The Hitch-Hiker (1953) The First Lady of Film Noir?

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Way before Rutger Hauer hung around quiet highways waiting for his prey there was another deranged psycho itching to terrorize innocent good Samaritans. Continue reading “The Hitch-Hiker (1953) The First Lady of Film Noir?”

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Plunder Road (1957) Ghost Faced Bandits

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One of the best things about the genre Film Noir is that the majority are fast paced, straight to the point, no frills stories packed into a short run time of nothing much more than 70 odd minutes.  No messing around with pointless story points which distract from the main plot, just wham bam inject me direct into the crime, chase, drama, hit. No dragged out endings, just a quick flash, punch in the face and The End plastered up on the screen and you sit back with a wow, take a deep breath, boom job done. They are the perfect week day evening watch. Continue reading “Plunder Road (1957) Ghost Faced Bandits”

The Mountain (1956) Brotherly Love

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The Mountain has a quality to it that makes you want to simultaneously grab one character, Christopher Teller (Robert Wagner) and slowly but repeatedly punch him in head while on the other hand you want to grab Zachary Teller (Spencer Tracy) and give the guy a big bear hug and a warm smile. Continue reading “The Mountain (1956) Brotherly Love”

Ten Seconds to Hell (1959) Bombastic Berlin Bomb Disposal Drama

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Director Robert Aldrich teams up once again with Jack Palance. After enjoying their last outing together, the 1956 war film Attack, I was keen on seeing our Jack in another hero role. Off the back of Attack, IMDB recommended me the wonderfully titled 1959 film Ten Seconds To Hell. A story of six German ex-soldiers returning to Berlin to help clear and make safe the city from unexploded British and American bombs. Continue reading “Ten Seconds to Hell (1959) Bombastic Berlin Bomb Disposal Drama”

Attack (1956) Badass Chiseled Cheeked Curly Costa

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Jack Palance is one of those actors that I know so well. His voice is so recognisable and that unique face of his seems to have played nothing but bad guys. He is probably best known to a certain generation for playing old badass rancher Curly Washburn  alongside Billy Crystal in the 1991 comedy adventure classic City Slickers.  But he’s popped up in a string of 80’s films which included Batman, Hawk The Slayer and Tango & Cash, to name a few, usually doing his panto villain role. Continue reading “Attack (1956) Badass Chiseled Cheeked Curly Costa”

Nightfall (1956) and Aldo Ray Recommends?

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This is the second film I’ve seen with Aldo Ray in the last few months and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of him before. The first was Men In War (1957) with Robert Ryan.  He played a Sergeant called Montana who was looking after a battle worn, shell shocked officer known only as The Colonel. Aldo Ray’s performance really stood out in film, he came across as a strong willed maverick but also filled with passion and kindness as he cared for his Colonel. Intrigued to see more from Aldo I stumbled upon Nightfall.

Tagline – THE BLACK BAG…with $350,000 in loot! THE BLACK DRESS…with a beautiful pick-up girl inside! THE BLACK NIGHT…made for lovers…and killers!

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The Lineup (1958) – Psychos & Innocent Drug Trafficking Noir

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Director Don Siegel is a legend who dropped incredible movies on us from all angles. With so many starring that man Clint Eastwood it’s no wonder they feature high on my teenage watch list.  From Coogan’s Bluff to the iconic Dirty Harry. Then there’s The Beguiled to the delightful Two Mules for Sister Sara and the awesome Charlie Varrick (what no Clint?) to name a few. Continue reading “The Lineup (1958) – Psychos & Innocent Drug Trafficking Noir”

Bridges Go Round By Shirley Clarke (1958) Abstract Short Film

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Abstract montage of New York bridges to the sound of freeform jazz or electronic magnetic soundscapes? Which one is best? There’s only one way to find out! FIIIGGHHT! Continue reading “Bridges Go Round By Shirley Clarke (1958) Abstract Short Film”

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

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Now I’ve known Larry for many years and even though he’s at least 2 generations my senior, the old boy can still party. Well last night we really went to town knocking back the whiskey and beers, spinnin records and chatting about life way into the late hour.  Just as dawn was beginning to appear, Larry started slurring his words and on cue, the ramblings about the whole Creature From The Black Lagoon debacle had to be endured again. I smile, sit back and let him get it off his chest again, really how could I resist that gormless face? Continue reading “Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)”

The Thing from Another World (1951)

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I had a nice surprise visit from my old friend Yohan the other day. Just popped on by for a catch up before heading off to one of the stars in the constellation of Orion. He’s a lovely guy but total germaphobe. Refuses point blank to take his spacesuit off. Luckily he has a small hole to sip cocktails through a straw but our conversation is awkward, just muffled sounds and consists mainly of smiles and thumbs up. Now I was just about to watch the classic 50’s science fiction film The Thing From Another World and he squeezed in next to me mumbling something along the lines of “those pesky carrot monsters are the bane of the galaxy”. Continue reading “The Thing from Another World (1951)”