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GRADUATE OF ERASMUS HALL HIGH SCHOOL
The I Don't Care Girl (1953)
I didn't like the ending in this 1953 entertaining movie. Nice seeing David Wayne attempting a song and dance routine. Even though he mouthed the words, he got through it nicely.
The film tells the story of the making of a film based on Broadway luminary Eva Tanguay.
The dances and the songs centered around the theme of I don't care are marvelously staged.
Wayne appears in and out of the film and his telephone drunk scene was so similar to when he gave up Susan Hayward (Jane Froman) to Rory Calhoun via the phone again the year before in "With A Song in My Heart."
The film tells of different men in her life telling her story with differences that seem to come all together at the end.
A Girl in Every Port (1952)
Groucho and William Bendix made such a wonderful team that it's just too bad that they weren't paired in more films.
In this one, they're two navy guys who become involved with horses and horse racing.
Working with twin horses can be confusing enough, but when it becomes both advantageous and disadvantageous for the one horse to win and or lose, the film may dip somewhat but is funny to watch nonetheless.
Marie Wilson is along as the rightful owner of the horses and she is also a waitress. It's always a joy to watch her confusion and especially what she is able to do to the English language.
Don De Fore plays a former horse owner drawn in by the duo in their plot to benefit from the well horse. His fiancé will go to any lengths to prevent him from his horse habit, even if that includes throwing a race and paying off Bendix and Marx in the bargain.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Wonderful film depicting strong family and ethnic ties. Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan are terrific as the parents of a 30 year old daughter, unmarried and looking as if she shall settle into a grim spinsterhood.
Along comes an American teacher and love blossoms in record time and the two prepare for marriage.
The film is a living testament to the fact then when you marry, you also marry the family.
There is quite a lot of work to do to get the two very different families to get and like one another.
Acceptance of others insofar as their culture and ethic makeup build the foundation for a very amusing, heartfelt and enjoyable watch.
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Those into gambling and strong card playing must have loved this film. The rest of us probably did not.
Steve McQueen in the up and coming card shark who is in New Orleans to play Lancy Howard, Edward G. Robinson, who I thought looked as though he was bored with the entire project. I know that others would say that Robinson projected a gambler's bluffing face.
Ann Margret is her usual suggestive type, married to Karl Malden, as probably a marriage of convenience. Tuesday Weld is along for the ride, and as the girlfriend of McQueen, projects as if she is ready to return to Dobie Gillis on television.
Then there is Joan Blondell as Lady Fingers, an old card hand dealer who is morbid and whose time has come and gone.
Then young child always challenging McQueen represents someone ready to take your place, no matter how far that shall be.
Don't really deal yourself into this one.
Thieves' Highway (1949)
For a change, Richard Conte shows that he can be vulnerable as depicted in this film. Coming home to find his father confined to a wheelchair, as a result of a supposed accident, Conte goes after the guy who had a supposed part in the accident.
Conte suffers a near broken neck and is severely beaten by the thugs of Mike Figlia, Lee J. Cobb, a sinister gangster in the film. Cobb reminds me of his part as the corrupt person in "On the Waterfront."
Don't you think that Valentina Cortese looked too old for the part? Perhaps, the reason was due to the way her hair was cut in the film.
It's basically a story of the apple industry and how like everything else, it can be manipulated by hoodlums.
The ending comes rather quickly and it's just as well.
The Drop (2014)
The Drop Falls Down **
Confusing due to the inept writing. We reach a point that we don't know what's really going on here. Everyone almost nearly turns out as psychopaths.
Bob and Marvin operate a bar, think of their glory days and were quite violent fellows as shown as the film goes on.
In later years, the bar has been used for funneling illegally made money and when it is held up, those whose money was taken want action and will resort to violence to obtain their objectives.
Gandolfini is excellent as Marv, the foul-mouthed bar owner resorting to ultimate murder, and Mr. Hardy, as his cousin Bob, is quite good as the mild-mannered guy who has quite a past and isn't as sheepish as the plot seems to lay out.
Stolen Daughter (2015)
Wow! A woman police officer returns from leave following a trauma in a hostage situation. She returns only to have her own daughter seized by a woman recently released for killing a man who while driving intoxicated killed her husband and daughter.
The woman was paroled based on the recommendation of the psychiatrist. Shortly after being freed, she is hit by a van and that experience leads her to believe that her daughter and husband are alive and she goes looking for them, with kidnapping a main result.
How come this recent parolee already had a gun in her possession? Just shows you how lax our gun laws are.
Our lady police officer has to contend with a fellow officer out to get her since he believes that she shouldn't be there, yet alone returning to work.
Our parolee is nothing more than a vicious killer. Stop leaving these people out so early.
Fatal Memories (2015)
I have to confess that I knew who the real culprit was in this film. It was just apparent to me with this person showing up at different times.
An attorney comes home to find her sister holding a bloody knife with their mother lying dead.
The sister has been completely off the wall and it looks so obvious that she is the killer. The sister agrees to defend her and that leads her work to falter at her office leading to her dismissal.
All sorts of mayhem results, a car without brakes, the poisoning of the lawyer's husband and emotional outbursts enduring.
If that isn't enough, the family has to contend with an over zealous police lady who is intent upon putting the supposedly guilty sister away. The defendant certainly doesn't help herself by her actions.
Again, it all boils down to a matter of finances and business dealings gone awry.
His Secret Family (2015)
A guy who sits down with his wife and son and says prayers before each meal, continuously traveling until everything starts to unravel and the wife discovers that he has a second wife with 3 children.
The acting is good, particularly by the husband, who shows a callous disposition when confronted about his infidelity. His false kindness gives way to an embittered, vicious killer who cares less about his son, who he can save with a bone marrow transplant.
The police do their job which includes suspecting our victim wife of foul play upon the disappearance of her husband. Murder abounds as this guy has really led some swinging life.
I thought the abandoned wife's sister had something to do with this but she turns out to be a caring, but benign character in this double life charade of her brother-in-law.
Risky Business (1983)
Unbelievable film with the admission's officer at Princeton actually being influenced by what he sees when he pays a visit to the home of the student wanting to enroll there. He tells him that his actions are not exactly Ivy League, but at the end, he is admitted. Obviously, this is totally unrealistic.
Tom Cruise plays Joel from suburban Chicago, obsessed with college entrance, only to be introduced to another form of life on a dare from a friend, which leads him to utter mayhem and near ruin while his parents are away for a week or so.
Rebecca De Mornay is effective as the wayward girl who finds love with Cruise, while she teaches him the rules of the sexual game and how to benefit from it financially.