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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Interesting plot, 4 July 2013
7/10

The bad things about this movie are mainly due to its age. It is black and white. The sound and picture quality are not up to most movie goers expectations. The acting is very slow. There are long pauses between the spoken sentences. It is like the actor or actress is waiting for a truck to drive by.

The good thing is the end of the movie. It actually goes somewhere. It could be redone today with a crisp delivery and the right cast. There are a few surprises that make the movie worth watching.

Leo Carrillo is actually good, but for some reason the acting is slowed down in almost every scene. There also is a great concern about a man and woman having an affair, which seems laughable today.

Is the first line "Good evening, Elvis?" I think that is what she says. Watch it and give me your opinion. This film was made two years before Elvis was born.

Good movie and cast, Excellent Plot, 16 December 2012
7/10

The basic idea of this movie is very interesting. It is a "what if" that is believable. The cast is good and the cat is doing his or her best in a kitty bit.

This movie would have been much better without breast shots. The film needed Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day and maybe Jack Palance. Kurt Russell is no slouch, but he takes it too seriously. Just because someone is trying to maybe kill your wife or take her from you or maybe he is a bit off center, is that any reason to get so angry?

Things that date a movie are scenes with any computer or phone or naked bosoms. Women wear blouses now.

The opening title sequence is well done. The photography is quite good throughout the film. The music is OK, but a real Hitchcock orchestration would have helped. Unchained Melody would have worked in many parts of this production. High Noon Theme or Dragnet Theme in places. Not those songs but something new with that feel.

Since the movie was in color I think the cat should have been black and white. Also the cat should have had a good name that could have been the name of the movie, like Hondo or Lassie or Flicka or Danger Puss. Something like that.

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Rock and Roll Side Order of Chicken, 22 May 2012
7/10

Not a bad film for Bad Movie Night. This is very watchable and definitely listenable. The Belew Twins are my favorite act in this. They are the genuine real deal singing harmonies at the beginning and end of their songs. I think the Belew Twins have a certain sexiness that is not the same as The Everly Brothers. The Everlys looked great and sang great, but they would not be likely to sneak into your daughter's room or receive calls on the pay phone next to the urinal. The Belew Twins just have a try-anything-once look that, frankly, is refreshing. They look like the combed and showered boys next door who are out to lose whatever they can by Midnight. I really enjoyed their enthusiasm and lack of shyness when they danced.

The bad guys are funny. The fights are awful. The musical groups and singers and some dancers all come off well. The chicken on the piano or rooster on the spinet was all they could afford for set dressing. The camera work is low budget but adequate. It looked like some of the musicians actually were playing the instruments they held.

I hope The Belew Twins are still around and still performing. I would love to know their story or stories. I hope they recorded Belew Moon of Kentucky.

This is seriously a fun movie to watch if you like the old cars ( when they were new cars ) and the old hair styles and the mobs that couldn't fight. It Belew my mind.

Track Meet (1976)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Well done low budget guy/guy flick, 12 May 2012

Gavin Geoffrey or Gavin Geoffrey Dillard is the star of this sometimes daring late '70s or early '80s sexfest. Gavin is a high school track star who travels with the team to a track meet. He manages to get sucked while he is at his sister's house painting a room. The sister's husband does it to poor innocent Gavin and Gavin is unable to resist.

Gavin in real life is a poet and songwriter and he wrote the play "Bark." He has written several books. He is very articulate and is well respected in the gay and non gay community for his creativity.

In this film, Gavin, who is a young looking, Rob Lowe type, late teens near twenty kid next door, gets a lesson in love from a room service motel janitor. Gavin is quite naked and the fellow who has come in to make up the beds decides not to take no for an answer. A nice interracial rape scene occurs and is done in front of a window that is not draped in any way. Someone must have been watching this great scene being filmed.

If you can find a copy on VHS or DVD I highly recommend it for the kind of movie no longer being made. Pre-condom and imaginative without political correctness.

Psycho (1998)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Psucko, 10 March 2012
3/10

This movie began to fall apart when they cast the lead actors. Then a few more seams were destroyed when the supporting actors came onto the set and the stand ins walked away. Other than a chance to make a buck, why did anyone sign on to this bad impersonation of a movie that fails with each scene?

Why not put these same actors into a remake of Gone With The Wind and Casablanca? They can hit their marks and say their lines almost well enough to understand what they are saying.

The shower scene in this movie is embarrassing. The original was great. Of course the original had an actress and a director. This remake had a nice shower head.

Actors? We don't need no stinkin' actors.

If you miss seeing only one movie this year, make it this one.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Surprise, surprise, 8 March 2012
8/10

If you see it at NetFlix, it is worth watching. The production values are excellent. No big special effects eating away at the budget. No big names. No giant spiders. This is just a "what if?" film that stays interesting and delivers a laugh every couple of minutes.

It is not over the top comedy like Airplane! or Naked Gun. It is more of a bumbling, mistaken identity, he's dead, no he's not, type of humor that is never juvenile. Likable characters, even the ones we like to hate.

Some toilet humor, but not really the kind of toilet humor some films stoop to. This is high class toilet humor. It has no boring character introduction scenes at the beginning. Five minutes into the movie you have action and adventure and a giggle or two.

In the age of internet movie night, this is a very good choice. I want to watch these actors again.

This would be a good double bill choice with Bonnie and Clyde.

Postal (2007)
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Cat butt silencer, 21 February 2012
8/10

A fine movie. Cats are funny. Remember when Laurel and Hardy tried to eat their hamburgers and when they would bite down, there was a meow? In this wonderful motion picture the cat is doing a walk on. A non speaking role. He is silent or maybe a silencer. You decide. One of the best movie scenes in recent memory.

There is plenty of humor. Like the old advertisement for The Loved One, this special production has something to offend everyone. It takes a shot at everything, especially kids at a mall party.

This movie also has some very excellent photographic visuals that had to be stretching the budget. There are some crane shots and chase and action scenes that are top notch. It is fun to watch the pedestrians being hit by cars. It is OK to laugh. It is just a movie. They probably faked the trailer park shootout with toy guns or something. It sure looks real.

The acting is better than what wins at the pretentious awards shows where the actors pretend to applaud for their competition. Here everyone chews the scenery. Over the top in every possible manner including toilet humor with audio effects.

Oh... the job interview too. And the man in the suitcase with a flashlight that is a... You will see.

Good, but..., 10 February 2012
8/10

This is a very good movie. It could have been a classic if only it had been done by someone else. Woody Allen is an excellent comic whose character is well established. I was a fan of his stand up routines on Ed Sullivan's show many years ago. I like most of his movies.

This movie is more than just watchable. It is quite enjoyable, but...

If Sir Alfred had done this same basic story with the Hitchcock air of suspense and some haunting music and a cast of someone like James Stewart or Cary Grant and Doris Day (as she was in The Man Who Knew Too Much or Midnight Lace, or keep Diane Keaton and lose the one liners)it could have been better. It needs a little comedy but not rat a tat funny lines that sound like a routine.

I think I read somewhere that Cary Grant and James Stewart are not answering their phones now, but there must be someone in Hollywood who could fill parts of their shoes. Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg or Matthew Broderick as the person suddenly drug into a mystery. Nicolas Cage maybe. Christina Applegate. Michelle Pfeiffer.

It could still have a bit of comedy but more mystery and perhaps a younger lady in the role of the heart attack victim so there is a bit of doubt. I'm just sayin'.

And does it have to be Manhatten? Frisco Murder Mystery... Muscle Beach Murder Mystery... Calumet City Murder Mystery...

Great story, good acting, holds up well, 24 October 2011
8/10

I watched some of the scenes being filmed for this movie in 1960 when I worked at Barker Brothers warehouse. That is in Los Angeles, not Boston. The building at 530 Molina at the intersection of Palmetto Street in the Warehouse District East of Alameda Street was the location for the Brink's building. Barker Brothers warehouse is across the street from there. The scenes looking out the hotel window at the building being robbed were filmed from a furniture warehouse. You can Google the 530 address and see that the building is still there and Barker Brothers old closed warehouse which was supposed to be the hotel ground floor entrance is also still there. The building North of there was also used as the hotel exterior. The movie rings true throughout. It has good characters and many familiar character actors appearing in this fast paced black and white film. The production is not cheap but it is primitive compared to today's explosion circus atmosphere norm. I highly recommend this if you like the old Cagney/Bogart/Raft movies. Look for great old cars that were new at the time the movie was being made.

4 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
A kid from Boston visits the West, 23 September 2010

David Macklin is the handsome young guest star in this excellent episode of Bonanza. Jan Sterling and Lee Van Cleef and Allan "Rocky" Lane also turn in very fine performances that make this feel like a '50s movie, not a TV series.

David Macklin has to be a lovable bad kid which is something he can do. He looks great enough to have been a teen idol. He definitely could hold his own with the old pros here as the story develops. David's character arrives in town and he hears his dad has just been killed by that mean old Ben Cartwright.

The story unfolds from there. Neither Michael Landon nor Pernell Roberts appear in this episode.


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