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Ampersand

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  1. Friday the 13th, Larceny Inc at 8:45 AM EST. That was all I wanted.
  2. Sunday, November 3, 10 p.m. Chinatown (1974) Been dying to see it but never got around to it, and it has a sweet poster too. There's also The Big Sleep (1946) right before it with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall but they show that more than Chinatown. Either way, a perfect way to end a Sunday.
  3. It happens sometimes but it's been a while since we last got a replacement flick for Noir Alley. At least we aren't missing out on this week's flick, only on Arsenic and Old Lace after it. But especially Sweet Smell of Success.
  4. Monday, October 28 8:15 AM - The Great Race (1965) Jack Lemmon acting for two as Professor Fate and the Crown Prince, the perfect reason to watch it as he and the Hannibal 8 are perfection.
  5. I thought last week Eddie Muller said it was Dust Be My Destiny (1939) tonight and was wondering why there was no intro. Only feel a bit bamboozled as this still looks like a nice noir/drama with a bit of romance and a man who gets a bad rap by the system. And the title, that is just great. No Force of Evil but at least it's in tune and not a surprise full-on romance. Edit: After watching it, it's more crime-drama with a greater emphasis on romance but wow, this is a great watch. And the ending, it's kinda like a brick joke with an earlier scene but it works so well.
  6. Detour (1945), short, sweet, cheap and filmed right quick. Makes for a good noir too.
  7. Has one of my all-time favorite closing lines in any movie: I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
  8. The Story of Mankind (1957) I saw it was on, checked it out and it has Vincent Price, that was all I needed to start watching it. I missed the opening bit and change so for a while I was cheering for Ol' Scratch (Vincent Price) but it's massive, uneven, a grandiose spectacle with a massive named cast. And while I can barely put a name to a face, Groucho Marx as a colonist is so him by his delivery and comedic style that you don't even need the mustache to know it's him; with the other Marx brothers enterprising other roles but none onscreen together. And Queen of England, who devoured eve
  9. Manhattan Melodrama (1934) I missed bits and pieces of it, and a chunk around the last 30 minute mark for a drink, but it was a good movie. Clark Gable and William Powell were great in it on opposite sides and I just love when they reference Sing Sing, so classically oldschool! The underlying connection, the incorruptible with the corrupted, the deft black hand, and the last movie watched by Dillinger so you know it's something real swell. 8/10
  10. Furiously Fast 12, where they drive cars on the moon and drift in craters with The Rock flipping cars in zero G, sending them into space and something about the space station eventually falling to earth and they have to drive on the falling pieces of it. It'll make $2.5 billion in the box office worldwide.
  11. If it still counts for last week, The Big Clock (1948), this was fun. Comedic-noir with the comedy not feeling forced; it felt natural and like it was a needed part of it. The acting was spot-on, the dialogue had me laughing and the sheer grandstanding of an upper crust Elsa Lanchester who kept on scene-stealing. It made for a good "detective-ish" story, where you know who did it but the process of it is just entertaining to watch from multiple perspectives. Narrowly beats out Sweet Smell of Success (1957) and the theme song to Live and Let Die (1973), in its entirely not a close third but tha
  12. I love how December 2nd is full of silent films and their sound counterparts, and December 16th with showings and remakes. I don't even know what's going on with December 30th. Plenty of noirs and Edward G. Robinson to make December a good one, but missing out on one of my favorite Christmas classics again; Larceny Inc. It'll probably be on again near Easter. TCM Underground should have had a re-showing of those amazing Santa movies, especially the one where Merlin helps Santa defeat the Devil.
  13. The Big Clock was an absolute treat. It's not gritty or full dark and seedy, more like a comedic-noir and I had a blast with it. Fast-paced, great dialogue and delivery, and the process of it all. Them trying to find out who the culprit is while we see that it points to the fall guy Shroud, and he's doing all he can to throw them off the scent, participating in the investigation and doing his own sleuthing all at once. And Elsa Lanchester as Patterson, that was just hilarious. Probably the best thing I'll see all week, and it's only 2 AM on Sunday.
  14. I saw it last week and it was the perfect summer movie: Big and loud, dumb and full of plotholes, action and jokes with jokes and visual comedy when they're punching people in the face, ludicrous car chases that escalate in stupidity and improbability, entertaining secondary characters that don't overstay their welcome, those non-action slow parts that slow down the movie to build up some chemistry and my favorite part: Idris Elba doing anything. But despite it not being about street racing or much in the way of heists, it's very Fast, very Furious and very, very dumb. And Mike Oxmaul, even th
  15. I didn't think I'd see it in the first week, thought it was like 3 weeks into it's run. Saw it on Tuesday and it's actually really funny. Plenty of dirty jokes, swears, some absolutely hilarious scenes and a journey that not even the trailers could spoil, but glimpses at in later TV spots. At some point you know the ending of the journey before even going in thanks to the trailers but it still has a few tricks up it's sleeve for it. And if you found the trailer entertaining, you will love this movie. But what makes or breaks it is the kid actors, who are actually incredibly good in it. Like se
  16. Just so long as they don't grab another thesaurus like they did with the Architect, it could still work out. Not Matrix 1 good, but maybe Revolutions. Reloaded at best.
  17. It was quite the watch, haven't seen much like it recently. And a definite, solid yes. It deserves every bit of it's rating.
  18. Saw it on Tuesday and it certainly was something. Slow-paced, atmospheric, disturbing, dumb characters, some silly moments, a bit of padding and silly moments mixed with uncomfortable content in some diabolical cocktail. I mean, I did enjoy it but it wasn't really scary. Or like, not straight up horror but as folk horror as it gets with all the pagan everything. And some of the pagan stuff... it is straight up disturbing and then the fridge horror kicks in and it becomes even worse. I am glad I got around to watching it, it lived up in some aspects, didn't meet some expectations but it's somet
  19. RKO, at this point because of familiarity because they released so many movies and especially B-movies that I enjoyed and what I did watch is only a fraction of their massive library. Things like Armored Car Robbery (1950), On Dangerous Ground (1951), The Narrow Margin (1952), Cry Danger (1951)- a lot of noirs but especially Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948). Not a noir, but I love it. They may not be my absolute favorite movies but they are movies I really enjoyed. And it's on constantly on TCM, there will be an RKO picture every few hours.
  20. Toy Story 4 last week and Aladdin (2019) this week. Toy Story 4, I was surprised they were making a 4th one and had my doubts on it competing with the emotional climax of 3. It didn't disappoint, but it is Pixar. They did the series justice and it's another type of a finale, a conclusion to Woody's story. Tugs at the heartstrings more than once and it's a movie with heart. Does some more classic character depth, introduces some solid new characters and the Key and Peele duo, had one of the best segments in the movie. Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom, specifically for being Canadian, more solid
  21. These were on Monday but I attended a session of the Toronto Film Society's series "Black and White and Noir All Over", the double feature was Kiss of Death and Nightfall. Both noirs I enjoyed and definitely made a good decision for this night. Kiss of Death It felt like I saw Victor Mature before in another movie, but all I can come up with is One Million BC. He's a gem in this, but the real star is Widmark as Tommy Udo. Giggling, a total psycho who pushes ladies in wheelchairs down stairs, lets action and anger overpower commonsense and really enjoyed his rapport with Mature.
  22. Heat (1995), two moments in particular, the coffee scene shared by Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino who play two men on opposite sides of the law, sharing a cup of coffee in one of the best scenes in the movie. A conversation between a crook and a cop who could have been good friends if they were on the same side. The video says it all. The second scene is a technological wonder. Some of the most outstanding sound work in genre or in film general that still packs a punch after more than two decades. From the way it's captured, it feels loud, real and just deafening. And it's not just
  23. This feels like a new one for me but then I saw the glower right at the start and knew I saw it before. It's the kind of look you don't forget.
  24. If it's a miss tomorrow, then it'll be on in another few months.
  25. The Public Enemy (1931) My biggest mistake was missing the first 15 minutes of it. Not just for general plot purposes but for a later scene that would have had a bigger impact. But I did right by watching the rest of it, as it was still pretty damn good and the ending still holds weight and packs a punch. It feels a bit wooden but I don't think I would replace anybody. The familial relationship with James Cagney and Donald Cook with what feels like their mother is the main reason they aren't just slugging it out every time one gets riled up. And with some of the scenes in it, it defi
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