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LawrenceA

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  1. Are you a horror fan? If so, Bava was an essential figure in Italian horror. BLACK SUNDAY, BLACK SABBATH, BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, BAY OF BLOOD, just for starters, are all must-sees in the genre. I actually just watched SHOCK for the first time a month or so ago. It's a good, not great, example of the "giallo" subgenre of Italian horror/suspense mixed with a ghost story. Giallos were murder mysteries, usually with a masked/unseen killer, with lots of pov shots from the killer's perspective. They tended to be a bit bloodier than traditional mysteries of the time. If any of this sounds interesting
  2. Sad to read about this passing. Enjoyed his great gravelly voice and scenery chewing bravado. Along with the death of Gabriele Ferzetti, this has been a sad week.
  3. RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT (9/10) Groundbreaking first feature length stand-up comedy concert features Pryor delivering some of his best material. Along with Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, Richard Pryor stands as the most important voice in mid to late 20th century stand-up comedy. Here his topics include his then-recent troubles with the law, dogs, drugs, camping, corporal punishment, John Wayne, sexual politics, boxing, race relations and much, much more. Time may have lessened the visceral impact somewhat, since so much comedy has borrowed and built upon Pryor's foundation, but most
  4. RESURRECTION OF GOLDEN WOLF (7/10) Lengthy Japanese crime drama manages to hold viewer's attention without breaking any new ground. Asakura is a young low-level office drone at a Tokyo oil company. His meek, sickly demeanor and status as a night school graduate have relegated him to a future of low expectations. However, his work persona is a ruse. He's actually a ruthless, physically fit sociopath who embarks on a crime spree to seize the future he wants. Robberies, assaults, extortion, drug trafficking, arson, even murder are all tools for him to achieve his goals. His one man crime wave
  5. Wednesday: Jack Hawkins? That's all I've got without researching, and I don't want to cheat.
  6. Monday: Leslie Howard? Friday: Harry Belafonte & Dorothy Dandridge? I should know Saturday and Wednesday, but the names won't come to me.
  7. REAL LIFE (7/10) Cult comedy from writer-director-star Albert Brooks is a prescient satire on reality tv. Inspired by the PBS series "An American Family", Brooks, playing a fictionalized version of himself, sets out to make a film that documents the every movement of a typical American family. Soon enough, though, relationships between the family members, and with Brooks, take a turn for the worse. Charles Grodin and Frances Lee McCain co-star as the parents in the family, and both are very good. Brooks is fine as well, playing the same boorish, narcissistic Hollywood caricature he pla
  8. Love that film. I remember when the remake, RED DRAGON, was coming out and there were constant ads on tv for it, I heard some family friends say they were really excited about it. I asked if they knew about MANHUNTER, and they said no, so I brought it over and watched it with them. After it was over I asked everyone what they thought, and I got a lot of polite "welllll, it was ok, I guess?" type responses. Finally, their daughter, who was in her early 20's, said "it was waaay too Eighties". Sigh.
  9. Sounds like a fun family. My family (the ones still around anyway) doesn't watch anything without chipmunks or Adam Sandler, so we don't talk much about movies.
  10. There was a minor fad a few years ago for showing some newer color films in b & w. I remember THE MIST getting lauded for a b & w presentation. I think they may have even released the b&w version on disc, though I'm not sure. I read a few other titles were given the same treatment for limited screenings, like in LA and NY only, but I don't recall titles.
  11. THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (5/10) Unfunny comedic remake of the classic tale stars Peter Sellers in multiple roles. When the doddering King of Ruritania dies in a hot-air balloon accident, his playboy son Prince Rudolf is next in line to the throne. His brother Prince Michael covets the throne for himself, and so sends assassins out to kill Rudolf. To help protect the new king, Rudolf's lookalike half-brother, an English coach driver named Syd, is used as a decoy. The stage is then set for much hijinks and mistaken-identity gags. Sellers plays the old king, the new king and Syd. The support
  12. Your assessment of Frank is accurate. I would ask, who IS the Modern Man, the embodiment of 21st century culture? I tend to be cynical about the world, so I'll go with Kanye West, an individual I detest. To me he stands for everything reprehensible in today's culture: rudeness, unmerited egotism, unjustly garnered accolades. No matter how many times I read or hear that I'm supposed to regard him as a multi-talented artistic genius, I'm not buying into it. His music is garbage, his lyrics are corny and lazy, his fashion line is awful, his attitude would be funny as a long-form comedy piece, onl
  13. I recently set out to compile a dvd or blu-ray copy of each of my personal top ten lists for each year from 1930 to the present. I'm about 85% complete, and most of what I'm missing will slowly be acquired, just a question of budgeting, with most remaining titles more expensive Criterion titles or sets. The purpose of this topic is to inquire, amongst the learned folk of this board, the likelihood of some of the out-of-print titles getting a reissue. Some of you seem to be privy to news about disc releases I am not. The main title in question is the FANNY trilogy from the 30's. I know Kino
  14. I just watched BORN LOSERS for the first time a few months ago. Fun flick, with a huge influence on action films for the next three decades. I think they've been showing GUIDE TO THE MARRIED MAN on one of the other classic stations I get, FXM, GetTV, THIS, or one of them.
  15. I'm a big fan of GUN CRAZY so I think it's cool you'll get to see Ms. Cummins.
  16. Well, I haven't seen WAR AND PEACE, TWO FOR THE ROAD, MOUCHETTE, THE THIEF OF PARIS, THE COMEDIANS, THE JOKERS or THE GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN. So now I have more to look for and watch! Thanks!
  17. I need to watch BELLE DE JOUR again. It made little impression on me when I saw it some 20 odd years ago. I'm a huge fan of Bunuel's now, from the early stuff thru the Mexican years to the last great run back in Spain and France, but for some reason BELLE DE JOUR didn't click. And I like Deneuve as well. For me, COOL HAND LUKE tops the '67 list. It made a huge impact on me in my youth. POINT BLANK, IN COLD BLOOD, THE DIRTY DOZEN, THE GRADUATE, LE SAMOURAI, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH and WEEKEND round out my top ten.
  18. PACIFIC INFERNO (4/10) Philippines-lensed WWII action junk produced by and starring Jim Brown. After the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese, a group of US naval p.o.w.s are forced to dive in Manila Bay for silver coins dumped during MacArthur's retreat. The US navy men are kept in the same camp with Filipino civilian prisoners, and they band together to aid the Filipino underground resistance in their fight against the Japanese occupation. Jim Brown stars as the lead navy diver, with Richard Jaeckel, Tim Brown, Rik Van Nutter and the mascot of Filipino filmmaking, big Vic Diaz. Th
  19. Bogie, how did you see IN COLD BLOOD? A screening, your own copy at home, etc? I ask because I recently got the new Criterion blu-ray but haven't watched it yet.
  20. Yes, I've seen DIRTY DINGUS MAGEE. The Encore Westerns channel used to show it incessantly. Really awful.
  21. A HOLE IN THE HEAD is tolerable, nothing I'd want to see again. THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS is fun, I enjoy all those corny rally for the troops films. LURED I liked a lot. But I'll be dvring DOUBLE DYNAMITE since I haven't seen it, and I want to see all of Frank's films. Looking forward to a stinker!
  22. OVER THE EDGE (7/10) Juvenile delinquents run wild in the suburbs in this controversial release from director Jonathan Kaplan. The film follows an assortment of teens who alleviate their boredom with sex, drugs, rock n roll and more than a little impulsive destructive violence, while their workaholic parents are too busy or too tired to pay attention. Featuring a cast of then-unknowns as the kids, the film works partially because the actors are age appropriate; 15 year olds playing 15 year olds, and not the usual 30 year old freshmen too often seen in these movies. This was shocking s
  23. Sounds intriguing, thanks for the heads up.
  24. I read Katharine Hepburn felt the same way about Meryl Streep, and wasn't afraid to say it on record.
  25. NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (8/10) Genuinely creepy remake of the silent Murnau classic from director Werner Herzog. For the most part, this film follows the layout of the 1922 version. Unlike the original film, this version didn't run afoul of rights issues, and so restores the character names from Bram Stoker's novel. Noted actor and future internet-meme sensation Bruno Ganz plays Jonathan Harker, a solicitor sent to Transylvania to facilitate a property sale. There he meets Count Dracula, played by an unusually but effectively restrained Klaus Kinski. The story moves along the familiar path,
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