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Posts posted by rayban

  1. "La Pointe Courte" - Agnes Varda - 1956 -

    Yes, this film is highly regarded today -

    but I didn't really care for it -

    there are two storylines -

    in one, the daily life of a poor fishing village is explored -

    in another, a young couple roam through the village and think about their deteriorating relationship -

    for me, the two storylines do not intersect -

    the couple seem like refugees from a Marguarite Duras novel -

    an ambitious project that simply does not work -




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  2. He was a great filmmaker, who suffered a lot of critical backlash.

    But his unprecedented version of "Romeo and Juliet" changed the way the famous play was perceived and understood.

    The recent film version of "Romeo and Juliet" was only made possible by Zefferelli's version.

    One of his greatest achievements was the critically-disdained "Brother Sun, Sister Moon", which sought to explain religious ecstasy to the yonng people of its' time.

    As far as I was concerned, it was quite successful.

    That he was homosexual was quite evident in his handling of Leonard Whiting and Graham Faulkner and Martin Hewitt and Michael York.

    But, since he worked early in his career with Luchino Viscounti, I am sure that his homosexuality got off to a good start.

    His greatness has yet to be fully realized.



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  3. 15 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

    I'm with you on this. Her Disney films, with the exception of POLLYANNA, don't work for me. I find them too formulaic, too commercial. She's great in them, but they are not exactly great films. She had better, more subversive roles in those British productions. I do think TIGER BAY is a splendid vehicle for her. THE FAMILY WAY, which you mentioned, is a winner. And I rather like GYPSY GIRL (1965) in which she was directed by her father.

    Perhaps Jeff is right-- we should do a month of her films at some point.

    She did a third film with Hywell Bennett - "Endless Night".

    They were a team. 


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  4. 20 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    Le Bonheur (1965)  -  7/10


    French drama from writer-director Agnes Varda. Francois (Jean-Claude Drouot) is a married woodworker. His wife (Marcelle Faure-Bertin) looks after their young children, and they are very happy. However, Francois begins an affair with Emilie (Marie-France Boyer), but rather than leave his wife and children, he hopes they'll accept his new relationship while also continuing on with the old. Varda's take on the importance of traditional relationships is ambiguous, leaving it up to the viewer to decide if an open marriage is appropriate, at least as far as the men are concerned. She could be condemning such thinking, as well. The film could be trying say that men will do anything, even destroying those they profess to love, in order to secure their own happiness. The color cinematography and the Mozart score are good, though.

    Source: The Criterion Channel

    I think that this gorgeous-looking film was about Agnes Varda's relationship with her bisexual husband, Jacques Demy.

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  5. I saw another episode last night at 11 PM on ION Television.

    I'm not sure what season or what episode.

    It concerned a speed dating service, which was a rip-off, secretly stealing the identities of some of the participants.

    It was a very effective episode.

    One of the actors, older now, played one of the Hardy Boys in a long-ago Canadian version (1995).


    Jason Priestley easily dominated the episode.

    I like his "cragginess".

  6. Owen Crump, who directed this film, wrote the screenplay for "The Royal Rodeo", which was a short film from Warners that starred John Payne and Scotty Beckett.

    It concerned a young king who fell in love with a cowboy star and his traveling circus.

    The cowboy and his cohorts saved the young king from a political coup - but not before he was kidnapped. 



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  7. 10 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    The Fool Killer aka Violent Journey (1965)  -  8/10


    Very strange and unique rural period-piece drama about 12-year-old George (Edward Albert in his debut), a farmboy in the post-Civil War south who runs away from home. He encounters an assortment of characters, including a filthy old man known as Dirty (Henry Hull), a pious childless couple (Salome Jens and Dana Elcar), and "Milo" (Anthony Perkins), a scarred war veteran who has adopted a dead man's identity and who has a murderous streak. George thinks Milo may be the "Fool Killer", a sort of boogeyman that he was told about by Dirty. Also with Arnold Moss, Yvonne Gilbert, Charlotte Jones, Sindee Ann Richards, and Lana Wood. This was a Mexican/US co-production shot in Tennessee by director Servando Gonzalez. It has great dialogue, terrific eccentric performances by Perkins and Hull, and atmospheric cinematography. This is prime cult movie material, and it should be better known. Recommended.

    Source: internet



    It's one of Anthony Perkins' best film roles.

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  8. 4 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965)  -  6/10


    Melodrama with Michael Parks as a sailor who has just left the service and returned to his small home town. While he looks for work, he rekindles a romance with his former flame (Ann-Margret) who is now married. Also featuring Janet Margolin, Kim Darby, Jocelyn Brando, Brad Dexter, Brett Somers, Mimsy Farmer, Larry Storch, Ethel Griffies, Nan Martin, James Doohan, Parley Baer, and David Carradine. This was written by William Inge, but after the filmmakers changed the story during shooting, he had his name taken off of it. Parks is alternately charismatic and terrible, depending on the scene. His occasional good ole boy accent clashes with everyone else's, who supposedly grew up in the same town but don't sound anything like him. Ann-Margret's character was the one supposedly most compromised by the changes, and it's evident in the inconsistency. I enjoyed seeing the large cast in early and/or off-beat roles.

    Source: TCM

    Originally, it was a one-act play. 

    And, I believe, it was a TV movie, too.

  9. 6 minutes ago, DougieB said:

    Considering how little most media outlets are doing this month, the STARZ lineup is pretty impressive. I finally saw The Happy Prince on STARZ a couple of weeks ago and can't recommend it highly enough. Stephen Fry's Wilde seems to be languishing somewhere out of the public eye, but Rupert Everett's performance will hopefully win this film an audience.

    And, at least, an Oscar nomination.

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  10. On 6/8/2019 at 9:05 PM, jaragon said:

    Michael Trevino stars in "The Vampire Diaries" and now can be seen in the new Rosswell series...


    You  can pick them!

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  11. 13 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    Brainstorm (1965)  -  6/10


    Hokey but mildly entertaining thriller with Jeffrey Hunter as a rocket scientist who fakes insanity in an attempt to get away with his plan to kill his boss Mr. Benson (Dana Andrews), after Jeff falls for Mrs. Benson (Anne Francis). Also featuring Viveca Lindfors, Stacy Harris, Kathie Browne, Philip Pine, Michael Pate, John Mitchum, Richard Kiel, Steve Ihnat, and Strother Martin. This was directed by William Conrad around the same time he did Two on a Guillotine and My Blood Runs Cold. They all have a sensationalist, melodramatic flair, and a lot of visible boom-mic shadows.

    Source: TCM


    It's time to re-discover the films of William Conrad - and his leading men, Troy Donahue, Dean Jones and Jeffrey Hunter.

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