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Petter Myhr Ness
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THUNDERBALL is probably the most boring Bond film ever, and of course that's the one they made twice. 
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1000 pages! That’s a lot of gabbin’ about movies!
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MADEMOISELLE (1966)

Jeanne Moreau as a sexually frustrated village schoolmistress whose secret desire for an immigrant woodcutter drives her to insane lengths. A thoroughly perverse piece of work with a lot of blatant and rather absurd (albeit quite daring for 1966) sexual symbolism, but with a kind of power and some adventurous technique.
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KING KONG (1933)

Again, again, again.

This time, for the first time, a disturbing moment wondering what happened to all the slugs that MISSED Kong on the Empire State Building??

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Regarding THUNDERBALL, I'd still rather watch it over MOONRAKER or LICENSE TO KILL.

LICENSE TO KILL could have been a generic `out  for revenge/avenge a friend' action flick, with Bond shoehorned in as the hero.
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My attempted "31 days of Halloween horror" starts with:

CHRISTINE (1983)

One I've always enjoyed since the first time it hit cable TV (during my middle school years)... yet I could never quite put my finger on why it ultimately isn't very successful, even taking into account the obvious book vs. film comparisons...

I guess it comes down to expectations.  Director John Carpenter was coming off of varying degrees of success from HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and THE THING; and Stephen King adaptations were already a hot commodity at the time, with notable attempts being CARRIE, THE SHINING, CREEPSHOW, THE DEAD ZONE and even TV's "Salem's Lot."  Lots of scares and glorious nastiness to be found in any & all... which could be why CHRISTINE just feels so toothless.

Some very good (even great) scenes & sequences, and some fine performances from the three leads, but also saddled with some dopey dialogue, far too much left out from the novel, some notable supporting characters that vanish halfway through the film... even a surprisingly unmemorable score from Carpenter.

A valiant attempt... but, um, never really seems to get itself out of second gear.





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DAY FOR NIGHT (1973)

Francois Truffaut’s film about making a film, with Truffaut himself playing the director. Could have been a very pretentious set-up in some hands, but it’s a delight.
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French title “La Nuit américaine”.
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Peter Martin
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1000 pages is, indeed, a lot of gabbin' about movies.

I like Shaun's 31 days of Hallowe'en idea, but I've already missed the first day...

Do have some TCM horrors set to record.
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Day #2:

DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT (1995)

Surprisingly, this one has grown on me, since my eldest daughter asked to buy this a few years ago, due to her love of both Dracula movies and Mel Brooks films...

When I first rented it years ago, I despised it.  And it's still not great... Leslie Nielsen is simply miscast as the Count (he looks like someone's retired next-door neighbor, dressed up for Halloween); the "play to the cheap seats" acting and broad humor isn't nearly as sublime as YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN; and unlike that particular Brooks parody, this one just doesn't have a compelling story to tell, nor any real twist to add to the Dracula mythos--all it really does is poke fun at Dracula and past vampire movies... and that's it.

BUT, it looks great, Steven Weber and Peter MacNicol are quite funny standouts, Lysette Anthony has never looked better (va-voom!!), and in the end, it's 90 minutes of perfectly serviceable, stupid fun for October.



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Posted: 03 October 2020 at 8:06pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply


Night #3:

THE SHINING (1980)

Not only do I seem to watch this at least once a year, I may end-up seeing it twice in one month:  My local theater is showing a re-release in a couple weeks... I'm tempted to see this (finally) on the big screen after all these years (mask & hand sanitizer at the ready, of course).

Can't add too much more than I've already noted many times in the past on this Forum, so I'll just leave this fun little video that popped-up on YouTube last week:




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Re Christine

This film failed for me because I came away from the book
100% sure that the car was possessed, while the film went
the other route.

It didn't seem to gel the way the book had.

It was the first time I had been disappointed in a John
Carpenter film, after that stunning run of movies Shaun
mentioned above.
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