Friday, July 10, 2020

Week of July 11 - 17, 2020

To answer these trivia questions, please email me at scinema@earthlink.net.

Brain Teasers:

In which Italian Western does a main character have a trick holster that detaches from the gunbelt without him having to draw the gun out?
It was JOHNNY YUMA.

From the English language version of which Italian Western comes the line, "For five thousand dollars I'd take you to China and I won't even ask your name."?
No one has answered this question yet.

From the English language version of which Italian Western comes the line, "But you told me it's bad not to trust a friend, but to trust a friend is bad, too."?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian Western featured the song "Heart of Stone"?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian Western, in its English language version, has the line, "God bless his soul. Aw the hell with him."
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor, who played Hercules, was awarded the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports 
Award on February 9, 1978?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor, who made an Italian Western, appeared in a Broadway show with Carol Channing?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which American director of a Western shot in Spain worked as a Film Editor for Universal Pictures in the 1930s?
What John Ford directed movie featured a plot idea also used in A REASON TO LIVE A REASON TO DIE?
Which Italian Western, in its English language version, has the line, "Now it's your turn, Montero."

Name the movies from which these images came.


George Grimes and Bertrand Van Wonterghem identified last week's frame grab of Nieves Navarro and Antonio Casas in UNA PISTOLA PER RINGO, aka A PISTOL FOR RINGO.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


Charles Gilbert and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Ed Fury in LE SETTE SFIDE, aka THE SEVEN REVENGES.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came? 


George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Giuliano Gemma in CORLEONE.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from SEPPUKU, aka HARIKARI.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

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I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please send me an email at scinema@earthlink.net if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:

Enjoyed:

The American Experience "Return With Honor" (1998) - Many former U.S. prisoners held in North Vietnam recount their experiences and consider their humanity under duress.

ROZMARNE LETO, aka CAPRICIOUS SUMMER (1968) - Director Jiří Menzel follow up to CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS is just as enchanting, though, without the World War context, not as dramatic. 

BLOOD FATHER (2016) - 2nd viewing.

Mildly enjoyed:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1984) - When this first came on, I didn't think another version of this story needed to be made, and after finally watching it, I know I was correct. I spent most of the viewing experience wishing I was watching SCROOGE (1970) and kept remembering the songs from that movie. Still the 1984 version gets some points for employing a bunch of terrific actors like Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, David Warner, Susannah York, Roger Rees, Nigel Davenport, and Joanne Whalley. Of course, George C. Scott played Scrooge.

KILL THE IRISHMAN (2011)

Danny Greene: The Rise and Fall of the Irishman (2009)

Mr. Wroe's Virgins (1993)

RAMPAGE (2018) - There is some fun giant monster movie effects here, but also some lame brain script ideas. The film loses points for killing off Marley Shelton so quickly.

SNOWPIERCER (2013)

Did not enjoy:

DEPRISA DEPRISA, aka FASTER FASTER (1981) - Director Carlos Saura jumps on the Quinqui bandwagon and of course his film gets picked up by the Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies instead of the films by Jose Antonio de la Loma. Whereas de la Loma showed the life of the deliquents, Saura attempted to make a political statement by having his cast of non-professionals hanging around Fascist monuments.

Dragnet "The Big Starlet" (1968) - Boy the reboot of Dragnet was much more sanctamonious than the '50s version. And I hate the "updated" closing credit music. Partnered with Henry Morgan, Jack Webb tries to find a 16 year old female runaway who came to Hollywood to be in the movies. After appearing in one pornographic movie, she kills herself. There is some interest in the scene where a Vice detective runs down the difficulty in prosecuting someone for smut. 

Hap and Leonard season one (2016)

THE LAWLESS FRONTIER (1934) - I saw the version that played on the Westerns Channel, which was "restored" by Films Around the World, Inc, and Fox Lorber, with an annoying new music score by William Barber. If you
want to see the original version you can find that on YouTube, but it is missing a chunk around the 45 minute mark. Written and directed by R.N. Bradbury, this is the tenth Lone Star Western produced by Monogram. Earl Dwire is a half white/half Apache villain posing as Mexican who kills John Wayne's father at the beginning of the movie. It happens while Dwire's men appear to be rustling cattle, but the scenes are so dark in both versions that I'm only guessing. Prospector George Hayes (aka Gabby) returns to his home to report to his granddaughter, Sheila Terry (a frontier woman with plucked eyebrows and full makeup), that the claim is petered out so they should return to town. Before that can happen, Dwire arrives to scout Hayes' place. Terry opens up a secret passage to an old mine tunnel in the house behind a cupboard, which leads out a crevice. She overhears Dwire with two of his men talking about kidnapping her and killing Hayes. When Dwire returns, the home is padlocked and empty. Hayes attempts to get away, with Terry hidden in a sack on a packhorse. They almost get away with it, except that when crossing a river, the sack falls off the packhorse. Luckily, Wayne is nearby and is able to drive into the river and save Terry. Seeing the duplicity, Dwire and gang give chase. Unfortunately, Terry's horse stumbles (possibly with tripwires) and she is thrown to the ground. Wayne is able to pull her aboard his horse, and then leaps into a tree. As the bad guys pass underneath, Wayne drops onto the last rider and takes over the horse. He then transfers from one horse onto the new last rider of the gang and leaves him in the dust. After shooting at the gang inorder to divert them from pursuing Hayes and Terry, Wayne jumps his newest horse into a river for a clean getaway. In town, Wayne and Hayes attend a meeting called by Sheriff Jack Rockwell to form a posse to go after the outlaw. With most of the town at the meeting, the bad guys pull a robbery. Wayne is the only one to spring into action and guns down a villain trying to get away with the loot. The Sheriff shows up, takes the loot away from Wayne and spends the rest of the movie being suspicious of our hero. Slipping away from the Sheriff, Wayne rigs a double action pistol to fire by pulling a string, so that when the outlaw gang rides along in a narrow canyon they think they're under attack. While his men dismount to investigate, Dwire rides off alone allowing Wayne to give chase. Transferring from his horse onto Dwire's, Wayne catches the villain after Dwire's horse falls (possibly thanks to tripwires). Even though Wayne turns his prisoner over to the Sheriff, the lawman still doesn't trust our hero. The Sheriff clamps a leg iron on Dwire's left ankle with the boot on and ignores Wayne's uncertainty about its effectiveness. Wayne decides to take off to see Terry, which is when his knife is thrown into Hayes' back. Hayes fires off a shot before passing out and the Sheriff handcuffs Wayne to a bed next to Dwire. While a deputy sleeps nearby, Dwire slips his foot out of this boot and the leg iron. After killing the deputy (off camera), Dwire aims to shoot Wayne, but Hayes pops up and scares him away. Hayes unchains Wayne, and off he goes to chase after Dwire on horseback again. After failing to transfer onto Dwire's horse and falling down an hill, Wayne decides to plop his stomach on a board and surf down a water chute in pursuit. Luckily, the chute ends near where Dwire is riding, but Wayne fails to catch him. Miraculously, Dwire rides into a low hanging tree branch and is knocked out of his saddle. After being dragged by his horse a good distance, Dwire is able to stand up, only to find Wayne striding to catch him. Dwire sets off walking into the desert with Wayne doggedly pursuing. After a bit, Dwire finds a watering hole and lays down to drink. Wayne notices the "Don't Drink Poison" sign that Dwire missed, and so our villain dies. After the Sheriff tells Terry that Wayne killed Hayes, she jumps on her horse to find him. Instead, she is captured by two of the outlaw gang, but Hayes shows up (how isn't explained) to give Wayne an horse to rescue her. When the rest of the gang shows up, our heroes lead them into the crevice opening to the secret tunnel. After all of the outlaws pursue Terry and Hayes into the tunnel, Wayne seals the opening with dynamite. After convincing the Sheriff that he's a stupid idiot, Hayes, Terry and Wayne allow the Sheriff to arrest the gang as they come out from behind the cupboard one at a time. After an optical wipe, we see Terry using a telephone to ask Sheriff Wayne what he wants for dinner, before Hayes takes over to inform them both what will be dinner. Yakima Canutt gets an actor's credit as one of the bad guys, but he was probably also responsible for the many stunts performed in this oddball picture.

TAGEBUCH EINER VERLORENEN, aka DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (1929) - Of undisputed historical interest, the second film that Louise Brooks did with director G.W. Pabst flirts with sexual perversity while feeling moralistic. Brooks plays an innocent girl who doesn't understand why her housekeeper is being discharged, while it is obvious to us that housekeeper has been made pregnant by the girl's father. So, it isn't surprising to us that when the father's business partner seduces and impregnates the girl, the father has the child taken away from her and she is sent to a reformatory. The reformatory is being run by a sadistic lesbian. After our heroine escapes from the reformatory, and she finds out that her child has died, she becomes a prostitute. Circumstances eventually come around to give our heroine a positive story conclusion, but it is a hard slog to get there.

INDEPENDENCE DAY-SASTER (2013) - With Alien machines coming up from under the ground, this Syfy Channel flick takes almost as much from director Steven Spielberg's WAR OF THE WORLDS as it does from ID4. The shaky hand-held camerawork makes THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT look like a classic MGM production. This film ends with almost promising a sequel, which, thankfully, never came.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942)

JUDGE PRIEST (1934) - Yikes! If Stepin Fetchit doesn't offend you, Hattie McDaniel singing as she washes clothes won't either. Will Rogers is charming, but jokes about lynching go a bit far.

MotherFatherSon (2019) - 8 part TV mini-series starring Richard Gere and Helen McCrory.

SON OF ROARING DAN (1940) - The version shown on The Westerns Channel is missing at least seven minutes. We don't see our hero introduced to his "father" nor to Eris. As The Texas Rangers singing "Yippi Ki Yi", Roaring Dan McPhail, played by Robert Homans, rides his range with Tick Belden, played by Fuzzy Knight, Jane Belden, played by Nell O'Day, and a couple of bodyguards against the Thorndyke bunch. They hear a gunshot and see Charlie Gregg, played by Eddie Polo, trying to lasso Eris Brooke, played by Jeanne Kelly, while both are on horseback. Jane shots Gregg off his horse and McPhail takes the wounded man prisoner. Eris tells that she saw Gregg shoot a man, so McPhail wants her as a witness for the trial. Johnny Mack Brown arrives in town by the stage dressed like a dude and introduces himself to the sheriff as Horace McPhail, who was raised back East by his divorced mother. Brown is introduced to Eris and she knows that he's not Horace McPhail because she's seen the real Horace McPhail in New York City. Meanwhile, The Texas Rangers sing "And Then I Got Married" in the bunkhouse and our hero has a fist fight with bully Big Taylor, played by Dick Alexander. Casey Waters arrives in town to deliver money to saloon owner Thorndyke, played by John Eldredge, and he identifies our hero as Jim Reardon. Thorndyke is spooked because he killed Reardon's father. The Texas Rangers sing "Let 'Er Buck Powder River" while Special Prosecutor Stuart Manning, played by Tom Chatterton, informs Eris that it was his idea that the late Marshal Bill Reardon's son should pose as the son of Roaring Dan as part of a plan to get Thorndyke. The day before the trial, Big Taylor tricks Eris to leave the Brooke Ranch and she is kidnapped by Thorndyke's men. Tick tells Thorndyke that the Sheriff knows where Eris is being held, tricking the bad guys into riding out and leading our hero to the hideout. As the trial begins, Thorndyke steps up to be the defense lawyer and says there is no case since Eris isn't there. Tick steps up to delay the proceedings with a rambling testimony. Reardon rescues Eris and gets her to court just in time to testify. One of Thorndyke's men tries to shoot Eris from a window, but Jane guns him down. Other villains put a gun into Reardon's back while Thorndyke shoots Roaring Dan. The villain orders his men to keep everyone in the courtroom until he cleans out the money in his safe. Reardon dives out a window upsetting the plans. Eventually, Reardon punches Thorndyke down the saloon stairs while a wounded Roaring Dan and his men take the gang prisoner. In the end, Roaring Dan says he knew that Reardon wasn't the real Horace, but he is the man he always wanted his son to be, so he's turning over the ranch to him. Reardon and Eris walk away with arms around each other while Tick declines to continue fanning Roarding Dan in his hammock. Future director Paul Landres was the Film Editor on this, which Ford Beebe directed. Reportedly this was a remake of 1914's CHIP OF THE FLYING U. 

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Charles Gilbert watched:

DESERT LEGION 1953 French Legionaire Alan Ladd accidently discovers a lavishly appointed hidden Algerian city where resides lovely princess Arlene Dahl. Her father the king prefers the blonde captain to take her hand in marriage over the ambitious Omar (Richard Conte).

FIVE FOR HELL (1969) Gianni (John) Garko stars as an American soldier leading his capable men on a furtive mission behind Nazi Germany lines; men including the gravity-defying Nick Jordan, jesting Sal Borgese, and big Sam Burke. They enjoy tertiary help in the form of female officer Helga (Margaret Lee) who keeps SS colonel Klaus Kinski occupied with her feminine charms as the Yanks prowl about with their espiel and valor.

COMMANDOS (1968) Military class struggle highlights this war drama as Seargent Lee Van Cleef clashes with officer Jack Kelly during a campaign in North Africa. The small band of American commandos sublty infiltrate a German tank unit until an epic battle ensues upon discovery of the ruse.  One from each side survives to a truce in the end and cooperate to lay the dozens of fallen in a row. Rest of the cast includes Marilou Tolo who plays the sole hooker doing business amidst so many men.

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David Deal enjoyed:

THE SON OF MONTE CRISTO (41)

THE GHOST (63) - Riccardo Feda's next Gothic, following The Horrible Dr. Hichcock, is not a sequel but an entirely different type of horror tale.  This time Barbara Steele has a much more interesting character to play and comes across as a real, if nasty and evil, person instead of simply a cipher.  This deserves a hi-def restoration.

THE GODFATHER PART II (74)

THE SPIRITUALIST (48)

Mildly enjoyed

MEXICAN SLAYRIDE (67)

Did not enjoy

THE NEW DAUGHTER (09)

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Bertrand Van Wonterghem enjoyed:

Ssauja Gwisina  / Bring it on, ghost  - season 1 – episode 5 (2016, Park Jun Hwa)

Dead still – season 1 –  episode « development » (2019, Imogen Murphy)

Musekinin Kanchō Tairā / The irresponsible captain Tylor, OAV 1 – 2 Tylor’s war  (1994, Koichi Mashimo)

Get Smart season 2 - episode « The expendable agent » (1967, Bruce Bilson)

The last of the fast gun (1958, George Sherman)

The château (2001, Jesse Peretz)

Mildly enjoyed:

Der Schatz der Azteken (1965, Robert Siodmak)

Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes (1965, Robert Siodmak)

Uchu keiji Gyaban / X-Or / Space sheriff Gavan episode Hashiru Jigen Bakudan! Shirobai ni Notta Ansatsusha  (1982)

Monster episode « Heru dr Tenma » (2004, Masayuki Kojima)

Peking express (1951, William Dieterle)

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Week of July 4 - 10, 2020

To answer these trivia questions, please email me at scinema@earthlink.net.

Brain Teasers:

In which Italian Western is a pig named after Union General Hooker?
It was ANCHE NEL WEST C'ERA UNA VOLTA DIO, aka BETWEEN GOD THE DEVIL AND A WINCHESTER.

In which Italian Western does a main character have a trick holster that detaches from the gunbelt without him having to draw the gun out?
No one has answered this question yet.

From the English language version of which Italian Western comes the line, "For five thousand dollars I'd take you to China and I won't even ask your name."?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian Western begins with The Stranger gunning down Paco Diaz, Jose Huerta and Jesus Sanchez?
George Grimes, Rick Garibaldi and Bertrand Van Wonterghem knew it was VADO... L'AMMAZZO E TORNO, I'LL GO... I'LL KILL THEM AND I'LL BE BACK, aka GO KILL AND COME BACK, aka ANY GUN CAN PLAY.

From the English language version of which Italian Western comes the line, "But you told me it's bad not to trust a friend, but to trust a friend is bad, too."?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian Western featured the song "Heart of Stone"?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian Western, in its English language version, has the line, "God bless his soul. Aw the hell with him."
Which American actor, who played Hercules, was awarded the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Award on February 9, 1978?
Which American actor, who made an Italian Western, appeared in a Broadway show with Carol Channing?

Name the movies from which these images came.


George Grimes, Rick Garibaldi and Bertrand Van Wonterghem identified last week's photo of Henry Silva in UN FIUME DI DOLLARI, aka THE HILLS RUN RED.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


George Grimes, Charles Gilbert and Bertrand Van Wonterghem identified last week's photo of Folco Lulli and Chelo Alonso in NEL SEGNO DI ROMA, aka SIGN OF THE GLADIATOR.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came? 


George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from DELIRIUM.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


George Grimes identified last week's photo from THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

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I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please send me an email at scinema@earthlink.net if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:

Highly enjoyed:

WHITE BOY (2017) - Shawn Rech's documentary about Richard Wershe Jr., aka "White Boy Rick", is compelling and infuriating. It is also unusual. Have you ever heard about corrupt Black cops colluding with corrupt Black politicians to get an underage White boy sentenced to life in prison? This film certainly taints the memory of Gil Hill, the Detroit cop who appeared in BEVERLY HILLS COP.

Enjoyed:

ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER (1999)

Johnny Cash Music In Review (2007)

HELL OR HIGH WATER (2016)

Cat Stevens Majikat American Tour '76 (2004)

Sparks Lil' Beethoven Live In Stockholm (2004)

Mildly enjoyed:

Dragnet "The Big Trunk" (1954) Partnered with Ben Alexander, Jack Webb investigates the murder of a former vaudevillian actress. Jim Anderson is one of the suspects.

Dragnet "The Big Seventeen" (1952) Partnered with Herbert Ellis, Jack Webb investigates narcotics in High School. "He was lying face up in the water near a clump of trees. He was a good looking boy; dark hair, good build: handsome. Took only one look and you knew right away he was too young to be dead. You could argue for a week, but you couldn't change it. He was dead."

Dragnet "The Big Producer" (1954) Partnered with Ben Alexander, Jack Webb goes after obscene literature and pictures peddled in High School. Marty Milner is Stephen Banner who gets the books from a character named Bud Spencer. Caroline Jones (later Carolyn Jones) is one of the "dumb girls" who gets taken in by an old guy promising her a part in a movie.

Dragnet "The Big Family" (1955) Partnered with Ben Alexander, Webb is working Missing Persons. Robert Knapp plays Keith Jarrett, the tennis bum son of a millionaire. His father fakes his death to leave his family.

THE HUMANITY BUREAU (2017) - I'll watch anything featuring Sarah Lind, and this one is pretty good. It is the future and the U.S. has been ravaged by economic catastrophe, climate change, famine and civil war. The Humanity Bureau has been set up to deliver people deemed "unproductive" to "New Eden". Nicholas Cage plays Bureau agent Noah Kross. (Is it a coincidence that his is the same name as John Huston's character in CHINATOWN?) When a man would rather shoot-it-out than go to "New Eden", Cage suspects that "New Eden" isn't the nice place it is said to be. It isn't readily explained why he decides that his next case, a mother Sarah Lind with an 11 year old boy Jakob Davies, should try to escape to Canada - kind-of like THE HANDMAID'S TALE - but an explanation comes near the end of the story. Hugh Dillon is the operative sent to stop them. A road movie that suffers from lousy green screen interior car scenes, but has spectacular Canadian mountain scenery - playing Montana, THE HUMANITY BUREAU is an obviously sincere effort on a low budget. Those viewers who have seen SOYLENT GREEN might think the government solution in this story to overpopulation is a bit short-sighted. And a Canadian film about oppressed citizens of the United States seeking refuge north of the border is kind of patronizing. 

VENOM, aka THE LEGEND OF THE SPIDER FOREST (1971) - This was the first of three collaborations between director Peter Sykes and writer Christopher Wicking and all three films attempt to create an air of mystery with incoherent storytelling. Whether the blame goes to Sykes or Wicking is kind of a toss-up, but Wicking's scripts for other directors tend to have the same fault. At least Sykes seems interested in creating a sensual aura around an attractive female lead. Here is it Neda Arneric and when she is running around a forest with most of the buttons on her top undone, she holds your attention. Most internet sources summarize this film's story beginning with information that the viewer doesn't get until very nearly the end of the movie as if to combat the film's narrative jumble. Trying to get this movie to make sense is a disservice as it pretends that the film has a coherence that it doesn't have. This is the best role that I've seen Gertan Klauber get.

FULL MOON HIGH (1981) - Like most movies from director Larry Cohen, this movie is a jumble. Scenes do not follow one another with a sense of continuity and the jokes are mostly flat. After about an hour, Alan Arkin shows up as a wacky psychiatrist and the movie seems to jell around him. Adam Arkin plays an high school student who is infected with being a werewolf during a visit to Romania with his father, Ed McMahon, who is on a mission for the CIA. There's a skit wherein Adam A. becomes a werewolf and thwarts a plane hijacking, but it has no payoff and could easily be taken out of the movie without affecting the storyline. Back in the U.S., Adam A.'s shenanigans leads to newspaper headlines like "Werewolf Annoys Community" and "Playful Nippings Continue - Police Fail to Muzzle Monster - Citizens Moving Away In Wave of Terror - See Real Estate Listings". McMahon does a spoof of the Alpo commercials he was doing on The Tonight Show with Adam A. taking the doggie dish away from the dog and eating it himself. After McMahon accidentally shoots himself, Adam A. drops out of high school and leaves town leading to a montage where in the portraits of presidents are changed and newspaper headlines are shown: from the New York News "Hairy Fiend Bothers New Yorkers - Wolfman Chews Out Mugger - Mayor Chews Out Police", from the London Express "Jack The Nipper Still At Large - Australian Tourish Bitten Down Under" and from The Hong Kong Express "Wolfman Eats Chinese - Thirty Minutes Later, Hungry Again". At the end of the presidential montage, Shirley Chisholm is shown to follow Jimmy Carter. Eventually, Adam A. decides that his destiny is to return to Full Moon High's football team and and fulfill his promise to score their first touchdown in a game against Simpson High School. Since he is immortal and doesn't age, Adam A. passes himself off as his own son and ends up having relations with mousy teacher Elizabeth Hartman (in her last on-screen appearance). Many scenes look like they were improvised by the cast including Louis Nye, Demond Wilson, Kenneth Mars, Pat Morita and Bob Saget. Laureen Landon, aka Laurene Landon, makes an appearance but doesn't get to do much more than dance in a crowd.

Gary Moore Blues For Jimi (2012) - Originally performed and recorded on October 25, 2007, this live concert by Gary Moore, Dave Bronze and Darrin Mooney - with a special appearance by Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell - was part of a launch for the Jimi Hendrix "Live At Monterey" program. It was released as a live album and video on September 24, 2012.

Heart The Road Home (1995) - DVD released in 2003.

Did not enjoy:

DANIEL BOONE (1936) - Before the opening credits we see a fellow wearing an huge war bonnet fire an flaming arrow straight at the camera. And this isn't even a 3D movie! George O'Brien plays Daniel Boone leading settlers into the wilderness in 1775. John Carradine plays Simon Girty, "a ferocious white renegade" who is leading Indians in raiding settlements. After shooting one man dead in a canoe, the villains take another white man and burn him alive. Partnered with Black Eagle, played by George Regas, Boone tries to keep his settlers safe, including one Black servant named Pompey, played by Clarence Muse. Using a magic trick, Boone scares away Girty's natives and takes the villain prisoner. However, a recent peace treaty exonerates Girty from past crimes, so Boone whips him out of the camp. On the road, Pompey explains to Black Eagle that they belong to the same family; they've both been baked by sun. The Indian is just a little bit underdone. A romantic triangle develops over Virginia Randolph, played by Heather Angel, with Stephen Marlowe, played by Ralph Forbes. Marlowe doesn't follow Boone's orders and the villains scatter the settlers' cattle in the night. When Marlowe is spurned by Randolph, he returns to Richmond, Virginia and files a claim on the land that the settlers' are on. Boone goes to Richmond, punches Marlowe in the face, and is captured by Girty's Indians on his way back.  Girty starts to burn Boone alive, but Black Eagle throws a tomahawk that cuts Boone's bonds, and our hero makes a run for it through the flames. Boone makes it back to the stockade in time to alert the settlers to the coming attack. Interestingly, everyone is shooting cap & ball muskets (which wasn't invented until 1814) - not flintlocks. And the Indians are riding horses to attack the fort (which the Delawares, Shawnees and Cherokees did not do). After nine days of attacks, Girty convinces the Indians to use fire to burn the settlement. Luckily, thunder, lightning and rain arrive to put out the flames, and the Indians decide to give up the seige. Girty refuses to give up and tries to ambush Boone when he ventures out. The villain kills a little boy instead, and Boone chases Girty down to kill him with bare hands (which seems like a preview of the ending to DARK OF THE SUN). Boone has all of the surviving settlers pack up to move further west in search of "Hope".

PETER RABBIT (2018) - "Peter Rabbit is a stupid book about a stupid rabbit that steals vegetables from other people's gardens." That's from YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, which is a much more entertaining experience than this animated Laurel & Hardy/Home Alone slapstick would-be romantic comedy.

SEMPER FI (2019) - Are we supposed to cheer when an older brother, who has shown competence in both a military and police career, decides to throw it all away inorder to break his fuck-up younger brother out of prison, even if the prison guards are sadistic bastards? Is there a new trend in filmmaking where escaping to Canada solves all problems?

VIOLENT PLAYGROUND (1958) - Detective Stanley Baker is pulled off the job of looking for an arsonist and assigned to work as a juvenile liaison officer in Liverpool. Not surprisingly, he finds the arsonist whilst trying to help twin brother and sister Murphy. It's David McCallum - their older brother. The cast in this is pretty interesting including Peter Cushing, Anne Heywood, Clifford Evans, George A. Cooper and Tsai Chin, but the plotting is fairly standard.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

The CUTTER (2005) Chuck Norris is a P.I. investigating the kidnapping of an aging diamond cutter (Bernie Koeppel) who survived Aushwitz. Might as well be a missing episode of Walker: Texas Ranger.

PRISONER IN THE MIDDLE (1974) American Colonel David Janssen makes a solo journey into the desert to disarm a nuclear weapon accidentally dropped by the U. S. Air Force in Israel. He is intercepted by Arab militia subsequently under a surprise attack by Israeli officer Christopher Stone and his squad on patrol. They also treat him like a prisoner since they want the weapon kept active. Karin Dor costars. Subtitled:WARHEAD.

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David Deal enjoyed:

ECHO OF THE CANYON (19) - Excellent documentary on the LA music scene in the mid-1960s.  Jakob Dylan talks to all the movers and shakers.  Check it out.

THE SEVEN-UPS (73)

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (19)

THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK (62) - The no-frills Blu-ray from Olive is the American version which was trimmed of ten minutes.  While the film is undeniably a masterwork, even in this form, it would be nice to have the original cut in high-def.

FROM ISTANBUL, ORDERS TO KILL (65) - See The Eurospy Guide book for a complete review.

Mildly enjoyed

THE WITCH'S CURSE (62) - Riccardo Freda's curious Gothic peplum hybrid holds enough interest in the Hellscape and the gorgeous Helen Chanel.

Did not enjoy

CLOSE CALL FOR BOSTON BLACKIE (46)

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Bertrand Van Wonterghem enjoyed:

Dorohedoro - season 1 episodes 10 – 11 - 12

Ssauja Gwisina  / Bring it on, ghost  - season 1 – episode 3 & 4 (2016, Park Jun Hwa)

Dead still – season 1 –  episode « photochemistry » (2019, Imogen Murphy)

Risate di Gioia (1960, Mario Monicelli)

Get Smart season 2 - episode « where – what – how - who am I ? » (1967, Gary Nelson)

Hitmen season 1 – episode « Birthday » (2020)

Vado… l’ammazzo e torno  (1967, Enzo G. Castellari)

Doom patrol - season 2 – episode « Fun size patrol » (2019, Christopher Manley)

Mildly enjoyed:

Space force – season 1 – episode 8, 9 & 10

The hard man (1957, George Sherman)

Curon – season 1 – episode « The black lake » (2019, Fabio Mollo)

15 forche per un assassino (1967, Nunzio Malasomma)

Did not enjoy:

A ghost story (2017, David Lowery)

Merveilles à Montfermeil ( 2019, Jeanne Balibar)

Awaken the shadowman (2017, J.S. Wilson)

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