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"The Outer Limits" goes for tongue-in-cheek in this episode ...
"The Outer Limits" goes for tongue-in-cheek in this episode with two Martians (assuming ordinary earthling appearance) who are sent to earth to study human beings. They are told there will be a murder taking place at a 'less than first class hotel' and take their equipment to the scene and wait for the event to take place.
The scene: A sexy blond waits in the lobby. The elevator door opens, a man steps out. The blond stands up and faces him.
Blond: "Bert Hamil!! You're a two-faced, no good, black-hearted two timer!" Man: "Carla!! Don't shoot!!" Blond: "Don't come begging to me. Take that!!" The gun goes off, the man grabs his chest and falls to the floor. (Love the dialogue--right out of a 40s murder mystery.) The Martians watch but are dumbfounded and have no clue so they decide to rewind the scene (in real time) but still draw a blank. Then they run it in slow motion, backward, forward, upside-down, inside-out, stop the action stepping into the scene for human physiology tests such as blood pressure, temp, etc., and now take the scene further back in time and follow him to find out where the man was coming from on the upper floors--a sexy brunette is up there. Still nothing. They finally decide to redirect the bullet trajectory to see what result that produces, and do so but according to headquarters, what they have done will alter future events with a devastating result to the solar system. Now they're in quandary and discuss what to do.
Considering television was in its teens in 1964, this "Outer Limits" episode isn't bad. Carroll O'Connor plays one of the Martians and its interesting to see him in action prior to his "Archie Bunker" fame.
The plot was hokey but enjoyable and the Martian equipment looked like gadgets anyone could have bought at a toy store in 1964; the special effects are simplistic (the director got a lot of mileage out of "the scene" by playing and replaying it) and when the Martians stepped into the stopped action, the actors did their best to hold their positions and not flinch.
If its a Saturday night and there's nothing else on cable, give this one a shot. Ooops.
French Taboo (1985)
Pretty good French XXX for 1985
French movie with dubbed English. The women were pretty with nice bods; the guys were average-to-below average in the looks department--average endowments. The scenery was beautiful with sumptuous sets for the action, probably apartments and villas that were rented for filming. One good M/F penetration scene; 2-3 F/F action scenes; 2-3 M/FF romps. Overall an interesting look at porn from the mid 80s.
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
I can only imagine what William Castle could have done with the sumptuous interiors and special effects used in this remake. The original was a low budget film with only three well known actors and some casual special effects but the original had a good story behind it which made it work. In the end, only the villain(s) died and the audience was left with the question as to whether the house was really haunted by the dead or only exploited by the living.
I didn't expect much from the remake and I wasn't disappointed. I watched the beginning which showed promise, and then fast forwarded through the gore, violence, sadism and four letter words to the end which summed up the entire flick--another tax write off for the studio.
The Thin Man (1934)
In an interview with Myrna Loy, she said during the filming of the dinner scene, the director actually had oysters being served to the guests. What with the hot lights and retakes, the oysters spoiled and smelled awful. She said she couldn't eat oysters for months after filming the movie.
All About Eve (1950)
Eve: She was a criminal in the 50s but what about today?
There is nothing I could add to what has already been said about this movie: It is terrific.
I find it interesting that in the 50s, Eve Harrington was considered a moral criminal. When she is exposed by the character portrayed by George Sanders, she is humiliated and embarrassed because she was caught, not because of what she had done which only added to her list of crimes.
Modern viewers who see this movie for the first time would probably wonder what all the fuss is about. The scheming and back stabbing done by Eve Harrington to move up the ladder of success is now common practice for women and men who want to rise to the top of their respective professions and anyone who reaches the top in todays work force, by whatever means, is admired and respected.
Eve Harrington was ahead of her time, however I find this movie to be timeless.