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A very beautiful and sensitive film.
Nothing very exceptional about this little french movie. The usual daily life of two couples, neighbours in the Normandy countryside. One of the couples is just in divorce proceeding. I repeat, nothing really unusual here, some schemes that many people among the audiences may have been through. That's the reason why this kind of stories are often popular. The acting is very sharp and accurate, but not as awesome as for instance LE PASSE. One sequence I particularly like is the one between Pascale - Jacques Gamblin's new girl friend and Françoise - Noémie Novwky's mother. These two characters are supporting ones, not the leads. They appear just in the middle of the movie and have not a strong importance at first sight, especially when you can see they disappear just after this scene together. A scene I find very touching, gripping, poignant, when the old woman - the actress is one hundred years old - tells the Young one her souvenirs and talks about the meaning of life, because of her long time experience.
I really realized the importance of this scene, only after the end of the film. If this had occurred between two of the leads, I would not have been so touched. But between two supporting characters who did not know each other one minute before, and split just after, I found this very unusual.
A Worth feature.
S.W.A.T.: The Running Man: Part 2 (1976)
One of the most unusual episode of the whole series
I comment only the part two of this episode. This tales focuses mostly on a supporting character - who actually becomes the lead - if you compare to the usual ones - Hondo, the SWAT leader, played by Robert Urich. The supporting character - Stuart Whitman - plays here an ex undercover cop who testified against a crime lord, sent him to jail, and then becomes a target for the remaining leads of the criminal organization. A runaway witness tale, in resume. And, I repeat, focusing on Stuart Whitman mostly. And you have Forrest Tucker in this episode, in a local town crime lord character, the town where Whitman runs for hiding...
Very good tale, rather well and sharply played. Even if everything remains very classical and somewhere predictable.
The Great Plane Robbery (1940)
Nothing exceptional here...
Just a rare film, and directed by an authentic grade Z film maker: Lewis D Collins, who also co directed some serials for Universal or Columbia Pictures, with Ray Taylor. I watched this feature from a fairly good copy, probably bootlegged - 16mm print. Not boring but predictable and forgettable among the thousands, if not millions, of others made during the thirties and forties. Talks more than action, as you can guess, but watchable. Collins made mostly westerns and adventure yarns, not crime flicks.
Enjoy this one although. Not a masterpiece, far from that, but Worth for gem diggers, as I always say.
Twelve Crowded Hours (1939)
But certainly not one hour not lost for me
I won't add much to the other comments about this little crime programmer. Like many others of this era, it mixes up comedy, romance and thriller. I am not very fond of all this, but a Lew Landers film is for me always Worth seeing, at least for my Library. I watched it for the second time and the thing that amazed me the most - you will laugh - is the hired killer sequences. The bull - ram - truck driver paid to kill some potential witnesses. The some sequences with him, such as this one, be called at home, when he is among his family, a poor family, is exquisite. Short but pleasant and so surprising. It seems very weird for me to focus on such details, but I am like this. Forget the scenes with Dix and all the gals, you certainly will forget them. The final action scenes are quite good for this kind of production.
A scheme that reminds me something
I really love this TV series typical of the seventies, my favourite decade after the sixties. Here, our heroes are in charge of a gangster, a drug dealer, who have to testify against his buddies. And of course the bad guys intend to get him out of the police hands, or worse, to prevent him to...
The SWAT team, Hondo in particular, are aboard a chopper with the prisoner and the helicopter crashes in the middle of nowhere. Guess the following.
That scheme reminds me a famous western from the fifties, starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin: 3:10 TO YUMA.
As for the other épisodes, it's full of action and the characters are well described, for this kind of TV shows.
Highway Patrol: Officer's Wife (1957)
Interesting and unusual episode
As far as I have gone Inside this very good TV show, this episode is a total drama and not crime flick tale. The story has already been told above. See for yourself, a rather psychological topic, concerning the difficulties for couples to accept the burden of police officers, with their families and so on...
A moral tale, that also emphasize the importance to wives to accept what their husbands are involved with, to protect and serve the public service.
Moral, predictable, but still interesting for this TV show rather focused on crime schemes.
I think I won't be tired of this TV series.
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
What a tremendous movie. I did not expect so much Entertainment. Not so far. I had liked 300, seven years ago. And was not so excited to Watch the sequel. Eva Green is here absolutely terrific, outstanding as the evil female. But for whom the audience may feel some empathy. Do not forget that her character seeks revenge long after her whole family rape and murder. I would bet till my last cent that no one IMDb comment will ever emphasize that point of view.
Yes, I love Eva Green's character. That's what astonishes me most in this film, more than the battle and bloody fights sequences. I have always loved amazons features. I am not interested in submitted - oh yes my Darling ! - females. That makes me puke.
Run to see that fabulous film.
S.W.A.T.: Courthouse (1975)
I really like this TV show from the seventies. All of the épisodes are pretty interesting. Especially the evil guys, of course. This tale is a heist one, as I love, with a bunch of criminals pulling an armed robbery in a race track, in the KILLING or SPLIT manner. The topic has already been told above, so I won't repeat it. The robbers are four, and right after they Grabbed the dol, only two run away with the loot, and two remain in the money counting room. Why the hell?
OK, this explains the following of the story. SWAT team arrives and so on...But why did the two robbers stay in the counting room in the first place? That's the only drawback, only hole, in this tale.
I like the Robert Webber's performance, as the bad guy, as always with him.
Directed by Don Weis, the guy who gave us ADVENTURES OF HADJI for the big screen.
The Man Inside (1976)
Only saved by the end.
This TV movie from Canada is rather tepid, run of the mill stuff, with the ordinary scheme of an undercover cop, infiltrating a drug smuggling ring. The acting is OK, but the film so boring. I almost fell asleep. I repeat, only the ending saves this movie. A surprising end that I did notexpect at all. An ending as I love, very abrupt and typical from the seventies.
A rare gem, as no one has commented it yet.
Franciscus is as good as ever. The other guy who plays with him, I don't know but he's quite good too.
Gerald Mayer was a Canadian filmmaker and worked in the US for most of his career.
The Invaders: The Ransom (1967)
One more time,David Vincent fails...
What I love in this TV show, is that the hero is not always a winner at all. Sometimes he does it, and sometimes he doesn't. This episode directed by the vet Lewis Allen is Worth, really. Our lead intends to bring an alien leader to the proper authorities, and he is pursued by the invaders who try all their best to prevent him in his project. Don't expect a sort of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. No, it's not a winning tale at all. I won't spoil it any further, but I guess you have already got what I meant.
We find here the late Karen Black, who made here one of her her early appearances, and also the late Lawrence Naismith.
I love this TV show, miles away from all the super heroes stories.