Friday, December 2, 2022

Week of December 3 - 9, 2022

 


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

Brain Teasers:

Which Italian actor and horseman appeared in six movies with Tony Anthony?
Tom Betts and Bertrand van Wonterghem knew that it was Raf Baldassarre.

What Italian Western, in its English version, ended with the line "Another time, George."
Tom Betts and Angel Rivera knew that it was UN DOLLARO TRA I DENTI, aka ONE DOLLAR IN THE TEETH, aka A STRANGER IN TOWN.

Can you name three pseudonyms used by Alberto Dell'Acqua?
Tom Betts, George Grimes and Bertrand van Wonterghem knew Cole Kitosch, Albert Waterman and Robert Widmark. Angel Rivera came up with Robert Widmark, Cole Kitosch and Albert Nova - which is his credit in JOKO INVOCA DIO... E MUORI, aka VENGEANCE.

And now for some new brain teasers:

In English, what is the proper response to Aguilar's question, "What kind of man am I?"
Which Western is questioned as to whether Mario Bava or Antonio Roman directed it?
In what Western does Corinne Marchand play Rosalba Neri's sister?

Name the movies from which these images came.


Tom Betts, Bertrand van Wonterghem, Angel Rivera and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Leo Anchoriz, Alberto Dell'Acqua, Chuck Connors and Hercule Cortez in AMMAZZALI TUTTI E TORNA SOLO, aka  KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


Bertrand van Wonterghem identified last week's frame grab of Anita Todesco and Massimo Carocci in L'INCENDIO DI ROMA, aka FIRE OVER ROME.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


Bertrand van Wonterghem, Angel Rivera and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Donald O'Connor and Milton Reid in LE MERAVIGLIE DI ALADINO, aka THE WONDERS OF ALADDIN.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


George Grimes and Angel Rivera identified last week's frame grab of Angela Mao and Sammo Hung in HAPKIDO, aka LADY KUNG FU.
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:

WandaVision (2021)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)

SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2019) - I almost didn't watch this film when it came on TCM because I hated A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE. I wasn't all that fond of the first film, but I went through a reevaluation of the films of director Wes Craven after I fell in love with the original SCREAM trilogy. What I hated about ELM STREET 2 was that the filmmakers turned Freddy Krueger into a wise-cracking fiend. He never spoke in the first film. My understanding was that the first film was successful, but that 2 was a bigger hit because it made Freddy "fun", which I hated. It never occurred to me that anyone would think that "2" was "a gay Horror movie". Nor did it occur to me that star Mark Patton's performance would ruin his career just as the AIDS scare would give rise to a new wave of homophobia. Patton disappeared from public view, and it wasn't until 2010 when the makers of NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY hired a private investigator, that he was found living in Mexico running a small shop. Patton and his partner, actor Timothy Patrick Murphy, contracted HIV, from which Murphy died in 1988. Luckily, when Patton tested positive, medication was available for him to regain his health. In SCREAM QUEEN, Patton confronted the experience which seemed to ruin his life and accepted a new notoriety in the Elm Street fan world. Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen were credited as directing this film, with Chimienti and Mark Patton credited as producers.

Speakeasy "Valerie Simpson and Nils Rodgers" (2014)

Mildly enjoyed:

Biography "Farrah Fawcette Forever" (2019) - Like most people in the early 1970s, I was intrigued by a beautiful blonde appearing in TV commercials. Her appearance in 1976's LOGAN'S RUN dissipated any interest I had for her and after being across from her famous poster which was for sale at the 7/11 where I worked, I began to resent her popularity. It wasn't until her role in 2000's DR. T & THE WOMEN that she regained my interest - but for the most part I didn't care. So imagine my surprise at finding this 2 hour documentary on Story TV to be so moving. 

Biography "John Candy" (2009)

Biography "Martin Short" (2006)

Biography "Peter Graves Mission: Accomplished" (1997) - This was obviously an old episode of the A&E Biography series, now on Story TV. Not surprisingly, there was no mention of THE FIVE MAN ARMY or ACES GO PLACES III: OUR MAN FROM BOND STREET. I didn't know that Graves met future director Jack Smight at the University of Minnesota in 1945 and came to Los Angeles together in 1949. 

Biography "Robert Downey Jr." (2012)

Lady You Shot Me: Life and Death of Sam Cooke (2017) - Re-evaluating the shooting death of Sam Cooke on December 11, 1964, filmmakers David Czarnetzki and Mikhele Apitzsch speculate that perhaps he was murdered as part of an effort by Allen Klein to seize the rights to Cooke's music. None of Cooke's music can be heard on this program because ABKCO owns that music, and, reportedly, the company did not respond to efforts by the filmmakers for contact. The facts of the killing were called into question, but the filmmakers failed to provide evidence that the accepted story was wrong. However, the detailing of how Allen Klein took over Cooke's music was interesting. The ALLEN KLEIN biography by Fred Goodman better detailed the dealings between Klein and Cooke and dismissed the murder rumor.

Le chien (1962) - A one hour black & white movie for television, written and directed by François Chalais - who was a prominent French cinema historian, Le chien featured Alain Delon as a man content to live alone in the country with his dog and his books. One night he decided to do something silly and tried to sneak out of his house. The dog woke up and so Delon decided to take him along as he drove into Paris to visit a club in Pigalle. In voice over and in conversation with his dog, Delon talked about how he knew he would regret it, but he went inside after the doorman assured him that he would take care of the dog in the car. While the club's decor and most of the girls were Asian (Vietnamese?), the bartender was white and quickly began to overcharge Delon for drinks. Suddenly, Elke Sommer appeared to sing a sad German song. Delon was intrigued, but the bartender explained that Sommer never associated with the customers. However, she suddenly came over the bar but the conversation between Delon and her quickly became sour. Outside, Delon found that the doorman had walked away and the dog was gone. After a fruitless night of searching, Delon slept in his car hoping the dog would return. Leaving the club in the morning, Sommer found Delon in the car and asked if he was waiting for her. He explained that he had lost his dog and was hoping that the dog would return. Sommer offered to help Delon find his dog, and the two set off walking around Pigalle. Eventually, the two end up in a park where they talked about love and she remembered growing up in a devastated 1940s Berlin - illustrated by a back screen projection of documentary footage. In voice over, Delon revealed to the audience that he had memories of seeing his parents dead in a German concentration camp. As the conversation grew cold, Sommer thanked Delon for giving her a moment when she thought that love existed and she walked slowly away. Having decided to not follow her, Delon drove home to his house in the country only to find his dog waiting. Years after this movie, Chalais would do documentaries for the French television show Pnorama. In "Special Vietnam: The North Seen by François Chalais", he interviewed downed U.S. pilot John McCain in an hospital bed.

Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) - Were the makers of this program deliberately trying to piss me off? How could they trumpet Honey West, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. and Police Woman as breaking the barrier of women in cop shows and not mention Decoy? How could they celebrate The Rockford Files and not admit that the first episode of that show was a rewrite of MARLOWE without Bruce Lee? Heck, twice in the program they used a still from MARLOWE while suggesting it was from The Rockford Files. Did they edit out a mention of I Spy as a barrier breaker for Blacks on TV because of the scandals around Bill Cosby, but still had a passing inclusion of still photographs? And how come there was no clarification about what made a Crime Drama the same as a Spy Show like Mission Impossible?

Speakeasy "Graham Nash and Rita Coolidge" (2016)

Speakeasy "Sean Ono Lennon and Lenny Kravetz" (2016)

Did not enjoy:

THE BEST MAN'S HOLIDAY (2013) - I am not a member of the intended audience for this movie. I hadn't seen the first film. I have an aversion to Christmas themed movies. I have an aversion to movies that aim for a religious affirmation. And I have an aversion to sports movies. But I have enjoyed seeing Sanaa Lathan and Regina Hall in other movies, so I figured I should give this a look-see. Writer/director/co-producer Malcolm D. Lee re-assembled an all-star cast including Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Nia Long and Harold Perrineau for a reunion of characters from the first movie and puts them through the paces of a standard reunion movie. If you've ever wanted to see a movie in which a woman on her death bed telephones her football playing husband saying that all she wants for Christmas is for him to win the game, this is the movie for you. If you've been wanting to see another movie in which every African-American in the cast lives an upper class lifestyle, this is the movie for you. If you've been wanting to see a movie in which a European-American boyfriend is grilled about dating an African-American woman by a room full of African-American men, this is the movie for you. If you shed a tear when one character dies and a baby is born and the baby is given the dead person's name, this is the movie for you. A third film, THE BEST MAN'S WEDDING, was scheduled for production, but ended up not being made. Instead, a ten-episode limited series was produced for the Peacock streaming service called The Best Man's Wedding: The Final Chapters.

THE SAVAGE (1952) - Based on the 1949 novel by L.L. Forman called THE RENEGADE, THE SAVAGE was scripted by Sydney Boehm - who recently wrote the screenplay for WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE - and directed by George Marshall - who started his directing career with a 1916 Western starring Harry Carey. Because of a treaty signed with the Sioux Indians, a peaceful wagon train crossed the prairie. Suddenly, the wagon train was attacked by evil Crow Indians. All of the Whites were killed except for a little boy who was saved by the arrival of the good Sioux Indians. Naturally, the boy was raised as a son by Sioux Chief Ian MacDonald to become Charlton Heston. News that the Whites had found gold on Sioux land caused MacDonald to send Heston to Fort Duane as a spy to determine if the soldiers were going to protect the treaty with the Sioux. When Heston came upon a troop of horse soldiers led by Peter Hansen being attacked by Crows, he quietly killed most of the attackers and saved the Whites. Because of this, he was welcomed into the Fort, where Hansen's sister, Susan Morrow, took a liking to him - much to the anger of racist Captain Richard Rober. Later, Heston found that Crows killed another troop of soldiers and had kidnapped Indian maiden Joan Taylor. Heston rescued Taylor and was taking her to the Fort when Captain Rober only saw Indians coming and had his men open fire. Heston brought Taylor's lifeless body back to the Sioux camp and determined to set a trap for the Sioux to exact revenge. Agreeing to lead Rober to attack Indians, Heston got the U.S. Cavalry to destroy the camp of the evil Crow. After the battle, Rober was killed wrestling with Corp. Milburn Stone over a pistol Rober wanted to use to kill Heston. When the horse soldiers were joined by a wagon train of civilians - just like the one he was with as a kid - Heston spoiled the Sioux ambush and was wounded. Being nursed at the Fort, Heston overheard the military plan to defend the Fort with cannons, so he snuck out in the night to warn the Sioux not to attack. Denounced as a traitor, Heston was prepared to be killed by Chief MacDonald, but MacDonald only wounded him. In the end, the Sioux delivered the wounded Heston on a stretcher to the Fort, telling him to find his way in the ocean of Whites. Heston declared that he would try to find a way for there to be peace and that he would return. Shot on location in the Black Hills of South Dakota, THE SAVAGE did not evidence even a single authentic Native American, instead employing actors like Don Porter, Ted de Corsia and Angela Clarke in "reddish brown face". There were some exciting action scenes with sudden arrow hits particularly effective, but the melodrama was rather predictable, even with Paul Sawtell trying to quicken the pulse with his music score.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

Wild, Wild West 'Night of the Burning Diamond'  B&W. S1E26 Robert Drivas plays archvillain Morgan Midas who processes diamonds into a potion that renders him invisible from hyper movement. West and Gordon drink some, too. Christiane Schmidtmer also guests.

Lone Ranger cartoon 1966 'Quicksilver' Q31. Borrows the theme from Night of the Burning Diamond but with a silver potion.

Walker Texas Ranger
   'Retribution' 
   'Avenging Angel' 
   'Child of Hope'

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Bertrand van Wonterghem Enjoyed:

Wednesday – season 1 (8 episodes)

Young Sheldon – season 6 - episodes 1 to 7

DC’s legends of tomorrow – season 5 – episodes 11 to 14

Enola Holmes (2021, Harry Bradbeer)

The gardians of the galaxy : holiday special (2022, James Gunn)

Mildly enjoyed:

Blazing saddles (1974, Mel Brooks)

R.I.P.D. 2 : rise of the damned (2021, Paul Leyden)

The last victim (2021, Naveen A. Chathapuram)

Did not enjoy:

Adieu Paris (2021, Edouard Baer)

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David Deal Enjoyed:

THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (60)

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (50)

NOPE (22) - Strange things are happening in the skies above the Hollywood Horse Ranch. Eventually, it is discovered that an alien from outer space is taking up residence. Jordan Peele's small UFO epic won me over, even if it is too long.

THE INVISIBLE WALL (47) - WWII vet Don Castle takes up with a big time bookie and on his first job he gambles away the company money. This little complication leads to murder and as many twists and turns that can be crammed into 72 minutes. Told in narrated flashback, this low rent film noir keeps the viewer guessing until the end. Features looker Virginia Christine. I liked it.

LA NOTTE (61)

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (87)

THE WOLF MAN (41)

IT CONQUERED THE WORLD (56) - Lee Van Cleef helps an alien creature reach Earth with the intent of conquering it, an act that Van Cleef believes will benefit mankind. His old friend Peter Graves tries to put a stop to the madness. Roger Corman's quicky is silly, yes, and cheap, but it has a certain charm. Beverly Garland is Van Cleef's long-suffering wife.

THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (42)

FROM HELL TO TEXAS (58)

SORCERER (77)

THE FOX WITH A VELVET TAIL (71)

Mildly enjoyed:

INVASION OF THE DEAD (73) - AKA Blue Demon and Zovek in… A fiery object crashes in the desert in Mexico, catching the attention of two cops passing by who are later found dead. Masked wrestler Blue Demon and escape artist Dr. Zovek investigate and discover that the spaceship landing has caused the recent dead to come alive! Zovek does most of the heavy lifting in this sometimes-atmospheric but generally ridiculous entry in the subgenre. This was Zovek's last film (of two) because he was killed when he fell out of a helicopter while filming this.

UNDER THE BOARDWALK: THE MONOPOLY STORY (10)

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Angel Rivera enjoyed:

"The Automat" (2021) Interesting documentary. I used to work in a building that had an automat,Only it was not as memorable as the ones in the film.
Still interesting bit of history

Mildly enjoyed:

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High"(1982)
I had missed this film when it had its run in the theaters. Every time it played on TV, I somehow also managed to miss it. So I watched on my on-demand feature.First all the male stars do not look like high school kids. More like college kids. The rest of the film still holds up well, even though it is more a document of its times.  Interesting seeing Mrs. Kevin Kline at age 19 and performing her most iconic role. Also the daughter of the late actor, Vic Morrow getting her big break  in what would become her iconic role, at about the same time tragedy strikes her father.  Still the film has some laughs as well as some poignant moments. Well I have to say it was worth a viewing.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Week of November 26 - December 2, 2022

 


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

Brain Teasers:

Which Italian male actor had a younger sister appearing in THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY?
Tom Betts, George Grimes, Rick Garibaldi and Bertrand van Wonterghem knew that I meant Ivan Rassimov, whose sister Rada Rassimov was in GBU.

Which actor, born in Italy, played a role in 1970 that was previously played by Steve Reeves?
Bertrand van Wonterghem, Rick Garibaldi and George Grimes knew that it was Ivan Rassimov who followed Steve Reeves' two films as Sandokan with LE TIGRI DI MOMPRACEM starring himself.

Which Italian male actor worked for directors Alberto De Martino, Lucio Fulci, Stefano Roncoroni, Phil Karlson, Leon Klimovsky and Mario Bava?
Bertrand van Wonterghem knew that it was Andrea Bosic.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian actor and horseman appeared in six movies with Tony Anthony?
What Italian Western, in its English version, ended with the line "Another time, George."
Can you name three pseudonyms used by Alberto Dell'Acqua?

Name the movies from which these images came.


Tom Betts, Bertrand van Wonterghem and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Tony Anthony in UN DOLLAR TRA I DENTI, aka A STRANGER IN TOWN.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


Bertrand van Wonterghem, George Grimes and Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of Linda Cristal in LE LEGIONI DI CLEOPATRA, aka LEGIONS OF THE NILE.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


Bertrand van Wonterghem and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Ivan Rassimov in SPASMO.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


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 AUTOMAT (2021) - First time filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz produced and directed this surprisingly moving documentary about the Horn & Hardart restaurants of Philadelphia and New York City, which began in 1902. A wealth of film clips and interviews - including movie people like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Elliot Gould, government officials like Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Colin Powell and many former employees - help to make this fascinating movie about a company built on a philosophy that seems impossible to duplicate nowadays.

BUFFY SAINT-MARIE: CARRY IT ON (2022) - Airing on PBS as part of their American Master series, this documentary directed by Madison Thomas told me more about this Native American performer and activist then I ever thought I wanted to know. I was not a fan of her performing back in the 1960s, and hadn't been aware of her work on behalf of the rights of Indigenous people, but this program set me straight. I found it fascinating that two of my musical heroes, Phil Spector and Jack Nitzche - who often worked together, had similar manic fears of being alone and a fascination with guns.Spector was not mentioned in this program, but Saint-Marie's story of escaping from Nitzche's home sounded very much like Ronnie Spector's story.

Taken Hostage: An American Experience Special (2022) - Between this 4 hour TV documentary and the recent JFK Revisited program, it would seem that C.I.A. director Allen W. Dulles is one of the great villains of American History.

Did not enjoy:

100 MEN AND A GIRL (1937) - I had never seen a movie starring Deanna Durbin until this VHS was dropped into my life. Its mix of the cute and the corny did not inspire me to seek out more of her films. A former collaborator with director Ernst Lubitsch back in Germany, screenwriter Hanns Kraly came up with this story for fellow expatriate German director Henry Koster and got an Academy Award nomination for his effort. Adolphe Menjou was an unemployed musician who desperately sought to meet conductor Leopold Stokowski in the hope of getting a job. Menjou was turned away from the theater, but happened to find a lost purse which held the cash he needed to not be thrown out of his apartment. He let his daughter, Deanna Durbin, think that he got a job, but confessed to his son that he didn't. When Durbin discovered the truth, she insisted on returning the purse to the address found inside. It turned out to belong to Alice Brady, the wife of the man sponsoring Stokowski's orchestra, Eugene Pallette. Brady got Durbin to sing to her guests and then joked that she would get her husband to pay for her to have an orchestra. Knowing 100 musicians, including her father and brother, Durbin took her seriously and started to organize them.  Naturally, Pallette balks at paying for such an effort, but eventually saw the potentially good publicity around the idea of giving jobs to unemployed musicians. Durbin schemed to get Stokowski to hear the new orchestra and convinced him to be their conductor. It all ended with Durbin singing the Drinking Song from Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata on stage with the orchestra. Like Jeanette MacDonald, Deanna Durbin was an acclaimed singer who didn't appeal to me at all. Stokowki was credited with popularizing classical music in the United States and creating the stereotype of an orchestra conductor. He would also appear in Walt Diseny's FANTASIA.

THE ESCAPE ARTIST (2013) - What had been an hour long three episode series on BBC One became an hour-and-an-half two episode series on PBS. Written and directed by David Woistencroft, who had earlier created the TV series Spooks, aka MI5 in the U.S., the program explored problems in the British judicial system. Barrister David Tennant had a reputation as an "Escape Artist" for getting all of his clients off. This irked barrister Sophie Okonedo, as she often was the losing prosecutor in these cases. Viscious serial killer Toby Kebbell became Tennant's new client, but after winning Kebbell's case, Tennant refused to shake his client's hand. In a reversal of CAPE FEAR, where the client who went to prison wanted revenge on the lawyer who lost the case, here the villain wanted revenge because his lawyer won the case but didn't give him respect. Tennant's wife, Ashley Jensen, was murdered by Kebbell and was seen by Tennant. Okonedo defended Kebbell in court and won. Kebbell then menaced Tennant's son, Gus Barry. Tennant followed Kebbell to Scotland and eventually confronted him in an effort to get him to confess to Jensen's murder while being recorded. During a scuffle, Kebbell fell down and went into anaphylactic shock. Tennant now faced a murder charge in a Scottish court, which operated differently than an English court. While not involved the proceedings, Okonedo looked into the case and wondered if Tennant had pulled off a "perfect murder". Rather clever, Wolstencroft failed to make this dramatically compelling. Fans of Roy Marsden may enjoy seeing him in a minor role.

THE LAST INNOCENT MAN (1987) - Phillip M. Margolin's novel was made into a movie for HBO by director Roger Spottiswoode starring Ed Harris and David Suchet. It was hard to imagine a mystery thriller so reliant on improbable coincidences as this one. Harris played a defense lawyer with a perfect record of putting reasonable doubt into the mind of a jury and getting villains off. At the beginning of the film, Harris got Suchet off for the murder of his wife. Thinking that Suchet may have been guilty, Harris was burnt out and wanted to leave his law practice. At a party, he met Roxanne Hart and they were soon a couple. Meanwhile, angry cop Bruce McGill was working a prostitution sting where the undercover police woman was wearing a wire. McGill ended up busting down the motel door too late and the woman was dead. The murderer clobbered McGill over the head, but even in the dark room McGill was convinced that Darrell Larson was the villain. Larson turned out to be Hart's estranged husband. Convinced that if Hart was convicted, she could not divorce him, Hart pleaded with Harris to defend Larson. Frustrated by the fact that both Larson and Hart lied to him to give the accused an alibi, Harris was not at his best. Then McGill planted cocaine on pimp Clarence Williams III to force him to testify against Larson, which led to Larson being convicted. In an effort to find out where he went wrong, Harris met Williams on the street, where Williams informed Harris that Larson used to be buddies with Suchet. Harris confronted Suchet and was told that not only did Suchet murder his wife, he also murdered what he thought was a prostitute, wearing a wig that made him look like Larson. Because of attorney/client priviledge, Harris legally must keep mum, but he can't - so he spilled the beans to McGill. Needless to say, Suchet spied on Harris, saw the betrayal, and threatened to murder Hart. This climaxed with Suchet killing McGill, being wounded during a struggle over a gun by Harris, and his taunting Harris to kill him. (Doesn't this sound like a first draft of SEVEN?) Harris doesn't kill Suchet, but testified against him in court. The film ended without any mention of an attempt to get Larson's conviction overturned or whether Harris lost his license to practice law.

SPRING BREAK (1983) - After FRIDAY THE 13th and A STRANGER IS WATCHING, producer/director Sean S. Cunningham decided to do a youth comedy which turned out to be as funny as THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, which he produced. David Smilow, who previously wrote the TV movie THE HUSTLER OF MUSCLE BEACH, scripted this effort with the required female nudity while not giving any actresses any character to play. David Knell was the step-son of Donald Symington, who was running for congress. When Symington learned that Knell and his friend Perry Lang had eluded those who were to keep an eye on him, and that he was now in Fort Lauderdale during Spring Break, the politician hired Richard B. Shull to find him before he did something that would embarrass Symington. Knell and Lang were joined in a cramped hotel room by Paul Land and Steve Bassett for the expected hijinks. Sweet faced Jayne Modean appeared as Knell's romantic interest, while Corinne Alphen, the 1982 Penthouse "Pet of the Year", appeared as a singer in a rock band. While the beach movies of the 1960s featured appearances by music stars like Dick Dale and Little Stevie Wonder, this film only had Fort Lauderdale's all-female local band Hot Date, with Alphen lip-syncing the vocals actually performed by bass player Marilyn Maxx. Cheap Trick did provide the title song, but didn't appear.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

STARK FEAR (1962) B&W. Noir film with housewife Ellen (Beverly Garland) married to heel Gerald Winslow (Skip Homier). She patiently endures his abuse even when he calls her a tramp because she accepts a  job with his former oil business rival Cliff Kane (Kenneth Tobey). In the end she runs off with him after investigating her husband's long absences, and battling much guilt.

12 TO THE MOON (1960) B&W. Captain Anderson (Ken Clark) heads an international  team of 9 men and two women to the moon aboard Lunar Eagle 1.with enough room in the space craft for a dance hall. Upon landing on the moon they all embark, encounter sand holes, and dodge meteorites. A cave filled with air becomes a trap for a couple who vanish from the group. Back aboard the ship they receive a rune message indicating alien residents below the lunar surface, instructing the remaining crew to return to Earth. On the way back the expedition incurs a freeze- over as they approach Earth atmosphere, affecting the western hemisphere.  With the spaceship suspended in space, they all 'draw straws' to select two members who will risk a venture in s smaller craft that will deliver a bomb to unfreeze. That succeeds, but the two die, The aliens are so impressed with the compassionate sacrifice displayed that they send a message welcoming a return visit. 

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Bertrand van Wonterghem Enjoyed:

Thomasine and Bushrod (1974, Gordon Parks Jr)

Doctor Who - season12 - episodes 2 to 4

Young Sheldon – season 4 episodes 13 to 18 – season 5 (22 episodes)

Mildly enjoyed:

The lost city (2021, Adam & Aaron Nee)

Zaï, zaï, zaï, zaï (2020, François Desagnat)

Murder party (2021, Nicolas Pleskof)

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David Deal Enjoyed:

LIGHTNING BOLT (67) - See The Eurospy Guide for a complete review of this Antonio Margheriti entry.

YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM... (72)

THE HIRED HAND (71)

AMER (09)

THE LAST TOMAHAWK (65)

ISLE OF DOGS (18)

THE BLACK CAT (41)

Mildly enjoyed:

THE FALL (06)

THE GLOVE (79) - Rosey Grier is an ex-con beating prison guards to death with a special riot glove that was discontinued because it was too brutal. Bounty hunter John Saxon is out to stop him. Revenge flick shows more depth for the killer than usual. Not terrible. Deep cast.

GOLIATH AGAINST THE GIANTS (61)

THE RUSSIA HOUSE (90) - When a "manuscript" intended for publisher Sean Connery turns out to be top Soviet military secrets, the CIA convinces Connery to meet with messenger Michelle Pfeiffer in an effort to get to the author, Klaus Maria Brandauer. This spy thriller from John Le Carre is complex, enjoyable but not completely satisfying. It has one of those casts where everyone is familiar.

Did not enjoy:

INDIA SONG (75) - From what I gather, Delphine Seyrig (Daughters of Darkness) is the unhappy wife of vice-consul Michel Lonsdale (Ronin) who is stationed in Calcutta. She takes multiple lovers including Mathieu Carriere (Egon Schiele: Excess and Punishment) but happiness is unattainable. Set in a "metaphorical India" - which means outside of Paris - this has been described as a "poetic dream." Truthfully, it seems more a procession of static frames of skinny French people standing around or sitting around or laying around a house and grounds while the narrator describes the existential ennui. La douleur, la souffrance.

HARD CONTRACT (69) - James Coburn is a hired killer who goes to Spain on a job only to end up talking endlessly with the likes of Lee Remick, Burgess Meredith, Sterling Hayden, and Lilli Palmer. Coburn seems unhappy and I don't blame him.

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Tom Betts Really enjoyed:

THE ENGLISH mini-series. Great cinematography acting and costumes. A bit difficult to follow at times but worth the effort. Best western I've seen since OLD HENRY.

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