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 Posted:   Nov 14, 2022 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

FURY AT GUNSIGHT PASS (1956) – 7/10

A gang of eight robbers, led by Neville Brand and David Brian, plan to rob the bank in the small town of Gunsight Pass, which happens to be holding some monies being sent to a group of Mormons. The plan is for Brian and three of the gang to ride into town at noon, scope out the place, and wait for Brand and the others to show up at 1PM for the robbery. But Brian and his three plan to stage the robbery at noon and take off with the cash, thus doubling their shares.

But as things do, the plan goes awry. The bank is temporarily closed while the banker’s son, Richard Long, gets married. By the time the robbery is underway, Brand and his bunch arrive. Then the robbery is discovered by the townsfolk, and a massive gunfight ensues. In the confusion, four of the robbers are captured, four escape, and the money goes missing, with both the townspeople and the robbers thinking the other has it. Eventually, Brand frees his captured cronies and threatens to murder one townsman every 30 minutes until the money is produced.

This is a taut, fast-moving western with no shortage of perfidy on display among both the robbers and the townspeople. The second-tier cast acquits itself well under long-time genre director Fred F. Sears. The stock score is routine.


 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2022 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Night of the Demon(1957) 8/10
With Dana Andrews, Niall Mcguinnis, Peggy Cummins

A classic. Subtle. Well acted. Not much action. Good story. I could watch this over again, and have already.


I watched it a couple of weekends ago on TCM(?); it had been a long while since I last saw it.
I like it as well and I second your rating. When I first saw it as a child, I thought the demon was an awesome affect.
Nowadays, I can appreciate how the cast all hated the studio's insistence that it be shown and not have been left up to viewer's imaginations per the director's original desire.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2022 - 2:26 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

I think the way the demon mauls its victim is quite gruesome, even now. Though without being graphic.

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2022 - 11:16 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

The Wrong Box (1966) ... 7+/10

I've always enjoyed the film but found, on this viewing, I appreciated it more. Even the mad ending with the race/chase of the hearses seemed funnier, marred only by some poor back projection close-ups.

It's a farce which takes pop-shots at other genres (e.g. Victorian romantic) and it has a cast to die for with Ralph Richardson superb ... but Wilfred Lawson a scene-stealer as the butler. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore are fun and Peter Sellers has a wonderful cameo albeit it his cats which grab the attention (e.g. one used as a hand towel, another as an ink-blotter smile)

Beautifully filmed (apart from those back projection shots) in Bath with another perfect score from John Barry.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2022 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (2022) – 7/10

The film starts with a tribute to the former Black Panther, “King T'Challa” (Chadwick Bozeman), who in the film is felled by some unspecified malady. At the end of the first film, T’Challa had vowed to bring Wakanda out of its seclusion and into a role of using its wealth and technological prowess to help the world’s downtrodden. But the rest of the world, feeling threatened by Wakanda’s power, is hell bent on either stealing Wakanda’s source of power—the rare element vibranium—or finding another source of it on Earth.

When some Americans find a deposit of vibranium under the ocean, they are attacked by a group of blue-skinned water-breathing superhumans, descended from the ancient Mayans, led by “Namor” (Tenoch Huerta Mejía). Wakanda gets blamed for the attack. Namor proposes an alliance with Wakanda against the rest of the world but threatens to destroy Wakanda first if they refuse. “Queen Ramonda” (Angela Bassett) and her scientist daughter “Shuri” (Letitia Wright) are determined to resist, setting the stage for superhero battles aplenty.

Other characters are drawn into the fray, notably CIA agent “Everett Ross” (Martin Freeman), his Agency-head ex-wife “Valentina Allegra de Fontaine” (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and Wakanda’s military head “Nakia” (Lupita Nyong'o). The dialogue is functional at best, the visuals are routine CGI, and the action is standard superhero power stuff. Ludwig Göransson’s score is a notch above average for this type of endeavor. Notably, the film ends not with the usual teaser scene of the next episode, but merely with a title card saying “Black Panther Will Return.” OK, I guess.


 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2022 - 6:48 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Pixels (2015) 6/10
I like this movie! It's a fun popcorn flick! I've only seen it on TV, so I don't know how well it came across on the big screen in 3D.
To me, Adam Sandler is like the 21st Century Jerry Lewis, movie-wise, that is. You pretty much know what to expect from his movies, and that's not always a bad thing.
Although I was already in my mid twenties when arcade games, video games, burst onto the scene, I found many of them quite delightful, especially Galaga, and this film brings much of that excitement back to me.
The movie is predictable, but at least the Nerds prevail, right?

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Doctor in the House (1954) ... 7-/10

Seen numerous times, this colour print was sharp, with good sound. It's all very quaint, and almost as far from reality as its later Carry on ... equivalents but it generates lots of smiles and a few good laughs.

What's the bleeding time? still works ... smile

A cast of British talent with James Robertson Justice in great form. The only weak sequence, for me, is the mad-cap ambulance chase scene but this does lead to the courtroom dressing down, etc. which work well.

Not much music (Bruce Montgomery, with Eric Rogers ... both later regulars with the Carry on ... films) to consider but I hadn't been aware that this was conducted by Muir Mathieson ... class indeed!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

SHE SAID: 9 out of 10

Watching this movie was a lot like watching All The President’s Men and Spotlight.

Mulligan and Kazan are excellent as investigative reporters in New York who brought down Harvey Weinstein for sexual abuse and sexual assault. However, it is bigger than just one man. The film tackles of theme of major corporations who enable and cover up sexism, sexual abuse and sexual assault through their silence and payouts. Therefore, the horrid abuse continued for decades.

These reporters’ investigative techniques very interesting. The movie was like a mystery looking for a solution.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2022 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

EL VAMPIRO NEGRO (1953) 8/10

This is an Argentine film noir that was rescued and restored by the Film Noir Foundation. It is loosely based on Fritz Lang's classic M. Unlike M, this film expands the investigation to include female characters and some interesting subplots. The performances and cinematography are remarkable, featuring actors I didn't know about. It deserves a look. Eddie Muller featured it recently on TCM as part of his Noir Alley series.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2022 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   agentMaestraX   (Member)

The Train 1964 10/10

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. An intense, suspenseful war drama from beginning to end with powerful performances from Burt Lancaster and Paul Schofield.
I love this war movie and the staged battle and escape scenes had me gripped throughout.
Amazingly shot in black and white and directed competently by John Frankenheimer which shows up beautifully in this new blu ray edition. Great extras including audio commentary and behind the scenes.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2022 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

The Train 1964 10/10

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. An intense, suspenseful war drama from beginning to end with powerful performances from Burt Lancaster and Paul Schofield.
I love this war movie and the staged battle and escape scenes had me gripped throughout.
Amazingly shot in black and white and directed competently by John Frankenheimer which shows up beautifully in this new blu ray edition. Great extras including audio commentary and behind the scenes.


I agree this is a magnificent film. And it was based on a true story.

 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2022 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

... I agree this is a magnificent film. And it was based on a true story.

It took many years for me to watch this ... despite liking Burt Lancaster ... and I finally did so believing it was based on true events. I now think inspired by is more accurate but I'll happily concede if someone knows better ...

I didn't enjoy the film for the sole reason that, truth or not, I was disgusted that the story depicted many lives being lost for the purpose of saving ... what? Art treasures! Since when has a painting been worth more than a human life?

I acknowledge that the opening single shot scene is well done and I'm sure the film has exciting sequences but its premise leaves me feeling sad at man's priorities. I wish it was a fictional story ...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2022 - 11:09 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

DYNAMITE JOE (1967) – 6/10

When the government has trouble getting gold shipments through a territory due to marauding Comancheros, “Senator Senneth” (Santiago Rivero) calls on agent “Joe Ford” (Rik Van Nutter), known as “Dynamite Joe” because of his penchant for using explosives, to escort the next shipment safely through the area. Joe also has a penchant for the ladies. In this case, it’s a saloon singer (Merce Castro) and the sophisticated “Betty” (Halina Zalewska), who may be in league with town boss and Comanchero helper “Jury Nelson” (Renato Baldini). Helping Joe is wagon driver “Cigno” (Barta Barry). The trouble is not so much how Joe is going to get the gold through, but who can he trust?

This western squeezes in some things other than the usual gunfights, including a mine cave-in sequence, a flood, and a siege on a fort. There’s also a little comedy. Carlo Savina’s score was released by Penta Music in 2017, and it has a few good themes. It also has two English-language songs, including a love song. “Anthony Dawson” (Antonio Margheriti) directs.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2022 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (2022) – 7/10

The film starts with a tribute to the former Black Panther, “King T'Challa” (Chadwick Bozeman), who in the film is felled by some unspecified malady. At the end of the first film, T’Challa had vowed to bring Wakanda out of its seclusion and into a role of using its wealth and technological prowess to help the world’s downtrodden. But the rest of the world, feeling threatened by Wakanda’s power, is hell bent on either stealing Wakanda’s source of power—the rare element vibranium—or finding another source of it on Earth.

When some Americans find a deposit of vibranium under the ocean, they are attacked by a group of blue-skinned water-breathing superhumans, descended from the ancient Mayans, led by “Namor” (Tenoch Huerta Mejía). Wakanda gets blamed for the attack. Namor proposes an alliance with Wakanda against the rest of the world but threatens to destroy Wakanda first if they refuse. “Queen Ramonda” (Angela Bassett) and her scientist daughter “Shuri” (Letitia Wright) are determined to resist, setting the stage for superhero battles aplenty.

Other characters are drawn into the fray, notably CIA agent “Everett Ross” (Martin Freeman), his Agency-head ex-wife “Valentina Allegra de Fontaine” (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and Wakanda’s military head “Nakia” (Lupita Nyong'o). The dialogue is functional at best, the visuals are routine CGI, and the action is standard superhero power stuff. Ludwig Göransson’s score is a notch above average for this type of endeavor. Notably, the film ends not with the usual teaser scene of the next episode, but merely with a title card saying “Black Panther Will Return.” OK, I guess.



They lost me at the trailer with the terrible visual effects, that shot of the transparently awful CGI little wings on that guys feet, that was it for me. I know it is par for the course now, terrible effects are widely accepted by the audience to the point that no one even talks about it anymore. But I cannot put up with the plain awful visual effects being put out for so called expensive blockbusters. The sweatshop labor being pushed out all around the world for these films, a whole other subject.

 
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