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The Naked Face (1984)
Quite enjoyable mystery/drama
I found this movie on Amazon for $15. I saw all the negative reviews, which most ppl slam A view to a kill, and it's my favorite Bond film. So I gave it a try, it's quite a good film shot on a tighter budget. Moore plays the role of the psychiatrist well, and there is more range in emotions from him in this. Steiger plays the over the hill bad cop type, Gould playing the side kick. Art Carney playing an eccentric p.i, and a couple of scenes with the best Felix Leiter David Hedison in tow. The end seems a bit quick, but reminiscent of the 70's era Italian crime films. Give it a try it's worth a look.
The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)
A great suspense builder
I have always enjoyed the Moore era of Bond films, and discovered this film on Amazon. It builds slowly thru his everyday routine, and you really begin to understand who Henry Pelham really is. The climax is quite chilling, and you definitely get to see different emotions from Moore, not his usual tongue in cheek role. You also pick up on some notes of Hitchcock through out.
Alien 2 - Sulla Terra (1980)
Turkey turd, with occasional bouts of gory fun
Most of the film is slooooow paced, at about 50 min in it starts to get a bit more interesting. The practical effects are pretty good which is why I give it 5 stars, and seems realistic enough. The musical score doesn't seem to fit in most of the scenes. The idea of the alien is intriguing but not well executed, and the acting is about as good as a high-school play. The way the alien escapes a body, and the old jeep wagoneer are the best things about this film. I have enjoyed many of the Italian films and after seeing 1979 Alien decided to give it a go, at least it's shorter. 3 overall + 2 for effects.
Zanna Bianca (1973)
Not one of Fulci's best
After seeing Lizard in a woman's skin, and Don't torture a duckling,two earlier efforts I had high hopes for this film. This picture seems amateurish for an experienced director. The story is decent, although for the first twenty min, it feels like two separate films. It builds suspense at all the right moments, keeping your interest. The acting in this film is mostly ok, Steiner playing the usual villainous creep, The best characters were the Trapper, the native boy, and the best was from the dog. Not exactly a kids movie, but it is tame compared to most Fulci pictures. 6/10.
North Sea Hijack (1980)
I have always prefered Roger Moore as James Bond over any other actor, and liked how he played opposite his usual persona. This film is an interesting mix, it's a little Die Hard,Under Siege/ On Deadly Ground but pioneered all of these, with a bit of humour thrown in. Not often do you have a protagonist who's a woman hating,cat loving, heavy drinking, needle point crafter, with an over confident cockiness. The story builds well, and keeps your interest, a good watch for a Sunday afternoon. Perkins plays terrorist delightfully over the top. Some times cool, other times appears unstable 8/10.
La coda dello scorpione (1971)
This giallo entry is a decent watch. It has a different storyline, tied around insurance money, rather than the jack the Ripper type psycho. Not as atmospheric as an Argento, but similar to My dear Killer, or Black belly of the tarantula. One murder scene 3/4 of the way thru particularly gruesome. Pretty good score too, not one of the usual giallo composers. I usually make a couple wrong guesses, but figure it out in a revealing scene. This time I was wrong until the killer revealed themself.
Deadpool 2 (2018)
This one was just as enjoyable as the first. Great action, tied in with humour. I've never been a fan of Marvel but have enjoyed the offerings of this franchise. I do hope they make a third.
Marvel done right
I have never been a fan of comic book turned movies, as I find them to be cookie cutters. This however is a true diamond amongst glass. It is well acted, moves along at a nice pace, truly funny. Enjoyable from beginning to end and is not boring or is over longed like say Endgame,Guardians of the galaxy. A solid 8,and I look forward to the sequel.
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Not for everyone
I have seen many westerns both Italian, American made and usually enjoy some of the more underrated Euro westerns. Along enjoy with films of the Giallo genre, not too big on the American slasher. I thought this concept was interesting, usually westerns as well as Giallo's use atmospheric suspense or great soundtrack. Scenes had a good build up here, but found the soundtrack unmentionable and way too talkative, which alot of dialogue seemed unnecessary and or dull. The cripple coming in to cannibals territory and being like Rambo highly unlikely. One time watch, may have a cult like following in time.
Non ho sonno (2001)
A triumphant return
This was a great thriller and kept me interested from beginning to end. I enjoyed the story, and the characters, and the excellent 80's metal vibe soundtrack. Max Von Sydow knocks it out of the park, and support cast is quite good, some exchanges between characters was a bit amateurish, but the majority of the film makes up for it. Argento still builds scenes with atmospheric tension, and some great camera work,and pov scenes. I give it a nine, I guessed wrong twice until the last 8 min. Though it's almost 2 hrs long it moves along at a brisk pace, and delivers on the gore in imaginative ways. A solid 9.
Non si sevizia un paperino (1972)
Another great entry from Fulci
There are some strong themes as the cover suggested near the beginning. Once you get past that, you realize this film is more based on story and less on exploitation and sleaze. Good acting, nice southern Italian scenes, and creepy organ type music in the right spots. This one won't disappoint.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Better than expected
This film was on a 4 feature dvd I bought from the bargain shop. The first two I watched were below average, so I went into this one expecting the same. It's decently acted, contains a few Canadian actors, the makeup and effects were top notch, and storyline was good. The film ran 1h:35 min which is a good length as with these features you tend to lose interest after a 2 hr time. If you like zombie films, check this one out.
Inventive spin on giallo
I don't want to give anything away plot wise. We are introduced to the main character (a journalist)as supposedly dead, which is true of all but his mind. We join him on a flashback journey to the events leading up to his ending up in the morgue. He crosses some sinister characters and is double crossed by 2 who you think are trying to help. Very interesting ending and was well executed. The middle of the film I find to be slow paced compared to what I'm used to seeing but overall a worth while watch. 7/10.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
There's 2 hours I'll never get back
I admit I don't care for these types of films, as I prefer reality based scares from giallos, action from James Bond series. I was at a friend's place and he convinced me to give it a try. I have seen 4 marvel films now, 3 of which I will never watch again, unless I don't have a freshly painted Wall to watch cure. Not sure who these are really geared for. I got the 80's references being born in early 80's, but I just find these films are tedious, flash over substance, with no character development time fillers.
Solamente nero (1978)
Argentosque, music by Goblin, but kinda dull
I went in with high expectations. It has Argentosque atmosphere, funky disco style tracks by Goblin, decent acting by co-stars ie, Don Paolo, the stepmother, Doctor, Count, and enough of a plot twist that you have it wrong until a clue is revealed. However what was missing was the strong presence of the main characters, I found Stefano to be kinda wooden and lame, as well as the female lead when compared to the chemistry of joint leads in Argento films. I also found the pacing slow, and I lost interest in parts. There is a few murder scenes with suspense buildup, but executed in a rushed, amateurish way. I've seen about 7 giallo's and this was the first I've rated lower than an 8, as I usually enjoy films of this genre. I just found it lacking when compared to films like Deep Red, Tenebrae, or Fulci efforts like New York Ripper, Lizard in a woman's skin. A 6/10.
Profondo rosso (1975)
The gold standard of giallo
This was the first giallo film I had watched, never heard of the genre until 2019. After viewing this gem of a whodunit, I have viewed other Argento's, Fulci and few other directors who helmed these films, often comparing them to this one. I loved this one beginning to end, the one death near the climax has been engraved in my brain as one of the worst ways to go. It will keep you guessing until the very end, Goblin soundtrack is top notch, I like Morricone but this has a very 70's vibe. Solid 10.
Chi l'ha vista morire? (1972)
An entry worthy of Argento,Fulci,Martino
I've been a fan of this genre, since I saw Deep Red couple years back. I've been buying up these films as I find them on Amazon. I was intrigued by this film as it starred an under rated Bond. I had always wished Lazenby had returned for Diamonds are forever as Bond out for revenge, but alas we have him doing good detective work in a giallo instead. The film's starts off with the murder of another girl in 1968, the opening credits are silent. It's an interesting POV thru the veil as the Morricone soundtrack blares. The film keeps you interested, and has a couple plot twists throughout, subject matter could be a bit touchy, but it's insinuated rather than shown. The marriage between Lazenby and his wife is more estranged as they're often apart. The ending is a bit different from what I've seen in other films. I liked re take slow motion as the firey body falls from a balcony. It will keep you guessing until the last 8 minutes when you figure it out, as for me I never suspected until one clue is shown. A good watch though if your entering the genre as a giallo virgin, start with The bird with the crystal plumage, Deep Red, The black belly of the tarantula, A lizard in a woman's skin first. Don't torture a duckling Im sure I'd add as a watch first, but I haven't seen it yet. Solid 8.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955)
I bought this series as a 4DVD set, the only version I have seen was Mel Brooks. It really is good, plays like a teleplay. The acting is good, contains a bit of humour. It also has a few actors from the classic era of James Bond.
I have watched every Bond movie since the age of 4. I used to think From Russia with Love was boring in 33 years have never watched beginning to end, I'm a Moore era fan. Spectre is by far the most boring Bond outing. It starts out good, has a good song from Sam Smith, after the credits falls flatter then Jaws on the big top in Moonraker. Bond goes from location to location, a few over the top action scenes, boring dialogue, a flat lining Bond girl, a dull Blofeld, with possibly the worst twist of the franchise. And couple scenes with what the writers thought was humour. I wish Maibaum hadn't passed away and still wrote in collaboration with Michael G Wilson, they had good solid scripts. It's 2.5 hours of watching beige paint dry. Believe it or not it isn't the worst film though, that honour is shared with two Brosnan era flops. DAD 2002,TWINE 1999. I think Skyfall should have been it for Craig. It's time for a more traditional type Bond film again, with a sexy lead. I'd love to see Chris Hemsworth as Bond.
Mio caro assassino (1972)
Very well done giallo
I really like this genre of film. This one is interesting right from the start, with the excavator that looks like a T-Rex. Many odd characters throughout, and interesting use of the unreliability of eye witness testimony. Even the ending is different from how most of these films wrap up, where Hilton has all suspects in one room and slowly unveils the killer. Worth a look, Morricone score haunting as usual, though the best giallo themes come from Goblin.
Great early giallo from Fulci
This was quite entertaining, kept you interested and guessing. I got it wrong a couple times. It has a bit of everything in it, great camera work, stunning set pieces, suspense, nudity. The dog scene is quite disturbing for an early era effect, and better than CGI. Stanley Baker does a great job as the inspector, and bears a striking resemblance to Sean Connery in Diamonds are forever. After the James Bond series, my next favorites are these Italian giallo's. They are vastly superior to U.S slasher flicks.
Land of the Dead (2005)
I saw the 1968 film last fall, and found this film on a 4 movie set. The 68 film is vastly superior. What this 2005 movie has is the more realistic looking zombies, and guts and entrails pulled from victims. This film has a more apocalyptic tone to it. You will find none of the main characters are really likable or memorable, with the exception of Big Daddy the gas station zombie. You keep interest in the fact he has evolved beyond the slow stager looking for flesh. Hopper plays a typical villain. The Italian made zombie movies of Fulci late 70's feature good effects and good soundtracks, this one the music has no impact.
Prince of Darkness (1987)
My preference for horror are Italian giallo's 70's 80's of Argento, Fulci and others. I often find American horror productions lacking in comparison. I saw The Fog a few years back and enjoyed it, so I gave this one a try. Its a decent watch, draggy in spots, with a slow build. Some of the dialogue was bad, but enjoyed the exchanges between Wong, Plesance. The sync soundtrack playing in most background scenes works really well. 6/10
I find most new series are a waste of time. The last new series I followed was Longmire. I was intrigued by the premise of the show. I like the quirky,paranoid LeBlanc. The rest of the cast seems to work well, with one glaring issue, maybe my opinion might change over time. The actress playing Agent Salisar isn't convincing and is very wooden with her delivery. It may have been better casting a mature woman late 40's early 50's, inspire confidence in leading a team and could match Leblanc's intelligence.
Waste of time
Have watched some episodes pre pandemic, and found it not that funny, when compared to Letterman, or Ferguson when he did late night. Being home during the pandemic, have found it to be worse. The jokes aren't funny and neither Conan or Andy seem to really be trying to entertain. He did a Christmas special tonight, as he stated unhumorously we may not make it to Dec 25, then said the children's choir singing sounded like sh#!. Kinda hard to be in time on zoom. I shut it off at that point. Wish Comedy network would re air Lights out with David Spade. Took me a few episodes to get into it, but overall better quality.