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Everything posted by LawrenceA

  1. My Lovely Burnt Brother and His Squashed Brain (1988)
  2. A Question of Silence (1982) Netherlands, Dir: Marleen Gorris - A female psychiatrist (Cox Habbema) is assigned by the police to interview a trio of women (Edda Barends, Nelly Frijda, and Henriette Tol) who are accused of murdering a shopkeeper. As the doctor learns the life stories of the individual women, she must confront issues in her own personal life. This feminist fable is a blend of domestic drama, political statement, courtroom procedural, and black comedy. The production values are meager. but the performances are good, and I enjoyed the score. (7/10) Yol (1982) Tu
  3. Three Brothers (1981) Italy, Dir: Francesco Rosi - The title trio (Philippe Noiret, Michele Placido, and Vittorio Mezzogiorno), each dealing with personal and professional issues, are summoned to their hometown by their aged father (Charles Vanel) after the death of their mother. Excellent performances and some nice directorial touches make this worth seeing, but I wasn't as blown away by this as many seem to have been. (7/10) Too Early/Too Late (1981) France/Egypt, Dir: Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet - Arthouse documentary comprised of long-take shots of French and Eg
  4. Apocalypse Now Blade Runner Chinatown Dr. Strangelove The Exorcist Frankenstein The Godfather Halloween Ikiru Jaws Kwaidan The Lord of the Rings Monty Python and the Holy Grail Night of the Living Dead One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest The Passion of Joan of Arc Quatermass and the Pit Raging Bull Sunset Boulevard Taxi Driver Unforgiven Videodrome The Wild Bunch X2: X-Men United Yojimbo Zelig
  5. Five Million Years to Earth (1967) aka Quatermass and the Pit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quatermass_and_the_Pit_(film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062168/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
  6. The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) Italy/West Germany, Dir: Emilio Miraglia - A series of mysterious murders occur, connected to a 100-year curse concerning a vengeful "ghost" called the Red Queen taking revenge for her own death. Featuring Barbara Bouchet, Ugo Pagliai, Marina Malfatti, Marino Mase, Rudolf Schindler, and Sybil Danning. This very uneven thriller attempts to combine the Gothic supernatural horror films of the 60's with the emergent giallo subgenre. There are a few memorable images to be found, but the story is muddled and the direction uneven. Sybil Danning is naked a lot,
  7. Terror in the Haunted House (1958) aka My World Dies Screaming https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terror_in_the_Haunted_House http://www.tcm.turner.com/tcmdb/title/84432/My-World-Dies-Screaming/
  8. The Battle of Neretva (1969) Yugoslavia, Dir: Veljko Bulajic - Big, expensive (the costliest movie ever made in Yugoslavia) WWII epic. The very large international cast includes Yul Brynner, Orson Welles, Franco Nero, Hardy Kruger, Sylva Koscina, Curt Jurgens, Anthony Dawson, Milena Dravic, and Sergei Bondarchuk. The movie was released in various languages and various running times. The version I saw was mainly in German, and ran 145 minutes. I appreciated the effort, but I lost interest before it ended. (6/10) Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971) Italy, Dir: Paolo Cavara - Gi
  9. Maybe they thought Teri Hatcher's bewbs would entice the straight male crowd to see a movie that looked very chick-flicky. Full disclosure: I saw Soapdish in the theater. It was during a time when I saw virtually everything that came to my local 4 (now 6)-screen cinema.
  10. Just a clarification - Gone with the Wind was pulled from HBO Max, which is the new Warner Media streaming service. Despite the name, it's a separate entity from the traditional HBO pay channel available on cable and satellite. HBO Max is comparable to Netflix or Amazon Prime, and it offers programming from Warner Brothers, TCM, Criterion, DC Comics, HBO, and various other TV and film outlets. Gone with the Wind was pulled from their streaming offering. I don't think it was ever aired on the HBO channel, but if it did, it wasn't often. With streaming, people had to choose to watch the m
  11. I've watched a few foreign-language films recently, of varying quality: Les Idoles (1968) France, Dir: Marc'o - A rock trio named The Idols performs and pontificates about life and what it's all about, man. With Bulle Ogier, Pierre Clementi, and Jean-Pierre Kalfon. Jean Eustache was the editor. Very dated and corny, but not without some meager appeal for fans of the period. (5/10) Entranced Earth (1967) Brazil, Dir: Glauber Rocha - Revolution in a fictional South American country leads a noted poet (Jardel Filho) to question his positions. This is a highly
  12. Autopsy of a Ghost (1968) Mexico, Dir: Ismael Rodriguez - Lunatic slapstick comedy with the Devil (John Carradine) tormenting a goofy scientist named Moleculo (Cameron Mitchell). With Basil Rathbone (in his final film) as a ghost. The trio of movie stars from north of the border are all dubbed in Spanish. The pace is relentless, and the comedy bizarre enough to make me wonder if I may have taken peyote beforehand. Carradine seems to be having a lot of fun. I only wish I was. (4/10)
  13. Fat Girl (2001) France, Dir: Catherine Breillat - Chunky, awkward 12-year-old Anais and her much prettier older sister Elena struggle with their burgeoning sexuality. Breillat deploys her usual deliberately provocative shock moments mixed with tedium. I liked this more than her other films that I've seen (A Real Young Girl, Romance, The Last Mistress) but not by much. (5/10)
  14. Situation Hopeless...But Not Serious (1965) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situation_Hopeless..._But_Not_Serious
  15. Why are you being so hostile? Did my original comment really warrant this? I hadn't realized that we were on such thin ice. I'll take that to heart and leave you be.
  16. I neither know nor care, but perhaps it's time to take a break.
  17. Hey jakeem, maybe try figuring out what you're doing before making a post. You changing them after people comment on them or click "Like" etc. is annoying, to put it mildly.
  18. Before the Revolution (1964) Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy - A young man grieves the loss of his friend, and begins a romance with his aunt. Much has been made of Bertolucci being only 22 when he wrote and directed this, and I suppose that's impressive. The film's visual style is compelling, but the plot is tedious and the characters are uninteresting. In that respect it shares a lot with French New Wave films of the period, most of which I'm not a fan of. (6/10)
  19. The Given Word aka Keeper of Promises (1962) Anselmo Duarte, Brazil - A simple farmer makes a pact with God that if his injured donkey is healed, the farmer will make a pilgrimage to the nearest city's large church, carrying a replica of Christ's cross. However, when the farmer arrives, the local priest refuses to let him enter, touching off an ever-growing controversy, with an opportunistic reporter fanning the flames. Duarte exams the Catholic Church's uneasy relationship to the locals' unique blend of Catholicism and primitive spiritualism, and the conflict that occurs when the two cla
  20. "President Trump, through the Trump Organization, owes the Chinese state-owned bank tens of millions of dollars on a loan that comes due in 2022." https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/27/politicos-reporting-on-president-trump-and-the-bank-of-china-214107
  21. Duck Soup Bride of Frankenstein Dracula The Adventures of Robin Hood Strangers on a Train Spartacus The Searchers The Letter In the Heat of the Night This was the toughest choice. My favorite movies that he appeared in are JFK, Bigger Than Life, A Face in the Crowd, and Lonely Are the Brave, but I wouldn't call any of them "Walter Matthau movies".
  22. I'm sure if Joe asked real nice the University would be glad to release everything....
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