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Perhaps the worst B-movie I've seen
I really cannot understand why people compare it with Tremors or Jaws. Even for B-movie lovers as me and my family, Frankenfish is a disaster. It's very slow moving, boring and illogical. The voodoo sorcerer could have been interesting, but after all she actually did not play any meaningful role in the movie, and the audience is not sure if she really could protect people from the Frankenfishes or it was just what she believed she was able to do. Why the fishes are "made (= bred) in China" is not clear, either. The mad gun-lover and the need to come to another house without touching the ground / water are taken from Tremors, but here all this looks very far-fetched. Even Carnosaur 3 was much, much better. The jumping man-eating fishes are quite OK, but I would like more fish and less talk.
Tayny sledstviya (2000)
A classic-style whodunit
This is a quite good crime series set in modern StPetersburg. The friendship / romance relationship between Masha (a tough and beautiful public prosecutor) and Vinokurov (a brave policeman) may remind you Booth and Brennan from the Bones. The personal stories of characters from the prosecutor's office and policemen are shown in an entertaining, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious way. The crime stories themselves are quite captivating, sometimes with a touch of mysticism (e.g. "A Stranger's Cross", "Saturday, 3 PM", "Playing the Victim"). Anna Kovalchuk is definitely better as a prosecutor than as the Bulgakov's Margaret. This series made Emilia Spivak (the pretty, bitchy, know-it-all lawyer Zhenya) a star. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys classic-style crime stories like MURDER, SHE WROTE, DIAGNOSIS MURDER, COLUMBO or BONES.
Zbrodniarz i panna (1963)
A Holiday for Cinderella
"Zbrodniarz i panna" is a good and very entertaining crime story. A modest and plain young woman, Małgorzata Makowska, leads a very boring life as a cashier. One day a robber riddles her bank car with bullets, kills driver and two security guards and takes the money. The police finds out that the stolen banknotes are being spent at a fashionable spa resort. The only way to find the criminal is to favour Małgorzata with a seaside holiday in the company of a handsome Captain (Zbigniew Cybulski) as her "brother"...
The story-writer "Joe Alex" (his real name is Maciej Słomczyński) published the novel on which this movie is based, as Kazimierz Kwaśniewski. Well, this is not actually a spoiler, but in other Kwaśniewski novels Małgorzata and Captain Ziętek are husband and wife! The Russian title for this movie is "Девушка из банка" (The Girl from the Bank).
A hamis Izabella (1968)
A classic whodunit
This a classic crime story about a brutal murder investigated by a nice and caring female teacher (Eva Ruttkai) because the crime had an effect on life of one of her pupils. The "False Isabella" is an extremely rare stamp and many stamp collectors would murder or die to get hold of it! The story is well done and you can re-watch the movie even if you already know who did it. This film could be rare to get nowadays (I watched the old Russian dub) but if you like good crime stories, don't miss it. Other good crime stories from the ex-communist countries are the Polish "Zbrodniarz i panna" (The Murderer and the Girl) and the Russian "Sledstvie vedut znatoki 14: Podpasok s ogurtsom" (Experts Are Investigating: Young Shepherd with a Cucumber).
The Sea Gull (1968)
I am Russian and this is almost the best "Seagull" I've ever seen. Period.
Everything looks lively and natural. Sometimes Chekhov's plays when staged give you a sense of irreality and feel unnatural, but Lumet's "Seagull" really can make you feel the essence of Chekhov's drama and even explain its popularity if Chekhov is not your favourite writer. Costumes and everything else - houses, furniture etc. - are beautiful and authentic, something you rarely can expect from an American movie about Russia. The only real disadvantage, to my mind, were love scenes in the first part of the movie, - they were absolutely out of place here and presumed a reading of certain scenes the author never thought of.