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The Last of Us Episode 3 Deviates Drastically From the Video Game. I just played it last night .

Bill and Frank’s story is far more tragic in the game. Much like in the show, Joel and Ellie seek out Bill because they need a vehicle for their cross-country journey. They encounter Bill alive, and the player must work together with him to make it across town to get necessary equipment. Along the way, Bill mentions a former “partner” named Frank before the group discovers a body and learns that Frank has hanged himself after being bitten by the infected. Some optional digging around can lead to the player finding a letter Frank has left for Bill, telling him, “I hated your guts.”

Neil Druckmann, the series co-creator and executive producer who also wrote the original game, credits the initial idea of Bill to “The Last of Us” game director Bruce Straley. The idea behind Bill, Druckmann said, was to introduce “someone that lives on their own” who is “kind of kooky, because what are you surviving for at that point?” The Last of Us recap: Bill and Frank get the kind of love story the game denied them. For better or worse that acting and character development all lead to an emotional 1.15 minutes of first rate TV.

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Raw Deal (1948)
Beautifully restored
exclusively for this Special Edition Blu-ray.
Hard Boiled ................. gritty Noir
Joe Sullivan is itching to get out of prison. He's taken the rap for Rick, who owes him $50,000. Rick sets up an escape for Joe, knowing that Joe will be caught escaping and be shot or locked away forever. But with the help of his love-struck girl Pat and his sympathetic legal caseworker Ann, Joe gets further than he's supposed to, and we are posed with two very important questions: Is Joe really the cold and heartless criminal he appears to be, or is there a heart of gold under that gritty exterior? And does Joe belong with the tough, street-wise Pat, or with the prim, moralizing Ann?

Pat (Claire Trevor) narrates the story of her involvement with boyfriend Joe (Dennis O'Keefe) from the night that he escapes from prison until she is arrested. The story follows them on the run with Ann (Marsha Hunt).
Raw Deal presents the movie-making team of director Anthony Mann and cinematographer John Alton at the peak of their success (fresh off their box office smash T-Men), offering dark, moody atmosphere filled with fog-shrouded landscapes and characters who are no strangers to the “left-handed endeavor” of crime. Scenarist John C. Higgins (He Walked by Night) and co-writer Leopold Atlas offer a taut, suspenseful tale of one man’s desperate bid for freedom and the two women who love him.

Dennis O’Keefe, star of the earlier T-Men, contributes a first-rate performance as the determined Joe, with Marsha Hunt (Pride and Prejudice) as Ann and Oscar® winning actress Claire Trevor (Key Largo) as the fiercely loyal Pat. Raw Deal also features a suitably slimy Raymond Burr as Rick, John Ireland as Burr’s sadistic henchman Fantail, and noir standbys Regis Toomey and Whit Bissell.

The film is well paced, directed, acted and comes with a great script, narration and something always going on. Raw Deal is film noir at its finest! 8/10


  • Feature length audio commentary by author and film historian Jeremy Arnold
  • Deadly is the Male: The Making of Raw Deal - A Featurette with writer and film historian Julie Kirgo, film historian & director Courtney Joyner and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode
  • Dennis O’Keefe: An Extraordinary Ordinary Guy - A featurette with Jim O’Keefe (son of Dennis O’Keefe) and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode & film historian & director Courtney Joyner
  • An image gallery with rare stills, posters and other promotional material
  • Restoration Comparison
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A 24 page booklet with an essay by author Max Alvarez (The Crime Films of Anthony Mann) featuring stills, posters and other production material


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This is interesting info for lovers of American Cinema
This is a very solid list for American Cinema up to 1998.
Too bad it doesn't Encompass the last 20 years cuz there's excellent Cinema there as well.
You may seek out the films from the thirties, forties and fifties on HBO MAX very good place to start if you don't have Turner Classic Movies

No code has to be inserted here.

If anyone wants to add some of these films to their collection start here :)

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Women of the Santa Fe Trail
Season 9 Episode 905 | 26m 40s|Video has closed captioning.

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The Santa Fe Trail was a major international trade route in the 1800s. Spanning about 800 miles from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, it was a convergence of Native American, settler and Mexican cultures – pivotal in US history. See how this early commercial “highway” changed the lives of the astonishing women who set foot on it. And how these foremothers helped shape the West.

Aired: 11/09/22
Rating: NR

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Groundhog Day (1993)
25th Anniversary Edition / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray

Director:Harold Ramis
Writers:Danny Rubin (screenplay), Harold Ramis (screenplay)
Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

The pacing and development just hits the right note every time in a synopsis that on first reading seems to have limited comedic appeal but the cast and direction just win you over. The film is also am excellent character study.
Funny but poignant film. Phil Connors is a weatherman for Channel 9 News Pittsburgh and covers the Groundhog Day festival at the small town of Punxsutawney for several years now. Phil is a cynical and bitter man, dislikes the small town atmosphere, and just wants to get back to Pittsburgh as soon as possible. However, when he discovers that he begins to relive February 2nd everyday over and over he believes he losing hid mind !!!

As such, the minor holiday becomes the single-most worst day of his life and as Connors continues to relive Groundhog Day. To his advantage, he uses it to woo cheerful producer Rita Hanson (MacDowell) into a romantic relationship.
Murray's performance doesn't only elevate the film to a completely different level but also elevates the work being put in by the rest of the cast. Intelligent movie. It really lives to its reputation, which is overwhelmingly positive. A lot of substance, all understated, some laughs, respects its audience and delivers a great Romantic comedy.


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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
3D Blu-Ray
Great 3D for post-conversion.

Valérian et la cité des mille planètes - Coffret Collector Edition Limitée-Combo Blu-ray 4K+Blu-ray 3D+Blu-ray+DVD

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a visual feast . It's an enjoyable mess. Highly entertaining sci-fi extravaganza .

You don't watch The Fifth Element for its storytelling, you watch it for its joyous, ridiculous sense of place and style, and that's doubly true for Valerian -- a movie that isn't nearly as memorable, but that works just fine as a tribute.

Luc Besson, the visionary and I like all his films. And Luc has a knack for finding beautiful talented actresses . (Cara Delevingne) for example.
She does a fine job portraying the character of Laureline . Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a visual feast . It's an enjoyable mess. Highly entertaining sci-fi extravaganza .


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Discussion Starter · #87 ·
Miss Scarlet & the Duke:
Season Three (Masterpiece Mystery!)
Episode 1-4 on PBS Passport just caught up today.
This show is a great choice , Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Scarlet and the Duke . Kate Phillips is splendid ! Her wardrobe also is fabulous. I have been watching season three on PBS Masterpiece on Sunday Nights , I can happily report that S3 is the best yet !
Actor Kate Phillips discusses the characters, cleverness, and costumes of Miss Scarlet & The Duke


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Love and Thunder
IMAX opening day ,

I missed the 3D showing so IMAX it was !!!
Iwent to see this movie for Natalie Portman

Thor: Love and Thunder on IMAX will feature almost 35 minutes of expanded aspect ratio exclusive in IMAX. The film was shot with IMAX-certified digital cameras and audiences will experience the 1.90:1 aspect ratio, providing up to 26% more picture compared to the regular screen.

:love:I went to see this movie for Natalie Portman
She looks amazing :love:

Natalie Portman Enjoyed the Challenge of Getting Buff for 'Thor: Love and Thunder'
Her workouts consisted of boxing, skipping around, core work, and weightlifting. And because she was working out so rigorously, Portman, who is a vegan, had to switch up her diet so she could ensure enough protein intake to gain muscle as opposed to losing weight. She trained for 10 months !! And it shows .

"Thor: Love and Thunder" finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he's ever faced -- a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who -- to Thor's surprise -- inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher's vengeance and stop him before it's too late.

Thor: Love and Thunder is a very fun film. Taika Waititi delivers tons of good, gregarious fun. 8/10

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The Man Who Never Was (1956)
2K Blu-ray: Region B, A (C untested)

Gripping chronicle of a true military espionage

Director: Ronald Neame Writers: Ewen Montagu (book) (as The Hon. Ewen Montagu C.B.E. D.L. Q.C.), Nigel Balchin (screenplay) Stars: Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Robert Flemyng

THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS tells the story of Operation Mincemeat, an elaborate ruse designed by the British to draw the Nazis away from Sicily before the Allied invasion, in the hope of lessening casualties. Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu (Clifton Webb) and Lt. George Acres (Robert Flemyng) concoct a plan to obtain a dead body and give it a fictional persona, Captain (Acting Major) William Martin. Dress up a body like an English officer, plant phony orders to invade Greece on him, and let the body wash up on Spanish shores where the Nazis will find it.

Three times Oscar nominated Clifton Webb, Robert Flemying and Oscar winner Gloria Grahame star in this highly acclaimed 1956 British war film, based on an incredible true story. The Man Who Never Was won the 1957 BAFTA for Best Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture.

The Man Who Never Was is one of the better wartime spy films. This true story of ingenious deception is a riveting tale of wartime espionage. This film should appeal to a wide cross-section of classic film fans, including those who enjoy WWII films, spy thrillers.

Good Read ; A successful British deception operation of the Second World War


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All-star (and all-female) cast shines in this hilarious adaptation of Clare Boothe play about divorce, cattiness, and competition in circle of "friends".

Director: George Cukor . Stars:
Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell , Ruth Hussey , Joan Fontaine , Paulette Goddard , Lucile Watson, Marjorie Main, Virginia Weidler, Phyllis Povah,Mary Boland , Mary Beth Hughes, Virginia Grey, Hedda Hopper, Butterfly McQueen.

This, by far, is the greatest classic b i t c h film of all time. It can never be equaled. The beginning credits were cleverly done with each star being represented by an animal. Norma Shearer, the doe; the delicious Joan Crawford, a tiger; Roz Russell a cat; most delectable Paulette Goddard, a fox; Marjorie Main, a mule; Joan Fontaine, a lamb.

The scenario of this film is an adaptation of a play and it is clearly visible - and this is one of the strongest points of this film, as it makes it completely focused on witty, clever, fast, brilliant and sometimes pretty cruel dialog s. This is a long film - but believe me, you will not see the time pass! All actresses perform at the top of their abilities and they are a pleasure to watch.

Rosalind Russell

Paulette Goddard
Charlie Chaplin's ....(Luck, Son- of -a -Gun.)..... third marriage lasted from 1936 to 1942 and was to Paulette Goddard (1911-1990), the actress who appeared in Modern Times and The Great Director.

Norma Shearer as central character Mary
gives one of the best performances of her career in what would be one of her last films. No one could have been better as her nemesis than Joan Crawford's scheming salesgirl, Crystal Allen, all venom and ice. Crawford has one of her best roles as bitchy homewrecker.

Joan Crawford was the best !

Joan in a late silent film; she made the
transition to talkies successfully !

The 1945 film version of "Mildred Pierce" featured Ann Blyth and Joan Crawford in one of the most famous slap scenes in the history of Hollywood.

I have never scene this one ? Johnny Guitar is a 1954

Others received enhanced careers as a result of "The Women". Rosalind Russell had mostly played bland nice girls or the other woman but here she got to show a comic persona which became her signature for years to come. Joan Fontaine is sweet and innocent (her usual film persona) and Paulette Goddard is stunning as Rosalind Russell's nemesis.

Among-st the treasures of this film are a heavy drinking scene, my favorite was the cat-fight scene with Goddard and Russell ; bath scene with Crawford, and the last scene when all THE WOMEN go at it ; at the ball, sparks fly . It is hilarious, sweet, catty, b. i t c h y, heartfelt and one of the best acted ensemble pieces ever.

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Gambling Lady (1934)
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Pre-Code celebrates Hollywood films made from 1930 to 34, when the talkies were new and censorship was lax.

  • Claire Dodd, C. Aubrey Smith.

Not a bad romp through every cliche' in the mid-depression era: tough dame from the wrong side of the tracks, kind, sympathetic crooks, useless rich people, true love between unlikely lovers, a couple of romantic triangles, tacked-on murder mystery episode, etc. Also, Stanwyck starting to show big doses of the tough-as-nails but soft-hearted street-smart operator she perfected by the time of "The Lady Eve". As always, Barbara Stanwyck is utterly fascinating to watch, talented & lovely, Stanwyck's great forte was her utter believably in any role she undertook.
No blows are exchanged, but there are looks, yes sir , there are looks.
Claire Dodd
as the woman who was both scorned and desperately wants to scorn back .

Directed by Archie Mayo, Gambling Lady was, by Pre-Code standards, a tame romp into the zone where gambling syndicates and high society intersect. When an honest card sharp commits suicide rather than go crooked, his daughter Lady Lee (Stanwyck) steps into his place, winning great sums for herself (and her bosses) while keeping the game fair and square. But when handsome high society swain Garry (McCrea, looking about as good in a tuxedo as is humanly possible) steps into a game, she's smitten - not realizing that their ill-matched pairing between high and low society might be a sucker bet.

Stanwyck didn't think much of Mayo, "a rude, fat man" prone to pinching actresses' bottoms (she grabbed his arm the first - and presumably last - time he tried pinching hers). But the actress liked McCrea. He, in turn, marveled at her professionalism, and how, if a take was blown it was always because of his stumble, not hers. But she also gave him a frank lesson in professionalism the day he was absent from shooting stills of the cast. (It wasn't McCrea's fault - nobody told him about the shoot, especially the publicist who figured no one would miss an RKO actor on loan.) At lunch Stanwyck cornered McCrea. "Where the h e l l were you for stills?" When McCrea shrugged and said they didn't need him, Stanwyck gave him a tongue lashing. "I was in burlesque. We used to have to change our clothes on the train, and our makeup, and we couldn't take a bath and we lived out of a suitcase. You've grown up in California where you go to the beach on your days off and ride the waves, and you're a happy Southern Californian kid. Just get off your big fat a s s and get to work."

McCrea took her candid advice to heart, and he and Stanwyck became great friends during the filming of Gambling Lady.
Gambling Lady(1934) is definitely Art Deco in the decor and you also find Egyptian artifacts on the mantel and other places in the film These types of bric-a-brac were the rage in Hollywood at that time because of the opening of King Tut's tomb in the 1920s. You see many pieces of jewelry and statues, etc. in these 1930s films that link to the Egyptian craze back then. The clean lines of the Art Deco era are also evident in these films. Another excellent flick from one of the most undercelebrated actresses of the golden age of Hollywood.


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Triangle (2009)

F.T.V. Prime Video

My head hurt after watching this awesomeness.

Written and Directed by - Christopher Smith
Starring - Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman, Henry Nixon, Rachael Carpani, Emma Lung, Liam Hemsworth, Bryan Proberts

I'm not sure where to go with this review. The problem is that the movie was so good and adds enough of a twist to the idea that revealing anything about the movie would make me feel bad for ruining it.

I'll have to stick with the performances and cinematography of the film. Both aspects are very well done and Melissa George shines in her role. She plays Jess, a single mother of an autistic boy who is out for a day on the ocean with some friends. The rest of the cast do a great job as well but it's George who has center stage since the film really revolves around her. She slowly becomes more and more unhinged as the movie progresses and the group is put in more danger aboard the ocean liner.

The funny thing about Triangle is when you think it's over, it keeps hitting you with more crazy WTF. Suffice it to say Triangle is the one of those films that had me Wikipedia-ing, Googling and IMDB-ing after I saw it. I enjoyed the movie but wanted to understand it completely.

I like seeing those films that makes you think minutes, hours, days and months after you've seen it. Triangle does just that. It's definitely going to make my Top 10 List of 2019 watches. 9/10

31 days of Halloween Fright Films 2019

1. I Spit on Your Grave (1978) 8/10 (FTV)
2. Escape Room (2019) 8/10 (Cinema Showing) & Blu-Ray
3. Wrong Turn (2003) 7.8/10 (FTV)
4. Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009) 6/10 (FTV)
5. Frogs (1972) 7.5/10 (FTV)
6. Shakma (1990) 6.5/10 (FTV)
7. Midsommar (2019) 8.5/10 (Cinema Showing) & Blu-Ray
8. The Valley of Gwangi (1969) 8/10 (FTV)
9. Gorgo (1961) 7.5/10 (FTV)
10. Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011) 6.5/10 (FTV)
11. Wrong Turn:5 Bloodlines (2012) 5/10 (FTV)
13. Darling (2016) 8/10 (FTV)
14. The Neon Demon (2016) 8/10 (FTV)
15. The Silence (2019) 8/10 (FTV)
16. The Slumber Party Massacre (1981) 8/10 (FTV)
17. Revenge (2017) 8/10 (FTV)
18. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) F.T.V. (Cinema Showing) 8/10
19. BURN, WITCH, BURN (1962) 8/10 F.T.V
20. The City of the Dead (1960) 8.5/10
21. The Green Inferno (2013) (FTV) 8/10
22. Night of the Lepus (1972) (FTV) 8/10
23. Day of the Animals (1972) (FTV) 7/10
24. Triangle (2009) 9/10 (FTV)

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The Flying

First Time View

Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact a scientist as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

Special Effects master Ray Harryhausen 's realistic stop motion dynamation work here helps bring home this terrifying tale of flying saucers who visit earth. Far from kind or contemplative, these aliens are aggressive, scary and abduct humans to suck the knowledge out of their brains. The film is grounded in real world science too. Hold on to your hats the 'Differential analyser' yup... how cool is that name. It was one of the first advanced computing devices to be used operationally by NASA . A mechanical analogue computer. Great stuff.

This movie also has a lot of hardware scenes and it's grounded in a real world grittiness which lends a very grim non-campy movie style to the whole production. Harryhausen skillfully edits in actual Department of Defense combat footage that masterfully gives the film an ominous and threatening impression . Harryhausen also animated the falling masonry when saucers crash into various government buildings and monuments in order to make the action appear realistic. The man is just brilliant.

The film was released in black and white. However on the blu-ray using the angle button ( I have never used this feature before till this viewing) you may switch between colorized and glorious monochrome B&W. But this is not a Ted Turner controversy of colorizing against the original artistic intent .

Harryhausen was a principle decision maker on the movie, he wanted to shoot in color, but didn't have the budget. So when the opportunity to colorize it came about, he jumped at the chance, but made sure that colors were as originally intended, especially the flying saucers that were originally intended to be silver would end up silver on the colorized version instead of the yellow that the colorization artist would have colored them without Harryhausen's input. There were no major changes done to the content of the film.

I think this is one of the best of the early American horror science fiction films from Columbia Pictures it holds up very well. Hey, it was made in 1956--take it for when it came out and appreciate the grim fear of "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers." 8/10

🎃 October 31 days of Halloween viewing 🎃
1. Becky (2020) F.T.V. 9/10
2. Cat People (1982) F.T.V. 8/10
3. The Lodge (2019) F.T.V 9/10
4. Gretel & Hansel (2020) F.T.V. 7/10
5.Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987) 9/10
6. Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989) 8/10
7. The City of the Dead (1960) 8.5/10
8. The Grudge (2020) F.T.V. 6/10
9. Phase IV (1974) F.T.V. 8/10
10. The Hunt (2020) F.T.V. 9/10
11. The Blood on Satans Claw (1971) F.T.V 8/10
12. The Entity (1981) F.T.V. 9/10
13. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) 8/10

14. fear dot Com (2002) F.T.V. 8/10
15. The Turning (2020) F.T.V. 7/10
16. Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956) F.T.V 8/10

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Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)
TCM Noir Alley

A film noir every Saturday at Midnight & Sunday at 10am ET on TCM. Hosted by Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller.

Not only does it have Burt Lancaster and Joan Fontaine (what a pairing!) but it has one of the most exploitive titles in all of dark cinema!​

In the early moments of KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS, cultural misfit Bill Saunders (Burt Lancaster) digs his own grave during an aimless night when he slugs a London pub proprietor and kills him dead. In truth it is somewhat more complicated than that; the fallen man most likely did not die from the punch, but when his skull hit a fixture on the way to the bar room floor. Bill was upset to be sure, but he did not want to kill the man. No matter, as the stranger in town he is compelled to make a getaway attempt. He escapes by breaking into the always beautiful and innocent Joan Fontaine's, (top-billed) apartment. This completely random act, the moment of fate that propels so many crime stories into noir territory, always has major consequences for both parties. Bill desperately needs a place of respite, though he has done nothing to deserve one so far. Jane is a strait-laced nurse whose significant other (presumably) was killed during WWII. A lovely young woman, she likely could set her sights higher than a fugitive with a 6th-grade education. But when granted a clear opportunity to hand Bill to the Coppers , she keeps his forced presence in her apartment to herself. With that, an unlikely but engaging romance story is set in motion.

Later, despite misgivings about his violent nature, Jane becomes involved with Bill, who resolves to reform. In Noir fashion Melodrama ensues . Make no mistake this noir turns dark and brooding with a fantastic turn from Fontaine and Lancaster . 8/10
Joan Fontaine and Burt Lancaster in Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)

The brooding black-and-white cinematography lends impressive atmosphere to this film noir, filmed primarily on Universal sound stages with some location work added to the mix. His emphasis on foggy waterfront streets evokes a fatalistic environment.

The film touches on the topic of men facing post-war psychological challenges, but here it's mostly an excuse for the protagonist to lose his temper in which Lancaster really shines. Few actors contributed to the film noir movement with the same aggression as Burt Lancaster. Out of the gate, nine of his first ten acting credits were in the noir category: THE KILLERS (1946), BRUTE FORCE (1947), DESERT FURY (1947), I WALK ALONE (1947), ALL MY SONS (1948), SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (1948), KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS, CRISS CROSS (1949) and ROPE OF SAND (1949). Later he would star in the celebrated noir straggler SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957).
Lancaster performed as a circus acrobat in the 1930s. After serving in World War II, the 32-year-old Lancaster landed a role in a Broadway play and drew the attention of a Hollywood agent.


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Dark Crystal

4K /Blu-ray Combo
Mastered in real 4K (native 2160p) 4K-DI HDR: HDR10
Magnificent High fantasy , epic in nature of its setting; stature of its characters, themes, lore, & story.

This movie is legendary. absolutely a cult classic . The mere fact that Jim Henson created this entirely with puppets is ground breaking. He spent countless hours with his team to create the puppets, voice them, and act with them. That alone is reason enough to watch this masterpiece. Also, the intricate history behind the characters and landscape is amazing. Henson and his associates took so much time to create this movie (5 years) It was a true labor of love. 9/10

Jim Henson, Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, and Kathryn Mullen in The Dark Crystal (1982)

Frank Oz and Barry Dennen in The Dark Crystal (1982)

Frank Oz and Billie Whitelaw in The Dark Crystal (1982)

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

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Fantastic Voyage (1966)

Publication Art World Font Comic book

A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his bloodstream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter it.

I did notice some active hands as I watched that scene .

In Fantastic Voyage, where a miniaturized submarine goes into a human body, Raquel Welch is attacked by antibodies. Her team takes her back into the sub. To save her life, they start grabbing the antibodies off her.

Director Richard Fleischer said:

“To film that scene we had jelly-like goo sewed onto Rachel’s wetsuit. I positioned her on the floor with Stephen Boyd, Arthur Kennedy and Donald Pleasence kneeling over her. I called action and all three actors remained gentlemen. They grabbed everywhere on Raquel's body, except her bosom. It ended up looking like a Vegas showgirl’s rhinestone brassiere.

“It took 90 minutes to sew more antibodies on her wetsuit. I told the actors, ‘Now pull those damned things off her no matter where they are on her body.’ On action, they all dived for Rachel’s tits, grabbing handfuls of antibodies. They looked like a bunch of lustful scientists.

“I finally had to choreograph the shot more carefully on where they would grab. That simple shot took us six hours.”

You like Practical Effects !!! This film excels . No CGI here !
A visually, colorfully and powerfully designed film that is still absolutely worth seeing today. It even won two Oscars for visual effects and set design. The fact that the film is so successful and that it is anything but exaggerated is partly due to the fact that the filmmakers were advised by doctors and scientists. According to the state of knowledge at that time, thus this Film represent the inner organism of the human being well. With Amazing Practical Effects . As a viewer, you even get to know your own body a little better . And that makes the film even more interesting than it already is!

The big reveal is that the CMDF has the capability of shrinking any object ; living tissue included - down to a microscopic level. This is pure Sci-Fi Gold !!!
This notion is presented with the utmost sincerity which makes the drama of the situation so much more effective. The plotting is clever and original, while the imagery (particularly set designs) is exceptional !

Donald Pleasence in Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Pleasence is the highlight, immediately demonstrating the panic that would come with rapid reduction, claustrophobic conditions, and such an overall radically mind-blowing experience.


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Ball of Fire (1941)
This short is totally worth classic film lovers time to watch 7:00 about BARBARA STANWYCK
Greatest Actress Who Have Never Won an Oscar
1. Best Actress in a Leading Role - Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Lost to: Jane Wyman - Johnny Belinda (1948)

2. Best Actress in a Leading Role - Double Indemnity (1944) Lost to: Ingrid Bergman - Gaslight (1944)

3. Best Actress in a Leading Role - Ball of Fire (1941) Lost to: Joan Fontaine - Suspicion (1941)

4. Best Actress in a Leading Role - Stella Dallas (1937) Lost to: Luise Rainer - The Good Earth (1937)

Should have won for: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Stella Dallas (1937)

Should have been nominated for: The Lady Eve (1941)

Ball of Fire (1941)

Director : Howard Hawks. Screenwriters Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett. Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oscar Homolka, Dana Andrews, Dan Duryea, Sakall, Richard Haydn, Henry Travers, Tully Marshall, Gene Krupa.

The story is pretty silly (inspired by "Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs", really); A group of dorky professors are writing an encyclopedia, and English Professor Cooper decides he needs more information on Slang. In his quest for current jive talk he meets Barbara Stanwyck, as a too-lively singer/gang moll. She takes advantage of his invitation to discuss verbiage to use his ivory tower as a hideout, and moves in with the professors. She quickly decides to stay, then to have her way with Coop , and then falls....

Great screwball comedy with Cooper and Stanwyck in top form. Barbara Stanwyck is awe striking gorgeous for the part of Sugarpuss O'Shea. Shooting out words at a mile a minute and charming not only Cooper, but a whole cast of excellent character actors.

Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Haydn, Oskar Homolka, Leonid Kinskey, Tully Marshall, Aubrey Mather, S.Z. Sakall, and Henry Travers in Ball of Fire (1941)

Sugarpuss O'Shea is a typically strong Hawks female character who overwhelms the film's hero with her flamboyant manners. The name Sugarpuss suggests something that is alluring and sweet. The inspiration for the person of Sugarpuss O'Shea was Mistress of Bugsy Siegal, Virginia "Sugar" Hill. Sugarpuss O'Shea bar none is the most alluring female character in a Howard Hawks movie. The Kind of Woman Who Makes Entire Civilizations Topple.

Ball of Fire(1941) comprises of some fine cinematography by Gregg Toland. Watch for Gene Krupa an American jazz drummer, band leader and composer known for his energetic style and showmanship in the night club scene, leading his band in 'Drum Boogie' !!

The classic screwball comedy that was extremely popular during the decades of the 1930s and 1940s. Ball of Fire(1941) is part of Howard Hawks screwball comedy period when he contributed to the sub genre with comical and witty portrayals of everyday life. Lighthearted and sentimental romantic comedy that belongs to an era when films were done a certain way. Ball of Fire(1941) puts smiles on faces with priceless moments of laughter.


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Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
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Ruth Roman and Richard Todd in Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
Sent to a dude ranch in the west to recover her health, a New York actress falls in love with a ranch owner recently acquitted of the murder of his wife.
Famed director King Vidor tried to tackle film noir with Lightning Strikes Twice... hard-boiled noir? No chance. This is a melodrama wearing noir clothes. Still Ruth Roman turns in a quite ridiculous but entertaining melodramatic performance. Ruth Roman steals every scene she's in, it's hard not to appreciate a supporting cast made up of the likes of , Mercedes McCambridge, Kathryn Givey , all fairly recognizable in their own right. This is a well acted film, and while Roman and Richard Todd (Playing the role as though he were one of the overtaken humanoids in Invasion of the Body Snatcher) do the bulk of the heavy lifting as far as the cast is concerned, the supporting players really go a long way to rounding things out pretty much perfectly.
The one that stands out most is Mercedes McCambridge as Liza the dude ranch proprietor. When Liza first comes on the scene you are immediately struck by her presence. She has this almost crazed look to her face along with her unnerving high-pitched voice. As soon as I saw the opening credits roll and I saw Mercedes McCambridge in a role I knew this film would be interesting. I remember Mercedes McCambridge who provided the voice of the demon Pazuzu in The Exorcist (1973)

How Mercedes McCambridge created the SCARIEST voice in cinema history and her SAD real life story!

Richard Trevelyan (Richard Todd) was convicted of murdering his wife, given an 11th-hour Death Row reprieve and freed under unusual circumstances after retrial. But his past does not matter to Shelley Carnes (Ruth Roman), an actress visiting the Texas ranchland that Richard calls home. She's fallen in love with him. But after she becomes the second Mrs. Trevelyan, Shelley is beset by doubts and fear.

Richly atmospheric mix of mystery, romance and murder sparked by a luminous cast. It's a decent murder mystery with a compelling enough storyline made more interesting by the incredibly photogenic presence of the lovely Ruth Roman.

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(remastered widescreen edition) [Blu-ray]

The stars of the show are the "killer animals"....

Directed by William Girdler
Writer: William Norton
Stars: Christopher George (Steve Buckner), Leslie Nielsen (Paul Jensen), Lynda Day George (Terry Marsh), Michael Ansara (Daniel Santee), Richard Jaeckel (Professor Taylor), Jon Cedar (Frank Young), Paul Mantee (Roy Moore), Walter Barnes (Ranger Tucker), Andrew Stevens (Bob Denning), Ruth Roman (Shirley Goodwyn)

"Day of the Animals" manages to pull off some truly fine sequences of eco-horror with the animals wrangled including a group of vultures, rats, wolves, snakes, dogs and an encore by an attacking grizzly.

What could arguably be the most memorable part in the entire picture would be the scene stealing performance by Leslie Nielsen ( Paul). Paul's a bully, a racist, and worst of all, an advertising executive. Nielsen is a jerk through the whole thing...verbally attacking everyone. He ends up fighting a bear...yep, Leslie Nielsen versus a bear. Its a riot.

The reason for the animal attack is a bit vague and undefined but bottom line is humans are destroying the world and the world is fighting back. The creators of the film took the ozone study and ran with it...it is nothing new, but everything combined with the over-the-top Leslie Nielsen makes the movie watchable, laughable, and so-bad-it-is-good.

Day of the Animals is definitely a B-movie, but it's a very entertaining and viewer-friendly one for fans of the eco-revenge horror films. Anyone who enjoyed "Frogs" or "Night of the Lepus" will definitely get a kick out of this film. "Day of the Animals" is a taut, sometimes suspenseful eco-revenge picture for nostalgic horror fans.


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