France. He takes up with an innkeeper (Nadia Gray) and her daughter (Liliane Brousse), who get him entangled with a plot to free the innkeeper's husband (Donald Houston) who in a prison for the criminally insane. Also featuring George Pastell, Arnold Diamond, Norman Bird, Justine Lord, and Jerold Wells. The script is by Jimmy Sangster and direction by Michael Carreras, both Hammer regulars, but this ends up being a lesser effort, never building up any appreciable suspense or atmosphere. Source: Mill Creek DVD
  6. LawrenceA

    Recently Watched SF & Fantasy

    I haven't seen the latest Avengers (don't worry, I know what happens so I can't be spoiled), but I did read that Brie Larson filmed her scenes for it before they shot her standalone movie, and that she (and the Russo brothers who directed) weren't even really sure what her character was like yet. I thought the blandness of her character was a problem in Captain Marvel, but chalked it up to the nature of the character in that film (not knowing her past, or who she really was). I find that in most instances, it's a script problem and/or a direction problem. I've seen Larson in other things (Short Term 12, Room) and thought she was very good and a charismatic performer. Whatever the cause, I thought Captain Marvel was among the least of the Marvel movies thus far, but I still enjoyed it for the most part.
  7. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    The Man from the Diners' Club (1963) - 5/10 Weak comedy starring Danny Kaye as a neurotic employee of the Diners Club credit card company. He erroneously issues a card to notorious mobster "Foots" Pulardos (Telly Savalas), and is ordered to get it back. However, Pulardos has other plans for Kaye, as the gangster wants to use Kaye to help fake his death. Also featuring Cara Williams, Martha Hyer, George Kennedy, Everett Sloane, Kaye Stevens, Jay Novello, Bernie Kopell, and Harry Dean Stanton. This proved to be Kaye's final starring role, and it's perhaps the least of his films that I've seen. Savalas wears a dark toupee, which is odd looking. Williams is amusing as Telly's gal-pal with a bit of a drinking problem. I watched it for Stanton, who shows up as a beatnik late in the proceedings. Directed by Frank Tashlin from a script by William Peter Blatty (his first). Source: internet
  8. Robert De Niro, Raging Bull Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront Falconetti, The Passion of Joan of Arc Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress
  9. It's long past time that some Vietnam films be added to the mix. We've delved into this issue in the past a few times, and there a few reasons that we've guessed worked against showing films about more recent conflicts: few of them are from the "classic era", many of them have a lot of graphic violence and salty language, and they may be more expensive to acquire the rights to. None of these things matter to me personally, but I can see why they may play a factor in the channel's decisions. I would add Korean conflict films as well (there are a lot more than I thought there were, as I've seen many recently), and one or two from the recent Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, even if it were only one or two films late at night.
  10. And many of them are ones that should stay that way! P.S.: I liked The Bad Seed.
  11. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Magnet of Doom (1963) - 6/10 French drama with Jean-Paul Belmondo as a failed boxer who takes a job as the personal secretary to wealthy banker Charles Vanel. It seems the banker is embroiled in scandal and will soon be arrested, so he travels to NYC with Belmondo in tow in hopes of evading capture. They learn that the US may extradite Vanel, so the duo drives from NYC to New Orleans, there to catch a ship to South America. The film largely concerns their road trip. Also featuring Michele Mercier, Malvina Silberberg, and Stefania Sandrelli. Director Jean-Pierre Melville shoots in widescreen color, but the movie looks the worse for it. He couldn't afford to shoot in the US beyond some B-roll stuff, so the main characters are either on sets, in rear-projection cars, or in the French countryside, which doesn't look like any roads in the American south. A lot of the "American" dialogue and set dressing is phony, as well. Belmondo isn't bad. I enjoyed seeing Vanel, who had been in French films going back to the 1910's. The English title sounds like a chapter from a 30's serial. Source: The Criterion Channel
  12. LawrenceA

    Roger Corman and those Edgar Allan Poe stories

    Yeah, The Terror was shot very quickly on leftover sets from The Raven, and Corman used Karloff and Jack Nicholson who were still around after filming that prior movie. It's impressive for something shot on the fly.
  13. Have you ever received an invite to visit? You'll need a physical, where they take your vitals. You may be diagnosed with St. Vitus' Dance. If so, don't get angry or vituperative.
  14. LawrenceA

    Roger Corman and those Edgar Allan Poe stories

    Yes, I like them, to varying degrees. My favorites are The Haunted Palace (I love Lovecraft stuff) and House of Usher. The Masque of the Red Death is the critical darling, but I wasn't as fond of it. I have all of them on disc, but haven't watched most of them in a long time.
  15. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Lord of the Flies (1963) - 6/10 British allegorical drama from director Peter Brook, based on William Golding's novel. A bunch of schoolboys end up stranded on a tropical island when their plane crashes. They are left with no adult supervision, so they soon descend into savagery. I'm not crazy about movies starring children, and this is nothing but kids. Most of the performances were bad, and I haven't seen a movie where so many actors glanced directly into the camera so often. The kid with the broken glasses was the worst, with painfully bad line deliveries. However, there is quite a bit of artistry in the B&W cinematography. I may have liked this more if I weren't in such a foul mood, but it's not likely. Source: The Criterion Channel

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