7 items from 2017
It’s Obi-Wan versus Fidel! Well, not really. The pre-Bond espionage genre lights up with cool intrigues and comic absurdities, as a Brit vacuum salesman in Havana is recruited to spy for Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The filmmakers and stars are all top caliber, and the location is legendary: Castro’s Cuba, immediately after the revolution.
1959 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95
Cinematography: Oswald Morris
Music Score: Frank and Laurence Deniz
Art Direction: John Box
Film Editor: Bert Bates
Written by Graham Greene from his novel
Produced and Directed by Carol Reed
One of the best pre-James Bond spy pictures is this brilliant, yet lumpy adventure with an historically unique setting — it was filmed in Castro’s Cuba, »
- Glenn Erickson
Louisa Mellor Mar 5, 2017
SS-gb isn’t just period drama, it’s old-fashioned in every respect. This week, Douglas Archer gets dragged in even deeper…
This review contains spoilers.
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When SS-gb launched a fortnight ago, there was talk about its inadvertent modern-day relevance. With right-wing nationalism once again appearing to be taking hold in western politics, the story of an England occupied by Nazis felt dangerously applicable. The feeling was that intentionally or not, a drama about a past that never was might tell us something about where we are now.
Three fifths of the way through, »
A brand-new take on the Japanese Yakuza films of the 1960s, Mondo Yakuza is clearly inspired by the nihilistic work of Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill) in particular. The film tells the story of Ichiro Kataki (Shimada), a violent Yakuza gang member travels to Melbourne, Australia after his beloved sister Yuko is brutally murdered by a group of criminals. Hell bent on vengeance he teams up with Cassidy Arizona (Skye Medusa), a lady of the night with a vendetta of her own…
Seijun Suzuki’s prolific work in the yakuza genre was marked by a few things: his visual flair, the often avant-garde nature of his movies, sheer coolness… and actor Joe Shishido; who appeared in a number of Suzuki’s movies, »
- Phil Wheat
A knife-wielding man shouting “Allahu akbar” was shot five times outside the Louvre Museum in Paris on Friday in what President Trump has already declared a “radical Islamic” terror attack. News organizations and French officials had not determined the identity of the attacker when Trump sent a tweet early on Friday morning. Either Potus is jumping to conclusions, or he knows something that we don’t. A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. Get Smart U.S. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017 Also Read: Trump Attacks Schwarzenegger in. »
- Brian Flood
The Paley Center will pay tribute to NBC’s nine decades on the air with The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary, a special airing from 9-11 Pm Sunday, February 19. Kelsey Grammer will host the show, which will showcase some of the network’s most iconic series, including Hill Street Blues, The West Wing, L.A. Law, ER, The Monkees, Get Smart, Cheers, The Cosby Show, The Golden Girls, Seinfeld, Frasier, Will & Grace, Friends, The Office and 30 Rock. It also will… »
As many suspected, Dwayne Johnson will not be contained by the Shazam! movie alone. Instead, he will play the villain in that movie. And he'll also be getting his own standalone adventure for Black Adam, a DC character who has long been viewed as an anti-hero.
Deadline announced this exciting news, which comes just after Dwayne Johnson had a long meeting with the DC Films team. Shazam! has officially morphed into a 2-Part movie, but it isn't known which installment will come first. Black Adam and Shazam! will launch a new DC franchise for The Rock, with the movies tying into the Dceu while also being their own thing. Here is what Dwayne Johnson had to say in a Facebook post following his recent meeting with the heads of DC.
"Had a very cool and strategic meeting with the heads of DC Comics about their entire universe. As a hard core DC fan, »
As a swivel-hipped rock and roller, Conrad Birdie had a lot of living to do, the unknown actor Dick Gautier sang in the 1960 Broadway smash Bye Bye Birdie. At first a reluctant leading man, Gautier played many roles, including cabaret singer, stand-up comic, character actor and caricaturist. He was best known to TV audiences as Hymie The Robot on six episodes of the Mel Brooks/Buck Henry-created spy spoof Get Smart, culminating in Hymie’s role as best man at the wedding… »
7 items from 2017
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