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"Nosferatu"(1922) Silent Black and White Horror/Fantasy

Oct. 22nd, 2016 | 04:51 pm

The best Dracula ever made?It just actually might be the best and one of the scarcest looking
Dracula on screen.More later...

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"America America"(1963) ***1/2 Warner Bros. Drama Black and White

Oct. 21st, 2016 | 04:53 pm

Tired of living with his family in Greece,a young man desperately tries to emigrate
to America in spite of most of his family members want him to stay.But getting across the ocean
to America is not nearly as easy as he thinks.Cast:Stathis Giallelis (Stavros Topouzoglou),Frank
Wolff(Vartan Topouzoglou),Elena Karem(Vasso Topouzoglou),Linda Marsh(Thomma Sinnikoglou)),John Marley(Garabet),Estelle Hensley(Grandmother Topouzoglou),Paul Mann(Aleko Sinnikoglou),Salem
Ludwig(Odysseus Topouzoglou),Lou Antonio),Harry Davis(Issac Topouzoglou).Running time:174 minutes.Director:Elia Kazan.

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Curtis Hanson,1945-2016

Sep. 30th, 2016 | 04:55 pm

Curtis Hanson is born on March 24,1945;Died on September 20,2016.Mr. Hanson was a
conscious filmmaker as much of his work showed it.Small films like "The Bedroom Window"(1987)
and "Sweet Kill"(1972),he went on to more major works including "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"
(1992)"The River Wild"(1994),and the Academy Award winning film "L.A. Confidential"(1997).He also pulled off "8 Mile"(2002)under Universal Pictures starring Eminem.Hanson was 71.

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"Background to Danger"(1943) ***1/2 Warner Bros.

Sep. 30th, 2016 | 04:54 pm

Kind of a follow-up to "Casablanca this film...

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Gene Wilder,1933-2016,One of the Funniest In Hollywood

Aug. 31st, 2016 | 08:30 pm

Gene Wilder became one of the best comic actors who could pull off the neurotic performances
and serious sides of a man.More later...

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"All Fall Down"(1962) **** MGM Drama

Aug. 24th, 2016 | 06:44 pm

In Black & White
"All Fall Down" epitomizes a dysfunctional family named Ralph Willart(Karl Madden),
Annabel Williant(Angela Lansbury),the parents,the two sons Berry-Berry Willart(Waren Beatty),
and the younger son Clinton Willart(Brandon de Wilde).The mother is possessive and the father
a constant complainer.What's more,Berry-Berry meets a nice,pretty girl Echo O'Brien(Eva Marie
Saint)who he often treats poorly with his violence and jealousy.On the other hand,Clinton falls
for her also and that leads to a conflict.A film that still has good material if somewhat dated.
Cast:Eva Marie Saint(Echo O' Brien),Warren Beatty(Berry-Berry Willart),Brandon de Wilde(Clinton
Willart),Karl Madden(Ralph Willart),Angela Lansbury(Annabel Willart),Constantance Ford(Mrs. Man-
del),Jennifer Howard(Myra),Evans Evans(Hedy).Running time:111 minutes.Director:John Franken-

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"San Quentin"(1937) *** Warner Bros. Drama/Crime/Film Noir

Aug. 20th, 2016 | 04:50 pm

Joe "Red" Kennedy (Humphrey Bogart)goes to San Quentin prison,one of the most notorious prisons at the time.He makes a name for himself as a tough Irishman who doesn't take much from
the other prisoners or from the guards for that matter.Benevolent Captain Stephen Jameson
(Pat O' Brien)is willing to work with Joe--and any inmate-- if he is willing to play by the rules.Jameson's staff is not as understanding as he is about Joe.But Joe fly right or he about
to ruin his chances of being free? More later...

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"Red-Headed Woman"(1932) *** Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Aug. 18th, 2016 | 05:20 pm

Jean Harlow a rising movie star in the 1930s would become one of Hollywood's
beauties and unfortunately her life is cut too short.In "Red-Headed Woman"she plays Lil
Andrews,a woman who seduces her boss Bill Legendre,Jr.(Chester Morris)in order to climb the
ladder in the business.For such a deplorable act on her part(and on his part for not being faithful to his wife as well as acting horribly unprofessional),Harlow manages to make the
efforts hilarious and risque during the time of the pre-code era.Cast:Jean Harlow(Lil Andrews),
Chester Morris(Bill Legendre,Jr.),Lewis Stone(William Legendre,Jr.)Lella Hyams(Irene Legendre),
Charles Boyer(Albert),May Robson(Aunt Jane),Harvey Clark(Uncle Fred),William Pawley(Al).
Running time:75 minutes.Director:Jack Conway.Composer:Raymond B.Egan.Black and white.

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"The Bamboo Prison"(1954) ***1/2 Columbia Pictures Black and White

Jul. 26th, 2016 | 07:47 pm

Corporal Brady(Brian Keith)is an American soldier captured by the North Koreans and sent
to a POW camp during the Korean War.There he meets Sergeant Rand(Robert Francis)who looks like
he's willing cooperating with the North Koreans.Angry at first because he(and other POWs)think
Rand is a traitor until Brady realizes Rand is an intelligence officer playing along with the North Koreans to attain important secrets.The communist guards show little mercy in their treat-
of their captives all along trying to brainwash them.More later...

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"Picnic At Hanging Rock"(1975) ****1/2 Mystery/Drama Australian Film Commission

Jul. 18th, 2016 | 06:18 pm

Tagline:The last thing you want to happen is to explain why a teacher and three girls on a picnic are missing.
On Valentine Day,in 1900,three students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school go on a picnic on Hanging Rock,then disappear.How and why they disappeared haunts
the ones back at the school.All kinds of questions come up only to be unanswered.How can
four people from a school going on a picnic simply end up missing?How unnerving:foul play
or ran away.This is a well-thought film that should leave you baffled.
Cast:Rachel Roberts(Mrs.Appleyard),Vivean Gray(Miss McCraw),Helen Morse(Mlle. de Pitiers),Kirsty Child(Miss Lumley),Tony Llewelllyn-Jones(Tom),Jacki Weaver(Minnie),Frank
Gunnell(Mr. Whitehead),Anne-Louise Lambert(Miranda),Karen Robson(Marion),Christine Schuler
(Edith),Margaret Nelson(Sara),Ingrid Mason(Rosamund),Jenny Lovell(Blanche),Janet Murray
(Juliana),Vivienne Graves(Pupil),Angela Bencini(Pupil),Amanda White(Pupil),Lindy O'Connell
(Pupil),Verity Smith(Pupil).Running time:115 minutes.Country:Australia.Languages:English/
French.Director:Peter Weir.

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