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Loving Pablo (2017)
7/10
Pablo Escobar's biography under point of view a Colombian popular anchorwoman
16 October 2019
In 1981, Virginia Vallejo (Penelope Cruz) is a famed Colombia's journalist and TV news anchorwoman who is invited to a VIPs party in the ranch of Pablo Escobar, a Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist who founded and was the sole leader of the Medellín Cartel . Seduced by his charisma, journalist Virginia starts a passionate love story with Escobar (Javier Bardem) despite he's a family man married with María Victoria (Julieth Restrepo) . Along the 80's years, Escobar becomes notorious in his attempt to better the life of the low-born people of Medellín and raising a politician carrier in the Colombia's congress, being elected as a congressman , but Virginia starts to know Escobar's real power controlling an empire of crime in Colombia and spreading his drug by all USA . It causes that the DEA's agent Shepard (Peter Sarsgaard) sets out in his pursuit , adding the President Belisario Betancur allying with USA to stop Escobar and extradite him to judge outside Colombia .

Drama , thriller movie based on actual events about a journalist who strikes up a romantic relationship with famous drug lord Pablo Escobar that results in a thunderous love affair , this last one begins a drug international smuggling and subsequently a war in the country to eliminate all his enemies, politicians and non-politicians . The picture relies heavily on the twisted relationship between Javier Bardem/Pablo Escobar and Penélope Cruz/Virginia Vallejo. Here Javier Bardem gives a terrific acting as Escobar , displaying an extreme physical transformation , giving a violent portrayal of the heinous ringleader who unleashes his thirst for blood and his ambition to rule everything . Penelopé Cruz gives an acceptable performance as Virginia, an anchorwoman who makes a difficult decison , seeing as her carrier and her reputation are destroyed by Escobar, takes off a real situation: to die at the hands of Escobar or by his enemies as an act of reprisal, or save herself helping Shepard to stop Escobar before he kills her. And Peter Sarsgaard as a stubborn DEA agent Shepard who interests by his business and by Virginia, contacting her looking for a way to stop him . It contains a colorful and evocative cinematography by Alex Catalán . Atmospheric as well as lively musical score by Federico Jusid . The motion picture was professionally directed by Fernando León De Aranoa, realizing in a realistic and thrilling style . Fernando León De Aranoa was born on May 26, 1968 in Madrid, location where he often shoots his flicks . Fernando began working in cinema in the 90s filming shorts and writing screenplays, and has made a few films , usually dramas . He is a nice writer and director, known for Familia (1996) , Princesas (2005) , Barrio (1998), Amador (2010) , Sabina (2011) , his best picture : Los Lunes al Sol or Mondays in the sun (2002) and A pertect day (2015) .

Adding more remarks about his life , these are as follows : Pablo Escobar Gaviria (1 December 1949 - 2 December 1993) was a a low-born man who gained money and power with drug trafficking together his friends, turning them in the new generation of rich men of the country. Dubbed "The King of Cocaine", Escobar is the wealthiest criminal in history, having amassed an estimated net worth of US$30 billion by the time of his death (equivalent to $58 billion as of 2018), while his cartel monopolized the cocaine trade into the United States in the 1980s and 1990s . Born in Rionegro and raised in Medellín, Escobar studied briefly at Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana of Medellín, but left without graduating; he instead began engaging in criminal activity, selling illegal cigarettes and fake lottery tickets, as well as participating in motor vehicle theft. In the early 1970s, he began to work for various drug smugglers, often kidnapping and holding people for ransom .In 1976, Escobar founded the Medellín Cartel, which distributed powder cocaine, and established the first smuggling routes into the United States. Escobar's infiltration into the U.S. created exponential demand for cocaine, and by the 1980s, it was estimated Escobar led monthly shipments of 70 to 80 tons of cocaine into the country from Colombia . As a result, Escobar quickly became one of the richest people in the world ,but consistently battled rival cartels domestically and abroad, which led to massacres and the murders of police officers, judges, locals, and prominent politicians , making Colombia the murder capital of the world. In the 1982 parliamentary election, Escobar was elected as an alternate member of the Chamber of Representatives as part of the Liberal Alternative movement. Through this, he was responsible for community projects, such as the construction of houses and football fields, which gained him popularity among the locals of the towns that he frequented. However, Escobar was vilified by the Colombian and American governments, who routinely stifled his political ambitions and pushed for his arrest, with Escobar widely believed to have orchestrated the DAS Building bombing and Avianca Flight 203 bombings in retaliation . In 1991, Escobar surrendered to authorities, and was sentenced to five years imprisonment on a host of charges, but struck a deal of no extradition with Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, with the ability of being housed in his own, self-built prison. In 1992, Escobar escaped and went into hiding when authorities attempted to move him to a more standard holding facility, leading to a nation-wide manhunt.As a result, the Medellín Cartel crumbled, and in 1993, Escobar was killed in his hometown by Colombian National Police, a day after his 44th birthday. His legacy remains controversial; while many denounce the heinous nature of his crimes, Escobar was seen as a "Robin Hood-like" figure for many in Colombia, as he provided many amenities to the poor, while his killing was mourned and his funeral attended by over 25,000 people. Additionally, his private estate, Hacienda Nápoles, has been transformed into a theme park, and he has been praised or criticized for importing hippopotamuses to Colombia. His life has also served as inspiration for or has been dramatized in film, television, and in music.

His life has been adapted in : Blow, a 2001 American biographical film based on George Jung; Escobar was portrayed by Cliff Curtis.Pablo Escobar: The King of Coke (2007) is a TV movie documentary by National Geographic, featuring archival footage and commentary by stakeholders. Escobar (2009) was delayed because of producer Oliver Stone's involvement with the George W. Bush biopic .Killing Pablo (2011), was supposedly in development for several years, directed by Joe Carnahan. It was to be based on Mark Bowden's 2001 book of the same title, which in turn was based on his 31-part Philadelphia Inquirer series of articles on the subject. In December 2008, Bob Yari, producer of Killing Pablo, filed for bankruptcy. Escobar: Paradise Lost: a romantic thriller in which a naive Canadian surfer falls in love with a girl who turns out to be Escobar's niece. American Made, a 2017 American biographical film based on Barry Seal; Escobar was portrayed by Mauricio Mejía.
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6/10
Decent but routine Western about three Texans who get tangled up with Civil War renegades and gunrunners
15 October 2019
Good film packs action-packed Western , thrills , fistfight , action , betrayals and spectacular raids . Passable portrayal of three Texans , Kip Davis (Joel McCrea) , Charlie Burns (Zachary Scott) and Lee Price (Douglas Kennedy) own Three Bell Ranch being destroyed by Luke Cottrell (Victor Jory who makes a throughly unpleasant bad guy) and his henchman (Bob Steele) , of the Union army, along with his band of outlaw raiders . As the trio seeks both , justice and vengeance against the villains who encroached his ranch . Driven from their land, many settlers move to Texas, still a neutral territory . They are three young men who from Missouri go to Texas seeking vengeance , and reckoning against Cottrel , facing off furious , fighting guerrillas . As Cottrell plunders the region for personal gain rather than in the name of the Union . They take on a leader of a band of guerrilla raiders working for the Union army that carry out bloody and violent raids and ravage the Missouri countryside during the Civil War . Shortly after , Kip, Charlie and Lee go to Brownsville, Texas, looking for Cottrell . After a confrontation between Kip and Cottrell , Cottrell is told to abandon Texas. While Lee (Douglas Kennedy) decides to join the Confederate army , Kip (Joel McCrea) and Charlie (Zachary Scott) attempt to raise money to rebuild their ranch by smuggling . This lucrative enterprise brings them into conflict with Cottrell who, after abandoning the Union cause , is also smuggling guns out of Mexico , then the Confederates capture Brownsville . Kip suggests they all return to rebuild their cattle ranch , but Lee insists in joining the Confederacy . However , Kip and Charlie continue the smuggling together, but subsequently Kip is disillusionated with Charlie . Meanwhile , Cottrell and his guerrilla executing violent looting and slaughters against innocent civilians . Violent raids ...aflame again in all its fury !Warner Bros.' Thundering New Triumph!

An overplotted and exciting Western about the friendship of three Texas Ranchers who wish to create the Three Bell Ranch , but along the way smuggling arms for the Confederacy , bypassing the blockade imposed by the Union . Interesting and colorful film dealing with three friends get involved in a series of conflicts , crosses and double-crosses , smuggling , battles and love triangle . The screenplay is pretty complicated and most of it , despite the title , takes place West of St. Louis . Brawling , sprawling , almost primitive action in which our protagonists join the weapon smuggling from Mexico to US and vice versa . Fast paced filmmaking , it features impressive as well as moving attack scenes punctuated by great action scenes and thrilling go riding . The film is well co-starred by three fine actors , the Western usual Joel McCrea who plays in his habitual style as a peaceful rancher turns renegade gunrunner during the Civil War when his stock is destroyed by Union guerrillas ; Zachary Scott as Charlie , who's more interested in money and gunrunning than in ranching, deciding to continue the smuggling ; Douglas Kennedy as Lee who chooses to remain in the Confederate army and continue the fight . Furthermore , Alexis Smith as a saloon show-girl and dazzling in a plethora of gowns as well as the beautiful Dorothy Lamour falling in love for both , Joel McCrea and Douglas Kennedy . Support cast is pretty good , such as : Alan Hale in one of his last characters provides a vivid portrayal of the local bartender , Art Smith , Monte Blue , Tex Cooper , Tex Driscoll , and finally , Victor Jory and Bob Steele once himself a Western hero , both of whom providing a pair of extremely villainous roles .

It displays a rousing and stirring musical score by the classy Max Steiner . It contains a colorful and brilliant cinematography by Karl Freund who directed the viintage movie : The mummy ; all help strenghen this acceptable Western . The motion picture was well directed by Ray Enright who had just finished a spate of eight Westerns with Randolph Scott . He was a western expert , as he directed a lot of Westerns , the first film he made was Trackers by the police , starring Rin Tin Tin , he subsequently directed Bad Men of Missouri, Men of Texas , The spoilers , Sin town , Alburquerque, Montana , Return of the bad Men , South of St Louis , Flamingo Father , among others. Rating 6.5 out 10 western, better than average . Well worth seeing.

The flick is indirectly based on real deeds , these are the following ones : The character "Luke Cottrell" played by Victor Jory and his hoodlum Bob Steele are described as guerrilla members , while robbing and murdering Southern sympathizers. These characters are obviously based on the real-life William Quantrill, and Anderson who were in fact the leaders of a band of Confederate guerrillas called Bushwackers . This militia commanded by William Clarke Quantrill and Anderson execute their razzias at whatever means by killing and rampaging , carrying out war crimes . They carry out a violent raid on the pro-Union town of Lawrence , Kansas. They really terrorized the Missouri and Kansas countryside during the Civil War. The Lawrence Massacre, was a rebel guerrilla attack during the U.S. Civil War by Quantrill's Raiders, led by William Clarke Quantrill, on the pro-Union town of Lawrence, Kansas. The attack on August 21, 1863, targeted Lawrence due to the town's long support of abolition and its reputation as a center for Jayhawkers and Redlegs, which were free-state militia and vigilante groups known for attacking and destroying farms and plantations in Missouri's pro-slavery western counties . By 1863, Kansas had long been the center of strife and warfare over the admission of slave versus free states. In the summer of 1856, the first sacking of Lawrence sparked a guerrilla war in Kansas that lasted for months. John Brown might be the best known participant, but numerous groups fought for each side in Bleeding Kansas . By the beginning of the American Civil War, Lawrence, Kansas, was already a target for pro-slavery ire, having been seen as the anti-slavery stronghold in the state and more importantly, a staging area for Union and Jayhawker incursions into Missouri.
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5/10
So-so, silly but agreeable comedy well starred by the great and unforgettable Alfredo Landa
14 October 2019
Entertaining and mediocre comedy but professionally -though embarrassingly at times- directed by craftsman Luis Maria Delghado. In this average Spanish comedy there are colored actors , comical sketches , amusement , humor , very brief nudism and amusement . The film belongs to ¨Landismo sub-genre¨, as it bears remarkable resemblance to other Alfredo Landa films , in which , ordinarily , a lascivious as well as bungler typical Spanish man dedicates his all-time to flirts or ¨Ligar¨ beautiful girls . Fun and silly comedy about a sympathetic redneck or ¨paleto¨ man , Fidel Frutos , a country man (Alfredo Landa) who lives at a village along with his father (Adrian Ortega) . When his daddy dies , he aware an inheritance from his aunt , to receive the fortune , he has to carry out only condition : to marry a girl and live at the village . Problems emerge when Fidel has to leave his small place to go to the big city, Madrid , to get a wife . Then Fidel abandons his friends (Ricardo Merino , José Sacristan , Antonio Ferrandis) and the priest (Alfonso Del Real) to rise his life style and he goes to Madrid to find wife . There he meets disconcerting characters and , at last , a beautiful girl (Esperanza Roy) who results to be a whore . Both of whom travel to his village where the bad girl creates extreme disorder among the villagers , chaos and causing mayhem as well as confusion .

Amusing , acceptable but average comedy with top-notch actors , and being middlingly made by prolific Luis Maria Delgado . Typical Spanish comedy of the 70s deals with the humble Fidel/Alfredo Landa becomes involved in a lot of incidents , as he is usually deceived by his friends and women who attempt to take advantage of him . The film partially portrays the society of the seventies with the contrast between rustic civilization and urban one , and being full of frivolity , egoism , duplicity , and deceits . It is a nutty Spanish comedy that offers no intellectual stimulus whatsoever , though it has some fun and hilarious moments . Humor is sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous naughty and picaresque situations . This hilarious as well as average film is full of humor , absurd scenes , and narrating the conflict between the traditional Spanish society and modernity . It is a simple , and humorous portrait of a time when the Spanish people live in the developing boom , including the consuming society and ambitious people . Its nostalgic look has some passable moments that reflect a Spain of the sixties and seventies : a poor country in economic developing during the years when the action takes place . It is full of typical Spanish topics , a simple plot and including atmospheric sets . This film is made to entertain , and this movie , especially for a good time and a pleasant entertainment , including bewildering happenings . The flick packs silly incidents , funny comical sketches , tongue-in-cheek , grotesque situations and above all , it especially contains catching touches of humor and irony . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly agreeable . There are some nice jokes in the film and the cast , playing eccentric characters , make a cosy fit . This is a fun and funny , though mediocre , Spanish comedy with the great Alfredo Landa as a shy and botcher villager with an only objective , to marry and get a valuable legacy . Alfredo was one of the best and more popular Spanish actors and creator a cinematic subgenre : Landismo. His long career is formed by 110 films for forty years . In his first period through the 60s he starred secondary comical roles in notorious titles as El Verdugo by Berlanga , Ninette y un Señor de Murcia by Fernando Fernan Gomez , and No somos de piedra by Manuel Summers .After the successful No desearas el vecino del quinto by Ramon Fernandez , he performed over 30 comedies in Spanish style : "a la Española" , creating the "Landismo", including titles as Prestamela 15 dias , No desearas la mujer del vecino , Simon contamos contigo , Guapo heredero busca esposa , Dormir ligar todo es empezar , No firmes mas letras cielo , Vente a ligar al Oeste , Jenaro el de los 14 , Manolo La Nuit , Un curita cañon , El reprimido . His third period starts with El puente by JA Bardem , being directed by prestigious filmmakers as Jose Luis Garci in Las verdes praderas , El crack I, El crack II , Cancion de cuna ; Antonio Mercero in La proxima estacion ; Luis Garcia Berlanga in La vaquilla ; Basilio Martin Patino directed him in Los parasos perdidos , Jose Luis Borau in Tata mia and J.L Cuerda in El bosque animado . And standing out important characters in Los Santos Inocentes by Mario Camus , Don Quijote TV series and El Rey del rio by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon . Alfredo Landa is well accompanied by a great support cast . This ¨Guapo heredero busca esposa¨displays a very good secondary casting giving acceptable interpretations , such as : José Sacristán , Antonio Ferrandis , Ricardo Merino , Gracita Morales , Alfonso del Real , Mónica Randall, Laly Soldevila ,Rafaela Aparicio ,Erasmo Pascual , Maria Elena Flores , Adrián Ortega , Miguel Del Castillo and Luis Barbero and special appearance by presenter Jose Luis Urribarri .

It contains atmospheric cinematography by Hans Burmann , shot on location in Horche, Yobes , Guadalajara, Castilla-La Mancha, and Madrid . As well as a catching and evocative musical score by Gregorio García Segura .¨Guapo Heredero busca esposa¨ is a passable picture with some amusing moments , being professional but regularly by Luis Maria Delgado . He was son of filmmaker Fernando Delgado who directed ¨Currito De La Cruz¨ . Luis Delgado's film debut was ¨La Estrella Del Rey¨, though previously directed with Henri Decoin ¨El Deseo Y el Amor¨, with Dulio Coletti ¨Los Italianos Estan Locos¨ and with Fernando Fernán Gómez co-directed ¨Manicomio¨. Luis directed various kiddies films such as ¨Secuestro En La Ciudad¨, ¨Aventuras En Las Islas Cies¨, ¨Hamelin¨ a musical starred Miguel Rios , ¨Chispita Y Sus Gorilas¨ and ¨Loca Por el Circo¨ with Ana Belén . Luis Delgado made multitude of comedies , most of them written by playwright Juán José Alonso Millán , and mostly vehicles for known Farceurs or comedians as ¨Tip and Coll¨ in ¨Garbanza Negra Que En Paz Descanse¨ , Alfredo Landa in ¨Onofre¨ , ¨Guapo Heredero Busca Esposa¨ , ¨Cuando Cuerno Suena¨, ¨Alcalde Y Politica¨ , ¨Profesor Eroticus¨ , ¨Obsesiones De Armando¨, Paco Martínez Soria in ¨La Tia De Carlos¨ , Fernando Esteso in ¨Pepito Piscinas¨, and Manolo Escabar in ¨?Donde Estará Mi Niño¿¨ . And he directed ¨Diferente¨ at his best and considered to be a real ¨Cult Movie¨. This ¨Guapo heredero busca esposa¨is realized in his usual style , getting big success in the Spanish box office and he made several flicks in similar wake . Rating : 4.5 out of 10
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4/10
Spectacular but dull rendition of the notorious novel by H. G. Wells set in the Edwardian time
14 October 2019
New retelling about a deadly alien attack , based on the known novel written by H. G. Wells that remains as landmark in the sci-fi history , being adequate to the original setting and period , the Edward era , 1890 . It deals with a journalist called George : Rafe Spall , and his sweetheart Amy : Eleanor Tomlinson. They attempt to begin a life together but he is separated and his wife doesn't want to give him the divorce . Then , their lives are threatened by a slickly sinister Martian invasion of Earth . Things go wrong when a mysterious, enormous sphera shows up in the countryside .

Updated to London 1890 , similar to novella, the mini-series formed by three episodes works thanks to its attractive special effects . It contains thrills, chills , suspense , shocks , terror and magnificent setting with impressive FX . The film concerns the survival of human specie , the fundamental theme results to be a lethal confrontation between humanity and their main enemy : an alien invasion at an exceptional world happening . Including overwhelming Martian war machines plenty of breathtaking effects of destruction , with H.G. Wells' tripod conception, in which crackling beams vaporise citizens and military one by one, their suddenly bodyless clothes borne aloft like kites . The eerie extraterrestrials destroy London urbanizations , in which abandoned streets with the citizens going away and the aliens chasing them , they are brought to life and created by means of state-of-art special effects , delivering creepy highlights . Pretty scary as well as tense, and the cast is acceptable , such as : Rafe Spall as an unfortunate reporter , Eleanor Tomlinson as his pregnant girlfriend , Rupert Graves as his brother and Secretary to the Ministry of War , Robert Carlyle as a scientific and Jonathan Aris as a priest.

This so-so mini-series is a blending of Science-fiction, fantasy , terror, period drama, and breathtaking battles. The script is only routine in this tiring, slow-moving Sci-Fi sizzler. H.G. Wells has been adapted for the big screen many times, being really known 1953 rendition directed by Byron Haskin with Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Carolyn Jones and 2005 by Steven Spielberg with Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, both of them set in contemporary period, in California, USA. The War of the Worlds always had a modern American setting , this time is correctly updated to century XIX , London, faithful to the spirit of the novella , being regularly directed by Craig Viveiros . Craig is a good TV craftsman who has directed various episodes and series , such as : Rillington place , And ten there were none , The watch, X company, Endeavour, Silent witness, Tin Star, among others. Rating : 4.5/10 .
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6/10
Comedy drama flick with humor, songs, dances and moving scenes
13 October 2019
It stars the biggest actors at the time, the sixties, giving acceptable interpretations, packing adequate setting and enriched by enjoyable songs and dances . It is set in Northern Spain at a village from Zaragoza, Aragon. It concerns Maria del Pilar, Iran Eory, a young girl who is loved by two suitors, one of them, Jose Moreno, makes believe she's dishonest in a way hard to clear out and the another one , Vicente Parra, sacrifices himself for his lover. As her good sweetheart searches solution to save the honor of his girlfriend destroyed by a betrayed set-up.

Dramedy set in Zaragoza, Aragon, at the beginning of the 20th Century packing hilarious moments, emotion, gigs, popular songs, a complex love story and dramatic elements . It deals with an usual issue regarding woman's honor whose reputation is smeared by gossips and the twisted machinations carried out by a spoiled suitor. Nice performances by all concerned. The wonderful Iran Eory lights as the damsel in distress, she arranges to sing and dance a very credible and agreeble Aragonese Jota. The Aragonese Jota is the most Folkloric dance in Spain along with Flamenco in the Southern Spain, Andalucia. The gorgeous Eory, who died in Mexico at 60 years old, is finely accompanied by Vicente Parra as his boyfriend and Jose Moreno as the contender suitor. And a very good support cast such as Miguel Ligero as the sympathetic priest , Roberto Rey as the honorable uncle Eusebio , Alfredo Landa who provides the comical relief , Elena Maria Tejeiro, Julia Caba Alba as the pharmaceutic, Manuel Arbo, Luis Orduña and Mary Paz Pondal as the jealous innkeeper.

There are three versions of this story based on the play written by Joaquin Dicenta , the first silent 1925 by Juan Vilamele with Inocencia Alcubierre and Carlos Fernan Gomez. The second, classic and best rendition 1935 directed by Florian Rey with Amparo Rivelles, Manuel Ligero ,Manuel Luna, Juan Espantaleon and Juan Orduña himself, this latter configures itself as one of the most important fims of Spanish pre-war cinema. And third rendition 1965, this Nobleza Baturra with script written by Julio Coll, Manuel Tamayo and Juan de Orduña himself. The motion picture was professionally directed by Juan de Orduña and considered to be inferior to 1935 version. Orduña was a considerable actor and a craftsman filmmaker. He directed his first one in 1928 titled Una aventura de cine, and following : Porque te vi llorar 1941, El frente de los suspiros 1942 and A mi la Legion!. After that, directing all kinds of genres as dramas, comedies, and musical , such as Rosa de otoño, Ella el y sus millones, Yo me caso, Leyenda de feria, Mision blanca, Tuvo la culpa Adam, La Tirana. Going on with biopics, spectacular and blockbuster films in carton/stone as Agustina de Aragon, Serenata Española, La Leona de Castilla, Alba de America, Teresa de Jesus, being most of them produced by the powerful company Cifesa . And making notorious literary adaptations based on prestigious novels as Cañas y Barro written by Blasco Ibañez and Zalacain el aventurero by Pio Baroja. Subsequently, he made rendition upon known Zarzuelas as Bohemios, El huesped del Sevillano, La revoltosa. His greatest hit was El ultimo Cuple with Sara Montiel. And his last films were La tonta del bote with Lina Morgan and Me has hecho perder el juicio with Manolo Escobar.
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7/10
Classic fantasy terror movie by James Whale with appropriate special effects by John P. Fulton
12 October 2019
Vintage and engrossing horrror-fest with humorous and tongue-in-cheek elements based on HG Well novella about a scientist named Jack Griffin, - Claude Rains' fine role, though his face is not seen until near the final- who discovers a formula for invisibility slowly leads to megalomaniac tendency and drives him insane . As he becomes invisible thanks to his experiments with the drug monocaine, a surprising formula creating invisibility. As his mind and brain definitively wandering and he planning to use his recipe to rule over the world. Then the invisible man flees after being charged with murder, escaping from the police officers.

Decent Hollywood rendition of HG Wells story about a scientific whose invisibility causes wreak havoc, including train derailing, car crashes, throwing people down cliffs, killings and anything else. His megalomania that ensues about him using unseen invisibility to go against people is performed for pathos, suspense, thrills, chills but also irony and humor with tongue-in-cheek. The visual detail is maqnificent with adequate cinematography by Arthur Edeson, as well as magnificent FX by John P Fulton and John Mescal. Furthermore, setting standards have been very imitated, but they were difficult to surpass at the time. Claude Rains' first character, though his body does not shows up until the ending, but his voice characterization is awesome . The movie made Claude Rains a Hollywood star out of English-born player, even though his brief appearance. He played incisive and intelligent characters with condiderable success. Subsequently, Rains quickly developed an important career with essential roles as in Casablanca and Notorious .He was nominated four times for Academy Awards, Oscars, shamefully without winning once as best actor. Remaining cast is pretty good , such as Gloria Stuart, Henry Travers, William Harrigan, Una O'Connor, Walter Brennan, EE Clive, Dudley Digges, and John Carradine. The motion picture was professionally directed by James Whale, though he relies heavily on black humor and hilarious as well as absurd incidents. James Whale was one of the best Hollywood filmmakers. He directed a lot of prestigious films of all kinds of genres, drama, comedy, musical, adventure, such as : Journey's end, By candelight, One more river, Remember last night?, Show boat, The great Garrick, The man in the iron mask. Outstanding in Terror, mystery genre, such as : Frankenstein, The bride of Frankenstein, The old dark house and The invisible man. Rating 6.5/10.

It is followed by several sequels and remakes, such as : The invisible man returns 1940 by Joe May with Vincent Price, Cedric Hardwicke, John Sutton. The Woman Invisible 1940 by Edward Sutherland with John Barrymore, Margaret Hamilton, Virginia Bruce . The invisible man's revenge 1944 by Ford Beebe with John Hall, John Carradine, Gale Sondergaard, Evelyn Ankers. The memoirs of the invisible man 1992 by John Carpenter with Chevy Chase, Daryl Hanna, Michael McKean, Sam Neill . The Hollow Man by Paul Verhoveen with Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Shue. And its sequel, The Hollow Man II, by Claudio Fah with Christian Slater, Peter Facinelli, Laura Regan, among others.
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Yoyes (2000)
6/10
Acceptable biograhy about a regretted terrorist with very good acting by Ana Torrent
12 October 2019
Dolores Gonzalez, Yoyes, deals with a regretted terrorist very well played by Ana Torrent along with a fine support cast as Ernesto Alterio, Florence Pernal, Ramon Langa, Isabel Ordaz, Iñaqui Ierra, Adolfo Fernandez, Marxelo Rubio, among others. Yoyes had a moving and tragic life from Basque Country and she was member of the terrorist Marxist Lenilist organization Eta that committed around 1000 murders, killing especially Police, Guardia Civil and military. Operating from the sixties, these separatist terrorists have caused a lot of massacres, slaughters, wounded people, destruction, and wreak havoc. She took part at the terrorist organization as killer executioner and as a main member of the commanding committee. Her life takes a breaking point when she witnesses the killing of another terrorist, a brain of the organization called Argi : Iñaqui Ierra. Yoyes along with sweetheart, a philosophy professor : Ernesto Alterio with whom she marries, flee to Mexico and Francia : Paris and Biarriz. After spending 10 years in Mexico Yoyes returns to Spain, attempting to live a pacific existence but his life changes dramatically . She regrets his terrorist acts and and being pardoned, thanks to Amnisty Law, she opts for the reinsertion .Then his life as a regretted person goes to news front page. However, the terrorist band doesn't forget. Eta deemed to be Yoyes a traitor and a mole. Then a terrorist gunned him in the head in front of her little daughter.

Here director Helena Taberna makes a decent flick, being her first and best movie, including biographic elements, drama, thrills, and suspense. It is a passable yarn, though slow-moving, and tiring, at times. The story is paced by means of long flashbacks and being some hard comprehend due to the narration goes back and forth. In the picture also appears other historical events as dirty war against Eta, El Gal, massacre at the Rolando Cafeteria with 11 dead people in which Eta divided itself into 2 organizations :Eta political-military and Eta military , and death of Franco 1975, among others. There is a certain glorification to this woman when she was really a simple regretted terrorist who directed the band and comitted some murders.

It contains an atmospheric and adequate cinematography by Federico Ribes. And a sensitive and exciting musical score by Angel Illaramendi who has composed good soundtracks of known films as Son of bride, El celo, The cliff, Lluvia en los zapatos, Luna de Avellaneda, Los Borgia. The motion picture well produced by Enrique Cerezo and Jose Luis Garci, was professionaly directed by Helena Taberna, though I has some flaws and failures. Taberna is a good filmaker who has directed a few documentary films and shorts as Nagore, Alsasua 1936, Extranjeras, Varados and big screen movies as El acantilado, El contenido del silencio and Yoyes. Rating 6 out of 10
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San Andreas (2015)
6/10
Breathtaking and spectacular disaster movie with big name cast and decent special effects
11 October 2019
In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot . Raymond Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) searches his estranged ex-wife (Carla Gugino) who is about to marry her new suitor (Ioan Gruffudd) . Both of them make a risked journey across the state in order to rescue his daughter Emma (Alexandra Daddario) . Meantime , the researchers Dr. Lawrence Hayes (Paul Giamatti) and Dr. Kim Park (Will Yun Lee) from the worldwide geophysical Caltech team are investigating strange events and learn that the earth's core is heating up, as they travel to a dam to control their seismic studies and there is a strong earthquake collapsing the dam. Later on , an earthquake causing death, destruction and wreak havoc. They fight for saving a fraction of the city's population, but the entire big town is doomed , as the citizens to escape the impending cataclysm. Along the way Raymong struggles to find a way to save his family. This impressive quake has an awesome and destructive power enhanced by the overwehelming special effects and digital sound. Ever have one of those days...? Pray you don't.Where will you be, who will you be with? San Andreas. We always knew this day would come. Then a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind and unprecedented eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc all around California. We Were Warned .Who will be left behind?The end is just the beginning. Geologists predicted it...Now, science has confirmed it...but we never imagined it could really happen. Mankind's earliest civilization warned us this day would come...

Ordinary catastrophe movie in thrilling and vintage style with all star cast dealing with a huge earthquake outbursts at the noisy city of San Francisco . Acceptable disaster movie paced in fits and starts with a great cast, though a little wasted . The plot summary centers in a valiant pilot who goes to look for his daughter and a sismologist who predicts disasters , fighting amount of dangers because of San Andreas Fail is cracking . The F.X. of computer generator are first rate , better than the classics 7o and 80 :"Earthquake", "Inferno towering" and likeness to "Volcano" or "Armaguedon" and ¨2012¨. Thrilling screenplay dispenses absurd excitement as well as spectacular scenes and lots of action . This is a fast-paced, stylized disaster-spectacle film with noisy action , thrills , chills and strong images of destruction and chaos. In addition , cinematography and musical score are breathtaking . The impressive , state-of-art special effects and the good cast cannot save this passable film , at all . It lacks deep characterization , displaying some boring moments and a tiring script that was presumibly well paid . This was a successful catastrophe movie that belongs to disaster movie genre that in the 70s and 80s achieved splendor , such as : ¨Towering inferno¨ , ¨Poseidon¨, ¨Beyond Poseidon¨ , ¨The swarm¨, ¨Avalanche¨, ¨The Russian rollercoaster¨, ¨Avalanche express¨ , ¨Airport I, II, III..¨ and whose main representative was producer Irwin Allen . All of them packed primitive and traditional special effects , with no computer generator effects ; nowadays , these catastrophe movies are plenty of 3D FX , showing breathtakingly realist images . Main cast is pretty well, giving understanding interpretations , such as : Dwayne Johnson as pilot Raymond Gaines , wife Carla Gugino , their daughter Alexandra Daddario and Paul Giamatti . Support cast is frankly good such as Daniel Riddick , Ioan Gruffudd , Archie Panjabi , Hugo Johnstone , Art Parkinson , Will Yun Le and brief appearance by singer Kylie Minogue .

It delivers a colorful and evocative ambient thanks to an expert cinematography cameraman by Steve Yedlin . As well as a frightening , suspenseful and moving musical score by Andrew Lockington . Being lavishly as well as efficiently produced , and competently directed by Brad Peyton . This non-sense but enjoyable disaster movie was decently directed by the Canadian writer/producer/filmmaker Brad Peyton , though with no originality and it has some flaws and gaps . Brad Peyton is a good writer , producer and filmmaker who has directed a few acceptable films , such as : ¨San Andres¨ , ¨Journey 2: The Mysterious Island¨, ¨Project Rampage¨ and ¨Incarnate¨ and he is shooting San Andreas II . Rating : 6/10 . Passable and decent catastrophe movie
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6/10
A downbeat and twisted thiller about a nurse exacts a merciless vendetta with a lot of twists and turns
11 October 2019
Dark thriller with tension , suspense , twists and turns . The film is set in Cambados, Pontevedra (Galicia; northwest to Spain), there lives the legendary Galician drug dealer Antonio Padín (Xan Cejudo) and his delinquent sons (Ismael Martínez and Enric Auqueris) . Antonio is detained , incarcerated , but pardoned from the prison due to humanitarian reasons, after to have a terminal disease . His two sons, older and more intelligent Toño (Ismael Martinez) and younger and more violent Kiko (Enric Auquer), despising them openly in the belief that they two will ruin the family business. In the old people residence Antonio meets Mario, he is a prestigious nurse living in Cambados who expects his first baby with his six months pregnant wife Julia (Maria Valverde) ; however , Mario pretends to care Antonio worsening his health . Mario results to be a relentless avenger , he is broken by pain , rage and impotence for some deeds from his sad past and attempts to exact a revenge against the nasty peddlers . But Mario doesn't counts with Antonio's evil to pay Mario's cares. As Mario cares Antonio by day, but makes him sick by night as retribution. But he makes a difficult decision, to take justice on his own hands . Nevertheless , the merciless vendetta against drug pushers and drug sealers , leading to unexpected consequences . Then Mario begins his own investigations about the identity of three Capos of dope , father and children , and relentlessly attempts to carry out an implacable vendetta, then doing the right thing in this movie means choosing a side .

This is a thrilling and bleak Spanish film with high doses of suspense , busting police operation , chases , intrigue , plot twists , blood , and violence . Dealing with a few characters interwoven each other , such as : A drug dealer looking for rest, a nurse looking for revenge and two ominous siblings who attempt to take the control of the busines . This stirring story is filmed in slow-moving , following a similar realist and dark style to former successful films directed by Paco Plaza . While the look is suitable sinister and intriguing, the plot spreads to the surprising breaking point , including an unexpected final that turns out to be a little frustrating. Tragedies , frantic action , pursuits and turns abound as when Julia learns about Mario's new patient, causing a sudden bleeding that puts the unborn baby in risk ; at the same time, Toño and Kiko make a deal with a Chinese mob named Mrs. Kong in cooperation with a Colombian drug cartel, but things get awry . There stands out Luis Tosar giving a magnificent interpretation as a nursery chief and personal assistant , being really motivated by the vengeance . As the nurse acts as judge , jury and executioner , Charles Bronson-alike . Tosar plays splendidly the dutiful , stoic personal assstant and a man of few words, however, as the movie progresses we see layers to him, a man on the edge trying to balance . He has come face to face with violence within him spurred on by a violent act done long time ago , concerning an addict relative who died by overdose. The bond between nurse and his old patient is captured on screen, in contrast to his distant spouse who in her own way is trying to do the right thing ; despite Julia's request to Mario for leaving his revenge, he is unable to stop until see Antonio dead . The ending is a question in itself, what does vigilante justice really amount to, it is a matter of perspective is it not? . It is worth a viewing, only for the brilliant acting by Luis Tosar , it is sad to see the rest of the supporting cast could not match up to his on screen presence aside from perhaps the wife acted by Maria Valverde who did not have much dialogue either, perhaps intentional. Here the veteran Luis Tosar is well accompanied by a fine support cast , such as : Xan Cejudo as the aging, weak and ill Antonio who goes freely into a seniors residence instead to go his home with his sons . And the unsettling Ismael Martínez gives overacting as Toño who tries too free his brother from the jail , hurry up to save before being killed and aggressive Enric Auquer as Kike who goes wrong when the Colombian cartel demands him the lost money .

It packs a shading and adequate cinematography by Pablo Rosso , Paco Plaza's regular . Shot in location in Cambados, Pontevedra, and A Coruña, Galicia, Spain . Including a thrilling and screeching musical score by Maika Makovski . The motion picture was professional , though slowly paced by Paco Plazas .He is an expert on rare and terrifying atmosphere . Paco along with by Jaume Balaguero are the main Spanish filmmakers expert on terror cinema , both of whom have realized the box-office big successes as ¨Rec 1¨ and ¨Rec 2¨ , Rec Genesis among others . As he also proved to be an efficient and successful director with films as Second Name , Romasanta , OT , A Christmas Tale and Veronica .Plaza has achieved undoubted success , several awards and important reputation Rating 6.5/10 . Acceptable and passable .
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The Mummy (1932)
7/10
Classic Universal with a creepy and eerie apperance by the great Boris Karloff who holds a perfect make-up
10 October 2019
This Universal classic (1933)¨The mummy¨ that ahead many follow-ups was finely directed by Karl Freund with Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan , David Manners and it results to be the first and classic rendition of the ¨Mummy¨. As a group of archeologists seeking lost tomb of Egyptian kings at an archeological dig , 1921 , examine a sarcophagus from an unmarked grave , then a macabre mummy is revived after thousands of years . An ancient Egyptian mummy is awakened from his centuries-old sleep when a royal tomb is desecrated . Those suffer consequences their acts , to everyone's regret . So Imhotep (Boris Karloff bearing a heavy and masterly made makeup , as we can almost smell the dust and must) , a 4000-year-old who was disgraced and buried alive is now revived . The very deadly mummy takes avenge on some archaeologist and descendants who desecrated the tomb . Then the scary , sinister mummy revenges himself on those who have defiled his tomb and he attempts to get his aim , heroine Helen (Zita Johann) whom the wrapped one believes is the reincarnation of his long-love Anc-kes-en-Amon , his beloved princess . However , the macabre mummy attacks anyways and suddenly stops when meets the reincarnation of ancient sweet heart .

Horror classic based on the novel by John Balderston with effective atmosphere , sense of awe and wonder along with fine performances . Entertaining blend of thrills , chills , drama , terror and visual are most impressive . Remarkable makeup and eerie scenes make it chilling and frightening . Superb atmosphere , flavorful music , make this one of the best terror movies from Universal , using intelligence and interesting dialogue rather than guts and blood to horrify its audience . In spite of its age this all time classic has lost none of its qualities. Boris is terrific as the terrifying mummy and David Manners is good as an obstinate archaeologist , one of the men he frightens , being attacked by the mummy, as well as Zita Johann as the damsel in distress . The Mummy is masterfully incarnated by Boris Karloff , giving one of his best movie portrayals along with Frankenstein . Boris is almost irrecognisable beneath layers of skillful make-up, undergoing 8 hours of top-notch make-up to transform him into the creepy mummy , being layered on his face filament by filament , and actually giving the impression of having been hidden away for centuries . The motion picture excellently photographed by Charles Stumar in tenebrist cinematography plenty of lights and shades , being very well made under the perfect direction of an expert cinematographer : Karl Freund who made too few appearances in the fimmaker's chair . It marked the direction debut of this famed German cameraman and master of expressionist photography . Rating : Better than average , it's high-power entertaining .

Other pictures about Mummy character are the following ones : the main is this one ¨The mummy (1932) ¨ being the initial appearance of the mummy re-awakened after thousands of years and sequels rapidly ran out the ideas as what to do with him once he was on loose , such as : ¨Mummy's hand (1940) by Christy Cabanne with Dick Foran , Wallace Ford and Cecil Kallaway . ¨The mummy's ghost¨ 1944 by Reginald LeBorg with Lon Chaney Jr , John Carradine , Robert Lowery . ¨The mummy's curse¨ 1944 by Leslie Goodwins with Lon Chaney Jr. , Peter Coe . ¨The mummy¨directed by legend from Hammer Productions Terence Fisher with Peter Cushing , Christopher Lee , Felix Aylmer , Eddie Byrne . It's followed by ¨Mummy's shroud¨(1967) also produced by Hammer Films, directed by John Gilling with Andre Morell and Elizabeth Sellars. The Spanish ¨The mummy's revenge¨ 1973 by Carlos Aured with Paul Naschy or Jacinto Molina , Jack Taylor , Helga Line . And modern updating full of computer generator FX as ¨The mummy¨(1999) by Stephen Sommers with Brendan Fraser , Rachel Weisz , John Hanna , Arnold Vosloo and ¨Mummy returns¨ (2001) with similar players and The Rock . And recent ¨The mummy¨ (2017) with Tom Cruise and Sophie Boutella .
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7/10
Decent and thrilling WWII espionage film with the great James Cagney excellently accompanied by a known support cast
9 October 2019
This espionage-Flic based on fact concerns a Government officer and a double-agent who encounters himself working for both contenders in the 40s , as the German secret service and Allied Secret service .One of the group is a German "mole;" leaders Bob Sharkey(James Cagney) and Gibson (Walter Abel) are aware of this and scheme to feed him false info about the invasion of Europe, while the real agents (Annabella , Frank Latimore) go to France to find a secret V-2 rocket depot . Then the agent protagonist to be aware the traitor , as the German spy outsmarts them and unites his people knowing too much ; however, the strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy. The opening prologue states: ¨What is past is prologue¨. "No single story could ever pay full tribute to the accomplishments of the U.S. Army Intelligence in World War II. Working secretly behind enemy lines, in close cooperation with our Allies, its brilliant work was an acknowledged factor in the final victory. In order to obtain the maximum of realism and authenticity, all the exterior and interior settings in this Motion Picture were photographed in the field, and, whenever possible, at the actual locations¨.The Most Sinister Address in History!

This film packs intrigue , noisy action , suspense , warlike feats and being quite entertaining, including a first-rate main and support cast . It starts with a documentary-style prologue follows training of O.S.S. agents captained by Robert Emmett "Bob" Sharkey for WWII work behind enemy lines. The story was based on Peter Ortiz who was an OSS agent in World War II in France and was also originally based on the World War II director of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Bill Donovan (Maj. Gen. William Joseph Donovan, USA, GCSS, KBE). Donovan objected to this, particularly the story element that had the OSS being been infiltrated by a Nazi spy. James Cagney gives a very good acting as spy chief Bob Sharkey who finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent and takes the risk of going in after him. Ample and stunning supporting cast with a magnificent Richard Conte , Frank Latimore , Walter Abel , the beautiful Annabella as Suzanne , among others . Here appears uncredited prestigious secondaries Melville Cooper , Sam Jaffe ,Horace McMahon Dick Gordon as Psychiatrist , Trevor Bardette and the assistant in the airplane is Karl Malden.

This well-paced in cracking style flick was stunningly directed by Henry Hathaway and usually works very well , being capable handled in spectacular photography , adding enjoyable scenarios . Henry Hathaway does the human touch and full of insight that accompanied him during most of his films and the story develops pleasantly in large frames with an interesting plot and fully adjusted to the requirements of the action . His fetish actor was John Wayne , both of whom collaborated in various sincere Westerns , they included ¨North to Alaska¨ , ¨The sons of Katie Elder¨ and Wayne's Academy Award-winning ¨True grit¨, among others . Hathaway himself was only even nominated for an Oscar , but his movies themselves are testimony to his skills to heighten narrative tension and shoot action so exhilarating it made adrenalin run . Henry was a craftsman who had a long career from the 30s with successful films , and especially Westerns , as ¨Brigham Young¨ and ¨Raw Hide¨ . In his 60s Hathaway still got the vigour to make some fiery movies as ¨How the West was won¨, ¨Nevada Smith¨, and ¨Shoot out¨ . He was an expert on Western genre as he proved in ¨True grit¨ , ¨Five card stud¨ , ¨Nevada Smith¨ , ¨How the West was won¨ , ¨Rawhide¨ , ¨Brigham Young¨ , ¨Buffalo Stampede¨, ¨Garden of evil¨ , ¨The sons of Katie Elder¨ and, ¨From Hell to Texas¨. Henry directed the classic 20th Century-Fox movie about Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and also set in World War II North Africa, ¨Rommel¨, (1951). Hathaway's other movies about the Second World War were all for studio Twentieth Century-Fox and included ¨The House on 92nd Street¨ (1945); ¨Wing and a Prayer¨ (1944); ¨You're in the Navy Now¨ (1951) and ¨13 Rue Madeleine¨ (1947) and his last film : Raid on Rommel that was a massive flop and was quickly withdrawn from theaters . .Although Hathaway was a highly successful and reliable director film-making within the Hollywood studio system , his work has received little consideration from reviewers .
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2/10
Lousy and in very low budget Chorizo Western with assaults , gun-down , lots of shots and fights
9 October 2019
Inferior and low-budgeted Spaghetti Western in which a band pursues a rebel Indian who allegedly committed a killing . Run-of-the-mill paella Western with usual elements , such as extreme baddies , betrayers , noisy action , turns and some action scenes . Unknown actors and very bad filmmaking , without familiar faces ,and with some looks that say it all , including a surprising and twisted ending that is the best part of the movie . It deals with a wealthy rancher named Zachary (José Luis Merino himself) about to marry a young girl (Assumpta Serna) is surprisingly murdered . Then the bride , his sons and other people set out in pursuit the alleged criminal , an Indian chief . The posse carries out the search for the stranger Indian chief who has gotten a stolen fortune . They are seven pursuers , and they represent the 7 capital sins or seven deadly sins. Then, there happens a relentless and merciless chase.

It is a habitual Spaghetti Western including thrills , regular scenarios , nail-biting action , go riding , shoot'em up , and an unexpected final twist .This moving Tortilla Western packs shootouts , exaggerated characters , noisy action , riding pursuits , but being an inferior and twilight entry in this prolific Spaghetti genre . Being a Spanish production filmed in Desierto de Tabernas, Almería, Andalucía, Spain . Cast and support cast are very bad , there aren't familiar faces , exception for Assumpta Sernana who has a got a decent career . Her career has spanned over 103 films and TV projects in over 20 countries. She has won more than twenty best actress awards throughout the world (Spain, France, Italy, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay...). She has worked as an actress in all six of the languages she speaks: Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and English. Here appear as secondary actors : Manuel Díaz Velasco, Tony Valento , Carlos Tristancho who married Assumpta Serna and director José Luis Merino himself in a brief role as a rich owner who is early killed .

There are regular technicians , embarrassing assistant direction and very mediocre production design , creating an atmospheric scenario across the Almeria outdoors , including the stark landscapes , dunes , rocks , and mountains . Faded cinematography , but a perfect remastering being necessary . The motion picture was lousily directed by Jose Luis Merino , under pseudonym Joseph Marvin , and resulted to be below average . Merino is a skill and successfully craftsman . He often uses same actors , such as Stelvio Rossi , Peter Lee Lawrence , George Hilton and Charles Quiney . He has written/directed numerous films of all kinds of genres , such as Terror : Ivanna , The hanging woman ; Euro-spy : Colpo Sensazionale Al Servicio Del Sifar ; Chorizo/Spaghetti Western : More Dollars for the MacGregors , Frontera Sur , Réquiem for the gringo , Gatling gun , Seven ride to death , ; Wartime : Last Panzer battle , Hell commandos , A Bullet for Rommel , When heroes die ; Musical : Europa Canta , Aquellos Tiempos Del Cuple , and his most successful films are the fresh and diverting adventures : Tarzan and King Salomon's mines , Robin Hood , Rebelion De Bucaneros , El Zorro De Monterrey , and Last adventure of Zorro. Rating : 2.5/10 . Disconcerting , absurd and ridiculous Paella Western
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6/10
Enjoyable Italian/Spanish co-production about the mythical hero with adventures , frenetic action , thrills and impressive battles
8 October 2019
Greatest adventure of the centuries ¡ , greatest thrill of the screen ¡ an adventure the world has thrilled to for centuries , in a picture it will never forget . He lives again , a hero of every villain , friend to those who have friends . In 13th century England , here Giuliano Gemma is the heir to the Nottingham dukedom who is stolen of his heritage. He becomes Robin Hood (Giuliano Gemma at his swashbuckling best) who joins a brave warrior called Allan (Mark Damon) and a band of marauders confronting corruption of wicked Sir Robert (Luis Davila at his evil best ) and Sir Guy Gisbourne (Pierre Cressoy ) and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power , foiling evil Prince John Lackland . When the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence , a Saxon archer named Robin Hood fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army . The legendary Sherwood forest's hero Robin Locksly again and Lady Marian (lovely Maid Silvia Dionisio) along with his Merrie men brought by him : Will Scarlett (Manuel Zarzo) , Friar Tuck (Mari Adorf) and Little John (Nello Pazzafini). Story is indirectly based on historic events and is developed after third Crusade when Richard Lion Heart conquered Acre . In route England Richard was captured by Henry VII of Germany and ransomed by his own subjects . But Richard returns England to put down a revolt against him though his brother John without Land takes over the kingdom with his underlings evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne and Sheriff of Nottingham .

This swashbuckler has great action sequences well staged with stylish and vitality , adventure , romance , outstanding final dueling and is pretty entertaining . There are great action sequences including the battles in forests and the ending confrontation at the climax of the film . Funny and fun movie with stylish gowns , noisy action , brawls , fights , and sword-play . Here Robin joins the already-established 'Merrie Men' and becomes their chief against the villains . Including atmospheric as well as evocative cinematography and an agreeable score , as musician Gianni Ferrio composes an attractive soundtrack , well conducted and including a splendid leitmotif ; it's full of enjoyable sounds and really emotive , including catching songs . Casting is frankly well , the famous main players as stalwart Giuliano Gemma is very fine and Silvia Dionisio is memorable and attractive , she comes up the film as a valiant and obstinate heroine . They are backed up by fine support actors such as Manuel Zarzo , Mario Adorf , Nello Pazzafini , Pierre Cressoy , Helga Liné . Special mention to treacherous Sir Robert magnetically performed by Luis Davila and Daniele Dublino as evil and crazed king in an appealing interpretation as Prince John . Even the smallest characters are well represented as Nazzareno Zamperla , Giovanni Cianfriglia and Antonio Pica , among others .

It packs an atmospheric and stirring soundtrack by Gianni Ferrio , including some songs . Colorful cinematography in glimmer Eastmancolor . Musical score , settings , cinematography , acceptable performances abound , all of them help place this Italian movie the very best adventure film . I found it fun , entertaining , thrilling , well-acted, and fast-paced . The flick was professionally directed by Giorgo Ferroni , an expert on Peplum . As he directed ¨The war of Troy¨ with Steve Reeves ,¨Hercules against Molock¨ and ¨Il Colosso Di Roma¨ with Gordon Scott . He also directed Western as "Fort Yuma Gold" , ¨Wanted¨ , "Blood for a Silver Dollar" , Wartime as ¨Battle of El Alamein¨ and Terror in acceptable results as ¨ Mill of the stone woman¨ and "Night of the Devils" .

The film is partially based on true events. Although Ivanhoe didn't exist, John Lackland was king of England from 1199 to 1216. Few monarchs have been subject to such appalling publicity as John . Although by no means lovable, he was an able administrator and spent more time in England than his predecessor and elder brother Richard I but he was jailed by Leopold of Austria, returning from Crusades. Being dead king Henry II , then Richard Lionheart was crowned until the third crusade (intervening along with Philip II and vanquished Acre) which was crowned John with no Land . The English domain over France will cause length conflict known the hundred years wars(1339-1453).Robin Hood, also known Robin O'Locksley and the Earl of Huntingdom, is probably and sadly a creation of romantic imaginations . If Robin Hood did exist, it's almost certain that he was not a Saxon , though his enemies may well have been the Norman sheriff of Nottinghan and Prince and later king John Lackland.

Other versions about this famous personage are the following ones : classic version ¨Robin Hood¨ by Michael Curtiz with Errol Flynn , Olivia De Havilland , Claude Rains , Basil Rathbone , Eugene Palette . ¨Robin Hood price of thieves (1991) ¨ by Kevin Reynolds with Kevin Costner , Alan Rickman and Morgan Freenan , the same year was exhibited ¨Robin Hood¨ by John Irvin with Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman but was a flop though the critics considered best adaptation . Furthermore , recent and revisionist version titled ¨Robin Hood¨(2010) by Ridley Scott with Russell Crowe , Cate Blanchet and Oscar Isaac .
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The Cliff (2016)
6/10
Moving and complex thriller full of intrigue , suspense and plot twists
8 October 2019
Gabriel (Daniel Grao) is am Assistant District Attorney from Bilbao, Basque Country (north to Spain) whose happy life with his work and his spouse Patricia shakes after a mass suicide involving members of a cult that takes place in the Canary Islands . As Gabriel's younger sister, Cordelia (Ingrid Garcia) , who he hasn't seen for years , seems has committed suicide herself , as well . Then Gabriel decides to travel there and find out what happened. As tired of the waiting , he moves to the island Gran Canaria , there Gabriel meets Helena (Juana Acosta) , Cordelia's friend and former housemate , because the two are required to identify the only one corpse not identified clearly . As Cordelia was one of the cult followers and allegedly missing from a mysterious sect led by a strange woman called Heidi (Ana Gracia) . Realizing that Cordelia isn't the corpse they see, Gabriel moves to Helena's house in order to wait news from Inspector Santana (Goya Toledo) . Later on , Gabriel will risk his own life in the name of his sister , there he joins Inspector Santana deciding investigate by their own risks the dangerous sect and their members, attempting to discover what caused the suicide and if Cordelia could be still alive and trying to know the truth about the amazing deeds . But someone else is also interested in her , someone powerful and nasty who will stop at nothing to avoid the investigation . Then weird events take place , such as robbing , kidnapping and killing . You must hear the silence .

An eerie and mysterious plot about a mass suicide of a sect who lived in the island of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria , and who jump of a cliff to crash against the sea . This astonishing suicide or ? homicide ? is just the starting point for an Assistant District Attorney has come to Canary Islands and then things go awry. As the film displays thrills , intrigue , emotion , twists and turns ; imitating the American thriller style . This thriller packs mysteries , emotional thrills , action and suspense . The original as well entertaining premise is overspread across the movie adding some brief conventional pitfalls . This is a highly mysterious and cerebral thriller , filled with plot twists , including an unexpected denouement in its final part . Hitchcock style psychological mystery , being decently made and competently directed , though it has some failures and gaps . It turns out to be a twisted thriller , being pretty well directed , though sometimes fails and it has a lot of turns . However , being entertaining for its continuous suspense , but slow-moving , too . This flick has some powerful , rousing images from Canary Islands and very well photographed . This interesting and intriguing story is a passionate retelling and a touching suspenseful drama based on the novel by Lucía Etxebarría , being adapted and screenplay by the director herself , Andrés Martorell and Natxo López. This moving as well as strong story is an emotive recounting and a stirring thriller , including violence , deaths and plot twists . Nice acting by Daniel Grao as a District Attorney who receiving a calling where he is noticed that his younger sister has died . And Goya Toledo as a Police woman very implicated in the investigation after the disappearance of a cop who she secretly infiltrated in the sect to find evidences of illegal activities. Along with the beautiful actresses Ingrid Garcia Jonsson and Juana Acosta married to actor Ernesto Alterio . Support cast is pretty good , such : as Ana Gracia , Ciro Miro , Josean Bengoetxea , Jon Kortajarena and the veteran Xabier Elorriaga .

Perceptible as well as thrilling musical score by Angel Illaramendi , who has composed a lot of successes , such as : Son of the bride , Luna De Avellaneda , Luvia en Zapatos , Yoyes , El Celo , Los Borgia , among others . Including a spotless pictorial cinematography by Javier Agirre . He makes a photography with juicy atmosphere , being filmed on location in Gran Canaria , Islas Canarias . Cameraman Javier Agirre is deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameramen with a long artistic career . The motion picture was well produced and being professionally directed by Helena Taberna ; however , the film doesn't work at all and packs sluggish scenes , flaws , gaps and many images reveal nothing . The film achieved some prizes , such as : Austin Film Festival 2016 Winner Jury Award Dark Matters Feature Natxo López (writer) ,Andrés Martorell (writer) ,Helena Taberna (writer) . San Diego International Film Festival 2016 Winner Audience Award Best International Film. Filmmaker Helena Taberna who was born in Alsasua , Pamplona , directed a series of award-winning movies firmly establishing him as one of the best Spanish filmmaker women . She has shot shorts , documentary : Nagore , Alsausa 1936 , Extranjeras , Varados and his most successful picture results to be Yoyes , and she is nowadays filming El Contenido del Silencio . Rating : 6 out of 10 . Passable and acceptable thriller that will appeal to Spanish cinema fans .
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La graduada (1971)
5/10
Average Mariano Ozores comedy with the sympathetic actress Lina Morgan , the great José Luis López Vazquez and the incombustible José Sacristán
7 October 2019
So-so Spanish comedy with the likeable actress Lina Morgan and a great plethora of Spanish actors . Mediocre but fun comedy dealing with a naive small town girl called Benita (Lina Morgan) , when his aunt Agata dies she moves from Almeria to the capital Madrid to begin a new life, seeking love and suitors (as she meets a lot : José Luis López Vazquez , José Sacristan , Antonio Ozores) . However , things go wrong when she becomes involved with bad girls (Florinda Chico , Maria Paz Pondal , Teresa Hurtado) living in Madrid Costa Fleming - until she meets Don Carlos, a good-looking doctor (Angel Aranda) .

Funny and uneven comedy , appointed for all kind of public about a silly premise : a young woman moves to Madrid seeking love and freedom , nevertheless things don't go as planned ; being regularly directed by the prolific Mariano Ozores . The hilarious happenings are continuous , surrealist , ridiculous and sometimes gross-out , but in some moments here and there , they are also bold and risible . This film is made to entertain , and this movie , especially for a good time and a pleasant amusement . Bemusing story with enjoyable but also absurd moments and attractive acting by likable comedians : Lina Morgan , José Luis López Vazquez , Antonio Ozores and José Sacristán . Here there are some nice jokes , comical sketches and the cast , playing eccentric characters , make a cosy fit . It is a nutty Spanish comedy that offers no intellectual stimulus whatsoever , though it has some entertaining and hilarious moments . The film attempts to give laughs but it falls short , resulting in a mediocre and sometimes embarrassing film . An enticing but disconcerting Spanish comedy film and with its ups and downs ; here our protagonist , the great Lina Morgan , demonstrates her real comical skills . The movies she played were funny and with many support's actors . The films were with short budget and lackluster but including comedy and lots of fun , and many of them directed by Mariano Ozores . Lina was a famous actress , she starred successful films , such as : ¨La Tonta Del Bote¨, ¨La llamaban la madrina¨ , ¨La Descarrida¨, ¨Fin Semana Al Desnudo¨ , ¨Pecados De Una Chica Decente ¨ , ¨Una Pareja Distinta¨ , ¨Esta Es Lo Que Es¨, ¨Un Dia con Sergio¨, ¨Imposible Para Una Solterona¨ , among others . Being specially known for his TV series such as ¨Hostal Royal Manzanares (1996), Una De Dos (1998) and Academia Baile Gloria (2001) , but she left ¨Escenas de Matrimonio¨ three weeks after joining the cast , due to health problems until her recent death in 2015 . Supporting cast is plenty of familiar faces such as : Antonio Ozores , Florinda Chico , José Sacristán , Ángel Aranda , Laly Soldevila , Mari Carmen y sus muñecos , Gracita Morales , Carlos Muñoz , María Luisa Ponte , Lola Herrera , Julio Riscal , Fernanda Hurtado , Goyo Lebrero and many others .

¨La Graduada¨ is a mediocre picture , being middlingly directed by Mariano Ozores in his usual style and had enough success in the Spanish box office . Mariano's family origin is into show business , being son of Mariano Ozores Sr and brother of José Luis Ozores and Antonio Ozores . Furthermore , uncle of Emma Ozores and Adriana Ozores . Many actors and technicians worked and ate thanks to the huge success of his films . Those contained many nude girls , laughs and slapstick . Mariano is a craftsman filmmaker and writer , in fact he wrote the fun screenplay , he recently won a Goya Award (2016) to his long and fruitful career . Mariano made with two famous comedians -Fernando Esteso and Andres Pajares- several films , as they had various years partnership between the two leads , such as ¨Agitese Antes Usarla¨ , ¨Al Este Del Oeste¨, ¨Los Liantes¨, ¨Los Energeticos¨, ¨La Lola Lleva Al Huerto¨ , ¨El Currante¨ , ¨El Hijo Del Cura¨...these films are filled with humor that still holds up , especially for those not easily offended ; being sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous naughty and picaresque situations such as sex jokes , adulteries , crazy events , nudism , absurd situations , jealousy , and erotic scenes . Plus , they partially reflected the mood and the reality of Spain in the immediate Post-Franco era , dealing with politic juncture about the post-Franquismo in similar style to other films from this period . Ozores has a prolific career , as writer and as director , especially in comedy genre such as : Disparate Nacional , Tahiti's Girl , Brujas Magicas , Los Presuntos , Cuatro Mujeres Y Un Lío , Tío ¿De Verdad Vienen De París? , Alcalde Por Elección , Ellas Los Prefieren... Locas , El Apolítico , Jenaro El De Los 14 , Manolo La Nuit , El Abuelo Tiene plan , La Llamaban La Madrina , La Graduada , Venta Por Pisos and many others . Being his ordinary actors , the followings : Alfredo Landa , Lina Morgan , Paco Martínez Soria , Antonio Ozores , Jose Luis Ozores , Juanito Navarro .
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El crack (1981)
7/10
Very good Noir film about Private detective Germán Areta who contracts a terminally ill client who wants to meet his long lost, runaway daughter before he dies.
7 October 2019
German once again goes into action to investigate whereabout a missing girl . Splendid film in American ¨Noir¨ style in which Germán Areta (a too serious Alfredo Landa) nicknamed ¨Piojo¨ undertakes adangerous assignment. Good film and once again a portentous acting by the great Alfredo Landa as the embittered Private detective Germán Areta who gets a terminally ill client (Raoul Freire) who wishes to see his long lost, runaway daughter before he dies. As the bitter as well as stubborn Areta carries out a new investigation , full of topical and ¨Castizo¨ characters who tell about boxing , play ¨Mus¨ cards and go to Madrid cinemas . Being helped by Cardenas , alias ¨El Moro¨(Miguel Rellan) , and following his sentimental problems with his ordinary girlfriend , Carmen (Maria Casanova), Private detective's lover , and her little girl .Meanwhile , German in appointed by his old friend Don Ricardo (Jose Bodalo) who gives him peculiar advices . But when Areta starts looking into case, it leads him to the dark underbelly of Madrid where he finds that he is not only one looking for the girl. Someone else is also interested in her, someone important and violent who will stop at nothing to prevent Areta from discovering the real happenings .

First installment about adventures and misfortunes of sleuth Areta , the most particular private eye of the Spanish cinema . This time Germán starts looking into case , strange events take place , such as robbing , kidnapping and killing , as someone else is also interested in him , someone powerful and dangerous who will stop at nothing to avoid Areta from knowing the truth. After the successful political-sentimental trilogy formed by ¨Asignatura Pendiente¨(1977) , ¨Solos En Madrugada¨(1978) and ¨Verdes Praderas¨(1979) , director Jose Luis Garci changes genre and shoots this noir film imitating the American style and popular actors as Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum . Here the premise is simple , Areta is assigned by an old man to investigate about his daughter , it leads him to the dark , underbelly of Madrid , he realizes that he is not only one looking for this girl . In spite of slowness , the picture is pretty well , filled with suspense , thrills , emotion and a complex intrigue . Although it contains a weak pace , slow developing and a difficult storyline dealing with corruption , intrigue , ambition and and many other things . Here Jose Luis Garci and screenwriter Horacio Valcárcel adapt the American Noir to Democratic Spain with an adequate homage to this classic genre . As Garci pays tribute to it , including some homages taken from American Noir films . The movie is dedicated to Dasiell Hammet , while the second part ¨The Crack II¨ was dedicated to Raymond Chandler. The main aspect results to be its excellent cast and stands out Alfredo Landa giving a fabulous performance , including some breathtaking scenes in the beginning when Areta/Landa faces a duo of small-time delinquents . Support cast gives nice interpretations such as Maria Casanova as his sweetheart , Miguel Rellán as his helper , Manuel Tejada as a wealthy mobster , José Manuel Cervino as a crook , Francisco Vidal , Raul Freire , Maite Blasco and , of course , the great José Bódalo . Most of them played in ¨The crack II¨ . Enjoyable and appropriate settings by Felix Murcia , shot in Madrid and N.Y . Sentimental and repeated musical score by Jesus Gluck , being composed and performed by piano . Colorful cinematography by Manuel Rojas , showing wonderfully the city of Madrid and New York.

The motion picture was compellingly written (along with his usual collaborator Horacio Valcarcel) , financed (by his production company called Nickel Odeaon S.A.) and directed by Jose Luis Garci , though it was strongly criticized by melodrama trending and a very maudlin soundtrack . Jose Luis knows very well the American Noir genre and here he translates it to the Spanish idiosyncrasy . José Luis Garci is without a doubt one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film in Spain and perhaps the best known writer in the country . Garci won one Academy Award for ¨Volver a Empezar¨. He has left a distinguished talent in his successful movies throughout the years , as writing as shooting , such as : La Cabina (1972) , Las Verdes Praderas (1979), Sesión Continua , Volver a Empezar (1982), Canción De Cuna (1994), La Herida Luminosa (1997), El Abuelo (1998), Tiovivo c. 1950 (2004) , Ninette (2005) , Luz Del Domingo , among others. Being followed by Crack II and Crack Zero (2019) with Carlos Santos and José Maria Muñoz . Rating : Better than average and well worth seeing . For these reasons ¨El Crack ¨ is essential and indispensable watching .
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Leap to Fame (1959)
7/10
Agreeable and slow-moving biopic, including historical retrospections about the prestigious scientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal
6 October 2019
Leap to Fame is an enjoyable biography, though tediously paced, at times , from childhood to adult period, being skilfully dramatised and well starred by Adolfo Marsillach. Dealing with the notorious scientific who is considered to be the head of the wise men, discovering the developing of the nervous cells. Ramon Y Cajal was born in Petilla de Aragon 1852 and died in Madrid 1934. At his infancy he is submitted by his dominant father: Jose Marco Davo who shapes son's future to become his own man, as he served as a helper of a stiff shoe-maker : Jose Sepulveda . As an adult character he attended at the Zaragoza University as a detached pupil. Later on, he was in the Cuban war as a doctor, there being wounded and sick. He attached the first grade as a professor in Valencia University. He studied illness as tuberculosis, tisis, and means to combat it. Cajal himself used to practice with a simple microscope that enabled him the visualization of the real structure of the central nervous system, based on individual cells, the neurons. For which both Cajal was bestowed the Medicine Nobel Prize in Stockholm 1906.

It deals faithfully of the famous doctor Santiago Ramon y Cajal, but relies heavily on his relationship with his father, wife and children . It is an interesting biography regarding his universitary time, studies, teachings, family and anything else. Cajal , magnificently played by Adolfo Marsillach, elaborated his known theory about neurons, nervious cells and central nervous system formed by independient cells by adopting Golgi's silver staining method. Marsillach is finely accompanied by a great plethora of secondary actors as Jose Marco Davo, Angel Alvarez, Rafael Bardem, Jose Sepulveda, Goyo Lebrero, Enrique Avila, Manuel Pombo, Julia Caba Alba, Isabel de Pomes , Manuel Arbo, Antonio Molino Rojo, Jose Manuel Martin, among others. It is followed by a miniseries also starred by Marsillach titke Ramon y Cajal (1982), 9 episodes directed by Jose Maria Forque with Veronica Forque, Fernando Fernan Gomez , Laura Cepeda .

It contains an atmospheric and adequate cinematography in black and white by Godofredo Pacheco. And evocative musical score by Isidro Maiztegui. The motion picture was well directed by Leon Klimovsky. It won best Spanish film and best actor in San Sebastian Film Festival. And won Cinema Writers Circle Awards to best actor, Marsillach. National Syndicate of Spectator winner best actor and best film. And Saint Jordi Awards winner best actor. Rating 7/10. Decent biography.
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7/10
Very violent western shot in Almeria, Spain, with pretty good main and support cast
5 October 2019
A cruel rancher called Brabt Rage : Gene Hackman and his nasty companions as G. D. Spradlin, Simon Oakland use extremely long range rifles to hunt the gang: Mitchell Ryan, LQ Jones.. led by Frank Calder: Oliver Reed, who abducted his wife : Candice Bergen .

Violent Western in Peckinpah style with thrills, chills, noisy action, go riding and crossfire. A twilight western following the wake of the late sixties and seventies westerns as Wild Bunch, Bite the bullet, 100 rifles and taking parts of "The dangerous game" by Richard Connell. Gene Hackman gives a terrific acting as the ruthless owner who seeks a merciless vengeance. Along with Oliver Reed as Frank Calder, a bandit who wants to learn reading. And Candice Bergen is top-notch as the beautiful and sweet kidnapped teacher. It displays a very good support cast such as LQ Jones, Simon Oakland, Mitchell Ryan, Bernard Kay, GD Spradlin, William Watson, and several others.

Thrilling and moving musical score by the Italian Riz Ortalani. Atmospheric cinematograhy by Cecilio Paniagua, though being really necessary a perfect remastering . Cecilio was one of the best Spanish cameramen who photographed a lot of international films shot in Spain as 100 rifles, Custer's last adventure or Custer of the West, Dr Coppelius, Island of the doomed, Commando, Balearic caper, Mathias Sandorf, Mission in Morocco, among others.Well produced by the tandem Arnold Laven, Jules Levy, Arthur Gardner who produced several westerns. The motion picture was professionally directed by Don Medford. Don was a good director who worked essentially in TV, directing a great number of famous television series as Dynasty, Colbys, Air wolf, Alfred Hitchcock presents, Mrs Columbus, FBI, Cannon, Baretta, Untouchables, Suspicion, Decoy. And occassionaly he directed for big screen as "The organization" with Sidney Poitier as Inspector Tibbs and this Hunting party. Rating 7out of 10.Well worth watching. Better than average.
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4/10
Silly Spanish comedy starred by fine actors and full of absurd incidents, twists and turns
5 October 2019
A General Practitioner named Enrique Varela , Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, adviced by his aunt, Margot Cottens, goes to Madrid to work as a Doctor Puericultor . There Enrique gets together a private detective, Juanjo Menendez . Later on, the doctor is called by a beautiful woman, Mara Cruz, and he meets her deceased husband, Antonio Pica. After that, the doctor and the private eye go to Torremolinos and they see the allegedly widow and her hubby is alive.Then, they investigate at whatever means, even riding by donkeys and become involved into a great number of non-sense happenings and plot twists.

Amusing but mediocre comedy with a twisted intrigue about a pair of botcher friends who undertake a complex investigation to solve killings . Duo of funny protagonists, Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Juanjo Menendez give sympathetic interpretations. Fun support cast is frankly well, plenty of familiar faces with lot of beautiful actresses as Teresa Gimpera, Mara Cruz, Mary Francis or Paca Gabaldon, Rosanna Yanni . And several secondary actors in brief roles as Antonio Pica, Beni Deus, Luis Morris, Jesus Guzman, Erasmo Pascual, Luis Barboo, Jose Riesgo, Xan Das Bolas and actresses as Margot Cottens , Julia Caba Alba.

It contains a colorful and evocative cinematography in Eastmancolor by Miguel Fernandez Mila, being shot in Madrid and Torremolinos, Marbella, Andalucia . As well as a catching musical score by Jose Torregrosa, including diverting songs, as Cuidado con las señoras performed by the band Los Gritos and composed by Augusto Alguero . The motion picture written by Federico de Urrutia and Manuel Sebares, was regularly directed Julio Buchs. Julio was a fine artisan who wrote and directed some thrillers, comedies and Westerns until his early death at forty six years old. As he directed thrillers as Alta tension, El salario del crimen. Dramas as Encrucijada para una monja, Trompetas del Apocalipsis. Paella westerns as Mestizo, Los desesperados, El hombre que mato Billy the Kid. And comedies as El apartamento de la tentacion, Una señora llamada Andres and Cuidado con las señoras .Rating 4 out of 10. Regular Spanish comedy with no much sense.
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5/10
Average adventure movie about a young millionaire who hires a hunter to serve as a safari guide
4 October 2019
African adventure in the angry jungle with Stewart Granger as an obstinate hunter along with an annoying couple, a cocky millionaire kid : overacting by Kaz Garas and his sexy traveling companion : an extremely beautiful Gabriella Licudi. Along with the rogue elephant who had killed before, they all boiled over on the last safari. As Miles, Stewart Granger, belongs to Professional Hunter Association, he is a big game hunter with an only purport, to chase an elephant. He goes on a safari to shoot the elephant that killed his best friend. Granger thinks killing the rampaging beast will restore his courage and help him overcome the guilt he feels. Then the big game hunter abandons his pal Kaz Garas to meet the feared elephant accompanied by his helper, Johnny Sekka,. However, Kaz Caras tracks him down throughout the lush jungle.

So-so adventure drama shot on location in Kenya, hampared by a poor script in which Granger and Garas set out to hunt the giant elephant which killed Stewart's friend. Based on the novel titled Gilligan's last elephant by Gerald Hanley with script by John Gay. In the film appears a lot of wildlife, but most of them taken from stock shots as Rhino, lions, Hippo, gazela and Elephants, including some lousy transparency . Granger gives a passable acting as a bitter professional guide, and Garas provides an excessive and silly performance as the cocky millionaire. And gorgeous Gabriella Licudi who steals the show dancing some sexy African dances.

It contains a faded, and tarnished cinematography by Ted Moore, being really necessary a perfect remastering. And a lively and moving musical score by John Dankworth that is very influenced by Henry Mancini soundtrack from Hatari. This Paramount Picture production was regularly directed by veteran filmmaker Henry Hathaway. This Hollywood director made all kinds of genres with penchant for Western and adventure . And made some classic movies. And directed several times to Duke, John Wayne. Making dramas as Peter Ibbetson, House of Indiana, Desperate siege, Fourteen hours, Call Northside 777, Woman obsessed, Niagara, Kiss of death, The house on 92 street, Diplomatic courier . Outstanding in adventure genre as Legend of the lost, North to Alaska, The real glory, The Black Rose, Circus world, White witch doctor . And westerns as 5 card stud, Brigham Young the Frontiersman, How the west was won, From hell to Texas, True grit, Nevada Smith, among others. Rating 5/10 mediocre.
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5/10
Italian middling epic movie about the usual hero , the corpulent Hercules/Alan Steel , combating enemies and a nasty usurper
26 September 2019
His is an average peplum dealing with Hercules attempting to keep peace and justice by combating an usurper Philip the Arab with a beautiful princess called Ulpia in the mix . This mythological movie is plenty of adventures , emotions , thrills , atmospheric settings and colorful scenarios well photographed . Don't expecting too much accuracy at the adventure/fantasy flick , as we get to watch a light and simple low-middle-budgeted Peplum or ¨swords and sandals¨ movie with the corpulent Alan Steel, or Sergio Ciani , accompanied by a multitude of Italian B-big name support cast such as : Mimmo Palmara , Livio Lorenzon , Daniele Vargas , Carlo Tamberlani , Wandisa Guida , Nello Pazzafini , Sal Borgese , among others . As the mighty Hercules (Alan Steel) to free the Roman Empire from an oppressive , evil ruler and surely all who stand in his way . As Hercules to keep wits and strength about him when he is deceived by astute traitors and imprisoned into dark undergrounds dungeons . In this rarely seen muscle epic , set in the reign of the gordians in which Hercules helped by Lucio Traiano (Mimmo Palmara) and friends , all of them take part in a battle royal against a heinous usurping king , as the latter killed an elderly Gordian to take the throne . This time the hero known as Hercules (renamed Samson for Americans) runs head-on into the forces of a cruel tyrant (Daniele Vargas ) who has thrown-out a King (Carlo Tamberlani) and ruled over the capital , a city called Ravena , along the way falling in love for a princess Ulpia (Wandisa Guisa) , to retrieve her throne . All the usual comes into play as the bad guys are eventually subdued . As Hercules survives long enough to battle a villainous in a final fighting .

This moving Peplum contains emotion , noisy action sequences incorporating breathtaking fights , spectacular battles with lots of sword-wielding warriors , court intrigue and many other things . There's a bit more intentional humor with tongue-firmly-in-cheek than usual in this Peplum opus . This is an ordinary spaghetti , myth-opera with noisy action , love , battles and luxurious landscapes . There was used sets left over from other films taking parts here and there of other Peplums , especially on the battle scenes in the end .The movie has not mythological accuracy neither expecting historical , as these events took place in Parthia border not in Ravenna , that's why the actual Philip the Arab murdered in reality Gordian III who was just a mere boy 14 years old back in 244 ad. It stars Sergio Ciani , a hunk man who made lots of roman epic films , also called ¨Musclemen movies¨. Sergio's luck changed when an Italian producer persuaded him to play Peplums similarly to Steve Reeves , who really paved the way for others actors to seek their fame and fortune in Italy playing bouncing adventurers . Other stars by the time on this type of movies are the followings : Mark Forest , Gordon Mitchell , Dan Vadis , Reg Park , Brad Harris , Samson Burke , Richard Harrison , Rock Stevens and Kirk Morris . Nobody, nevertheless , topped Steve Reeves in popularity , though Gordon Scott made him a important competence . Alan Steel started off his beefcake run off as a body double for Reeves in both the "Hercules" sequel ¨Hercules Unchained¨ (1959) and in ¨Giant of Marathon¨ (1959) , in which he also had bit roles . Within a couple of years Steel was posing front-and-center as Herk himself and entering in the star-system based on pumped-up heroes playing ¨Sansone or Samson¨ (1961) , opposite another physique-minded American import , Brad Harris in the title role . On numerous occasions Steel was asked to play the legendary Greek hero , as well as the equally well-built demigods Samson and Ursus, even though the film titles often fused (or confused) them in their titles . Steel starred as ¨Hercules in Ercole Contro Roma or Hercules Against Rome¨ (1964) , ¨Hercules Against the Moon Men¨ (1964) , ¨Sansone Contro Il Corsaro Nero or Hercules and the Black Pirate¨ (1964) , and ¨Hercules and the Treasure of the Incas¨ (1964) , the second movie mentioned being one of the only spectacles to actually incorporate science fiction into the genre. In contrast , his Hercules serves as a mere sidekick in the Zorro-like spectacle ¨Golia e Il Cavaliere Mascherato or Hercules and the Masked Rider¨ (1963) starring Ettore Manni . In addition , he performed Ursus , ¨Il Gladiatore Ribelle or Ursus , the Rebel Gladiator¨ (1962) opposite Dan Vadis . He also played the supporting role of Kaldos in ¨Rocha , son of Samson or The Fury of Hércules¨ (1962) when it was Brad Harris' turn to play the title role , and ¨Samson and his mighty challenge¨ (1964) . By mid-decade the Herculean phase had faded away and Steel went on, unlike others peplum stars, to other film styles such as dramas , thrillers , horror, oaters , even comedies and he eventually moved into Spaghetti Western and spies . In the late 1960s he and fellow movie musclemen Kirk Morris and Gordon Mitchell served up "spaghetti westerns" entitled ¨Sapevano Solo Uccidere¨ (1968) and ¨Fast hand¨ (1973). The film benefits itself from an acceptable secondary cast , full of familiar faces such as Carlo Tamberlani , Nello Pazzafini , Sal Borgese , Attilio Dotessio , Balsamo , Guarneri , and three gorgeous Eurotrash actresses as Wandisa Guisa and Dina De Santis. In spite of mediocre interpretations , the acting honors go to Daniele Vargas as Filippo Afro , the nasty usurper and Livio Lorenzo as his hoodlum Mansurio .

Colorful cinematography in Eastmancolor , TotalScope 16 mm by Augusto Tiezzi , shot on location in Lacio , Rome and Elios Studios . Atmospheric and evocative Original music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino who composed lots of Peplums and Spaghettis . The film was regular but professionally directed by Piero Pierotti . Piero continued to realize films in the historical-spectacular style , at which he developed an acceptable skill and mastery . He was a professional filmmaker , a craftsman who directed all kind of genres , and especially adventure and Peplum movie . Pierotti wrote/directed : ¨Zorro¨, ¨Hércules against Rome¨ , "Giant of the Evil Island" , ¨Rome against Rome¨, ¨Sansone Contro Il Corsaro Nero¨, ¨Erik the conqueror¨, ¨Pedro El Cruel¨, ¨Golia e Il Cavaliere Mascherato¨ , ¨Marco Polo¨ and many others . Rating 4,5/10 , passable though mediocre .
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The Giant (2017)
7/10
A splendid period piece about a stirring story of a giant man , being based on true events
25 September 2019
Enjoyable Spanish film with melancholy , thoughtful events and being deliberately paced . A provoking story , being a heartbreaking expose of society , dealing with the world's tallest man, concerning a heavily disfigured man for his stature who is loved and mistreated at times , while scraping a living as a side-show freak . Having fought in the First Carlist War, Martin Eleizegi (Joseba Usabiaga) goes back to his family farm in Gipuzkoa only to be aware that his younger brother, Miguel Joaquin Eleizegi (Eneko Sagardoy) , towers over him in height . Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication . Convinced that everyone will want to pay to see the tallest man on Earth , the beloved brothers set out on a long trip all over Europe, as he becomes a celebrated curiosity amongst London's upper class . But some businessmen only want whatever he can get economically by presenting his a freak . His sad life develops in spectacles and in a freak show and, at last , he protests to be treated like the human being that he really is. When time passes he has several physical deformities, including an oversized and disfigured spect . In the end , both of the siblings rage because blame each other over a distress .

This an unsettling and interesting film , a Basque-language period intense drama set during Carlistas Wars , being full of emotion , touching scenes and good feeling . Stars an intelligent and friendly man, but he is a really high person and society watches him as a monstrous because he is severely deformed . It is a simple , dramatic and intelligent portrait of two people , focused on brothership , friendship and sibling rivalry which ambition, money and fame will forever change the family's fate . This is an uplifting movie at times, too, not just a tear-jerker or horrific in showing man's suffering , as he attempts to regain the dignity he lost after years spent as a side-show freak. The picture is developed in slow-moving but is pretty well realized . The flick stands out for its melancholy and poignant multilevel exploration of alienation , poorness and despair . The story has a certain melancholic style , a climate of transience and sadness that spread the dispute between the two protagonists brothers . Visually it transports one into a dark, grey, nightmarish world but enriched by some colorful images thanks to wonderful outdoors . It's within this world that we come to discover true beauty , as the story progresses, he becomes the hero . Being actually a bold and courageous man, standing against the evils of modern society . It lies within one hideously deformed, abused and unfortunate soul who is being kicked around in this hellish existence . The screenplay, acting, direction all come together to create this extraordinary viewing experience . You really feel like you get inside this man and his tortured existence . The intrigue is whether these intertwined lives finally will eventually find and recognize . it is an incredibly hard movie to watch, especially after you realize what a sweet, kind, smart and innocent man Joaquin Eleizegi was, it is often painful to watch the way he's treated by some people . It packs a nice cast though unknown who gives good performance . Special mention for the brilliant and glamorous cinematography by Javier Agirre , being shot on location in San Sebastian , Guipuzcoa and surroundings , Basque Country , Spain . Sensitive as well as evocative musical score by Pascal Gaigne , an expert composer who has composed and conducted a lot of scores such as ¨Mensaka¨ , ¨Silencio Roto¨ , ¨Piedras¨, ¨Azuloscurocasinegro¨ , ¨Gordos¨ and many others .

¨Handia¨ is a story based on true events and it was very well directed by Aitor Arregi, and Jon Garaño ; being spoken in original Basque language and it it required multiple VFX and Chrome . ¨Handia¨or "Aundiya" (Alzo's Giant) had a world premiere in San Sebastian Festival's main competition . Production partners , Irusoin and Moriarti Produkzoiak , two of Basque Country's most active producers, previously set up at 'Loreak' or "Flowers . ¨Loreak¨ and ¨Handia¨ mark a further step-up in the international ambitions of Basque cinema ,Irusoin , Kowalski and Moriarti have already teamed with U.S.-based Tom Atencio, the manager of New Order for 18 years, and producer of 2007 docu-feature "Joy Division," to produce a fiction feature based on docu-pic "Lucio," a portrait of a legendary anti-Franco anarchist and master forger helmed by Arregi and co-Moriarti founder Jose Mari Goenaga . ¨Loreak¨ won the followings prizes : Cinema Writers Circle Awards , Spain 2015 Won CEC Award Best Supporting Actress Itziar Aizpuru ; Feroz Awards, ES 2015 : Best Actress in a Supporting Role , Best Film: Drama and Best director ; San Sebastián International Film Festival 2014 won SIGNIS Award ; Palm Springs International Film Festival 2015 Won Cine Latino Award Jon Garaño , Jose Mari Goenaga ; Sant Jordi Awards 2015 Won Best Spanish Film and Nominated Goya Awards 2015 to best film , Best Original Score Pascal Gaigne , being the first movie filmed in Basque language nominated for a Goya . While ¨Handia¨won Winner CEC Award , Feroz Awards, ES 2018 , José Maria Forque Awards and a lot of nominations , as well as ¨10 Goya Awards 2018¨ : Winner Goya Best New Actor Eneko Sagardoy , Best Original Screenplay : Aitor Arregi, Andoni de Carlos , Jon Garaño , Jose Mari Goenaga ; Best Original Score : Pascal Gaigne , Best Production ManagerAnder Sistiaga , Best Cinematography Javier Agirre , Best Editing , Laurent Dufrech ; Best Production Design Mikel Serrano ; Best Costume Design : Saioa Lara ; Best Makeup and Hairstyles ,Ainhoa Eskisabel, Olga Cruz ,Gorka Aguirre and Best Special Effects : Jon Serrano , David Heras This is one of the most heart rending Spanish films of all time. Be prepared for an emotional experience and an amazing story.
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5/10
Run-of-the mill and routine B-Western in medium budget , revolving around a wagon train assaulted by Indians .
24 September 2019
Regular Allied Artists Picture fwith usual elements, such as Indian assaults , valiant cavalry , frenetic action , thrills, crossfire , drama, a love story and some spectacular action scenes . A light and well-known plot , as a wagon train results to be chased and ambushed by the Indians , then the survivors trust on an expert officer who results to be a deserter . Bart Laish (Sterling Hayden) who has charismatic qualities of leadership by protecting a wagon train from an impending Indian attack , as he could be defined as a handsome hero , as he emerges from the dust to stop savage Indians . Bart Laish decides that the best way for him to get away is to join a wagon train headed for Oregon, while the settlers atttempt to travel through rugged Indian territory . They're about a week ahead of him and on the trail , then Bart comes across an old cousin , Major Andy Pepperis (Carleton Young) , who is dying from injures received in an Indian ambush . The latter warns Bart that the Indians will next attack the wagon train . He assumes Pepperis' identity and catches up to the wagon train taking command of the soldiers escorting it and to save their lives , then he'll have to risk his own . Meanwhile , Bart falls for a drippy colonist , Christella Burke (Coleen Gray) who is also in love for Lieutenant Steve King (Keith Larsen) . As they get closer to their destination, Bart is closer to being caught . Along the way hundreds of vengeful Apaches who join the Pawnees track them down , thirsting for blood . Nothing could stop the last wagon from coming through! . By the way they have to face off the ruthless Indian chief Rasacura (Iron Eyes Cody) who instigates a spectacular wild attack . The danger trail that only the daring traveled ! Ablaze with Raging Adventure! afire with Romantic Love! Aflame with the Fury of Hate-Crazy Savages! Ablaze with the gun-thundering terrors of the West's most violent days! His guns sent the redskin hordes reeling through Pawnee Pass . Ablaze with the flaming fury of a thousand savage arrows ¡

Nice-looking but run-of-the-mill Allied Artists Western , including some novelties , but also with regular elements , such as frantic action, thrills , shootouts , cavalry charges , drama , romance and some breathtaking action scenes . This movie has a passable combination of decent performances, stirring drama and attractive outdoors .The agreeable script drives mercilessly forward with emotion , love triangles , cavalry charges , overwhelming attacks and turns . Director Lesley Selander aims for nosy action and go riding with a contemporary treatment about an innocent defector who gets redemption by becoming a brave leader of a wagon train . Along with a love triangle in which implicates Sterling Hayden and Keith Andes who is also in love with Coleen Gray . The plot is plain and simple , a wagon train turns out to be pursued , ambushed by the violent Indians. A blending of functional actors with support character players of whom Sterling Hayden holds the best role as a reckless officer . A warm and sometimes slow-moving storyline , makes a passable movie , a real time-passer in B-style . The hothouse plot drives mercilessly forward with rapid action , breathtaking shooting , thrills , impressive attacks , and turns . The yarn is wonderfully located against a spectacular background from Burro Flats, Simi Hills, California , Red Rock Crossing, Sedona , Oak Creek Canyon , Arizona, Courthouse Butte, Sedona, Bell Rock, Sedona, Arizona . Professional , but routine , unimaginative and some pedestrian western directed by Lesley Selander who made a lot of low-budget movies , though he followed to work for a big-budget cinema and was capable of making a few large-scale movies . Alrightly performed by Sterling Hayden as a soldier wrongfully accused of desertion and his his fight for innocence as well as freedom , while escorting a wagon train . Here director takes a fine penned script by Don Martin, based on the novel written by L.L. Foreman , creating a so-so tale that is far from ordinary , exploring the anguish and desperation of an innocent man who has to decide if and when he will leave them . The tale is strong and moving , being the yarn wonderfully located against a background of Arizona mountains . Pretty good main cast , standing out Sterling Hayden as a cavalry deserter risks his life to warn , proving to be a capable leader and quickly gaining everyone's respect . He delivers an enjoyable acting as an innocent deserter who is relentlessly chased . As female partenaire shows up the always gorgeous Coleen Gray . There are well accompanied by a good plethora of secondaries such as : Tom Tully , Tudor Owen , Lee Van Cleef, John Pickard , Carleton Young and Iron Eyes Cody who usually plays Indian roles , though being Italian origin .

This red-blooded Western was compellingly directed in fits and starts by Lesley Selander and superbly filmed on location , though it has some matte painting . Selander is generally considered to be the most prolific director of feature Westerns of all time, with at least 107 to his credit between 1935 and 1967. He realized his first feature in 1936, a western , genre in which he would not only excel but one where he would spent much of the rest of his career. Although Selander couldn't be deemed an "A"-list director, his movies had a professionalism and a verve that many of those made by his fellow B directors lacked . He made a lot of Westerns as The Yellow Tomahawk , Cavalry Scout , Rider from Tucson , Rio Grande Patrol , Storm Over Wyoming , Dakota Lil , Riders of the Range , The Mysterious Desperado , Masked Raiders , Stampede and his last one : The Texan with Audie Murphy . He also filmed detective thrillers, action/adventure motion pictures and even a horror film or two . He finished shooting 106 horse operas helmed between 1917 and 1949. Rating : 5,5 . Acceptable and passable
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Shackleton (2002)
7/10
A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton 's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring spectacular scenes and actual locations
23 September 2019
The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the South Pole, and his heroic fight to lead his twenty-eight man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice . On the brink of death , key expedition members carry out extreme courage as their only weapon.

Nice and breathtaking miniseries formed by two long episodes , shot in enough budget . It contains great production design, spectacular scenes and notorious as well as charming British actors. However , the film relies heavily on the complex relationships between Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton/Kenneth Branagh , his wife/Phoebe Nicholls and lover/ Embeth Davidtz . The movie gives engaging messages about fraternity, comradeship, compassion, forgiveness, love, courage and struggle for life . Including a lot of flashbacks and helping of the footage and still photos shot on the expedition. Shackelton is pretty well portrayed as the magnificent leader that he was, but is not presented as an infallible genius. He was a man who demonstrated extraordinary qualities in difficult circumstances, and he was a man who understood the burden of his leadership and the importance for getting his men home safely . Kenneth Branagh as Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton gives a very good acting . He is well accompanied by a fine plethora of Englsih players such as Corin Redgrave , Nicholas Rowe , Shaun Dooley , Kevin McNally , John Grillo , Mark Williams , Joseph Long , Mark Tandy , Robert Hardy , among others .This mini-series was written and directed by Charles Sturridge . He directed FairyTale: A True Story (1997) , A handful of dust , The scapegoat , Brideshead revisited (1981) ,Runners . And has directed various episodes , miniseries and Telefilms as Gulliver's Travels , Longitude ,The spoils of war , World in Action ,The Road to Coronation Street , Churchill's Secret , Cormoran strike , Crown Court , The Storyteller , Marcella , Sandition , Da Vinci's Demons , and several others

The miniseries finely based on historical facts , adding more remarks , these are the following ones : Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (15 February 1874 - 5 January 1922) was a British polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. He was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Born in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland, Shackleton and his Anglo-Irish family moved to Sydenham in suburban south London when he was ten. His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery expedition of 1901-1904, from which he was sent home early on health grounds, after he and his companions Scott and Edward Adrian Wilson set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S. During the Nimrod expedition of 1907-1909, he and three companions established a new record Farthest South latitude at 88°S, only 97 geographical miles from the South Pole, the largest advance to the pole in exploration history. Also, members of his team climbed Mount Erebus, the most active Antarctic volcano. For these achievements, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home. After the race to the South Pole ended in December 1911, with Roald Amundsen's conquest, Shackleton turned his attention to the crossing of Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole. To this end, he made preparations for what became the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. Disaster struck this expedition when its ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could be landed. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice until it disintegrated, then by launching the lifeboats to reach Elephant Island and ultimately South Georgia Island, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles and Shackleton's most famous exploit. In 1921, he returned to the Antarctic with the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition, but died of a heart attack while his ship was moored in South Georgia. At his wife's request, he was buried there. Away from his expeditions, Shackleton's life was generally restless and unfulfilled. In his search for rapid pathways to wealth and security, he launched business ventures which failed to prosper, and he died heavily in debt. Upon his death, he was lauded in the press but was thereafter largely forgotten, while the heroic reputation of his rival Scott was sustained for many decades. Later in the 20th century, Shackleton was "rediscovered¨, and rapidly became a role model for leadership as one who, in extreme circumstances, kept his team together in a survival story described by cultural historian Stephanie Barczewski as "incredible".
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Joseph (1995)
7/10
Biblical and attractive tale about the favored son of the Patriarch Jacob, being well directed by Roger Young
22 September 2019
Competently made Biblical production dealing with revelant epic deeds narrated in the Old Testament. It is a luxuriously mounted production that gives a feeling of religious spectacle. Biblic story of Joseph: Paul Mercurio, and his 10 envious siblings. Covering Jacob, who long time ago was blessed as successor by Isaac posing as Esau, his sons and especially Joseph. He was sold to slavery by his jealous brothers Reuben, Zebulon, Simeon, Judah .. They had a real jealousy of his skills and of being their father's favorite. As they take him, seize, tear off his coat and throw him into a dry well. The following day, he is given to traders on their way to Egypt . At a popular market, Joseph is sold as a slave to Pothipar, the Pharaoh Prime Minister : Ben Kingsley . His prophetic abilities and highly productive work win his master's trust and he is appointed as a major servant. One day, he is seduced Pothiphar's tempting wife : Lesley Ann Warren , but Joseph rejects her . The scorned woman seeks vengeance and acussing him of violation. He is imprisionated and at the jail prophetizes the future of two locked powerful men who served the Pharaoh . Later on, he is called by Pharaoh himself : Stefano Dionisi , to interpret his twisted dreams . As Joseph describes the famous dream of seven thin cows that eat seven fat cows. Then Joseph predicts the dream in which 7 years of plentiful harvest, Egypt will suffer 7 years famine .Later on, Pharaoh Ramses I appoints Joseph as the main Chancellor.

Biblical history miniseries formed by two long episodes , shot in enough budget imitating the American Colossal, but made in Italian style. This Old Testament story is decently told , taking parts here and there of the notorious historical happenings . It contains great production design, spectacular scenes and famous as well as charming actors. The movie gives engaging messages about fraternity, compassion, forgiveness, love, brotherhood and redemption. Paul Mercurio gives an acceptable acting as the good son whose ruthless brothers become increasily resentful of their dad's preference of Joseph, carring out a merciless revenge . Martin Landau gives a good interpretation as Jacob who married Rachel well played by Alice Krige .Support cast is frankly fine, such as Dominique Sanda, Ben Kingsley, Warren Clarke, Lesley Ann Warren, Renato Scarpa, Peter Eyre, Oliver Cotton, Arthur Brass, and Monica Bellucci as Pharaoh's wife, among others.

It packs an impressive and rousing musical score by Marco Frisina supervised by Ennio Morricone. And a colorful, brilliant cinematography by Raffaele de Mertes, shot on location in Morocco. The picture was compellingly directed by Roger Young. Roger is a good artisan, usually filming for TV and occassionally for big screen. He has shot various miniseries which have been a joy of his long career. He filmed several episodes of the prestigious Bible series, such as Jesus, Moses, Paulus of Tarso, Salomon, Barrabbas and Joseph. Rating 7/10. Better than average. Well worth seeing.

This story has been previously adapted as follows : Joseph and hid Bethren 1961 by Luciano Ricci, Irving Rapper with Geoffrey Horne as Joseph, Finlay Currie, Robert Morley, Terence Hill, Belinda Lee, Helmut Schneider. In the beginning 2000 by Kevin Connor with Eddie Cibrian as Joseph, Christopher Lee as Pharaoh Ramses, Steven Berkoff as Puthiphar, Amanda Donohue as his wife.
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