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 Posted:   Sep 14, 2023 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Beat the Devil(1953)4/10
With Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre and Bernard Lee( briefly)

A group of people are leaving southern Europe, for North Africa, to make their fortune.

Rather disappointing. Given the good cast I was expecting more. It was rather light and fluffy, coasting along, from one scene to the next. The music was postcard Italian in style.

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2023 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Sergeants 3 (1962) ... 3/10

I've been waiting 50+ years to see this again, having fond memories of enjoying it at the cinema (probably a re-run) and so I watched an awful picture quality, reasonable sound, version via Youtube. I'm glad I did as I won't bother trying to watch it again should a DVD/BluRay ever be released. I'm not aware of one being available to date.

As much as I like Frank Sinatra and his cohorts this just doesn't work. It's too daft to be serious and far too serious to be funny. Inspired by Gunga Din it has several big action sequences but these are tedious and as the main characters are not involved in the final battle, being held hostage and forced to watch, this seems pointless.

There are a few amusing scenes and these usually involve Peter Lawford's character being tricked but the funniest joke isn't in the film: I read sometime ago that Joey Bishop learned to ride after being told it was required for his rôle ... only for there to be no such scene. Yes, that puerile ...

The music by Billy May included some nice melodic scoring but I found his action scene writing less interesting.

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2023 - 10:36 PM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)


Autumn is coming, and I'm beginning to itch for spooky thrillers, especially ones from that late 1960s-early 1970s era. I've been marathoning the Hammers the last couple of years, so, for some fresh "blood," I looked to American International and tried this Poe-inspired movie with Herbert Lom essentially playing the phantom of the opera again.

More times than not one ends up watching an unimaginative and very non-stylish flick in this genre, but I found Rue Morgue to be both engaging and truly atmospheric. Satisfying plot twists as well. This one earns a place on my "playlist" for this specific type of suspense film.

Below, the mysterious Michael Dunn beckons beautiful damsel-in-distress Christine Kaufmann into a carriage. (You have to imagine this scene in dreamy slow motion to get the full effect!)

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2023 - 12:41 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

RETRIBUTION (2023) – 7/10

Liam Neeson’s latest thriller finds him playing “Matt Turner,” some sort of an investment fund partner in Berlin, whose fund has suffered a downturn. One morning, after placating an angry client, Turner rounds up his teenage son “Zach” (Jack Champion) and pre-teen daughter “Emily” (Lilly Aspell) to take them to school, while mom “Heather” (Embeth Davidtz) goes off to meet a friend. During the drive, Matt gets a call telling him that when he sat down in the car, he activated a bomb under the seat, which will detonate if he leaves the vehicle. Matt is also told that he is being constantly watched, that the bomb can also be set off by a cell phone signal, and that he is to keep the kids in the car as well. So begins a day of terror for the three, as Matt is ordered to drive from place to place where he watches various people being killed by bombs, without knowing who is doing this to him or why.

This is a nice, compact 90-minute suspense film, in which the audience doesn’t know any more than Matt does about what is going on. There are a number of tense moments and a few surprises. Noma Dumezweni has a good supporting role as a Berlin police official who believes that Matt is the mad bomber. RETRIBUTION is the third remake of a 2015 Spanish film of the same name. Director Nimród Antal also helmed another nice, compact crime film that I liked, 2010’s ARMORED. Harry Gregson-Williams provides a standard suspense score. The film is not destined to be one of Neeson’s big hits, and will probably top out at $15 million worldwide.

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2023 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

This thread is still going?!? Jeebus.

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2023 - 4:49 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

This thread is still going?!? Jeebus.

Why wouldn’t it? Have we run out of movies to review?

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2023 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Marshall of Heldorado(1950)4/10
With James Ellison and Russell Hayden
The two leads become Lawmen and start to clean up the town.
Light 53m B movie ( or even a C) effort. It skips along and isn't too stooopid. Some gun play n punch ups and a few horses. No Mexicans, or indeed any ethnicities.

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2023 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

BARBIE 7.5 out of 10

See Bob's review. He wrote most of what I would write. My only disappointments were with the ending and with the lack of more humor. I expected it to be funnier.

 Posted:   Sep 17, 2023 - 11:49 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE NAKED APE (1973) – 5/10

Desmond Morris’ best-selling 1967 book The Naked Ape: A Zoologist’s Study of the Human Animal was a world-wide success that was translated into twenty-three languages. In 1968, independent producer Harold Hecht acquired the rights to Morris’ book for $85,000 and in conjunction with Universal intended to make a humorous film with animated sequences. However, by 1972, after two drafts of a screenplay, Universal shelved the project as “impossible of screen translation.” Inquiries at Columbia concurred that the property could not be made into a movie. Ultimately, Hugh Hefner agreed to co-produce the project without having read the script. Hefner’s Playboy Productions split the $1.7 million budget with Universal.

Hecht’s instincts turned out to be the correct ones. The film, which purports to illustrate the evolution of humanity, no less, is a mess. It’s told as a flashback by “Lee” (Johnny Crawford), a soldier in Vietnam. It alternates lame sequences of Lee, on a college campus before his Army induction, pursuing coed “Cathy” (Victoria Principal), with even lamer sequences of Lee reading passages from Morris’ book relating to male genitalia, human sexual behavior, courtship, and how privacy is sought during copulation.

The animated sequences included: A montage of Indian drawings of sexual positions; the origins of clothing; man’s attempt to adjust to the rapid advance of civilization; and a montage of still photographs depicting Christian missionaries “civilizing” an Aborigine couple. All of these things follow one upon the other in no apparent order and making no apparent point.

Producer Zev Bufman hoped to persuade Leonard Bernstein to conduct the New York Philharmonic from the bottom of the Grand Canyon for the film; however, no such sequence was included. Short fragments of well-known musical pieces are used throughout the film. Some of these pieces, some original score and songs by Jimmy Webb, and some dialog was released on a Playboy Records LP. It has not been re-issued on CD. Although the film runs only 85 minutes, you’ll be checking your watch long before it’s over.

 Posted:   Sep 18, 2023 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

The Road to El Dorado- 3-5

This film either works for you or it doesn't. It doesn't for me. The whole movie hinges on your entertainment of the two leads banter. Sadly, I didn't find it very funny and rather forced. There's some awfully chosen voice actors for secondary characters that takes me out of the film too.

The story feels choppy, like a bunch of gags just strung together. there's hardly any setup or suspense. The story suffers in various ways most notably with the villains. Cortés is supposed to be on their trail but he's hardly in the film and makes a very unsatisfying approach near the climax. The other villain a Sorcerer of some kind who really seems to have God like powers could easily take over the Kingdom and take down the protagonists but for some reason is rendered powerless in the final act as well.

Regarding the art design and animation I'm not a fan of Dreamworks character designs most notably the faces. They're just awkward if not downright unattractive looking. This includes the three main leads, Tulio, Miguel, and Chel who looks particularly ugly. The backgrounds denote interesting locations and are gorgeously rendered and are very colorful. The animated effects are good but so many of them are computer animated effects they kind of call attention to themselves.

Jeffrey Katzenberg tried to catch lightning in the bottle by bringing on Elton John to sing most of the songs like The Lion King. Hey, I like the guys singing but hearing one Elton John song after another gets irritating. Hans Zimmer and John Powell provide a wonderfully charming and energetic score that desperately needs an expansion.

The film has a few firsts I believe. First time two animated adult male characters are seen butt @ss naked and first time an adult male and female character have sex in a family animated movie! (off screen for the latter of course!)

There's things to enjoy and its mindless fun at times. But no classic by any means.

 Posted:   Sep 18, 2023 - 2:02 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Conan The Barbarian 2011

Sooo much better than the Schwarzenegger film (but of course the score isn't as good), Jason Momoa is excellent as Conan & Ron Perlman is great as his dad. You'd think we'd get a lot more sword & sorcery films with the great CGI available these days, but with the strike still on (& no end in sight) who knows when they'll start making films again.

 Posted:   Sep 18, 2023 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)


I really enjoyed this Young Indiana Jones movie! It was bookended with Harrison Ford as Indy. It had a pretty good mystery and surprises. I have 21 more Young Indy films to watch which I'm looking forward to.

 Posted:   Sep 18, 2023 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Conan The Barbarian 2011

Sooo much better than the Schwarzenegger film

 Posted:   Sep 18, 2023 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The Road to El Dorado- 3-5

Regarding he art design and animation I'm not a fan of Dreamworks character designs most notably the faces. They're just awkward if not downright unattractive looking. This includes the three main leads, Tulio, Miguel, and Chel who looks particularly ugly.

Da fuck...?!

 Posted:   Sep 18, 2023 - 10:16 PM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

This thread is still going?!? Jeebus.

I hope youve read every post and replied michaelWare?

 Posted:   Sep 19, 2023 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

The Road to El Dorado- 3-5

Regarding he art design and animation I'm not a fan of Dreamworks character designs most notably the faces. They're just awkward if not downright unattractive looking. This includes the three main leads, Tulio, Miguel, and Chel who looks particularly ugly.

Da fuck...?!

Yeah, I know all the nerds think she's "sexy", but her face is still UAF!

Here, now we're having a conversation!

 Posted:   Sep 19, 2023 - 4:50 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Wait, what trickery is this?!

 Posted:   Sep 19, 2023 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Wait, what trickery is this?!

Someone made a gag GIF combining both movies, which made me laugh.

 Posted:   Sep 19, 2023 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Wait, what trickery is this?!

Someone made a gag GIF combining both movies, which made me laugh.

Great job on the edit. I didn't even catch that the first time around!

 Posted:   Sep 19, 2023 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)


Driving on a lonely French road one night, “Robert” (Vincent Gardère) picks up “Elysabeth” (Brigitte Lahaie), a scantily-clad woman who appears to be fleeing someone or something. He takes the woman back to his apartment in the city and they make love. Afterwards, he discovers that she has already forgotten where they met, and remembers little about where she has been. When Robert goes off to work the next morning, two men abduct the amnesiac woman and take her to a scientific fortress known to its inhabitants as “The Black Tower.” Here, people suffering memory and identity loss due to accidental nuclear contamination are being held and treated.

Writer-director Jean Rollin had some time between films, and his original plan was to quickly make an X-rated film with actors who were experienced in porn films. He wrote the script in a day and shot the film in two weeks. The plot devices of memory loss, and the slow and deliberate speech patterns of the denizens of The Black Tower are used to make the most of the acting limitations of the cast. As you would expect, the film includes a number of sexual encounters among the Tower inmates.

But despite the low budget and time limitations, Rollin is able to create a plausible world populated by the lost and haunted shells of formerly normal citizens. Things come to a head when Elysabeth and her friend “Véronique” (Dominique Journet) make another attempt at escape, just as Robert arrives at the facility.

Gary Sandeur (aka Philippe Bréjean) provides a mourning electronic musical score. The film did not get a U.S. theatrical release.

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