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Il trono di fuoco (1983)
"The day of the night of the day"
There is something quite attractive about those Italian rip-offs. Everything seems to be more dramatic but will less talent. Throne of fire sure is one of those. You get everything you paid for, cheesy lines, inept acting, boring sequences after boring sequences and probably the worst villain ever.
If you're into those kind of films, you'll get what you're looking for and much more. The "pit of madness" scene, whatever is it called was hilarious, a classic Z-grade moment. Personally, I got a kick of watching this, just a glimpse of the cover art and I knew I was in for something "memorable".For the rest, quite a crap fest with some weird entertaining scenes but nothing good really.
Student Confidential (1987)
Strange and bad but memorable b-movie
This is one of the most unique b-movie that I saw in my lifetime. Like some other comment said earlier, only Troma could have pick this one up. For sure the direction, the acting and the score was atrocious but there was a sincerity in it that I could just feel. Some of today's blockbuster's films just can't have sincerity.
Now don't get me wrong, the film was crap but I will give credit for at least trying to be authentic. Some of the lines in this film are just way too much over the top and the overall feeling is one of biting in a lemon. But still, I have seen worse and I had some entertainment watching this. Oh and the actress who is playing Nancy's mother in Nightmare on Elm Street is in this, talk about a bad acting.
The fake trashy feeling of the school reminded me of films like Savage Streets and Class of 1984. Think I have a soft spot for bad movies like these one because I'll keep it in my collection. So if you are not scared by bad films, this one is but a strangely memorable one.
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
The greatest musical of the 1930's depression era
To finally watch this film on DVD was great. Mervyn LeRoy and of course the one and only Busby Berkeley put out one of the best musical of any era. Gold diggers of 1933 is a real nice time capsule of a time when America was facing it's lowest economical status. The musical numbers are simply amazing and like lots of reviewers already wrote, the "Remember my forgotten man" number is a significant moment in the history of 30's American cinema.
It is also a joy to watch Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell at the top of their game. Keeler, although not one of the most talented actress, seems so sincere and passionate in her role that we cannot help but love her. No offense to all Ruby fans out there. All in all, a fantastic production, the very best of Berkeley and this is saying a lot.
A magnificent masterpiece by Ozu
Yasujiro Ozu has been hailed as one of the great masters of cinema for years. I have to agree with those film scholars and critics because Late Spring is a prime example of good cinema. Everything in this film flows like a gentle river. I was fascinated and completely thrilled by every second of this great work of art. Setsuko Hara and Chishu Ryu are just wonderful. You just have to forget about classical Hollywood montage and editing, you will not find any of those rules here. The master create all new ones and I guarantee that if you try one, you will want to see more of his films. This was the third work by Ozu that I had the chance to watch and I can't hardly wait to see another one.
Sincerely, I urge anybody that love cinema to see this one, quite simply one of the greatest films I have seen. 10/10