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Machete Kills (2013)
Enjoyable but not as much as the first.
I saw it with about a third of the movie theater filled, it was the first show on a Saturday morning. You don't go in expecting Gone With The Wind but you know what you're getting. As in the first film, I got the impression the actors were enjoying themselves, in fact Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo were on a program and said the actors appearing in the films say they are getting a chance to do something that the studios they usually work for don't let them do. It's over the top, violent, tongue in cheek. Was it as good as Machete? No, I didn't think so, maybe a little too long but it was a fun ride. We'll see if a third will really be made.
The Treasure Seekers (1979)
Saw this one late night in New York many years ago..on WCBS...it was faded on TV then but the film was enjoyable. I agree that Whitman and Taylor had better times in the 60's and 70's but they were up to snuff here. Elke Sommers...as sexy as ever and better here than she was in "Baron Blood", maybe that was dubbing but it was not good for her...and Keenan Wynn was his grizzled old self along with Jeremy Kemp...too bad it's not on DVD.This film never resurfaced on TV since and that's too bad. With the dumping of films on late night TV, I guess it went into some sort of graveyard for films that made the rounds on late night. It was better than the film Whitman did about the Jim Jones cult
Dimension 5 (1966)
Dimension 5...lots of familiar faces in different spy angle
I just pulled out my copy of Dimension 5 the other night and looked at it....as with other United Pictures films it was filled with B actors in starring roles, Jeffrey Hunter, France Nuyen, Donald Woods and Harold "OddJob" Sakata. B plot that doesn't make you think much but it kept the pace going. Many of the United Pictures films were quick paced, "Castle Of Evil", "Destination Inner Space" , "Panic In the City, "Money Jungle" and "The Destructors" so if you get a chance to get any of these, they are good for any sci-fi buff's collection...not the top of the heap but not as bad as things like Astro Zombies. Other familiar faces were Kam Tong who was "Hey Boy" In "Have Gun Will Travel", Deanna Lund who went on to be in "Land Of The Giants", Robert Ito who was in "Quincy ME"
Twilight for the Gods (1958)
Interesting casting for Hudson...out of character
Didn't find it to be that terribly bad...my question is...is this film on video tape anywhere...TNT showed it some years back and since they have changed their format, it's not been seen since...I thought Hudson being an arrogant type was a nice change, not that romantic role that he would settle into. Kennedy as usual was good but I wonder if some weren't happy with Hudson in the lead, apart from Kennedy, who would you have picked to play the role of the Captain and the mate? Hudson would be relegated to the role of hero in years to come apart from his role in "Pretty Maids in A Row" but his role in "Twilight for the Gods"? Pretty darn good.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
This will bring a tear to your heart
Having seen this movie for the first time in 2005, I couldn't pull myself away from it. The acting, story, mood all kept my full attention and the ending....I don't feel ashamed to admit I cried when I saw it and recently it had the same effect on me. It mirrors something in my own life with a very special lady. But it's excellent, I would include it in my top 100 film list... The remake pales in comparison, most of them do anyway but the characters trying to get together even though everything is being thrown at them to block their way and there are touches of humor but those don't overshadow the what's going on...you want them together, plain and simple.
Day The Earth Caught Fire
This film holds a special place for me.....it was the inspiration to get into news broadcasting...no lie. I saw this film in the earl 60's and always was fascinated by the "newsroom", the teletype machines and, the reporters. The story was typical sci-fi but instead of filling the film with bug eyed monsters or giant creatures(which ain't bad by the way), it delved more into characters, emotions, plot... The idea of the world coming to an end has been done time and time again, but this was very well done. The black and white added to the dismal attitude, you could "see" the heat on the screen and feel it...Edward Judd, Leo McKern and Janet Munro were all excellent....kudos to director Val Guest. I understand that a re-make is being considered...please don't...you'll ruin it....
House of Dark Shadows (1970)
House Of Dark Shadows
There was more gore in this film but it was necessary...the Barnabas Collins character was less sympathetic and characters were killed who didn't suffer such fate on the day time soap opera such as Nancy Barrett,Thayer David and Louis Edmonds characters. Interesting how Joan Bennett seemed to disappear from the film upon discovering an aged Barnabas....on the whole it was a much better film than the follow up "Night Of Dark Shadows". This film had a better budget than the day time program, better use of "shadows". I would have liked to have seen a sequel to this film rather than the other. Dan Curtis had earlier success with TV versions of "Dr.Jeckyll & Mr.Hyde", "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" but "House Of Dark Shadows" was very enjoyable.
Excellent crime film
Something about this film always stayed in my memory, I saw it in the theater when I was oh, 7 years old and the music, the grittiness and the infighting of the gang were some of the items that jumped out at me. Liked the black and white film and remembered the 4 main character names over the years...it was one of the films I've had the hardest time trying to get and I finally got it and added it to my library. No one gets the money, no one really wins anything, even the character Jackie Parker doesn't get any real revenge, sure she gets even with Johnny but it doens't bring back her husband...never get tired of this film and I would like to see others of the same style made around the time.
Beyond Atlantis (1973)
Enjoyable entre of the "Blood Island" series
This was a very enjoyable film, combination of horror, action, plot and some comedy. Sid Haig was very memorable as East Eddie. Had some of the better lines to deliver. John Ashley made the transition from teen star to producer and Patrick Wayne was the perfect choice for the square-jawed hero. Leigh Christian was ....hmmmmm... and the final film appearance of George Nader...too bad the other entries "Womanhunt","Beast Of The Yellow Night",and "Black Mamba" couldn't put together the same formula.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Somebody tried to make another "From Here To Eternity"
I didn't want to shell out 9-bucks for this when it came out, didn't rent it, didn't order it on pay-per-view....waited until it hit the cable channels (STARZ, HBO,SHOWTIME, etc.) The love story went on too long and I got the impression that "From Here To Eternity" was lurking in the back of somebody's head...Battle footage was good but the romance, as someone said seemed a bit too forced.