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Everything posted by cinemaspeak59

  1. A Colt is My Passport (1967)
  2. Man of the Moment (1935) A feel-good romantic comedy about a plain secretary (Laura La Plante), who has given up on love, and life, until happenstance prevails, and she finds herself in the company of a handsome aristocrat, played by the dashing Douglas Fairbanks Jr., who is saddled with a haughty and controlling fiancé (Margaret Lockwood, one of the great British leading ladies of the 30s and 40s). Funny moments include a bachelor party gone awry, crashed by La Plante dressed as a man. The movie travels from England to Monte Carlo, and you can tell from the moment Fairbanks and La Plante mee
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) is one of my favorite Star Wars movies. I loved Felicity Jones’ immersive performance as rebel warrior Jyn Erso. She can stand next to the likes of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo as one of the great heroes in the galaxy. I particularly liked the scene in which arrogant Imperial Commander Krennic (an excellent Ben Mendelsohn) has to brief Darth Vader on the slow progress involving the Death Star. As Vader approaches, Krennic swallows hard, and you can practically see his fear while in Vader’s presence. The screenplay beautifully connects Rogue
  4. His films with Ingmar Bergman are among the finest ever made. I also liked his dark turn in Three Days of the Condor (1975)
  5. Nishi, Kōichi -- played by Toshiro Mifune in The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
  6. Room 1408 (2007). John Cusack plays a writer famous for debunking haunted house claims. When he receives a mysterious postcard about the Manhattan-based Dolphin Hotel, and the cursed history of one of its suites, Room 1408, he can’t resist the opportunity spend a night there so he can quash another ghost hoax. There is much I liked about this horror yarn: the performances of Cusack (the endearing swagger from his 1980s roles on full display), and Samuel L. Jackson as the Mephistophelian hotel manager; the production design; and the ominous use of the Carpenters song We’ve Only Just Begun, whi
  7. Kurata, played by Ryūji Kita in Tokyo Drifter (1966)
  8. Life (2017) About an Alien-like creature that stalks a space ship
  9. OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009) Next: a serious spy movie
  10. Héloïse, in a mesmerizing performance by Adèle Haenel, is a sheltered young woman who refuses to have her portrait painted, a prerequisite to her marrying the wealthy Milanese suitor chosen by her mother (Valeria Golino). Héloïse's mother commissions a new artist, Marianne, an equally hypnotic Noémie Merlant, in the hope Marianne can succeed where male painters could not. Subterfuge is needed. Marianne, under the pretense of a walking companion, paints Héloïse in secret by making mental notes of her features. But Héloïse is also studying Marianne; and their scenes together create an exquis
  11. Memorable Beginning: Jaws (1975) Memorable Ending: Fail-Safe (1964)
  12. Shirley Temple was in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) with Harry Davenport
  13. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Next: favorite Faye Dunaway role
  14. Elevator to the Gallows (1958) Next: bicycles
  15. Anderson, Thomas aka Neo, -- played by Keanu Reeves in The Matrix (1999)
  16. I saw The Young Girls of Rochefort for the first time last week. I loved it! I can't remember seeing outdoor scenes so sunny and cheerful. A wonderful homage indeed.
  17. Agnes Moorehead was in Dark Passage (1947) with Tom D'Andrea
  18. Dog Day Afternoon Next: favorite Al Pacino role
  19. Nicole Kidman Next: Robert Mitchum in Out of the Past (1947)
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