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Pickup on South Street (1953) - My Retro Flix via Roku

w/ Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Richard Kiley, Willis Bouchey and Milburn Stone. Plus, down in uncredited land, Parley Baer and the one-and-only Alan Reed

This Roku channel has a number of interesting choices. But I figured I'd stick with Mr. Widmark.

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Pickup on South Street (1953) - My Retro Flix via Roku

 

w/ Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Richard Kiley, Willis Bouchey and Milburn Stone. Plus, down in uncredited land, Parley Baer and the one-and-only Alan Reed

 

This Roku channel has a number of interesting choices. But I figured I'd stick with Mr. Widmark.

 

I loved this movie! This film hooked me from beginning to end.  The scene with Thelma Ritter in her bedroom was heartbreaking.

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I just watched the last 30 minutes of The Wolf Man (which I hadn't seen before, now I kind of want to see the rest of it.  I'm a big fan of Claude Rains too).

 

Now Vertigo is starting.  I'm not a fan of Tiffany, but did notice that she wasn't wearing something hideous this time.  Maybe TCM has hired better stylists.  Anyway, she's pretty innocuous to me at this point, she introduces the film and I move on.  I prefer Ben, but he can't be on screen all the time.

 

Anyway, I digress.

 

Vertigo is one of those films that I enjoy watching even though it is hard to follow.  Each time I watch it, another piece of the puzzle falls into place and the plot becomes a little more clear.  Sometimes if a movie is too complicated and there is nothing else on screen that is interesting, then I'll proclaim the movie to be boring or strange or something.  However, if the film is complicated but something on the film interests me, then I'm more apt to want to watch it more.  Vertigo is one of those films.  It's complicated, but the film has interesting actors, visuals and music.  While this film certainly isn't even among my top 5 favorite Hitchcock films, I do like to watch it.

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Airport (1970) - DVD

 
w/ Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin (In probably his best performance as Dean Martin.), Jean Seberg (The first movie that I ever saw her in.), Jacqueline Bisset (Whom I had already seen in Murder on the Orient Express (1974) but she didn't have a stand out role in that one so I made no connection between the two at that time.), George Kennedy (I've always loved the fact that they introduced his character while he was necking with his wife. Not the usual introduction for that type of character.), Helen Hayes (The first movie that I ever saw her in. And she was an absolute hoot in it. Her character could have easily been part of the con game in The Sting (1973)), Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton (I wish those two had more scenes together.), Barry Nelson, Dana Wynter, Lloyd Nolan, Barbara Hale (Probably the first time I saw her as anything other than Della Street.), Gary Collins and Whit Bissell.
 
After watching Earthquake (1974) a couple of weeks ago plus the active thread on this particular movie over in General Discussions, it seemed like a good time for another 1970s disaster movie.
 
Although considered the first of such movies, the first time I watched this one was when it was on television a number of years after it was released and after I had already seen Airport 1975 (1974) much less after already seeing Skyjacked (1972), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Earthquake, and The Towering Inferno (1974). But, although Airport was more than just a disaster movie, it was easy to see why its climax kicked off that trend.

 

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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) - Starz Encore Action

 

The second of Toho's six movies in their Millennium period from 1999 to 2004. The first of those, Godzilla 2000 (1999), I got to see at a drive-in theater when it came out. The other five, though, I've yet to see and, since this channel is showing all of them tonight, I may be here for the duration.

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Our Man Flint (1966) - Starz Encore On Demand

w/ James Coburn, Gila Golan, Lee J. Cobb and Edward Mulhare. Plus (farther down the credit list) Benson Fong, Sigrid Valdis (Colonel Klink's second secretary) and James Brolin.

The first movie that I recall seeing Mr. Coburn in. And "Derek Flint" is still the first image that comes to my mind when I hear or see his name.

This was also the first movie that I ever saw Mr. Cobb in. Needless to say, I was in for some pleasant surprises when I eventually caught him in other movies like 12 Angry Men (1957).

And, considering my age, Mr. Mulhare was my first Captain Gregg.

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In Like Flint (1967) - Starz Encore On Demand

w/ James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Jean Hale, Andrew Duggan and Anna Lee. Plus (farther down the credit list) Steve "Garth of Izar" Ihnat, Herb Edelman and Yvonne "Batgirl" Craig

It was the only logical choice.

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The Happy Family​ (which was evidently retitled Mr. Lord Says No​), a 1952 Brit comedy  about post war London, government red-tape, social division, and living by one's convictions.  Stanley Holloway heads the cast as Mr. Lord, retired from the railroad and his wife Kathleen Harrison (who is just terrific) and children who happen to own a shop and home that the government needs to demolish for roads to their pricey exhibition.  The family holds firm against bureaucrat  Naunton Wayne (to Hitch fans, he's the cricket obsessed Caldicott from The Lady Vanishes​) and are passed along the political chain, receiving no attention from elected officials until they barricade themselves in their home and make news.  Harrison's eccentric sister, played by Dandy Nichols and Holloway's big bunny, Winston, are scene stealers.  Well worth a viewing!

 

Another thumbs up for the second brit/com I watched..Castle in the Air.  ​This one I'd seen before..the story of a broke Scottish Earl (David Tomlinson) trying to sell his castle which happens to be haunted by a very pretty blonde ghost.  If you're a fan of Margaret Rutherford, it's worth a look.  I'd put it in the 'cute movie' category.

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The Poseidon Adventure (1972) - DVD

 

w/ Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O'Connell, Eric Shea and Leslie Nielsen

 

Back for more 1970s disaster movies.

 

This one was the first of that type of movie that I ever saw. I've also read Paul Gallico's novel but I don't recall whether I read the book before or after I saw the movie. Both were enjoyable.

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Treasure Island (1934) - TCM

 

w/ Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger, Lewis Stone and Nigel Bruce.

 

A good movie to make breakfast by. The first time I saw this one, I only needed a single digit to indicate my age.

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The Canary Murder Case (1929) - YouTube

 

w/ William Powell as Philo Vance, Jean Arthur, James Hall and Louise Brooks as The Canary. Plus Eugene Pallette. 

 

The only Philo Vance movie that I have previously seen is the oft-aired The Kennel Murder Case (1933) also with Mr. Powell. And I've always wanted to one day see at least the other Philo Vance movies that starred him. And shutoo's current trivia question over in the "Movies Titles-AKA" thread triggered the desire to make that one day today.

 

It doesn't take long to notice that the film makers had to work around the absence of Ms. Brooks when they decided to convert this one from a silent to a sound movie.

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I liked that, although the final act was a bit disappointing, to me. I thought the cast was very good.

 

It appears that we are in sync on 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). My primary enjoyment with this movie was with the three actors (John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher, Jr.) and their interactions within the bunker. But, once we were out of that bunker and the movie did its transition from suspense to science-fiction, it kinda felt like a twist ending for the sake of a twist ending. Not that there was anything wrong with the ending, per se, but it was just less than what came before.
 
But, for the most part, it was a well done movie.
 
And, lets be honest, if it didn't have "Cloverfield" in the title, no one would consider this a Cloverfield movie. So did it have that in the title simply to improve its box-office potential? Or is it just a token effort to have another shared universe?
 
Speaking of shared universes, since you didn't mention it in your original posting over in the "Films Of 2017" thread, did you know that there is supposed to be a third Cloverfield movie released this October? And, based upon the brief descriptions for that movie, this third Cloverfield movie appears to have as much in common with the first two movies as 10 Cloverfield Lane had with Cloverfield (2008). Of course, considering some filmmakers desire for secrecy, I wouldn't be surprised if they are just messing with us and this upcoming movie winds up not being a Cloverfield movie.
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It appears that we are in sync on 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). My primary enjoyment with this movie was with the three actors (John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher, Jr.) and their interactions within the bunker. But, once we were out of that bunker and the movie did its transition from suspense to science-fiction, it kinda felt like a twist ending for the sake of a twist ending. Not that there was anything wrong with the ending, per se, but it was just less than what came before.
 
But, for the most part, it was a well done movie.
 
And, lets be honest, if it didn't have "Cloverfield" in the title, no one would consider this a Cloverfield movie. So did it have that in the title simply to improve its box-office potential? Or is it just a token effort to have another shared universe?
 
Speaking of shared universes, since you didn't mention it in your original posting over in the "Films Of 2017" thread, did you know that there is supposed to be a third Cloverfield movie released this October? And, based upon the brief descriptions for that movie, this third Cloverfield movie appears to have as much in common with the first two movies as 10 Cloverfield Lane had with Cloverfield (2008). Of course, considering some filmmakers desire for secrecy, I wouldn't be surprised if they are just messing with us and this upcoming movie winds up not being a Cloverfield movie.

 

 

From what I've read, the producers hope to continue doing Cloverfield movies wherein each installment has little to nothing in common with each other, but rather acts as an anthology of SF/horror films. They're using the Cloverfield  moniker as a marketing gimmick. I got the feeling 10 Cloverfield Lane started as a totally unrelated script that the producers tweaked and renamed. I don't really mind, as long as they can keep the quality of the movies up. 

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From what I've read, the producers hope to continue doing Cloverfield movies wherein each installment has little to nothing in common with each other, but rather acts as an anthology of SF/horror films. They're using the Cloverfield  moniker as a marketing gimmick. I got the feeling 10 Cloverfield Lane started as a totally unrelated script that the producers tweaked and renamed. I don't really mind, as long as they can keep the quality of the movies up. 

 

Kinda like what was attempted with the third Halloween movie (Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)). Here's hoping these particular filmmakers pull it off.

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The Greene Murder Case (1929) - YouTube

 
w/ William Powell (again as Philo Vance), Florence Eldridge, Ullrich Haupt, Jean Arthur (in a different and, hopefully, more worthwhile role than she had in the preceding The Canary Murder Case (1929)), Eugene Pallette (again as Sgt. Ernest Heath) and E.H. Calvert (again as District Attorney John F.X. Markham).
 
A bit odd that The Canary Murder Case makes a reference to The Greene Murder Case. And The Greene Murder Case makes a reference to The Canary Murder Case. So which movie is the chicken and which movie is the egg?
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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) - Blu-ray

w/ Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T. Usher, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner (How?), Patrick St. Esprit and Vivica A. Fox.
 

Based upon what I've heard and read, I don't have high hopes for this one.
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