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The Cariboo Trail (1950)
Acceptable and decent western set in British Columbia with nice performances from some big names
It deals with two prospecting and cowmen, Randolph Scott, Bill Williams, head into Canadian mountains seeking their fortune in British Columbia, via the Cariboo trail, the golden west of Canada in the 1890s, as they intent to raise cattle and dig for gold . But the two Montanans find themselves opposed by claim-jumpers, ranchers and a ruthless land baron from a prosperous city , who is owner of the general store , trading post , Cariboo Hotel, and mining company called Walsh : Victor Jory, and his henchmen : Douglas Kennedy, Jim Davies . Meanwhile, Scott falls in love for the beautiful owner of the Gold Palace Saloon, Karin Booth.
Passable western with good cast in in which two gold diggers protagonists, Scott and Williams, fight in hopes a better life and stifle conflicts, but encounter problems instead. It is a medium budget movie with thrills, noisy action, shootouts, stampedes as well as fine players, nice production design and pleasing results. It is still a run-of-the-mill entry in Western genre, set when Gold Fever expanded in Canada in which Scott and his colleague Bill Williams go British Columbia leading their cattle hoping in achieving fortune. Actually shot in Colorado with adequate interpretations and solid sets . Made the same year that the Gaby Hayes show was aired. The picture is well starred by Randolph Scott . He was a prolific actor in Western, his career is divided in films directed by Budd Boetticher in Seven men from now, The tall T, Decision at sundown, Buchanan rides alone, Comanche station, Westbound. Henry Hathaway as : Heritage of the desert, Wild horse, Sunset Pass, Man of the Forest. Ray Enright directed him in : The spoilers, Trail street, Alburquerque, Coroner creek, Return of the bad men. Andre De Toth directed him in Men in the saddle, Carson city, The stranger wore a gun, Riding shotgun, The bounty hunter. Finally, his main testament, Ride the high country along with Joel MacCrea directed by Sam Peckinpah .Support cast is pretty good with notorious secondaries as the always sympathetic George Gaby Hayes, Victor Jory, Jim Davies, James Griffith, Douglas Jackson, Mary Stuart and Dale Robertson.
Atmospheric cinematography in a fading Cinecolor by Fred Jackson, though there are prints in black and white. Evocative and thrilling musical score by Paul Sawtell. Well produced by Nat Holt, the motion picture was professionally directed by Edwin L Marin. He directed in sure visual style and he made all kinds of genres, especially Westerns. As he shot various Westerns as Tall in the saddle with John Wayne and Ella Raines, Canadian Pacific, Fighting man of the Plains, Colt 45, Raton pass, The Younger Brothers . Randolph Scott starred his last Westerns until his early death at 53, such as The Cariboo trail, Sugarfoot, and Fort Worth.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Very good gangster movie , being magnificently played , masterfully paced and visually exhilarating
A nice gangster movie marvelously written and set in the Twenties when Prohibition took place and full of perfect setting , colorful scenes and studied frames . Here Jewish , Italian , Irish mobsters spin cobwebs of treason , protection , murders and vendetta over themselves and their family . It deals with a mysterious protagonist who sets a complex scheme in motion , Tom Reagan : Gabriel Byrne is the brain behind the throne of an Irish ganglord , Leo : Albert Finney, but at a violent war against another mobster ; John Polito, the latter begins falling out . Meanwhile , there appears the girlfriend : Marcia Gay Harden stunts as the cunning woman who sleeps with Byrne and his boss , Finney , in hopes of a better life and protection for her small-time crook brother : John Turturro .Tom attempts to keep the peace an order between warring mobs , but things go wrong and he gets caught in divided loyalties. At the end it is a joy to watch the pieces of the jigsaw , here fitting perfectly towards the conclusion and it makes complete sense and well-closed plot .What's the rumpus? You can dangle. Up is down, black is white, and nothing is what it seems. Nothing is what it seems at Miller's Crossing.
The faultlessly paced film is a really dark entry in the mobster genre , being crammed with suspense , menace , violence , turns , as well as sharp, witty dialogue and Byzantine plotting ; though , overlong , and hard to follow, at times . It is well constructed and makes absolute sense ; adding both , emphasis and darkness to dilemma and resolution . It is a crime thriller with several roles complicating the twisted plot and it charts the gang wars between two mobsters in an American city during Prohibition . The action blazes in bursts between the workings of the script , and the merciless violence is relentlessly real , earning a movie without intercourse scenes , sex , or any profanity or bad language and adult certificate on its own . The movie is hugely inventive , with agreeable narrative , but it is also pays an enjoyable tribute to the crime literature , notably Dashiell Hammett novels and films of the 30s . And there's another level as a series of variations of themes of friendship , betrayal , ambition , trustworthy and ethics . At times , the criss-crossing of abstract and complex motifs recalls the formal style and complexity of Peter Greenaway movies . Being artfully poised between a subtle acknowledgement of hits own artifice and a sinister realism , including grilsy killings and high body-count . The engaged crossed dialogue between Gabriel Byrne and Marcia Gay Harden remembers Humprey Bogart/Lauren Bacall couple . Armed with this gem of a script , the players give excellently weighted interpretations . Gabriel Byrne delivers a fine acting as Tom , Teo's loyal right-hand man , who is the lover of Leo's mistress , he is starring , but no hero , being as deeply flawed as the man he fights . Support cast is frankly top-drawer , such as : Jon Polito , J.E. Freeman ,Mike Starr , the early deceased Michael Jeter , Danny Aiello , Al Mancini , Steve Buscemi , Oleg Krupa , among others . And cameos from Sam Raimi , Michael Badalucco and Frances McDormand , Cohen's wife , as Mayor's Secretary . Wonderful and evocative musical score by Carter Burwell . As well as glimmering and brilliant cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld .
From Cohen Brothers comes this extremely dark and flawlessly narrated flick , as Joel Cohen's filmaking never puts a foot wrong . The motion picture was well written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen . Like ¨Raising Arizona¨ and ¨Blood simple¨ this works both , as a mobster movie , and an ironic comment of that genre . Both of whom have shared these duties on all of their films, but Joel has always been listed as director and Ethan as producer . The first Coen brothers film where both he and brother Ethan Coen are given directing and producing credits was Ladykillers (2004). Both of them are part of the prestigious group of individuals to have won Oscars for writing , directing and producing in the same year, for the film No Country for Old Men (2007). Their career is splendid from first film : Blood simple (1984) to Arizona Baby (1987), Miller's crossing (1990) , Barton Fink (1991), the great Lebowski (1998), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) , Intolerable Cruelty (2003) , Burn After Reading (2008) , A Serious Man (2009) , True grit (2010) , among others . Rating : 7.5/10 . It is arguably an US mainstream first art movie .
Fantastic Four (2015)
Average retelling with the phenomenal and sensational superheroes taking on Doctor Doom
A decade after the original film ¨Fantastic Four¨ (2005) with Ioan Gruffud , Jessica Alba , Kerry Washington , Julian MacMahon , directed by Tim Story was released, this film was rebooted because Jessica Alba decided not to do another "Fantastic Four" film and Chris Evans had moved on to play another Marvel comic book hero Captain America . Fantastic Four (2015), which starred Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Susan Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, was a darker recounting of the "Fantastic Four" story and failed at the box office . It deals with four young outsiders join an investigation team at New York to carry out an experimental space voyage . Soon they learn that the research facility has a covenant with NASA to transport astronauts to the other universo . However , they decide to go by themselves , to be the first humans to reach the strange place . Then the youngsters teleport to an alternate world and a dangerous universe ; but things go awry, it alters their physical form in shocking ways. Further, they achieve super-powers, but Victor/Doctor Doom is left behind . Four people are forever changed and the four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. Reed Richards , inventor and leader of the group gains the ability to stretch his body and takes the name Mr. Fantastic . Sue Storm, gains the ability to turn invisible and create force fields becoming The Invisible Girl . Her brother, Johnny Storm, becomes The Human Torch with the ability to control fire, including covering his own body with flame , as Johnny morphing into a ball of flames . And Reed's friend , Ben Grimm , is turned into the super-strong , super-tough Thing . Together they become a team of super-heroes and use their unique powers to foil the evil plans of villains .The incredible quartet taking on the threats to the world with their extraordinary force .Change is coming.When you change the world, prepare to defend it. Beyond darkness... beyond fear... lies the fantastic... However there is an accident and they are all affected by the power in the planet.
The spectacular and bizarre adventures of Marvel comics group's greatest super-heroes team .The movie blends thrills , noisy action , comic book , spectacular feats , overwhelming special effects and it results to be pretty entertaining but mediocre , including a silly and ridiculous plot .This is a free adaptation from famous comic book by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee , taking parts here and there . The screenplay is pure entertainment but far from Marvel canon , containing some absurd and embarrassing scenes . The plot is well known , plain and simple , it begins with an experimental space journey financed by a strange N.Y. Research Institute . But the starship arrives in another world and things get worse , and they find themselves turning into fantastic Super-heroes .The Fantastic Four become into team of Super-heroes and use their supernatural powers to battle the nasty enemy, Doctor Doom .The picture is regularly realized with state-of-art FX , impressive production values and so-so casting formed by agreeable young main actors . And for the first time , The Thing/Jamie Bell was created in computer-generated rather than going through make-up or prosthetics . Amazing array of technical special effects with rousing action set pieces illuminate the full-blown feats carried out by the Fantastic four . The final duel between the protagonists and villain super-hero Doctor Doom is breathtaking and moving . Many comic-book fans disliked the way Doctor Doom was portrayed , but original series author Stan Lee, agreed with them , though here Stan Lee declined to make his usual cameo . It has been reported that 20th Century Fox interfered with the film, to the point in which Josh Trank's original movie layout was changed drastically , as some set pieces don't make sense , that's why one of the most major changes was the cutting out of 3 whole action scenes . Several moments in the movie take their visual cue from Jack Kirby's work in the very first "Fantastic Four" comic book . Although have given bad reviews to this film , I think that is amusing with spectacular scenes during whole the movie . The motion picture was middlingly directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle , The Kill point series) . It was really panned by critics , that's why after the disappointing reviews, Josh Trank went on to tweet that he'll "never be working on a comic book movie again". Trank finalized his version of the film in 2014, the studio was dissatisfied and didn't like the director's work, demanded re-shoots, which were done in early 2015.
Other films about ¨Fantastic four¨ are the following ones : 1994 ¨Fantastic four¨ by Olley Sassone with Alex Hyde White , Jay Underwood , Rebecca Staab , Michael Smith , and ¨Fantastic Four¨ 2004 by Tim Story , this is the best version dealing with the spaceflight crew who suffer Gamma ray attacks in the Van Allen belt , being formed by team leader scientific named Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffud) , the pilot named Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) , Sue Storm (Jessica Alba) , his brother Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) and included Victor Doom . As Mr. Fantastastic, leader of the group gains the ability to stretch his body to any shape ; Sue Storm achieves the skill to become invisible girl and projects telekinetic fields ; Johnny Storm as the human torch creates a flying blazing ball and with power to control the fire . It is followed by the sequel titled ¨Rise of the Silver Surfer ¨, with the same players and Doug Jones as Silver Surfer .
The Lone Ranger (1949)
Vintage and attractive series about the Ranger accompanied by the Indian Tonto who rides with him, on Silver and Scout, throughout the West
This TV adaptation deals with the Lone Ranger , here he comes , thundering up the West's deadliest trails , blasting his way into the fabled stories .It packs some fine action , adequate score , thrills and emotion ; as children as well as adults will undoubtedly love this series . Colorful and moving series in which the Masked Man and the strange Indian Tonto take on nasty outlaws and powerful owners .This enjoyable series deals with a man of the law, a legend of justice : Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore : 169 episodes), and a Native American warrior called Tonto (Jay Silverheels : 217 episodes) , both actors receive top billing . Agreeable though overlong series, stars Lone Ranger , the Masked Man and his faithful Indian sidekick Tonto (it means "fool" in Spanish , in Spanish versions of this film, Tonto is renamed Toro, which means "bull") . The masked rider and Tonto take on desperado hordes , rustlers , nasty riders , evil land barons and using the silver bullets that stopped the most savage wicked things ever to menace America's vast frontiers . As they must prevent wars among Indians , cowboys and railway or save the Wells Fargo Express in dangerous adventures . But the Lone Ranger is never captured nor held for very long by lawmen or outlaws, in order to avoid the chance of him being unmasked . The legend of the Lone Ranger is ¨the untold story of the man behind the mask and the legend behind the man¨ , it began on radio and made the transition to the small screen more than 50 years ago . This flick follows the adventures of the Ranger , his white stallion Silver and his American Indian pal Tonto , as they attempt to bring local criminals to justice. They ride throughout the West, doing good deeds and they dedicate their life to combat the evil . The two heroes ride off in a cloud of dust under classic musical background composed by Rossini and shouting ¨Hi-Yo silver¨, in fact this shout "Hi-Yo Silver!" at the beginning of each episode is a recording of Earle W. Graser, who played The Lone Ranger on radio from 1933-41 .
The series contains thrills , go-riding , roller-coaster action , crossfire , horse pursuits , and great scenery with spectacular outdoors well photographed . This shows a campy , amusing and entertaining glimpse in the Wild West . Nice Clayton Moore as Lone Ranger , a man of the law attempting to keep peace , justice and order , and , splendid Jay Silverheels , he shows have an endearing innocent charm . Good support cast with several secondary stars ordinary in Western movies ,such as : James Griffith , Douglas Kennedy , DeForest Kelley , John Doucette , Walter Sande ,Hank Worden , Stevie Brodie , Gene Evans , Whit Bissell , Robert J. Wilke , Néstor Paiva , Anne Doran ,Joe Turkel ,Slim Pickens , Robert Livingston , Chuck Roberson , Francis Ford , Craig Stevens , Tom Powers and Lee van Cleef , among others .
Originally created as a radio play in 1933 by George W. Trendle and well developed by Fran Striker . The Lone Ranger started off as an America radio show started in the 1930s and finally ended in 1954 . It began in a ¨Lone Ranger¨ serial (1938) , a program burdened by frenetic action and starred by Lee Powell , being directed by William Witney and John English . It later expanded on to the big screen with 1938's "The Lone Ranger," 1939's "The Lone Ranger Rides Again," , a Republic serial in 15 whirlwind chapters with Robert Livingstone , Chief Thundercloud and Duncan Renaldo . The Lone Ranger was also a television series from 1948 through 1957 in which gained widespread notoriety on ABC television, as Clayton Moore donned the mask each week to fight crime and corruption in the old west and of course Jay Silverheels as Tonto . The Masked rider and Tonto in their first feature-length picture was directed by Stuart Heisler and co-starred by Lyle Bettger and Bonita Granville ; its following was ¨The Lone Ranger and the lost city of gold¨ , well co-starred by Douglas Kennedy , Charles Watts and Ralph Morris . Furthermore , new version by Willam A Fraker titled ¨The legend of the Lone Ranger¨ that wavers between irony and seriousness , starred by Klinton Spilbury and Michael Horse ; but the film bombed so badly at the box office , as the movie's star Klinton Spilsbury never worked in Hollywood again. The last appearance of The Lone Ranger was in 2003 for a two-hour special on WB Network starring Chad Michael Murray and Nathaniel Arcand . And , finally ,the Legend Of The Lone Ranger is crusader's last silver screen outing , as Jerry Bruckheimer Films has produced q spectacular adaptation of ¨The Lone Ranger¨ (2013) , this is the last big screen iteration of the famous character , Gore Verbinski has compellingly directed a new rendition of the classic TV show film , a blockbuster retelling for the big screen that pays tribute at nostalgic television series starred by Johnny Depp , Armie Hammer , Ruth Wilson , Helena Bonham Carter , Tom Wilkinson , William Fichtner , and James Badge .
Person of Interest (2011)
Very good series with suspense , thrills , noisy action , high technology , twists and turns
A billionaire software engineer and an ex-CIA agent team up to prevent crimes before they happen by using an Artificial Intelligence known as "The Machine". At the same time they must survive being hunted by the Government and protect The Machine at whatever costs. He is called Finch (Michael Emerson) and enlists an ex-CIA special operative , Reese (James Cazievel) , he was formerly recruited by the CIA who were impressed by his skills he had learned in the army after quickly rising to the rank of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class, having been in the Army Rangers, the Green Berets, and Delta Force all of which he uses the skills acquired in those organizations in his mission with Finch. As the two work in secret to prevent violent crimes . Subsequently , being supported by Detective called Jocelyn "Joss" Carter (Taraji P. Henson) who recognizes Reese skills as being from the Army as she used to be in the Army herself as an Army interrogator , as well as the corrupt cop called Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman). Other important roles are the following ones : Sameen Shaw (Sarah Shahi) , a former ISA operative, originally an assassin working for "The Program ; the really fun, mysterious and cunning Root (Amy Acker) , Carl Elias (Enrico Colantoni ) who shares similar traits with Professor Moriarty . And other secondaries roles as Michael Kelly (Mark Snow), Jimmi Simpson (Logan Pierce), Elizabeth Marvel (Alicia Corwin), Sebastian Arcelus (Matthews), Reg E. Cathey (Davidson), Boris McGiver (George Hersh) and Al Sapienza (Detective Raymond Terney) , among others . Ever think you're being watched? You're Being Watched
This splendid series has an interesting premise , a Supercomputer simply called "The Machine" can monitor the entire world using pattern recognition Software by monitoring every cell-phone communication . It is a government program designed to spy on U.S. citizens in order to detect terrorist threats and grisly crimes . As A.I. sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes--including the civilians' roles- are left a mystery. As A.I. controls every celullar using voice print technology, every email, using keyword filters and surveillance camera . Superb main cast and top-notch support cast . Main starring Michael Emerson gives a magnificent acting as Harold Finch, a billionaire software-genius named creates a Machine for the government that is designed to detect acts of terror before they can happen, by monitoring the entire world through technological artifacts . As when the government considered violent crimes between normal people "irrelevant", the intelligent creator Finch built a back door into the system that gives him the social security number of a person involved in a future violent crime so he could act. He is accompanied by James Cazievel who is extraordinary as John Reese , an ex-CIA special operative , a former Special Forces military, -Army Rangers, Delta Force then Green Berets - nowadays he assists in the dangerous missions . Then became a CIA Operative before coming to work with Mr. Finch, Reese is officially listed as dead and in particular often uses non-legal means to achieve Finch's end goal . During season three and four, writers noticed the chemistry and enjoyment on screen between James Cazievel , Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker, so decided to develop the Reese/Shaw/Root dynamic by writing them more scenes together and playing with their amusing , peculiar relationships . Originally created by Showrunner Jonathan Nolan who said the writing team decided to make Root/Amy Acker a prominent role mainly because of the theme music composer Ramin Djawadi wrote for her .
At Gunpoint (1955)
A gang decides to return to a town and avenge a death carried out by a honorable shopkeeper
The Dennis band (Skip Homeier , Jack Lambert and others) wishes to rob the bank of the sleepy and quiet town of Plainview, Texas . There the honest storekeeper Jack Wright (Fred MacMurray , though Joel McCrea was originally cast ) settles down for a peaceful existence and he runs his general store with wife Martha (Dorothy Malone) , brother-in-law and accompanied by their child Billy Wright (Tommy Rettig) . Then the gang steals the bank, killing a teller and the alerted Sheriff is shot , too . In the street, store keeper Jack Wright picks the dead marshal's gun up and shoots from a great distance, fleeing stealers , and the outlaws drop the loot and escape . As when his beloved sibling is murdered , Bob Dennis exacts vengeance , the killing marks the turning point of transition from a robber , to bent on vendetta . Later on , a new town Marshal abandones his employment , despite the disagreements of townspeople around him . Shortly after , Wright must face the bunch of deadly killers alone when the gang leader, an avenger
outlaw and his hoodlums arrive in the town . Bob Dennis (SkipHomeier) has sworn revenge and he will early arrive to the small town to reckoning .
This classic and traditional western is plenty of suspense as the dreaded hour approaches and the protagonist realizes he must stand alone but his fellow town people for help , nobody is willing to help him . Just when the previous sheriff about to leave , comes a vengeful gunman and his henchmen , as our protagonist is deserted by the townspeople who fear the threatened return of the nasty bandits . The film has an interesting premise similar to the classy ¨High Noon¨by Fred Zinneman with Gary Cooper , Grace Kelly , as the intimate starring is also left , instead of showing support for him , the citizens' committee advises Jack to sell his store and leave town for good . At the end starts a small war between the revengers and the loner seller with unexpected results . Fred McMurray gives a decent acting as the peace-loving owner of a general store who became a town hero when he luckily killed the leader of a gang of bank robbers . The movie contains a great support cast , plenty of familiar faces from vintage Westerns such as : Walter Brennan , John Qualen , Whit Bissell ,Irving Bacon , James Griffith , John Pickard, Jack Lambert ,Ray Barcroft ,Irving Bacon ,Harry Shannon and Frank Ferguson .
The motion picture was professionally directed by Alfred L Welker . He was a good craftsman who made films of all kinds of genres , especially ¨Noir¨ and Westerns , such as : 1953 Devil's canyon , 1953 The Last Posse , 1951 Sealed Cargo , 1947 Pirates of Monterrey , 1947 Repeat Performance ,1944 My Pal Wolf , 1944 I walked by night ,1942 Whispering Ghosts ,1942 The Mad Martindales ,1939 Sherlock Holmes vs. Moriarty ,1939 News Is Made at Night , 1939 It Could Happen to You ,1938 Up the River , 1938 Gateway , 1938 Kidnapped ,1938 City Girl , 1937 Big Town Girl ,1937 Wild and Woolly ,1937 We Have Our Moments , 1936 Love in Exile ,1934 You Belong to Me ,1933 Advice to the Lovelorn , among others . Rating : 6/10 . Acceptable and passable film that will appeal to Western aficionados .
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
An apocalyptic and thrilling story set in the furthest reaches of our planet with lots of action , pursuits and violence
This remake to Road Warrior is the best classic epic Post-Apocalyptic Action Science Fiction film in the Mad Max Franchise . An apocalyptic story set in a harsh desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life , within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. As a a drifter named Max (Tom Hardy) , and a woman named Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) , both of whom rebel against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners ( Zoë Kravitz ,Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ...) , and a psychotic worshiper called Nux (Nicholas Hoult). With the stark desert sands in front of them and marauders behind, only the maddest will prevail the storm. They fight brutal enemies thirsty for blood and to survive some battles to-the-death with lots of blood and gore, including throating-slit ,beheading, impaling and blow up . Only the mad survive. The future belongs to the mad .
This stirring movie in comic-strip style is packed with unbelievable car stunts, thrills , chills and noisy action . Top-notch movie and well set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with a valient group who will have to fight against cruel cutthroats, a band of depraved crazies ; this thrilling picture packs kinetic action , chills, shocks and abundant violence . Spectacular stunt-work plenty of motorcycle races, cars witth breathtaking leaps and explosions . Excellent Tom Hardy as a revenger angel at one of his main roles, he embarks a groundbreaking escape against vicious murderous, he is a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos . And Charlize Theron gives a brave as well as sensitive acting as Furiosa, a woman of action and a warrior who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland .
Rumbling and moving musical score fitting to action by Junkie XL . Special and weird futuristic atmosphere created by cameraman John Seale who reflects splendidly the barren outdoors . According to this cameraman the cinematography would be as colorful as possible in order to differentiate the film from other post-apocalyptic movies, which typically have bleak de-saturated colors . Spectacular and impressive production design, the art direction is as beautiful as posible ; that's why the filmmaker Miller reasoned that people living in the post-apocalypse would try to find whatever scraps of beauty they could in their meager environment . Being shot in several locations such as Namib Desert, Namibia Cape Town Film Studios, Cape Town, South Africa , Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Penrith, New South Wales, and Potts Hill, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia .The motion picture was stunningly directed by George Miller who subsequently announced he would sign on for ,three more Mad Max films as producer or director . Miller is author of the excellent post-apocalypse ¨Mad Max¨ trilogy along with the writer and producer Byron Kennedy. The first was ¨Mad Max¨ (1979) by George Miller with Gibson ,Joanne Samuel , Hugh Keays-Byrne ,Steve Bisley . A sequel titled ¨Mad Max 2, the Road warrior¨ with Gibson , Bruce Spence, Vernon Welles and Mike Preston . It's followed by ¨Mad Max beyond Thunderdome¨ with Tina Turner, George Ogilvie, Frank Thring and again Bruce Spence as sympathetic helicopter pilot . In addition, numerous imitations as the recent ¨Doomsday¨(2008, Neal Marshall), rip offs, and exploitations ,especially Italians products. Rating : Good, better than average, this is one of the most successful of the present decade . This remarkable action film will appeal to Science Fiction buffs. Rating : 8'5, Above average. Well worth watching.
Very average Spaghetti/Paella Western shot in Spain with two usual genre stars : Craig Hill and Frank Braña
This Chorizo/Pasta Western is a Spanish/Italian co-production that packs a great deal of zooms , crossfire , thrills , action , go riding , brawls , lots of shots and gun-play . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes and filmed in spectacular scenarios from Seseña , Manzanares del Real , Madrid , Spain . This is the tale of twins ; one a good sheriff , Bill Nolan (Craig Hill) , the other a nasty bandit and rapist , Mace Cassidy (Craig Hill) . Earlier some outlaws dressed up as saloon girls pull off a stagecoach assault , they murder a witness , and take possession of all the cash , while Mace Cassidy rapes a beautiful girl (Agata Lys) . Four years after in a little town called Okland takes place the annual Halloween celebration, there a traveling salesman (Francisco Sanz) and his daughter (Agata Lys) finger the Marshal as the boss of a band that long time ago attacked a stagecoach, raped his daughter, and killed a passenger . Along the way the upright and innocent sheriff has to resolve a bank robbery , multiple murders , and face off a mysterious masked murderer as well as prove his innoccence , discovering the true guilty of the various grisly killings .
This is a Paella/Spaghetti western with thrills, action, fights , a lot of murders and shootouts . Badly directed by Mario Bianchi, he is a sort of Italian Ed Wood, similarly to Demofilo Fidani or Miles Deem . It is a moving blending of Pepperone Western and suspense elements , along with murders in Giallo style . Italian/Spanish production filmed in Madrid surroundings , full of familiar faces , assaults , exaggerated characters , gun-down , red herrings , lots of shots and fights . The film packs action , shootouts , drama , treason , high body-count ; however , being slow-moving but slightly entertaining and approaching increasingly the Giallo style , and keeping some details that make it special in this particular Spaghetti sub-genre . Starring Craig Hill in a double role as an extremely baddie bandit , and , as a happily married lawman who attempts to find out a heist and strange killings . Craig is passable , he ravages the screen , he jumps , and bounds , hits and runs ; besides , delivering punches , slaps and kick-ass . Worthwhile watching for a demonstration of the confrontation between Craig Hill and his ominous enemies , the greedy masked man , a ruthless brother who is the evil twin and the real culprit , and his heinous hired hands , including some looks that say it all , adding a twisted ending . So-so performances for the whole casting .The notorious Spaghetti/Paella actor , the American Craig Hill is so-so in his usual tough role , here playing a ruthless outlaw , and a two-fisted , relentless sheriff . But his character as a villain cutthroat is exaggerately performed , as he plays as a cruel avenger , a violent rapist who seeks a bloody vendetta against his brother , an ordinary plot in Spaghetti/Paella Western . It stars this tarnished actor ,Craig Hill who played a lot of Spaghetti , his first Western was ¨Hands of a Gunfighter" or ¨Ocaso de un Pistolero¨ , he went on playing : "Seven Pistols for a Massacre" , "Rick and John¨ , ¨Conquerors of the West¨ , ¨Bounty hunter¨ , "I Want Him Dead" , "Fifteen Scaffolds for the Killer" , "Three Crosses of Death" , ¨Bury Them Deep¨ , and this "I want him dead¨ .Furthermore, here appears usual Italian/Spanish Western support actors , a largely secondary cast filled with familiar faces , all of them ordinary in Chorizo western . As Craig Hill is supported by a secondary cast who is frankly decent , thanks to the appearance of important secondaries from Spaghetti/Tortilla or Paella Western , these are the following ones : Frank Braña , Francisco Sanz ,Jesús Tordesillas , Maria Vico and brief appearance of Agata Lys , though she is credited top-billed . It contains an intriguing as well as catching musical score by Piero Piccioni , Spaghetti's ordinary ,though some prints appears as composer Gianni Ferrio . And an evocative and adequate cinematography by Emilio Foriscot , shot in Seseña , Colmenar Viejo , Manzanares Del Real , Madrid and Roman studios .
The motion picture was regularly directed by Mario Bianchi , often using pseudonyms as Renzo Spaziani and Frank Bronston . Mario , son of director Roberto B Montero , was an Italian craftsman , writing and directing ; working from the 70s in all kind of genres and B movies until the late 90s . Most of them starred by Richard Harrison , Frank Braña or Robert Woods . Bianchi directed some Westerns and acceptable action movies , such as : ¨1974 Più Forte Sorelle , ¨1973 Fast hand¨ , ¨1971 Masked thief¨ . And made thrillers as ¨1979 Napoli Storia d'amore and vendetta¨ , ¨1978 Napoli... i 5 Della Squadra Speciale¨ , ¨1978 Provincia Violenta¨ , ¨1977 La Banda Vallanzasca¨ and ¨Hai Sbagliato... Dovevi Uccidermi Subito!" or "Creeping Death" or "Kill the Poker Player". Mario subsequently directed soft-core and hard-core films until his retirement . This is an Italian/Spanish made Western that came to the big screen when the top time of the genre was falling .
Kakushi ken oni no tsume (2004)
A Samurai rescues a maid from her husband's family and prepares to fight a rebel using the dark technique ¨Hidden Blade¨
Prestigious recounting marked by evocative production design , unflinching plot , intense drama and fatalistic atmosphere . It is an incredibly detailed vision in its own right . Yôji Yamada masterful retelling of Samurai films transports the tale to XIX Japan and the world of Samurai . It stars a19th Century samurai , held in low esteem due to an action by his late father who committed suicide by seppuku . Well set , as it takes place during the time of change of the mid-19th Century ; as it is set in the fictional Unasaka domain . It resembles the real area of Yamagata prefecture which is in the Northern part of Japan , there Yaichiro (Yukiyoshi Ozawa ) is said goodbye by his fellow samurai Friends Munezô ( Katagiri Masatoshi Nagase) and Samon Shimada (Hidetaka Yoshioka) , as he leaves their clan on the northwest coast of Japan to take a fundamental rank within the shogunate in far away Edo . Munezo has lived modestly with his mummy and sister Shino after his dad was forced into suicide after being caught in a failed political intrigue as well as the failure of a bridge Project . Meanwhile , Kie (Takako Matsu) , a farm girl serves them as a maid at their home . As time passes, Munezo's sister marries Samon, his mother passes away , Kie is married into a merchant family, and he is required to learn use western weapons from an official sent from Edo. Learning that Kie is ill due to mistreating and abuse , Munezo rescues her . But Munezo is a bachelor man and is really criticized for her serving at his home , then Munezo sends her back to her father's farm. Shortly after , an official called Yaichiro falling in disgrace and imprisoned in solitary confinement . Later on , Yaichiro breaks out , Munezo is assigned an unfortunate mission : to kill Yaichiro , as he seeks the help of his old teacher , the sword master Kansai Toda. Swordsman Toda now teaches him a new technique to use , as Munezo prepares to take on Yaichiro who has taken hostages .
The impressive flick blends moving drama , violent fights , emotion , a love story and results to be pretty entertaining , as well as thought provoking, and in which a Samurai must resolve his history with a maid and with his close friend .Dealing with thoughtful themes as impossiblity marriage due to different castes , fidelity , Modern Times with use of methods of warfare such as the utilization of artillery and firearms and mutual affection and respect among people . The film confirmed Yôji Yamada's greatest strength and his innovative handling of the popular Samurai genre and this interesting story was created by the novelist Shuhei Fujisawa . The movie title comes from a Samurai master , an expert swordsman who entrusted the secret of the "Hidden Blade" to starring Munezô Katagiri/Nagase . It is incredibly detailed vision in its own right , as the Deep impact of the action and combats on this provoking Samurai film , whose main representation was ¨Seven samurai¨ by Akira Kurosawa , it opened the floodgates for the huge numbers of samurai films that made fortunes for their producers in the sixties and early seventies . Dramatically staged sword-plays occur on and off throughout the plot . Enough budgeted production , with appropriate setting , lots of mood , and sad atmosphere . Masatoshi Nagase gives an extraordinary acting as the upright lord who receives a difficult mission , as he is ordered to prove his innocence from complicity by killing his old friend . It contains stunning fight scenes , fine performances, adequate sets , exciting drama in which all of the fire , ambition, and doom of the Samurai films come brilliantly to life .
The motion picture was well directed by Yôji Yamada , though slow-moving . He is a good craftsman who in 1969 launched the popular "Tora-san" series, the world's longest theatrical film series. "The Twilight Samurai" (2002) marks his 77th film as well as his 41th year as a director since his first film in 1961: Nikai no Tanin (Stranger Upstairs). This movie is the second installment to director Yôji Yamada Samurai trilogy. 'The Twilight Samurai' being the first, 'Love and honor' being the third.
The Princess Bride (1987)
Above average fantasy movie with straight-forward action, sword-fights, and lots of monsters
An outlandish, offbeat satire of the genre, being a modern retelling of the essential fairy tale plenty with attractive scenes, all of them make this one an amusing an entertaining story as children as adults. A contemporary rendition upon the basic fairy tale jammed with all the cliches, outright satirical humor , sense of style, Error Flynn adventure and Pythonesque shafts of humor . It deals with an irreverent love story between a gorgeous maiden, Buttercup: Robin Wright Penn, and her young swan lover , Gary Elwes, this one helped by a duo of brave warriors : the assertive Mandy Patinkin and the huge Andre the Giant, both of whom battle the wicked evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with one another. When Buttercup is destined as consort to the wicked prince, Chris Sarandon, she is kidnapped, then our starring has to save her through a series of life-threatening exploits. Meanwhile, a grandfather , Peter Falk, tells his grandson, Fred Savage, the marvelous tale.
This adventurously enjoyable romance movie centers around a wonderful adventure crammed with traditional fantasy, including great dueling scenes, damsel in distress, dashing protagonist and evil villains. It exudes a certain innocence, sense of wonder and upright enthusiasm into the proceedings. The main interest lies in attempting to recognise the well known cast, many of them beneath mounds of makeup. Gary Elwes and Robin Wright give charming interpretations. Mandy Patinkin injects any real enthusiasm to his undaunted revengeful role . Support cast is frankly excellent. As Christopher Guest as a James Mason-like villain, as well as the sympathetic Wallace Shawn . Peter Falk as the old storyteller does a Granpa Columbo. And some miscast comic cameos such as Peter Cook, Mel Smith, Billy Crystal and Carol Kane .
It displays a colorful and glimmering cinematography by Adrian Biddle. As well as a sensitive and unforgettable musical score by Mark Knofler from Dire Streets. Based on William Goldman's cult book being well updated and compellingly directed by Rob Reiner(This is a Spinal Tap, Alex and Emma). A better than average fantasy that kids will probably love it. Rating :7.5/10 essential and indispensable watching.
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
A classic terror movie formed by five segments well realized and magnificently played
A vintage horror film financed by Amicus from producers Max Rosemberg and Milton Subotsky with a Great British Cast and formed by several episodes full of creepy events , chills, thrills , gore and guts. It stars with five strangers visiting eerie and old catacumbas .Later on , they find themselves at a grotto with the sinister Crypt Keeper , Ralph Richardson , the mysterious host tells them how each of the strangers will die . As they receive fantastic visions about their future . And now ...who is next....
It deals with 5 segments titled: All through the house, Reflection of death , Poetic Justice , Wish you were here, and Blind alleys , all of them are filled with mystery , suspense , terror , grisly killings , twisted events and horrible happenings . The British star-studded results to be pretty good with a plethora of notorious actors as Joan Collins , Richard Greene who a bit later on he passed away at the age of seventh four ,Ian Henry , the great Peter Cushing as a widower who often used an ouija to talk with his deceased wife , Roy Dotrice , Nigel Patrick , Patrick Magee and Ralph Richardson as the creepy Crypt Keeper who shot this major role in a day . Most stories previously appeared in American comic books as Tales of Crypt from EC comics as well as in The haunt of fear. Colorful , adequate cinematograhy by Norman Warwick , shot at Shepperton studios . It was compellingly accompanied by a thrilling and suspenseful musical score.
The motion picture was well and professionally directed by Freddie Francis . He was an expert cameraman who photographed prestigious films such as The straight story , Cape fear , Glory , Dune, The elephant man , Night must fall , The innocents, Room at the top and Hell in Korea . He also directed some movies , many of them terror films such as Dark tower , Doctor and the devils , The ghoul , Legend of werewolf , The creeping flesh , Trog , Torture garden , The skull , House of horrors , The evil of Frankenstein , Nighmare , Paranoiac , The brain and directed Tales of the Crypt TV series , episode 2 season 7 , titled Last respects. Rating : Above average . The motion picture will appeal to terror movies fans .
Le vergini di Roma (1961)
Ordinary Peplum , freely based on historical events about Porsena and the beleaguered city of Rome
Porsena , the Etruscan leader (Jean Chevrier) , attacks and besieges Rome. He is supported by a warrior chieftain (Louis Jourdan) and his barbaric allies . But Rome is being defended by embattled women warriors , then Porsena takes hostages the valiant Amazon Warriors led by Clelia (Sylvia Syms) . Meanwhile , a Roman youth named Gaius Mucius (Corrado Pani) sneaked into the Etruscan camp with the approval of the Senate, intent on assassinating Porsena . He advised Porsena that he was merely the first of 300 Roman youths who would attempt such a deed, one after another until they succeeded. To prove his valour, Mucius thrust his right hand into a sacrificial fire, thereby earning for himself and his descendants the cognomen Scaevola ("lefty"). Later on , Lars Porsena was really impressed by particular acts of Roman bravery and the Amazon Warriors .
This is a passable sword and sandals movie with action , a love story , battles , spectacular scenarios and historical backstage . There are some historical characters as Mucius Escevola and Porsena who watching the courage and bold acts from Roman people defending the city he chose to make peace . Louis Jourdan is acceptable as a Barbarian and historical hero who finds many dangerous situations while attempting to attack Rome and save his true love , Clelia : Sylvia Syms , of several risks .Being an Italian/French co-production , here appears various notorious actors from both nacionalities such as: Corrado Pani , Ettore Manni , Nicole Courcel , Jean Chevrier , Jacques Dufilho , and Michel Piccoli . The motion picture was professionally directed by two Peplum experts : Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, and Vittorio Cottafavi .
The motion picture is based on true events but has not prospect historical . The real deeds are the followings : Lars Porsena came into conflict with Rome after the revolution that overthrew the monarchy there in 509 BC, resulting in the exile of the semi-legendary last king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus . Tarquino(534-509, B.C.) was the seventh and last king of Rome and he governed tyrannically . The rape of Lucrecia by his son caused a riot and he was overthrown , the Roman Republic was proclaimed and he actually disappeared . The deposed monarch, whose family was of Etruscan origin, tried and failed to retake the throne a number of times before appealing to Porsena for assistance. Lars Porsena agreed to help. One story tells that, during his siege of Rome, a young enemy called Mucius who came into the king's presence, he could not distinguish Porsena from his secretary, who was similarly attired. Through misrecognition Mucius stabbed the secretary and then tried to flee . He was immediately captured by the Etruscans and brought before Porsena, whereupon Mucius bluntly declared his identity and his intent . Then Mucius puts his hand into a sacrificial fire . Astonished and impressed by the young man's courage, Porsena gave Mucius his freedom and dismissed him from the camp. Another tale of the war concerns the Roman hostages taken by Porsena as part of the treaty. One of the hostages, a young woman named Cloelia, fled the Etruscan camp, leading away a group of Roman virgins. Porsena demanded that she be returned, and the Romans consented. On her return, however, Porsena was so impressed by her bravery that he asked her to choose half the remaining hostages to be freed. She selected all the youngest Roman boys . In 507 BC, Porsena once again sent ambassadors to the Roman senate, requesting the restoration of Tarquinius to the throne. Legates were sent back to Porsena, to advise him that the Romans would never re-admit Tarquinius, and that Porsena should out of respect for the Romans cease requesting Tarquinius' readmittance. Porsena agreed, telling Tarquinius to continue his exile elsewhere than Clusium. Porsena also restored to the Romans their hostages, and also the lands of Veii that had been taken from Rome by treaty. Livy records that, by these matters, a faithful peace between Porsena and Rome was created . Rating : 5.5/10 , Average Peplum fodder , though better than most Sword and Sandals movies , thanks to Louis Jourdan and slick direction .
This is a chiller story with grisly horror , genuine thrills and shocks
Horrid and frightening terror movie with an awesome acting by Jack Taylor as a revenger doctor . The eerie story contains bit good fun with killings , chilling interpretations , relentless horror and thrilling events . Young reporter Mike (Jimmy Shaw) gets an assignment to spend one whole evening in a spooky wax museum at a ¨Reality show¨ run by a filmmaker (Geraldine Chapin) . Initially believing to be alone inside the place ; however , there appears a mysterious and ghastly character . Inside, he must survive against a vengeful and murderous Doctor .Mike eventually finds himself being horrorized by the malevolent presence of sadistic cannibal surgeon Dr. Knox (Jack Taylor) .
The eerie story contains bit good fun with killings , chilling interpretations , relentless horror and thrilling events . This is a peculiar remake ¨House of Wax¨ by Andre De Toth with Vincent Price and considered to be a very early horror flick and one of the 50s most popular 3-D films that was the first film released with a stereophonic soundtrack .The chiller version of the 50s packs scary chills and terrifying deaths . The wax figures from ¨Barcelona Wax Museum¨ are the real stars of this production , being rightly realized . Some scenes are clumsily shot but the movie has some good moments here and there , the illogical parts in the argument are more than compensated for the excitement provided by the creepy wax models , eerie killers and many other things .The motion picture was professionally directed by Victor Matellano , though it has flaws and gaps .
Other films dealing with ¨House of wax¨ are the followings : 1933 vintage horror classic and rarely seen ¨Mystery of the wax museum¨ , here main starring was a heroin addict but that had to be changed for the remake, it was starred by Lionel Atwill , Fay Wray , Glenda Farrell ; ¨Terror in the Wax Museum¨ (1973) by George Fenady with Ray Milland , Elsa Lanchester , Maurice Evans , John Carradine , Patrick Knowles , ¨Waxwork¨ (1988) by Anthony Hickcock with Zach Galligan , Joe Baker , Deborah Foreman , Michelle Johnson , David Warner . And modern retelling ¨House of wax¨ by Jaume Collet-Serra with Elisa Cuthbert , Jared Padalecki , Paris Hilton and Chad Murray .
Alma gitana (1996)
Flamenco film contains drama , an intrigue about an interracial love , emotion , a lot of songs and many other things
Cultural drama about a love story between a gypsy (Amara Carmona) and a Payo (Pedro Alonso) and plenty of Flamenco music . A feud involving love , honor and integrity is at the center of this enjoyable film directed by Chus Gutiérrez . It concerns a young man called Antonio wishes to become a professional dancer , but things go wrong when he falls in love with a gypsy girl and gets in conflict with her utterly different cultural background . As the head of a gypsy community (Rafael Alvarez El Brujo) attempts to protect everyone he loves , and his daughter is his main worry. To complicate matters , the fierce proud , handsome Antonio eventually wants to investigate his past involving a car crash in which his mother died and there is a preacher (Peret) who knows about those deeds . Meanwhile , the gypsy clan seeks vengeance against Antonio .
This intense drama concerns about a blend of fiction and documentary about gypsy life . It is a thought-provoking drama that keeps you interested and expecting , including a stirring and exciting final . From start to finish this Flamenco film packs intense drama , songs , exciting scenes with some of the cultural, social, and spiritual connections that are maintained between these two separate but connected worlds : Gypsy and Payo . It is an interesting vision of gypsy universe through a story of rivalry among gypsies and Payos . This is a moving picture plenty of passion , emotion , human relationships and a complicated romance, but love can overcome these differences . This brooding as well as attractive flick can be defined as a thought-provoking drama , an exciting fresco with emotion , racism and a social fable . It contains agreeable and interesting moments , as the picture is more a drama with songs than a denounce-film. The movie explores issues of racism and bigotry by examining the way in which a society reacts to the appearance of a foreign presence, as when a black man is wrongly detained . This issue about gypsy family confrontation has been previously treated in other films such as ¨Los Tarantos¨(1963) by Francisco Rovira Beleta with Carmen Amaya , Sara Lezana , Antonio Gades , ¨Montoyas y Tarantos ¨(1989) by Vicente Escriba with Sancho Gracia , Cristina Hoyos , Esperanza Campuzano and ¨Gypsy¨ (2000) by Manuel Palacios with Laeitia Casta and Joaquin Cortes and ¨Vengo¨(2000) by Tony Gatlif with Antonio Canales , Antonio Dechent . The newcomer main cast gives regular interpretations , the support cast is better than main actors , as here appears notorious secondaries such as Julieta Serrano , Saturnino Garcia , Loles León , Sandra Ballesteros , Juan Carlos Bellido , Ramón Barea , among others .
Emotive musical score including dances , Flamenco songs splendidly sung by a extraordinary plethora of gypsy singers such as Ketama : Antonio Carmona, José Miguel Carmona and Juan Carmona , and the really preacher Peret . The cinematographer, Arnaldo Catinari , is great with light, using it crude and clever , creative and beautiful. The yarn is always dramatic as well as entertaining when is executed with style and the filmmaker certainly seems to have that . The motion picture was professionally directed by Chus Gutiérrez . She is one of the best Spanish directors who ha realized some good films such as ¨Insomnio¨ ¨Calentito¨ and ¨Poniente¨ and ¨Retorno a Hansal¨ both of them dealing with illegal immigration and a similar cast as Cuca Escribano , Antonio Dechent and Antonio De La Torre .¨Alma Gitana¨ is a passable and acceptable film . Rating 6/10 .
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
A lively and good Western concerning a wagon train chased by bandits, being well played and directed by Poitier
It regards a trail guide and a con preacher join forces to help a wagon train of former slaves who are escaping from cutthroats and seeking to homestead out the West . The civil war was over and by law the slaves were freed . But when the promise of land and freedom was not honored , many ex-slaves journeyed out of the land of bondage in search of new frontiers where they could be free at last . They placed their hopes in the hands of the few black wagonmasters that knew the territories of the west . None of this came easy , for not only did they have to overcome hostile wilderness , but nightriders and bounty hunters were hired by persons unknown to hunt them down and turn them back to the Southern fields . This picture is dedicated to those men , women and children who lie in graves as unmarked as their place in history . This movie deals with a hard , long travel throughout the wilderness of a group of negroes and slaves freed after the end Civil War , being led by an intrepid wagonmaster (Sidney Poitier) along with a roguish preacher (showy acting by Harry Belafonte) wielding a peculiar Holy Bible . And being harassed by marauding white nightriders (led by Cameron Mitchell) all the way down .
Sidney Poitier performed and shot this picture , delivering it all the traditional ingredients of amusement : Riding pursuits , spectacular battles , croosfire , bank assaults , ambushes , fights with Indians , and many other things . While at the same time inserting a thought-provoking issue of accusatory coment on the ill-treatment of the ancient slaves whose graves are as unmarked as their place place in history . It has an interesting subject which is rather reminiscent of John Ford's Wagonmaster played by Ben Johnson in similar role to Poitier . Nice , though , the idea of having Indians riding and coming to rescue of the wagon train besieged by bandits , it is a gem , instead of the ordinary Union cavalry . Harry Belafonte steals the show giving an overacting and Poitier the player seems content to stand back and let the limelight falls on Harry . It is agreeable , enjoyable , and pleasant enough , but somewhat it never quite clicks , despite awesome interpretations from Belafonte and Poitier . Ruby Dee also provides a decent playing , she interprets the attractive spouse of Sidney .
The motion picture was professionally directed by Sidney Poitier . Being his fiilm debut that he took over the job from Joseph Sargent who left the filmmaking . Poitier is a fine actor and filmmaker . Poitier's talent, conscience, integrity, and inherent likability placed him on equal footing with the white stars of the day. He took on directing and producing chores in the Seventies, achieving success in both arenas . Sidney directed a few pictures , and most of them were comedies . As Poitier made : Ghost dad , Fast forward , Hanky panky , Stir Crazy , Piece of action , Let's do again , Uptown Saturday night , and this Buck and the preacher . Rating : 6/10 , passable and aceptable Western movie
Horas de luz (2004)
Based on deeds , about a multiple killer and his right to reintegrate himself into the society
A delinquent is accused of three murders , judged and condemned several years in prison . In jail he leads lots of prison riots until he is submitted a special treatment called FIES , characterized to be kept in a total loneliness and extreme control . There, he will spent two years , but the arrival of a social assistant called Emma to heal his wounds to provide him a first contact with good human being . And then both of whom fall in love with unexpected consequences . The movie arises some questions : Can love free you from your crimes?, is the coming out good or is the coming out to avenge the torments and terrors that make a jail for men a college for the crime? .
The picture deals with a thorny subject , the right of social reintegration of a multiple killer . The main origin of this movie resulted to be the splendid series ¨Turno de Oficio¨created by Antonio Mercero , in fact it was a script of a episode of this series that subsequently adapted into a long feature film. As writer/director Matji then wrote a book about it , dealing with the authentic experiences of a convict Juan Jose Garfia at a strict gaol that it is a hell in earth , which was a kind of almanac of everything he witnessed while in prison . This script contains usual ingredients of the ¨Inmates in prison ¨ sub-genre : escapades , violence , sadism , physical abuse , freedom wishes and many other things . Main cast formed by Alberto San Juan as Juanjo and Emma Suárez as Marimar give acceptable performances . Although Emma Suarez as a prison assistant who suddenly come to see as noble savage rather than a cruel killer delivers better acting than Alberto . Support cast is pretty well such as : Vicente Romero , Andrés Lima , Aitor Merino , Mariana Cordero , Ana Wagener and special mention for Jose Angel Egido .
The motion picture was professionally directed by Manolo Matji , though it has several flaws , gaps and failures . Javier Aguirre has filmed with all of the power and realism at its command . Manolo Matji was born in 1943 in Madrid, as Manuel Matji Tuduri. He is a prolific writer and occassionally director, known for Réquiem por Granada , Río Negro , A solas contigo , La guerra de los locos (1987), El sueño del mono loco (1989) and this Horas de luz (2004) . It has several Awards and nomination such as Toulouse Cinespaña, Turia Awards , San Sebastián International Film , Goya Awards 2005 Nominee and Cinema Writers Circle Awards .
So-so Spaghetti Western , including passable action sequences with rousing attacks and high body-count
This is a thrilling film , plenty action , thrills , fights , and starked outdoors from El Lacio , Rome and Cinecitta studios . The picture results to be entertainingly ordinary , but does not allow for the usual subtexts and undercurrents to develop that can make these flicks . This violent Western is set on dirty outdoors , woods and dark interiors , the star is a mysterious revenger , a Texas Ranger called Shango (Anthony Steffen) , who comes to avenge against nasty villainous . As Shango is a Texas Ranger who finds himself hanging at a cage , being subbsequently freed . Without memory , he gone back from a dark past to revenge and he encounters up against a former Confederate Major (Eduardo Fajardo) and his gang of thugs who have been terrorizing a local border town in search of gold . Furthermore , some Mexican bandits led by Martínez (Maurice Poli) trying to find gold . This sub-plot about gold seekers is adding with the previous dealing with former Confederate soldiers led by Major Droster (Eduardo Fajardo) terrorizing a Mexican town, while an ex-Texas Ranger, Shango (Anthony Steffen) tries to stop them . In that place there is a dangerous band led by a bandit called Crazy Joe (Fortunato Arena) and his hoodlums . While a gang of ex-Confederate soldiers and Mexicans bandits chase them . En route, the Texas Ranger executes a single-handedly revenge , as he shoots , ravages and kills each person involved in the killings of the peaceful Mexican peasants .
This Italian production contains action , crossfire , drama , treason , high body-count and it's fast moving , being entertaining and approaching increasingly the Spaghetti style , more than the American western and keeping some details that make it special in this particular Pasta genre . The basic plot is typical spaghetti western fare , but what makes this movie stand out is its style . Steffen is appropriate in his usual two-fisted character , he ravages the screen , shoots , hits and runs . Generic and mostly entertaining western with focus on a Texas Ranger against nasty Mexican ones and Confederate rebels . There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work during some particular scenes as the film approaches its climax , such as in the final gunfights . The movie gets the usual Western issues , as avengers antiheroes , violent facing off , exaggerated baddies and spectacular duels , excessive zooms , among them . Good production design creating an atmospheric , but poor scenario , and fine , though rotten, sets . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes . And developing a bloody and breathtaking showdown between the ordinary contenders , Steffen and his main enemy , Fajardo . Charismatic performance for all casting . The film is well starred by a frequent Spaghetti star . As it stars a mediocre actor , though here giving an acceptable acting , Anthony Steffen , as a Ranger that vows revenge against villains who have mistreated and killed Mexican people .This notorious Spaghetti actor , Anthony Steffen may be a name best remembered by Spaghetti Western aficionados, but in his day, from the mid-'60s to the early '70s, Steffen was one of the most popular actors of the genre - at the time cheap B movies, now revered cult classics. The handsome, Italian-born - actually at the Brazilian embassy in Rome - Antonio Luiz de Teffè von Hoonholtz began working in films as a studio messenger for Vittorio De Sica . From there, Steffen began acting in sword-and-sandal epics, later moving onto the Western genre , where he found his niche . Unlike fellow Spaghetti star Clint Eastwood, however, Steffen never became a top international box-office attraction . His acting is often accused of being wooden, but in many manners is ideally suited to playing the steely-faced gunslinger synonymous with the genre . His others successes include features as ¨Seven Dollars to Kill¨, ¨The last Mohican¨, ¨Train for Durango¨, ¨Gentleman Jo¨ , ¨Four dollars for Django¨, ¨Shango¨, ¨Arizona colt¨, ¨Apocalypse Joe¨ and several others . Although Steffen's performance in the movie is a bit wooden for the role of such an interesting character as a revenger Texas Ranger who attempts to keep law and order . There appears as secondaries the habitual in Italian Western and Peplum , such as : Attilio Dottesio , Franco Pesce , Espartaco Conversi , Andrea Aureli , Petro Torrisi , Fortunato Arena ,among others .
The musician Di Stefano composes a nice soundtrack in Morricole style and well conducted . Striking cinematography by Gino Santini , though inappropriate sets , I miss the classic outdoors and settings from Almeria , Spain . This motion picture was well and professionally directed by Edoardo Mulargia , though with no originality , as it has a lot of flaws and failures . Edoardo Mulargia directed a lot of Spaghetti as ¨W Djianjo¨, ¨El Puro¨ , ¨Django Spara¨ , ¨ Cjamango¨ , ¨Shango¨ , ¨Vete con Dios , Gringo¨, most part starred by Robert Woods , Anthony Steffen or Eduardo Fajardo . Rating : 5.5/10 . Acceptable and passable Western that will appeal to Spaghetti fans .
El Clan (2015)
This is an Argentina/Spain co-production based on true events , being well paced , skillfully edited and very interesting .
The most colorful epoch of criminality in Argentina during Galtieri's military dictatorship era is brought to life in this story of a robber and criminal family . As this family kidnapped and killed people in the 80s in a period of economical crisis when any employment, even illegal, was cherished, ambition, money and power originated an interminable cycle of fury and violence. It deal with the Puccio family led by the honorable daddy called Arquimedes : Guillermo Francella , he is going as far as to supervise the homework of his youngest daughter as a dedicated teacher . His eldest son is Alejandro, -Peter Lanzani- , a Rugby star champion . But actually Arquímedes Puccio turns out to be the tyrannical leader of a bunch of delinquents composed of his spouse and children. As they along with some accomplices carry out undercover activities , consisting in abducting wealthy people , detaining them in his own home , mistreating and torturing them and doing away with them after cashing the ransom.
This is true story of the Puccio Clan, a model evil family , but their tale results to be a perverse stew of lies , violence , kidnapping , murders, pronounced bloodshed, sentimental blood bonding , and with a surprising ending . As an upright family -a model family whose well educated children have a promised and bright future- living their deep respectability , but is nothing but a smokescreen , being really a criminal group . The picture is plenty of thrills , intense drama , violence and thought-provoking issues . The main cast and support cast give magnificent interpretations . Here stands out Guillermo Francella who gives a masterful acting as the allegedly honest and dignified storekeeper by trade, who cares about his five children . As well as Peter Lanzani playing Alejandro Puccio , an admired rugby star .
The motion picture well well produced by EL Deseo S.A. : Agustin and Pedro Almodóvar and professionally directed by Pablo Trapero . His films have covered the most important festivals, receiving critical acclaim and awards . Trapero is one of the biggest creative forces in Latin American Cinema .He has sat on the main Festival juries at Venice, San Sebastian and Locarno, among others . In 2014 he served as President of Un Certain Regard in Cannes. In 2015 the Ministry of Culture of France awarded him Chevallier Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, becoming the first south american director in receiving this honor. In 1999 Trapero directed his first feature, Mundo Grua, which won the Critics Prize at Venice. In 2002, he opened his production company, Matanza Cine, that produces films for fellow filmmakers, as well as his own. His second feature, El Bonaerense (2002) premiered at Cannes, Familia Rodante (2004) at Venice, and Nacido y Criado (2006) at Toronto. In 2008, Leonera, presented in Competition at Cannes, revealed the talent of Martina Gusman, muse, actress and producer of the cineaste. He returned to Cannes with Carancho (2010) and Elefante Blanco (2012), both in Un Certain Regard. Trapero is a good filmmaker , his best film was ¨Carancho¨, dealing with a slow burning exercise in moral decay and his usual actress results to be Martina Gosman who has worked in various film with him , such as : ¨Lion's den¨ , ¨Nacido y Criado¨ , ¨Carancho¨ and ¨Elefante Blanco¨ . This El Clan turns out to be a dramatic and provoking flick , an above average film and Argentina's official submission to Academy Award and it achieved several Prizes of the Argentinean Academy. With this his latest film, The Clan, he won the Silver Lion for Best Director in Venice International Film Festival . Indispensable and essential seeing for Guillermo Francella fans .
A murder mstery in which an US Marshal investigates grisly killings committed at the Amundsen-Scott Base in Antarctica
A thrilling and a creepy movie, with lots of killings and a twisted ending . It's a mystery film from production company called "Dark Castle" , and full of thrills , action , suspense , chills , shocks , twists and turns . U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) is three days from the final of her tour at an international research station in Antarctica in which the sun is about to set for six months , after which she'll resign . The continent's first winter storm is coming when a body, wearing no gear, is discovered in the ice , along with a downed Soviet aircraft . She must find a motive and a killer before the storm and her departure . As she will have to resolve the case and face off mysterious enemies. There are various suspect people , some appearing seemingly out of nowhere. They are the following ones : Gabriel Match is an UN agent called Robert Pryce who is keen on her . Tom Skerritt is the friend doctor who cares her . Alex O'Loughlin is a suspicious worker . Shawn Doyle is a nervous mission chief , among others . Who is the killer ? . See Your Last Breath.
In the film there is whodunit , intrigue , thriller , drama , a little bit of action and is deal entertaining . It's a good thrilling and spooky film which begins with an US Marshal who investigates a murdered corpse at tundra and , soon finds more and more bodies ; furthermore , the climate's deadly elements add suspense to the flick . It takes bits and pieces from the best examples of the genre to fusion it to a thrilling movie . Colorful cinematography by Christopher Soos , being shot on location in Lake Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada , Cité du Cinéma, Montréal, Québec, Canada , Gimli, Manitoba , Lundar Beach Provincial Park, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Boucherville, St-Hubert Airport, Saint-Hubert, Québec, Canada and Alaska , the northern most point in continental North America and both real and fake snow were used in production which scientists said was the closest location in feel to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Stars Kate Beckinsale gives a decent acting as a tough Marshal really affected by and incident from her past that haunts her. Kate Beckinsale was producer Joel Silver's first choice for the role of Carrie Stetko .Support cats is pretty good such as Gabriel Macht , Tom Skerritt as an aging physician about to retire , Columbus Short ,Shawn Doyle and Alex O'Loughlin , pre-Hawaii 5.0.
The film was lavishly produced by Warner Bros in association with Dark Castle , production specialized on terror genre and in charge of Joel Silver , Robert Zemeckis and Gilbert Adler ; both of them have produced successful terror movies dealing with eerie tales about horror , grisly killings and lots of blood and gore such as ¨Gothika¨, ¨House of haunted hill¨, ¨Return to house of haunted hill¨ , ¨13 ghosts¨ , ¨Ghost ship¨, ¨House of wax¨ ,¨Splice¨ , ¨The reaping¨ , ¨Orphan¨ , among others . Although it was not the first Dark Castle Entertainment movie to receceive awful reviews and wasn't the last. It was the first, however, and still is, to be released from this production company along with Warner Bros shelved the film for about two years . The motion picture was professionally directed by Dominic Sena , though it resulted to be critically panned . Dominic Sena is a fan of the "Whiteout" graphic novel, and when rights were acquired by Dark Castle Entertainment , Sena petitioned president Joel Silver for the opportunity to direct .Rating : acceptable and passable. The film will appeal to Kate Beckinsale fans .
Passable Peplum with colorful outdoors, breathtaking battles, a love story and historical events freely based on Gustave Flaubert novel
It is set in III century BC , the Carthagenian are battling Romans and then Carthage hires mercenaries to support their fight. But the Carthagenians don't execute the agreement about the terms of payment .Then the revengeful mercenaries carry out an upheaval against them . Meanwhile, Salammbo, gorgeous Jeanne Valere, the highest priestess of the bloody Goddess Tanit attempts to settle the conflict by gettting a covenant , but things go wrong when the mercenaries led by Jacques Sernas, are betrayed by the main member of the council of wise men, Edmund Purdom.
An acceptable sword and sandals movie with intrigues , thrills emotion and impressive battles . Freely based on the known novel by Gustave Flauvert, the film inspires itself on the prestigious book taking parts here and there. Here appears some historical characters, as the notorious general Amilcar Barca, father of Annibal and Asdrubal who battled fiercely the Romans in the Punic Wars . Decent main cast as the very young Jeanne Valere as Salammbo, the virginal priestess , daughter of Amilcar Barca and who falls really in love with the mercenary chief played by Jacques Sernas, he exacts a vendetta stealing the sacred veil of the Goddess Tanit from the temple where the Chartaginian practice human sacrifices . Support cast is pretty good, full of secondaries of the 60s and 70s such as Riccardo Garrone, Arnaldo Foa, Kamala Devi who subsequently had a brief Hollywod career, Nando Tamberlani, Raf Baldassarre, Ivano Stacciolini, Andrea Aureli, Franco Franchi , Pasquale Basile, among others.
The motion picture was professionally directed by Sergio Grieco. He was a good craftsman who made a lot of adventures, action and thrillers movies as Sergeant Klems, SOS agent 017, Rififi in Amsterdam, The mysterious swordsman , Lucrezia Borgia, La regina dei Tartaro, Il Capitano di Ferro, Pirates of the Black Hawk....
Notable dystopian tale with lots of violence, action , fights , twists and turns
Exciting dystopian Scifi that takes place among 2014 and 2031 , in which some train passengers will be forced to make difficult choices about sacrifice , courage, allegiance to get their final destination , as a revolution is underway. Thrilling rendition that picks up every mote of bleak despair of a known graphic novel in which happens at a totalitarian future society and living on a train . Snowpiercer movie is a sci-fi , action and drama movie based on Le Transperceneige . It contains noisy action , trhrills , chills , high body-count and overwhelming state-of-art FX . Set in 2031, an attempt to control the global warming has caused a new Ice age , as the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpierce r. For 17 years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe . As they live in a dystopian society divided into various factions . As each faction represents a different way of handling things . Led by the dauntless , brave Curtis , Chris Evans , a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around . The main leaders Gilliam, Curtis Everett and Edgar are scheming a plot to reach the engine and talk to Wilford , Ed Harris , who thinks they are apparently dangerous for the faction-system . Wilford is using the addicted security engineer Namgoong Minsoo and his clairvoyant daughter Yona that are imprisoned to open the locked doors . In order to survive , Curtis has to make imposible decission about himself and her beloved friends. At the end Curtis faces one impossible challenge after another as he unlocks the truth about the past and ultimately the future of his world . One Choice Can Destroy You and to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around her .
Nice Sci-fi with a riveting concept : several people struggling on a train for survival .Dystopian polemic story which contains a polemic denounce to totalitarianism . It's a standard but also original Science Fiction movie with no much sense where there is suspense , thriller , getaways and pursuits , frenetic action , crossfire , struggles , explosions , violence , plot holes and enough characterization . There is a real criticism to the rigid difference between social classes : Lower and Upper , both of them creating their own economy and class system , in which each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. It is a loose rendition , as it takes parts of a successful comic-book , being based on Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob , Benjamin Legrand , Jean-Marc Rochette . In fact , the drawings in the tail section of Snowpiercer were illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, the original comic artist of the graphic novel Le Transperceneige . Chris Evans gives an acceptable acting as the brave freedom fighter who takes desperate , risked choices to protect the ones he loves , as well as he must confront an unexpected finale . Support cast is frankly excellent such as Kang-ho Song , Jamie Bell , Ed Harris , Alison Pill , Luke Pascualino, Vlad Ivanov and two Oscar winners: Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer.
The picture contains a colorful but dark cinematography by Kyung-pyo Hong , it was mostly filmed in the breathtaking mountains of Hintertux, Tirol, Austria , Prague, Czech Republic and studios from Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic .Impressive as well as sinister production design has been rendered with meticulous attention to period detail . And a thrilling and adjusted to action musical score by Marco Beltrani . The motion picture was well directed by Joon Bong . Filmed in seventy-two days , this is Joon-ho Bong's first English-language film . He has directed a few but successful films such as : Mother , Tokyo , Parasite and The Host .
Westward the Women (1951)
Agreeable and attractive Western in which a brave guide escorts stubborn women from Chicago to California
A thrillingly authentic movie actually filmed on the California overland trail. It deals with a farmer called Roy Whitman , John McIntire , hires a guide , Buck , to bring women to his farm in the California Valley. As he led about 200 women on an adventure that most men feared to face . As Roy along with Buck return to Chicago to enlist 150 women willing to become wives for his workers .From these volunteers he selects 138 who seem able to survive and undertaking a difficult journey .
The valiant traíl guíde called Buck, Robert Taylor , leads a group of woman from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently settling there. Each signed a contract to marry she selected from pictures of 200 homesteaders and then faced a journey across the untamed western wilderness to meet the stranger with whom she would begin a new life. They were women finding a future, forgetting the past. Some were hussies in silk who become heroines in calico . They defied Nature's fury, Indian attacks , a thousand perils and hardships and found the love they longed for at the end of the trail .All of them had to suffer dangers, risks , and a lot of deaths.
This is a really fashionable entry in Western genre with an original plot and a throughly agreeable film. The movie' enjoyability , greatness , and autenthicity rests not only in the accuracy of the hardship life in the Far West , but in the well orchestred series of incidents such as the Indian attacks , the difficulty of wagons to trespass mountains and the feeling romance between Robert Taylor and Denise Darcel . Decorated by important subjects of bravery , fidelity , survival , camaraderie ,and fight for life . Although overlong , but blessed with a high energy level , thanks to action , spectacular wagon train and go riding . Robert Taylor gives an acceptable acting as the tough and stiff guíde who escorts a group of brave women throughout the great American desert and the Rock Mountains. When this movie was broadcast in the Spanish Television in a Village called Plan was organized a caravan of women from all over Spain to marry the male villagers at a blind date , and many of those single men found the women of their lives. The film benefits itself from great secundaries , as support cast is pretty good , full of beautiful women as Denise Darcel, Julie Bishop , Marilyn Erskine , Mary Murphy and a few men as the veteran John McIntire, Roy Jenson , Chubby Johnson ,and sympathetic acting by Nakamura. Special mention for Hope Emerson as the grumpy and enormous widow .
This is a story giant in scope , unusual in concept with an interesting idea well developed along the movie .The script was written by the great Frank Capra , and he had schemed to shot himself and cast Gary Cooper in the lead , but a bit later on , was sold his screenplay to his neighbour , William A Wellman . It packs a magnificent cinematography in Black and White and in overblown and amazing deep by cameraman William Mellor . It contains an attractive , thrilling and lyric musical score by Jeff Alexander . The motion picture, a big MGM spectacle lavishly produced by Dore Schary , was competentingly directed by William A Wellman who made good films as A star in born , Ox Bow Incident , The high and the mighty , Gallant journey , Yellow sky , No things Sacred , Joaquin Murrieta , Beau Geste , Roxie Hart , Reaching for the sun , Men with wings , among others .
Il corsaro nero (1976)
Italian Pirate adventure with intrepid heroes , nasty villains and exotic scenarios
Emilio di Roccabruna (Kabir Bedi) count of Ventimiglia is battling Van Gould (Mel Ferrer) who ten years before had killed his dad and stolen his family ownerships . He is known as "Il Corsaro Nero" , The Black Corsair , and he has two siblings , a duo of famed pirates : Il Corsaro Verde -The Green Corsair- and as Il Corsaro Rosso , -The Red Corsair . When a Spanish batallion is entirely taking down an Indian village , the Black Corsair supported by his underlings (Franco Fantasia, Sal Borghese) save an Indian girl , Yara (Sonja Jeannine ) , who then swears him fidelity . As the notorious pirate raids up and down the Caribbean , battling the Spanish , the English and other pirate enemies . The black pirate assaults a ship and there he meets a beautiful woman , lady Duchessina Van Gould (Carole Andre) along with her servant . Later on , the known Green Corsair (Piccolomini) and the Red Corsair (Jack Basehart) are treacherously murdered by Van Gould's hoodlums and subsequently hanged . After that , at Turtle Island , the Black Corsair organizes with the help of his cohorts and the notorious pirate Henry Morgan (Angelo Infanti) a relentless vendetta .
The film is a nice pirate-adventure movie , being well produced, and based on novels by Emilio Salgari , as two books : "Il corsaro nero" and "La regina dei Caraibi" . This classic story of romantic adventure come to life enriched by Eastmancolor cinematography in charge of Alberto Spagnoli and well adapted to big screen screen . Overwhelming battles and sword-play and full of villainy , romance , swashbuckler and heroism . Kabir Badi is cool as the pirate hero who encounters dangerous situations while trying to exact a merciless revenge . Bedi acted as a corpulent hero in several movies , starring historic , legendary and exotic characters , standing out in the successful Sandokan TV series also directed by Sollima . Accompanied by a gorgeous Carole André playing a charming lady who results to be the daughter of the powerful Van Gould . Support cast is pretty good with special mention for the extremely villainous Mel Ferrer , as well as Sonja Jeannine , Dagmar Lassander , Sal Borgese , Franco Fantasia , Guido Alberti , and Pietro Torrisi or Peter McCoy . And even appears a historic role played by Angelo Infanti as Henry John Morgan (born Welsh 1635, dead Port Royal, Jamaica 1688) , he was a known corsair , at death of pirate Edward Mansfield was appointed chief by the buccaneers . He conquered Providence island or Saint Catalina . Later on , he sacked the city of Panama , violating the truce between Spain and England , then he was imprisoned , but king Charles II freed him and named him governor of Jamaica .
Colorful and glimmering photography ; adding a typically catching musical score from Guidoi and Maurizio De Angelis , billed under their own names rather than their ordinary alias of Oliver Onions . Sergio Sollima's direction is well crafted , here he's less cynical and more inclined toward adventure , sword-play , violence and too much action . Sergio wrote and directed all kinds of genres such as Pirate films as ¨Sandokan ¨ and ¨ Black Corsario¨ ; Peplum : ¨Rocha¨ , "Spartacus and the Ten Gladiators" , "Triumph of the Ten Gladiators" , ¨Ursus¨, "Goliath Against the Giants" ; Thriller : ¨Revolver¨ (1973) ; Euro-spy : "Requiem for a Secret Agent" , "Agent 3S3: Hunter from the Unknown" , ¨Tanger 67¨ ; being especially known for his ¨Cuchillo trilogy¨ : ¨Run Cuchillo run¨, ¨Face to Face¨ , ¨The big Gundown¨. And this ¨Black Corsair¨that is essential and indispensable watching for Kabir Bedi fans . This is a satisfyingly attractive and thrilling flick that avid fans of the genre will love .
Una regina per Cesare (1962)
Extravagant and average version about Cleopatra , Queen of Egypt , and her confrontation to her brother Ptolomy
It's a nice but regular historical flick and in Peplum style . A classy story of the power struggle and how a common soldier risks his life to serve her queen. Alexandria , 46. B.C. , there takes place a hard battle between Egyptian queen Cleopatra (Pascale Petit) and her brother Ptolemy XIII (Corrado Pani) , both of whom fight for the Egyptian throne after the death their father . Ptolemy vanquishes and Cleopatra is incarcerated . Then , Achilles (George Ardisson ) a guard officer helps her to escape . Later on , they look for Pompeius (Akim Tamiroff) . Pompeio , who was previously defeated in Farsalia battle , goes on fighting against Caesar . At the end Cleopatra meets Julius Caesar (Gordon Scott) after rolled herself up into a carpet and he becomes infatuated with her .
Intermittenly interesting extravaganza about the known queen and her adventures , while attempting to be Queen of the powerful Egypt . It's a little bit boring but the history aficionados will appeal some historical recreation and appearance of historic roles . This Sword and Sandals movie functions like a blimp-size , multi-colored sleeping tablet and really fictional story . Historical characters are utterly dwarfed by the tongue-in-cheek style and some lousy interpretations . The dialog , cinematography , and direction combine to cast a passable and attractive movie , though it is spoiled by the excessively ironic tone . Atmospheric sets , functional costumes , ordinary stars , massive scope , opulently grotesque interiors , including great spectacle of crowd scenes decently staged . Audiences are benumbed by a show of crowd scenes , many of them stock shots from other Roman films . Pascale Petit seems to be enjoying herself in the lead role in this hokey ,overdone Peplum . Pascale looks often acts like a very young sexy bomb ruler . Gordon Scott in a brief intervention is hopelessly wooden . Support cast is passable , full of Italian actors and two American ones : Akim Tamiroff , Gordon Scott , Rik Battaglia , Corrado Pani , Franco Volpi as Apollodoro , Ennio Barbo , Barbara Loy , Aurora Del Alba , ,and Giovanni Cianfriglia . The motion picture was regularly directed by Piero Pierotti, and Viktor Tourjansky .
The movie is freely based on historical events , taking real parts here and there : the actual deeds were : It deals with the epic lives of Cleopatra , Julius Caesar , and Pompeius . It's created the first triumvirate formed by Caesar , Pompeyus and Crasus . Caesar fights against Pompeyus who's vanquished in Farsalia . Julius goes to Alejandria , Tolomeo hands over the Pompeyo's head to Caesar who rules over Egypt and gives up the throne to Cleopatra . After that , the out-of-wedlock son of Cleopatra with Caesar is seen to be a threat to his future leadership . Brutus and other Roman legislators scheme the assassination of Caesar . As Julius Caesar is killed by Bruto and Casio . Later on , it happens the second triumvirate : Marc Anthony commands Egypt , Lepido rules Africa and Octavio Augustus governs over Rome and Hispania . Marc Anthony is married to Octavia , Augustus's sister . Then , Marcus Antonius is wedded to Cleopatra , but things don't turn out so well and they are defeated by Octavio Augustus in Actium .
Other films dealing with the infamous Egyptian Queen and her Roman lovers saga are the followings : Silent version ¨Cleopatra¨ 1916 with Theda Bara ; ¨Caesar and Cleopatra¨ by Gabriel Pascal with Claude Rains , Vivien Leigh and Flora Robson , ¨Cleopatra¨ 1934 by Cecil B De Mille with Claudette Colbert , Warren William and Henry Wilconson ; ¨Cleopatra¨ by Joseph L . Mankiewicz with Elizabeth Taylor , Rex Harrison , Richard Burton , Roddy MacDowall , Andrew Keir , and TV adaptation ¨Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra¨ with Richard Johnson and Janet Suzman . And TV series : ¨Cleopatra¨with Timothy Dalton , Billy Zane , and Leonor Varela .
Action adventure film details the efforts of brave climbers , including exciting and moving mountain-climbing scenes
Based on the Incredible True Story set in The Most Dangerous Place On Earth, the highest point on Earth, Himalaya Mountains , as some climbers tackle the climbing the world's first largest mountain, Everest . ¨Everest" boasts a stunning cast as Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright , Jake Gyllenhaal , Sam Worthington and Kiera Knightley. This deals with the story of New Zealand's intrepid mountaineer Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall : Jason Clarke , who on May 10, 1996, successfully led 19 clients to the summit without a single fatality , but subsequently , things go wrong . Rob Hall together with Scott Fischer: Jake Gyllenhaal , teamed up on a joint expedition . All of them set out to scale a famous and risked mountain to ascend Mount Everest only to come face to face with a relentless fight for survival when they start their final ascent since the peak and descend to the base campament and challenging the harshest conditions and imaginable odds .
Nice film with spectacular scenes , snowbound , thrills , emotion , a lot of ropes ,and piolets ; and , of course , fight for life in which at the end, a furious blizzard struck and they have to survive at whatever means , facing off blistering winds and freezing temperatures . Beautiful Nepal scenary fails to totally compensate for a number of slow-moving scenes . Each person's true nature is revealed as they scale the peak , which many climbers have defied and failed in previous attempts, but , finally the two teams must endure in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible risks . The trip to scale the first highest peak involves a long palaver among them , and much parley between persons of different countries , cultures or level of sophistication . As the climbers argue with other partners , porters , challenges from old rivals and beyond the cliche dialogue . As the main issue results to be a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever , as they suffer several dangers , in which the climbers encounter innumerable odds along the way , including an ascent of sheer rock face , an avalanche and a fall down perpendicular mountain ice . Protagonists give good acting delivering philosophical debating , at times .The main cast and support cast are pretty good , full of known actors as John Hawkes , Emily Watson , Sam Worthington , Keira Knightley ,Vanessa Kirby , Clive Standen , Robin Wright , Naoko Mori , Elizabeth Debicki , Michael Kelly , among others . The film is frankly well ; however, slightly overwrought ,with several dreary lapses , but exciting and stirring .This one belongs to ¨Climbling Subgenre¨ with important films such as " The White Tower" with Glenn Ford , Claude Rains , " The Eiger sanction" with Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Jack Cassidy and "K2¨by Frank Roddan with Matt Craven , Michael Biehn and Julia Nickson .
It contains a sensitive as well as thrilling musical score by Dario Marianelli . Impressive photography by Salvatore Tonino who does wonders shooting the moutainous outdoors , showing impressive landscapes and breathtaking mountains . It was actually shot on location in South Base Camp, Mount Everest, Nepal , Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, Nepal ,Namche Bazaar, Kathmandu , Nepal and Val Senales, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy . The motion picture was well directed by Baltasar Kormakur whose intention is made clear early on : the hard climbing and the omnipotence of nature as metaphor , as well as a sour denounce on the increasing demand for expeditions to Everest, being based on real events . Baltasar who was born in Reykjavik, Iceland , he is a writer/Producer/filmmaker, an artisan who has directed a number of decent movies of all kinds of genres . As he has directed¨Contraband," which was a remake of Oskar Johansson's "Reykjavik Rotterdam," and he produced through his Blueeyes Productions, along with Working Title Films. Kormákur's next films were the thriller "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, ¨The missionary , ¨The Oath¨ , ¨Adrift¨ , among others . Rating : 7/10 . Better than average .