Thursday, 25 February 2010
Hollywood needs more glamorous killers so Faye Dunaway was cast in the role. While this might seem ridiculous in terms of realism (as with Johnny Depp as Dillinger in PUBLIC ENEMIES) it didn't hurt it at the box-office or with the critics and the film garnered some justifyably great reviews. Here's Faye in the role....
Convincing? I'll let you decide.
Monday, 22 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Friday, 12 February 2010
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Forever associated with a string of popular Boulting Brothers comedies such as PRIVATES PROGRESS, BROTHERS IN LAW, LUCKY JIM and I'M ALL RIGHT JACK where he was always cast as the likeable, well meaning innocent, Ian Carmichael was a fixture of British social comedy. Later he became a popular and much loved star of theLORD PETER WIMSEY television series and until a couple of years ago was a regular on the hospital series THE ROYAL. He was a class act.
Monday, 8 February 2010
I watched this with a friend who enjoyed it but was interested to know why I can enjoy something like QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE but be so scathing about the ineptitude of a film like VAN HELSING. I told him why - it ain't rocket science and you can agree or disagree as you wish. Unlike VAN HELSING, Edward Bernds film, did not waste a budget that could have fed a couple of famine stricken African countries for five years. QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE is unintentionally funny while VAN HELSING wasn't funny or scarey either intentially or not. Fifty two years after QUEEN was made people are still watching, enjoying and discussing it and I doubt if that will be the case with VAN HELSING. And, you know what, I bet it made a profit for Allied Artists. Rating *** and be damned.
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Thursday, 4 February 2010
The Trailer is better than the film.
I've been a Vincent Price fan for about fifty years and have seen most of his films. THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel and directed by Joe May (a German who had been influential in the early career of Fritz Lang) has until now eluded me. Now its here and it is pretty much what I expected given all the ingredients such as cast, director, year and studio. It is good solid Hollywood fare of the 40's. True to the spirit, if not the word, of Hawthorne's work and bearing absolutely no relationship to the later version (also starring Vincent Price) which was included as a segment of the portmanteau film TWICE TOLD TALES. Margaret Lindsay is excellent and George Sanders is despicably good but I expect that most people will by the film for Vincent Price as the wronged Clifford Pyncheon - framed for patricide by his evil brother. Fans won't be disappointed and Price goes from romantic to tormented to vengeful by way of hysterical (some wonderful manic laughter during the courtroom scene) and even manages to sing a song along the way Rating ***