LawrenceA

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About LawrenceA

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  1. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    13 Frightened Girls (1963) - 4/10 Terrible youth-appeal spy flick from William Castle. Kathy Dunn stars as the daughter of American diplomat Hugh Marlowe. She attends a school for other daughters of diplomats from around the world. She gets wrapped up in Cold War spy hi-jinks after getting a crush on American intelligence agent Murray Hamilton. Also featuring Joyce Taylor, Khigh Dheigh, Norma Varden, and Lynne Sue Moon. Badly written and even more poorly acted, this has to be one of Castle's worst films, and that's saying something. Star Kathy Dunn never appeared in another movie. I guess acting like you have a crush on Murray Hamilton can be traumatizing. Source: Mill Creek DVD
  2. You sure as hell post about it all the time.
  3. LawrenceA

    A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 1959

    What I've seen and how I rated them: 8/10 The Diary of Anne Frank 7/10 Warlock 6/10 The Best of Everything Blue Denim Compulsion I, Mobster Journey to the Center of the Earth The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw 5/10 Beloved Infidel Return of the Fly The Sound and the Fury 4/10 The Man Who Understood Women
  4. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Rim of the World (2019) - 3/10 The latest Processed Movie Product from Netflix. A group of pop-culture savvy, precocious, irreverent tweens are at a wilderness summer camp when aliens invade. After four of the kids are left stranded when everyone else evacuates, it falls to these ethnically-diverse Unlikely Heroes to save the planet, while learning Life Lessons along the way. Featuring Familiar Old Rap Song and Inappropriate Old Rap Song on the soundtrack, and a quick stop at the shopping mall to outfit everyone in retro-chic ADIDAS-brand sportswear. Directed by McG with all the flair of several forgettable summer blockbusters that he saw when he was a kid. You know when you have tweens name-dropping Werner Herzog, you're in Bad Film-School Screenwriter territory. It's like every bad modern movie cliche baked into one ugly loaf. Source: Netflix
  5. LawrenceA

    A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 1959

    I'll leave my thoughts on this year's output from Fox a little later, but for now enjoy this musical offering:
  6. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Suzanne's Career (1963) - 6/10 French drama from director Eric Rohmer. A young jerk (Christian Charriere) and his milquetoast friend (Philippe Beuzen) take turns mistreating a naive yet independent young woman (Catherine See). The end. Source: The Criterion Channel
  7. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Sunday in New York (1964) - 6/10 Typical 60's sex comedy with Jane Fonda as a 22-year-old virgin who has a whirlwind romance with Rod Taylor, who she meets on a bus. Things are complicated by the surprise arrival of Fonda's boyfriend Robert Culp. Meanwhile, Fonda's airline pilot brother Cliff Robertson keeps running into obstacles while trying to spend "quality time" with gal pal Jo Morrow. Also featuring Jim Backus, Teru Shimada, and Peter Nero. I enjoyed Fonda and Taylor's chemistry. Source: TCM
  8. Aren't broadcast and streaming rights separate entities?
  9. LawrenceA

    Favorites and Other Lists & Musings

    I have quite a few actors whose work I am trying to see all of. I keep the lists of actors' credits in two 3-ring binders - one with those that are deceased, and one with those who are still around. It wasn't intentionally morbid, but rather that those in the deceased binder would no longer need their credits lists updated, whereas I have to update the lists of those alive every few years as they appear in more things. Since I first started tracking these specific stars (roughly 7 years ago), several people have died, starting with Peter O'Toole, followed by others including Christopher Lee, John Hurt, Harry Dean Stanton, Powers Boothe, Burt Reynolds, Albert Finney, as well as younger performers who died too soon, such as Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Paxton. The latest was Doris Day, which led me to wonder (rather morbidly) who in my lists will be next. This following is a list, arranged by age, of those actors and actresses whose work I am trying to see, who are 80 or older. Olivia de Havilland (102) Kirk Douglas (102) Max Von Sydow (90) Clint Eastwood (89) Gene Hackman (89) Sean Connery (88) Robert Duvall (88) William Shatner (88) Ian Holm (87) Michael Caine (86) Alan Arkin (85) Jim Brown (83) Donald Sutherland (83) Warren Beatty (82) Jack Nicholson (82) Robert Redford (82) Jane Fonda (81) Morgan Freeman (81) Dustin Hoffman (81) Anthony Hopkins (81) Fred Williamson (81) Harvey Keitel (80) Ian McKellen (80) Terence Stamp (80)
  10. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Summer Holiday (1963) - 5/10 British musical starring Cliff Richard. He and his pals drive a double-decker bus from London all over Europe on summer holiday, finding romance and laughs along the way. Also featuring Ron Moody, Lauri Peters, Jeremy Bulloch, Melvyn Hayes, Una Stubbs, and Madge Ryan. The Shadows also appear and do some songs, although most are solo Cliff. This is toothless, innocuous stuff, best enjoyed by fans of the artist. Source: internet
  11. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Showman (1963) - 7/10 Hour-long documentary from the Maysles brothers that follows independent film distributor Joseph E. Levine as he makes the rounds during the Cannes film festival promoting his latest acquisition Two Women, as well as the Academy Award win by Sophia Loren. This is done in a fly-on-the-wall style, as the camera eavesdrops on conversations and events attended by Levine, rather than direct interviews or informational narration. It's a valuable film industry time capsule. The highlight for me was a testy exchange between Levine and David Susskind on a radio show, with Levine touting the commercial success of his Hercules over Susskind's Raisin in the Sun. Susskind's condemnatory comments regarding the mass American film audience ("they might as well be watching Superman" he says in disgust) is timelier than ever. Source: internet
  12. LawrenceA

    A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 1958

    What I've seen of Fox '58, ranked by my rating: 8/10 The Young Lions 7/10 The Fly From Hell to Texas 6/10 The Barbarian and the Geisha The Bravados The Fiend That Walked the West The Hunters The Inn of the Sixth Happiness The Long, Hot Summer Rally Round the Flag, Boys! The Roots of Heaven Showdown at Boot Hill South Pacific Ten North Frederick 5/10 Ambush at Cimarron Pass Gang War Space Master X-7
  13. LawrenceA

    Hope and Glory

    Mine (I can't resist lists) out of 255 movies seen: Raising Arizona Robocop Predator Evil Dead 2 Full Metal Jacket Angel Heart Near Dark The Princess Bride The Untouchables Withnail & I Runner-ups: Radio Days, Hope & Glory, Hellraiser, Prince of Darkness, Matewan, The Last Emperor, Wings of Desire, Lethal Weapon, The Hidden, Empire of the Sun, Broadcast News, Babette's Feast, Au Revoir les Enfants, Amazon Women on the Moon Special mention: Miami Connection, Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (among the top 25 best worst movies of all time)
  14. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Rampage (1963) - 5/10 Unimpressive adventure tale about an animal trapper (Robert Mitchum) and a big game hunter (Jack Hawkins) hired by a German zoo to capture a legendary tiger-leopard hybrid in the wilds of Malaysia. Hawkins brings along his trophy wife (Elsa Martinelli), whom Mitchum immediately sets his sleepy eyes on. Also featuring Sabu, Stefan Schnabel, Emile Genest, and Sylva Koscina. The bad, low-rent-Hemingway story and bland dialogue don't help matters, nor does the uneven production values, which in one scene may feature credible location shots (Hawaii stands in for Malaysia) and animal action, while in the next it's a bad fake snake on an obvious set. The "legendary" big cat they hunt turns out to be a jaguar partially spray-painted a pinkish color. At one point, Hawkins shoots and kills a Sumatran rhino. While it was all artifice, it's still rather sad, knowing that there are now thought to be only 2 living Sumatran rhinos left in the world. Source: internet
  15. I seem to recall someone posting once about asking Robert Osborne about the message boards, to which he replied by rolling his eyes, gave a rueful grin, and said, "no comment", or something to that effect. Does anyone else remember this?

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