What was the last movie you saw?

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As there has been talk about French cinema over the last few days so I went back and watched Banlieue 13 [District 13].
The physical stunts are amazing. The plot and misè en scene are just believable enough to make the stakes feel real.
And again, the physical stunts are amazing.
Next up the original French [and far better than the American remake] Taxi.
 

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I've enjoyed what I've seen of French cinema and I find that foreign language movies are a refreshing change from the safety of Hollywood.

Taxi is a favourite of mine and i still need to see Delicatessen.

If you enjoyed District 13, you might enjoy a near future Police movie called Chrysalis, which has enough elements in to to enable me to label it as science fiction. The action was excellent.
 
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THE OMEGA MAN 1971.

A plague by way of China ravages the world and Charlton Heston develops a vaccine but then he has trouble with a group of anti-vaxxers (led by a media guy).
Don't we hate it when dystopian nightmare movie scenarios from 50 years ago becomes reality?

I can't recall when I first saw it--but after reading THE VAMPIRE CINEMA which was not flattering as it compared the film to the Richard Matheson book I AM LEGEND, I tracked down the source novel (through a library since it was out of print at the time). The movie does miss the opportunity to do a decent version of the book. Matheson considered Heston to be the ideal casting for Robert Neville and that is who I thought of when reading it.
The early parts of the film do match the book and some things are perfect like the voices of the vampires calling to him.
If they had fangs and behaved more like vampires they would have been the scariest before Salem's Lot.
The music score is haunting and effective. I had taken it for granted as early 70s studio soundtrack pop music style but it is actually quite varied and symphonic in large part.
The further the film goes from the book, the harder it is for me to accept it for what it is. I try to say, well they couldn't end it on such a downer but Beneath the Planet of the Apes did end on a big one and the book story is more upbeat than that.
In fact, speaking of POTA, I wished during the Family's first capture of Neville, that Dr. Zaius could suddenly burst into the courtroom waving his cane and shout in Maurice Evans' voice: "if the human is to be criticized, I am the one best suited to do it!"
Even covered in makeup and glasses, charismatic Zerbe is great to watch and I suspect his character was inspired by Zaius in some ways--but it is too bad they went in the direction they did because his character in a much less preachy version could have fit into a faithful telling of the book. And been very effective as the evidence of what society was going to become.
They decided to make the Family the opposite of what the book ending was driving at, although they do keep one vampire-killer element in the movie--what Zerbe does with a spear. And if you consider it a substitute for a hypodermic needle, he did give someone one hell of "a jab."
 

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I had a little hobby going of watching every Zorro movie made from the first Douglas Fairbanks through to the 70s.

The Mark of the Zorro 1940 is the last one I watched (although I have seen some from later).
The first story is pretty close to the Fairbanks movie--even the description of him as small of stature. It took a while to get used to Fairbanks as he reminded me of William Devane but his gymnastics can't be beat.

The sequel Don Q-Son of Zorro is very loosely connected to the first movie.

The Bold Caballero 1936 --it takes a while to get used to the guy playing him although when masked he gives a Batman kind of vibe and his mask is close to the first book illustration of him. It is also notable for the love interest guessing his identity--when the supposedly foppish Don Diego Vega saves her from a charging bull she immediately says: "wait a minute-you aren't a fop--what are you hiding?"

Zorro Rides Again 1937 - the serial -about his grandson---has an interesting portrait of Zorro on a wall - he looks more like Superman or Doc Savage with a mustache.

Zorro's Fighting Legion 1939 -- is the most superheroic of them--in fact this is what inspired Batman and Robin because Zorro has a legion of assistants and they dress similar to Robin (especially the modern Neal Adams-inspired costume with the black on the outside and the yellow on the inside).

There are too many Zorro movies to watch if one includes Mexico and Spain which made a lot. One I want to check out has Zorro in prison for 20 years like the 1998 movie but he is rescued by his daughters.

Excluding the tv version with Frank Langella which I may have seen first (or the Disney one), there's the Alain Delon version I have yet to see.

I watched Zorro the Gay Blade in a drive-in.

Villain: "I see your sword is as sharp as your tongue."

Zorro: "And yours as dull as your wit!"
Have you seen Zorro’s Black Whip (1944) The man who was the Black Whip was killed, and his sister took up the costume and became The Black Whip; Zorro was only mentioned in the title.

Admittedly, it has been years since I saw it.



SON OF SINBAD (1955) Sinbad (Dale Robertson) cannot keep his eyes off other guy's women, & is always on the run from jealous husbands, etc. Though his sidekick, Omar Khayyám (Vincent Price) was far more entertaining, with his wit, more than his poetry.

Somehow, the 40 thieves or, actually their daughters figure into the plot. :LOL: Don't mess with them!



CAPTAIN SINBAD (1963) Sinbad (Guy Williams) as Captain Sindbad, is being lured into a trap, but the Princess has the magician turn her into a bird, so she can fly out and warn him. To no avail, because the villain forces the magician to transform his henchmen into Rooks, that carry boulders out to sink S's ship. Also, the villain cannot be killed, because his heart is at a remote location, to which Sinbad & his crew must go to end him. about half of his men meet unpleasant ends along the way. Also, the villain is not a nice guy, he has people tortured for minor offenses.
 

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Red Roses of Passion (1966)

Weird little black-and-white low budget sexploitation melodrama. Woman gets involved with a cult of women who worship the god Pan by rubbing roses on their bodies, which drives them mad with desire. Although not yet a full member, she gets the cult leader to turn her puritanical aunt and cousin wild by sending them the roses. This gets way out of hand, so she wants the delivery of roses to stop, but that can only happen if she agrees to become a full member. That's about all there is to the plot. Takes itself very seriously, with almost the mood of an occult horror movie, despite the campy aspects.
 

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Suicide Squad - just when you think you're out of comic book movies, they draw you back in. Putting the fun back into superhero movies with a schlocky story that harks back to director Gunn's Troma roots. How can you not love a story with a 60ft starfish that takes great pleasure in stepping on people? It runs too long, but it's generally excellent fun that feels like the most genuinely comic book thing we've seen for a long time.
 

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That's good to read. The first one wasn't great and focused far too much on Harley Quinn. It was uncomfortable.
 

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Have you seen Zorro’s Black Whip (1944) The man who was the Black Whip was killed, and his sister took up the costume and became The Black Whip; Zorro was only mentioned in the title.

Zorro's Black Whip is next on my list. I read they had some legal issues and that is why they didn't use him in it.
I have seen those Sinbad movies. Guy Williams was a good choice for it--the film has some interesting fx but it's hard to compare to the Harryhausen ones. Son of Sinbad was the kind of film he detested because it was just a harem-focused comedy-type story.

There's a 1973 European Sinbad movie--Sinbad the Califf of Baghdad--they spelled it Simbad in the actual title.
Very cheap but what's interesting is that because it was a European film, the locations--including an Arabian-style castle and marketplace--is about the same in look as what Golden Voyage of Sinbad has. Budget wise--absent the monsters, it actually looks about the same.
But it is not a good film. It's a weird Italian comedy.
 

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THE GOOD DIE YOUNG (1954) Brit made crime drama, in which the back stories to the 4 men involved in the crime take most of the film's time. It shows their desperation for money, how they got that way, etc.

The one guy Miles Ravenscourt (Laurence Harvey) who started the whole plot, was the son of a very wealthy father (Robert Morley), who loathes him, because of his entitled attitude; he refuses to give him the money his late mother left him. The other 3 men are in similar situations, 1 (John Ireland) has a gambling debt he cannot pay, without his wife's money, & she refuses to give it, unless he, an upper class type, who like the 1st guy, refuses to work for a living.

A prize fighter (Stanley Baker), whose left hand was amputated, & the other, (Richard Basehart), who came to Britain to retrieve his wife, whom he assumed had run off with another man, but whose mother cannot bear to be away from her.

1st time seeing it, & was not disappointed; though the actual theft was very brief, unlike other films of the type. The attempted escape did take a while, & was very intense.



PRIVATE DETECTIVE 62 (1933) Free (William Powell) was a U.S. State Dept. agent in France, caught by the authorities and deported to the USA. One of those MISSION IMPOSSIBLE-type things, in which you are on your own, & we will deny any knowledge of you, etc., if you are caught. So, Free returns to the USA, and ends up partner with a down & out private detective, who, lacks the needed stuff to be successful. Free turns the business into a success, but is kept out of his partner's deals with the local mob guy.

For me, I just cannot think of a William Powell film that I did not like, & this is no exception. laced with enough humor to make serious situations not so serious, etc. Well done.
 

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SUPERSONIC MAN 1979 - I had been told this movie was bad--but as I have seen ABAR: THE FIRST BLACK SUPERHERO I wasn't too concerned that I would be shocked--however, it is still pretty bad on its own merits or lack thereof.
The only star in it is Cameron Mitchell which is not a good sign, he plays a Dr. Ghoul-lak who takes his job seriously--he says to a prisoner: "there's no fool like an old fool." Then he looks at him with hatred and whispers: "Idiot.....idiot."

The odd thing with him is that the dubbing is so off that it sounded like different people did the voices and made up accents (or dropped them) as they went along. Sometimes he sounds like John Saxon must have been looping a film in the room the next door and they called him over to do a few lines.

Early on a robot appears which has a blowtorch weapon. It looks like one of those walking robot toys but I am cutting it some slack because I think Superman should have had a robot in it.
The catch phrase in this is "May the power of the force of the universe with be me."

I wonder where they got that line from.


THE FINAL JEOPARDY 1985 - a tv-movie starring Richard Thomas and Mary Crosby (haven't seen in her in a long time) as a couple lost in a big city facing urban decay and they cannot get any help to leave before morning. Their car is locked up with vicious dogs and a gang targets them (although they aren't that formidable if John-Boy is able to kick the stuffing out of the leader).
It is suspenseful but gets more ridiculous. A soon-to-be-better known actor appears as a cop.
For viewing on youtube.
I assume Supersonic Man is as well.
 

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Speed Crazy (1959)

Cheap little crime/racing/rock 'n' roll flick. Our antihero robs a gas station before the opening credits, shooting an old guy (with whom he's on a a first name basis) in the process. This introduces the main character's habit of constantly saying variations on the line "Don't crowd me." You'll lose count of the number of times he says things like this. The killer stupidly grabs the victim's ring, which serves as a clue for the cops. He then goes on to pick up dames left and right, gets into fights with guys, and races cars. This includes cheating by putting paraffin into a rival's engine. Meanwhile we get a couple of rockabilly songs; the title tune, and "Ghost Town Rock." The singer also provides our movie's unbearable comedy relief, doing things like removing the letter S from his alphabet soup, because it makes him dizzy. It all leads up to the big race, which evolves into the cops chasing the killer on a mountain road. The last thing the antihero says before he dies in a fiery crash (that's not really a spoiler, is it?) is "Everybody's always crowding me."
 

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Transformers: The Last Knight [2017]
Er? What just happened? I'm going to have to rewatch it because it really didn't make any sense. I know the Transformer films were never deep thought pieces but this one just seemed to skip a plot and just go for the action sequences.
Oh... And please, could someone explain how the submarine got into the water? One scene it was in the museum, high and dry, the next it is in the English Channel...
 

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The Lives of Others (2006). 50% of German movies are about war. 49% is about life during the separation between capitalist and socialist Germany. The other 1% is bad rom-coms.

Das Leben der Anderen is about the Stasi, East Germany's secret police, and a subversive writer whose house is wired by them. The police agent who listen to the writer's life everyday starts to get convinced by him.

The screenplay is very well-crafted; everything comes around. And there is real tension in some scenes.

I regret not watching this sooner.
 

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DareDevel --- I am not a great fan of the Marvel universe, but this I really liked. I especially liked his moral self questioning. The ironic part is that I watched this so that I could watch Electra. We'll see if I like that as well, but am happy that I decided to watch this.
 

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