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Posts posted by Sgt_Markoff

  1. I applaud you guys for enjoying 'Pandora'. Sure, the photography was incredible but my god that storyline.

    Its rare that a classic film will make me squirm and writhe in my seat. This one did.

    Just didn't work for me, too saccharine for my taste. I wanted to crawl up the main aisle on my hands and knees, howling in torment.

    But I'm sure its a great film for many people, after all, that's why I attended it in the first place.

  2. Definitely John Frankenheimer's "Grand Prix"...h'mmm, what else. Hafta put my thinking cap on.

    "The Challengers"

    'Winning' (Paul Newman

    "The Last American Hero' (Jeff Bridges)

    "Greased Lightning" (Richard Pryor)

    "The Big Wheel" (Mickey Rooney)

    "Two-Lane Blacktop" (street racing)

    "The Great Race" and "The Gumball Rally" (just for fun)


  3. It's one of the worst travesties in Hollywood history. The Matt Helm novels by Donald Hamilton are among the very best action thrillers America has ever produced. In the same league with Dash Hammett, Ross MacDonald, Elmore Leonard, Jim Thompson, and George V. Higgins. Raw, violent, bloody, and disturbing.

    If only there was a way to wipe those Dino romps out of our communal memory so that the way could be paved for faithful adaptations of this fine fiction series.

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  4. Unfortunately there's not just a 'replication crisis' in today's science but 'citation bias' is looming large as well


    and the issue with 'rigged trials'


    not to mention that the pharmaceutical industry is on its last legs thanks to the law of diminishing returns:



    Where does that leave us?

    well, with a **** count issue threatening humanity's reproductive future


    and a ruined generation of kids thanks to the glut of personal electronics


    and a country teetering on the brink of oligarchy or plutocracy


    ...I'm not sure where it leaves us... but I'm making plans to leave the country!


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    Some of the worst sequels are the sequels to the original The Pink Panther. Oy...what were the filmmakers thinking? What was Peter Sellers thinking? The first film is a masterpiece..

    Eh? H'mm. The Panther had multiple installments including 'A Shot in the Dark' with ...Alan Arkin? Which one are you considering 'the first'?

    I consider 'The Return of the Pink Panther' the best of the lot. Although it was slightly flawed by Christopher Plummer, in the sense that he walks on at the finale and almost steals the flick with his swagger and stature.


  6. Ray Milland made some shockingly bad movies in his last few years. 'Man with the X-Ray Eyes', 'Frogs', 'The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant'. Yeccch.

    James Mason--an actor whom ordinarily, I revere--his worst film I ever saw was something called, 'Pandora and the Flying Dutchman'. He made this dog at the hight of his career. Its simply awful.

  7. I've seen a whole bunch of pre-code flicks because there was a festival here in Manhattan a few yrs back. I tried to attend as many as possible. But the result is I can't quite recall much of what I saw.

    • 'Baby Face' --yes, with Stanwyck. I remember it. John Wayne has a cameo.
    • 'Safe in Hell' --yes. Love it.
    • 'The Maltese Falcon' --with Richard Cortez
    • 'The Phantom of Crestwood' --also with Cortez. One of the most fun haunted-house romps ever.
    • Fay Way bare swimming in 'King Kong', right?
    • 'Two Seconds' - a really lurid crime yarn with Edward G. Robinson
    • something about young delinquent "crime babes behind bars"; Brit flick
    • 'Kongo' with Walter Huston and Lupe Velez. Outstanding Tod Browning flick. My #1!
    • 'Freaks', Tod Browning
    • 'Prestige' by Tay Garnet, starring Ann Harding
    • 'The Unholy Three', Tod Browning
    • 'The Unknown', Tod Browning
  8. Ah! Here's some others. Pardon me if they've already been mentioned, or if they don't quite fit the specs.

    'Town Without Pity'. A fine little flick with Kirk Douglas as a JAG defending three US soldiers from assaulting a German fraulein.

    'A Foreign Affair' with Jean Arthur, actually one of my favorite Billy Wilder comedies.

    'The Big Lift' with Monty Clift.

    Jon Voight in 'The End of the Game',

    Jon Voight in 'The Odessa File'

    'The Pedestrian' written, starring, and directed by Maximillian Schell.

    'The Night Porter' --sensational shocker with Dirk Bogarde & Charlotte Rampling

    ...but really, all this is chicken feed. Why not go for actual German films from a German filmmaker? Look no further than Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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  9. Objectively I want to agree with anyone who picks the 1950s; when you examine lists of titles-per-year its just crazy the scale and size of what was accomplished there. Historical spectacles, westerns, swashbucklers...plus the birth of noir and horror and SF.

    But the 50s --though stellar in so many ways--were not yet Hollywood at its best precisely because the studios held such sway. There was too much a dearth of mavericks/independent filmmakers, too much lack of frankness about sexuality, just not enough true, psychologically-realistic storytelling.

    The only flaw in the sweet, dark, 1940s is that just a tad too many films were "let's all pull together" wartime-style propaganda. Otherwise I might select them as #1.

    In the end, I gotta go with the 1970s because despite lacking the outlandish scale and achievements of the 1950s, this decade yet has the most modern and socially relevant content to offer. Finally women get their freedom; finally ethnic races get their freedom; finally the human mind & human body are depicted; finally we get accurate politics and scathing criticism of the society around us (rather than just accepting that everything is 'hunky-dory'). In the 70s, Hollywood finally grows up.

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  10. The thing about Heston is that many of the dozens of films he appeared in, called exactly for the kind of acting he could effortlessly deliver. When occasion demanded, he more than proved he could deliver different styles of acting. But most of his flicks simply called for a rugged, stolid, tight-lipped hero. So blame the era that he thrived in, but don't blame him.

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  11. There's nothing more moving for me than watching the Kansas sequence, (the opening sequence), from the Salkind's 'Superman, the Motion Picture' and enjoying the great Glenn Ford in the role of 'Pa' Kent, portraying the homespun middle-American father-figure to Christopher Reeve's 'Superman'. Who is better suited? I ask you. Would there be anyone else you'd rather have seen? Not me.

    In either role, actually--Chris Reeve IS Superman and Gene Hackman is friggin' hilarious as Lex Luthor. And BRANDO as Jor-el, outta sight.

    This film is still (to me) the best superhero film ever made; every other one of the droves made since, can be tossed to one side as far as I'm concerned. Its the first superhero film, and what's amazing is that it is still the best ...and moreover, they got it right on the very first try. Puzo's screenplay is a gem. John Williams even reprised authentic Superman theme music from the original radio program, and re-tooled it for the movie theme.

    Anyway. All I have to do is look at a few scenes of that sweet Pa Kent footage before misting up. Glenn Ford starring opposite Phyllis Thaxter as 'Ma' Kent. What more could one ask? Its astounding. Big love for Ford!



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    Would never be able to make it now - they expect you to be able to act nowadays. Just baring your chest and hollering doesn't get it done anymore.

    Uh. what? Lololololol

    180 degrees opposite from reality. This is no era where acting is demanded, what are you talkin' about?

    I can "agree to disagree" with anyone about the quality of Hest's acting but this latter statement in the post, is preposterous.

  13. It's a really riveting survival yarn. There's also notoriety attached to it for having been shot in 3-D; though I can hardly say that I understand why.

    In any case, simply because it was shot in 3D, it is found today in some aficionados' collections in amazing view-quality.

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  14. I'm usually left unmoved by Viking films; or Argonaut films either. Kirk Douglas as "Ulysses" and Kirk Douglas as "Olaf" (or whatever his name was in this pic) has the physical stature to play these ancient sailors but somehow neither film really works for me.

    I'll tell you a Viking film which DOES work for me, and does so in spades. A real treat: Richard Widmark and his pal Sidney Poitier in 'The Long Ships'. Rousing adventure, by jingo!

  15. I'm a big fan of this flick (even though its out-of-scope for what I consider the 'classic' era). But both actors are faves with me and its simply one of the best actioners ever.

    I DO have a 'thing for trains' by the way. Not embarrassed to say so, either! ^_^

  16. I'm not sure where it ranks in my personal favourite lists but it's definitely high-up there. Certainly falls in my *top twenty* of enjoyable, well-made horror flicks; and whenever I'm asked what films truly scared me most? Its on that shortlist, easily. There's just nothing like that crazy chauffeur.

    Just to give you a frame-of-reference, my #1 all-time favorite horror movie is from earlier that same decade; is low-budget, shot in black-and-white, and no blood. Its called "Let's Scare Jessica To Death". Tops with me.

  17. In the Golden Age of the Studios, both horror and sci-fi were considered 'weak sisters'. Poor fare for Saturday matinee kiddie-audiences only. Actors who found themselves routinely playing in these genres, were not usually there because they wanted to be there. It was seen as either a punishment, or a sign that you were no longer bankable.

    What are the broader, deeper reasons for this? Well, many possible explanations. One thing to recall is that both genres were barely represented at the time, in prose fiction. So if they weren't yet respectable adult reading material in the family home, there was no way Hollywood was going to be the one to introduce them. Brahm Stoker and Mary Shelley were classic literature and so they made the notable exceptions.

    There was a taint, a stigma--even since their inception in the 1800s, they were regarded as cheap and sensationalistic. It took the corresponding rise in the periodical, pulps, and magazine to deliver these types of stories to the public; and frankly a lot of them were drivelous. Science-fiction had a very tough time of it--for decades, people used SF to line birdcages and wrap fish.

    Another thing to remember is that there was no widespread 'youth culture' in the US at the time. The country was predominantly an adult demographic; and those adults were struggling with the Great Depression, WWII...the age of leisure, prosperity, and suburbia hadn't arrived yet. The country was still very moralistic as well--there was the Hays Code; and there was a Comic Books Code too. 'Kids' hadn't yet taken over.


  18. All the nurses who stepped aboard Cary Grant's pink sub in 'Operation Petticoat' looked great

    the blonde WAC in "In Harm's Way" (unfortunately mauled by Kirk Douglas' character) really fine

    Sheree North in "Battle Cry"

    Robert Redford looks dashing as hell in 'The Way We Were' (saw this movie complete, for the first time, recently)

    the brunette secretary in Captain Culpepper's police precinct ("Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World")...amazing. (I like how she has to bring him coffee and simply does so, not PC for today but perfectly normal back then, knowing its part of her job)

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