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  1. No matter how many times I see Blood Simple, I still enjoy it immensely. The Coen's dark humor and noir-ish storytelling was like nothing I'd seen before. The Man Who Wasn't There is also right up there with my favorites. Sure wish they'd make neo-noir Fridays a permanent feature. Eddie Muller really knows his stuff. I always enjoy his segments as he doesn't sound like he's just reading off a prompter.
  2. Change of Habit, 1969. Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, et al. 1/10 Elvis plays a doctor, of all things, and Moore an undercover nun or some such. The ridiculous plot includes Dr. Elvis's unusual treatment for autistic children. His theory is that autistic kids are just really, really pissed off, and if you let them scream long enough they'll get it out of their system. Sure enough, his patient is miraculously cured and they hug it out. This was (mercifully) Elvis's last movie. Songs featured: I honestly can't remember and only saw it 3 days ago. Loving You 1957, is deligh
  3. A Kiss Before Dying, 1956. Starring Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor, Jeffrey Hunter Synopsis: A ruthless college student resorts to murder in an attempt to marry an heiress. Another of a handful of noirs filmed in color, this is different in other ways as well. The opening graphics and theme song reminds me of a Doris Day rom-com. The first scene of a tearful and pregnant Woodward quickly dispels that notion. Her handsome sociopathic boyfriend Bud (Wagner) smooth-talks her down, but you can already see his wheels turning. She's the daughter of a rich copper mine owner wh
  4. Speaking of Blanche DuBois, I was watching Streetcar again and suddenly had an epiphany. When Blanche walks by the poker game and says "Don't get up gentlemen, I'm just passing through" it struck me that Dylan's 'Things Have Changed' has that it the lyrics, and as sung by the fabulous Bettye Levette it could be Blanche's theme song! Hard to believe she's 73.
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks for mentioning this one! I agree it's excellent.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. It looks like Sigfreid & Roy's white tigers have gone feral in Vegas. I might just have to see this.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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