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by MichiganJ
May 21st, 2012, 4:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Musical Influences
Replies: 100
Views: 52950

Re: Musical Influences

I was very much in the "Disco Sucks" camp in the late 70s, although my definition of disco would conveniently change when it came to songs done by bands I liked (i.e: Blondie's Heart of Glass and the Stones' 12-inch version of Miss You , but not McCartney's Goodnight Tonight !) The Bee Gee...
by MichiganJ
May 6th, 2012, 5:26 pm
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: MIKE HAMMER (the unsold 1954 TV pilot)
Replies: 9
Views: 3433

Re: MIKE HAMMER (the unsold 1954 TV pilot)

I vaguely remember seeing an episode or two.

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It looks as though Archer may be back on the big screen soon.
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by MichiganJ
April 29th, 2012, 2:48 pm
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: Giallo
Replies: 169
Views: 86174

Re: Giallo

I would definitely and highly recommend Anima persa . While it is giallo, it is very unusual in that there is no sex nor graphic violence, and plays more like an art house horror movie. The slow build allows for plenty of atmosphere, and the mystery offers plenty of unexpected but reasonable twists....
by MichiganJ
April 21st, 2012, 1:59 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Anita Page and Our Dancing Daughters
Replies: 4
Views: 10518

Re: Anita Page and Our Dancing Daughters

I like Our Dancing Daughters a lot. I think it is one of the best examples of the flapper film, and has one of Crawford's best performances. Like intothenitrate, I'm not much of a fan of Crawford, but think she was better in silents than talkies because her penchant for over-emoting is less obvious ...
by MichiganJ
April 20th, 2012, 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Beatles
Replies: 97
Views: 77827

Re: The Beatles

Details on the reissue of McCartney's Ram , which comes out May 22. http://www.antimusic.com/news/12/April/19McCartney_Ram_Reissue_Details_and_Documentary_Preview.shtml I'm happy to see A Love For You is included. I'm not familiar with the "Jon Kelly" mix, and, while that means it is a rel...
by MichiganJ
April 20th, 2012, 10:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 503210

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

The other day I saw the very marvelously filmed Scorsese movie " Hugo ", in which Asa Butterfield plays beautifully the title character; what a charsimatic kid. Beng Kingsley impersonates Georges Méliès and Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle, the girl who befriends Hugo. Sacha Baron Cohen is ef...
by MichiganJ
April 12th, 2012, 9:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 503210

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

To me, the German Titanic is all propaganda. The "hero" is the made-up German first-officer character, who single-handedly could have avoided the tragedy, if only the inane British (aka Jewish) sailors would have listened to him. Captain Smith is portrayed as week-kneed, the British are so...
by MichiganJ
April 9th, 2012, 3:11 pm
Forum: Dramas
Topic: Titanic
Replies: 18
Views: 17645

Re: Titanic

Approaching the hundred year anniversary of her sinking, two new studies suggest that good ol' Mother Nature played a significant role in both Titanic's sinking and provides a plausible reason as to why the California failed to come to her rescue. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/science/a-new-look...
by MichiganJ
April 9th, 2012, 11:46 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: This week on SVENGOOLIE...
Replies: 849
Views: 114273

Re: This week on SVENGOOLIE...

From what I've read, Dracula's Daughter was supposed to be an "A" picture, budgeted on par with The Bride of Frankenstein . Whale was scheduled to direct, and it was to feature an all-star cast, including Colin Clive, as well as newcomer, Jane Wyatt as the Countess(!) While I've not read t...
by MichiganJ
April 7th, 2012, 8:03 am
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?
Replies: 547
Views: 123105

Re: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?

I watched the terrific Spanish thriller, Swindled (2004). It's about a group of con artists who plot to pull off the big score. But, as con men (and woman) will do, they try to also out con each other. Many of the cons turn out to be quite implausible and impossible, but with the film's pacing and a...
by MichiganJ
April 5th, 2012, 2:55 pm
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: Giallo
Replies: 169
Views: 86174

Re: Giallo

Perfume of the Lady in Black is an incredible film and Mimsy Farmer hits all the right notes. Great cinematography, scoring, and excellent sense of mood. I absolutely agree on all counts. Mimsy is great, as is the entire cast. That little "Alice" girl gave me the creeps. Just curious, wha...
by MichiganJ
April 4th, 2012, 4:54 pm
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1540
Views: 155162

Re: What are you reading?

I'm reading Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man" and I realize how faithful the 1934 film adaptation was to the book. Will watch the film one more time after finishing it. Interesting that you are reading Hammett. I'm currently making my way through the Raymond Chandler novels and short stor...
by MichiganJ
April 4th, 2012, 3:22 pm
Forum: Comedies
Topic: BRIDESMAIDS
Replies: 17
Views: 17616

Re: BRIDESMAIDS

I just feel I have to add one more bit in my own defense. Hi Anne, you don't have to defend yourself to me. My comments were directed entirely at John Farr's article. In your initial post, you make the case as to what you were expecting from the film and why, when those expectations weren't met, yo...
by MichiganJ
April 4th, 2012, 3:05 pm
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: Giallo
Replies: 169
Views: 86174

Re: Giallo

Does that mean you liked it? Loved it. Another I just watched, and loved, is The Perfume of the Lady in Black , which is an intense exploration of madness on par with Repulsion . (The two would make an interesting double bill). Wasn't prepared for the ending, although I should have been. Really gre...
by MichiganJ
April 3rd, 2012, 2:25 pm
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: Giallo
Replies: 169
Views: 86174

Re: Giallo

The region free Shameless DVD is available at Amazon.uk for a song: (Except those by the Bee Gees for reasons unknown.) http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Frightened-Woman-Dagmar-Lassander/dp/B000X6R8XI I have the Shameless disc, and while the reviewer is a bit worried about the DVD length compared to that...

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