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Not a movie I've seen, but I movie I plan to watch. Mission Impossible 7 will film scenes in Møre and Romsdal county in Norway in late August. Exemptions were given to the corona restrictions for the production after Tom Cruise phoned the Minister of Culture. At first it was reported that there are plans to shoot parts of MI8 in Bergen, but this was only the minister's suggestion.
It looks like the filming for MI7 will be in Rauma municipality and location and movie oficials've been in contact with local authorities, but nothing is confirmed. The Trollveggen ("Troll wall") The Troll wall is the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, about 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) from its base to the summit of its highest point. At its steepest, the summit ridge overhangs the base of the wall by nearly 50 metres (160 ft). This area could have been a prime location for a Bond movie, but once again they are too late.
Will Tom Cruise parachute off Trollveggen in august?

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The billion dollar brain (1967)

I've watched all the other Harry Palmer movies earlier, but for some reason I've haven't seen this one before. I shame. really. It's a good cold war thriller and Michael Caine is great in it. One wonders why they cast a French actress as a woman from Finnland - the accents are very different. And the edges of broken ice is light blue, not brown. These are of course only details. A more important question is: Is this movie too Bondian? There is a number of elements that remind me more of James Bond movies than it resembles the two previous Harry Palmer movies. In my opinion it is near the edge of going too far, but it still works.

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The Vikings (1958)

It's perhaps even more surprising that I've never before watched this Hollywood movie. It's even filmed in Hardanger in Norway, back when big American productions could film large parts of the action in this country. I still stand by my opinion that no good viking film has been made, at least if you have higher standards for historical accuracy than Mel Gibson. But the plot and cast of The Vikings is good, and all I had to do to enjoy it was to pretend I know next to nothing about Norse culture. Fun fact: Kirk Douglas is still the only Hollywood star to have made two movies in Norway (other than Liv Ullmann), but Tom Cruise will share the first place with Kirk from the end of August.

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Rough Night

Or Rough Film, really. Scarlett Johannsson takes the lead in the bachelorette party comedy in which school friends reunite in their late 20s or early 30s for an out of town party before she ties the knot.
Things take a fatal twist early on but the problem is the death is done so well, so effectively mundane and horrible that it casts a pall over the proceedings. It reminds me of a notorious British film some years ago called Donkey Punch where a group of lads and lasses find one girl dies during a sex 'game' or manoeuvre while on a yacht at sea and things go from bad to worse. This, however, is meant to be a comedy but the tone just isn't quite right for that Weekend at Bernie's thing. It's a hen night, so one has to ask 'Am I being sexist here? Would I think it okay if it were a bunch of lads in the same spot?' but if the gender roles were reversed here, the film would not even get a release as it would be deemed so horrible and sexist.
It might also tag on the Bridesmaids success but there isn't a gross out moment in the film - actually an oversight, because gross out comedies do unite the audience in its reaction, a valuable asset. It's the same reason Xmas cracker gags are made deliberately bad - because if everyone groans at them, it unites the party, whereas not everyone will get or like a good joke. I learnt that from a rerun of the BBC's QI.
The 'OMG I can't believe I'm going along with this!' vibe isn't present for this film. None of them are really quite comic actors, which harms it too.

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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We made it about 25 minutes into ROUGH NIGHT before turning it off.  The tone was off (as you said) and it just wasn't funny at all.

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"Just a little tip " .... I've often heard of a dark night, ajb007/wink  but  a tip for anyone looking
a bargain  I've just got the HD version of Where Eagles Dare on Amazon Prime for
only £3.99  ajb007/martini   At first I was unsure of buying as Number24 has pointed out it may
not be 100% historically correct. Which for me is usually a must in my movie collection
of War Documentaries such as Pearl Harbour, Carry on Sargent and Which Way to the Front?

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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I really shouldn't have revealed that Where Eagles Dare isn't 100% historically accurate. After all the main reason people watch that movie is historical accuracy. Historical correctnes means a lot to me and Mel.

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ajb007/lol ........  I'm watching it now  ajb007/wink

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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ICE STATION ZEBRA (1968)

It's been decades since my last viewing.  I remembered it being good and I was wanting to scratch that Alistair MacLean itch that's been bugging me since we brought up WHERE EAGLES DARE and GUNS OF NAVARONE on here.

I asked myself, 'why isn't ICE STATION ZEBRA part of the same conversation as the other two?' 

Now I know.  It's pretty dull.  The overall premise is quite good, the acting is strong (especially from Patrick McGoohan in full Number 6 mode), and a lot of the submarine shots make for good military porn, but the pacing is dreadfully off.  Apart from one or two scenes, the film is utterly devoid of tension.  The plot just 'happens' at a pretty languid pace, and I honestly found myself drifting at several points in the runtime.  This is a nearly 2 hour and 45 minute film, and it's screaming for an edit to bring it down to a lean and mean 2 hours.

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The novel is much better, IMHO- please have a go at reading it and see how the film should have been.

A memory from watching the film with my family, when I was a boy:

(One of the party falls down a sheer drop and is clinging on desperately.)
Brother: Is that rock?
Father: It's solid ice!
Brother: No, Rock Hudson!

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As a huge McGoohan fan since childhood, I've seen Ice Station Zebra many times. The early scenes really effectively build the tension and is at its best in the underwater scenes, particularly the attempted sabotage. Sadly the producers wanted a 'bigger' climax than the novel, which is a shame as the novel is one of Alistair Maclean's best and the ending is a cracker. Patrick McGoohan though us the best thing about it and one can easily see how good he would have been as James Bond.

"How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."

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Barbel wrote:

(One of the party falls down a sheer drop and is clinging on desperately.)
Brother: Is that rock?
Father: It's solid ice!
Brother: No, Rock Hudson!

ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol  Did you have a similar conversation when Honour Blackman came on screen in Goldfinger?  ajb007/biggrin

"How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."

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Charmed & Dangerous wrote:

As a huge McGoohan fan since childhood, I've seen Ice Station Zebra many times. The early scenes really effectively build the tension and is at its best in the underwater scenes, particularly the attempted sabotage. Sadly the producers wanted a 'bigger' climax than the novel, which is a shame as the novel is one of Alistair Maclean's best and the ending is a cracker. Patrick McGoohan though us the best thing about it and one can easily see how good he would have been as James Bond.

The early scenes are indeed the best, and the whole submarine sinking sequence is probably the best scene in the film.  However, even THAT scene could benefit from an edit to add some more urgency to the situation.

I'm serious, there's probably a great 2 hour movie in there if you trim off all of the bloat.  I wonder if anyone has attempted a fan edit of the film to improve the pacing...hmm, off to Google I go.

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Charmed & Dangerous wrote:
Barbel wrote:

(One of the party falls down a sheer drop and is clinging on desperately.)
Brother: Is that rock?
Father: It's solid ice!
Brother: No, Rock Hudson!

ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol  Did you have a similar conversation when Honour Blackman came on screen in Goldfinger?  ajb007/biggrin

Alas, no!

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The best years of our lives (1946)

If you don't know this movie I can say it's a bout three servicemen returning home after WWII and their struggles to adjust to civiian life. William Wyler directed it, a director best known for Ben Hur. Wyler hired ex-servicemen for both cast and crew for "The Best years of our lives", including Harold Russell who last both his hands during his military service and plays one of the leads. This is a high quality drama about an important subject and it doesn't shy away from some some of the darker side of being a veteran and it's very different from all the other American WWII movies from that age that I've seen.

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Where Eagles Dare  ( 1968 )

Great boys own adventure stuff, lots of action with the Nazi's as the villains  ajb007/cheers
I read in some of the IMDB Trivia that Ingrid Pitt said the film was harder for her
to film, than she thought it would. As she'd been a survivor of the Death Camps.
Sometimes it's frightening to think it wasn't all that long ago.

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‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Where Eagles Dare  ( 1968 )

Great boys own adventure stuff, lots of action with the Nazi's as the villains  ajb007/cheers
I read in some of the IMDB Trivia that Ingrid Pitt said the film was harder for her
to film, than she thought it would. As she'd been a survivor of the Death Camps.
Sometimes it's frightening to think it wasn't all that long ago.

Ha!  we just watched THE GUNS OF NAVARONE last night.  Great movie, far superior to ICE STATION ZEBRA which we watched the other night.  The wife had never seen this before and loved it.  She already loves WHERE EAGLES DARE so it's fun to have another good Alistair MacLean film to rewatch with her.

Might to FIREFOX tonight.

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On a somewhat similar theme to Gymkata's Guns of Navarone viewing, I watched Escape to Athena last night - another WWI action-adventure yarn set in the Greek islands, and even has David Niven too. Perhaps of most interest to Bond fans is that Roger Moore plays the German commandant of a POW camp in which the prisoners are digging up archaeological relics. Telly Savalas also stars as a local Greek resistance operator. Besides the POW camp and the archaeological aspects, the plot also involves a U-Boat refueling depot and and a 2 rocket launching site hidden inside a monastery. It's not as a action packed as the likes of the Navarone films or Where Eagles Dare and it's all a load of nonsense really, but humourous, fun and I enjoyed it.

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I watched KNIVES OUT recently.

Very Agatha Christie but very watchable. Really enjoyed Daniel Craig and his southern drawl. Don Johnson is actually a very good actor and Jamie Lee Curtis is always good value.

I just absolutely adore Christopher Plummer though. I can't believe he is 90 and still turning in top notch performances. What a legend. Had a bit of a crush on him since Sound of Music Days . A very handsome man with amazing presence.

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I enjoyed Knives Out too. There was talk about Daniel Craig playing Detective Benoit Blanc in a second film.

Have you watched The Scarlet and the Black? It’s a tv film with Christopher Plummer and Gregory Peck. (1983). Based on a true story from WWII. Very good film.

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The Spy Who Never Dies wrote:

I enjoyed Knives Out too. There was talk about Daniel Craig playing Detective Benoit Blanc in a second film.

Have you watched The Scarlet and the Black? It’s a tv film with Christopher Plummer and Gregory Peck. (1983). Based on a true story from WWII. Very good film.

I have indeed, though it's quite a while since I've seen it. I may rewatch it now you've mentioned it.

I absolutely love Gregory Peck. Him and Christopher Plummer are definitely at the very top of my favourite actors.

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The Mummy 1959

Another Classic from Hammer, with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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WHERE'S POPPA? (1970), Carl Reiner

Wow.  I'd heard about this one and it lived up to the hype.  It's a very dark comedy with George Segal and Ruth Gordon from 1970 that, to be blunt, could not be made today with a lot of the same scenes in it.

Essentially, George is a lawyer living with his extremely senile mother.  Due to a promise to his dying father, he can't put her into a home, but she's driving him absolutely insane.  She's constantly asking 'where's poppa?' (meaning her husband) and forcing all of the nurses who are hired to care for her to quit.  There's more to it than that but you get the gist.

Segal's character also has as brother who he keeps calling for help.  The running joke is that every time the brother leaves the house, he gets mugged.  There's a lot of racial stuff going on in these mugging scenes that simply would not pass muster today, and a rape scene is also played for laughs.  It all works in a very 'of its time' way, but wow.

Anyways, it's got a 'cult classic' reputation to it and I can see why.  If you like your humor VERY dark, this is for you.

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A Boy and His Dog
mid70s post-apocalyptic sci-fi, based on a story by Harlan Ellison.
Stars teenage Don Johnson as Vic, and Tiger from the Brady Bunch as Blood.

I like sci-fi of this period, low-budget cynical extrapolations of our probable future, before Star Wars came along with its bigbudget escapist fantasy version.

Story follows the amazing adventures of Vic and Blood, who wander a typical radioactive wasteland following the events of World War IV (which lasted five days).
Blood is telepathic, and can sense and identify other humans from a distance. But for this (mutant?) gift, he has lost the ability to find food. Which is why he partners with the teenage human Vic, who finds food for Blood, and Blood finds women for Vic.

SpoilerBut the latest woman Blood has found is different from all the others, wow, she actually likes to do "it", even more than Vic does! whats's going on? she has plans for Vic too, she's not from the surface, she's from Downunder, a place Vic then enters, leaving his faithful dog behind as he joins the grown-up world (getting a bit metaphorical here is this story structure).

Downunder is the typical underground city as always seen in such early70s sci-fi, where the more privileged survivors live on in a mutated version of a smalltown Thornton Wilder style society, all perpetual hardware stores church meetings and high school pep rallies, all very Baptist and Republican. Come to think of it, wasn't the freedom of the radioactive surface wasteland preferable to a secure future such as this?

It's available for free streaming on the Shout! Factory dvd website, which I assume is official and OK to link to.

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Knives Out,
   Fantastic cast in a modern whodunit ( although to fans of the genre, not too difficult to solve )
well worth a watch.  ajb007/martini

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.