Monday, January 31, 2011

Day #21,593

Walk km 6430-6436: Robson/Georgia/Dunsmuir/Union/Dunleavy/Union/Main/Keefer/Dunsmuir/Cambie/Georgia/Burrard

Song #36,520: Montego Bay (1986, Amazulu)

Found a great sounding band on eMusic called "Caroline" but ain't workin'.
So instead, a guilty pleasure from the era of hair bands. We weren't supposed to like Amazulu (manufactured look - much too "pop") but I did anyway.

Day #21,592

Walk km 6427-6430 (15,162 to go): to T&T

Movie #1562: Le Combat Dans L'Ile (1962, Alain Cavalier)

This looked like a superior movie until the ending. There's one smart man and one dumb man. Despite being childhood friends the smart man refuses to lower himself to his friend's level. Until the end. I thought the whole object of the movie was to stand up for your ideals no matter what. I guess I was wrong. Stupid movie!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day #21,591

Walk km 6423-6427: running errands

Movie #1561: Diary Of A Nudist (1961, Doris Wishman)

Plymouth Savoy: just one of the great lookin' cars in this movie!

Almost a documentary rather than fiction. There is an incredibly dumb plot but the real attraction here is seeing how much the communities ideas about nudity have changed in 50 years.
It seems that T&A were OK then but only for perverts in a "for adults only" theatre. Every member of the cast was issued either a newspaper or towel to cover that disgusting pubic hair. Even perverts weren't allowed to see that! Unfortunately, the movie never explains what made pubic hair so disgusting. Another thing that was OK 50 years ago was full frontal nudity.... of children. Adults: no but kids: OK. I think today it would be just the opposite, adult nudity would be OK but nude kids would be "kiddie porn". And the best thing about these ideas: they're all totally idiotic.... and so is this movie. A fun watch.

Song #36,442: Reach Out I'll Be There / Day Tripper (1967, Lee Moses)
When we last checked in with Lee Moses he was singin' up a storm on "I'm Sad About It". So what's he doin' releasing this two sided instrumental? Dunno, but sho' nuff do sound funky for 1967! I would assume this 45 is in heavy demand amongst those new funk bands of today looking for a little inspiration from yesteryear.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day #21,590

Song #36,475: Song (Smog, 2001)
This was playing over the closing credits of "Parking" which I saw yesterday.
It took quite a while to figure out what song it was. Turned out that it was "Song".

Movie #1559: Hopscotch (1980, Ronald Neame)

Espionage movie about the CIA trying to find an ex-agent who is writing a tell-all book about their dirty tricks. However, for the viewer, it's a different story: it's about an employee getting revenge on his boss who happens to be a dickhead. The cinematic equivalent of "Take This Job And Shove It".
Watched this one on TCM. The Shaw Cable picture sure is crappy. Internet movies have much better visuals.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day #21,589

Walk km 6415-6423 (15,166 to go): Granville/40th/Somerset/Avondale/Connaught/36th/Granville/35th/Connaught/34th/Granville/33rd/34th/35th/36th/33rd/Cartier/Hudson/Selkirk/Laurier/Cartier/Matthews/Hudson/The Crescent/Angus/Granville

Song #36,438: A Hard Day's Night (1966, Chet Atkins)

The summer of 1967 was not a good one. Instead of just lounging around and goofing off (which I was very good at - still am!) I had to go out and help a farmer with his haying.
In the house there were a few LP records lying around that I never got to hear. One was "Chet Atkins Picks On The Beatles" - that one looked interesting. Well, 44 years later, I finally get to hear what that record sounded like.

Movie #1558: Parking (2008, Mong-Hong Chung)

A series of stories about the people who live on one block in Taipei. The stories are held together by one character who cannot leave because his car keeps being blocked in by someone who is double parked. Well exectuted stories but the links between them are quite improbable.

Day #21,585

Movie #1557: The Devil's Rejects (2005, Rob Zombie)

Ooops. Rob Zombie takes a step back. His "House Of 1000 Corpses" was mildly amusing but here the laughs are few and far between. Packed into that space between the occasional chuckle is heaping piles of extreme violence. And as far as I can tell the violence is just there for violence's sake. I think Mr Zombie was just trying to top whatever had come before on the gore-o-meter. Not much of an ambition.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day #21,583

Walk km 6409-6411: running errands
Walk km 6411-6415: Thurlow/Hastings/Bute/sea walk/Denman/(bus)/Robson/Thurlow/Alberni/Burrard

fake uprooted tree
aprox km 6412 Harbour Green Park

Movie #1556: The Man Who Cheated Himself (1948, Felix Feist)

Lee J Cobb is a San Francisco homicide detective with only one flaw. He likes dames. And the more coldblooded they are, they better he likes 'em. Then one day, one of his girlfriends commits murder and he decides to look the other way. Ooops, wrong decision.
Superior noir. Great storyline. Great San Francisco locations. Spiffy cars. Is there anything wrong with this movie? Nope.

Song #36,410 Bloss Nicht Dran Ruehren (2011, Uta Köbernick)

Hey, it's brand new: released today on eMusic.
Uta is from Berlin.
Is she the new Evelyn Kunneke?
Is she the new Hildegard Knef?
Is she the new Lotte Lenya?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day #21,582

Walk km 6405-6406: Smithe/Howe/Granville/Robson/Howe/Smithe
Walk km 6406-6409: Burrard/Georgia/Richards/Davie/Granville/Smithe

Movie #1554: Boy! What A Girl! (1947,Arthur H Leonard)

All-black cast musical with some decent music, some fine dancing and plenty of low-brow comedy. Tim Moore is pretty bizarre cross-dressing as "Deborah".

Movie #1555: Battle Of China (1944,documentary)

Very interesting propaganda film used to motivate Americans to support the war effort during WWII. This film contains a lot of lies but it's impossible to tell whether or not the filmmakers were aware of the true story. Even some of the people in the American armed forces may not have known the true story.
So, very interesting to compare what the American people were being told in 1944 with what we know today.

Song #36,409: Puttin' On The Ritz (1960, Terry Snyder)

eMusic isn't just for looking up new releases by folks you've never heard off. Nope. A big percentage of the stuff they have is from companies that dredge up all kinds of stuff that's been long since forgotten.
One of the off-shoots of the introduction of stereo in the late fifties was the popularity of percussion albums. The idea was that percussion was the best way to show off the benefits of stereo. What better example could I find than the lead-off track from the "Mister Percussion" LP from Terry Snyder & The All-Stars. Return with us now as we set the time machine back to 1960 and listen in as Mr & Mrs Suburbanite listen in awe to their brand new Philco stereo as it plays Mister Percussion puttin' on the Ritz..

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day #21,581

Walk km 6392-6405: around Burnaby Lake with the Meetup group

Meetup group walkers
aprox km 6397 Burnaby Lake

Movie #1553: Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948, William Castle)

Just a bland comedy up til the end. Did they really have "riding academies" back in the day? This one was kinda spooky. Grown men coming in day-after-day to ride a mechanical horse, elephant or camel. Really?
The interesting thing here is Lionel Stander. I've seen him do character parts in 1930s "A" pictures but here he's fallen to a character part in this "Z" picture. And yet by 1966 he's over in England making Cul-De-Sac for Roman Polanski. What happened? I'll have to ask IMDB.
IMDB update: Stander was a communist. They had already started banning him in the 40s and that's why he slipped from A to Z grade pictures. But his total ban in the 50s turned out for the best because he got better parts in Europe than he ever had in Hollywood.

Song #36,389: I Feel Strong (2010, The Way We Were In 1989)

This is getting to be kinda fun. Rummaging around in the eMusic new releases til I hear something interesting. Of course, the first thing I have to do is see something interesting. I'm assuming that cover art quality = sound quality. Most covers look like they must have taken about 30 seconds to create. Also, I can ignore obvious losers by content: covers with flowers, angels, clouds etc or self-portraits where the artist stares wistfully off into space.
This album cover was just a photo but one taken from above. And the guy in the picture is holding a banjo. Ah, banjo, that's a clue. So I listened to a few 30 second promos. Pretty interesting and "I Feel Strong" was the best.
The Way We Were In 1989 are Joy Dunay & Kelly Dale from Seattle. This song is from their first and only album.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day #21,580

Walk km 6387-6392: Robson/Georgia/Main/Hastings/Cordova/Howe/Hastings/Hornsby/Georgia/Burrard

Movie #1552: Gambling House (1950, Ted Tetzlaff)

You know what I was thinking about when I was watching this? I remember when I was a kid during summer vacation. Sometimes the local TV station would show a movie in the afternoon. I'd watch it and enjoy it even if the movie wasn't so great.
Those movies were just like this one. William Bendix and Victor Mature: not exactly box office giants but still stars. Black & white. People wearing hats. Cars driving around the city. It was another world. That world was called Hollywood.
Oh yes, there were some problems with this picture. It's kinda sappy and Terry Moore has no charisma at all. I wouldn't have noticed those problems when I was a kid and tonight I decided to ignore them too.

Song #36,349: Rampage (2001, The Whitefield Brothers)

eMusic may not have any of the big names in the music biz but they sure do have an amazing stable of funk bands. And funk doesn't get much rawer that The Whitefield Brothers and their album "In The Raw".
The Whitefield Brothers are really Jan & Max Weissenfeldt from Munich Germany. They have a new album out called "Earthology" which combines funk with various musical styles from around the world. That's fine but I figured I go with some of the raw funk because that can grab you right on that first listen.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day #21,579

Walk km 6381-6387: Smithe/Hornby/Nelson/Granville/Drake/Burrard/(bus)/McDonald/14th/Balsam/12th/Vine/Rosebud/Yew/Marstrand/Vine/10th/Balsam/1st/Larch/Point Grey

Movie #1551: Le Tueur (2007, Cedric Anger)

hit man and prostitute dance to Elvis Costello's "Allison" (my aim is true)

Hit man / victim cat and mouse game with the required plot twist. Like they say, time well wasted.
Some "new wave" tunes didn't really fit in with the tone of the film. I guess they were the director's favourites from his youth.

Song #36,316: Voodoo Op Haar Vacht (2010, Le Velo Vert)

It was back to the new releases page of eMusic for today's song. The first interesting release I spotted was by Tucker Zimmerman's Nightshift Trio. The 30 second teaser sounded kinda James McMurtryish but the full song was a little repetitive. Many another time.
So, I clicked on Zimmerman's record label (Parsifal) and looked at their new releases. There I found Le Velo Vert. They had a one song release called "Voodoo Op Haar Vacht". Nice sound. Catchy tune. And I can't complain about the lyrics because I don't understand the language (Flemish? Dutch?).
Le Velo Vert are from Belgium, formed in 2006 and are still around. If you like the tune, buy a few Le Velo Vert songs from eMusic and help out some working musicians.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day #21,578

Walk km 6376-6381: Burrard/Cornwall/Laburnum/Creelman/Maple/Whyte/Arbutus/1st/Balsam/Point Grey

Movie #1550: You Can't Beat The Law (1943, Phil Rosen)

Standard "big house" picture from Monogram. Boy, the picture quality sure is good over at Openflix. Goodbye Internet Archives.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day #21,577

Walk km 6373-6376: to Army&Navy

Movie #1549: The Crooked Way (1949, Robert Florey)

There's one big problem with this movie: the plot is idiotic. John Payne is released from the armed forces with amnesia. He goes back to L.A. to try and find out who he was. So far so good. Right at the train station he meets someone who knows him. Does he ask this guy to fill him in? No. Why not? No reason. After awhile he finds out there are people who want the guy that he used to be dead. Does he run away as fast as he can? No. Why? They don't say. So, by the first 15 minutes you've lost all interest in the story because you realize that it's just plain stupid.
That said, this movie sure does look great. Kudos to Robert Florey? Nope. Even Robert Osborne (TCM host) heaps praise instead on cinematographer John Alton. IMDB always heaps praise on Alton but it's surprising to hear Osborne saying the same thing. Almost makes you lose your confidence in the auteur theory!
One more thing: Ellen Drew. Where's she been hiding?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day #21,576

Walk km 6371-6373: running errands

Movie #1548: Westbound (1959, Budd Boetticher)

One of the lesser Boetticher/Scott westerns. It's a standard bad guys vs good guys tale clocking in at only 68 minutes. One bonus: gorgeous scenery shot in WarnerColor. One drawback: gorgeous scenery of Hollywood actresses (Karen Steele is first shown plowing the back forty but she looks just like she just got back from the beauty parlour).

Movie #1547: 99 River Street (1953, Phil Karlson)

Superior noir. Not a big fan of leading man John Payne but otherwise this is top notch. The scene with Evelyn Keyes and Brad Dexter is worth the price of admission all by itself.

Song #36,286: Freedom Of Expression (1971, J.B. Pickers)
The movie "Vanishing Point" may be one of the all-time greats but the music sure sucked. Well, all of it except "Freedom Of Expression" by the J. B. Pickers. This is the music that plays while we see the Challenger cruising along from Denver to Frisco with the cops in hot pursuit. Unfortunately, we don't know who the J.B. Pickers were. It was a name given to them because Jimmy Bowen (J.B.) was in charge of the music for the movie. But who were the musicians?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day #21,575

Walk km 6366-6371: Burrard/Burrard bridge/Chestnut/Greer/Cypress/Creelman/Chestnut/McNicholl/Maple/McNicholl/Arbutus

a house
aprox km 6370 McNicholl Ave

Song #36,243: You're The Boy (1965, Shirley Nair & The Silver Strings)

The last two songs were from eMusic but there are other ways of building a music library. The cheapest is just to take internet videos and convert the audio to MP3. The site I use for this is The sound used to be quite crappy from this process but it has improved greatly over time.
In 2009, I was in Singapore and bought a 5-CD set of 100 Singapore songs of the 60s. One of the acts on that set was Shirley Nair & The Silver Strings. However, there are more tracks (not found on the box set) by Shirley Nair available on video. One of these is the very catchy "You're The Boy". This song could have been a hit anywhere in the world in the 60s without sounding out of place. Singapore may have been about as far from Swingin' England as you can get but they took a backseat to no one when it came to producing great beat records.
Update: I just found the Shirley Nair posting on Garage Hangover. There it shows that Shirley herself wrote this song.

Book #365: Blood On The Snow (2005, Jan Bondeson)

It seems that the Swedes have their own assassination conspiracy industry to match the American's Kennedy conspiracies.
In 1986 a man walked up to Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, shot him in the back and then ran away. He was never seen again.
This book goes through about a hundred theories as to whodunit. And there appears to have been a multitude of books before this one all of which had their own theories. And to make it complete this one finishes with a theory too.
It was a drunk. A man with a grudge. The Kurds. The South Africans. The police. The secret police. The CIA. You name 'em and somebody has pointed a finger at 'em.
This book? It was someone from that shady Bofors/India arms deal.

Movie #1546: Sunday Drive (1998, Hisashi Saito)

A lazy movie. All the characters sort of mope about. There are long takes of no action with just a little dialogue. Nice if you're in a lazy mood. Otherwise, nothing special.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day #21,574

Walk km 6365-6366: to the library

Movie #1545: The Rug Cop (2006, Minoru Kawasaki)

From the makers of "Executive Koala". That movie was really stoooooooopid. This one is just stupid (and boring).

Movie #1544: The Quiet Duel (1949, Akira Kurosawa)

A two-parter. One part of this movie is a public service announcement about the seriousness of venereal disease and how it must be treated immediately.
The second part is about not telling the truth. I've just watched a bunch of Korean movies on this subject and the consensus was that speaking the truth is the right policy. In this one, it's not so clear.
A doctor cuts his finger during an operation and contacts syphilis from the patient. He realizes that it will take at least 5 years to cure. So, he tells his fiance that the planned marriage is off but no, he won't tell her why. At first we think he's embarrassed and the woman won't believe him about the cut finger. But no, he doesn't think it's fair for her to wait five years for him to get better. So, his fiance goes through hell (not knowing what happened) but eventually does marry someone else. Then one of the nurses says she's crazy about the doctor. So, everyone is happy? Not telling the truth is OK? Well, we really don't know because we never see his fiance after she gets married so we don't know how her life turned out. The question remains unanswered.
There are a few drawbacks to this movie. One: the guy he gets syphilis from comes back into the story and turns out to be complete slime. This is supposed to contrast with the heroic doctor who sacrifices all his happiness for the sake of his fiance. This is way too black&white - suitable for a public service announcement but you would think that Kurosawa could have used some shades of grey here.
Another is the doctor's speech on the day his fiance finally leaves him to marry another. He talks about sex only. Huh? After building this up as a great romance, his only worry is that he's not gonna get laid? I found that kinda weird.

Song #36,238: Umfolozi (2005, Doreen Thobekile)
It's amazing how much stuff is on eMusic. You can look at the new releases and see that everyday there is another pile of new CDs (actually MP3s) listed. These days anyone can record themselves and then try and sell their music over the internet. No recording contracts and no records or CDs to manufacture.
So one day I thought I'd look through the new releases. Amazingly after looking through only about a hundred new releases I ran into Beach Bellydance Babylon which sounded good so I bought a couple of their tracks. Then I clicked on the record "label" to see if they had any other interesting releases. That's when I ran into "Zulu In London" by Doreen Thobekile. The 30 second promo showed that this wasn't what I normally listen to but it sounded interesting. I bought a couple of her songs and after playing them a few times, I really enjoyed the music.
So, I picked one of the songs to put on my blog and started to look to see if there was anything about Doreen on the internet. I figured she was probably some janey-come-lately with an MP3 only release so there wouldn't be much there. Wrong! It seems that Doreen has been singing, dancing and playing music for 40 years! This song was recorded in 2005 when she was 65. She died last year of cancer at 70. So if you like this song, buy a copy on eMusic and then read all about her (many internet sites have her full story).

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day #21,573

Walk km 6362-6365: to the passport office again

Song #36226: I'm Sad About It (1967, Lee Moses)
I was looking through the Soul Sides blog to get a few suggestions on what I might pick for my 50 eMusic downloads this month. I tried the name "Lee Moses" and found one track: "I'm Sad About It". It wasn't the track recommended but I listened to the 30 second promo. That was enough: I bought it.
Lee was from Atlanta and recorded in the 60s and early 70s without much success but it certainly wasn't lee's fault: this guy could emote!
I think I'll check YouTube for more Lee Moses.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day #21,572

Walk km 6360-6362: to the passport office

Movie #1543: Crime In The Streets (1956, Don Siegel)

I was kinda worried about this one. TCM gave it only one star. Don "Dirty Harry" Siegel made some mighty fine movies but there were a few clunkers in there too.
Not to worry. This one is great. John Cassavetes is the troubled youth with James Whitmore as the concerned social worker but the whole cast is great. It was obviously shot on the backlot and not on the streets but that does it no harm. The whole thing looks like a theatrical production rather than a film.
The ending is a little far-fetched but otherwise this is top shelf.

Movie rewatch: Rebel Without A Cause (1955, Nicholas Ray)

I've seen this one before but I'm sure what part of it I saw. This was shot in 2.55/1 aspect ratio and when I first saw it there was no such thing as letterboxing. What I probably saw was pan&scan. Also, I remember this as a b&w movie - that was probably because I had a b&w TV at the time.
I started watching this at my niece's place where she had it on pay-per-view from the cable company. They showed the opening credits in the correct aspect ratio but then chopped off the ends to probably about 2/1. I finished watching it on TCM and because the aspect ratio didn't change after the opening titles, it was probably in the correct ratio. However, the TCM picture was not nearly as sharp as the pay-per-view.
Oh the movie? Ya, it's a good one. How good depends on how much of that James Dean squirming you can take.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Day #21,571

Walk km 6358-6360: running errands

Movie #1542: Andromedia (1998, Takashi Miike)

I guess this was supposed to be a kid's movie. Miike usually doesn't have all that sappy crap and a boy band!
The combination of live action and animation falls flat on its face. Kids might enjoy this a bit but for grown-ups it's a total waste of time.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Day #21,570

Movie #1541: Parole, Inc. (1948, Alfred Zeisler)

An attempted noir styled police procedural falls flat on its face. Grade Z production can't add any realism to the story of FBI undercover work.

Movie #1540: Seong Chun-Hyang (1961, Sang-ok Shin)

This is the 3rd Shin movie I've seen and it's by far the worst. The story is set in the 15th century. Right away I know I'm in trouble. These historical movies are always boring. All the resources are spent on recreating a lost era but the plot is always pathetic. Same here: boy marries girl - groom's father against it - groom dumps bride - bride wrings her hands for years - groom finally returns - the end.
Could it be that they can't come up with plots because there just isn't enough stuff? When they fight they use sticks. When they travel they use a horse. What kind of a plot can you come up with? It's pretty limited.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day #21,569

Walk km 6356-6358: to the library

Movie #1539: Phone Call From A Stranger (1952, Jean Negulesco)

A little far fetched. Entertaining film about a plane crash survivor who decides to look up the families of the people he met on his trip.
The acting is excellent but the outcome from each of his visits is extremely unlikely.

Book #364: The Butterfly Hunter (1982, Janwillem van de Wetering)

Yes, it has it's clever moments but otherwise a fairly boring read. I've been reading nothing but fiction for quite awhile so i think its about time to switch to non-fiction now.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day #21,568

Movie #1538: Below The Deadline (1936, Charles Lamont)

It's a Charles Lamont double feature today. Unfortunately, there were no race horses in this one. Once again, I watched this on Openflix but it played real smooth. I think that had something to do with watching it late at night.

Movie #1537: Paula (1952, Rudolph Matê)

It's a weeper. Loretta Young is just wringing her hands from beginning to end (right up to the heartwarming conclusion). Normally, this wouldn't be worth watching but..... this is Loretta Young we're talking about. Forget Barbara Billingsly, Loretta was the epitome of the 50s middle-class suburban housewife.

Movie #1536: Long Shot (1939, Charles Lamont)

Oh, the movie was OK - it was about horse racing.
The interesting thing was I watched on Openflix. I've never seen one of those "public domain" movies in better condition. This was an excellent print. I'm thinking that Internet Archives keeps their prints in bad shape on purpose. You see, the Openflix copy is jumpy probably due to "bandwidth" problems or some such. So, with Openflix you get a good jumpy picture or with Internet Archives you get a smooth crappy picture. Your choice.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day #21,567

Movie #1535 They Won't Forget(1937, Mervyn LeRoy)

I do love a murder trial movie. This one's a dilly. The main plus for this one is that there is no "whodunit". There's a trial and people talk about how he must be guilty (thus making the viewer think that he must be innocent) but the guilty party is never revealed. Just when you expect a big revelation and everyone to hang their head in shame, we get "The End" instead.
One drawback is some goofy acting. Claude Rains (who is one of the best) does a poor job in this one.

Yes, I do listen to stuff recorded after 1975. Sometime I listen to contemporary music (made by people who only listen to stuff recorded before 1975!)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day #21,566

Movie #1533: Boys Of The City (1940, Joseph H Lewis)

Another embarrassment for a great director just starting out and forced to direct Z-grade material. I realize that this is a kids' movie but even kids ain't dumb enough to fall for junk like this. Especially liked the negro/watermelon joke: had me rolling on the floor.
And this ain't even a Bowery Boys movie. It's the East Side Kids so that means no Huntz Hall.

Movie #1534: Sway (2006, Miwa Nishikawa)

The tale of two brothers. They couldn't be more different. One is kind of a jerk and the other is kind of a dullard.
Well made drama using a murder trial where one is the defendant and the other is the witness.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day #21,565

Movie #1531: Mystery Street (1950, John Sturges)

Police procedural with some nice touches.Ricardo Montalban cracks the case but he must watch out for that Latin blood of his as it may make him too emotional: he may arrest the wrong man!

Movie #1532: Hardbodies (1984, Mark Griffiths)

Remember the 80s? Sure, back then I had cable TV with a movie channel that had lots of movies like this. Movies about airheads by airheads for airheads.
Of course, there was plenty of mindless entertainment in every era. But was there ever anytime with uglier hair-dos? With more gawdawful music? Nope. The 80s were unique.
One strange thing: leading man "Grant Cramer" looks and acts just like a male Ellen Degeneres. Weird.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day #21,564

Movie #1530: The Intruder (1962, Roger Corman)

Amazing. Roger Corman claims that this is the only movie he made that lost money. In addition, it appears that this is also Roger Corman's best movie.
Fine direction. I liked the music by Herman Stein. Screenplay and original story by Charles "Twilight Zone" Beaumont. Even William Shatner gives a fine performance!
One of those movies that makes it worthwhile to dig about in the scrapheap of movie history.
As usual, this was a crappy print. However, it doesn't appear to be available on the Internet Archives. Only on YouTube's Openflix.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day #21,563

Movie #1529: And God Said To Cain(1970, Antonio Margheriti)

Hard to say if this one was good or not. This was a very bad print of a movie shot almost entirely at night. It was very hard to make out most of what happened.


Best Movies (by source):

Library DVD: Jeanne Dielman 23 Quai De Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman)
MUBI: The Housemaid (Ki-young Kim)
Internet Archives: Woman On The Run(Norman Foster)
Purchased DVD: Dementia(John Parker)
Crackle: The Lady From Shanghai(Orson Welles)
TCM: No Regrets For Our Youth(Akira Kurosawa)

Most Listened To Songs (by source):

from the Internet: Move Over Darling (Doris Day)
from YouTube: Liverpool (Renee Martel)
from eMusic: Hamlet (Betty Hutton)
from CD: Who Needs The Peace Corps (The Mothers Of Invention)

Best Books (by source):

from the library: The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins)
purchased: Every Bet's A Sure Thing (Thomas B Dewey)