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THE SHARK HUNTER (4/10)

 

Lackluster Italian action flick stars Franco Nero as a beach bum in a bad blonde wig, living on the shore somewhere in Mexico. He has a mysterious past, but is accepted by the locals because of his proficiency in shark hunting. On one hunt, he discovers a sunken treasure worth 100 million dollars, and enlists the aid of a deep sea diver to bring it to the surface. Soon, however, the mafia horns in on the action, and things get dangerous!

 

Jorge Luke co-stars as the diver, Mike Forrest plays an American mob operative, and the film's director, Enzo G. Castelari, does double duty as a killer.

 

I can't really judge the film's look, as the copy I watched, although a dvd, looked like a fifth-generation videotape dupe, and there were embedded Dutch subtitles through the whole movie. Some scenes were so murky that the screen was totally black, and the dubbing ranged from adequate to poor. Storywise, it's all been done before, and better.

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I haven't seen SKATETOWN USA yet. I need to so I can complete my roller disco trifecta!

I haven't seen it before either.  But if it stars Chachi Arcola and Marcia Brady (on roller skates no less) with a small part by Patrick Swayze, you know it has to be good, lol! Or, if not good, highly campy and entertaining.

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"Rich and Famous" (1981)--Not the failure 1981 critics labeled it.  Jacqueline Bisset gives a fine, thoughtful performance I'd never expected of her after seeing "The Deep" (1977).  Candice Bergen does a devastating caricature of a Southern writer.  Film veers from being wildly funny to "literary" to borderline sappy.  Still, a fun watch and  good final film from director George Cukor.  7/10 stars.

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"Rich and Famous" (1981)--Not the failure 1981 critics labeled it.  Jacqueline Bisset gives a fine, thoughtful performance I'd never expected of her after seeing "The Deep" (1977).  Candice Bergen does a devastating caricature of a Southern writer.  Film veers from being wildly funny to "literary" to borderline sappy.  Still, a fun watch and  good final film from director George Cukor.  7/10 stars.

 

SCTV did a brilliant take on it - it was called 'Rich and Jealous' and had Barbra Streisand and Ruth Gordon(!) as the women. Funny!

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SQUEEZE PLAY (3/10)

 

Moronic sex comedy from the folks at Troma. When the girlfriends of a men's softball team become frustrated from lack of attention, they decide to form their own softball team to compete against them. Dingy-looking, crude and obnoxious in that particular Troma way, only the truly desperate need seek this one out. Featuring a lot of bad music, worse jokes, and a lengthy wet t-shirt contest. And it takes place in New Jersey.

 

Ten years later, star Jennifer Hetrick would play the reoccurring role of "Vash" in the various Star Trek tv shows.

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Just watched "In which we serve" 1942..excellent WWll film, directed by David Lean & written by Noel Coward (also he starred). I try to record & watch every WWII movie & so I didn't know that this was also the duo that did a recent favorite of mine "This happy breed" 1944..I just started noticing all the same actors, like John Mills. Just like the other British films made during the war I'm always amazed what they were able to accomplish while being bombed & starved. The filming of a relaxed family picnic in the countryside while a dogfight was happening overhead?! It's crazy but that was the reality..as they would always say, "stiff upper lip & carry on". Great camera work that gives you the feel of all the characters & servicemen..so different from our Hollywood films of the era, which I adore, but they were clearly more about giving the Stars the close-ups & all the words.

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I haven't seen it before either.  But if it stars Chachi Arcola and Marcia Brady (on roller skates no less) with a small part by Patrick Swayze, you know it has to be good, lol! Or, if not good, highly campy and entertaining.

 

Marcia Brady and Chachi together on skates is definitely something not to be missed, and I am not being sarcastic.

 

Of course, I'm not really a HAPPY DAYS fan (I always skipped that day during Nick At Nite's Summer Block Party).

Scott Baio will always be Charles from CHARLES IN CHARGE to me.

My sister and I loved watching that show when it aired in syndication (I think on WGN Chicago?) in the 1990s.

I think it also aired briefly on Nick At Nite.

The show was full of double entendres. :)

 

The CHARLES IN CHARGE theme is one of the greatest TV show theme songs in the history of television.

 

The best version was the one used in Season 1.

The only video of this version on YouTube with the accompanying visuals is sped up, so here is the audio of the song.

It's a stereo remix!

 

 

Here's the Season 2 version, with the accompanying visuals and credits: 

 

 

 

And HERE is the CHARLES IN CHARGE theme as sung by Bob Dylan (okay, it's actually Jimmy Fallon as Bob Dylan):

 

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STALKER (7/10)

 

Long, allegorical science fiction film from celebrated Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. 20 years ago a meteorite crashed near a Russian town. Soon, the town and the surrounding area started to change, so the powers-that-be ordered the place closed off, under penalty of law. Now called the Zone, it is surrounded by barbwire fences and heavily armed guards with orders to shoot anyone trying to enter. Somehow, a story gets out that deep within the Zone, there is a Room where those who enter will have their deepest wish granted. People known as Stalkers hire themselves out on the black market to act as guides, illegally escorting clients to the Room and back. The film follows one such journey, as a Stalker takes two men (one codenamed Writer, the other Professor) on the treacherous path through the Zone.

 

The exact specifics of the Zone are not revealed. The world surrounding it is a dirty, industrial slum, shot in black & white, but once passing through a thick fog, the Zone appears, in full color, and covered in vegetation. The three characters spend the majority of the film walking and talking, discussing the nature of the Zone, and their personal motivations for taking the journey to the Room. The Stalker warns them of various pitfalls and traps that may be put in their way by the Zone, but none are really shown or discussed in any revealing way. There are allusions to other travelers, and maybe even denizens, in the Zone, but again, none are shown.

 

I find films that work best maintain a balance between art and entertainment. Go too far in one direction and the impact can be lost. I think STALKER leans a bit too far towards the art. The 3 characters, representing faith, art and science, are really just ciphers. They represent the three ways man seeks enlightenment, and there's a dog that shows up to symbolize doubt, but by the end I didn't really care. There are some masterfully composed shots, some nice, moody music, and good performances, but I wanted more from the story.

 

One of the "1001 Movies to See Before You Die".

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STARCRASH (4/10)

 

Infamous sci-fi cheesefest from Roger Corman's New World Pictures. Made in Italy by director Luigi Cozzi, this ranks as the cream of the crop of bad STAR WARS ripoffs. The incredibly gorgeous Caroline Munro stars as Stella Star, wearing a succession of skimpy outfits. She's an outlaw space pilot who, along with her psychic navigator Akton (former evangelist Marjoe Gortner), is enlisted by the Emperor of the First Circle of the Universe (Christopher Plummer) to journey to the Haunted Stars and find his missing son, as well as a secret weapon being deployed by the villain, Count Zartharn of the League of the Dark Worlds (Joe Spinell), who tools around space in a ship shaped like a giant upturned hand.

 

Also along for the ride are Thor, a blue-skinned alien in brown tights played by big bald Robert Tessier from countless biker flicks, a robot named Elle with a southern accent, and a young David Hasselhoff as Simon, the Emperor's son, who sometimes wears a golden helmet that shoots purple eye lasers. John Barry provided the score that sounds like James Bond outtakes.

 

There's lots to see here, like a giant green brain with tentacles in a jar that acts as judge, prison breaks, ice planets, Amazons on horseback, dirty double-crossers, troglodytes, stop-motion robots, lava lamp effects, and more! This one really is a must-see for trash-movie fans.

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Marcia Brady and Chachi together on skates is definitely something not to be missed, and I am not being sarcastic.

 

Of course, I'm not really a HAPPY DAYS fan (I always skipped that day during Nick At Nite's Summer Block Party).

Scott Baio will always be Charles from CHARLES IN CHARGE to me.

My sister and I loved watching that show when it aired in syndication (I think on WGN Chicago?) in the 1990s.

I think it also aired briefly on Nick At Nite.

The show was full of double entendres. :)

 

The CHARLES IN CHARGE theme is one of the greatest TV show theme songs in the history of television.

 

The best version was the one used in Season 1.

The only video of this version on YouTube with the accompanying visuals is sped up, so here is the audio of the song.

It's a stereo remix!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do2ZWEc1HDg

 

Here's the Season 2 version, with the accompanying visuals and credits: 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdVFmjYe9Pc

 

 

And HERE is the CHARLES IN CHARGE theme as sung by Bob Dylan (okay, it's actually Jimmy Fallon as Bob Dylan):

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Itfq746tA

Lol.

 

I remember watching Charles in Charge as well.  I agree, if I have to watch Scott Baio, I'd rather see him as Charles rather than Chachi "wa wa wa" Arcola.  

 

"...I want! I want! Charles in charge of meeeeeeee..."

 

I always wondered though, why do high school kids need a nanny? 

 

I remember on Nick-at-Nite when they had the week long Happy Days marathon with the phone-in poll asking viewers if they preferred their Happy Days "Chachinated" or "De-Chachinated."  The "De-Cachinated" won by a landslide.  

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I just watched The Strange Love of Martha Ivers  and I love it more each time.  I think it deserves four stars instead of three -- at least.  Van Heflin is sexy and charismatic, Lizbeth Scott is uncharacteristically soft and vulnerable, Kirk Douglas begins his tough guy career as a wimp and Stanwyck is, as always, completely  mesmerizing.

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I have been asked to cease and desist my movie reviews. It seems I have offended the sensibilities of board members by posting about things that are not currently being shown on TCM, or my reviews are too spoilery and too long. I have been told I would be better served leaving and posting my own blog somewhere in the nether regions of the web.

 

I am sincerely sorry for upsetting or annoying you guys. A lot of the films I reviewed I had recorded off of TCM. I tried not to spoil any major plot points. I also kept the reviews short, but apparently not short enough. Maybe I should have kept it to "That sucked" or "That rocked".

 

I have been a classic movie fan all my life, a TCM fan for the last 17+ years. I originally started coming to the message boards many years ago to see if the new monthly schedules were posted early. I don't have anyone in my life that talks movies, so I became interested in reading your fun and informative posts, usually more informed and smartly expressed than those in, say, IMDB. After years of reading and lurking, I decided a few months ago to create a profile and try and interact with you all. It's had it's ups and downs, but I felt I had reached an enjoyable level of interaction. I see now I was mistaken.

 

Again, I am truly sorry for disrupting your portion of the internet. I will obey your wishes and refrain from further posting in this thread and on these boards.

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I have been asked to cease and desist my movie reviews. It seems I have offended the sensibilities of board members by posting about things that are not currently being shown on TCM, or my reviews are too spoilery and too long. I have been told I would be better served leaving and posting my own blog somewhere in the nether regions of the web.

 

I am sincerely sorry for upsetting or annoying you guys. A lot of the films I reviewed I had recorded off of TCM. I tried not to spoil any major plot points. I also kept the reviews short, but apparently not short enough. Maybe I should have kept it to "That sucked" or "That rocked".

 

I have been a classic movie fan all my life, a TCM fan for the last 17+ years. I originally started coming to the message boards many years ago to see if the new monthly schedules were posted early. I don't have anyone in my life that talks movies, so I became interested in reading your fun and informative posts, usually more informed and smartly expressed than those in, say, IMDB. After years of reading and lurking, I decided a few months ago to create a profile and try and interact with you all. It's had it's ups and downs, but I felt I had reached an enjoyable level of interaction. I see now I was mistaken.

 

Again, I am truly sorry for disrupting your portion of the internet. I will obey your wishes and refrain from further posting in this thread and on these boards.

 

I like your reviews.

 

I hope you're not seriously considering leaving.

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I have been asked to cease and desist my movie reviews. It seems I have offended the sensibilities of board members by posting about things that are not currently being shown on TCM, or my reviews are too spoilery and too long. I have been told I would be better served leaving and posting my own blog somewhere in the nether regions of the web.

 

I am sincerely sorry for upsetting or annoying you guys. A lot of the films I reviewed I had recorded off of TCM. I tried not to spoil any major plot points. I also kept the reviews short, but apparently not short enough. Maybe I should have kept it to "That sucked" or "That rocked".

 

I have been a classic movie fan all my life, a TCM fan for the last 17+ years. I originally started coming to the message boards many years ago to see if the new monthly schedules were posted early. I don't have anyone in my life that talks movies, so I became interested in reading your fun and informative posts, usually more informed and smartly expressed than those in, say, IMDB. After years of reading and lurking, I decided a few months ago to create a profile and try and interact with you all. It's had it's ups and downs, but I felt I had reached an enjoyable level of interaction. I see now I was mistaken.

 

Again, I am truly sorry for disrupting your portion of the internet. I will obey your wishes and refrain from further posting in this thread and on these boards.

I don't know who said that to you but he or she has missed the point of this thread entirely!

It is for people to share thoughts about films they have just watched and you are one of this board's very best contributors.

I really enjoying reading your posts.

Ignore that person behind the curtain whoever he or she may be.  Lawrence there are some evil minded controlling persons on this board.  Just try to ignore them.

This is just insufferable.

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I have been asked to cease and desist my movie reviews. It seems I have offended the sensibilities of board members by posting about things that are not currently being shown on TCM, or my reviews are too spoilery and too long. I have been told I would be better served leaving and posting my own blog somewhere in the nether regions of the web.

 

I am sincerely sorry for upsetting or annoying you guys. A lot of the films I reviewed I had recorded off of TCM. I tried not to spoil any major plot points. I also kept the reviews short, but apparently not short enough. Maybe I should have kept it to "That sucked" or "That rocked".

 

I have been a classic movie fan all my life, a TCM fan for the last 17+ years. I originally started coming to the message boards many years ago to see if the new monthly schedules were posted early. I don't have anyone in my life that talks movies, so I became interested in reading your fun and informative posts, usually more informed and smartly expressed than those in, say, IMDB. After years of reading and lurking, I decided a few months ago to create a profile and try and interact with you all. It's had it's ups and downs, but I felt I had reached an enjoyable level of interaction. I see now I was mistaken.

 

Again, I am truly sorry for disrupting your portion of the internet. I will obey your wishes and refrain from further posting in this thread and on these boards.

 

Hi Lawrence

 

I'm sorry if anyone has given you the impression that they are allowed to dictate what is posted here on the TCM Message Boards, as that is certainly not true. If there are posts that are of no interest to them, they have the choice to not read them. 

 

There has been nothing offensive, or even slightly out of line in any of your posts, and you are free to post here all you wish. 

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I just watched The Strange Love of Martha Ivers  and I love it more each time.  I think it deserves four stars instead of three -- at least.  Van Heflin is sexy and charismatic, Lizbeth Scott is uncharacteristically soft and vulnerable, Kirk Douglas begins his tough guy career as a wimp and Stanwyck is, as always, completely  mesmerizing.

 

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is one of my favorite noir films;   how you describe the actors is 100% on target (well expect that I find Scott more sexy than Heflin).   :lol:  

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LawrenceA--Please stick around--your posts are funny and on target--I also post about movies I've found on other websites & I've never gotten a complaint--If someone complained, they don't understand the title of this thread--TCMModerator1 just said you were fine. I join lafitte & Bogie56 in asking you not to leave.

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I'm sorry if anyone has given you the impression that they are allowed to dictate what is posted here on the TCM Message Boards, as that is certainly not true. If there are posts that are of no interest to them, they have the choice to not read them. 

 

This is a very good point.

 

I myself have simply developed the habit of skipping your reviews in this thread, Lawrence. That's because I also abhor spoilers, and many of the films you've reviewed - some which you give poor ratings (2's, 3's, 4's) - hold no interest for me. The titles of many are a tip off to me that it's highly unlikely I'd have ever watched them anyway, so my curiosity to read what you've written is unprovoked.

 

So, as moderator1 has said, we have the choice not to read them.

 

The member that advised you that they don't appreciate your style of reviewing - and possibly felt that so many reviews of movies you didn't even like seemed peculiar - may have been feeling that your proliferism was amounting to a domination of the thread and may not have been in sync with the OP's intent (which, I believe, was the creation of a kind of "recommending" thread, as opposed to a collection of mini-reviews of both good and bad films. I admit that's just my impression - quite possibly incorrect).

 

Maybe I'm wrong, but the member who contacted you may have been trying to be helpful in the advice they gave. That you have been so offended, reacting with such a serious resolve to stop posting altogether because of that advice, is probably more fallout than he/she ever expected.

 

Did you reply to that private message?

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This is a very good point.

 

I myself have simply developed the habit of skipping your reviews in this thread, Lawrence. That's because I also abhor spoilers, and many of the films you've reviewed - some which you give poor ratings (2's, 3's, 4's) - hold no interest for me. The titles of many are a tip off to me that it's highly unlikely I'd have ever watched them anyway, so my curiosity to read what you've written is unprovoked.

 

So, as moderator1 has said, we have the choice not to read them.

 

The member that advised you that they don't appreciate your style of reviewing - and possibly felt that so many reviews of movies you didn't even like seemed peculiar - may have been feeling that your proliferism was amounting to a domination of the thread and may not have been in sync with the OP's intent (which, I believe, was the creation of a kind of "recommending" thread, as opposed to a collection of mini-reviews of both good and bad films. I admit that's just my impression - quite possibly incorrect).

 

Maybe I'm wrong, but the member who contacted you may have been trying to be helpful in the advice they gave. That you have been so offended, reacting with such a serious resolve to stop posting altogether because of that advice, is probably more fallout than he/she ever expected.

 

Did you reply to that private message?

Yes, I replied on this thread.

 

And if you don't read my posts, then how can you make any critical judgment from a place of ignorance? If you can cite one instance of a spoiler I posted, I'd love to see it. I went out of my way not to spoil plot twists and character fates or anything that would remove suspense from a story, even going so far as to withhold plot details that were written on the COVER of the dvds because I felt they were too much of a spoiler.

 

Why should you care if I review a movie I like or disliked? Is this thread titled "I Liked" or is it "I Just Watched"? Also, why does it matter if any one poster "dominates" any particular thread? How does that harm or affect you in anyway ? Are you providing the server space to host this site? Can't you just make another thread to spew whatever vomit you want everyone else to smell?

 

I started writing my reviews on a lark. They were supposed to be fun, light in tone, detailed enough to inform the reader without spoiling the film, maybe throw in a trivia bit or two, and with a notable cast list that would let readers know if someone they liked may be involved. I thought it was a nice change of pace from the usual stuff on these boards.

 

I thought I had found a nice, innocuous way to express myself, talking about the things I love. Life is full of too much darkness, especially these days. The level of discourse has sunk to an all-time low, both politically and personally. We all have to deal with things like aging, the loss of loved ones, the increase in loneliness as more friends pass away and family grows further apart. I was just trying to distract myself, and if I was lucky, a few of you, from all of that, even if it was just long enough to read a 2 or 3 paragraph post.

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Lawrence, I sincerely hope that you decide to stay on the boards. And if you derive pleasure from your movie reviews, as, I'm sure, many others do here reading them (aside from whoever may have spoken to you about it), by all means keep them coming.

 

Please don't let the negativity of some spoil your desire to interact with others in a love that we all have here for the movies.

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Again, thanks to those of you who either messaged me or posted their support on here. I appreciate it, really. But this isn't worth the hassle.

 

Enjoy your thread.

 

I sense a false note in all this with regard to whoever is doing this. I wonder if there is some jealousy there. I think you do fine work. In the hopes of convincing you to stay, I look forward to your next review. If it does not appear, then ... alas.

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I have been asked to cease and desist my movie reviews.[...]

 

I can't believe anyone would do that. I didn't know we had such bullies around here. Lawrence is an excellent writer and comes up with some oddball, interesting sounding movies that I'd never have heard of if he hadn't mentioned them. I wish more people used this thread that way.

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I can't believe anyone would do that. I didn't know we had such bullies around here. Lawrence is an excellent writer and comes up with some oddball, interesting sounding movies that I'd never have heard of if he hadn't mentioned them. I wish more people used this thread that way.

 

Come to think of it, it doesn't matter what kind of a writer you are or what movies you watch, this thread is clearly open to all kinds of reviews. Even if not, that's the sort of thing that would be brought up by the OP in the thread itself, if need be. (Perhaps I'll start writing lengthy, incomprehensive, spoiler-ridden reviews of films I've not seen in protest.)

 

Only a troll or a bully would try to dictate a thread via PM. One good thing about internet bullying: all anyone can do is write words at you, (unless they have naughty photos.) They can't push you around or give you a swirly, or give you the ol' stop-hitting-yourself unless you're obliging enough to hit yourself when they tell you. I wonder how online bullying ever became such an epidemic when they can be so entirely ignored, and so easily identified, to boot.

 

Don't let anyone push you around, Lawrence. Just write back, "I can write anything I want." and be done with it.

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