Violent Saturday (1955) What! Film Noir in Technicolour? Plus Victor Mature Movies?

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I know there must be hundreds of noir thrillers in colour but still it felt weird not having the smokey dark backlit, black and white photography that goes so well with the genre. The thing that hits you right from the start of Violent Saturday is the simply gorgeous colour print. I read that at the time of filming it was one of the cheapest movies made using the CinemaScope wide-angle lens and the De Luxe colour print, it really shows. The photography brings out the beautiful deep bright hues in abundance.  I wasn’t expecting it, as all I had seen before hand was black and white stills from the picture.

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Basic outline of plot goes as this. Three dodgy looking men arrive in the small mining town of Bradenville with their eye on the local bank. Harper (Stephen McNally) is the charismatic leader, Dill (Lee Marvin) is the younger drug snorting addict with psychotic tendencies and Chapman (J Carrol Naish) is the almost lovable experienced older figure. The three hang around town staking out the joint.

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During this time we see small stories appear from different residents of the town, all with differing troubles within their lives. Shelley Martin (Victor Mature) a good honest man but wishes for his son to be proud of him. There’s Boyd Fairchild (Richard Egan) and Emily Fairchild (Margaret Hayes) struggling with their marriage. There’s a beautiful nurse who’s on everyone’s minds called Linda Sherman (Virginia Leith) plus broke librarian Elsie (Sylvia Sidney).

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Then to really mix things right up you get a peeping tom stalker in the form of the bank manager (Tommy Noonan) and saving the best to last, I was so happy when I worked out who the big framed man with large beard was, it’s was none other than Ernest Borgnine playing an Amish Farmer, I kid you not.

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Director Richard Fleischer who made 10 Rillington Place, Soylent Green and the Bronson smasher Mr Majestyk to name just a few, works his magic perfectly in this film. Slowly edging the drama to it’s big finale and brings the V in the violent to a crashing crescendo. When it hits, it hits hard.

Taglines – The day all Hell broke loose….

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I read a few critics at the time noted the extreme violence and undercurrent sexy vibe going on. In today’s standards it’s not that bad but it’s undeniably powerful and still packs quite the punch I felt. If you haven’t seen it before I really rated it. Or if you’ve seen it, what were your thoughts on the movie?

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I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen Victor Mature before in a film or at least I hadn’t realised it was him. He was most excellent in Violent Saturday, is there any films of his I should look out for? Please feel free to let me know.

Thanks for popping on by. Keep on having fun finding new films to watch. Catch you soon. Mikey Wolfman.

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What’s Been Watched This Month – November 2017

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I do like a list, hope you do too! Here’s what has been watched in November 2017.

I just had to binge-watch two Netflix series this month but somehow I still managed 20 films. First to hit the daily watch was Stranger Things 2 and I so loved watching it with my daughter. Great having the characters back, jumping around and looking out for all those classic 80’s references.

Then along came Frank Castle and I had to watch him go full berserk in Marvel’s The PunisherJon Bernthal was a perfect choice for Frank the die hard. Man this series was ultra brutal though! but it was excellent.

I dipped my foot into Mindhunters, my brain couldn’t take the darkness just before bedtime, so I’ve put that one on the backburner for now. Looks very good though and will be revisiting soon.

That’s the TV stuff out the way, now on to the good stuff.

20 films this month and a total of 242 since the start of the blog in January.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 8.2
So excited and worried at the same time when I heard the wonderful New Zealander Taika Waititi was dropping his small independent homegrown to create his vision on this megabucks production for Marvel. I need not have worried as he pulls off a visual wonder with his on own stamp fully applied. The bright 80’s inspired off worlds and quirky touches were great. I really enjoyed it but it did have it issues. Oh and we all want a Korg and his sidekick Miek film immediately, thank you.

Alphaville (1965) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Oh this 60’s French science fiction mind wobble from director Jean-Luc Godard hits all the right places for this here Mikey Wolfman. Loved it. Wolfie write up here 

The Black Hole (1979) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 5.9
One of my childhood favs. Still love it as much. I wanna give it 10/10 but I know I can’t hehe but come on people 5.9/10!! Seriously! 🙂 Wolfie write up here

Three Days of the Condor (1975) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Sydney Pollack directs Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway in this superb taunt Cold War thriller. Two big stand outs are Max Von Sydow, who steals every scene he’s in and the amazing theme tune from Dave Grusin. I had seen this before but enjoyed it so much this time round.

Le Doulos (1963) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.9
Yeah I might be late to the game but man how much am I enjoying discovering Jean-Pierre Melville work. Wolfie write up here.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Yep holds head in shame, I had never properly seen this before, just classic clips. Humphrey Bogart brings all his charisma to Sam Spade in this legendary picture from John Huston.

Accident (1967) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker drink and banter over princess Jacqueline Sassard and a young Michael York in the Harold Pinter written film directed by Joseph Losey. Wish I had time to do a post on this one. The opening scene had me mesmerised. Maybe one day.

The Young Lions (1958) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
You don’t know how much I wanted to love this film from Edward Dmytryk. Just sounded perfect and every part of the story with Marlon Brando was perfect. I just wish they had concentrated on his story because imho the Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin stories were weak in comparison and took away from the real drama of Brando coming to terms with countries war actions. Just my opinion but at least 30 minutes could’ve been cut of this film.

The League of Gentlemen (1960) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.5
Oh what fun this film is. I would so love to do a post on this one but unfortunately I can’t do them all. Basil Dearden brings together another superb film in such a delightful way. So quintessentially British and having Jack Hawkins and Nigel Patrick heading the teams of old military veteran misfits using all their different skills to perform a bank job is just perfect. Very recommended.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 7.7
This was my second viewing of this, this time with all the family for the Saturday night film, food and family night. It’s a whole heap of fun taking it’s comic book origins and placing them perfectly on the big scene. My god that church scene is still a shocker! We haven’t seen the sequel yet.

Strangers on a Train (1951) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 8
Another reason I love doing this blog is to find new films but also to fill in the blanks I have missed over the years. Catching up on classics I haven’t seen is so rewarding. Luckily I have a fair few Alfred Hitchcock films to see so I’m in bonafide classic after classic heaven. Robert Walker is deviously delightful. Very recommended if like me you are late to the party.

The Slender Thread (1965) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 7.1
Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft totally break your heart in this absorbing first rate drama. It got me hook, line and sinker. Perfect film from Sydney Pollack. Wolfie write up here.

Pit and the Pendulum (1961) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.1
I had seen it many years back after returning home rather worse for wear after a night on the town. So it was perfect on a rare day off work to see it was on Netflix. Oh what joy seeing all the many faces of the wonderful Vincent Price hamming it up to full effect. Director Roger Corman brings a great charm to this sixteenth century horror mystery.

Private Hell 36 (1954) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.7
A great paced crime noir from legendary director Don Siegel. Written and starring Ida Lupino alongside Steve Cochran and Howard Duff. Wolfie write up here.

Criss Cross (1949) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 7.6
Been working my way through the Burt Lancaster back catalogue this year, which brings me too this short, sharp film noir drama of his. He plays a banks armored truck driver on a heist with a gangster. Both are in a love triangle with the slightly loopy but very beautiful Yvonne De Carlo. Work tracking down if you haven’t seen it.

Out of the Blue (1980) – Wolfman Rating 6.5 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Yep depressing stuff is afoot in this drama and a half from director, star Dennis Hopper . Wolfie write up here.

Hennessy (1975) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.1
A bit of a rare little gem this IRA bomb plot inspired drama disaster movie starring Rod Steiger. More so with the controversy that surrounded it back on it’s release. Wolfie write up here.

Trouble Man (1972) – Wolfman Rating 8 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Up there with Superfly and Shaft but they don’t have Marvin Gaye on soundtrack duties. Check the wolfie write up here if you fancy it.

Games (1967) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.7
Mystery and shenanigans in this twisty tale. Wolfies write up here.

Justice League (2017) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7.2
Best thing by far was father and son time at the cinema, so that made it better. I went in with absolutely zero expectations after the cluster fucks of BVS and Suicide Squad but came out thinking that it was actually pretty good fun. Yeah it was a mess with yet another weak CGI baddie but there are some truly great set pieces with the best being the Amazon women battle. It might be getting a trashing but it’s really not that bad. Just sitting their watching Gal Gadot is perfect enough for me though, damn that girl is beautiful.

It was yet another fun month, any goodies in there you have seen and liked? Thoughts, recommends etc always welcome.

Getting so close to the magic 250 films I wanted to see this year. To be honest I’ve already hit it but what films were seen in December? Tune in next month.

Take it easy…. The Wolfster

Black Moon Rising (1986) Supercar, Sarah Connor and Tommy Lee Jones In 80’s Nonsense.

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Only have myself to blame for this prime piece of stinky stilton! Wow what a turkey. Whilst being faced with a monster hangover on Saturday I knew I needed a distraction. What better way could help than a cheesy 80’s action film, preferably one I hadn’t seen before. With a quick search, I noticed the intriguing title of Black Moon Rising.

Tagline – From the mind of John Carpenter comes the towering adventure that thunders across Los Angeles and explodes 30 stories above it!

Actually got quite excited when I learnt that John Carpenter had not only produced it but wrote the story and screenplay too. Nope, unfortunately this film is super wack but hey it whiled away an hour and half of my time and quite frankly I felt a lot better after it finished. I don’t do spoilers usually but pleased be warned I don’t mind on this one.

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Tommy Lee Jones takes the action star lead role as ex-thief Sam Quint, hired by dodgy looking FBI agents lead by Hightower Bubba Smith, to steal a computer disk filled with incriminating evidence from Robert Vaughn. No way Robert is going to be the bad guy is there! Well he plays Ed Ryland, a super rich weirdo who’s surveillance obsessed and gets a kink out of a touch of voyeurism whilst he keeps himself locked down in one of his two skyscraper blocks surrounded by his men.

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Mixed up with Ed Ryland is Linda Hamilton playing Nina, a tough ex street kid and car specialist. What with some ridiculous story idea involving Sam Quint happening across a super powered prototype car called Black Moon and hiding the stolen computer disk inside the car. Which in tow leads us to Nina and her team of no goods robbing the super car and taking it to Ryland.

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Sam also has, hot on his tail, a psychotic baddie ex thief lunatic with a funny face called Marvin Ringer played by real life punk rocker Lee Ving. Marvin is a nasty piece of work and with his pals, he is determined to give Sam a beating and recover the computer disk by whatever means necessary.

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Wanting to help out get their car back is the Nasa inventor Earl Windom (Richard Jaeckel) his annoying driver Billy (Dan Shor) and their deaf and mute friend Tyke (William Sanderson) but who needs help when Sam can do it all alone!

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Tommy Lee Jones gets to have a sex scene with Sarah Connor, twice! Take a horrific bloody beating by Marvin and his two thugs, does a high-wire walk across two towers like Philippe Petit and his World Trade Center stunt. Then abseil down air-vents and elevator shafts. Have another big brawl with Marvin, steal car back with Nina and then turbo boost at over 300 miles an hour through the top floor window of one tower block smashing through the glass of the other. All with the special skill of looking as old as he does now, 30 plus years ago!

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The Black Moon car used is a copy of a 1980 Wingho Concordia II designed by Canadians Bernard Beaujardins and Clyde Kwok and yeah it might look really cheap, made of cardboard and wobbling all over the place, it still manages to outshine everyone in this film. Hehe.

Joking aside it did help with the hangover and to be honest with my ribbing it’s not really that bad. So if you fancy it, go get a trolley filled with booze and settle in for the night. Thanks for reading and good night. Wolfie x

Trouble Man (1972) Only Marvin Gaye Can Mess With Mister T + Weirdly Star Trek!

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Trouble Man actor Robert Hooks is just so damn cool that surely he’s playing our hero Mister T as himself. A man brimming with charisma and super fine suits, a beautiful apartment building filled with 70’s chic and the best stereo system equipment that money can buy. His girl Cleo (Paula Kelly) is sweet and loving and will do anything for her man and T repays her with his deep respect and love. Yeah there might be other ladies but hey, Cleo is his girl.

Miscellaneous honey – “When am I gonna see you again baby?”
Mr T – “I’m gonna have to think about that girl!”

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Games (1967) Where the Normal is Not and the Bizarre Is….

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Imagine if Hammer House Of Horror Studio’s somehow managed to have a baby with Andy Warhol. Then throw in some surrealism, abstract art, spooky imagines and some horror. What might emerge on the other side is something resembling the wackiness of this film called Games.

Taglines – Passion wears a mask of terror in this strangest of all games!

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Hennessy (1975) IRA Bomb Plot, Action Star The Queen, Charles Bronson & Mega Force One (1974)

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Here’s a summary of the events leading up to the controversy on the Rod Steiger film Hennessy in 1975 with it’s IRA bomb plot involving British Parliament and The Royal Family.

Taglines – The Most Intensive Manhunt Ever Mounted!

After causing a major upset in the Charles Bronson action packed thriller “Mega Force One” in 1974 when Her Majesty The Queen had bumped his wife Jill Ireland off the project and taken top billing over Bronson. It’s wasn’t a good start for these two stars but differences were put aside for the success of the movie. Continue reading “Hennessy (1975) IRA Bomb Plot, Action Star The Queen, Charles Bronson & Mega Force One (1974)”

Private Hell 36 (1954) Dirty Harry & Super Woman Ida Lupino

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“A policeman, unlike most men, lives close to evil and violence. He can, like all men make his own private hell. The good pass through it with minor burns, the evil stumble and fall and die in strange places”

Private Hell 36 is the story of two top LA detectives investigating a series of stolen marked $50 dollar bills which keep popping up across the city. Cal Bruner (Steve Cochran) and Jack Farnham (Howard Duff) aren’t just two tough cops, they are also close friends, each has got the others back. Surely nothing can get in the way of this close bond? Continue reading “Private Hell 36 (1954) Dirty Harry & Super Woman Ida Lupino”

Le Doulos (1963) Snitches Stitches Safe-crackers and Sombreros!

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Well maybe not Sombreros but I couldn’t think of a hat that began with S other than a Stetson and Sombreros are way more sillier. Especially if you can imagine they all did wear sombreros, it would really cut through the fog thick tension in this excellent thriller. Le Doulos is a rough old time French translation for “hat” and the hat of choice for these Parisian gangsters is the Fedora. Another translation for this is also “informer” and maybe that snitch also wears a hat! And considering most these gangsters wear a hat, who could be the finger man, the informer?

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The Black Hole (1979) Mad Scientist, Robots & Heaven & Hell In Space

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Revisited a childhood favourite of mine recently, a science fiction film that has embedded itself on me like some cosmic radiation. Whenever I see mention of it I feel a pull not unlike that of a black hole drawing me in for a viewing. This time it was courtesy of fellow film blogger Mr. Bobinsky who posted some beautiful inspired artwork. That was all I needed and off I went again on another journey.

Tagline – You can’t escape the most powerful force in the universe.

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Out of the Blue (1980) Dennis Hopper & The Working Of A Post

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I try to read as little as possible when searching for a new film to watch. I like to see the movie poster, find out the director, give the cast a quick scan, a quick glance at the IMdB score (a healthy 7.2) and maybe a quote of the plot.

“A quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene”.

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