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Bonanza: The Abduction (1960)
Interesting Carnival Episode
One of the better episodes of Bonanza that I have seen.Very,original in the storyline,about carnival people.Held my interest,all the way through.Daisy the fat lady,got me wondering about her acting ability which was quite flat,and who she was,a real carnival performer or what?The Lady who went missing was adventurous,bored with her life,and wanted some excitement,which she certainly got,but not the type she bargained for.The Strongman was of interest too,did he wrestle in real life? I also noticed he died,at quite a young age.I always, love the integrity of the Cartwright boys,they have so much class,honour,and respect,not to mention,good manners.The straight forward stories are a breath of fresh air,compared to today's programming...
The Magician (1926)
First time on TCM,so I was curious to see this old "svengali" type film.The name alone was intriguing "The Magician".What I found was a totally intact silent of the best quality.The Villain in the picture plays it to the hilt,in somewhat cartooned expressions,but always creepy and interesting.The backdrop of Paris is of interest as are the colour sequences.The clothing in this film are especially attractive as is the well groomed cast.I was captivated from start to finish,what a treat to see a silent as it should be.The acting was wonderful from all,even though I had never heard of these particular actors before.I am a lover of old horror films and this really fit the bill.Enjoyed the castle,and early special effects.
Beautifully shot movie,especially the tinted scenes, which really captivated me.Most silent movies are grainy,this print is very crisp,clear and has been wonderfully restored.I loved the streams of gay guys in the club at the start,and the edge that the party crowd had even back then.Very hep.The style was way better than any 30's movies I have seen.Jameson Thomas was very hot in this,manly he oozed sex appeal in my opinion.Also Mabel,reminded me of a young Shirley Maclaine,only sexier.Anna May Wong was wonderful as usual,its just too bad,she wasn't treated as the American she was,instead of the stereotypical Chinese,just off the boat roles she usually got.I will see this again as it was one of the best silents I have ever seen.
I really enjoyed this 1/2 hr short from long ago.It brought back memories that carnivals weren't so slick as they are today,in fact it was bare basics.These were the days when the carnival would come into a small town,and leave 24 hrs later.The film shows how everything was set up,to thrill the rural crowd in those days.I remember the Pacific National Exhibition here in Vancouver back in the 50's and 60's.The sideshow, long gone, always fascinated me.I remember the Fat lady,the worlds tallest man from wales and the conjoined twins.Plus Animals that had extra limbs etc.Stuff you probably wouldn't see nowadays.I loved the arcade tent with all the old games.The Old grandma fortune teller,the are you hot meter,and the racy girlie pictures.Why did the men who set up the circus all smoke while they worked,and why do we have to write 10 lines for a comment,5 would be fine.
I Loved this Movie
I disagree with the other posters who hated this movie.I was riveted to the screen all the way through.I thought it had atmosphere,especially the beautiful old apartment block,where most of the events happen.I thought the lead actor did a great job doing dual roles,one good one evil.Julie was very likable,as was her friend Lisa.I thought the special effects were fine for a movie that was not on a high budget.I was creep ed out by the landlord and his apartment with all the artifacts.His wife was equally creepy,particularly her little shack with all the candles,and talismans.I had never heard of the actors but was charmed anyways.It was filmed in Montreal and I just wonder about the history of that apartment building,and where it is in Montreal...
Sinbad, the Sailor (1947)
What I liked and Didn't like about this movie
All during this movie,I was awaiting the special effects,that were not there.I love Arabian night tales,especially Sindbad,but where was the genie in the lamp,the flying carpet,the magical villain.The Thief of Bagdad[1940) is my all time favorites,as it incorporated all of the magic.I did like Walter Slezak in this movie,his tone of speaking is similar to peter Lorre.I did think about this movie long after it was over,so I liked it enough to give it a seven.I loved Maureen O'Hara's makeup and beautiful clothes.Also 40's color has a beauty all of its own.I thought Douglas Fairbanks was weak in this movie,physically speaking,as I envisioned a dark haired more muscular Sindbad.Costumes were outstanding.
The Patsy (1928)
I had never seen Marion Davies in a movie until now.What a treat.Such a pretty,talented,funny,expressive ability she had.Charisma with a capital "C",a doll for sure.No wonder Hearst loved her so.Marie Dressler I have seen before,and she usually is the dominant mother,head of the household.She is stern, but comes through as caring in the end.I love everything about silents,the quirky,shaky movements,the old phones,the hairdo's and clothes.This movie transported me back in time to the twenties.I also liked marion's sister jane in this movie.She had a sexuality and charm that was rather advanced.Very flirtatious and fickle.Loved the scene where marion show's off different hats and those faces,priceless.
A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
I love old color movies from the forties,especially Arabian tales and adventure movies.Maria Montez comes to mind also.The genie was wonderfully cast in this movie.Evelyn Keyes plays a hip genie who dresses even sharper.Adele Jergens was miscast as the princess and should of been replaced by her handmaiden dusty anderson,a promising actress who was reduced to mostly uncredited roles.The costumes are spectacular in the film,and the sets are also dazzling.Charming and rather humble by todays mega-standards, I enjoy these movies more because of their charm.The array of colors in this movie is dazzling,especially the clothes.Andy dick could of played aladdin's sidekick and lindsay lohan the genie if this movie was to ever be remade.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Movie is Dated
I just seen this movie and found it very dated.The sci-fi score was over the top and the material too melodramatic.It should of been about heroin addiction.I liked some of the location work done in new york,as I love to see life as it was in the forties in movies,its like going back in time.To have alcoholics in a locked ward doesn't happen anymore,even drug addicts can leave.Jane Wyman was quite young at the time,and I loved her leopard coat.Faylen was creepy and cruel as the nurse on duty in the ward.I have know alcoholics in my life who drank every day yet seem to maintain their habit,without going to pieces.The craving for another drink reminded me of wanting a fix,especially with the intense spooky background music,which I had to turn down it was so irritating
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
This movie is trash
Vulgar,Racist,Sexist,gross toilet humour,I found it to be extremely distasteful.If I were an actor I would of been ashamed to be seen in this trash.I've never known teenagers to be this vulgar,hard,and sleazy.I found none of it funny,I was just so turned off.It was not in keeping with the other scary movies features at all,it must of been an independent production.The scene with the dinner was terrible,everything was build around the deformed hand of(cris elliot)The cat fight scene was sick,as well as the sperm,scat, and various other sexual situations.Tori spelling looked terrible in this movie and her sex scene with a ghost must of been a low point in her career.