I never saw The Godfather; I do not know why, as I am interested in mafia films.
Crack-Up (1946) Really glad this was Noir Alley, otherwise I might not have known that Frederic Brown wrote the novel from which it was adapted (though the credits indicated so). Pat O'Brien portrays a Museum art guy, who claims that he was a passenger on a train that had collided with another train. While he is certain of this, no such incident had occurred.
Further, he suspects that famous paintings are being stolen, and forgeries are shipped in their place, and the ships conveniently all sink with the supposed masterpieces aboard.
But, as he believes in an accident that never occurred, nobody believes him.
After the 1933 King Kong my favorite 'giant' monster is the Korean The Host.
I love the monster who is NOT Godzilla sized and when first comes on the scene is clumsy!
I mean it even slips and falls , loved that!
It puts people into jeopardy , has a goof ball ending that does not quite work.
Terror in the Jungle 1968.... geeeeeee this one has the good and the bad in spades. Terrific Les Baxter exotica soundtrack, but three different directors, with great footage of Peru.... and then the terrible story, bad acting, and the blond kid just whines and cries, really a lot, and he is not acting as they drag him around in the jungle. Headhunters who worship INTI, can't decide whether to worship the kid, bringing him endless fruit... or stab him as a sacrifice... but, and ... never mind, anyway, the kids' toy Jaguar comes to life, saves him, a bit more awful acting goes by.... there are gator attacks, anacondas slithring about, and gosh it's terrible. "*) Oh yes, the star pop band guys in shiny green shirts play a couple o' tunes before the plane crashes.
@jacobwatson Welcome to the Chrons. I did not get through The Shawshank Redemption in my first viewing... it was too disturbing for me.... but I really like it now that I know the ending.... Red's narration of hope.
Oh, and the last movie I watched... Role Models.
Danny: Can I get a large black coffee?
Barista: A what?
Danny: Large black coffee.
Barista: Do you mean a venti?
Danny: No, I mean a large.
Barista: Venti is large.
Danny: No, venti is twenty. Large is large. In fact, tall is large and grande is Spanish for large. Venti is the only one that doesn't mean large. It's also the only one that's Italian. Congratulations, you're stupid in three languages.
Barista: A venti is a large coffee.
Danny: Really? Says who? Fellini? Do you accept lira or is it all euros now?
Just watched The Meg last night; Lots of action and good effects/nice visuals
basically an updated big budget Chinese production of Jaws... With much more action (as expected in a Jason Statham flick).
Quite watchable and I will likely see it again... better than average.
Murder on the Orient Express, the one made back in the 1970's, starring Albert Finney. I had seen it before, when it first came out, but had been thinking I'd like to see it again. It loses something when you already know the answer to the mystery, but what an amazing cast!
Our POV is from the perspective of a couple on a honeymoon (played by Milla Jovovich and Steve Zahn) on the Hawaiian islands. They are going to do a popular (and hard) trail hike through forests and over tight cliffs, overhanging the Pacific.
Before arriving at the starting point, they "almost" offer another couple a lift - but are off-put by their criminal-like looks. The couple is not pleased by their attitudes, and when the honeymooners offer again, the bloke says no, they'll wait for another ride.
On the trail, they meet a handsome stranger (Timothy Olyphant). He offers to take them to a secluded spot to rest up under a beautiful waterfall; but by this time, the couple has heard about the grizzly murders of another honeymoon couple, whose murderers (a man and woman) may have come to the island they are now on, and hubby is too nervous to go with. But, when he starts back down to the trail (and before the wife follows) he sees the couple who had been hitchhiking; since these are a couple, he worries they might be the killers, and decides to take handsome up on his offer!
Turns out, handsome ('Nick') also has a female companion! Now hubby doesn't know what to do! But, since there is little other choice but to turn around (and ruin their honeymoon), they decide to stick it out.
Nick, who boasts of being special forces, seems to 'save' hubby from the hitchhiking couple, when he is suddenly confronted by them!
So, they reach the end of the trail, a truly beautiful beach, accessible only by the long, difficult trail, or kayak. There's where things get interesting, but I won't spoil it for you!
At one point, i thought, "Wouldn't it be a great plot twist, if..." and, though I did not expect my twist to become true - it was!
A well - acted, superbly written and directed movie! Can't believe I'd not seen it before!
I've just re-watched the classic war film "Ice Cold In Alex" which I haven't seen in years, I highly recommend this film to any one interested in the WW2 North Africa Campaign!
The reason am interested in this is because my late father spent the first half of his war years there, I remember some of the story's he'd tell me, such as about the large tins of corned beef they got off the Yanks.
It was so hot that when they opened them all the fat was melted, and the beef was then in the form of a semi-liquid sludge that could be poured out of the tins, very tasty!
This is a very well scripted, character driven film, the main enemy in the film is not the Germans but the Sahara Desert, it shows the conditions the soldiers had to put up with very well.
The Carlsberg beer used in the final scenes was real, nothing else looked as good on camera so they had to use the real thing, John Mills, Anthony Quayle and Harry Andrews all got very drunk filming it!
P.S. A word of warning, it was made in 1958 and it's in black & white!!!I
P.P.S. It's sad to think that soon we will have lost all of this generation of heroes, just as we have lost those of the First World War!
British-occupied Egypt, 1902. The locals are rioting in Cairo. In order to calm things down a bit, our hero, Captain Storm (!) gets sent to bring back an unauthorized archaeological expedition. He's also escorting the wife of the leader of the expedition to join her husband. Right from the start we get hints of romance between the two, but that's OK; she's on her way to tell her husband they're through. Along for the ride are two comedy relief soldiers. A spooky Egyptian woman shows up out of nowhere, apparently having walked hundreds of miles across the desert in search of her brother, who is the expedition's guide. As they make their way, a pack mule with supplies vanishes; a water bag loses its water; the wife gets bitten by a scorpion, so the hero sucks the poison out of her arm (kinky!). Meanwhile, the expedition, which is like a mini-United Nations -- American, English, Scottish, German, French -- opens the tomb of a high priest, despite the obligatory curse. They cut open its wrappings. The guide falls over in a faint. Later he ages rapidly, turning into a blood-sucking monster. The expedition leader, obsessed with finding the hidden tomb of a pharaoh, keeps searching through all kinds of hidden passages and such. Weird stuff continues to happen, with the footprints of a cat found in the tomb, the high priest's mummy vanishing and reappearing, and so on. This low-budget B feature with a cast of little-known actors is old-fashioned even for its time. It's more of a 1930's pulp magazine adventure than a horror film, and in that way it's not without a certain nostalgic charm. Barely over an hour long, it's not a waste of time.
Watched Equalizer 2 last night; a good spy type not particularly mysterious relatively slow paced, initially, actioner.
Certainly worth watching on line or renting... (Netflix still works for me although I am starting to notice a drop in the number of relatively recently released movies that they offer).
This movie will get added to the movie library.
A Perfect Getaway (2009) I know I saw this one. What a twist.
Pharaoh's Curse (1957) I saw this one during TCM's Halloween fest. Odd, but entertaining.
Stingaree (1934) Wiki says pre-code, & it must be,
because the bandit gets the girl & gets away in the end.
Richard Dix as the highwayman (Robber) who becomes smitten by lovely young servant girl with the beautiful voice, Hilda Bouverie (Irene Dunne). Her mistress, Mrs. Clarkson (Mary Boland), who fancies that her singing voice is wonderful, but woe unto those who her it.
Talk About a Stranger (1952) Noir Alley presentation; & very much info that I might not have found elsewhere. Boy finds stray dog, dog eats poisoned meat & dies, boy assumes mean guy in old house did it, & gets revenge. But that has unintended consequences. The title refers to the people in the general store talking about the guy, upon hearing the boy accuse him of poisoning his dog. The kid, hearing their suspicions, is that much more convinced of his killing his dog.
Definitely not a noir ending, though.
Missed the one from the 9th! ###%%%***!! Watched this one streaming. At least I had that option.