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Everything posted by LawrenceA

  1. A Clockwork Orange (1971) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - Hilarious family comedy about a young man (Malcolm McDowell) and his friends getting up to mischief and shenanigans. Featuring Warren Clarke, Patrick Magee, Aubrey Morris, Michael Bates, Philip Stone, Adrienne Corri, Miriam Karlin, Steven Berkoff, and David Prowse. Kubrick's dystopian follow-up to the majestic, cerebral 2001 is a grueling, funny, disturbing, inventive romp. The protagonist's amorality in conflict with the state's invasive attempts at thought control stir up debate of freedom vs security, and the film offers no easy answers.
  2. French actor Philippe Nahon has died of complications from COVID-19. He made his film debut in Jean-Pierre Melville's 1962 crime classic Le Doulos. He played minor roles in film, television and theater over the next several decades before gaining notoriety for his starring role in director Gaspar Noe's I Stand Alone (1998), playing a reprehensible criminal whose every depraved thought is heard through constant voice-over narration. He also played the killer* in the international hit High Tension (2003). Other noteworthy films include La Haine (1995), The Crimson Rivers (2000), Brotherhood of t
  3. I would agree, yet it happens all the time. Seemingly mature, intelligent men (and a few women) frequently destroy themselves over sexual hang-ups. The novel is even more disturbing, where Lolita is 12 years old.
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - Humanity, from hominid to star-child, in four acts. With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, and the voice of Douglas Rain. I don't feel the need to go on at length about this movie, as it's been discussed ad nauseam over the past 50+ years. I'll just say that I loved it as much as ever, if not more so, and consider it in the top tier of the motion picture art form. (10/10) Source: Warner Blu-ray. This was the recent restoration release, and the picture looks better than ever. There's also a separate disc of bonus feat
  5. A true story inspired the movie. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Terminal#Production Some have noted that the film appears to be inspired by the story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, also known as Sir Alfred, an Iranian refugee who lived in Terminal One of the Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris from 1988 when his refugee papers were stolen until 2006 when he was hospitalized for unspecified ailments. In September 2003, The New York Times noted that Spielberg bought the rights to Nasseri's life story as the basis for the film; and in September 2004 The Guardian noted Nasseri received thousa
  6. Yeah, I've been trying to figure out what Spencer Tracy's family not liking Mickey Rooney had to do with COVID-19 quarantining....🤔
  7. Dr. Strangelove (1964) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern turn George's serious cold-war nuclear thriller Red Alert into black comedy gold. When USAF General Jack D. Rpper (Sterling Hayden) goes mad and orders a full nuclear airstrike on the Soviet Union, various characters react to the situation. including a British RAF exchange officer (Peter Sellers), a bomber pilot (Slim Pickens) and his crew, and the US President (Peter Sellers). With George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn, Peter Bull, Tracy Reed, James Earl Jones, Shane Rimmer, and Peter Sellers as "Dr. Strangelove".
  8. Lolita (1962) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - Nabokov adapts his own controversial novel for this black comedy about a teacher (James Mason) who falls in love with the underage daughter (Sue Lyon) of his landlord (Shelley Winters). With Peter Sellers, Lois Maxwell, and Cec Linder. I hadn't watched this in 15 years or longer. I still enjoyed it, yet perhaps a bit less than memory recollects. Many cite Sellers and his bizarre performance as the film's weakest link, but for me he's the highlight, particularly his impersonation of director Kubrick's voice. Mason is reliably good as the man on a slow
  9. For various military purposes, as well. They specifically mention rifle scopes and bomber sights.
  10. The Most Beautiful (1944) Dir: Akira Kurosawa - Wartime propaganda about women working in a lens factory. As the war effort demands that the factory turn out more and more product at a faster rate, the workers make sacrifices to get the job done. Kurosawa's second film was made during a dark time for Japan, as the war had really begun to take its toll, and the outcome began to look inevitable. The film censorship board would only allow the most obviously propaganda-type stories to be told, and so Kurosawa (who was never a strong supporter of the war) begrudgingly agreed to make this. Per
  11. Trump Advisor Stephen Moore Calls Anti-Quarantine Protesters the "Modern-Day Rosa Parks". https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/according-trump-advisor-stephen-moore-155800372.html
  12. As a big fan of the source novel, I thought the Will Smith movie was just utterly dreadful. The CGI creatures were just dumb and silly. The Vincent Price version is the most faithful, while Omega Man has its cheesy charms. I really like 28 Days Later, and the sequel, too. I would also recommend another pandemic/end-of-the-world movie, Carriers (2009).
  13. "No! Not the bore worms!"
  14. Sanshiro Sugata (1943) Dir: Akira Kurosawa - Sanshiro Sugata (Susumu Fujita) is a callow youth who learns self-discipline and proper morals as he also becomes a master at the new martial art of judo. Also featuring Yukiko Todoroki, Takashi Shimura, and Ryunosuke Tsukigata. Kurosawa's first feature directing job has quite a few noteworthy moments, despite the restrictions in place during wartime, and the relatively primitive nature of Japanese filmmaking (their motion picture techniques seemed about ten years behind those in the US and elsewhere, until after the war). The major judo match
  15. Spartacus (1960) Dir: Stanley Kurbrick* - One of my favorites; certainly my favorite historical epic. The restored Blu-ray looks fantastic. (10/10)
  16. Are you referring to some specific comments made by someone? What prompted the original post?
  17. IMDb lists him as "Informer suggesting ink", if that rings any bells.
  18. I was curious what prompted the OP's post last night, and I'm guessing since he specifically mentions silent movies that there may have been some talk in the wraparound host segments for Metropolis. I didn't watch it, so maybe someone else can verify it. They may have mentioned the rising anti-Semitic sentiment in Germany when Metropolis was made, and how some feel it was reflected in the film.
  19. It's because they replaced this weekend's schedule with the "TCM Classic Film Festival - Home Edition" programming.
  20. I just looked through several of the linked sources for the Wiki article on the film, and half of the sources spell it "Tabonga" and half spell it "Tabanga". Part of the problem is that the name is pronounced differently by different characters in the movie. And I like how in this trailer, they change his name to "Baranga"!!!
  21. In the interview on the disc, Stevenson discusses moving to England and getting roles as the token American girl. They, at least, thought she sounded American. It sounds like the bonus features on the DVD were carried over to the Blu-ray, Swithin.
  22. The City of the Dead (1960) Dir: John Llewellyn Moxey - British supernatural horror with various people traveling to a small New England village harboring a dark secret involving curses and witchcraft. With Christopher Lee as a professor of paranormal studies, Venetia Stevenson, Betta St. John, Valentine Dyall, Tom Naylor, Dennis Lotis, and Patricia Jessel. Released in the US under the sillier Horror Hotel title, this is a very good horror film, with exceptional atmosphere and many memorable images - the dancing "guests" in the hotel that suddenly vanish, the unearthly townsfolk standing
  23. The Wicker Man (1973) Next - favorite movie with Black in the title.
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