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PostTue Dec 26, 2017 1:31 pm

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drednm wrote: Trailers often contain all the good stuff and the rest of the film is just filler.

That's 98% of American films!


Sure seems it.
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PostTue Dec 26, 2017 6:05 pm

After the Market closed, I ducked over to the nabe to see Molly's Game (2017). Aaron Sorkin's script is about ninety percent Jessica Chastain talking, with the rest being Idris Elba interrupting her to ask her questions that she doesn't answer, which winds up answering the questions in themselves. It's sort of scripting by negative curvature, and wouldn't work with lesser actors. Fortunately, they're up to it.

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boblipton wrote:After the Market closed, I ducked over to the nabe to see Molly's Game (2017). Aaron Sorkin's script is about ninety percent Jessica Chastain talking, with the rest being Idris Elba interrupting her to ask her questions that she doesn't answer, which winds up answering the questions in themselves. It's sort of scripting by negative curvature, and wouldn't work with lesser actors. Fortunately, they're up to it.

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Another low-budget effort, MAD YOUTH (1939/1940) has mother Betty Compson hiring young escorts and hoping they will do rather more than the escorting. Her grumpy daughter latches on to the latest one, a supposed Count, much to Mother's annoyance. There is a slightly muddled bit where the Count goes away, supposedly never to return, then comes back out of the blue to save the day.

In addition we have the odd wild party, where a young lady appears in drum majorette costume and does a bit of an Eleanor Powell bit out of the blue, and the plot stops for a few minutes whilst we are treated to a couple of nightclub acts. On the exploitation front, there is a spot of strip poker as well as an underwear-revealing dance and a bridge party seemingly filled with middle-aged ladies and singing escorts.

The whole thing winds up at a brothel where the daughter and her friend have been trapped (cue another scene with a very revealing backlighted nightdress) and it is up to the reappeared escort / gigolo to reappear, make a moralistic speech (the 'square-up' to justify some of the mildly juicy goings-on) and rescue the poor girls from the White Slave Trade.

Although all seems to end up 'happily', Mother is still after the young lads at the end. Again we have a film where any woman over forty (Compson was about forty-two when this was made) is seen as 'washed-up' and 'unattractive', which is clearly not the case here. The film clearly shows a good many limitations, but is of interest as an example of its type and is fortunately not too heavily padded-out so as to be a pain to watch.
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Saw Dunkirk via Redbox. A rather uninvolving telling of the story.
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earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:Another low-budget effort, MAD YOUTH (1939/1940) has mother Betty Compson hiring young escorts and hoping they will do rather more than the escorting. Her grumpy daughter latches on to the latest one, a supposed Count, much to Mother's annoyance. There is a slightly muddled bit where the Count goes away, supposedly never to return, then comes back out of the blue to save the day.

In addition we have the odd wild party, where a young lady appears in drum majorette costume and does a bit of an Eleanor Powell bit out of the blue, and the plot stops for a few minutes whilst we are treated to a couple of nightclub acts. On the exploitation front, there is a spot of strip poker as well as an underwear-revealing dance and a bridge party seemingly filled with middle-aged ladies and singing escorts.

The whole thing winds up at a brothel where the daughter and her friend have been trapped (cue another scene with a very revealing backlighted nightdress) and it is up to the reappeared escort / gigolo to reappear, make a moralistic speech (the 'square-up' to justify some of the mildly juicy goings-on) and rescue the poor girls from the White Slave Trade.

Although all seems to end up 'happily', Mother is still after the young lads at the end. Again we have a film where any woman over forty (Compson was about forty-two when this was made) is seen as 'washed-up' and 'unattractive', which is clearly not the case here. The film clearly shows a good many limitations, but is of interest as an example of its type and is fortunately not too heavily padded-out so as to be a pain to watch.


Sure sounds like a lot of fun!

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PostThu Dec 28, 2017 7:44 am

The Scarlet Empress (1934) is a visual feast. Even with Marlene Dietrich starring as Catherine, the real star of the film may be the art direction by Hans Dreier. As directed by Josef von Sternberg, the sets and costumes (by Travis Banton) almost overwhelm the film, but Dietrich gives a stunning performance as the empress amid the eye-popping and oversized sets where doors require teams of women to open them, candle holders are life-sized statues of gruesome humans, and even the walls are panels of Russian religious art. Dietrich is filmed in candle-lit close-up through veils and smoke and lace. It's all mesmerizing. There are also terrific performances by Louise Dresser as the old Empress Elizabeth, Sam Jaffe as the half-witted Peter, and John Lodge as the enigmatic Alexei. Just amazing.
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SCARLET EMPRESS, along with its follow-up THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN, are my two all-time favorite films. Nothing else like them.
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R Michael Pyle wrote:Well, I finally did it! I watched a Deanna Durbin film all the way through.

Sounds like it's based on Metropolitan or Lady in Distress. I've reviewed the latter in this thread.

And it inspired last year's Girl on a Train.

Another Deanna Durbin movie for folks who don't like Deanna Durbin is the Robert Siodmak-directed film noir Christmas Holiday (1944), based on a story by Somerset Maugham, with a Herman J. Mankiewicz screenplay. Durbin sings in a New Orleans nightclub/brothel (!) and is escaping a previous life where she was married to murderer Gene Kelly (!!). For some reason (literary rights?) it's unavailable on home video in North America, but likely available through other means (I have a legit UK DVD). One of those Universal titles like Hellzapoppin and the Alan Ladd version of The Great Gatsby that have been licensed for release overseas, but not on these shores.
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drednm wrote:The Scarlet Empress (1934) is a visual feast. Even with Marlene Dietrich starring as Catherine, the real star of the film may be the art direction by Hans Dreier. As directed by Josef von Sternberg, the sets and costumes (by Travis Banton) almost overwhelm the film, but Dietrich gives a stunning performance as the empress amid the eye-popping and oversized sets where doors require teams of women to open them, candle holders are life-sized statues of gruesome humans, and even the walls are panels of Russian religious art. Dietrich is filmed in candle-lit close-up through veils and smoke and lace. It's all mesmerizing. There are also terrific performances by Louise Dresser as the old Empress Elizabeth, Sam Jaffe as the half-witted Peter, and John Lodge as the enigmatic Alexei. Just amazing.


Not forgetting Sternberg regular Bert Glennon at the camera...
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Star Wars The Last Jedi. Not that bad. I thought the previous movie, episode seven was better. Towards the end of this film, I was hoping the war, the saga, all of it would have ended. Not so. Oh well.
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Zool wrote:Star Wars The Last Jedi. Not that bad. I thought the previous movie, episode seven was better. Towards the end of this film, I was hoping the war, the saga, all of it would have ended. Not so. Oh well.
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PostThu Dec 28, 2017 4:51 pm

Apparently there IS no end to it.


Truer words...

I found the newest one the best of the post-1983 bunch, in terms of sitting through it without being bored (or worse yet suffering cringily godawful dialogue), though it doesn't hold up so much the next day.

A thought that occurred to me today: Firefly, and by extension Guardians of the Galaxy (or as I liked to call it, Serenity 2) got the fun part of Star Wars, which necessitates the empire being a continuous background presence so there's room for the Han Solo types to scalawag about, rather than being the primary focus of the story.

By comparison, Star Wars has focused on the empire either being about to triumph or about to be destroyed. It's always April 1945, Götterdammerung, in Star Wars. Not nearly as much fun, because the empire guys are basically pills, and the more you try to humanize them, the more the series becomes about family angst and understanding murderers. In the end, Star Wars is like a Casablanca series which kept becoming less and less about Rick Blaine, and more and more about Major Strasser and his superiors back in Berlin. And his family.

Anyway, if you have time to see just one new movie, I think the one a movie fan will enjoy most is The Shape of Water, mentioned elsewhere here. A story whose outline you can make out clearly is fleshed out with lots of quirky details that will delight and surprise film devotees. It gives you hope for the work of artists at a time when everything seems to be mere product.
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The copy of They Never Learn (1956) that I watched was a poor one, but I doubt that a better one would have improved my opinion of this terrible quota quickie. Policewoman Adrienne Scott goes undercover to track a bunch of counterfeiters, sent to a woman's prison to make contact with Jackie Collins. When they are released, the pair of them are feted by the baddies, head off to Paris for a bit of the high life, then back to London, where the bobbies close in.

It seems that all but a few minutes of this were shot wild, with voice-overs, poorly looped dialogue and, in several instances, people talking with no sound. There's a lot of stock footage used, and while there is an almost constant music track, there is little effort made to match the music's mood to the action on screen. In addition, for a forty-six minute feature, there are a lot of shots that seem to serve no purpose except to eke out the movie's length: a house of matchsticks is built and demolished several times; a waiter brings, opens and serves a bottle of champagne; stock footage of Paris traffic and the racetrack at Longchamps are offered to the audience, all without any evident pleasure on the participants or advancing the plot; a policeman is shown moving pieces on a board, indicating the position of cars and officers several times; and Miss Scott is somehow discovered and knocked on the head, presumably so that stronger policemen can show up to struggle with the baddies.

It's a badly padded, inexpertly produced piece of work that is a thorough waste of time.

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Zool wrote:Star Wars The Last Jedi. Not that bad. I thought the previous movie, episode seven was better. Towards the end of this film, I was hoping the war, the saga, all of it would have ended. Not so. Oh well.
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Apparently there IS no end to it.


I'm lucky - I haven't seen any of 'em!
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Zool wrote:Star Wars The Last Jedi. Not that bad. I thought the previous movie, episode seven was better. Towards the end of this film, I was hoping the war, the saga, all of it would have ended. Not so. Oh well.
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Apparently there IS no end to it.


I'm lucky - I haven't seen any of 'em!


Even 40 years ago, I thought STAR WARS was ok but the second installment with all the stupid puppets and cutesy aliens did it for me. BLEH.
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boblipton wrote:The copy of They Never Learn (1956) that I watched was a poor one, but I doubt that a better one would have improved my opinion of this terrible quota quickie. Policewoman Adrienne Scott ......



Adrienne Scott was the stage name of Adrienne Fancey, daughter of legendary cheap-skate producer EJ Fancey. She never seems to have acted for anyone else so her name in the credits is usually a good hint to steer clear. I suspect that Jackie Collins was her best friend at the time since she appears a lot alongside her. Here are a couple of interesting articles about the man (watch out, the author of the second reviews a lot of exploitation, sexploitation, and borderline pornography, from the 60s and 70s complete with screen captures that are probably NSFW)

http://www.pathefilm.uk/95flmart/95flmartfancey1.htm
http://gavcrimson.blogspot.co.uk/2015/0 ... ancey.html
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boblipton wrote:The copy of They Never Learn (1956) that I watched was a poor one, but I doubt that a better one would have improved my opinion of this terrible quota quickie. Policewoman Adrienne Scott ......



Adrienne Scott was the stage name of Adrienne Fancey, daughter of legendary cheap-skate producer EJ Fancey. She never seems to have acted for anyone else so her name in the credits is usually a good hint to steer clear. I suspect that Jackie Collins was her best friend at the time since she appears a lot alongside her. Here are a couple of interesting articles about the man (watch out, the author of the second reviews a lot of exploitation, sexploitation, and borderline pornography, from the 60s and 70s complete with screen captures that are probably NSFW)

http://www.pathefilm.uk/95flmart/95flmartfancey1.htm" target="_blank
http://gavcrimson.blogspot.co.uk/2015/0 ... ancey.html" target="_blank


E.J. Fancey produced, directed and, if I recall correctly, co-wrote.

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I hope it will be considered fitting to end my contributions to this 2017 thread with a review of one of the overlooked – because very minor – DVD releases of the year.

VCI Entertainment quietly slipped out a new volume of the Hal Roach Forgotten Comedies, containing Turnabout (1940), The Housekeeper’s Daughter (1939), and Road Show (1941).

What these three films have in common is most of their casts. Adolphe Menjou (a favourite actor of nearly everybody), John Hubbard, William Gargan, Donald Meek, Carole Landis, Charles Butterworth, Marc Lawrence, George E. Stone, one-shot supporting spins by the likes of Marjorie Main and Victor Mature, and even an uncredited speaking cameo by lonesome Shemp Howard. Oh, and Hal Roach claimed the directing credit for all three films, too. As if.

Technically speaking, these are all nice prints. I noticed some subtle warping in The Housekeeper’s Daughter, but it won’t perturb anyone except those who obsess on such matters (you know who you are, and so do we).

These are all mediocre comedies. On the other hand, I don’t think they deserve Leonard Maltin’s dumbfounded dismissal of one of them as “incredibly bad”.

Road Show was co-written by Harry Langdon, and you can certainly see his gags throughout the circus story it tells. I got a good laugh out of one scene, in which Hubbard must fake it as a fearless lion tamer. He does so from outside the cage, presenting this approach as especially brave because “anyone can tame lions inside the cage!” Patsy Kelly has a decent role in this one. Menjou, luckily for us, has enormous latitude in the role of a half-crazy bluffer, and he is fun to watch.

Probably the best of the three films is The Housekeeper’s Daughter, which blends a gangster-murder satire with a newspaper satire. Joan Bennett, for some reason coiffed to look exactly like Hedy Lamarr (and looking drop-dead gorgeous as a direct consequence), plays the leading lady as if the entire enterprise were beneath her artistic genius; her open contempt for the material, and her decision to play the role as a brazen hussy (the way she boredly forces herself physically upon Hubbard right from their first meeting is discomforting to see), dilutes some of the enjoyment of watching it. The finale is quite dumb, but Menjou and Gargan make a good team of conniving reporters.

Turnabout, the film Maltin hated, has a thin and very predictable storyline of a husband and wife who switch bodies for a day (the day being a Freaky Friday, presumably). It is enlivened by the presence of Mary Astor, looking magnificent in black. Roach, however, does her no favours by continually shooting her in a taxi seat stuck in a position that emphasizes her double-chin. Menjou’s role here is smaller. Hubbard has the biggest role; I wasn’t familiar with his work although I had seen some of the films in which he appeared, and he acquits himself as a good enough comic actor, given the necessity of playing half the film as a woman in a man’s body. He wasn’t Steve Martin in All of Me or Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, let alone Michel Serrault in La Cage aux Folles, but he was fine. The film is stolen in part by Marjorie Main, doing her crabby cook shtick.

Your life can still be fulfilling if you never see these three films. They are pleasant timewasters averaging 83 minutes in length.

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Due to those little Gremlins which hop off the wires and seem to have a habit of making a beeline for computers, I have had problems of late attempting to log into this esteemed Forum. That and my foray into renovations in an attempt to stop the shack in which I dwell from falling down, completely; I have been away for a time and have some catching up to do - with reviews to bore you with...

On the face of it "You Must Be Joking" (1965) would seem to be a good comedy because just about anyone who was funny at the time in Great Britain was in it. In fact it was so good, it played on the first half when first released and pretty much has not seen much light of day since.

Terry-Thomas is a psychiatrist Major in the Army who has come up with the idea of a scavenger hunt in order to select someone who will possess the qualities needed to do something or other. Those taking part in the exercise are Sargent-Major Lionel Jeffries, who has donned a kilt and a Scots accent; Denholm Elliot, han hofficer hin the Guards who is sleazy and wealthy and able to afford to get minions to do things for him; Lt. Michael Callan who is with the American Forces and there chiefly to try and flog the film to the Yanks and Bernard Cribbins, low in the ranks who spends most of the film digging tunnels.

Due to the fact that a number of familiar faces - such as James Robertson Justice, Irene Handl, Arthur Lowe, Richard Wattis, Miles Malleson and Leslie Phillips are playing cameos - all these appearances look as though they have been tacked on and thus the film appears somewhat episodic, it just doesn't flow well - at least that was the impression I got, because I hardly raised a titter throughout. The fact that there are some females around who have also been tacked on to achieve a level of glamour, did their bit to slow down the comedy. I should also point out that a number of plot workings are just downright silly.

As always, Wilfred Hyde-White manages to amuse as he breezes his way intermittedly through the film as a doddery old Colonel not quite with it.
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"Call Me By Your Name" (2017) is an art film, and as such, spends much of its time setting up a mood more than actually telling a story. What story it does have is rather thin on the ground.

Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is a 17 year old youth staying with his wealthy, sociable parents (Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar) in their holiday home in Northern Italy. He is writing some music and his father is doing some research which requires him to have his research assistant Oliver (Armie Hammer) come to stay with him. Elio is in the process of finding his body working and starts a fumbling relationship with a girl - Marzia (Esther Garrel), but it is not too long before he finds a fascination with Oliver...

This is a slow moving film which lets us absorb and soak up the atmosphere as we are gently lead up to what eventually happens. It is not a climax as most of the punches have been telegraphed and so we find it all inevitable. The only surprise is a talk the father gives the son towards the end, which would tend to go against the grain of what a 'normal" father would go on with. It is a very tender scene and perhaps the highlight of the whole film.

Overt homosexuality on film has been rare and usually played up with stereotypical "types". Here we have a love story that plays out in a relatively "normal" way - the only difference being that it is between two men. The fact that such a film can be made and not be met with any repucussions concerning its subject matter shows us just how far society's attitudes have changed over the last few decades.

I am in two minds about whether I enjoyed the film completely. I liked the setting, I liked the performances, the inter-mingling of languages, the European feel and the general style of it all. On the other side of the coin, I found it, like a lot of other modern films, lacking in tight editing which meant that it went on for far too long.
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Timothée Chalamet, who had a major role in the film above, has a minor role in "Lady Bird" (2017) which is another of those films showing us the insides of a dysfunctional family thinking that we might be interested.

Another thing is that this film is a "Mumblie".

We first had the silent drama, then we had talkies - now we have pictures in which the new thing is to mumble. Of course one could argument against me on this score, telling me that films now mean to show us more realism and that actors are no longer required to enunciate and make the dialogue clear. So, let me thus warn you, that if you think you can get by with only a third of the dialogue in a picture discernable - this is for you.

Saoirse Ronan is a rebellious daughter. Her mother (Laurie Metcalf) is a bit of a dragon, doing her best but not exactly understanding her daughter's wants. This is because said daughter lives in Sacremento (CA) and wants to leave that "hole" for the bright lights of New York and pursue an Arts degree. Mother naturally thinks that she would be better off earning a crust at MacDonald's or some other suitable employment.

The father, Tracy Letts, is a bit of a hopeless case - but at least he has some sympathy. The rest of the house is filled with adoptees? It is not an environment with which one wants to be associated for very long. (No wonder I like the elegant style in which most people lived in older pictures).

There are some adventures along the way - I would have to think way back to 1965 in order to identify with what we all did at school - so none of those scenes did anything for me - for those parts that I could actually understand.

I came away from this picture thinking that I had seen a short expose of how some people lived and was therefore grateful that it is far removed from the course of my life. Still, I suppose it is all part of the learning curve.
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"Radius" 2017. Apparently there is something killing everybody and this fellah wanders around with everything dropping dead in front of him. I don't think I understood much of this after the main title and started to drift off thinking about what I was having for dinner tomorrow night very early on.
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PostFri Dec 29, 2017 4:12 pm

Benedict Cumberbatch - a name the old moguls could never have envisaged on a marquee, seems to be making about 30 or 50 pictures a year. He is the flavour of the month and turns up in all manner of vehicles. In "The Child in Time" (2017) he is the father of a child who goes missing.

There have been lots of pictures on a similar theme and this one falls down completely by being all over the place like a dog's breakfast. None of the story is told in any form of order and we are flashing back or flashing forward without any word of explanation, such that we cannot make head not tail of what we are seeing half the time. Further, as it goes on, I presume the director is attempting to show us what is going on in the mind of the father and thus we don't know what is real and what is imaginary. Further confusion. We thus eventually get to a very unsatisfactory conclusion and wonder what the heck the whole thing was leading to.
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Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

PostFri Dec 29, 2017 4:24 pm

"Out of This World" (1945) was an excuse to present a number of musical numbers and thus has a plot which presents musicians hoping for a big break - the usual sort of thing. In this case it is an all girl band lead by Diana Lynn. She hires a local lad (Eddie Bracken) as her vocalist - and he is a success. (Maybe this is because a certain Mr. Crosby is actually doing the singing whilst Mr. Bracken is miming the words.) As a trade-off for Mr. Crosby not actually appearing in the picture we are subjected to most of his children in a minor role.

Mr. Bracken went on to have quite a long career and never seemed to not be appearing in something somewhere. A lot of you may remember one of his later roles as that of the Toy Shop owner in "Home Alone 2"? He is a pleasing personality. Also leanding their personalities to this picture are Veronica Lake, and the tell it like it is, Cass Daley. Parkyakarkus drops in and Don Wilson plays the part of an announcer on the wireless - which should not have been too hard for him.

There are plenty of songs in the big band, jitterbuggery style and all round it's good entertainment.
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Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

PostFri Dec 29, 2017 4:41 pm

Let me steer you in the right direction "Year of the Comet" (1992) has nothing whatsoever to do with celestial bodies, unless of course you are to put one of the co-stars - Penelope Ann Miller, in this category.

This is a film of the type written by scriptwriters who had just had a bash at smoking the weed or are climbing down after taking LSD. I suppose it is one way of seeking some novel inspiration, but it does tend to give something outlandish in the way of a storyline.

Here the main character in the picture is a very large bottle of plonk worth a great deal of moulah and which Penelope is trying to get to an auction - she is the chief auctioneer's (Ian Richardson) daughter and she gets caught up with Tim Daly, the obligatory American action hero who comes to her aid. There are lots of crooks and robbers and other bounders - Louis Jourdan, Art Malik and Ian McNeice when he was only twenty stone.

It's a whole lot of silliness which entertains in patches. M. Jourdan tends to overplay and thus grates but not bad I suppose if you have a spare ninety minutes in which your brain has been turned off.
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Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

PostFri Dec 29, 2017 4:43 pm

"Fate" (2017). I like pictures about time travel, but I didn't like this.
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Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

PostFri Dec 29, 2017 4:45 pm

The Rendezvous (2016) is an attempt by people who have no idea to make an "action movie". I think I dozed off after a couple of reels.
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Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

PostFri Dec 29, 2017 4:48 pm

Super Dark Times (2017) is another of those films where children witness something horrid and then try and cover it up. We've seen it all before and mostly done better. Although this picture tries a few twists, it generally loses one's interest.
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Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

PostFri Dec 29, 2017 4:56 pm

I was never all that keen on James Mason, but I thought I'd have a look at the first picture he made - "Late Extra" (1935.). It wasn't too bad although Mr. Mason was not the main person in it really. Alastair Sim was in it so I suppose anybody else would be overshadowed by him. It's another of those 'set in a newspaper' type films. The editor is a grumpy old so and so who fires people, Alistair Sim seems to be in charge of a group of reporters - he is still with his Scots accent and there is just the embryo forming of gestures and looks he would utilise in later pictures. Donald Wolfit plays a police inspector who has to play second fiddle to a newspaperman solving the crime (Mason).

It bears similarity to a lot of pictures with a similar background - "Front Page" comes readily to mind. Of glamour interest are Virginia Cherrill and Antoinette Cellier, but apart from the relative novelty value it is a fairly ordinary picture.
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