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Violent Saturday (1955)
I'm s sucker for these '50's melodramas
I liked it. Those '50's melodramas/dramas-they were so great. Lee Marvin is always interesting. I liked his monologue about his "skinny ex-wife, her colds, and his inhaler." By the way-my small hometown Ohio bank was open until noon on Saturday up until the mid-seventies-until ATMs, of course. They were closed on Wednesdays. So a "Violent Saturday" (when most people did their grocery shopping, made deposits, etc.) made sense then. Some of the characters were strange; the librarian, and the Tommy Noonan character for sure. The nurse is very forgiving of him. I've always liked Richard Egan and thought his last scene was well-acted. Victor Mature is not one of my favorite actors, but this is one of his better roles. If you like '50's dramas/melodramas, check it out!
One of the best episodes of the series
I love this one! It is so scary! I'm a teacher and that Mrs. Paddock sub even creeps me out! The whole episode delves into the witch hunt of the 90"s-are children in America being abused by Satanists? I was so glad Scully describes the efforts that the FBI had put into investigating this, yet no evidence was ever found to substantiate those wild accusations. So many lives were ruined by "false memories", etc. I, for one, was glad that the "X Files" addressed it. Remember dissecting a pig in Biology class? Yuck! If it had screamed at me I would have totally lost it! I did feel sorry for the stepfather when the python got him in the basement-I couldn't believe Mulder chained him up there. Mrs. Paddock was so creepy. So what was the truth in that episode? The evil school board got what they deserved.
The Food of the Gods (1976)
Great actors in cheesy movies
They have to pay their bills, too. Instead of fretting for Ida Lupino, a good actress, and one of the first woman directors ever in a time when most women couldn't direct at all, delight in the fact that this film helped her pay the rent. I have always appreciated the wealth of accomplished, mainstream actors who,later in their careers, added their talents to horror/Sci-Fi movies. Think, if you dare, what these movies would be like without them! During the 70's, even Joan Crawford made "Trog" and Janet Leigh made "Lepus," movies about killer frogs and rabbits. Yikes! LOL!
Remember that saying-"They did it from hunger."
I related to this movie!
I was a senior in high school when I saw this and I loved it. I wrote a term paper comparing/contrasting this to "Pilgrim's Progress" (which we had just studied in my English class) and got an "A" from my "hippie" teacher then. I longed to join the "hippie trail" then but didn't because I felt responsible for my younger siblings stuck in an abusive situation with my alcoholic dad. We only had each other. I used to read bus schedules with the dream of leaving.
Everyone is great in this movie. Sally Fields shows growth as an actress from her "Gidget" and "Flying Nun" days. Plus, it really portrays the frustration her parents feel and the difficulties the whole family had in relating to each other.
Marriage: Year One (1971)
Marriage Year One
This is such a time capsule of 1971. I had Sally Field's hairdo! She marries a guy she met at a rock concert-no wonder her dad is upset. Her husband(catch the emphasis) decides that they have to live on what he makes as an intern- even though she has a rich father! They move to a ghetto near the hospital and she tries her best. She runs a prototype daycare center- but takes the blame when an irresponsible mother doesn't pick up her child. Since it's 1971, she quits everything to be the perfect doctor's wife.
Check it out to see the way we were being brainwashed back then (I was a senior in high school.)
Man in the Shadow (1957)
man in the shadows
This is a good "pre-civil rights movement" western, continuing in the tradition of "High Noon" and "Bad Day at Black Rock". Colleen Miller plays Orson Welles daughter, (not his wife as someone posted previously.) Jeff Chandler (who died way too young at 42) is the sheriff and conscience in the film and he does a good job in this role. The fact that the cowboys have beaten a defenseless Chincano to death is something that most citizens in the town would rather forget.Chandler's character and his family are harassed by the murderous and prejudiced cowboys who work for Welles.The climax of this film is hard to watch even today. The director was Jack Arnold,who was great at expressing his opinions in low-budget films,such as "It Came from Outer Space" and "The Tattered Dress."
The Pleasure Seekers (1964)
I liked it, too
I liked this one, too. Beautiful locations and great stars! I was a kid when this came out, but it was neat to see a movie about young women who weren't all in a "Bachelor in Paradise" situation. You know, just old men with young girls! (Although, I guess Maggie had to figure her way out of a similar situation! Didn't we all?)
Oh well, Madrid was beautiful! I loved Ann-Magret singing "The Pleasure Seekers" and the end song when she sings "your standing there and your grinning, like you don't know you not winning and all the time we're beginning the next time" (It just came to me- its called "The Next Time!)
I did wish that Pamela Tiffin's character's wasn't so dumb- but then, all of her characters in films were dumb.
Blade Runner (1982)
I love the things that you don't notice specifically on the first viewing. These things contribute to the overall atmosphere of the film, but I really noticed them after I had first seen the film. For example, Deckard's sardonic voice-over; Sebastian's loneliness and guilt which causes him to let Pris into his home although he is suspicious of her; Rachael's 40's dress and hairstyle; the inhumane testing of the 'droids; the photos that are so important to all the characters (Deckard has his, too); the casual cruelty of these creators of the androids. The wonderful humanity of Roy in the end.
Also, what about the light reflected in the androids eyes? Deckard's eyes reflect light in the same way. Has he been created to kill androids? Ridley Scott thought so.
Now other movie looked like this in 1982. Everything since has been derivative of this watershed film. Those wonderful shots of a dystopic LA in the future were jaw-dropping when I saw it in the theater in 1982. Ridley Scott used a Frank Lloyd Wright house as Deckard's apartment; this is a totally unique environment with it's walls of Mayan stellae and low ceilings. Sebastian's apartment is in the famous Bradbury (named after Ray Bradbury) building in LA.
This is a wonderful movie!
Body Heat (1981)
Matty the betrayer
I saw this when it first came out, on a cold day in February (it didn't seem quite so cold leaving the theater, as it did going in. Nice touch releasing it in the throes of an icy winter!) I remember an audience member shouted out "Wow!" as the credits rolled. I am always impressed by this film.
Just as Ned was in the movie,I am fascinated by the relentless Matty.The enormity of her lies, even the smaller ones, such as "He is small and weak." when referring to her husband (who is not small or weak at all, and sizes Ned up right away when they meet in the restaurant. Was he expecting Ned to appear sooner or later? He had a gun that Matty wasn't aware of. Just a thought.)and all that sexual manipulation of Ned is intriguing. Matty proved that she knew the "bottom line." She fulfilled her dream as stated in her high school yearbook-"To be rich and live in an exotic land." (Notice her nickname, too-"The Vamp.")
While it was a terrible thing to do to the men in her life, the film noir genre had prepared us for that. I was shocked that she betrayed her "lifelong" best friend. Maybe it's because I've been blessed with wonderful girl friends in my life, but that was cold! This put a different twist on the genre.
Matty got away with it, all right, but her expression in the last scene is so great. What is she thinking?