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One More Train to Rob (1971)
One More Train to Rob (1971)
One More Train to Rob (1971) starts out a bit dull, on the average side. It is slow-going and the direction is really not motivated. I really didn't think it would amount to anything, and it doesn't, still, it is barely above average and will get you to the end. What helps it along is the acting of the actors, reliables like George Peppard, Soon-Tek Oh (Missing in Action 2 (1985)), John Vernon (Animal House (1978 )), Diana Muldaur, etc. They aren't that good and the script is nothing to goggle over, but still, seeing familiar acting faces helps.
Hal Needham (frequent collaborator with Burt Reynolds) is in it.
George Peppard plays a train bandit who gets caught and sent to prison. He comes back to find his old crew has changed and wants to get rid of him. Some absurd action scenes ensue and then it ends.
In all, it is rather mild and not very engaging, but it's something to see on a rainy night.
Más negro que la noche (2014)
Take a bunch of boring, spoiled, know-nothing young women, give them an inheritance, place them inside a fake-looking studio "house" where nothing happens for nearly 2 hours, and what do you get? Well, this film, which is tedious.
The attempted use of the "cat, dead aunt and the housekeeper" to scare the audience goes on forever. The lighting of the film ruins the atmosphere, so does the fake CGI exterior of the house. The acting is below-standard and dull.
The lighting of the film ruins the atmosphere in the end, so does the fake CGI aunt in the house.
The film is tedious, again.
It is a remake of "Más negro que la noche" (1975) which was average, but is included on a TV in this Director Henry Bedwell version. The 1975 film is directed by Carlos Enrique Taboada, who did "Even the Wind Is Afraid" (1968) and "The Book of Stone" (1969) in his trilogy of horror.
Vi är bäst! (2013)
We Are the Worst!
Imponderably dull film about a few snot-nosed, selfish, well-off teens who whine throughout the entirety of the reel. Each scene is pointless, banal and lacks any charm or warmth. There is no redeeming character at all to be found, just a pastiche of cartoon elements and vapid dialogue. All we get are the teens complaining about each and every thing. Also, they are not even punk. Even the comedic elements are lacking. The teens stink as a band and the end is just as insignificant as the start.
When I was a punk rock kid, we did things like put out zines, flyers, had rumbles with metal heads or cowboys, put up bands at our homes, protested against causes, unloaded band equipment for the Misfits, Minor Threat, Black Flag etc.
The teens in the film are just entirely brain dead.
The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1987)
Bukowski (1987) Bukowski is drunk, reads poetry, talks about life amongst other things. In all, it's interesting because Bukowski was such a good writer and you'll be pulled in.
I read all of Bukowski's work and loved the stuff, especially post office: A Novel by Charles Bukowski, Factotum by Charles Bukowski and Pulp by Charles Bukowski.
If you don't like Bukowski then you'll probably be bored out of your mind. Some people have trouble because he drank so much and lived in some shoddy place in L.A.
Bukowski is drunk, reads poetry, talks about life amongst other things.
You'll be pulled in.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
black exploitation film
This "black exploitation film" lacks any real sense of narrative, instead it showcases a near-sardonic attempt at complete savagery. The film is highly racist against white people, as it attempts to capitalize on the "brutal" scenes and endear the white audience as somehow responsible for slavery, which we of the present, are in no way culpable.
It is ineffective as both a polemic and drama. Brad Pitt (one of the film's producers) appearing as a ridiculous, self righteous cartoon, lowers it even more into the territory of baseless sentimentalism.
The director is working simply on hyperbolic elements, which make this film highly "unreal". No doubt he is merely using it as visual propaganda, for what cause, remains to be seen.
I would not take such a film to be serious at all.
Bad Jim (1990)
Bad Bad Jim
It's a low-budget film but the Arizona scenery is gorgeous. It was filmed in the North and the South, so you get a mix of the upland trees and low desert cactus areas. The story is a bit short on intelligence and the acting of Clark Gable's son John Clark Gable is awful.
They also have Indians "Counting coup" against some dumb settlers in a ridiculous scene.
The Indians are supposedly Cheyenne but the setting is a desert.
The end was just out of nowhere as well.
James Brolin and Richard Roundtree give alright acting.
In all, it's not that good.
Eagle's Wing (1979)
Eagle's Wing (1979) is the type of film you rarely see, filled with poetic shots of the desert landscape, it is sumptuous merely to watch. From the looks of it, it seems to be about Texas or New Mexico territories tribes, probably Comanche and Kiowa, or even the Plains Apache (also called Kiowa-Apache).
Sam Waterston as White Bull is exceptional. Martin Sheen as Pike is a great contribution as well.
The cast also has in tow many superb actors from all phases of cinema.
I loved Eagle's Wing.
The view is stunning.
Prison Planet (1992)
What was the point of it all?
Prison Planet (1992).
Extremely low budget, but it has its moments. Of course it has some of the worse acting around and lousy effects, but it grinds on you and you begin to laugh. For what it is, it's watchable.
A man breaks into a governmental building to get sent to a prison planet where some nut-ball old king is living. He meets desert nomads and runs into "Broxton", a muscle-bound moron with the brains of a rock. It's a mix of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) plus the standard prison escape drama.
The man wears a black leather suit that is like the "Stillsuits" of Dune (1984).
Broxton (Michael M. Foley) reminds me of the white guys from Hercules Against the Mongols (1963), as he has a fake Mongolian mustache and black hair and he wears the armor from the film.
Everything resembles the "Earth", but still, it's a bit fun, yet the ending will leave you asking, "What was the point of it all?"
Keep on trucking brother
Nice little flick that is long in run time and continues to interest you well into the ending. Using "The French Connection" (1971) as its role model, it's about a federal agent (played by wonderful actor Billy Dee Williams) who assembles a team of regulars to knock off some French heroin dealers. Yeah, it's absurd, but actually it is a slick little film that keep me interested all the way through.
Billy Dee Williams does a fine job, as he did in The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Keep on trucking brother.
Oh yeah, Keep on trucking brother!
Nice little flick.
Science fiction student projects
I saw this at the UCLA film school 'end of year projects' in 1975. It's a short film (15 min) based on Frank Herbert's "Dune".
They grouped together a lot of Science fiction student projects, including THX 1138 (Lucas' 1967 student film "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB" from University of Southern California's film school) and film students at the University of Southern California, John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon's Dark Star (1974).
It's all acted out and they filmed some of it in the sand dunes in Southern California.
I don't know if a copy exists today or not.