Saturday, October 5, 2019
Format: Amazon Streaming
I am well aware of the hurricane force that is Bette Davis, but for whatever reason, I don't wind up taking enough advantage of her expansive filmography. Sometimes I feel genuine guilt in regards to this deficiency, and - as this Davis-induced-remorse had occurred once again recently - I decided to remedy the issue by force-marching Jamie through a 90 minute movie that, frankly, I knew nothing about.
A prestige picture of sorts from pre-war Warner Bros., The Letter (1940) makes not just for an interesting time capsule, but a fascinating melodrama and noir, punctuated by Davis' terrific performance. With a script based upon a 1927 play (and previously made into a movie during the silent era), the material of the film is well honed, a tight, taught narrative with a number of fascinating characters and smart dialog.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Watched: 09/01/2019, 09/02/2019
Format: Amazon Streaming/ DVD
Ryan and SimonUK bite into two vampire movies with two very different takes, both landing in the go-go Mid-80's! One is a cult classic for horror fans, about horror fans! The other, a less known film starring artist Grace Jones as an exotic nosferatu. We take a look at what works and what sucks as these films return from the dead to give us a thrill and a chill!
Fright Night - J. Geils Band, Fright Night OST
Vamp Theme/ Seduction Surrender Longing Fix - Grace Jones, Vamp OST
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
Look. They can't all be winners. And, frankly, whatever draw George Raft had at one point as a huge movie star, I just... do not get.
The pieces are there for a solid noir film, but every scene feels like it's the second take after maybe three run-throughs. Raft is wooden in the best of circumstances, but he sort of sets the tone for everyone else, bringing down the energy around near everyone but Queenie Smith, whom Raft seems to just sit back and enjoy during their shared scenes.
The movie follows the investigation of the suicide of a well-known song composer who also happens to go through women like they're on a conveyor belt coming to his door, not bothering to learn their names and calling them all "Dolores" (which never gets resolution or meaning in the film). Raft plays the milk-drinking cop who becomes obsessed with the idea the guy was plugged. Lynn Bari plays the dame who maybe did it. Who, for reasons that are not at all clear, Raft decides he's fallen for.
The titular "Nocturne" is a song written by the composer, left unfinished when he died.
That's it. That's the movie. Raft running around questioning people, fighting improbably with his own bosses, and having his mom do all the real detective work.
Sure, the movie looks good - RKO knew who to put behind the camera (Harry J. Wild was no slouch in my book), and there's a good idea in there somewhere about a good cop who doesn't think a suicide is just that and wants to investigate it for murder. But at the end of the day, we don't know much about the victim, we know less about the cop's dogged motivation, and the movie tips its hand as to what's happening at the 30 minute mark. Honestly - that's just strange.
I really, really did not like this movie, so I think I will stop writing about it now.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
PODCAST - Halloween Watch: "An American Werewolf in London" (1981)/ "Ginger Snaps" (2000) w/ SimonUK and Ryan
Format: BluRay/ DVD
Viewing: unknown/ First
Decade: 1980's/ 2000's
It's Halloween 2019! SimonUK and Ryan kick off the spooky season with a pair of scare-tacular films about coming to grips with change. And, of course, discovering you're now kinda undead and become a blood-thirsty kill-machine when the moon is particular round. We talk new-classic An American Werewolf in London (1981) and horror-icon-contender Ginger Snaps (2000).
The Haunting Main Theme - Henry Searle
An American Werewolf in London Suite - Elmer Bernstein, An American Werewolf in London OST
Bad Moon Rising - CCR, man, Green River
Halloween 2019 Playlist
Last Year's Halloween episodes: