What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

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Re: What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

Postby DannyBoy » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:59 pm

Doctor X (1932) starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy & Preston Foster. A witty reporter investigates a serial killer known as the "Moon Killer" and intrudes on a research scientist's experiment to either prove or disprove that a member of the staff at his institute is the murderer. Doctor X is a pretty good early Technicolor horror film, one of the last films shot in the 2-color Technicolor process, and includes some pretty cool special effects makeup by Max Factor for the "Moon Killer". Lionel Atwill & Fay Wray shine as they always do in roles in horror films.

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Re: What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

Postby DannyBoy » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:07 pm

I watched a couple movies on TCM this afternoon:

White Zombie (1932) starring Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Robert Frazer, John Harron & Joseph Cawthorn. A wealthy plantation owner in Haiti turns to voodoo master Murder Legendre to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead he transforms her into a zombie under his control. White Zombie is a very atmospheric & eerie film with some great make-up by the legendary Jack Pierce and great sets, some of set pieces which were originally used in classic Universal horror films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Cat and the Canary (1927), Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931). The acting though is a bit of a weak point of the film, as other than Bela Lugosi the acting leaves much to be desired. Still White Zombie is an interesting & enjoyable horror film and was actually the first feature length zombie film made, though of course the zombies in this film are different than what most people know or think of as zombies these days.

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The Most Dangerous Game (1932) starring Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Armstrong & Noble Johnson. After being shipwrecked, big-game hunter Robert Rainsford washes up on a secluded island where lives Russian aristocrat Count Zaroff who after tiring of hunting animals now hunts humans for sport. The Most Dangerous Game is based on the classic short story of the same name by Richard Connell and is still the best film adaption of the story to date. The film has really great atmosphere & suspense and the cast are all great as well, especially Leslie Banks as the mad Count Zaroff. The Most Dangerous Game is quite simply an excellent pre-code adventure/thriller. Interestingly, it was filmed at night on the same jungle sets as King Kong (1933) was being filmed on during the day as well as shared two of the same cast members, Fay Wray & Robert Armstrong.

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Re: What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

Postby DannyBoy » Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:44 pm

Revolt of the Zombies (1936) starring Dean Jagger, Dorothy Stone, Robert Noland & Roy D'Arcy. An international expedition is sent to the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia in order to learn a secret formula that turns people into zombies. Revolt of the Zombies was made by the same brothers Victor Halperin (director) and Edward Halperin (producer) who made White Zombie 4 years previously, but this film has no relation to it even though a superimposed shot of Bela Lugosi's eyes from White Zombie is used when the main character uses his powers to control zombies. Anyway, this film isn't nearly as enjoyable or entertaining as it's predecessor, frankly it's a very dull film and just disappointing in comparison.

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Re: What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

Postby DannyBoy » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:45 pm

The Lost Continent (1968) starring Eric Porter, Hildegard Knef, Tony Beckley, Suzanna Leigh, James Cossins & Nigel Stock. A dilapidated tramp steamer heading en route from Freetown to Caracas smuggling a dangerous explosive cargo is holed and what's left of the crew & passengers find themselves marooned by a mist-enshrouded island in the Sargasso Sea that's surrounded by killer seaweed and is inhabited by giant crustaceans and previously marooned descendants of Spanish Conquistadores & the Spanish Inquisition. The Lost Continent is based on the 1938 Dennis Wheatly novel "Uncharted Seas" and was a pretty good adventure/fantasy film from Hammer Films. Good cast all around, Eric Porter in particular was good and it's always nice to see Hammer regular Michael Ripper pop up. Also the Inquisitor was pretty creepy. Nice set design & special effects for the island and creatures. This is one of Hammer's lesser known and non-gotchic horror films, but it's an enjoyable watch.

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Re: What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

Postby Jeff Hendrick » Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:13 pm

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Serpico (1973)

Al Pacino is one of the best actors around, and he has many definitive roles. His role as Frank Serpico is certainly one of them. He acts with such charm and smoothness in some scenes, while explosive and intense in others.
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Re: What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

Postby sticksb » Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:11 pm

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Serpico (1973)

Al Pacino is one of the best actors around, and he has many definitive roles. His role as Frank Serpico is certainly one of them. He acts with such charm and smoothness in some scenes, while explosive and intense in others.

One of my favorites . Serpico great period piece . I have it along with Hackman's "French Connection" and "Taxi Driver" as a gritty triple bill on movie night when we kill a few innocent pizzas ...and bottles of suds ...
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Re: What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

Postby DannyBoy » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:31 am

Nosferatu (1922) starring Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim & Greta Schroeder. Estate agent Hutter travels to Transylvania to meet with Count Orlok to sell him an isolated house back in Hutter's native Wisborg only to discover the count is a vampire, after which Orlok travels to his new house in Wisborg spreading death along the way as Hutter must escape the castle and race back home to save his wife Ellen from the count. F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu is truly a masterpiece of cinema and one the greatest & most influential films of both the silent era and of the horror genre. By today's standards it's not a scary movie, but it's very eerie & atmospheric with some striking visuals throughout. Even though Count Orlok only appears on-screen for less than 10 minutes of the movie, his creepy appearance and haunting portrayal by Max Schreck makes him one of cinema's most famous vampires and memorable villains. Nosferatu is of course an adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic gothic novel "Dracula", an unauthorized adaptation at that, and though character names and key points were liberally changed by screenplay writer Henrik Galeen, the resemblance was unmistakable. This instigated a lawsuit from Bram Stoker's widow Florence in which she requested that the negatives and all prints of the film be destroyed. She won the suit, but thankfully some copies of the film survived destruction. If you've never seen Nosferatu, it's truly worth checking out and watching at least once.

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Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani & Bruno Ganz. Estate agent Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet with Count Dracula to sell him a dilapidated house back in his native Wismar close to his own house, after Dracula sees a picture of Jonathan's wife Lucy and becomes captivated with her he travels to his new home in Wismar spreading the Black Death along the way, leaving Jonathan weak & ill in Transylvania. In Nosferatu the Vampyre Werner Herzog's uses names from Bram Stoker's "Dracula" instead of the character names from the original Nosferatu, but even so, Herzog follows F.W. Murnau's film rather than Stoker's novel while adding in his own touches & ideas, and the Count Dracula of this film is more Count Orlok of the earlier film than Count Dracula of Stoker's novel. Nosferatu the Vampyre is essentially a homage remake of F.W. Murnau's original film, done in an art-house style. It's beautifully eerie and atmospheric and Klaus Kinski's portrayal of Count Dracula as lonely & contemplative and someone who views the inability to grow old & die as a curse is a more tragic take on the character and particularly memorable. Nosferatu the Vampyre is not only a prime example of a remake done right, but also an example of a remake of a classic film that has become a classic itself. Just as with Murnau's original, Herzog's remake is truly worth checking out and watching at least once.

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Re: What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

Postby DannyBoy » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:45 am

Zombies on Broadway (1945) starring Bela Lugosi, Wally Brown, Alan Carney & Anne Jeffreys. A couple of inept press agents travel to the island of San Sebastian in search of a genuine zombie after having advertised one for the opening of their ex-gangster boss's new zombie-themed night club or else they'll suffer consequences. Zombies on Broadway is a decent horror/comedy from RKO Pictures with Bela Lugosi enjoyable in the kind of "mad doctor" role he played on multiple occasions and Wally Brown & Alan Carney essentially emulating Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, or attempting to anyway, they're not nearly as funny as Abbott & Costello, but they're alright. The film also notably features Darby Jones as Kalaga the zombie and Sir Lancelot as an unnamed calypso singer, both virtually repeating/recreating roles they played in RKO's earlier classic horror/zombie film, I Walked with a Zombie (1943), though there's no relation between the films. Also of some interest perhaps, the jungle scenes were filmed on the same sets that RKO filmed their Tarzan series on. At 68/69 minutes in length, Zombies on Broadway is a quick & easy watch and a good way to idle away some time if you don't have anything to do or simply worth a watch if you're a Bela Lugosi fan like myself.

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Re: What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

Postby DannyBoy » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:02 pm

Boudu Saved from Drowning (Original French title: Boudu sauvé des eaux, 1932) starring Michel Simon, Charles Granval, Marcelle Hainia & Sévérine Lerczinska and directed by the great Jean Renoir. A bookseller rescues a lonely tramp from drowning and becomes his benefactor, but the tramp's peculiar & anti-social behavior and the chaos he causes starts to wear down the household. Boudu Saved from Drowning is a classic comedy from all-time great French director Jean Renoir, one of his best films. Michel Simon's performance as the eccentric tramp Boudu is incredible & humorous and from the sounds of it, not too far removed from how Simon was in real life. The film also gives a nice photographic look at a pre-World War II France. Jean Renoir adapted the film from the French play Boudu sauvé des eaux by René Fauchois, which was also notably later adapted into the 1986 American film Down and Out in Beverly Hills with Nick Nolte, Bette Midler & Richard Dreyfuss. Boudu Saved from Drowning is a comedic masterpiece and a hugely entertaining film.

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Re: What Was the Last Movie You Watched?

Postby DannyBoy » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:55 pm

The Dark Tower (1943) starring Ben Lyon, Herbert Lom, Anne Crawford & David Farrar. A down on his luck hypnotist joins a struggling circus, turning their fortunes around as he proceeds to try to take over the circus and control the high-wire artist he falls in love with. The Dark Tower is a decent little B-thriller, though pretty routine. The definite highlight of the film is Herbert Lom's performance as the devious hypnotist Stephen Torg, which was his first major film role. I've seen Lom described as a cross between Peter Lorre & Charles Boyer, and I'd say that's quite an apt description of him, especially in regards to this film. It's worth checking out if you're a fan of Herbert Lom (of which I am).

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