Friday, November 29, 2019

Week of November 30 - December 6, 2019

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Brain Teasers:

Charles Gilbert asks, "In which Mario Caiano gladiator flick does tavern owner Peter White offer to fix boiled turnips and stuffed turnips stuffed with more turnips?"
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Which actor who made Westerns in Spain was once billed as "MGM's new Latin star sensation"?
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Which movie featuring Gordon  Mitchell is a sequel to a Romanian film?
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Which American actor who made an Italian Western appeared in an American crime flick in which he pretends to be an hobo in order to trick a college student into murdering a young woman's uncle?
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Which Italian actor, celebrated for his Hamlet, starred in a  movie set during the Mexican revolution?
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Which Italian Western star was a descendant of the man who signed the death warrant for King Charles I of England?
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And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian actor was born in Novellara, Italy on January 10, 1927?
Which Italian actor opinioned in an interview that Richard Harrison ruined himself with women?
In which Italian Spy movie did an assassin use a pipe with a gunsite to project a poison dart?

Name the movies from which these images came.

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Gianni Garko in 10,000 DOLLARI PER UN MASSACRO, aka $10,000 BLOOD MONEY.
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? 

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Christopher Lee and Daliah Lavi in LA FRUSTA E IL CORPO, aka THE WHIP AND THE BODY, aka WHAT!.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

No one has identified that above photo yet.
Can you name from what movie it came?

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


KAFKA (1991)

Mankiller (2017) - Valerie Red-Horse Mohl directed this marvelous documentary about the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation; Wilma Pearl Mankiller. Gale Anne Hurd was the executive producer.

VENOM (2018) - But couldn't they have given Michelle Williams a better wig?

Mildly enjoyed:


John Ford, l'homme qui inventa l'Amerique, aka John Ford: The Man Who Invented America (2019)

BLITHE SPIRIT (1945) - For it's time, this was rather risque material with characters gloating about extra-marital affairs. Noel Coward reportedly didn't approve of the ending director David Lean added to his play and I don't disagree with him.



LOVE LETTERS (1945) - Ayn Rand and Hal B. Wallis are two names one doesn't usually associate with gothic romance mysteries, but here is one of the many films featuring Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten.

Iliza Shlesinger "Iliza Unveiled" (2019)


Dolly Parton: 50 Years At the Opry (2019)

THE CHAPERONE (2018) - Haley Lu Richardson plays Louise Brooks in this TV movie written by Julian Fellowes from the novel by Laura Moriarty. Elizabeth McGovern plays the chaperone for Louise Brooks on her first trip to New York to study at the Denishawn dance school. Miranda Otto plays Ruth St. Denis.

IT Chapter One (2017) - I would like to see more of Sophia Lillis.

Did not enjoy:

ENAMORADA (1946) - Director Emilio Fernandez directed Pedro Armendariz and Maria Felix in this tale of a Mexican Revolutionary General who discovers the meaning of love after he takes a town and sees the upper class daughter of a rich land owner. Gabriel Figueroa provided the excellent photography.

PERSECUTION, aka THE GRAVEYARD (1974) - As the British based Horror Film companies Hammer and Amicus began to fail, Kevin Francis, the son of Freddie Francis - who had directed films for both Hammer and Amicus, decided to attempt to carry on their tradition with a new company - Tyburn Films Productions Limited. For his first production, Kevin hired Lana Turner to join Bette Davis and Joan Fontaine in doing a British psycological flick. He also hired a slew of former Hammer workers - including director Don Chaffey and actors Ralph Bates, Suzan Farmer, Patrick Allen & Ronald Howard. Also, in the Hammer tradition, Kevin brought over a beauty from the European continent - Olga Georges-Picot. Unfortunately, none of the movies Tyburn made were any good. PERSECUTION was the first, followed by THE GHOUL and LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF, the latter two directed by Kevin's father Francis.

REVENGE (1990) - To my taste, director Tony Scott made ugly-looking movies. As Kevin Costner plays a former U.S. Navy pilot, I like to think of this as the sequel to TOP GUN, and I didn't like that flick either. My only real interest in this movie is that Tomas Milian plays Anthony Quinn's chief henchman. Unfortunately, the role gives him about as much of a chance to show his talent as his role in TRAFFIC does.



David Deal enjoyed:

DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME (19) - Croz lays it out.  Liked it.

I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL (60) - From 2015: "I liked this heist gone wrong flick with John Drew Barrymore, Massimo Serrato and Eva Bartok.  Interesting locations and a madness theme make this a cut above."


THE CREEPER (48) - In 2015 I wrote this had a classic Universal feel.  Upon a second viewing, I'm not so sure of that assessment.  This seemed to me this time to have the decadent, edgy feel of Island of Lost Souls.

FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN (19) - A mix of reenactment and authentic footage tells the rags to riches to rags story of the man who invented the GTO.

LE DOULOS (62) - Jean-Pierre Melville's puzzle of distrust among criminals is a worthy warm-up for the masterpieces to come.

THE GOLDEN HAWK (52) - During the war allies England and Spain are waging against France, privateer Sterling Hayden runs up against Rhonda Fleming (as Captain Rouge) in this colorful, action-packed swashbuckling adventure.

Mildly enjoyed:

THE LONE WOLF SPY HUNT (39) - Warren William takes on the mantle of the Lone Wolf in the first film of the series that sees the reformed criminal involved with spies.  Ida Lupino and Rita Hayworth play along.


Charles Gilbert watched:

ELECTRA ONE (1967) George Martin takes a turn at the superspy character in this espionage caper set in Hamburg, and replete with the typical gratuitious jazz-themed car chases. Atrocious dubbing switches from English to Italian occasionally. Danish actress Vivi Bach costars with Daniele Vargas and Rosalba Neri.

HOT SUMMER IN BAREFOOT COUNTY (1974) Tame hokum about the investigation by a city cop into moonshining in the 'sticks'. Female farm yokels, with a still out back passed on through generations, are continuing the enterprise for "survival". The investigator winds up falling for one of the lasses and thus conceals his findings. The only actor I recognize is Jeff McKay from Magnum P.I. and JAG.

HOSTILE WATERS (1997) Riveting true account of the Soviet ballistic missile 'boomer' submarine K219 which sank near Bermuda in 1986. Rutger Hauer delivers a memorable performance as CO of the stricken boat, with Martin Sheen his U.S counterpart aboard the fast attack U.S.S. Aurora with which his collided. Max Von Sydow plays a high ranking Russian naval officer. Highly recommended.


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