Friday, April 3, 2020

Week of April 4 - 10, 2020

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Brain Teasers:

Which Italian went from editing Italian Westerns to directing Italian Westerns?
No one has answered this question yet.

Can you name an Italian actress whose only Western was one shot in Spain by an American company?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which British born actor worked with directors Tulio Demichelli, Wray Davis, Calvin Jackson Padget, Sergio Corbucci, and Antonio Margheriti?
George Grimes knew that it was Michael Rennie.

Which Greek born actor worked with directors Sergio Corbucci, Ignazio Dolce, Bruno Mattei, Nestore Ungaro, Al Bradley and Pietro Francisci?
George Grimes knew that it was Vasilli Karis.

Which Iranian born actor worked with directors Shapur Yasami, Emimmo Salvi, Pietro Francisci, Roberto Mauri, and Mario Pinzauti?
George Grimes knew that it was Iloosh Khoshabe, aka Rod Flash, aka Richard Lloyd.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian film editor, who co-wrote a Western, taught director Michelangelo Antonioni the possibilities of film editing?
Which Italian born "James Bond girl" starred in both an American and an Italian Western?
Which American actor worked for directors Franco Rossi, Ferdinando Baldi, E.B. Clucher, Ramon Fernandez and Aldo Lado?

Name the movies from which these images came.

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from RAMON IL MESSICANO, aka RAMON THE MEXICAN.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

No one has identified the above photo. It shows Roger Browne in SETTE CONTRO TUTTI, aka SEVEN REBEL GLADIATORS.
Can you name from what movie it came? 

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Gina Lollobrigida and Ewa Aulin in LA MORTE HA FATTO L'UOVO, aka DEATH LAID AN EGG, aka PLUCKED .
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

John Grace and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from WHEELS ON MEALS.
Above is a new photo.
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:



Women Rock! Girls & Guitars (2001) - This Lifetime special featuring Cyndia Lauper, Amy Grant, Destiny's Child, Melissa Etheridge, Heart and Wynonna isn't listed in the IMDb. 

Mildly enjoyed:

Unsung "Billy Paul" (2020)

SELMA (2014) - A dramatised history lesson, SELMA did give me some previously unknown information. The afterward about Viola Liuzzo is heartbreaking, but the film didn't go into the FBI campaign to smear her reputation after her death. It is outrageous to learn that SELMA's filmmakers could not use Martin Luther King's speeches because the copyright was licensed to Dreamworks and Warner Bros. and Spielberg's people would not come to an agreement.

HOVER (2018) - In a near future where assisted suicide is not only legal but corporatized, sentinal drones from Vastgrow have fully automated farming. Are the drones also giving farmers cancer and is the assisted suicide company helping in a cover-up? It isn't very often that a movie on the Syfy Channel is interesting enough for me not to fast-forward through it, but this one is.

BOMBSHELL (1933) - This is supposed to be funny? Jean Harlow plays a movie star who is harrassed, bullied, lied-to, manipulated and exploited by her press agent and family. Of course, hindsight after Harlow's death just three years later colors my viewing experience, and the film reportedly was intended to satirize the career of Clara Bow as it was directed by Victor Fleming, a former fiancee of Bow's.

LA CHANA (2016) - Celebrated flamenco dancer Antonia Santiago Amador "La Chana" returns to give a final performance after 30 years of retirement, and a documentary crew is there to capture it on film and to give a biographical sketch.

Killing Eve season two (2019)

LA COMEDIE-FRANCAISE OU L'AMOUR JOUE (1996) - With no voice overs, Frederick Wiseman's documentaries rival Ken Burns' in their ability to lull one into a doze, and this one is 223 minutes long. Ths film is undoubted historic value, and the film's highlight is the celebration of the 100th birthday of an actress in the theatrical retirement home.

Did not enjoy:

DAM SHARKS (2016) - When did it become conventional to show sharks leaping out of the water to catch divers in the air? Well, now the sharks are using human bodies to build dams in fresh water rivers. At least Jessica Blackmore is a striking-looking woman.

DARKLIGHT (2004) - Shiri Appleby looks gorgeous in a grimy muscle shirt. Watching her almost compensates for the rest of this production.

DARK RELIC (2010) - There is a pleasure in seeing James Frain playing the good guy.

DAY OF RECKONING (2016) - What was the first movie in which the inside of a power plant was made to equal "science fiction"?

DRAGON DYNASTY (2006) - Writer Berkeley Anderson's dialogue is so awful that even Stana Katic looks awful in this.

EMPIRE OF THE SHARKS (2017) - Imagine WATERWORLD in which Dennis Hopper is replaced by John Savage and he can control an army of sharks by remote control. Does that sound like fun?

FRENZY, aka SURROUNDED (2018) - I know JAWS was a big hit, and, for the Syfy Channel, so was SHARKNADO, but their obsession with making more and more shark movies is annoying.

GHOST TOWN (2009) - Was this inspired by 2000 MANIACS?


GRENDEL (2007) - Imagine BEOWULF with really cheap CGI.

ICE SHARKS (2016) - The first half of this worked pretty well as a commercial for Polaris Snow Mobiles before the silly plot about sharks in the Artic, able to slice through ice with their fins, took over.

THE IRISH IN US (1935) - Olivia de Havilland is gorgeous in this.

LA HABITACION, aka TALES OF MEXICO (2016) - The history of 20th century Mexico is explored by eight different stories, from eight different directors, set in the same room through the years. In one tale, French actress Irene Jacob appears as a prostitute. In another, Japanese actress Kaori Momoi portrays a woman murdered during the time of anti-Asian violence.

VIOLETA AL FIN, aka VIOLETA AT LAST (2017) - Shot in Costa Rico, this tells the story of a 72-year-old woman fighting the bank over the ownership of her childhood home.

UP PERISCOPE (1959) - Where else can you see a fight between a shirtless Warren Oates and a shirtless Richard Bakalyan?

"OH, GOD!" (1977) - Much of this movie was shot on Riverside Drive in Burbank, which is nice to see captured on film. It is amazing how close Teri Garr's character in this film mirrors her character in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, except here, she stays with her husband.


WITCHSLAYER GRETL (2012) - From the director of ALADDIN AND THE DEATH LAMP comes this tale of Hansel and Lara witchslayers. Things get complicated when Hansel's sister Gretl turns out to be the new head of the coven. Did I miss the explanation for the communicator device the witchslayers use?

YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER (2018) - Starring Fran Kranz and Alyson Hannigan, this FRIDAY THE 13th spoof seemed designed to appeal to Joss Whedon fans.

RIOT (1997) - Here's the answer to the trivia question, "In what movie did Luke Perry, Mako and Cicely Tyson appear?"

DEAD 7 (2016) - A combination of The Walking Dead and THE MAGNIFICENT 7 should be a lot more fun than this production from The Asylum is.

DEMENTIA 13 (2017) - While this is a completely unneeded remake, director Richard LeMay and cinematographer Paul Niccolls delivered an elegant looking turkey with a new ghost story ending.

CONFESSIONS OF A NAZI SPY (1939) - As the first anti-Nazi movie from Hollywood, this movie has a place in cinema history. 


David Deal enjoyed:

KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE (66) - See The Eurospy Guide book for a full review.

THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE (19) - It's not my favorite version (see the German film from 2010) but I found it interesting and entertaining.  Been a while since I saw a Nicholas Cage movie.



MAN, PRIDE, AND VENGEANCE (67) - There is a very worthwhile extra on the Blu-ray; a nice long chat with Franco Nero and Vittorio Storaro.




Mildly enjoyed:




Charles Gilbert watched:

THE DOLL SQUAD (1975) Francine York and a bevy of fighting females are assigned a mission to covertly infiltrate the compound of arch villain Michael Ansara. He and his international operatives plan to decimate the world with a virus. Hee Haw honey Lisa Todd plays his squeeze.

THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (1932) B&W. Ship-wrecked big game hunter Joel McCrea finds himself washed up ashore a small island inhabited by a bizarre eccentric living in a vast stone mansion with iron doors. Brother and sister Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray have been captive there until the master decides to make game of them in the jungle.

GIANT SPIDER INVASION (1975) The maleficent effects of a black hole from space produce spiders up to 50 feet in size in Wisconsin . Sheriff Alan Hale: "...makes the shark in JAWS look like a goldfish." Impressive special effects.

FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE (1961) B&W. Johnny Cash in an early dramatic role plays a loser who terrorizes banker's wife Cay Forester at her home while buddy Vic Tayback attempts to heist the bank via blackmail as her husband Donald Woods is at work. Little Ron Howard plays their son. A twist in the story invovles infidelity.


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