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 Posted:   Jun 20, 2021 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

NOBODY (6.5)

I heard it was called a cross between RED and John Wick. It was more John Wick than RED (which I wanted it to be more like). To be fair, I am not crazy about movies that have 130 pound women beating the crap out of multiple 200lb. + guys, so a guy of modest build in his late 50's doing it isn't any better. He does take a lot of abuse too though...

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2021 - 12:11 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

ADVISE & CONSENT (1962) – 8/10

After the ailing U.S. President (Franchot Tone) nominates a controversial candidate, “Robert Leffingwell” (Henry Fonda), to be Secretary of State, Senate Majority Leader “Bob Munson” (Walter Pidgeon) tries to get him confirmed, against an opponent from his own party, “Sen. Seabright Cooley” (Charles Laughton). Cooley springs a surprise witness at the hearing (Burgess Meredith) that throws the proceedings into turmoil. What follows involves political infighting, perjury, moral compromise, and eventually, blackmail.

The idea of all these unsavory goings on in Washington must have scandalized the public that read Allen Drury’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning bestseller in 1959, and the viewers of Otto Preminger’s 1962 film adaptation. Audiences of that time were not used to such things playing out in real-time in public view on 24-hour news channels and on social media. We know this based on published reactions to the film. The review in The New York Times considered the characterization of elected officials as "rogues" and "rascals" to be highly inaccurate. In her 9 June 1962 Los Angeles Times column, Hedda Hopper endorsed the American Legion, a military veterans organization, in its unsuccessful effort to prevent the U.S. State Department from exporting the film. The California Federation of Women's Clubs joined the protest, citing the film's portrayal of a federal government rife with "corruption, dishonesty, and lack of integrity." Congressman Carroll Kearns of Pennsylvania suggested that future cinematic representation of the nation's capital should be reviewed by a "joint Congressional committee."

The public didn’t exactly make the film a blockbuster, although it did end up in the top 50 films of the year, with a $5.7 million gross. The draw of the film for today’s audiences is the top-flight cast, the straight-forward propulsive narrative (courtesy of Wendell Mayes’ script), and Preminger’s clean direction. Jerry Fielding provides an effective, if sparse, score. While many of the characters ring true even today, others, such as Laughton’s corn-pone Southern senator, and one elderly senator who sleeps through most of the floor proceedings, are relics of a past era. Still, the picture can be a crackling entertainment at times and holds interest throughout its 140-minute running time.

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2021 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Soul (Pete Docter, 2020) 10/10
Just about perfect, one of the finest films (I purposely did not say "animated films") I have seen these past few years, full of imagination, pure art.
It's about a music teacher whose lifelong dream of becoming a professional jazz musician seems all but faded when unexpectedly he gets his big break, a prestigious gig with the famous saxophone player Dorothea Williams. Unfortunately for him, he accidentally ends up in the "Great Before", where counselors (who are all called "Jerry") prepare unborn souls for life.
Once again, Pixar has no peer when it comes to animated story telling. Soul is an "adult" movie, but you can take your kids to it, it is a very funny movie, but it is not stuffed with throwaway jokes, it has a high-concept, but at its heart are story and characters. Great storytelling and visually stunning.

 Posted:   Jun 22, 2021 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Nowhere to Run (1993) ... 4/10

Standard fare with wooden action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme, a man with a past!, arriving on the scene to defend beautiful (very! smile) widow - with two young children - and fight off nasty land developers who are prepared to resort to violence when bribery fails.

Heart-warming / corny storyline is aided by toned-down violence (several scenes but it's not wall-to-wall) and a few amusing scenes including our hero being caught with his pants down (literally). Also, co-star Rosanna Arquette doesn't act Van Damme off the screen ... that's left to child actor Kieran Culkin ... and the usual British star (in this instance: Joss Ackland) provides some gravitas.

The balletic action scenes become tiresome and the police car chase of Van Damme on his motorcycle is a complete misfire, otherwise it's all good fun.

Mark Isham's music grabbed me from the great main title and some gentle pieces but when it became overly action heavy it lost all style. Also the end title made me think our hero had just saved the world.

 Posted:   Jun 22, 2021 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

Ernest Scared Stupid is a good movie. Ernest Goes to Camp was in widescreen though.

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2021 - 12:14 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE STRANGE DOOR (1951) – 7/10

“Sire Alain de Maletroit” (a deliciously malevolent Charles Laughton) arranges to have “Denis de Beaulieu” (an over-confident Richard Stapley) show up at his isolated castle, on the run from the law. His purpose is to have de Beaulieu marry his niece, “Blanche de Maletroit” (Sally Forrest), whether he (or she) wants to or not. Towards that end, Maletroit locks the castle doors and places a guard on de Beaulieu’s room. But there’s a method to Maletroit’s seeming madness. Deep in the castle’s dungeon is a secret of which Blanche is unaware…a secret guarded by Maletroit’s servant, “Voltan” (Boris Karloff).

Charles Laughton is the entire show here, as he almost drools in anticipation of using the living to take revenge on those long-thought to be dead. Karloff gives able support in a good-guy role. The castle is a star in itself –a maze of secret doors and passages, multi-level dungeons and torture rooms, and even a giant mill wheel that figures greatly in the film’s denouement. The only thing missing is an original score, as Joseph Gershenson layers in the stock music cues from Universal’s vast library.

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2021 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Paid in Blood (1971) 7/10
With Jeff Cameron, Donal O'Brien me and some familiar faces.
Man killed by Ringo Brown. His brother seeks revenge. Brown works for O'Brien, who works for Shannon (the big cheese villain). Not bad, a bit rough round the edges. Plenty of shootin' n punchin' to keep you happy. Some nice little touches:Heroes horse has an eye infection and needs some ointment , off the vet/Dr; two women fighting over a gun. When finished the good girl knocks the bad out by hitting her on the head with the gun. Brilliant! An extra point for Donal O'Brien who adds a bit of b movie quality. And the music, by Elsio Mancuso wasn't bad.Mexican count one, fleeting.

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