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.
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This was a great surprise! Was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. Thought it be OK but had it chalked down as a low budget Vietnam war film, most probably by the numbers. It’s was getting late, I’ll watch the first hour to see if I like it. Two hours later I’m going to bed at way past midnight and up for work at 5.30, oopft I was mashed up but worth it especially when I saw these three classics pop up …….. Continue reading “Go Tell the Spartans (1978) Skirmishes, Ambushes And Booby Traps”
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”
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”
After being so impressed with director and star Cornel Wilde in magnificent form with his chase movie The Naked Prey I had been excitingly awaiting his 1967 follow up Beach Red. This time he stars as a Captain MacDonald, a leader of a US marine unit sent in to fight the might of the Japanese who have a stronghold on a small island in the Pacific during World War 2. Continue reading “Beach Red (1967) It’s Not Just A War Movie!”
The Long Day’s Dying was my favorite film from my March movies watching and the second, that month to feature that man David Hemmings. The other was the excellent school drama, Unman, Wittering and Zigo.
Directed by Peter Collinson, who sandwiched this film in between Up The Junction and the classic mini gold robbing caper The Italian Job. Continue reading “The Long Day’s Dying (1968) Telepathic Pacifist?”
This is a very effective action packed buddy movie with quite the bizarre setting of war torn city of Saigon in 1968. With the Vietnam war playing out in the background and the heat and debauchery of the country’s city, two army detectives investigate the serial killings of young prostitutes. Continue reading “Off Limits (1988) Saigon Detectives”
Another 80’s movie ticked off the list. Not sure how I missed this one back in my VHS rental days. There has to be a very good chance my grubby digits stroked the cassette box whilst eyeing up the cover information. Continue reading “Uncommon Valor (1983)”
I admit to have only watched Marlon Brando in abstract versions of himself playing total odd balls (Dr. Moreau), deranged minds in chaos (Apocalypse Now) or even hamster cheeked mob bosses (The Godfather). So wishing to expand his film archive I took a punt on this interesting sounding World War II sabotage adventure but low and behold he’s putting on another accent. To my relief he is far from mad in this film and holds this picture together with his immense presence and talent. The interactions between him and his co star Yul Brynner are magnificent.
Tagline – World War II, Espionage, adventure and human lives have never before been combined so explosively
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