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La coda dello scorpione/ The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971)

 

Director: Sergio Martino

Starring: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza,Ida Galli.  Italy. 1h 33m

Martino’s The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail is an engrossing Giallo film but strangely it focuses more on the investigation than outlandish slayings. A woman,  Lisa (Galli)  inherits a massive fortune when her husband dies in a freak accident which results in his plane blowing up mid-flight, she leaves her lovers embrace and collects her money. Close on her heels is the suave and seductive an agent Peter Lynch (Hamilton) sent by the insurance company, checking to see if she had anything to do with the freak accident. They become close as a mysterious stalker starts slaughtering the people around Lisa including her husband’s bit on the side who also wants a cut of the fortune, their marriage of convenience is nothing of the sorts now, with a deluge of lovers and mysterious people entering the frame it’s a total nightmare to work out who the culprit might be, but the local police look clueless and are unable to offer answers or protection, Lynch eventually falls for and investigates the murder with an ambitious anchor woman, Cléo Dupont (Strindberg). A small heirloom holds the key to identifying the deranged killer but will the lovers find the answer before it’s too late. Continue reading La coda dello scorpione/ The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971)

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La Weekend August 1

 

District 9 (2009) – I was flabbergasted when I realised just how much this film was hated, I got my copy for free when I asked if anyone has seen it, people were giving it away.. so I was a bit dubious about watching it, but I was hooked within seconds.. it’s a mockumentary look at a group of alien (workers) who have go stuck in South Africa. The effects are brilliant, both the alien technology and “Prons” design look and “feel” impressive. Obviously the setting is key, the messages are deep an poignant. The film is elevated by the amazing and life changing performance from ?? who plays Vikers he goes through every emotion and reacts in non Hollywood’s way, giving a more interesting and diverse story. Personally I find it so attuned and turned on, I was really hoping for a sequel, but I guess I’ll have to sit quite tight. [REVIEW]10/10 Continue reading La Weekend August 1

Last Night’s Movies 25.07.2017

 

I got new art supplies so while I was tinkering with those I managed pull out a few golden oldies but then when I realised a new DVD was pretty short I crammed in one priceless Giallo too!

Bullitt (1968) –  I remember watching my mother get all excited about Bullitt, she’s a huge fan of Steve McQueen and as a kid I didn’t know why but i’ve been converted, I brought Bullitt a few years back and was totally blown away by it time and time again, I’ve had a passion for retro/vintage cars and while I’ve always adored Mercury Lead Sleds I finally caved in and I want a Dodge now.. But the film is quite strange, famed for being “that car film” there’s a lot of crime thriller going on as well. McQueen plays a toughen San Francisco cop who is out for blood, his target is a local king pin who has killed a witness who was left in his care. McQueen’s need for speed sparked him to insist on doing all the car chases and he made a point to keep his head near or out of the window in all the scenes to the audience that it was him at all times… damn I love car chases!! 9/10 Continue reading Last Night’s Movies 25.07.2017

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Director: Abel Ferrara.
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy, Frankie Acciarito, Peggy Gormley, Victor Argo, . USA. 1h 36m.

The 90’s were the golden revival era of disturbing films, and while this isn’t your average cop film, it is a brilliant cop drama but the main character is so massively flawed that you often forget that he’s supposed to be the good guy.

Harvey Keitel plays the ultimate asshole of a cop LT, who shambles about the city, taking drugs, pulling over and intimidating young girls, he’s a mess, stealing drugs from crime scenes and on the odd occasion babysitting his kids and racking up huge gambling debts. Continue reading Bad Lieutenant (1992)

36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)

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Director: Olivier Marchal .
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, André Dussollier, Francis Renaud . France. 1h 51m.

I‘ve not covered a lot of French Cinema on my blog to date and I find this distressing and I’ll have to break this pattern as I watch a lot of French films, but for me some of the outstanding works of modern times are these slick and intelligent crime thrillers. For me this film is an excellent example of how to pay homage to a great director and film without pissing away the energy of a superb story and idea. Continue reading 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)

Near Dark (1987)

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Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton. Janette Goldstein, Joshua John Miller. USA. 1h 34m.

Famed for being one of the few vampire flicks never to mention vampires, Near Dark is more than just your average vampire flick, it’s a dusty road trip from hell with some ancient and amusing characters who just happen to drink blood. Strangely his romantic horror is never really all that scary but is serious enough to unleash some tough alternative ideas into the vampire genre, but between the hard luck story, the power struggles and the endless road there’s a hint of comedy albeit it dark and some iconic vamps emerge forever etched in our memories.

There is no doubt that this film comes from the south, everything about it drips gravy and biscuits. Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) is a young farmer’s son, who meets a beautiful drifter Mae (Jenny Wright) who changes his life after she bites him and he’s forced to join a nomadic group of vampires who are quite happy slaying their way across America. Continue reading Near Dark (1987)

Last Nights Movies 14-05-13

JOHNNY MNEUMONIC (Science Fiction, Action, Cyberpunk 1995) D: Robert Longo W: William Gibson 1h 43m. USA

TAGLINE: The futures most wanted fugitive.

A data courier, carrying a data package literally in side his head to large to hold for long, must deliver before he dies. OK Straight up I’ve never liked this movie, my best advice is to read the short story, there is much more going on, better characters and a more memorable ending. On the plus side this movie boasts a great cast including Ice-T and Henry Rollins (how musical) and the best performance Dolph has given to date. I feel that Beat Takeshi was thrown in as everyone associates cyberpunk with japan. Lets face it, anything taken from a short story can’t be written into a majorly long film, it fails most of the time, The Box (2009) and Screamers(1995) could have been pretty short films and not have lost any impact. So Johnny (Keanu) is a yuppie on the run with data that can change the world in his head, the Yuppie has to go and dwell with the street low lives in order to try and achieve his mission and to stay alive. The only problem is Keanu at his scariest is like a Care Bare with boxing gloves, I could have preferred to see Rollins punch his light out early on in the film and saved this day himself and all in under 1 hour. This movie could have has a memorable soundtrack but it sucks ass too. Q: “and it’s still our first date” R: Fortress(1992), Hackers(1995), Blade Runner (1982)

FOOTBALL FACTORY (Sport, crime, action 2004) D: Nick Lowe W: John King 1h 31m UK

TAGLINE : What else are you gonna do on a Saturday.

The football factory is more than just a study of the English obsession with football violence, its about men looking for armies to join. I’m expecting Danny Dyers face to bleed, an Indie Britpop OST, violence and the word c*nt. BINGO! I’m not saying this movie is totally predictable,it does deliver a few additional qualities that I really enjoyed among the usual football hooligan story. There is a powerful mini story with Bill, Dudley Sutton’s character, the movie boasts that it’s not all about football hooliganism but about men fighting a war, then you have Bill who has fought for his country in a war and is confronted by idiots who hold fascist views thinking they are on the same par as him. They don’t realise that they are the people ole Bill was fighting against. He sums it up in one quote “I don’t like him, I fought in the war against fascist views like his.” This helps demonstrate how pathetic and unaware the youth are today. Danny dyer has a few prophetic dreams during the course of the movie which reminds me of the ones similar to Valhalla Rising (2009). And surprisingly the most unsuspecting character has the noblest speech!

Q: “Oh, we have a few vans out on jobs most of the time. Yeah, sure it’s always busier in the summer, of course. Nothing like a soaring temperature to help the work, you know what I mean? Anyway, most of the time I just sit around the office waiting for the weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I love the money the job pays. But my real passion lies in kicking people’s f*cking heads in at football. See, I got to channel it somewhere. As you can probably tell by my bulging stomach, I don’t participate in too many sporting activities. And I don’t do drugs. Well, that’s not entirely true, but not a lot. So I got to have my release in something, and a good fu*king fight seems like the best way. Wouldn’t you agree? Maybe not. At least I wouldn’t be walking around like you lot, fucking horrible cunts with sticks shoved up you’re a*ses trying to pretend your little suburban nightmare’s all right. Then again, I suppose it just depends which way you look at it.”

It’s not my all time favourite football hooligan movie but I did enjoy it. the little caption adverts that speak directly to Danny Dyer and the ending which details what the characters did after the film were quite entertaining.

R: Cass(2008), Green Street (2005), Rise of the white collar hooligan (2012), Awaydays (2009), This is England (2006), Rise of the Foot soldier