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This is a list of films that were released in the 2020's that are either based on real people who were murderers or serial killers, and/or actual events, or are made for television mini-series and/or thrillers that are stories of fiction all of which include murders.
This is a list of films that were released in the 2010's that are either based on real people who were murderers or serial killers, and/or actual events, or are made for television mini-series and/or thrillers that are stories of fiction all of which include murders.
Kim is the adventurous youth that all boys dream of being
Keeping in mind that Errol Flynn is the marquee adventure film star, the film actually evolves around Dean Stockwell's character "Kim", a young boy who thrives on adventure and who takes many unexpected risks. Stockwell was only fourteen (14) years of age when he starred in this film opposite the established big box office film star Errol Flynn but he certainly holds his own against the seasoned veteran actor(s).
Respectful that the film was made seventy (70) years ago, this adventure film still is able to capture a viewers imagination which I attribute to the excellent scenery, desert landscapes and superb direction by Victor Saville.
I have watched the film twice and I look forward to watching it again a third time, not because I don't have a life, but because this film depicts a youth's adventurous life which all young boys (and girls) dream of.
I give the film Kim a pleasant IMDB rating of 7 out of 10.
Made in Paris (1966)
I would rather watch (1963) Gidget Goes To Rome a second time
Ann-Margret is simply irritating trying to play a naive and coy young lady wandering into Paris for her very first time with two (2) men both trying to woo her affections. I could not help but compare it to the earlier 196 film Gidget Goes to Rome starring James Darren, and Cindy Carol which was a more genuine adorable movie for young first time lovers.
Made in Paris was a big disappointment. It also reminded me of any number of Jerry Lewis's 1960's slapstick films. So for a so called Romance genre film it tanked big time.
I give it a lowly 4 out of 10 IMD rating.
Finding Steve McQueen (2019)
This type of true crime film is worthy watching at least twice
The music score was rocking and raised my rating by 2 points. Travis Fimel is a superb actor as are Forest Whitaker and William Fichtner. All played their parts with great attention to detail. I can't say that I was that impressed with Rachael Taylor's performance as Fimel's love interest.
A true story about breaking into the United California Bank is old news, but Travis Fimel is the latest and greatest new rising star after his standout performance in the 2013-2017 TV series Vikings. He gained a ton of weight for this performance as the real life bank thief Harry Barber, and he was unrecognizable except for his deep blue eyes.
The film is one you have to pay attention to, and you may want to watch it twice just so you don't miss hoe the bank robbery was executed and how the bank thieves eventually were arrested. This is not a spoiler alert since this film is based on a real life bank robbery at the United California Bank that took place back in 1972.
The music score keeps the audience pumped up through out from the beginning until the film rolls to the end credits. I give the film a decent 7 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Sink or Swim
I really become engrossed in films that encompass treasure hunters and even more so when they take place in the deep blue sea. So when I read this film was actually a true story my interest was piqued. The film is a true story about the discovery of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha which was a Spanish treasure galleon and the most widely known vessel of a fleet of ships that sank in a hurricane off the Florida Keys in 1622. More than three and a half (3 and a 1/2) centuries later, with the advancement of marine equipment along comes a treasure and salvage hunter named Mel Fisher.
My summary title "sink or swim" was intended to be a pun but in fact after watching this film about a sunken ship the film spent more time on the various Fisher family members trying to convince themselves that their 16 year sea adventure was fun and after eating peanut butter sandwiches almost every day they were still delicious.
If the film was to have been developed into a ten (ten) part, ten (10) hour mini series rather than a 95 minute dullsville than maybe we the audience would have had the opportunity to dig a lot deeper under the Florida keys sea bed and into the Fisher families individual lives highs and lows than I think the film would have been much more interesting.
I just didn't get the feel that the faceless Fisher family (especially all the adult children and their spouses/partners) played any part in this incredible discovery. I half expected them all to be seen smoking dope and drinking beer as they sang along to the hired minstrel that was also on board. Nor did the film delve into the aftermath of bringing up from the bottom of the sea some of the many historical treasures that were buried under the Florida Keys ocean for more than 350 years as eerie as it must have been to retrieve so much incredible history and forget about the sheer wealth of the gold and jewels that were retrieved.
My two cents is the film could have been so much more and our treasure hunt adventure just never materialized with this made for TV movie starring Loretta Swit and Cliff Robertson. I give it only a passable 6 out of 10 IMDB rating.
A Taste of Honey (1961)
Drab and outdated compared to today's movie standards
Although this film may have been ground breaking in 1961 by including an interracial couple's brief romance and unexpected pregnancy, a gay homeless friend and a mother who lives off of the kindness of men she meets in bars, the film just cannot sustain any interest for today's movie viewers.
I found the film dull and boring and although I watched it just as if I would not turn my head while driving by a bad car accident I don't enjoy seeing either one.
I give the film a lowly 4 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Two erect penises up
Amanda Seyfried's star shines bright and the rest of the cast also had superb performances.
Although I never saw Linda Lovelace in her 1972 all star performance in the extremely profitable film Deep Throat, Amanda Seyfried provided great insight into what Ms. Lovelace's star trajectory and subsequent downfall from grace was like. Peter Sarsgaard's performance as Chuck Traynor who married Linda Lovelace and managed her career so that he could control her pay cheque as her abusive husband and pimp was realistic and vile.
I also give kudos to Sharon Stone who was unrecognizable as Linda Lovelace's mother Dorothy Boreman, and to Robert Patrick who played her father John Boreman and their disappointment and shame with how their daughter Linda was being popularized in the mass media for being the number one (1) female porn star of 1972.
This film successfully blends a documentary/biography style film with dramatic performances and the entire cast helped make this little piece of 1970's history realistic and interesting. The film covered the early years of Linda Lovelace and mainly focused on her abusive relationship with her pimp husband Chuck Traynor who after their divorce was finalized, Chuck went on to marry the next best female porn star of 1972, Marilyn Chambers.
I wasn't very motivated to actually watch the 2013 film Lovelace, and after finally watching it, I regret I did not watch it much earlier. Cate Blanchett won the best actress award in 2014 at the Academy Awards and Amanda Seyfried's performance was more deserving although she was not even nominated. Another faux pas by the Academy and why I stopped watching these quid pro quo and paid for advertisers any longer.
I give Lovelace two erect penises up and an 8 out of 10 IMDB rating.
It's a Bikini World (1967)
Watch it for the great songs (The Animals) and the vintage cars - two (2) thumbs up
When Eric Burdon and the Animals get up on the stage and sing their hit song "We Gotta Get out of This Place" with girls in bikinis on the dance floor I didn't need anymore persuading to give this beach flick a big two (2) thumbs up!
Yes of course it is silly camp, but what else should we expect from a title like "It's a Bikini World" eh? It is light entertainment that covers all the bases. Boy chases hot looking babe, boy pretends to be somebody else (fake nerdy brother) to win the girl over. A triathlon chase of sorts, between the male and female co-stars (Deborah Walley, and Tommy Kirk) who drag race cars, swim laps in a pool, and finish off with a real live camel race.
It's camp man, nothing more, and nothing less. Oh wait... there is less, that is less bikini for the boys to ogle. I give this fun film an 8 out of 10 IMDB rating.
The Closer (2005)
The supporting cast were all winners
The supporting cast were all so good for the seven (7) seasons (2005-2012) that they entertained us while appearing on the Closer, that many of them were wisely transferred over to the evolution TV crime series, Major Crimes, for an additional six (6) seasons (2012-2018) for our benefit.
As for the Closer's supposedly star, Kyra Sedgwick, who plays Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson with a fake southern accent that seems to come and go more often than her murder victims, after watching her for seven seasons whining and crying in almost every one of the series dwindling 109 episodes over the seven (7) seasons, well Mrs. Shullivan and I were happy to see this series put to rest. We just couldn't take any more of Kyra Sedgwick's whiny antics anymore.
I find it hard to believe that this crime series lasted for seven (7) series with their police chief Brenda Leigh Johnson controlling every suspect interview personally, bending the rules as she deemed fit, manipulating almost every single suspect during her interrogation of them, and yet, not one suspect ever seemed to say the one magic work that would keep them out of jail, "LAWYER!".
If you have watched the entire series as Mrs. Shullivan and I have, and if you check either the front and/or back cover of each and every season's DVD packaging, you will see that the executive producer, and the series so called star, Kyra Sedgwick, is front and center so that everyone knows this vanity project was all about her. She ruined the series for me.
Thank you G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Mary McDonnell, Frances Sternhagen, Barry Corbin, Robert Gossett, Corey Reynolds, Michael Paul Chan, Phillip P. Keene, Jon Tenney and especially Raymond Cruz for keeping us interested enough to continually tune in for all seven (7) seasons, in spite of that irritating series lead Kyra Sedgwick.
I give the series a passable 6 out of 10 IMDB rating for the stellar supporting cast, and I have to emphasize that I lowered my rating two notches specifically to penalize that whiny Captain Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) who was intolerable to watch each and every episode. CLOSED
Smoke and Mirrors
I was very disappointed with this so called documentary/biography emphasizing the significance of all the classified information that the long serving FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had on so many high level influencers and politicians. Broderick Crawford plays Hoover rather boorishly and there is little to near innuendo of his homosexuality.
This is the kind of film that is supposed to be realistic but such as the US politics are fake and pompous so is The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover.
Very disappointing. I give it a 3 out of 10 IMDB rating.
The Last Dance (2020)
Listening to MJ talk he would have you believe that the NBA is not a team sport
I guess after being out of the spot light for a decade or two, MJ not only wanted to, but felt it necessary to do a vanity project such as the ten (10) part TV mini-series The Last Dance. Although it is very transparent that the series covers the six (6) NBA championships the Chicago Bulls attained, it gave minimal credit to the other Bulls players on the court except to maybe discredit their individual accomplishments, and all Michael Jordan's teammates and coaches were expected to heap praise on Air Jordan. Ugggh, gag me with a spoon.
If I compare MJ to the current 2019 reigning NBA MVP, Kawhi Leonard, their approaches to the game and to the media are polar opposites. I can't wait for Kawhi Leaonard's career to end and trust me, he will eventually re-write the NBA record books after his retirement. One thing they do have in common though, their fathers were both murdered by gunshot and the perpetrator(s) were never arrested.
Kawhi Leonard is in a class of his own today, and although The Last Dance is about the 1990's Chicago Bulls and nothing else but focussed solely on Michael Jordan's illustrious career, I was shocked that the producers did not include even one snippet about today's NBA excitement generated by Kawhi Leonard, who unlike Jordan, is currently looking for his third NBA championship with his third different team. Unlike MJ, who was surrounded by consistently elite players like Pippen, Armstrong, Rodman, Kerr, and Kukoc, to name but a few, Kawhi has exemplified what a team leader should do, shy away from all the surrounding media hype and not isolate on one self, but instead bring out the very best in your teammates.
There were snippets included of Pippen's, Rodman's and Kerr's personal lives and family struggles and of course nothing but negativity about Jerry Krause, the Chicago Bulls GM who actually built the Bulls dynasty franchise around MJ. Heck the series even emphasized MJ's first retirement in an attempt to play Major League Baseball with the Chicago White Sox. Not surprisingly this series shied away from including any interviews with MJ's White Sox double AA teammates, because he just wasn't good enough to play major league ball. Once again, there is no comparison to the two sport icon, Bo Jackson, who did accomplish a two sport success having played both in the NFL and MLB at the highest level and was a superstar in both sports. As for Michael, he got off that double AA baseball bus and went right back into the Chicago Bulls arena.
Of course MJ was the NBA GOAT but the 1990's six (6) NBA championships were not won solely by MJ, but with the tremendous support of his teammates who were hardly mentioned over the ten hour ten part series.
Surf Party (1964)
A very poor attempt at copying the more successful beach party films starring Funicello and Avalon
I understand that film producers are greedy, lazy SOB's, and when they see a way to make an easy buck they jump at it. Such was the case with this film Surf Party which failed miserably from the get go with the horrible songs included in this film and the lousy doo wap singers who couldn't act if they had trained with Lee Strasberg or Stella Adler.
I did not laugh once, and the film quality must have been put together with minimal editing and no concern for the final product being released to theaters. It was definitely rushed to get released while the surf party movies starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon were so highly appreciated and accolades for their fun beach party mood and great songs sung by real singers with great voices.
I hate to rain on this Surf Party but it is a bummer and only deserving of an IMDB rating of 3 out of 10. I gave it one IMDB rating notch up from two (2) as the film did have the lovely Patricia Morrow included in a swim suit scene(s).
The Great Sinner (1949)
Gambling displayed as an addictive human behaviour but not much else of a story line - I suggest "FOLD 'EM"
I felt Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner were wasted in this film which attempted to show the destructive power of compulsive and addictive gambling. Of course any reformed gambler who has suffered great family and financial losses may perceive this film as a necessary message to avoid falling victim to the predators who encourage 24 hour gambling which is now prevalent around the world and fully supported by most governments and multi billionaires as an economic boom.
I just found the dialogue between the well known author and writer Fedja (Gregory Peck) who is quickly smitten by the first time he sets eyes on the female gambler Pauline Ostrovsky (Ava Gardner) as blah, blah, blah.
The film was unable to hold my attention and so begrudgingly I continued watching the film to the bitter end. As with any gambler familiar with the terms of losing, I relate this film played with dice and a game called craps, only to keep rolling snake eyes, so I give the film an IMDB raing of 2 out of 10.
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Tarzan! Tarzan! Tarzan! Tarzan! Tarzan! Father! Father! Father! Father! ... Tarzan! Tarzan! Tarzan! Tarzan! Father! Father! Father! Father!
I am trying to envision the director W.S. Van Dyke encouraging his starlet Maureen O'Sullivan to act as if she is in imminent danger by continuously calling out the names of the two men in her life, that being Tarzan the ape man, and her loving father. I would love to hear what the movie theater viewers in 1932 thought of actress Maureen O'Sullivan who played Jane Parker continually and repeatedly screaming at the top of her lungs either "Tarzan" and/or "Father"?
For the period of 1932 I a am sure the film was extremely entertaining and a great adventure film as the former gold medal Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller who plays Tarzan swims through dangerous waters with a swarm of alligators chasing him, or on land where Tarzan grapples with both tigers and lions and seems to win.
Overall I enjoyed this 1932 premier Tarzan adventure film mainly for its originality and interaction with the wild animals such as some real apes as well as the fake ones, chimpanzees, real lions, tigers and gigantic elephants. It could not have been easy to film in the jungles of Africa for either the actors/actresses and the entire film crew who were responsible for creating each scene with the realism we get to see on the big screen.
My only knock against this film classic was the lead actress Maureen O'Sullivan who plays the terrified Jane continuously screaming out the name(s) of either her father or Tarzan, not once, not twice, not thrice, but ad nauseam.
I give this premier of the Tarzan legacy series a passing 6 out of 10 rating.
Hey....what's that bad smell?
Well, I will tell you what that bad smell is. It's another in the series of a real "stinker" Lifetime movie with a cheap ending that is not worth the viewers time. The plot has been written and done ad nauseam, about an unknown good looking man named Mark James (Marcus Rosner) who moves next door, or in this case into the attractive victims guest house and begins almost immediately both wooing his victim named Gina Larson (Chelsea Hobbs), with cooked meals, and planting flower beds, and just as quickly Mark starts killing the men involved in the victim Gina's life.
Oh ..... but just like cooked meat that sits in your open garbage can for a few days instead of disposing of it right away, the stink gets worse each day just like this cheap thriller got worse with each passing minute. If you have ever taken a good whiff of rotting meat you will surely ask yourself, "why did I just smell that rotting meat?" Well that's what I did after watching this stinker Lifetime thriller. Why did I even bother wasting my time?
Confucius say.... Man who gets kicked in the testicles is left holding the bag. Don't get left holding this bag of dung. I give it a 4 out of 10 IMDB rating.
God's Little Acre (1958)
Should be re-titled "Will's lustful big hard on" for the sexpot Griselda
Wowza! For 1958 this would have been a "must see" for any man or child past puberty just to see the lustful but married Griselda Walden (Tina Louise) in her first film role where she has three (3) horny men vying for her attention. the three (3) men who were hot and horny for Griselda were her husband Buck Walden (Jack Lord), the already married Will Thompson (Aldo Ray), and her slimey widower brother-in-law Jim Leslie (Lance Fuller).
This film had several actors/actresses who went on to much bigger A-lister stars of both television and film. Stars such as Michael Landon, Jack Lord, Tina Louise, and Vic Morrow. Additionally the film had veteran film stars such as Robert Ryan who was the widowed clan leader named Ty Ty of the misfortune Walden clan, as well as Buddy Hackett and Fay Spain.
Although the story focuses on the clan father Ty Ty Walden's fixation that he has a pile of gold buried somewhere on his farm land by his own grandfather, Ty Ty has spent the past fifteen (15) years digging crater sized holes all around his farm with two (2) of his sons who he insists they help him dig to eventually reap the benefits.
The real gold mine though really lies in the gorgeous body of Ty Ty's busty daughter-in-law Griselda Walden (Tina Louise), who has her husband seeded in deep jealously that Griselda still has eyes for her brother-in-law Will Thompson (Aldo Ray), and her other brother-in-law Jim Leslie (Lance Fuller) who has disowned his own family after marrying into money only to become a wealthy widower who tries to bully and buy the sexy Griselda away from her husband (and his own brother) Buck.
I thought the best scene in the film is late one hot and steamy night when the sexpot Griselda steps outside in a flimsy slip showing off all her curves and wares and she sponge bathes herself from the water well while her lusting brother-in-law Will Thompson cannot bear it any longer watching her from a distance and pining for her embrace, so they cautiously hide on two corners of the farm's outer walls hoping not to be discovered and then we see it...the embrace and the groping and then "the kiss". It is a lustful moment where every man and boy in the theater watching this film must have broken out in a maddening cheer, wishing they were Will Thompson groping Griselda.
Back to the gold digging and the rest of the dysfunctional Walden clan who decide they have had enough digging for some fictitious non-existent gold who finally decide to sow their farm land and grow crops and live happily ever after. But wait, while digging the soil up to plant seed father Ty Ty hits something below the land surface that tinged a metal sound. What will he find below this time?
I give God's Little Acre a 7 out of 10 IMDB rating.
My Six Convicts (1952)
The 1963 film The Great Escape benefited from this earlier prison film
Well I must say this prison film was a nice surprise. Both the realism of the filming that took place at San Quentin State Prison and the strong acting by all lead seven (7) actors kept me paying attention to the very end. Was it a realistic portrayal of life in prison? No, but the story line was superbly executed and the the psychologist (John Beal) referred to as simply "Doc" who narrates a lot of the story was well presented.
It did remind me of the later 1963 Oscar nominated prison film The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Garner. Although the actors who starred in this lesser known film such as Millard Mitchell and Gilbert Roland never attained the star status of McQueen, Bronson and/or Garner their acting was top notch and most enjoyable.
This is a most under rated film and more than deserving of my 8 out of 10 IMDB rating.
You really want to believe he is the Zodiac serial killer after all these years
A lot of effort went into this documentary fluff piece so I do not want to come down too hard on the filmmakers and narrator Gary L. Stewart, who claims that his father may have been the Zodiac killer. Sometimes an obsession just gets the better of a person.
I must say that I enjoyed this documentary and in all fairness the documentary did indicate some of the flaws in Gary L. Stewart's claims.
Intrigue and the mystery surrounding who is the Zodiac serial killer has been high for decades and the pieces of the story we do know about him have been captured in a few crime films over the decades. This documentary provided some insight I was not previously aware of, and Gary L. Stewart may be a bag of emotions, but kudos to him and the production team for making a decent four (4) part documentary on the infamy of the Zodiac serial killer.
I give it a 7 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)
The battle at sea was lost just to spare the lovely lass Edwina Mansfield (Linda Darnell)
Arrrrggghhhh me buckos, the right dishonorable pirate Blackbeard played to perfection by Robert Newton made this action/adventure film a pleasure to escape from reality for just under two (2) hours. An even stronger cast of despicable characters such as William Bendix and Skelton Knaggs would scare the beejeebies out of any tykster who dared to watch this adventurous pirate film with a buried treasure their reward.
As for the adult viewers you can picture yourselves playing the handsome swashbuckler Doctor Robert Maynard (Keith Andes) who is the love interest to the lovely little lassy Edwina Mansfield (Linda Darnell).
Swords are a clattering in battle, the ships cannons are a blasting, the treasure of pearls are a glistening, and Blackbeard could not look any dirtier and scruffier even if he tried. I must say he could not have looked any meaner as to when his own shipmates buried him alive up to his neck as they watched the tide come in and Blackbeard take his last breath ....... the end.
Arrrghhh me buckos, 'tis a great day to watch a good pirate film. I give it a decent 7 out of 10 IMDB rating.
The Gunfighter (1950)
Peck was miscast as a veteran gunslinger and bank robber looking to finally settle down
I don't buy Gregory Peck's performance as the veteran gunslinger and bank robber Jimmy Ringo who rides into town looking to rekindle his relationship with his school teacher wife Peggy Walsh (Helen Westcott) and his ten (10) year old son Jimmie (B.G. Norman). The film depicts Peck as a gunslinger willing to hang up his six guns for a pitch fork and a few cows and escape the lonely gunslinger reputation he has carried for decades whilst riding from town to town with a "MOST WANTED" sign posted everywhere.
After watching the film I just could not convince myself, nor could Gregory Peck convince me that he was this ornery gunslinger and bank robber. His last stop leads him to his long lost wife Peggy and son Jimmie who doesn't even know that Jimmy Ringo is his father. The only friend in the world that Jimmy Ringo seems to have is the local Marshal Mark Strett (played superbly by veteran actor Millard Mitchell) who used to rob banks with Jimmy back in their hey days but even their relationship has an egg timer going before their friendship will expire.
The director Henry King was attempting to emphasize that Jimmy Ringo was a "WANTED" man and anyone who was brave and/or stupid enough to challenge Jimmy Ringo to a draw and beat him, would automatically become famous as the man who killed the gunslinger bad guy Jimmy Ringo. But even that strategy didn't seem to come across as real but more like a previously rehearsed stage play. I am sure the limited box office draw this film realized assisted future film producers that actor Gregory Peck was not to be considered for too many western cowboy movies.
None the less it is a western genre film and it is an okay time waster but nothing memorable. I give it a 6 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Be Water (2020)
Should be viewed by all Bruce Lee fans and people from all cultures for a better understanding and appreciation of our differences
I would not call director Bao Nguyen's film style as being artistically styled for the viewers pleasure but a film that delivers the essence of who action film and TV star Bruce Lee was to countless countries fans who relished in waiting for another Bruce Lee film to be released. Bruce Lee was not treated properly by the United States film and television industry and so they (the U.S. film producers) missed a golden opportunity to lock him up to a long term ten (10) year film contract. Instead Bruce Lee headed back to Hong Kong to fulfill his vision of what a Bruce Lee action film should look like as a finished product.
Triva: I was not aware that it was Bruce Lee who pitched the idea for a television series about a travelling nomad warrior and philosopher to the U.S.A. producers only to have his idea turned down and handed over to American actor David Carradine and turned into ABC's hit TV series Kung Fu (1972-1975). What a real shame! I can only imagine how Bruce Lee would have made this TV series ten (10) times better, but ignorance in Hollywood is once again bliss eh?
This documentary is narrated by Bruce Lee's immediate family and close friends as well as interspersed with various formal and candid interviews with Bruce Lee. It is well worth the watch and available in ESPN's 30 For 30 series.
I give this documentary a credible 8 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Mike Henry's toughest assignment ... running through the Mexican jungle in his bare feet ... ouch !!!!
Other than the hip musical score which seemed out of place for another Tarzan adventure flick even for 1966, Mike Henry did more than an admirable job in playing a modern day Tarzan who gets attacked by planes, helicopters and even army tanks! After retiring from a successful career in the National Football League (NFL) as a buff and bruising linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1959-1961) and then the Los Angeles Rams (1962-1964), Mike Henry thought it would be an easier gig playing the tree swinging Tarzan in a trio of films starting with the 1966 film Tarzan and the Valley Of Gold. But boy oh boy was he wrong.
Although the film was made under the hot sun of Mexico, he appeared to be running through the dense jungles of Africa. Mike Henry as Tarzan also showed no fear when he opened the cage of a fierce leopard and he put a chain around the leopard's neck before releasing him in an effort to hunt down his little friend Ramel (Manuel Padilla Jr.) who was captured to lead the greedy villain named Augustus Vinero (David Opatoshu) into the valley of gold.
Tarzan is going to face the villain Augustus Vinero and his army of planes, helicopters and army tanks with his three (3) animal friends, a monkey, a leopard and a lion. You can visibly see the sculptured thirty (30) year old body of retired professional athlete and now film star is in great shape, but what the silver screen does not tell you how hard Mike Henry worked whislt filming in Mexico. After his third feature Tarzan film, Mike Henry sued film produce Sy Weintraub after suffering animal bites, food poisoning, infections, and severe working conditions in both Mexico and Brazil. During his short tenure as Tarzan, Mike was bitten in the face by a chimp and had to have his chin sewn up with twenty stitches. In addition he suffered from dysentery, an ear infection, and a liver ailment. Just watching Tarzan (Mike Henry) running in just his bare feet and a thong suit through those woods had me shouting "ouch"...'"ouch" ... and "ouch" again.
This is in my humble opinion a better than average Tarzan film and Mike Henry's physique is more fit than the best known film Tarzan former Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller's physique. Tarzan and the Valley of Gold also has its own "Jane" in the lovely actress Nancy Kovack who plays the lady in distress in the jungle Sophia Renault.
I give it an exceptional 7 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Guns of Diablo (1964)
Bronson...his star was just starting to glow brighter and brighter
Charles Bronson is a much more versatile actor than people ever gave him his deserved credit for. Guns Of Diablo is just another faze of this stars career that soon catapulted him into the best of the best with his action hero status in the quintet Death Wish series starting in 1974 and ending in 1994. The 1988 film, Messenger of Death could be considered the sixth entry in his Death Wish series.
As for Guns Of Diablo, Bronson is supported by the (then) young performer Kurt Russell who was only thirteen (13) years of age at the time. Interesting is that the movie was made after the previous years 1963 television series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters was released with many of the TV stars playing similar roles in the 1964 film release Guns Of Diablo.
Never the less, Guns Of Diablo is a very good showcase of film star Charles Bronson's somber and "call to action" acting ability who plays a lone traveler named Linc Murdock. Bronson brings out that side of him that always tells his adversaries "don't wake up the sleeping bear". Kurt Russell tags along playing Jamie McPheeters with Bronson into this rough desert town to pick up supplies for their wagon train that is headed towards California to find gold.
Instead Bronson discovers that his old love interest Marla Macklin (the lovely Susan Oliver who also starred in the 1963 TV series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters) is not dead as he previously thought, but very much alive and now regretfully married to the man named Rance Macklin (Jan Merlin) who despised Linc Murdock some five (5) years earlier when they worked on the same ranch. The ranch was owned by Rance Macklin's father Ray Macklin (Morris Ankrum) who respected Linc and wanted him to stay on his farm as he trusted Linc more than he did his own three (3) sons. When the father Ray Macklin subsequently died and left his farm to his three (3) delinquent and lazy sons they quickly spent any money they had drinking and causing trouble in town and had to move on after criminal charges were laid against them.
So when Linc and little Jamie ride into town innocently enough just to pick up some wagon train supplies Linc is re-introduced to not only the love of his life in Maria Macklin, but also to the three (3) Macklin brothers who want Linc dead for good. It is in my humble opinion the catalyst for Charles Bronson's future stardom and should be included in the Criterion Collection for its historical value for starring a young Charles Bronson and the future action star the thirteen (13) year old Kurt Russell..
If you like the western genre then this is a must see film even though it is a less known and less publicized western film. I give it an 8 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Godfather of Harlem (2019)
This is a portrayal of the real criminal world in 1950's-60's Harlem New York
His full name was Ellsworth Raymond "Bumpy" Johnson and for those who lived in Harlem New York in the 1950's and 1960's Bumpy Johnson was THE man who ran drugs and the betting numbers game(s) in Harlem. This TV series provides a glimpse of the what and who the criminal element were in Harlem New York in the 1950's-60's. There certainly was a violent conflict between the African American, Italian and Jewish criminal elements who all wanted control of the lucrative drug and gambling empires in Harlem, and Bumpy Johnson was the man they all had to get through to have an opportunity to control Harlem.
This series opens in 1963 with Bumpy Johnson just getting out of Alcatraz prison after being sentenced to 15 years in prison for a drug conspiracy conviction related to heroin. Very quickly Bumpy takes control of both the drug distribution and the gambling of the daily numbers lottery in Harlem.
I am really enjoying this docudrama series which stars Forest Whitaker playing the black crime lord Bumpy Johnson who is in a constant territorial battle in Harlem with the Italian Mafia led by mob boss Vincent 'Chin' Gigante (Vincent D'Onofrio). The clothing and scenery of the 1960's is prevalent as it should be and adds to the quality of this docudrama series.
There is also a loosely based Romeo and Juliet theme played out with a young African American sweet soul singer named Teddy Greene (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and the white Italian daughter Stella (Lucy Fry) of mob boss Vincent 'Chin' Gigante who just want to be left alone to make beautiful music and damned the racial slurs.
This series is a few notches above anything else that has appeared in the crime genre in the past decade since the Sopranos ended. I give the series a perfect 10 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Alcatraz Island (1937)
Vindication for an honorable law man
You may think this story is about the criminal racketeer and mastermind Garrett Sloane aka 'Gat' Brady (John Litel) who is sent to the big house on a five (5) year stretch but the story is really about the district attorney George Drake (Gordon Oliver) who put Gat away. Gat is not looking for trouble while trying to do his five (5) year stint initially in Leavenworth and with good behaviour he may get out in half that time to spend the rest of his life with his loving daughter Flo Allen (Ann Sheridan). But a disgruntled and former criminal named Red who has it in for Gat gets under Gat's skin which leads to a bit of an unexpected scuffle to which Gat is sent to Alcatraz prison where he will surely spend his entire five (5) year stint since any chance for getting out early with good behaviour has vanished.
Gat's instigator Red, isn't done yet either, and so he follows Gat to Alcatraz only to get a knife shoved in his back to which he takes his dying and last lying breath and unfairly claims it was his nemesis Gat who stuffed the knife in his breath just before he dies.
Surprisingly it is the district attorney George Drake who comes to Gat's defense and reluctantly Gat accepts Drake's pro bono offer to represent him at his murder trial. Of course George Drake is smitten by Flo Allen, but his intentions are sincere for his love for Flo Allen and his conviction to get her racketeer father Gat out of Alcatraz and off of the murder charge of Red to which he is truly innocent.
I won't spoil the ending but to say that love conquers all and the two men Gat the racketeer who is Flo Allen's father, and George Drake the district attorney who is madly in love with Flo Allen who sincerely loves both men, her father and her fiance all may just find happiness after much sorrow.
Chopping Mall (1986)
These horny teenagers must have been vegetarians, which is a native Indian term for "lousy hunters"
I liked this camp film. I really liked it!
Although the story line has been written and shown on screen more than a thousand times before and again after the 1986 film Chopping Mall was released, I must say that how this film unfolds with shopping mall out of control robot hunting killers, it certainly was entertaining and well balanced with the tactical murders of both man and machine.
The film takes place after the shopping mall closes down to paying customers and some of the teenage horny sales staff of the various stores decide to party with booze, music, and a little booty call in one of the stores furniture wings. A thunderstorm ensues and it hits the rooftop of the plaza that controls the electronic workings of the shopping mall robots making them go wonky and out of control.
I thought the acting was great and the writer/director Jim Wynorski did an excellent job with a questionable screenplay to bring it to life and with excellent entertainment value.
Normally I would rate similar teenage romp serial killer movies between a 3-6 rating, but as I said, this film is much better than the average 75 minute cookie cutter teenage serial killer romp with some T&A kicked in for good measure. I give Chopping Mall a better than average IMDB rating of 8 out of 10 rating.