After watching director Sydney Pollack awesome film The Yakuza I searched for projects of his I may of missed and Castle Keep from 1969 is what I found. A World War Two movie with a big twist, that twist is, (no spoilers) it’s completely batty and totally off it’s shopping trolley. It also stars the legend Burt Lancaster playing the warmongering one eyed Major Abraham Falconer. Continue reading “Castle Keep (1969) Surreal WW2 Fairy Tale With Burt Lancaster & A Bunch Of Sweet Ladies.”
Bonkers brilliant B-movie, Cold War, end of the world bonanza with sassy jazz jive and bad boy beatniks. Oh how much did I enjoy this crazy panic in the Year Zero.
Tagline – AN ORGY OF LOOTING AND LUST… “A” – DAY WHEN CIVILIZATION CAME TO AN END!
Continue reading “Panic in Year Zero! (1962) End Of The World, Jazz Jive and Beatnik Baddies”
Any teenager growing up with a local video rental store near them during the 1980’s would of seen the shelves over filled with VHS cassette covers from the likes of Hong Kong promising non-stop action packed high adrenaline filled martial arts. Relentless Kung Fu fighting, crazy acrobatics and a barrel load of slap stick comedy. They never failed in bringing deep joy and wide opened, jaw hitting the floor shock as stunt men flew through the air smashing into all manner of bone crushing solid wall or concrete structure or propelled head first out of a bus window at full speed. These guys were incredible and we just couldn’t get enough of them. Continue reading “Eastern Condors (1987) Sammo Hung & The Hong Kong Dirty Dozen”
The right honourable Flight Lieutenant Singh (Julian Sherrier) is not content with being a crack shot fighter bomber pilot with an awesome dashing mustache and a proper gentlemen to all the ladies. This valiant Sikh is part of 633 Squadron, a courageous band of brothers, tasked with a mission to take out a German V-2 rocket fuel plant built in Norway. A truly suicidal mission but this is the stuff these boys from Royal Air Force’s No. 633 Squadron are made for.
Continue reading “633 Squadron (1964) Flight Lieutenant Singh Attacks The Death Star”
I’m not sure what is worse? The absolute devastation and total armageddon carnage or folk singer Roger Whittaker singing the theme tune? Hehe I only jest as I’m actually quite liking the cheesy ditty with it’s strings, flute and Rogers deep vocal tones singing of pure doom. Continue reading “No Blade of Grass (1970) British Eco Disaster Savagery”
Just as I was about to start this film, in teleported Governor Saroyan. He appeared in my lair wearing his usual get up, that silly pimped up egg shell thing on his head. He’s a funny ole fellow, reminds me of that wonderful British actor Roddy McDowall.
Now Governor Saroyan is perfectly charming but has an erratic nature, until that is, he hits the old sauce which calms him right down. The Gov Saro has a big obsession for sweet peach snaps and drinks nothing else, lucky he always brings his own as I won’t touch the evil stuff. Once he’s half cut and merry, he likes nothing more than telling tall tales and dribbling about some girl called Colonel Wilma Deering he once met. After a while he quiets on down, I reach for the bourbon and start the movie. And what a movie it is…… Continue reading “Ikarie XB 1 (1963) Voyage to the End of the Universe”
Stanley Baker plays Paul Clifton, a man with a plan. An ultra-careful plan he painstakingly put together, every angle researched to perfection, no stone unturned. This plan is rock solid, no way the rozzers going to get wind of this plan. Hey! by the time the old bill get wind of this job we are going to be high and dry and fancy free. Ain’t nothing that could go wrong!
Tagline – Who says crime doesn’t pay? 3 Million pounds says it does!
Continue reading “Robbery (1967) The Great Train Robbery”
The award this month for the most silliest plot taken extremely seriously goes to The Final Countdown. Not a tongue in cheek to be seen. What can be seen though is an incredible array of military fire power. This film is a war machine fanatics dream, quite simply this is a giant Cold War, mines bigger than yours, show off exhibition. If you love jets of all sizes firing off from an aircraft carrier, you gonna love this film.
Tagline – Nothing in the world can prepare you for .. Continue reading “The Final Countdown (1980) Pearl Harbor Revisited”
Here’s a super smashing punching sweating panting tension filled film noir boxing drama starring Robert Ryan as the aging human punch bag, Bill “Stoker” Thompson. What a film The Set-Up turned out to be and it popped my 40’s cherry on this here blog. Continue reading “The Set-Up (1949) Robert “Rocky” Ryan”
With an opening credit scene of you sat in the back of a police car driving down the bright lights big city streets looking like the beginning of Police Squad/The Naked Gun. Well apart from you don’t drive down a bowling alley or move your way through the birthing canal into the hands of a midwife! Continue reading “Hell Is A City (1960) Green Fingered In Manchester”