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Wow.....and not in a good way.
I'll start this by saying this is a fan-film, and not a theatrical film, so I wasn't expecting much. There are a few good and many bad things about it. Let's begin with the bad. I'm not going to give away the "plot", but suffice it to say there isn't much of one. The actors are one-dimensional, wooden and not very attractive. It had a very low-brow feel, overall very amateurish. It follows the basics of the DC comics, while trying to be original here and there. Now for the good. I liked the idea to cast an Asian actress (or is she Amerasian?), or any other ethnicity for that matter, after-all Wonder Woman is based on a fictional comic character and other than Diana being an "Amazon", there's not much there historically. But Michele Laurent, who was billed as Michelle O'Neill here is miscast. She's quite petite and she has one of those high pitched voices so popular these days. She's got a pretty face, but is she WW? Nope, not by a long stretch. For some reason, we all expect a tall, well built buxom or athletic woman. I mean c'mon she's an AMAZON! This film short comes in at 39 minutes....that somehow felt like 2 hours. My warning, ONLY watch this if you have to, otherwise by-pass this one. You have been forewarned.
Gable and Lombard (1976)
Although it's not a great film, it's definitely worth checking out.
This movie was quite maligned when it came out. Since I had been a big fan of both vivacious Jill Clayburgh and the manly James Brolin at the time I went to see it. Since I was a teen, I took a lot of what was portrayed as quite accurate. True it is a mostly fictionalized account of the two stars, but it has got some redeeming qualities. Namely, Brolin's dead on Gable. He is indeed very good, and I kept forgetting that it was not really Clark Gable. Clayburgh, as attractive as she is does not have Lombard's classic beauty or figure, but she's so gosh darn likable as Lombard one can overlook her shortcomings. Seeing it again recently, Jill Clayburgh as Lombard is a stretch, but I felt she put so much into the character, and a better script couldn't have hurt. Physical aspects aside, the two actors have great chemistry, and one gets the impression they are really crazy about each other. It's ashame that neither Brolin or Clayburgh got more to do...the story does meander at times and the film is a tad too long. Although it's not a great film, it's definitely worth checking out. Be on the lookout for Melanie Mayron as Dixie, before she went from frump to vixen.
Il vecchio testamento (1962)
First off let me begin by saying I really love biblical epics from the US or abroad. But "The Old Testament is a dreadful movie. The movie is not what it appears to be. This film is hardly the Old Testament (one assumes in its entirety), but just a tiny segment. I could talk about the lousy cinematography, the editing, where the shots shift from day to night as each character is speaking, or the odd strained dialog and dubbing, but why bother? I'd never heard of this stinker before, and now I know why. Although it might have some biblical significance, I would have to say avoid this one at all costs. Stick to the "Ten Commandments". Trust me.
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
50 feet and then some....
This film has to be one of my all time favorite bad movies. I used to watch it often as kid on New York City's WPIX Channel 11's Chiller Theater. The special effects(ha!) are dreadful, the dialog laughable, the acting non-existent, but I still loved it! Sultry knockout Allison Hayes wasn't a terrific actress, but she sure looked good! As a kid I remember thinking that her husband HARRY! was a big dope. Why would he want that pinch-faced blonde, when he had gorgeous, sexy and stacked Nancy to come home to every night? What a moron. Finally available on DVD after many years (Warner Bros. has distributed it but I was hoping for a better restoration--oh well)....it's still a pleasure to watch.
Everything she plants grows....
This is perhaps one of my most favorite of all the "Night Gallery" episodes. It was such a great series, too bad SciFi or another network hasn't picked it up. Besides the fact that I had always loved Elsa Lanchester, and found her oddly beautiful as the "Bride of Frankenstein" and other old films too, she really was a marvellous character actress, quite often overlooked. In this episode a very greedy land developer tries anyway he can to evict her from her little home. If I remember correctly (it's been ages since I saw this as a kid) the ending is quite shocking--well for the time anyway! I wish Universal would release the Night Gallery series on DVD.
Definitely worth a viewing
This film, although not among Ginger Rogers best work, is certainly worth checking out. As usual she is most engaging--she plays a teen (she was actually 35) somewhat convincingly. She has run away from a girls reformatory and is recruited by Professor Aristide (Basil Rathbone), who runs a pickpocket academy in Paris. She is assigned a pickpocketing "job" by a corrupt ambassador (Adolph Menjou). Of course along the way she meets a man (Jean-Pierre Aumont), falls in love and well, you get the drift. The supporting cast is also entertaining most notably Adolph Menjou, although one doesn't see Basil Rathbone nearly enough here. At times the story is slow moving and quite predictable, but when Ginger is on the screen her beauty,charm and magnetism more than compensate for this. If you are a fan of Ginger Rogers, Adolph Menjou or Basil Rathbone this largely forgotten film is worth a look.
King Kong (2005)
King Kong is STILL King!!
I enjoyed this film so much I saw it twice in the theaters. The CGI effects are amazing, very realistic--so many scenes in daylight give it a more authentic look. I also liked all the differences from and tributes to the previous 1933 Kong. I saw the 1976 Kong when it came out, and loved it--and all the hoopla of that film helped to get the 1933 Kong re-edited in its most original form back on TV. Prior to that we watched bad TV prints. Of course nothing compares to that picture, but this film comes close. The cast, which I thought was perfect, did a good job. I have seen the IMDb BLOGGERS "reviews" calling this film everything from rubbish to preposterous. Those comments are ridiculous..a film is supposed to entertain, and this film delivers. My only complaint was the inclusion of several unnecessary and uninteresting characters. Perhaps a bit more editing couldn't have hurt. But the overall effect works.