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Posts posted by rayban

  1. 14 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

    Cruising (1980) Gay/Fetish Neo Noir


    Written and Directed by William Friedkin. Friedkin directed (The French Connection (1971), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), and the relatively recent Killer Joe (2011)). Based on a novel by New York Times reporter Gerald Walker. Cinematography was by James A. Contner and Music by Jack Nitzsche and Egberto Gismonti 

    The film stars Al Pacino as Steve Burns, Paul Sorvino as Captain Edelson, Karen Allen as Nancy Gates, Richard Cox as Stuart Richards, Don Scardino as Ted Bailey, Joe Spinell as Patrolman DiSimone, and Powers Boothe as Hankie Salesman.

    The movie plot is a mess. It purposely leaves quite a bit of questions about the depth of Burns' involvement into the sadomasochistic leather fetish Gay subculture. Is he Bi? Is He Gay? Is he just **** up in the head? Burns as depicted is an enigma.

    The ambiguous treatment of the Burns character as already mentioned was an artistic decision that weakens the piece. The open ending Friedkin decision is because in the real police case that the movie is based upon it was determined that in fact there was more than one killer.

    The strange sexually charged underground leather fetish S&M world was probably pretty frightening to a certain latent segment of square john America back in the day and probably still is. No denying its dark Noir-ish-ness.  Hence the reason, besides of course, also having a lot of hairy musclebound **** on display, that the film has been off the radar screens.

    The whole scene looks pretty bizarre on first look but then upon repeated glimpses throughout the film they look like quasi Nazi/Biker mirror shaded leather god worshipers in some desperately outré Halloween costume party.

    Anyway, the interesting NYC locations include Hotel St. James, Central Park, Christopher Street, Greenwich Village,  Claremont Avenue, Manhattan, Chelsea, Manhattan, Broadway & 116th Street, Manhattan, Columbus Circle, Eleventh Avenue, Greenwich Village, Jones Street, Police Plaza, Manhattan Municipal Building, and West Street.

    6/10 Full Review with screencaps in Film Noir/Gangster Pages.

    At the time of its' filming, this film produced parades of angry protesters throughout Greenwich Village.

    It is hard to believe that the man who directed "The Boys In The Band" directed this piece of incendiary cinema.

    The interesting cast is still the one reason to visit this film.

    Yes, at the end of the film, it does look like the Al Pacino character had discovered his bisexuality - and was not too happy about it.

    The death of the Don Scardino character is the film's defining moment.  


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  2. 14 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    Thursday July 25, 2019


    Albert Finney on TCM

    ANNIE with Carol Burnett

    TOM JONES with Susannah York


    THE DRESSER with Tom Courtenay

    NIGHT MUST FALL with Mona Washbourne

    He's an actor with a very singular presnce.

    His acting in an early film,"Night Must Fall", is still very magnetic.

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    7 hours ago, kingrat said:

    Jacqueline Sassard is actually pretty good in Chabrol's Les Biches, which surprised me, because I thought she was pretty bad in Accident. Acting in her native language obviously helped. Hibi, you and I are not the only ones who doubted her ability. I seem to recall a review, possibly by Brendan Gill, when the movie was first released, which said something like "Michael York and Jacqueline Sassard are newcomers to whom the adjective 'promising' does not immediately attach itself." Michael York would soon do much better.

    Accident was a big event for the cinematic in-crowd when it was first released. Harold Pinter was at the height of his popularity. Certain critics from the Cahiers du Cinema crowd had rediscovered Joseph Losey and were pushing his reputation. I guess you had to be there. I don't think any of Pinter's time-tricky screenplays hold up that well, and Losey's noirs like The Prowler and The Criminal look much better than Accident; so does The Go-Between, also with a Pinter script. What I like best about Accident is Stanley Baker, who usually plays proletarian types, as a university professor.

    So much of Harold Pinter takes place just under the surface.

    It's never plot-driven, it moves along by implication.

    Whenever a Pinter play made it to Broadway, it was only for a limited run.

    But the big question in "Accident" is what question was Michael York going to ask Dirk Bogarde?

    He didn't have the time; he had a fatal accident.

    Was it - am I right in marrying this woman or should I leave her?

    Bogarde who wanted her for himself probably would have said "no".



  4. On 7/22/2019 at 10:21 PM, Dargo said:

    Ya know Sepia, it's kind'a funny I suppose, but the first time I "attempted" to watch this film a few years back, as I was only able to take about one-third of it before switching to something else, I thought it was pretty much a "turkey" also.

    The second time I watched it about a year and a half ago and that time getting all the way through it, I still thought it was pretty much a self-indulgent and pretentious "turkey" by Antonioni.

    However, this last time I watched it the other night on TCM, I seemed to actually get into it a bit and found it far less a mess of a film than I had previously.

    (...it's still no "Citizen Kane" of course, but other than that final sequence where Antonioni had Daria imagining the exploding destruction of that cool as hell Carefree Arizona desert home over and over and over again, and as an overt symbolism of her later rejection of crass American commercialism and/or The Establishment, I found the film not as bad nor as unwatchable as I earlier had)

    It's one of those films that gets better with age.

    It doesn't play to Antonioni's strengths, but it is still very much a Michelangeo Antonioni film.

    The visual design of the film is gorgeous.

    It's very anti-American, though.

    That sentiment might have done it in at box offce.

    Despite their lack of acting experience, Frechette and Halprin do have charisma.

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  5. "House of the Damned" - Maury Dexter - 1963 -

    starring Ronald Foster and Merry Anders and Richard Crane -

    Low-budget horror film from 20th Century Fox that is basically a hackneyed script -

    but the film has three things going for it -

    an extremely atmospheric set (Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills) -

    the properly perplexed performances of its' stars -

    and a highly unexpected ending that will send shivers down your spine -


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  6. 2 hours ago, cinemaspeak59 said:

    A Special Day (1977).  Sophia Loren as a stressed housewife in 1930s Italy who falls in love with Marcello Mastroianni’s gay broadcaster dismissed from his government job when his sexual orientation is revealed. The film is set during Hitler’s May 1938 visit to Rome to meet Mussolini. This was a tour de force from the two leads. It was shot in muted colors to evoke a sense of desolation and oppression. When Loren finds out about Mastroianni, her anger and shock dissipate, and their love grows stronger. Beautifully directed by Ettore Scola.

    It's a great film.

    The two stars carry it off - beautifully.

    The ending could not be sadder.

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  7. 8 hours ago, NickAndNora34 said:

    WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (2018) *Score: 5/10*

    Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Sebastian Stan, Crispin Glover. 

    A somewhat loose adaptation (yes, you heard right... "loose") of the Shirley Jackson novel of the same name. For those who are unfamiliar, let me sum it up for you: 18 year old Mary Katherine (Merricat, for short) Blackwood lives with her older sister Constance

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    and their Uncle Julian in their family home that has been emptied of about half of its residents due to a homicide several years prior to the film's events. The murders have left Constance somewhat agoraphobic and Uncle Julian somewhat deranged (although his few moments of clarity help to conveniently push the plot forward). The rest of the town despised the Blackwood patriarch, and now that hatred has fallen onto his two daughters. The trio is almost completely ostracized from the rest of the townsfolk; partially due to next to no one wanting to visit, and mostly due to the girls remaining as much as possible on their property. 

    The girls are living a quiet, if not lonesome life, until their cousin Charles shows up out of the blue, wanting to help them get on with their lives. Constance shows a liking towards him from the very start, while Merricat hates him and wants him to leave, since she takes his showing up as interfering with the delicate balance she and her sister and uncle have achieved in their house atop the hill. 

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    One major grievance I have with this film, was the fact that Constance's characterization was completely different from that of the book. In the movie, she is seen as a simpering, smiling child who, seemingly, had no clue what was going on. In the book, she is very much aware of what's happening, and seems to have an almost sarcastic sense of humor, all while being too fragile to leave their property and relying on a routine in a vain attempt to forget the past. There just seemed to be nothing going on upstairs with her, which got old very quickly. Alexandra Daddario is very pretty to look at; it just wasn't enough for me. The acting was great; the four main characters really stood out to me. The wardrobe was nice... Like Daddario and Stan, it was all very pretty to look at, but didn't delve deep enough for my liking. 

    The stage adaptation was a major castastrophe on Broadway.

    It starred Shirley Knight.


  8. This is an important scene in the film - and, yet, its' presentation seems so casual -


    We are being led down a very dark path.

    Three men are in love with the same young woman.

    And she seems to be "up for grabs".

    Is the female deadlier than the male?

  9. 3 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

    Sorry, RAY.....

    But if my chin hadn't slipped off the hand it was resting on and woke me up, I'd have missed the last TWO thirds of this "sleeper" instead of just the MIDDLE 3rd.  re: "sleeper"

    Usually a term reserved for movies not expected to do well but wind up being big "hits" ( '79's BREAKING AWAY was often described like this).  But in this case, it literally fits the bill.  ;) 


    Believe me, I can understand your POV.

    It's amazing how much of it takes place "under the surface".

     But its' negativity would be a turn-off for a lot of viewers, I think.

  10. 1 hour ago, Peebs said:

    I recorded it last night but haven't watched it yet.  Looks promising.  Good cast.

    It's a highly unusual film.

    It did receive the BAFTA Award for Best Motion Picture of 1967.

    It is definitley not for everyone. 

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  11. "Accident" - Joseph Losey - 1967 -

    starring Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Jacqueline Sassard, Michael York, Vivien Merchant, etc.

    This film has haunted me for many years -

    but to talk about it would be equivalent to giving away its' secrets -

    it's such a polished piece of work -

    and such an idiosyncratic piece of work -

    but its' view of human beings is just so negative -

    like being unable to turn away from "an accident" - 

    becoming fascinated by it -

    superbly written, directed and acted -

    it really does stand alone - 



  12. 9 hours ago, kingrat said:

    I remember how eagerly awaited this film was. I never got around to seeing it because it did not have good word of mouth. Just before the film opened, I recall seeing Ewa Aulin and Vanessa Redgrave on a talk show (Johnny Carson, maybe?). The two actresses were on together because both have recently played nude scenes in movies.

    I enjoyed the book, but the film was dreadful.

  13. 57 minutes ago, rosebette said:

    I found Raymond physically attractive in Ex-Lady, but like the leading men in many of Davis' films, fairly bland.  I enjoyed her in this movie -- she is really attractive, forthright, independent, and even sexy.   The "other man" part was made for Ricardo Cortez, and was sorry not to see him in that role.  Watching Raymond confirms why Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers shot to stardom after Flying Down to Rio, because they were the most happening thing in that musical; Raymond and Del Rio are gorgeous, but not much else.  

    When I watched Raymond, I also thought about another early 30s blonde guy with whom I recently have become obsessed -- Douglas Montgomery.  I thought his performance as the young innocent soldier in Waterloo Bridge was so natural and honest.  Then, I saw him in Music in the Air, and thought he was about the handsomest thing going -- in leiderhosen yet.  He was Laurie in Little Women and had a couple of other roles, then went to the B's, and later to Britain.  Apparently, he was also the actor who played Ashley for many of the screen tests in Gone with the Wind (but the part went to the more mature and also blonde Leslie Howard).   Philips Holmes is another blonde actor that comes to mind as someone who was popular in the early 30s and faded away.   It does seem as if audiences favored blonde women, but that blonde men equaled bland (except for Cagney -- but maybe he was really a redhead).

    Phillips Holmes entered World War II via Canada and was killed in a mid-air plane crash. 


    His beauty is almost indescribable.

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