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My hubby seems to be on sort sort of mission to find the worst British gangster film ever made.

I can't begin to tell you what rubbish I've watched the past couple of weeks.

We've watched all the 'Rise of The Foot Soldier' films which weren't that bad initially but did progressively worse as they went on.

We also watched a load where we didn't get past the first 20 minutes.

The most disappointing was one called 'We Steal The Old Way'. I had high hopes for it. It stars Ian Ogilvy, Julian Glover, Chris Ellison, Billy Murray and a load of others ... what a load of tosh!! First of all it had Ian Ogilvy doing some sort of cockney accent and then the acting was so hammy I couldn't watch it. Turns out there were two follow ups to it!!

I've also noticed how Steven Berkoff keeps popping up in these things.

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Just watched Ad Astra. The only thing I knew about it going in was that it was Brad Pitt in space—had no idea of the plot, any of the other cast, or even whether it was set in an early, modern or future space exploration era. Ended up really liking the film. The story could have been a bit stronger and the pacing improved but the effects and cinematography—wow! In a pitch-black room with a big screen and surround sound, I was absolutely blown away.

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JTM wrote:

Just watched Ad Astra. The only thing I knew about it going in was that it was Brad Pitt in space—had no idea of the plot, any of the other cast, or even whether it was set in an early, modern or future space exploration era. Ended up really liking the film. The story could have been a bit stronger and the pacing improved but the effects and cinematography—wow! In a pitch-black room with a big screen and surround sound, I was absolutely blown away.

Yes!  Another person who likes the film!  I agree that the pacing could be picked up here and there but overall I love the film.  I'd actually rate it as one of my favorite films of 2019.  It seems like most people dislike the film but honestly, it flat out just works for me on every level.

Current rankings:
OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
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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'BORAT 2'

As you would expect, I watched most of it through my fingers and cringing.

How he does it I'll never know.

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Hoping to watch it this weekend sometime  Tonight I watched a classic
Halloween (1978) not the abomination of the Rob Zombie crap re-make
J Carpenter's homage to A Hitchcock  still a masterpiece  ajb007/martini

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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Napoleon Plural wrote:

Robin and Marion

I suppose it helps to be knocking on a bit to appreciate this film, and to see it at this time of year as the leaves turn to flame. This was on three years ago when my Mum was in her final nursing home (she died in October) so it has a certain resonance for me.

As the film unfolds it is hard to see how it could be any more enjoyable than it is...

Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Denholm Elliot, Nicol Williamson, Ronnie Barker, Ian Holm, Richard Harris, Kenneth Haigh, Peter Butterworth, Bill Maynard... How ironic that of all this supporting cast, the only one still alive as I write is old Robin himself - Sean Connery.  ajb007/martini

Me and my big mouth.  ajb007/frown

Still, if want a film to do the late Sir Sean justice at this time, you could do a lot worse than Robin and Marion.

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"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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Tonight I'm watching "The first great train robbery" from 1978 starring none other than Sean Connery. A leftfield choise perhaps, but that's partly why I'm watching it.  ajb007/smile

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I've got THE WIND AND THE LION on deck.  Underrated gem of a film.

Current rankings:
OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
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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Is that the one where Connery says "I wash born and raished in he deshert" in his usual Scottish accent? I haven't seen that movie yet, but I'll love to.

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Watched Goldfinger last night  ajb007/martini

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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A thought just occured to me: has any major movies (or TV series) been made about the opioid crisis, poverty in the rust belt or the problems in the agricultural midwest in the last 10-20 years?

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I watched a short documentary  today on the making of " The Longest Day ".
It was funny how like " Where Eagles Dare " it was criticised for casting
Actors too old for the characters they were portraying. Although many of
those same actors had actually served during the war.
    One interesting point was how Sean Connery got some of his scenes filmed
earlier that intended as he needed to jet off to Jamaica to film a new Spy movie
called, Dr No  ajb007/martini

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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North Sea Hijack/Ffolkes (1980)

This movie is about terrorists hijacking a supply boat and placing bombs on the boat and three oil rigs in the North Sea. Roger Moore plays Ffolks, a man who commands and trains a private commando diver unit. This isn't really an action movie as you may have expected, it's more of a tense thriller and I like it. Especially enjoyable is the fact that Moore plays against type. I quote IMDB:

Ffolkes (Sir Roger Moore) was far removed from the type of character he was known, a suave, debonair, charming, sophisticated ladies' man. If anything, Ffolkes was actually a cranky, moody, and cantankerous misogynist. He is bearded and somewhat shabbily dressed, as opposed to his previous image as clean shaven, and a dapper dresser. His affections are reserved for his cats, of which he has many, rather than women, of which he has none.

It is nice to see Roger playing someone else than an action version of himself and he gets to show his acting skills.
(it's nice to see enough reserach was done to know Stavanger is the main petrolium insustry and supply town in Norway, sort of our Huston with a mix of oil and religion)

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North Sea Hijack another great boys own adventure  ajb007/cheers  I have recently
re-watched on YouTube two short silent comedies from a legendary
Double act The two Ronnies, The Beach and The picnic  ajb007/lol  some
great laughs to be had from these. ajb007/martini

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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I enjoyed North Sea Hijack too.

Eddie the Eagle (2015)

Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman
A feel good film based on the life of the British ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle, who fought against lack of support and encouragement to enter the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

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The Spy Who Never Dies wrote:

I enjoyed North Sea Hijack too.

Eddie the Eagle (2015)

Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman
A feel good film based on the life of the British ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle, who fought against lack of support and encouragement to enter the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Isn't this one of the few movies where the Norwegians are the enemies? The only other example I can think of is Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet  ajb007/lol

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Number24 wrote:
The Spy Who Never Dies wrote:

I enjoyed North Sea Hijack too.

Eddie the Eagle (2015)

Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman
A feel good film based on the life of the British ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle, who fought against lack of support and encouragement to enter the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Isn't this one of the few movies where the Norwegians are the enemies?

Well, I wasn't going to bring that up  ajb007/lol The British Olympic panel were pretty mean to him too.

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Logan's Run *

Just about the last of the depressing dystopic early70s scifi movies before Star Wars reinvented the genre.

You know there's a classic spy plot underneath all the sci-fi speculation and social satire? Logan is given a secret assignment by the Central Computer, to go undercover, join the Runners and find Sanctuary, without telling the other Sandmen what he's doing, who then try to kill him like he was any other Runner.

...and theres one scene of special interest to us: the same scene Farrah Fawcett is in, by very nice coincidence! but she's not why I'm pointing this scene out.
Logan decides to get plastic surgery at the New You plastic surgery clinic. The surgeon has Logan lie on a bed, while four lasers pivot and rotate overhead on articulated robot arms. These lasers are used to precisely reshape the flesh. While Logan is lying there, the surgeon receives a call alerting him that his latest patient is a Sandman, so tries to use these same lasers to cut the helpless Logan into little pieces, leading to a fight scene where both men are throwing each other in the path of the lasers which have gone out of control.
The setup and fight scene look a lot like  Die Another Die!
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Danger Diabolik *

As recommended upthread by Napoleon Plural and TonyDP, and a fine and tasteful recommendation it was too!


Based on a longrunning Italian comic strip (which I confess I've never read) Diabolik is not a spy but a masterthief dressed in a superhero type costume, who pulls off the most complex and visually stunning heists ever. Accompanied by his sexy ladyfriend/collaborator Eva, the two anti-heroes drive a beautiful Jaguar very fast over dangerous switchbacks while necking passionately without ever needing to watch the road, before returning to their magnificent underground lair that makes the Batcave look low-rent by comparison.

This is a rather expensive looking film, at least compared to the other cheap Italian spy-trend knockoffs I've been watching lately. Slick stylish visuals, great pacing, and an incredible Morricone soundtrack that blends psychedelic rock with John Barry-isms. And Emilio Largo himself plays the villain and has bought himself another Largo-worthy yacht.

There's lots of scenes that anticipate later Bondfilms. In particular, you know that scene in aVtaK where Zorin drops a reluctant conspirator off his dirigible, that everybody says is a repeat of Goldfinger? well there's a scene in this film that looks even more like that scene, and it's better played too!

SpoilerOne year before heist film the Italian Job, this one also ends with a cliffhanger that makes Caine's final predicament look laughably simple to resolve in comparison.

Unfortunately I haven't been able to find Barberella online. I suspect the two films would make a swell double-bill.

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caractacus potts wrote:

Unfortunately I haven't been able to find Barberella online. I suspect the two films would make a swell double-bill.

FYI, Barbarella is available via Prime Instant Video so if you have that service you can check it out.

With regard to Danger Diabolik, it was actually a very low budget movie but director Mario Bava used his many tricks like hanging miniatures to extend sets and make it look way more expensive than it really was. There's a small documentary on the DVD/BluRay that goes into detail on the character and making of the movie. You can also check it out on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCHaY9ZKlac

And one other obscure Mario Bava movie I would highly recommend is Planet of the Vampires (sometimes known as Demon Planet), a surprisingly good, creepy and atmospheric sci-fi/horror movie about two spaceships that land on an alien planet where mayhem ensues. There are a lot of parts of the movie that were later copied by Alien and the ending would make Rod Serling proud. Like Danger Diabolik, Bava had to get the most out of a very limited budget and used all sorts of clever in-camera effects and techniques. It's also available on Amazon Prime Instant Video. There's a trailer on YouTube (though the narrator lays it on a bit thick):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzbEfsCNpis

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TonyDP wrote:

With regard to Danger Diabolik, it was actually a very low budget movie but director Mario Bava used his many tricks like hanging miniatures to extend sets and make it look way more expensive than it really was. There's a small documentary on the DVD/BluRay that goes into detail on the character and making of the movie. You can also check it out on YouTube here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCHaY9ZKlac

thanks for the link to the documentary TonyDP, that really adds to my appreciation of the movie.
As an old Swamp Thing fan, I enjoyed seeing cartoonist Steve Bissette carefully explaining how this works visually as an authentic comic book movie experience.

and its extra amazing all those spectacular visuals were done with limited budget!
Gotta love creative use of practical special effects.


you know I'm not sure the Diabolik comic has ever been translated into English? if it has, I've never seen a copy

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caractacus potts wrote:

you know I'm not sure the Diabolik comic has ever been translated into English? if it has, I've never seen a copy

According to this website it looks like some of the books were translated into English, but I've never seen them myself either.

http://www.europeancomics.net/index.htm … b=Diabolik

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Kiss Me Deadly, 1955 *

Adapted from the novel by Mickey Spillane.
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Dark, stylish, nasty and amoral.
All those weird camera angles and extreme contrasts of light and dark we expect from noir, but this is more like a cynical parody of the form, an evolution taken to a hopeless, even apocalyptic conclusion.

Despite a Nat King Cole tune during the (backwards scrolling!) opening credits, the score is less musical than soundcollage, with important exposition often obscured by incongruous and disturbing sound effects. At least once, the next scene's sound effect begins several camera edits before the next scene proper begins. So not just confusing, as such plots usually are, but deliberately disorientating.


Mike Hammer is a private detective on a mission of vengeance. But even though Spillane's books themselves are rather nasty, this is an even less likable version of the character. Here, Hammer is specifically a "bedroom snoop" and blackmailer, and it is implied he pimps his secretary/lover Velma to create divorce evidence and obtain other valuable information.

Exciting adventure begins when Cloris Leachman (yes, Frau Blucher and Mary Richards' landlady in her film debut), just escaped from a mental hospital, is hitch-hiking in a state of panic and a bathrobe, and picked up by our hero in his vintage corvette. Soon after she is dead, and Hammer being asked a lot of questions by the police.
Hammer endures two separate torture scenes, and he himself doles out much sadistic violence, and not always to the bad guys. Fight scenes are pretty graphic and elaborately staged for 1955!
Eventually it all gets a bit science fictional, seemingly transcending genre, leading to an ending thats a whole 'nother level of dark-and-depressing altogether. As if blackmail and torture weren't enough for a tuffguy detective to worry about.
Say, remember that mysterious briefcase from Pulp Fiction? this is where it came from!


Now I never heard of director Robert Aldrich, but a quick bit of research reveals his other films are also a bit arty and disturbing, so I'm going to look for some more of his brand of weirdness!

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Cone of Silence (1960)   

Bernard Lee, Peter Cushing 
Lee plays an experienced pilot who is accused of making an error when a new plane crashed. But was it his fault or was there a problem with the plane? I’ve seen a few films with Bernard Lee before he became M and I think this is one of the better ones.

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The Spy Who Never Dies wrote:

Cone of Silence (1960)   

Bernard Lee, Peter Cushing 
Lee plays an experienced pilot who is accused of making an error when a new plane crashed. But was it his fault or was there a problem with the plane? I’ve seen a few films with Bernard Lee before he became M and I think this is one of the better ones.

Ahh yes, the cone of silence...  ajb007/biggrin

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