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Shaun Barry
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KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

Good pacing, outstanding CGI effects, wonderfully colorful cinematography, great actors, dopey dialogue, sometimes just kinda dumb in spots... basically, it's enjoyably stupid!



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HOUSE OF THE DEAD (2003)

Stupid fun. I enjoyed it. 

It feels like a movie someone would have made if they were in a very silly and immature mood. I've seen much, much worse.
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THE BLACK STALLION (1979) D: Carroll Ballard

Referred to in one of the featurettes on the disc as an 'art film for kids', and Ballard reluctantly allows it. But why not? An almost dialogue-free first 45 minutes or so and Caleb Deschanel's poetic photography of the island scenes make it highly unusual in the least. Even the more conventional second half has amazing moments (the nighttime run in the rain). I saw it in the theater at five and it left quite an impression.

BLUE COLLAR (1978) D: Paul Schrader

Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto are three auto workers who plan something drastic to regain some measure of control over their lives that they've ceded to management and union. It does not go well. Pryor and Kotto, in particular, do some of the best work of their careers.

SHERLOCK JR. (1924) D: Buster Keaton

Technical marvel (famous scene of projectionist Buster falling asleep and in his dream, jumping into the movie). Gag after gag topping the ones before it until you realize it was all a build up to the incredible motorcycle 'chase' at the end. 
        
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BARBARELLA (1968)

Second - and last! - viewing. I still have no idea what really is going on.

BARBARELLA is typical of a whole flock of movies from that vintage. MODESTY BLAISE; THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN; WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT?; CASINO ROYALE, etc. One is left with the overwhelming sense that it's all being made up as they go along.

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That sounds about right, Mr Byrne!
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The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932).

Ye Gods, this film is indefensibly bigoted. Trashy, xenophobic and dumb. There are some similarities with certain scenes in the Indiana Jones movies (largely set-wise, but also has an opening conceit of we must find the ancient mystical artifact and stick it in a museum before the foreign power gets his hands on it to conquer the world) and the film ends with a roomful of antagonists being mowed down by blasts of energy (in a totally unmerciful fashion). Oh, and the protagonists are really boring!
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PAYBACK (1999)

Never fails to entertain. And despite Porter being a complete bastard, he does have a certain charm.

Good casting, too.
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THE PINK PANTHER (1963)

Reading the IMDb entry while watching, I was shattered -- shattered! -- to learn Claudia Cardinale's lines were dubbed. Altho it says this was necessary because she did not speak English. Since her lip movements clearly match what she is saying, this cannot be true. Perhaps her accent was the problem.

Now the question, have I ever heard her real voice??

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The TCM website says "Claudia Cardinale did not speak English very well when she made this film, so her dialogue was dubbed by Gale Garnett." While that doesn't give much detail, it does seem to be along the lines you are suggesting.
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That Cardinale was dubbed is mind-blowing. That scene when she's lying on the tiger? The dubbing is absolutely perfect. It's incredible! I mean, seriously, I find this hard to believe!

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OK, so I really just had to find a source for this, something contemporary to the film and not one modern source generating repeated citations. I have be unable, however, to find one exactly about THE PINKER PANTHER. The closest is this item, specifically about Gale Garnett as a dubbing actress, from Billboard Magazine, March 27, 1965: "While in Paris she [Gale Garnett] will report to Oscar Films, Ltd., where she will dub the spoken voice of Claudia Cardinale in the movie 'The Magnificent Clock'."


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I checked some YouTube footage of interviews with the devine Claudia, and her voice sounds as I know it, and as it sounds in PANTHER. Having read the IMDb article at about the midway point in the movie, I paid attention, and noted several scenes where she sounded "off" in some of her lines. Perhaps this was a case of post-production looping, with Ms Cardinale being unavailable to do the job.
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I have just read a NYTimes article from 1983 wherein it is stated that Cardinale in the 1963 movie THE LEOPARD spoke her English lines herself. THE LEOPARD was an Italian language movie and Cardinale dubbed her own English lines for the international release. So, that continues to make me suscipuous about THE PINK PANTHER!
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Gert Frobe was dubbed in GOLDFINGER and THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES. Honor Blackman has said his English was so heavily accented she could not understand a word he said, so just waited for him to stop talking to say her lines.

THE PINK PANTHER was early days for Ms Cardinale's English speaking roles, so, as noted, perhaps the same scenario is at play here.

(The most egregious example of her being dubbed is probably ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, where no attempt at all was made to capture her smoky intonations.)

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My wife remains perplexed by my ongoing "attraction" to Ms Cardinale in ONCE UPON A TIME...




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If she was speaking with her own voice, I'd probably have all her scenes running on a constant loop!
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Ms. Cardinale was an inimitable beauty. (Also in THE PINK PANTHER, Fran Jeffries -- the ski lodge singer -- she wasn't exactly chopped liver!)
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And Ms Jeffries satisfied the needs of her hormonally charged audience in a way Ms Cardinale, alas, did not -- by posing for PLAYBOY.
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We watched COCO last night and it was great. I saw the end coming, but they got me in the middle there. I got a little misty eyed at the end. 
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Oh, and watched DUNKIRK Monday night. Wow. What an intense ride that was. A great movie with no filler. I need to watch it again. 
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COCO

"Be sure to disobey your parents, kids! That way you'll get what you want!"

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42nd STREET (1933)

Eighty-five years!! The usual luminous black and white and, because it's a musical, absurd staging. Pre-Code, so distictly "naughty".

Fun, if the mood is right.

Oh, and this was another one I hadn't seen before.

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They have the complete boxset of THE PINK PANTHER in HMV. Quite a reasonable price. I have never seen them. I've never had a yearning, more of a curiosity. 
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Only the first is worth seeing, Robbie.
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SUSPIRIA (1977) D: Dario Argento

Looking and sounding beautiful on the new blu. Alida Valli, in particular, goes all in. It's certainly a long way from Vienna!

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The new print of Suspiria is absolutely gorgeous, I think my jaw was on the floor for most of the film.

A long way from my first viewing on a bootleg VHS many moons ago!
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