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 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

OATH OF VENGEANCE (1944) - 5/10

This is an overly serious title for a film that offers more comedy than is the norm for these "C" westerns. In this case, the laughs arise when "Fuzzy Jones" (Al St. John) decides to give up cow-herding and open a general store, much to the amusement of his pal "Billy Carson" (Buster Crabbe). Fuzzy is beset by a matronly (and overly amorous) mail clerk co-located in the store (Marin Sais), as well as by a number of slow-paying customers. The latter arise because of a range war that is simmering between the farmers and ranchers, who are led by a woman (Mady Laurence). Unbeknownst to all, the feud is being stoked by local moneylender "Steve Kinney" (Jack Ingram), who figures he'll pick up land cheap if a war breaks out. Billy investigates.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 3:17 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Zenebal 3/10. Lucretia Love,John Ireland and Lionel Stander. Pretty bad, really. It had the potential to be much better - period romp some decent cast members and a bit of t & a. To be fair it did seem to be a bit butchered with the scissors. Maybe it was raunchier?

Mallory must not die 6/10 Robert Woods. Not bad , not great either but watchable. The music by Roberto Pregadio over used the main theme a bit to much.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Ford vs Ferrari, aka Le Mans 66

9/10

I especially liked Bale's performance. I have no idea how close it is to the real Ken Miles, but it came across well.


This was one of my favorite films last year. Great film. Just a great story in and of itself and the Bale and Damon had great chemistry on screen.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

HBO's The Watchmen

6/10

I may need its own thread later to discuss this one. On the heels of my viewing of season 1 of American Gods, I find myself giving a lower score to this one than I thought it otherwise deserved. I enjoyed it, yet several things rubbed me the wrong way, and some of those are bigger things than story particulars.

Loved Jeremy Irons as Veight, of course.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Ford vs Ferrari, aka Le Mans 66

9/10

I especially liked Bale's performance. I have no idea how close it is to the real Ken Miles, but it came across well.


According to the Special Features, that was indeed Ken Miles. Brilliant film, liked it more than 1917, which is unusual for me.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

HBO's The Watchmen

6/10

I may need its own thread later to discuss this one. On the heels of my viewing of season 1 of American Gods, I find myself giving a lower score to this one than I thought it otherwise deserved. I enjoyed it, yet several things rubbed me the wrong way, and some of those are bigger things than story particulars.

Loved Jeremy Irons as Veight, of course.


From what I heard its Watchmen in name only.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

HBO's The Watchmen

6/10

I may need its own thread later to discuss this one. On the heels of my viewing of season 1 of American Gods, I find myself giving a lower score to this one than I thought it otherwise deserved. I enjoyed it, yet several things rubbed me the wrong way, and some of those are bigger things than story particulars.

Loved Jeremy Irons as Veight, of course.


From what I heard its Watchmen in name only.


Its a funny one. In some ways it is close to the original story, if that's of import compared to the film. In some ways it kind of insults (?) the film... like I say, tough to properly analyze. Worth seeing, but... smile.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

HBO's The Watchmen

6/10

I may need its own thread later to discuss this one. On the heels of my viewing of season 1 of American Gods, I find myself giving a lower score to this one than I thought it otherwise deserved. I enjoyed it, yet several things rubbed me the wrong way, and some of those are bigger things than story particulars.

Loved Jeremy Irons as Veight, of course.


From what I heard its Watchmen in name only.


Its a funny one. In some ways it is close to the original story, if that's of import compared to the film. In some ways it kind of insults (?) the film... like I say, tough to properly analyze. Worth seeing, but... smile.


The series is a sequel to the source material, i.e., the Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons graphic novel. It ignores the supplemental material DC published without Alan Moore's involvement, and is separate from the movie adaptation. For example, the HBO series retains the original Earth shattering event that is supposed to change the world that was from the graphic novel, instead of the event used in the movie. I haven't seen the series yet, but a friend of mine who has seen it, and who is familiar with the graphic novel, was quite happy with the HBO series. Hopefully I will get the chance to watch the show some day, but considering I don't have a subscription to HBO, it won't be any time soon.

Personally, I am happy that they are not attempting to adapt the graphic novel, but rather build on the world the graphic novel created. The original series was built from the ground up to take advantage of all the strengths offered by the comic book medium, and reading through it, it shows. Movies have their own strengths, but very little of what made the graphic novel great translates well to a movie. I am not particularly fond of the movie adaptation, nor am I that fond of Zack Snyder, but I don't know that anyone else could have honestly done much better adapting the story to film.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 10:37 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

LIVING OUT LOUD (1998) - 8/10

I hadn't seen this film since it first came out. I liked it then, and I like it now. Holly Hunter has been nominated for four Oscars, and won one of them, but her work in this film is as good as any of those other performances. She plays a woman whose husband has left her for a younger colleague. Fortyish, and alone for the first time in 20 years, she's trying to figure out what the next phase of her live will be. She haunts a local club (where Queen Latifah is the featured singer), perhaps waiting to be swept off her feet by some handsome man. With nothing happening on that front, she strikes up a conversation with the elevator operator in her building (Danny DeVito), another lonely soul. They begin to enjoy each other's company. But can it ever be more than that? The two have different ideas on that possibility.

Richard LaGravenese, who wrote the screenplays for THE FISHER KING and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, made his directorial debut with this film, writing the original screenplay as well. The film is not a conventional romantic comedy-drama, and it does not follow the well-trod pathways of that genre. It's full of unique character touches, as well as containing a number of fantasy sequences. But most of all, it's not afraid of lingering on conversations--on two people talking about their lives, fears, hopes, and anxieties. It's amazing how something that simple, when done well, can hold your interest so strongly.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 2:30 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Funeral in Berlin (1966) ... 6+/10

Multiple viewings since the mid-70s, I think I enjoyed it more this time than ever, helped partly by good HD PQ and sound. I used to own the DVD but this broadcast (Film4 from last Nov) put that to shame, despite the adverts.

Not as good as the first, The Ipcress File (1965), or the The Quiller Memorandum released shortly before this, but one of the better entries in this popular 1960's genre.

Michael Caine is superb and many of his co-stars provide wonderful support - though I think Eva Renzi did not have the gravitas her character required. The Berlin settings are wonderful - were some of those locations in rundown industrial areas or actually filmed in East Berlin? - and give the film an aura of realism.

No spy / action film stands up to scrutiny and this one, with its complicated (I view it as 3-way) plot is just too complicated for its own good. Somewhat better than its source novel (which is too rambling, e.g. our hero spends pages delving into Vulkan's background and we're treated to a slice of his back-story) it doesn't make much sense (e.g. just how do Hallam and Vulkan get to collaborate, etc.) and the ending is very weak ... albeit a lot better than the written one.

An interesting, enjoyable, score by Konrad Elfers which is a little too prominent with its stings but has an infectious main theme and wonderful soundscape for West Berlin night-life.

I don't expect to re-read the novel (I've just finished re-reading Berlin Game) but I shouldn't say I won't bother watching the film again. I know it provides a good 100 minutes plus entertainment.
Mitch

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 2:39 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Oscar Homolka: a good little character. I like him in this.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 3:04 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Oscar Homolka: a good little character. I like him in this.

Agreed. He's even better, playing virtually the same role, in The Tamarind Seed (1974). I don't know much of his career but for these two films (and, to a lesser extent, Billion Dollar Brain (1967)) he adds to the film's enjoyment.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Oscar Homolka: a good little character. I like him in this.

Agreed. He's even better, playing virtually the same role, in The Tamarind Seed (1974). I don't know much of his career but for these two films (and, to a lesser extent, Billion Dollar Brain (1967)) he adds to the film's enjoyment.



It's people like him that I feel are sadly missing from current films. Good character actors. I don't think there any worth their salt, now.

 
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