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Gymkata wrote:

I like the Richard Chamberlain version as well.  This one with Jim Caveizal and Guy Pearce is really, really entertaining, though.  The action has been increased from the written story but it doesn't overwhelm the movie at all.  I think you're in for a treat.

Well, I have to thank you for the recommendation.

I watched it this evening and really enjoyed it. Guy Pierce does make an excellent villain as does Michael Wincott.

And you never mentioned a very young Henry Cavill was in it!!

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Delicatessen (1991)

This is a French comedy with inovative musical numbers, many unsuccessful suicides, colourful characters, canibalism, odd camera angels, fantastic set design and orange colour filters that puts Sam Mendes to shame. This is great film and highly reccomended for anyone who wants to be entertained by a movei that dares to be different. Wonderful film!  ajb007/biggrin

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Was the Delicatessen ...  en acier inoxydable ?

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Très drôle  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol

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Olympus Has Fallen

Yes, I know , I'm very late to the party on this one but what a jolly old romp that was!!

Really enjoyed that.

Good to see Rick Yune in action and I was always a huge supporter of Gerard Butler for Bond. Still think he would have made an excellent Bond, for what it's worth. A worn in, tall, dark haired Scot ... what's not to love?  ajb007/biggrin

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Number24 wrote:

Delicatessen (1991)

This is a French comedy with innovative musical numbers, many unsuccessful suicides, colourful characters, canibalism, odd camera angels, fantastic set design and orange colour filters that puts Sam Mendes to shame. This is great film and highly reccomended for anyone who wants to be entertained by a movei that dares to be different. Wonderful film!  ajb007/biggrin

It's a swell one!
I especially remember the musical saw, and the squeaky bedsprings sequence!
Have you seen their followup City of Lost Children?
One of the two co-directors went on to do Amélie and also the fourth Alien movie.

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I've seen all of those movies, but I don't think I've seen "City of Lost Children" this millenium. It's clearly time for a re-watch.

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My Favourite Brunette ( 1947)
Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour with Peter Lorre. Always find this a terrific comedy, I still
laugh out loud in places. The scene where Hope is looking for a clue, while Lorre is trying to
place a clue for him to find, Only for Bob Hope to keep ignoring it is a classic.  ajb007/lol

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Spirited away (2001)

This Japanese film is one of the best animated movies ever made. It's directed by  Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, both names a guarantee for for high quality and whimsical imagination, and this is their masterpiece. Studio Ghibli is the Japanese Disney in a way, but with more weight on artistry and less on business. This is so good adults with no kids go to the cinema to watch it. Highly recomended!

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Rio Bravo (1959)

Directed by Howard Hawks, starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. Slow paced Western, outstanding performances. Wayne plays the town sheriff, Martin his drunken deputy. Pretty much remade some years later as El Dorado with Wayne again plus Robert Mitchum in the part equivalent to Dean Martin, again directed by Hawks.... then again some years later as Rio Lobo, again directed by Hawks, again starring John Wayne with this time Jack Elam co-starring. The first one is the best!

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Barbel wrote:

Rio Bravo (1959)

Directed by Howard Hawks, starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. Slow paced Western, outstanding performances. Wayne plays the town sheriff, Martin his drunken deputy. Pretty much remade some years later as El Dorado with Wayne again plus Robert Mitchum in the part equivalent to Dean Martin, again directed by Hawks.... then again some years later as Rio Lobo, again directed by Hawks, again starring John Wayne with this time Jack Elam co-starring. The first one is the best!

One of the true greats. I rewatched it a couple of months ago, and once again loved all the performances and characters. Good soundtrack too, especially the deguello theme which Morricone drew heavily on in his scores for the Sergio Leone films, particularly A Fistful of Dollars. The other Hawks Western that I'm very fond of is Red River. I should also give El Dorado a rewatch.

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The last man on earth (1964) with Vincent Price.
Later filmed as The Omega Man and  I am legend.
Has the feel of an old tv movie, but still very
Enjoyable  as everyone  must know  the basic
Story idea. Only in this version the survivors of
The disease turn in to vampires.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Johnny Depp's Acting Career, or whatever it's called.  Jaw-droppingly bad: overlong, overstuffed, incoherent, and lacking even a smidgen of charm.  Rowling and Warner Bros.: the Harry Potter films weren't fun because of the numerous big-name actors in goofy wizard suits, they were fun because we saw this nonsense through the eyes of likeable children.  Go back to kid's stuff, please.

Vox clamantis in deserto

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Angel has fallen.
Standard by the numbers action thriller, Everyone you think will be a bad guy...... turns out
to be a bad guy. Some nice action sequences, moves along at a good pace.  If you're in the
mood for a good shoot'em'up it's fine.

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Joker

This is very different from other superhero universe films I've seen, including Logan. It's the origin story of the Joker told as the style of a gritty 70's film like "Mean Streets" and "Taxi Driver". Robert de Niro is even in it! It sounds crazy, but actually it's brilliant. Joaquin Phoenix is great in the  title role. Both people who mainly watch superhero movies and those who aminly watch high end dramas should watch this.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

The last man on earth (1964) with Vincent Price.
Later filmed as The Omega Man and  I am legend.
Has the feel of an old tv movie, but still very
Enjoyable  as everyone  must know  the basic
Story idea. Only in this version the survivors of
The disease turn in to vampires.

All those versions of the movie were based to one degree or another on the novel "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson, wherein the protagonist Robert Neville tries to survive in a world where nearly all of Earth's population has turned into vampires. I read the novel many years ago and while the production values were modest, Last Man On Earth is actually the most faithful version.

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Thanks for the information TonyDP  ajb007/cheers  I recently picked up a special edition of
The Thing, and in one of the features they talk about the original story and how
the writer got the idea of replacing people, from his aunt, who was an identical
twin of his Mother, which as a boy he always had a fear of his aunt replacing his
Mom.

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The Wrecking Crew

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Those who've seen Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood set in 1969 will recognise scenes from this, as it co-stars Sharon Tate. In QT's film, the actress played by Margot Robbie is seen popping into a cinema to see herself on the big screen - the clips she sees are actually from Tate in the film itself.
Tate does have a fair bit of kooky comic charm. However, it's a good half hour before she shows up in the film, and way before then you'll be firmly convinced that this spy spoof is the worst film ever.

It's a Matt Helm flick, so we see a tanned and aged Dean Martin - still trim and with lustrous hair, tbf - swan around hotel rooms being seduced by enemy spies in negligee, while supposedly investigating the theft of gold bullion from a freight train.
I suppose this kind of rubbish would have prepared Americans for the sight of an aged Roger Moore in Octopussy - and indeed Connery that same year.
This spy spoof makes Casino Royale 67 look like True Lies.
The 'action' is accompanied by this awful easy listening stuff, like Up Up and Away by the Fifth Dimension (I happen to like that song but not as an action soundtrack).
Watching this, which came out in 1969, you can see why Lazenby had it in mind to quit the Bond franchise, esp as there are scenes in OHMSS that are uncomfortably close.

Though it's rubbish, that didn't prevent the Bond producers looting it of course. In this film, Helm slips into a booth which revolves or descends suddenly so he is unexpectedly confronted with the villains opposite, like Bond in LALD.
Tate plays a comic foil, an assistant who is a klutz. Much like Tiffany Case in the field in DAF, and O'Toole for that matter, and of course the secretary Goodnight in Golden Gun. It's not at all PC or women's lib of course. 

Showing on Sky Movies Classic, it's interspersed with Tarantino in interview opining on why he loves it to some wide-eyed blonde who seems to be thinking 'Keep smiling, it could be worse, instead of watching this rubbish, it could be Harvey and his bathrobe.'
That said, it did make me better appreciate, if that's the right word, Tate's demise and she comes across as quite loveable in this film.

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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Lady Rose wrote:
Gymkata wrote:

I like the Richard Chamberlain version as well.  This one with Jim Caveizal and Guy Pearce is really, really entertaining, though.  The action has been increased from the written story but it doesn't overwhelm the movie at all.  I think you're in for a treat.

Well, I have to thank you for the recommendation.

I watched it this evening and really enjoyed it. Guy Pierce does make an excellent villain as does Michael Wincott.

And you never mentioned a very young Henry Cavill was in it!!

Glad you liked it!
and I purposely left off Henry Cavill.  I wanted his presence to be a surprise ajb007/smile

Current rankings:
OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>GE>OP>DN>FYEO>
TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton

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The Invisible Man

Very creepy and scary, a great reworking on the originals

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Napoleon Plural wrote:

The Wrecking Crew
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thanks for the Matt Helm review, Napster.

I found a used box set of all four Matt Helm films a couple weeks back, but passed it up because it was a bit expensive and I didn't want to make an impulse purchase.
Then of course I woke up in the middle of the night in a panic, thinking "I need that, I need that, I need that!!!" and the next day when i went back to the store, of course, it was already sold, proving once again you should always throw your money away on impulse purchases whenever you have the opportunity.

So your review makes me feel not quite so bad about the way things worked out.

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I have the Matt Helm collection, as I love
Dean Martin as an entertainer  and fell he
Was underrated as like a select few he made
It look easy.
The films are silly, nonsense  but perfect
For when you're in the mood for some
Sillyness . Same with TMFU films and
The two Derek Flint movies.

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For more on Matt Helm, see https://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/46144/th … matt-helm/

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Number 17
Hitchcock, 1932

This is very early Hitchcock, still filling time with silent movie pantomime acting more than dialog.
Its a farce in the shape of a crime thriller, where eight characters converge in the middle of the night in an abandoned house next to the railway tracks, some criminals, some competing criminals, some undercover police, some wandering opportunists, some innocent neighbours ... and nobody can figure out who's which since they all seem to be lying. Based on a stage play, the first two thirds all take place on a single stairway landing (ooh, a staircase in a Hitchcock movie!) and given visual variation by the tricks he learned from German expressionist cinema.

The last third, the criminals escape on a passing train headed to the ferry, and theres much dangerous action on the fast moving train and a hijacked passenger bus, leading up to a huge messy crash-up at the harbour. I don't know how this part of the story was done in the stageplay? The longshots of the train losing control and crashing into the ferry are all done with miniatures, and anticipate the incredible ending of Foreign Correspondent a decade later.
But the chases on the moving train are not nearly nearly so good as what Keaton was doing a decade earlier.

Caractacus Potts verdict: hardly essential Hitchcock, even for the very early stuff.
I have this in a public domain boxset, along with the five 30s spy films, the Lodger and Blackmail (all of which are essential), and it also includes Rich and Strange which is more of a proto-screwball comedy. I guess the public domain packagers included whatever they had access to. But wikipedia shows he made dozens of films in England before Rebecca, and there were several other thrillers I've never seen from that period. I wish there was more of an official boxset collecting the important stuff from this first phase of his career.

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which reminds me, I forgot to report on last week's screening at Cinema Potts
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Rebecca
Hitchcock, 1940

Hitchcock's first American film, produced by David Selznick. Selznick brought Hitchcock to Hollywood, and produced several of his 1940s films, but imposed heavy creative control over Hitchcock's vision. It's Selznick who removed and permanently lost 18 minutes of Salvador Dali footage from Spellbound, so I gotta bone to pick with him.

The story is a Gothic romance based on Daphne de Maurier, set in a spooky old manor house on the Cornish coast. Joan Fontaine is the otherwise unnamed second Mrs de Winter, married to the handsome but brooding Laurence Olivier. The ubiquitous but neverseen Rebecca is his dead first wife.
Best of all is Judith Anderson as Mrs Danvers the housekeeper. As best as can be implied under the Hayes Code, the housekeeper had a lifelong girlcrush for the first Mrs de Winter and will never accept a second. In High Anxiety, Chloris Leachman's character Nurse Diesel is partially based on Mrs Danvers.

oh, and there's a traumatic staircase scene in this film too! gotta watch for them staircases in Hitchcock films, nothing good ever comes from a Hitchcock staircase!

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Yes that's right, I now have 31 Hitchcock films lined up in front of my teevee set, and know where to get four more if I dare set foot on public transit. Over the next weeks of self-isolation I may report on each and every one of them!

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