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  1. Desert Fury, 1947. Starring Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster, John Hodiak, Wendell Corey, and Mary Astor Synopsis: The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them. Desert Fury is so much fun that the plot-holes are barely noticeable. Filmed in glorious Technicolor with beautiful scenery and a great cast, the gay subtext slides right by the Hays office. Wendell Corey makes his film debut as a henchman with a twist. His growing resentment and jealousy of Paula (Scott) threatens to blow the lid off Chuckawalla.
  2. Thanks for mentioning this one! I agree it's excellent.
  3. I didn't yell, but I was thinking it. Very odd. I don't think I've ever seen so much heavy lifting from other works all in one place. Rear Window, Copycat, a bit of Body Double, and countless people who've crashed through skylights.
  4. Act of Violence, 1949. Directed by Fred Zinnemann (A Man for All Seasons, Oklahoma!, From Here to Eternity, The Day of the Jackal, High Noon) Starring Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Mary Astor, Janet Leigh Synopsis: An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp. A very intelligent and thought provoking film from Zinnemann, and his only film-noir. The acting is stellar with everyone on their A-game, and the taut script makes the time fly by. The first time I saw it, however, I couldn't jump th
  5. https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/26/media/amazon-mgm-deal/index.html "MGM has a catalog with more than 4,000 films and 17,000 TV shows, according to Mike Hopkins, who heads Prime Video and Amazon Studios. "The real financial value behind this deal is the treasure trove of IP in the deep catalog that we plan to reimagine and develop together with MGM's talented team. It's very exciting and provides so many opportunities for high-quality storytelling," he added." Sounds like they discovered there's no fresh ideas worth a damn and remaking classics is the only way forward.
  6. I guess owning a piece of James Bond is the primary motivation. Personally, I couldn't care less about the Bond franchise but it's a prestigious money-maker.
  7. Although Sam Goldwyn is probably stirring in his grave to hear "Shark Tank" mentioned as a top draw to MGM, I'm excited about Amazon buying them. They already have an extensive classic catalog, something Netflix isn't interested in, so this is a good fit.
  8. One of the best opening scenes ever. The Letter, 1940. 9/10 Directed by William Wyler Stars Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall Nominated for 7 Oscars Bette plays the wife of a rubber tree planter in Malay. The man she shot was a family friend. The Production Code made this sound ridiculous, but her husband and the cops are dimwits. She gives the usual song & dance about how the gun "just went off" and everything was "a blur". They buy it, until an incriminating letter she wrote to the victim turns up.
  9. It looks like Sigfreid & Roy's white tigers have gone feral in Vegas. I might just have to see this.
  10. Baby Doll, 1956. The writing up top is very small but says: She's nineteen. She makes her husband keep away. She won't let the stranger go. She looks more like 15 so these alleged middle aged victims are stupid. Baby Doll sleeps in a crib sucking her thumb, yet the opening music is a bluesy, stripper number. Karl Malden is shown spying on her through a hole in the wall. Everything about it was disturbing. Then Baby Doll wakes up, and things become clearer. We learn that her dying father had arranged the marriage to then somewhat prosperous cotton farmer Malden so she would b
  11. Speaking of stolen identities, I recently rewatched The Boys From Brazil and it was still good even though I knew the twists. Laurence Olivier is incredible as a Simon Weisenthal-like character and Nazi hunter. Gregory Peck is Dr. Joseph Mengele who lives on a ranch in South America where several natives have odd blue eyes and various deformities.
  12. The Two Jakes, 1990. Directed by Jack Nicholson Starring Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe Not as good as Chinatown but a worthy successor. If a bit too "talky" and confusing at times, the beautifully done LA sets and cinematography makes up for it. It's 1948, 10 years after Chinatown ends, and Jake Gittes (Nicholson) is still haunted by the past and in the PI business, but more prosperous now. The second Jake is Berman (Keitel), a real estate developer who shot his business partner after finding him together with his wife (Tilly). This time it's oil and ga
  13. Razzberry

    Respect (2020)

    Looking forward to this!
  14. Okay, this one is specifically for age differences, between the characters or actors, so no need to delete. I've noticed something interesting when the roles are reversed. When the woman is older than the man, this is usually the main plot point. He's often seen as a victim, with a younger woman waiting in the wings for the time when he can escape the cougar's clutches or come to his senses, like "Don't worry, he'll be ok once this madness is over." The Mother The Reader The Graduate Sunset Blvd.
  15. Oh wow, I looked but somehow I missed it! Hopefully a mod will delete this one.
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