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 Posted:   Feb 25, 2024 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

The Bride of Frankenstein

First time viewing. WTF did I just watch? The first half seemed like a comedy or parody. Whats with the little people? Frankenstein spends most of the film just wandering about aimlessly. The bride was in the film for all of 5 freaking minutes?! This is a classic?


I understand that reaction, Solium. BRIDE is the film I had a hard time "getting". Only after multiple viewings and exploration of "the James Whale universe" did it finally click. But it's still not my favourite James Whale film and yes, I think it's a tad overrated. It's also a bit tough when you have to read up on a film and its director in order to appreciate it.


Yes, I don't think its the age of the film. The narrative is all over the place. I can appreciate Snow White for example which has an excellent narrative. I will say the production looked amazing. Every set and location was very interesting to look at and I enjoyed that most of all.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2024 - 2:26 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Oppenheimer 10/10

Probably a 9/10 really but I couldn’t resist. If it’s a 9 it’s because the structure takes some working out, but I think a second viewing would eradicate that.

Gripping script with a good deal of humour, great acting throughout, really good score which did its terrible job beautifully - by which I mean that it caught the mood perfectly, illustrating awful and awesome things absolutely on the button.

Mr Nolan deserves for this film to win all the accolades that have and will come its way.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2024 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) ... 5-/10

How time changes one's opinions; is the water hot or is it cold? That depends on the circumstances and what your prior knowledge/experience is. For me, when this film was released, the hey-day of my cinema-going life, I had no interest in seeing it. Even my interest in Sean (James Bond) Connery wasn't enough for me to spend my limited funds ...

I can't recall why but I read the novel (only one of a few Agatha Christie mysteries I've encountered) a few years later and after a few more years finally watched the film (a TV broadcast). I wasn't impressed.

Given the good comments I'd received (e.g. from my niece) I watched the Kenneth Branagh 2017 remake (first TV broadcast) and was shocked at how appallingly bad it is, hence a need to revisit this glossy star-studded feature. Is it any good? It's okay but far from great and yet compared with the remake it's a masterpiece.

The cast of known actors (to my generation) helps guide the viewer through Poirot's denouement and it's fun seeking to identify who each character is in the tedious scenes which precede this. The claustrophobia of the train setting is well-handled as is the opulence of the surroundings with excellent scenery to support the characters' predicament. But all of this is ruined, for me, by the OTT performance of lead Albert Finney which means I lost interest in the story. Just as Marlon Brando's starring role in The Godfather was more about the actor than the role, so here AF appears more interested in showing how he can play a weird foreign detective ... In this respect, Kenneth Branagh's portrayal is far superior.

The score by Richard Rodney Bennett has mixed reviews. For me, it works well adding to the glamour of the settings but it's not an album I want to listen to often.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2024 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Priscilla 5 out of 10

I read good reviews, but this movie was slow and not inspiring at all. Spaeny was okay but not great. Jacob E Lordi sort of sounded like Elvis but mumbled most of the time. He is 6 ft. 5 inches, and she is 5 ft. 1 inch. They looked ridiculous together. Coppola was not allowed to use any of Elvis's music, so you won't hear him sing except in a brief TV scene with a non-Elvis song. I was disappointed.


 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2024 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

ever given a film a 10
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Not me either, although there are days when I consider some films perfect.
Some that might hit those heady heights...
Jaws...Superman The Movie...E.T...Empire of the Sun...The Thing '82...Carrie...Blow Out... Shawshank Redemption... The Dead Zone
There was a time Star Wars or Empire Strikes Back might have crashed the list, but I'm all Star Wars'd out now (and they're still solid 9's).

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2024 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

ever given a film a 10
---------------------------
Not me either, although there are days when I consider some films perfect.
Some that might hit those heady heights...
Jaws...Superman The Movie...E.T...Empire of the Sun...The Thing '82...Carrie...Blow Out...
There was a time Star Wars or Empire Strikes Back might have crashed the list, but I'm all Star Wars'd out now (and they're still solid 9's).


Hey, H.G. (Kev) ... not one of those films rates a 5 for me* ... which only goes to show what a difficult job filmmakers have in producing movies which satisfy a worldwide audience.

* ... I haven't seen E.T. for many years and thought it was very over-rated - perhaps I'd enjoy it more today. To me, Starman (1984) - the same film for adults - was far superior (I accept JW's score was probably better smile)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2024 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.
I hate F&F but this one is the exception. It's so stupid and dumb that even Homer Simpson would agree with that assessment but that's also what makes it fun. It's an unapologetically over the top litle boys' fantasy steeped in cheeeeeese. The only let down is the Samoan part which is nothing special and slow. Oh and the "music" of course and the lame love angle.

At the same time "Olympus has fallen is playing which is not fun but just dumb.
I wonder if they will be so insensitive to also play "London has fallen" in the current geopolitical climate. That one I can enjoy for its unapologetic tonedeaf racism even if it is too tacky to fully enjoy the phenomenon like with, for example, exploitation films where it comes from the other side ("Cotton comes to Harlem" anyone?). It's like doing something forbidden. This one is too clinical, too real to ironically enjoy its bad taste. The final raid on the London hideout by the sas is the main reason to watch as it looks weird, like a computer game. The end section is reaaaaaly unpalatable though. If it weren't before, it really would be now.

D.S.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2024 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh, 1993) 9/10
Perfectly joyful movie. One of the best Shakespeare adaptations of all time.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2024 - 12:31 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

"...which only goes to show what a difficult job filmmakers have in producing movies which satisfy a worldwide audience"
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Indeed Mitch.
I added Shawshank Redemption and The Dead Zone, which I also rate very highly (I'm sure there are many more I've forgotten).
I'm afraid the highest rated John Barry scored films* on my list would be Somewhere In Time and Dances With Wolves, which are around the 7 mark for me.


*I know that's a big factor in your adjudication wink

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2024 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh, 1993) 8/10
Perfectly joyful movie. One of the best Shakespeare adaptations of all time.


I actually went the cinema to watch this and enjoyed it (surprising myself).

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2024 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh, 1993) 8/10
Perfectly joyful movie. One of the best Shakespeare adaptations of all time.


I actually went the cinema to watch this and enjoyed it (surprising myself).


Yeah, the movie is just a joy from beginning to end, every actor must have had a blast. They were all great. Michael Keaton was certainly over the top as Constable Dogberry, but that is true to Shakespeare as well, who sometimes had these off-beat storylines and characters in his plays, so they had something "for everybody". And Keanu Reeves cast against type as the movie's stone faced main antagonist was also really good.
And a speaking (and singing) part for Patrick Doyle, who fittingly played Balthasar, the court's musician. It's a minor role, sure, but an important one and more than just a cameo.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2024 - 5:01 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

I was impressed from the off- close ups of horses galloping hooves and Doyles music.

All together now- hey nonny nonny. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2024 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

The Bride of Frankenstein

First time viewing. WTF did I just watch? The first half seemed like a comedy or parody. Whats with the little people? Frankenstein spends most of the film just wandering about aimlessly. The bride was in the film for all of 5 freaking minutes?! This is a classic?


For many decades, Bride was considered to be the superior. movie. I saw them both in the last six months, & I think the original Frankenstein is by far the better film, it's still very powerful, & the way Karloff looks & walks is so unnerving (he was never that effective again in his two other Frankenstein films). Bride is a bit twee, although it does have some great scenes, like the creation of the bride that ends with those odd angles & jump-cuts of the bride. The bride make-up is amazing, she looks newly stitched together & yet quite shaggable at the same time. And the ending...well when you install a laboratory, the first thing you do is to fit a lever on the wall that can blow the whole thing up smile

The Universal Blu-ray Legacy set of all the old Frankenstein films looks amazing.

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2024 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

The Bride of Frankenstein

First time viewing. WTF did I just watch? The first half seemed like a comedy or parody. Whats with the little people? Frankenstein spends most of the film just wandering about aimlessly. The bride was in the film for all of 5 freaking minutes?! This is a classic?


For many decades, Bride was considered to be the superior. movie. I saw them both in the last six months, & I think the original Frankenstein is by far the better film, it's still very powerful, & the way Karloff looks & walks is so unnerving (he was never that effective again in his two other Frankenstein films). Bride is a bit twee, although it does have some great scenes, like the creation of the bride that ends with those odd angles & jump-cuts of the bride. The bride make-up is amazing, she looks newly stitched together & yet quite shaggable at the same time. And the ending...well when you install a laboratory, the first thing you do is to fit a lever on the wall that can blow the whole thing up smile

The Universal Blu-ray Legacy set of all the old Frankenstein films looks amazing.


The film looks great! I'll give it that.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2024 - 4:21 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

DARK PLACES (1973) 5/10

Catching up slowly with films which "should be" up my street but which I never saw. So, DARK PLACES. Robert Hardy goes mad (or was he always?) trying to find a hidden fortune somewhere behind the walls of an old dark house. He's also getting "taken over" (or something) by the "spirit" of a painting on the wall - the previous owner no less, who just coincidentally looks just like Robert Hardy. Others interested in finding the money are a wooden Christopher Lee, a saucy-as-usual Joan Collins and a bored looking Herbert Lom. Jane Birkin is on hand as nasty former-owner's bit on the side.

The reliable Don Sharp directs, but it's hardly inspiring stuff. It could easily have been made in the '30s, so stolid and well-worn is the storyline. Robert Hardy bites off more than he can chew, looking baffled throughout and going on amusing shouty fits. He put me in mind of a combination of Richard Briers and Ernie Wise, a bit like a little boy in his schooly jumper. Passable, but should have been more fun, or at least a bit more gripping. Best moment comes from Christopher Lee after finding out that Joan Collins (who plays Lee's sister) has been saucy with Robert Hardy. "You dirty little slut!" he shouts, forgetting that she's his sister and at the age of 40 she can do what she wants.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2024 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

"..she looks newly stitched together & yet quite shaggable at the same time"
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big grin big grin big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2024 - 4:33 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

FADE TO BLACK (1980) 7.5/10

I remember (I think) this getting a good review in Cinefantastique at the time. Misfit film bore and FSMer goes on a murder -revenge thing, disguising himself as his idols Richard Widmark, Jimmy Cagney, Hopalong Cassidy, Dracula and the Mummy. He also tries to make a romance work with an Australian who looks like Marilyn Monroe.

I enjoyed this a lot. I'm glad it was kind of cheaply done and "quirky". It made it seem fresh throughout. Dennis Christopher plays the misfit FSMer. His "impersonations" of the stars are a bit off, but I think that was deliberate, showing that even in an FSMers fantasy world, they still make a fool of themselves.

A good one for film buffs, who can recognise the parodies and answer the film trivia questions the main character spouts.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2024 - 11:25 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS (2024) – 6/10

After “Jamie” (Margaret Qualley) is tossed out of their shared Philadelphia apartment by her lover “Sukie” (Beanie Feldstein), she teams up with friend “Marian” (Geraldine Viswanathan) to visit Jamie’s aunt in Tallahassee. Since neither girl has a car, the two go to a car transport agency, which matches people needing transportation with car owners who need their cars driven from one city to another. Unfortunately, agency owner “Curlie” (Bill Camp) mistakes the girls for someone who had just called asking about taking a car to Tallahassee, and gives them a car that has a very important attaché case hidden in the trunk. Soon, two goons (Joey Slotnick and C.J. Wilson) are tracking the girls to retrieve that case. Meanwhile, Jamie is taking a very circuitous route to Florida, making numerous detours to visit every lesbian bar she knows along the way.

This set-up sounds ripe for a Coen Brothers movie. But here, only Ethan Coen is making the trip, in his first directorial effort without his brother Joel. His writing partner this time is his wife, Tricia Cooke. As is usual in these types of quirky films, everything depends upon the characters and the actors portraying them—there are no big action sequences, romances, or high drama to distract us.

Naturally, the pair of travelers are mismatched. Jamie is the free spirit, willing to try anything, while Marian is content to stay in motel rooms reading Henry James novels. Being from the South, Jamie sports a drawling cornpone accent, which some reviewers have found off-putting, but which I thought was the essence of her character. The quiet Marian, on the other hand, just constantly looks constipated.

The pair of pursuing goons are also mismatched. “Arliss” (Slotnick) is a loquacious smart-aleck, always berating partner “Flint” (Wilson) about his tendency to use violence to get what they want rather than reasoned dialogue. Arliss’ nonstop chatter is funny the first time, but rapidly loses its humor through repetition.

Eventually, pursuers catch up with pursued, but not before the girls find the attaché and discover what is so special about it. Along the way, we are treated to a little lesbian sex and plenty of girl-on-girl making out. Compared to some Coen Brothers films, the violence is rather tame. Matt Damon and Miley Cyrus make cameo appearances in the film.

This is a very mild film—mildly funny, mildly violent, mildly sexy, mildly outrageous (is that an oxymoron?). If it ran any longer than its 84 minutes, it would also be mildly boring.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2024 - 4:40 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

MANIAC (1934) 5/10

Now here's a rarity which I find almost impossible to rate. It's a 50-minute exploitation sex-horror movie, and I have since learned (I had a feeling while watching it too) that it's been classed as possibly the worst film ever made. It's loosely based on Poe's "The Black Cat", with cutaways to portentous inter-titles which speak of the dangers provoked by mental illness. There are also incongruous scenes of girls chatting in a kind of dressing room, sporting nice underwear. And real "tits oot for the lads" too. All "sort of" held together by a mad scientist story, certainly the worst acted mad scientist story I've seen. He really does go "BWAAHAHAAHAAHAHAHAHAHA!"There are also scenes of real cats and dogs getting injured and probably killed fighting each other.

Dwain Esper is the director. I knew nothing about this man, but now I'm intrigued. He's apparently THE father of exploitation cinema. I might seek out his HOW TO UNDRESS IN FRONT OF YOUR HUSBAND next. Or perhaps not.

I'm giving this a 5 because I was open-mouthed in amazement throughout. But it could easily be a 0, or a 10.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2024 - 5:35 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

From 1934...really???

 
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