Friday, May 14, 2021

Week of May 15 - 21, 2021


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Brain Teasers:

Which Italian actor spoofed Clint Eastwood at the beginning of an Italian Spy/Heist movie?

Which Italian Western is virtually a remake of BLINDMAN?
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Which Italian Western is virtually a remake of JOKO INVOCA DIO... E MUORI?
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Which movie starring Richard Harrison is virtually a remake of BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK?
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Which Italian director went from making his second Western to making a dramatic film featuring Richard Harrison?
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Which actor who made an Italian Western once played Cleopatra's brother?
Bertrand Van Wonterghem knew that it was Corrado Pani of MATALO! and A QUEEN FOR CAESAR.

Which American actor, known mostly in Europe for Westerns and Swashbucklers, made an art film in Spain in 1970?
Bertrand Van Wonterghem knew that it was Lex Barker in AOOM.

And now for some new brain teasers:

By what name is Cole Kitosch better known?
Which Spanish actress, born in 1934, appeared in Italian Sword & Sandal and then Westerns?
Which Italian Western features our hero having to face his grown-up kidnapped son in a climactic shootout?

Name the movies from which these images came.

Bertrand Van Wonterghem, George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab of Cole Kitosch and Franco Nero in TEXAS, ADDIO.
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?

Bertrand Van Wonterghem identified last week's photo of Jacques Perrin and Claudia Cardinale in LA RAGAZZA CON LA VALIGIA, aka  THE GIRL WITH A SUITCASE.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from BLEEDING STEEL with Jackie Chan.
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:


Deadwood season three (2006)

BEFORE I DISAPPEAR (2014) - In 2012, Shawn Christensen, the singer and guitar player for the band Stellastarr*, won an Oscar for his live action short film Curfew. Money was raised to turn the short into a feature film starring, written and directed by Christensen. Some admirers of the short film complained that making a good short into a feature was a mistake. I've not seen the short film and I very much enjoyed the feature. After finding a young woman dead of a heroin overdose in the club restroom that he cleans, Christensen, whose girlfriend has disappeared, decides to slash his wrist in the bathtub of his apartment. As he settles in to die, the phone rings. It's his estranged sister, Emmy Rossum, demanding that he pick up niece Fatima Ptaceck from school. Rossum browbeats Christensen into doing this favor, which leads the suicidal uncle on a late night adventure with the eleven-year-old neice he never before met. Also in the cast are Ron Perlman, Richard Schiff and Fran Kranz.

Curfew (2012) - I saw the feature version first, and I prefer it.

WHERE'S MY ROY COHN? (2019) - This is an illuminating exploration of one of the architects of the current state of politics in the U.S. Without mentioning ANGELS IN AMERICA, this documentary shows that Tony Kushner was overly optimistic to think that Roy Cohn was ever bothered by his part in the execution of Ethel Rosenberg.

Mildly enjoyed:

THE HAUNTED PALACE (1963) - Producer/director Roger Corman made his only H.P. Lovecraft based movie and American International Pictures pretended it was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe (or Allen as the credits read). Screenwriter Richard Matheson was absent and the material is creepily sexual, with Vincent Price working to "mate" human women with the Old Gods. This theme was more vividly portrayed in production designer Daniel Haller's second directorial effort THE DUNWHICH HORROR. Much had been made of Price's humorless performance in WITCHFINDER GENERAL, but, except for a couple of moments, his portrayal of Joseph Curwen was equally effective. And his transitions from Curwen to Charles Dexter Ward were masterful. Charles Beaumont's screenplay proved to be too repetitious to maintain the tension established in the first half of the film, and it seemed to be a curse that most movies based on H.P. Lovecraft would feature unresolved endings. Why the credits only report "based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft" and not report that it is based on The Case of Charles Dexter Ward was a mystery. Reunited with her co-star from THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, Debra Paget played Price's wife and almost victim in what became her final film role. Did this material convince her to try evangelical Christianity? Reportedly, Lon Chaney was a substitute for Boris Karloff, who dropped out because of illness. I wish Barboura Morris had a larger role.

Midsomer Murders "Harvest of Souls" (2016)

Unsung "Lyfe Jennings" (2021)

Uncnsrd "Jaleel White" (2021)

Did not enjoy:

DEATH WARRANT (1990) - The joke would be "Jean-Claude Van Damme goes to prison, but isn't made to stay there." While this film features a seemingly indestructable serial killer called "The Sandman", it has nothing to do with the TV series writer David S. Goyer co-created based on the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman also called The Sandman. Considering how awful the screenplay for this movie is, it is amazing that Goyer, whose first credit this movie is, would continue to be successfully employed; he worked on all three of director Christopher Nolan's Batman movies. I'll watch just about anything featuring Cynthia Gibb, but she is particularly wasted here. Deran Sarafian directs and isn't able to stage any good action scenes.

DRIVE-IN MASSACRE (1976) - This film has probably the most egregious padding ever seen to reach feature length and it is only 74 minutes long. Naturally a film like this exists only for scenes of extreme gore, and talent is needed to find something of interest to fill in the spaces between. Is it the incredibly low-budget or the lack of talent from filmmaker Stu Segall that results in such dull-witted and long dialogue stretches? The most remarkable thing about this movie is that it has the audacity to have an unresolved ending that suddenly pulls a William Castle-like stunt with an announcement to the drive-in audience that the drive-in killer is in attendance. Don't panic. The police are on the way. Of all the victims, Catherina Barkley is the most pleasurable of the victims to my eyes.


Charles Gilbert watched:

Burke's Law S02E04 'Who Killed The Horne of Plenty?'. Vera Miles, Terry Moore, John Saxon, and David Wayne guest.

Lon Chaney Jr. 1951 interview on 'You Asked For It'. Host Art Baker has Lon talking about his father's mastery at pantomime while watching a snippet from HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Senior learned the art from his parents who were deaf.

Coronado 9 S01E19.  Colorized. 1960 crime drama series for television starring Rod Cameron. Set in London private eye Dan Adams is hired to guard the daughter Patricia (Patricia Medina) of successful businessman Patrick Conlon (James Flavin) The old man had engineered a heist, and now his ex-partners are threatening him and abducting Patricia. Never heard of this show.

LEFT BEHIND (2014) A pilot and stewardess are planning a tryst once they get to London, but when a handful of people vanish once they leave JFK their energy turns to quelling a panic. Things turn apocalyptic when the jet collides with an unmanned plane as its' pilot has been 'raptured'. The rest of the film is another exercise in heroically landing a crippled airliner. Nicolas Cage assumed the helm in this remake when Kirk Cameron of the original series redacted his views on the escatalogical quandary.

David Deal enjoyed:

SHANGHAI NOON (00) - This is still funny and fun.





AN IDEAL PLACE TO KILL (71) - The Mondo Macabro Blu-ray release has a few more explicit scenes than my old copy did.

SHE WAITS (72) - Check out the Television Fright Films of the 1970s book for a complete review of this enjoyable ghost story.

Mildly enjoyed:



Bertrand Van Wonterghem highly enjoyed:

Walliams and friends – season 1 – episodes 1 & 2


Maeumui sori : reboot / The sound of your heart : reboot – season 1 – episodes 5 & 6

Sijipeuseu: The Myth  / Sisyphus the myth – season 1 – episodes  7 to 12
Frygtelig lykkelig / Terribly happy (2008, Ruben Genz)

Mildly enjoyed:

Jupiter’s legacy – season 1 – episodes 1 to 3

Did not enjoy:

Cat women of the moon (1953, Arthur Hilton)


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