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Everything posted by LawrenceA

  1. 2020 was a rough year, to put it mildly, and new movies were a major casualty of the upheavals. I managed to see only a few with a 2020 release date, and most of those were unremarkable or worse. However, I do have a couple of lists from critic Steve Prokopy. While I usually disagree with his rankings, and even dislike a few of those he chooses, his lists still manage to include enough interesting titles to warrant a look, and from a wider variety of genres and countries than many of the leading critics. Here are his choices for 2020, in separate lists for narrative and documentaries. Nar
  2. I Vampiri (1957) Italy, Dir: Riccardo Freda - Hugely influential Gothic horror about a series of blood-draining murders that lead to an undead culprit. With Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo D'Angelo, and Paul Muller. This was the first Italian horror film of the sound era, and was a big hit, leading to a string of Italian Gothic horror films over the next decade. Mario Bava was the cinematographer, as well as writing and directing some scenes. Also released as Lust of the Vampire, and The Devil's Commandment. (7/10) Cave of the Living Dead (1964) West Germany, Dir: Akos Rathonyi
  3. I've watched a few foreign-language films over the past few weeks. Space Amoeba (1970) Japan, Dir: Ishiro Honda - A space probe returns to Earth after being invaded with alien particles that cause giant monsters to emerge on a remote island. A group scientists and reporters team up with the natives to try and stop the strange invaders. Featuring a giant octopus monster, a giant crab monster, and a giant turtle monster. Director Honda lends some his Godzilla expertise to this sub-par example of the kaiju genre, released in the US as Yog: Monster from Space. (5/10) Th
  4. Since I'm the only one (I think) to mention Nicolas Cage in a negative light on here recently, I feel I need to elaborate on the reason for my inclusion of him in my list of "bad" actors. One reason that Cage gets dragged as much as he does is precisely because he was once thought of as a good actor, an exciting performer, and known for unconventional choices. The movies listed above (Valley Girl, Red Rock West, Leaving Las Vegas, etc.) are all good (although I wasn't thrilled by National Treasure), and I even consider Raising Arizona among my top two or three favorite comedies ever made.
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  6. I inquired with someone who knows more on the subject and they said it sounds like an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but they, too, can't be certain. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508248/?ref_=ttep_ep34
  7. It could also have been an episode of Thriller (1960-1962). I've seen every Twilight Zone and Outer Limits multiple times, and your description doesn't ring any bells. There are a few other shows it might be (One Step Beyond, The Veil) but I couldn't say for certain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thriller_(American_TV_series)#Episodes
  8. Has anyone considered that it might be Sole Survivor (1970)?
  9. You posted this with a picture, and I still don't know who that is.
  10. Most of the movies that you mention where he's "overshadowed" were films where his character was meant to be less showy. That was exactly the point with True Confessions (where he and Robert Duvall swapped the roles that people would have expected them to play), and Jackie Brown (where he was perfect as the dopey goon). In Wag the Dog he was meant to counterbalance the outrageous other cast, especially Hoffman-as-Robert Evans, and Goodfellas where Ray Liotta was the main character and Joe Pesci gets the showy role. I expected De Niro to show up in this thread eventually, both because he'
  11. You must not have kept up with Woods' public comments over the past 10 years or so. He's gone beyond just being political; he seems genuinely psychotic at times. And that's besides all of the "prowling for teen girls" stories that flooded in a while back. His lack of work in the past several years has less to do with his politics and more to do with his temperament (plenty of other self-identified conservatives, including Voight, continue to work in Hollywood).
  12. I think I've seen all of Statham's movies, and most of Johnson and Diesel's. Statham has been in some good ones, and Johnson fits in the roles he chooses. I've liked a couple of Diesel's films (Pitch Black especially), but he's very cheeseball and his growling tough guy shtick gets ridiculous. I also watch Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, and Wesley Snipes trash flicks, and 70's heroes like Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly.
  13. June Allyson and Robert Taylor, as I've mentioned many times before when this topic is brought up. John Travolta, although I think he's appeared in some good movies, as have most if not all of these performers I don't generally care for. Keanu Reeves. He was appropriate in his "Bill & Ted" mode, but whenever he's supposed to be serious, it's usually laughable. He was astoundingly awful in Bram Stoker's Dracula, and he gave one of the worst performances that I've ever seen by a professional in Knock Knock (2015). I find it hilarious that he's now often called a "national treasure"
  14. The British title was Enemy Agent.
  15. It's Margaret Lindsay, from the film British Intelligence (1940).
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