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1970s Challenge (Official, August 2020)

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Post by blocho » August 21st, 2020, 12:09 am

5. Walking Tall (1973)
A slice of gimcrack Americana. Kind of a mixture of Death Wish and director Phil Karlson's previous effort The Phenix City Story. Not entertaining and completely without a glimmer of authenticity.

6. Between the Lines (1977)
A newspaper movie that is--oddly for the genre--set at an alt-weekly, that once noble and popular form of newspaper which has almost disappeared from American over the past 15 years. The narrative here is anchored by a rather boring love rectangle, but there's plenty of laughs in some of the oddball characters, none more so than one played by a young Jeff Goldblum.

7. Alambrista! (1977)
This movie depicts the story of a Mexican worker who leaves his family in order to cross "La Linea" and earn a better income in the United States. We see his travails as an agricultural worker, running from La Migra, and trying to forge connections in a foreign land. It's a very common story in real life and a very uncommon story on the screen, and I wonder whether this was the first non-documentary movie about an undocumented Mexican worker in the US.

8. The Tenant (1976)
Within the thriller genre there is a subgenre that can only be called "Real Estate Thriller" and it's a subgenre that yields consistently strong results. No one mastered it better than Polanski, who follows earlier real estate thriller standouts like Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby with this excellent movie about a tenant's plunge into paranoia and psychosis when he moves into a new apartment in Paris. That's a threadbare narrative around which to build a movie, but Polanski pulls it off with camerawork, lighting, and sets that build an overwhelming and unsettling feeling of weirdness.

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Post by connordenney » August 21st, 2020, 12:43 am

3. Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton, 1979) 6/10
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1. Exorcist II: The Heretic (John Boorman, 1977) 5/10
2. Bananas (Woody Allen, 1971) [rewatch] 6/10
3. Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton, 1979) 6/10

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Post by blocho » August 21st, 2020, 1:49 am

Summary: The First 20 Days

Welcome to a statistical summary of the challenge thus far. I'll also deliver an end-of-challenge summary.

Headline Stats
We have 28 participants thus far, with a cumulative total of 616 points. That works out to a mean score of 22 points and a median of 11 points. Flavo5000 leads the main challenge with 138 points, followed by blueboybob (78) and Traveller (71).

Bonus Challenge #1: Every Year
Traveller, jdidaco, blueboybob, flavo5000, sol, allisoncm, and maxwelldeux have all completed the Every Year bonus challenge. Flavo5000 has done it seven times over! Congrats to all of them.

Bonus Challenge #2: blocho's recommendation
No one has yet seen The Great White Hope. :think:
But there's still time.

Bonus Challenge #3: Best Contributor
Several top contenders have emerged. We'll just have to wait to see if someone emerges from that pack.

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#284

Post by morrison-dylan-fan » August 21st, 2020, 3:22 am

peeptoad wrote:
August 20th, 2020, 12:02 pm
morrison-dylan-fan wrote:
August 20th, 2020, 5:42 am
FTV:11: The Black Hole (1979)8
Based on the gif you posted I've got to rewatch this (and I typically despise anything Disney but I might make an exception). I saw it in the cinema on release as a kid, without really giving it another thought. My strongest memory is actually one of my classmates getting the lunch box that came out after the film was released.
Hi Peep,with TBH,my main memory of it was seeing the odd bit on TV during X-Mas,and my dad just dismissing it as "The Disney flop." Out of the flicks I've seen for the challenge,this was the one that surprised me the most (I later found out that likes of Hey_Sweden also rated it 8: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw3579880/?ref_=tt_urv )

From the extended clips I've seen on RLM reviews, I'd say that it is going for a similar Sci-Fi tone as Star Trek:The Motion Picture.

On your Disney comments, my phone company recently gave me Disney+ for free for 6 months. If you are gathering films to watch in October, I really think you would like Return To Oz (1985), Fairuza Balk makes her film debut,and the studio hated how "Dark" Walter Murch made it.

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#285

Post by morrison-dylan-fan » August 21st, 2020, 3:32 am

flavo5000 wrote:
August 18th, 2020, 1:52 pm
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106. Nuits rouges a.k.a. Shadowman (1974)




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Hi Flav what did you think of Shadowman? A big fan of Eyes and having found Judex a stylish Caper, this felt like a huge drop in quality, with the very low budget it was made on just adding to it crash landing (I gave it 3 out of 10.) I've got the TV mini-series version of this,but have been put off,due to this feeling like it was double the runtime!

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Post by maxwelldeux » August 21st, 2020, 3:36 am

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1. Convoy (1978)
2. Breaker! Breaker! (1977)
3. The American West of John Ford (1971)
4. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
5. Caged Heat (1974)
6. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979, Germany)
7. Black Christmas (1974)
8. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
9. On Location: George Carlin at USC (1977)
10. The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
11. Taxi Driver (1976)
12. Dartktown Strutters (1975)
13. The Stepford Wives (1975)
14. The Godfather (1972)
15. Amarcord (1973)
16. The Girls from Thunder Strip (1970)
17. Network (1976)
18. On Any Sunday (1971)
19. Chariots of the Gods (1970, Germany)
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
21. Killer of Sheep (1978)
22. The Parallax View (1974)
23. Rocky (1976)
24. Days of Heaven (1978)
25. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
26. Fat City (1972)
27. Walking Tall (1973)
28. Five Easy Pieces (1970)
29. Moonwalk One (1972)
30. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974, Germany)
31. Despair (1978, Germany)
32. The Crazies (1973)
In this fantasy film about an outbreak of a deadly disease, the government acts swiftly to contain the outbreak and avoid widespread deaths. Decent enough Romero plague movie - I liked the imagery of the people in the suits and ventilators the best.

33. Death in Venice (1971)
I hated just about everything about this, costumes/sets aside. If I creepily and obsessively follow around a teenager to stare at them intently, I'm a "stalker" and "should be locked up for everyone's safety." But if I'm rich and I do it, it's an art piece. The pacing was god-awful, the premise was creepy as fuck, and the dialogue rates really high up on the list of most pretentious bullshit you'll see.

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » August 21st, 2020, 3:37 am

FTV:12: Switchblade Sisters (1975) 6

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Roaming the mean streets with the gangs, co-writer/(with John Prizer and F.X. Maier) director Jack Hill & cinematographer Stephen M. Katz knife a grubby Drive-In atmosphere crackling in wide panning shots of The Jezebels dashing round ruined buildings, and urban warfare kicking off on crumbling streets which become filled with splatter. Inspired by William Shakespeare's Othello, the writers flick animated one-liners off the knives of the gangs, but surprisingly place the emphasis on the juvenile delinquent drama from the inter-war disagreements within the gang,leading to the spikes of individual characteristic of the gang members being sanded down to a interchangeable switchblade.

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Post by peeptoad » August 21st, 2020, 9:32 am

morrison-dylan-fan wrote:
August 21st, 2020, 3:22 am
peeptoad wrote:
August 20th, 2020, 12:02 pm
morrison-dylan-fan wrote:
August 20th, 2020, 5:42 am
FTV:11: The Black Hole (1979)8
Based on the gif you posted I've got to rewatch this (and I typically despise anything Disney but I might make an exception). I saw it in the cinema on release as a kid, without really giving it another thought. My strongest memory is actually one of my classmates getting the lunch box that came out after the film was released.
Hi Peep,with TBH,my main memory of it was seeing the odd bit on TV during X-Mas,and my dad just dismissing it as "The Disney flop." Out of the flicks I've seen for the challenge,this was the one that surprised me the most (I later found out that likes of Hey_Sweden also rated it 8: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw3579880/?ref_=tt_urv )

From the extended clips I've seen on RLM reviews, I'd say that it is going for a similar Sci-Fi tone as Star Trek:The Motion Picture.

On your Disney comments, my phone company recently gave me Disney+ for free for 6 months. If you are gathering films to watch in October, I really think you would like Return To Oz (1985), Fairuza Balk makes her film debut,and the studio hated how "Dark" Walter Murch made it.
Thanks m-d-f... not sure I've seen Return to Oz, but flavo (thanks flav!) mentioned it too, so I'll seek that one out. It would be a cool watch for October, maybe to balance my viewings out somehow.
Cool that Hey_Sweden liked it; haven't thought about him for awhile. I also love ST: TMP so I will definitely be looking for The Black Hole to see. TMP is my favorite of all the Star Trek theatrical films, so if it's even vaguely like that I'll prob enjoy it. :thumbsup:

flavo5000 wrote:
August 20th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Late 70s/early 80s Disney was a whole different world than where they are now. They got pretty dark with movies like Something Wicked This Way Comes, Watcher in the Woods, Return to Oz and the Black Cauldron. The Black Hole is a pretty fun movie, but I agree with morrison-dylan-fan that the ending is pretty random.
As above I'll look for Return to Oz... I've seen those others and they're pretty good. Yes, Disney did have that sort of darkish period... I had forgotten that. They're the outliers I guess since not what one normally associates with Disney Corp.

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Post by sol » August 21st, 2020, 2:28 pm

Thanks for the stats! :poshclap:

This 70's ShowShow
1. Mark of the Devil (1970)
2. Numéro Deux (1975)
3. Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly (1970)
4a. Steptoe and Son: A Death in the Family (1970)
4b. Steptoe and Son: A Winter’s Tale (1970)
5a. Steptoe and Son: Any Old Iron? (1970)
5b. Steptoe and Son: Steptoe And Son - And Son! (1970)
6. Mysteries of the Gods (1976)
7. Women in Cellblock 9 (1978)
8. In Search of Dracula (1975)
9. Dracula Blows His Cool (1979)
10a. Steptoe and Son: The Colour Problem (1970)
10b. Steptoe and Son: T.B. or Not T.B.? (1970)
11a. Steptoe and Son: Men of Property (1970)
11b. Steptoe and Son: Robbery With Violence (1970)
12. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
13. Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I... (1972)
14a. Steptoe and Son: Coming Dancing (1970)
14b. Steptoe and Son: Two's Company (1970)
15a. Steptoe and Son: Tea for Two (1970)
15b. Steptoe and Son: Without Prejudice (1970)
16. Magdalena Possessed By The Devil (1974)
17a. Steptoe and Son: Pot Black (1970)
17b. Steptoe and Son: The Three Feathers (1970)
18a. Steptoe and Son: Cuckoo in the Nest (1970)
18b. Steptoe and Son: Men of Letters (1972)
19a. Steptoe and Son: A Star is Born (1972)
19b. Steptoe and Son: What a Beautiful Mourning (1972)
20a. Steptoe and Son: Live Now, P.A.Y.E. Later (1972)
20b. Steptoe and Son: Loathe Story (1972)
21a. Steptoe and Son: Divided We Stand (1972)
21b. Steptoe and Son: The Desperate Hours (1972)
22. The Vampire Happening (1971)
23. Mark of the Devil Part II (1973)
24. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)
25a. Steptoe and Son: The Party (1973)
25b. Steptoe and Son: Back in Fashion (1974)
26a. Steptoe and Son: And So to Bed (1974)
26b. Steptoe and Son: Porn Yesterday (1974)
27. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)
28. A Little Night Music (1977)
29. I Love You I Kill You (1971)
30. Brotherhood of Satan (1971)
31. The Towering Inferno (1974) REVISION
32a. Steptoe and Son: The Seven Steptoerai (1974)
32b. Steptoe and Son: Upstairs, Downstairs (1974)
33a. Steptoe and Son: Seance in a Wet Rag (1974)
33b. Steptoe and Son: A Perfect Christmas (1974)
34a. I Dream of Jeannie: Please Don't Give My Jeannie No More Wine (1970)
34b. I Dream of Jeannie: One of Our Hotels Is Growing (1970)
34c. I Dream of Jeannie: The Solid Gold Jeannie (1970)
35a. I Dream of Jeannie: Mrs. Djinn Djinn (1970)
35b. I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie and the Curious Kid (1970)
35c. I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie, the Recording Secretary (1970)
36a. I Dream of Jeannie: Help, Help, a Shark (1970)
36b. I Dream of Jeannie: Eternally Yours, Jeannie (1970)
36c. I Dream of Jeannie: An Astronaut in Sheep's Clothing (1970)
37a. I Dream of Jeannie: Hurricane Jeannie (1970)
37b. I Dream of Jeannie: One Jeannie Beats Four of a Kind (1970)
37c. I Dream of Jeannie: My Master, the Chili King (1970)
38. Boarding School / Leidenschaftliche Blümchen (1978)

39. Count Dracula (1970)

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This Spanish-German co-production was apparantly first film to try to faithfully follow Bram Stoker's iconic novel and the first half is refreshingly different and even chilling with much more focus on mood and atmosphere than dialogue. In the second half though, Dracula becomes a background character with too many dialogue exchanges taking centre stage. Still, the reverse-aging effects are great, and Klaus Kinski as Renfield is inspired.
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Post by flavo5000 » August 21st, 2020, 2:43 pm

morrison-dylan-fan wrote:
August 21st, 2020, 3:32 am
flavo5000 wrote:
August 18th, 2020, 1:52 pm
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106. Nuits rouges a.k.a. Shadowman (1974)




[/spoiler]
Hi Flav what did you think of Shadowman? A big fan of Eyes and having found Judex a stylish Caper, this felt like a huge drop in quality, with the very low budget it was made on just adding to it crash landing (I gave it 3 out of 10.) I've got the TV mini-series version of this,but have been put off,due to this feeling like it was double the runtime!
I was a little more forgiving of it than you seemed to be. In comparison to Judex and Eyes Without A Face, it certainly wasn't as good, but I thought it still had some fun or interesting moments to it. The pacing did feel off though. It seemed to want to try to capture the spirit of the old serials but instead it would just sort of start and stop in places. Honestly I just kept thinking about how I wanted to rewatch Danger Diabolik instead.

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Post by Traveller » August 21st, 2020, 2:55 pm

Cheers for the stats, blocho. :cheers:

72. Blood Freak (1972) - 1/10
73. Black Roots (1970) - 5/10
74. Black Moon (1975) - 6/10
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Post by Lonewolf2003 » August 21st, 2020, 4:12 pm

12. Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte [Beware of a Holy Whore] (1971, Rainer Werner Fassbinder): 6.2 - A self parody of a hotheaded diva director; RWF was infamous for his tantrums on set. It is greatly directed, the framing and tracking are superb. RWF frames his actors in meticulously posed tableaux. This plus the deadpan mood, reminded me of Roy Andersson. Above all RWF shows an amazing sense of space. Unfortunately the deliberate detached acting with sudden burst of emotions, wore thin quickly for me. Scenes so repetitive that near the end RWF shortens them more and more cause he knows we will get the drift.
13. Händler der vier Jahreszeiten [The Merchant of Four Seasons] (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) : 7.2
14. Les rendez-vous d'Anna [The Meetings of Anna] (1978, Chantal Akerman): 6.5
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1. Numéro deux (1975, Jean-Luc Godard): 7.0
2. Five Easy Pieces (1970, Bob Rafelson) rewatch: 8.5 > 8.5
3. Drive, He Said (1971, Jack Nicholson): 6.8
4. A Safe Place (1971, Henry Jaglom): 6.5
5. The Last Picture Show (1971,Peter Bogdanovich) rewatch: 8.5 > 8.2
6. The King of Marvin Gardens (1972, Bob Rafelson) : 7.2
7. Valerie a týden divu [Valerie and Her Week of Wonders] (1970, Jaromil Jires): 6.0
8. Phase IV (1974, Saul Bass): 7.8
9. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971, Mel Stuart): 6.5
10. Wise Blood (1979, John Huston) : 6.5
11. Comment ça va? (1976, Anne-Marie Miéville & Jean-Luc Godard): 6.8

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Post by sol » August 21st, 2020, 4:24 pm

This 70's ShowShow
1. Mark of the Devil (1970)
2. Numéro Deux (1975)
3. Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly (1970)
4a. Steptoe and Son: A Death in the Family (1970)
4b. Steptoe and Son: A Winter’s Tale (1970)
5a. Steptoe and Son: Any Old Iron? (1970)
5b. Steptoe and Son: Steptoe And Son - And Son! (1970)
6. Mysteries of the Gods (1976)
7. Women in Cellblock 9 (1978)
8. In Search of Dracula (1975)
9. Dracula Blows His Cool (1979)
10a. Steptoe and Son: The Colour Problem (1970)
10b. Steptoe and Son: T.B. or Not T.B.? (1970)
11a. Steptoe and Son: Men of Property (1970)
11b. Steptoe and Son: Robbery With Violence (1970)
12. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
13. Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I... (1972)
14a. Steptoe and Son: Coming Dancing (1970)
14b. Steptoe and Son: Two's Company (1970)
15a. Steptoe and Son: Tea for Two (1970)
15b. Steptoe and Son: Without Prejudice (1970)
16. Magdalena Possessed By The Devil (1974)
17a. Steptoe and Son: Pot Black (1970)
17b. Steptoe and Son: The Three Feathers (1970)
18a. Steptoe and Son: Cuckoo in the Nest (1970)
18b. Steptoe and Son: Men of Letters (1972)
19a. Steptoe and Son: A Star is Born (1972)
19b. Steptoe and Son: What a Beautiful Mourning (1972)
20a. Steptoe and Son: Live Now, P.A.Y.E. Later (1972)
20b. Steptoe and Son: Loathe Story (1972)
21a. Steptoe and Son: Divided We Stand (1972)
21b. Steptoe and Son: The Desperate Hours (1972)
22. The Vampire Happening (1971)
23. Mark of the Devil Part II (1973)
24. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)
25a. Steptoe and Son: The Party (1973)
25b. Steptoe and Son: Back in Fashion (1974)
26a. Steptoe and Son: And So to Bed (1974)
26b. Steptoe and Son: Porn Yesterday (1974)
27. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)
28. A Little Night Music (1977)
29. I Love You I Kill You (1971)
30. Brotherhood of Satan (1971)
31. The Towering Inferno (1974) REVISION
32a. Steptoe and Son: The Seven Steptoerai (1974)
32b. Steptoe and Son: Upstairs, Downstairs (1974)
33a. Steptoe and Son: Seance in a Wet Rag (1974)
33b. Steptoe and Son: A Perfect Christmas (1974)
34a. I Dream of Jeannie: Please Don't Give My Jeannie No More Wine (1970)
34b. I Dream of Jeannie: One of Our Hotels Is Growing (1970)
34c. I Dream of Jeannie: The Solid Gold Jeannie (1970)
35a. I Dream of Jeannie: Mrs. Djinn Djinn (1970)
35b. I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie and the Curious Kid (1970)
35c. I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie, the Recording Secretary (1970)
36a. I Dream of Jeannie: Help, Help, a Shark (1970)
36b. I Dream of Jeannie: Eternally Yours, Jeannie (1970)
36c. I Dream of Jeannie: An Astronaut in Sheep's Clothing (1970)
37a. I Dream of Jeannie: Hurricane Jeannie (1970)
37b. I Dream of Jeannie: One Jeannie Beats Four of a Kind (1970)
37c. I Dream of Jeannie: My Master, the Chili King (1970)
38. Boarding School / Leidenschaftliche Blümchen (1978)
39. Count Dracula (1970)

40. Stewardessen (1971)

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While there is no shortage of nudity as various stewardesses engage in one night stands in their time-off here, there is little physical intimacy and what exists is cheekily edited with bizarre cutaways to such randomness as cows, Swiss flags and the Swiss Alps. The filmmakers mostly seem keen on toying with our generic expectations with their splicing - something that the near-meta conclusion supports. Blah characters and plot, but fun enough overall.
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139. Al-risâlah a.k.a. The Message (1976)

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140. A Safe Place (1971)

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141. Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974)

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142. Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970)

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143. Sticenik a.k.a. Ward (1973)

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144. Bombay to Goa (1972)
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1. Iracema - Uma Transa Amazônica (1975)
2. Meteor (1979)
3. Le fond de l'air est rouge a.k.a. A Grin Without A Cat (1977)
4. Hokkyoku no Mushika Mishika a.k.a. Adventures of the Polar Cubs (1979)
5. Pays de cocagne a.k.a. Land of Milk & Honey (1971)
6. Tiger by the Tail (1970)
7. Rejs a.k.a. The Cruise)
8a. Star Garden (1974)
8b. Come Dancing (1971)
8c. A Recollection... Hanging Rock 1900 (1975)
9. La coda dello scorpione a.k.a. Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)
10. Homesdale (1971)
11. The Internecine Project (1974)
12. The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
13. Vem var Dracula? a.k.a. In Search of Dracula (1975)
14. Les amis (1971)
15. Sürü a.k.a. The Herd (1978)
16. Kindaichi Kosuke no boken a.k.a. The Adventures of Kosuke Kindaichi (1979)
17. Stone Cold Dead (1979)
18. The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976)
19. Fårö dokument (1970)
20. Fårö-dokument 1979 (1979)
21. Slaughter (1972)
22. Robot Taekwon V a.k.a. Voltar the Invincible (1976)
23. El retorno de Walpurgis a.k.a. Curse of the Devil (1973)
24. Abhimaan (1973)
25. Gozaresh a.k.a. The Report (1977)
26. The World Beyond (1978)
27. The Hart of London (1970)
28. Maîtresse (1976)
29. Executive Action (1973)
30. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
31. The Wiz (1978)
32. Supermen dönüyor a.k.a. Return of Superman (1979)
33. Rocky II (1979)
34. O lipotaktis a.k.a. The Deserter (1970)
35. A Thief in the Night (1972)
36. Seven (1979)
37. Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)
38. Providence (1977)
39. Mädchen im Nachtverkehr a.k.a. Girls in the Night Traffic (1976)
40. Free to Be... You & Me (1974)
41. Chi l'ha vista morire? a.k.a. Who Saw Her Die? (1972)
42-54. I Claudius (1976) E1-13
55. Lin Shi Rong a.k.a. Magnificent Butcher (1979)
56. Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga a.k.a. Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)
57. Play for Today: Robin Redbreast (1970)
58. The Muppets Go Hollywood (1979)
59. Hababam Sinifi Sinifta Kaldi a.k.a. The Chaos Class Failed the Class (1976)
60. Figures in a Landscape (1970)
61. A Tattered Web (1971)
62. Angels Die Hard (1970)
63. Pakeezah (1972)
64. Xing xing wang a.k.a. The Mighty Peking Man (1977)
65. L'araignée d'eau a.k.a. The Water Spider (1971)
66. Shatranj Ke Khilari a.k.a. The Chess Players (1977)
67. La porta sul buio: Il vicino di casa a.k.a. Doors of Darkness: The Neighbor (1973)
68. Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)
69. Maidstone (1970)
70. I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1973)
71. Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)
72. Alice in den Städten a.k.a. Alice in the Cities (1974)
73. The Norliss Tapes (1973)
74. Anomalo fortio a.k.a. Dangerous Cargo (1977)
75. Mon oncle Antoine (1971)
76. The White Buffalo (1977)
77. Mame (1974)
78. The Premonition (1976)
79. Yek Etefagh sadeh a.k.a. A Simple Event (1974)
80. Ban jin ba liang a.k.a. The Private eyes (1976)
81. Blaise Pascal (1972)
82. Alambrista! (1977)
83. Tatsu no ko Tarô a.k.a. Taro the Dragon Boy (1979)
84. Pure S (1975)
85. Os Inconfidentes (1972)
86a. Children of the Fields (1973)
86b. A Linguagem da Persuasão (1970)
86c. O Aleijadinho (1978)
87. Earthquake (1974)
88. Who? (1973)
89. Hell's Bloody Devils (1970)
90. The Stud (1978)
91. Quadroon (1971)
92. Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977)
93. La porta sul buio: La bambola a.k.a. Doors of Darkness: The Dolls (1973)
94. Pink Narcissus (1971)
95. Un'ombra nell'ombra a.k.a. Ring of Darkness a.k.a. Satan's Wife (1979)
96. China Girl (1975)
97. Black Love (1971)
98. Erotic Point of View (1974)
99. Homer... The Late Comer (1970)
100. La morte risale a ieri sera a.k.a. Death Took Place Last Night (1970)
101. Les deux Anglaises et le continent a.k.a. Two English Girls (1971)
102. The Plumber (1979)
103. How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache (1976)
104. Uchû senkan Yamato a.k.a. Space Battleship Yamato (1977)
105. Gyeoulyeoja a.k.a. Winter Woman (1977)
106. Nuits rouges a.k.a. Shadowman (1974)
107. La orgía de los muertos a.k.a. The Hanging Woman (1973)
108. Moonwalk One (1971)
109. Vigilante Force (1976)
110. Mr. Horatio Knibbles (1971)
111. Criminally Insane (1975)
112a. Peege (1973)
112b. Serene Velocity (1970)
112c. I, an Actress (1977)
112d. Multiple SIDosis (1970)
113-114. Cartesius (1974) E1-2
115-120. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) E1-6
121. Play for Today: Nuts in May (1976)
122. Through the Looking Glass (1976)
123. Furimukeba ai a.k.a. Take Me Away (1978)
124. Absolution (1978)
125. Blood Stalkers (1978)
126. Omnibus: Dance of the Seven Veils (1970)
127. Disco Godfather (1979)
128. The Rose (1979)
129. Dang kou tan a.k.a. Bloody Fists (1972)
130. La porta sul buio: Testimone oculare a.k.a. Eyewitness (1973)
131. Akai kami no onna a.k.a. The Woman with Red Hair (1979)
132. Demons of the Mind (1972)
133. Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire a.k.a. Hallucination Strip (1975)
134. The Eiger Sanction (1975)
135. Genèse d'un repas a.k.a. Origins of a Meal (1979)
136. Trouble Man (1972)
137. Satan's Children (1975)
138. Betrayal (1974)
139. Al-risâlah a.k.a. The Message (1976)
140. A Safe Place (1971)
141. Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974)
142. Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970)
143. Sticenik a.k.a. Ward (1973)
144. Bombay to Goa (1972)

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Post by adwest » August 22nd, 2020, 5:23 am

13. Fun with Dick and Jane (1977) 6/10
Cute movie, nothing special but entertaining and had a happy ending. What's not to like?

14. The Parallax View (1974) 5/10
It was sort of "meh" but still had enough entertainment factor to keep me watching.

15. Death in Venice (1971) 3/10
I was audibly groaning all the way through. Any credit it gets goes to costumes and, just a slight amount of credit that I was able to feel the protagonist's angst about desiring something society told him was wrong--it's something LGBTQIA2+ folk throughout history have dealt with and I get why it's important to have those stories told--and, in this particular film. the older man had no power to oppress, force or coerce the younger which I appreciated. I think the director took pains to make is clear that the kid was into it--but he was still very clearly a kid and I just couldn't get over the ick factor. Beyond that it was the slowest, most drawn out, pretentious drivel I see in quite some time.

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Post by blocho » August 22nd, 2020, 5:36 am

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Bonus Challenge #2: blocho's recommendation
No one has yet seen The Great White Hope. :think:
But there's still time.
Dang. I should have checked. The Great White Hope is available on youtube. The quality isn't good, but the movie's here if people don't mind that:

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1. Mark of the Devil (1970)
2. Numéro Deux (1975)
3. Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly (1970)
4a. Steptoe and Son: A Death in the Family (1970)
4b. Steptoe and Son: A Winter’s Tale (1970)
5a. Steptoe and Son: Any Old Iron? (1970)
5b. Steptoe and Son: Steptoe And Son - And Son! (1970)
6. Mysteries of the Gods (1976)
7. Women in Cellblock 9 (1978)
8. In Search of Dracula (1975)
9. Dracula Blows His Cool (1979)
10a. Steptoe and Son: The Colour Problem (1970)
10b. Steptoe and Son: T.B. or Not T.B.? (1970)
11a. Steptoe and Son: Men of Property (1970)
11b. Steptoe and Son: Robbery With Violence (1970)
12. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
13. Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I... (1972)
14a. Steptoe and Son: Coming Dancing (1970)
14b. Steptoe and Son: Two's Company (1970)
15a. Steptoe and Son: Tea for Two (1970)
15b. Steptoe and Son: Without Prejudice (1970)
16. Magdalena Possessed By The Devil (1974)
17a. Steptoe and Son: Pot Black (1970)
17b. Steptoe and Son: The Three Feathers (1970)
18a. Steptoe and Son: Cuckoo in the Nest (1970)
18b. Steptoe and Son: Men of Letters (1972)
19a. Steptoe and Son: A Star is Born (1972)
19b. Steptoe and Son: What a Beautiful Mourning (1972)
20a. Steptoe and Son: Live Now, P.A.Y.E. Later (1972)
20b. Steptoe and Son: Loathe Story (1972)
21a. Steptoe and Son: Divided We Stand (1972)
21b. Steptoe and Son: The Desperate Hours (1972)
22. The Vampire Happening (1971)
23. Mark of the Devil Part II (1973)
24. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)
25a. Steptoe and Son: The Party (1973)
25b. Steptoe and Son: Back in Fashion (1974)
26a. Steptoe and Son: And So to Bed (1974)
26b. Steptoe and Son: Porn Yesterday (1974)
27. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)
28. A Little Night Music (1977)
29. I Love You I Kill You (1971)
30. Brotherhood of Satan (1971)
31. The Towering Inferno (1974) REVISION
32a. Steptoe and Son: The Seven Steptoerai (1974)
32b. Steptoe and Son: Upstairs, Downstairs (1974)
33a. Steptoe and Son: Seance in a Wet Rag (1974)
33b. Steptoe and Son: A Perfect Christmas (1974)
34a. I Dream of Jeannie: Please Don't Give My Jeannie No More Wine (1970)
34b. I Dream of Jeannie: One of Our Hotels Is Growing (1970)
34c. I Dream of Jeannie: The Solid Gold Jeannie (1970)
35a. I Dream of Jeannie: Mrs. Djinn Djinn (1970)
35b. I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie and the Curious Kid (1970)
35c. I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie, the Recording Secretary (1970)
36a. I Dream of Jeannie: Help, Help, a Shark (1970)
36b. I Dream of Jeannie: Eternally Yours, Jeannie (1970)
36c. I Dream of Jeannie: An Astronaut in Sheep's Clothing (1970)
37a. I Dream of Jeannie: Hurricane Jeannie (1970)
37b. I Dream of Jeannie: One Jeannie Beats Four of a Kind (1970)
37c. I Dream of Jeannie: My Master, the Chili King (1970)
38. Boarding School / Leidenschaftliche Blümchen (1978)
39. Count Dracula (1970)
40. Stewardessen (1971)

41-42a. Please Sir!: Ag Bow Rumber (1970)
41-42b. Please Sir!: Stitches and Hitches (1970)
41-42c. Please Sir!: Knick Knack Taffy Wack (1970)
41-42d. Please Sir!: Enter Mr. Sibley (1970)
41-42e. Please Sir!: It's a Saint Bernard's Life (1970)

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(120 minutes total)

Ag Bow Rumber is a pretty average back-to-school episode. The big central joke is that there is no furniture in any of the classrooms; John Alderton sticks his beak where it does not belong while trying to get his wagging students to re-attend, but none of it is as funny as the furniture gags and Mr. Smith going senile and not seeing an empty classroom.

Given precious little to do in the previous episode, Deryck Guyler is electric as usual in Stitches and Hitches with a particularly funny part in which he tries to open a door while keeping one leg firmly planted on the ground. Overall episode is okay, with Alderton's marriage proposal misunderstood. Mr. Smith is once again the funniest player here.

Knick Knack awkwardly transitions from being about Alderton's class doing measurements of the school for a class project (and getting him stuck on the roof) to a mystery about why Price is asking for time off. There are some funny moments as Price becomes baffled by a load of presents (after Cromwell lies about why he is on leave) but this is mostly just okay.

Enter Mr. Sibley has some funny moments involving a daft army recruitment officer with a twitching eye who tries to recruits the students in Alderton's classes with limited success. Alderton is also amusing as it tries to demonstrate good job interview mannerisms and etiquette, but there is also way too much humour at the expense of Dennis wanting to be a horse.

Focused more on Alderton and his bride than his class and school problems, St. Bernard's Life is one of the weaker episodes. There is some amusing school humour as the principal has trouble shuffling around the timetables to accommodate a recuperating Smith, but much of the episode is Alderton under heavy makeup as he imagines himself married in old age.
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14 Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) 5/10
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01 The Gauntlet (1977) 5/10
02 Swedish Love Story (1970) 6/10
03 Performance (1970) 1/10
04 Fist of Fury (1972) 5/10
05 Jaws 2 (1978) 2/10
06 Szerelem (1971) 4/10
07 Dolgie provody (1971) 3/10
08 The Bad News Bears (1976) 7/10
09 Little Big Man (1970) 3/10
10 Tristana (1970) 5/10
11 The Way We Were (1973) 3/10
12 How Far, How Near (1972) 6/10
13 Obsession (1976) 6/10
14 Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) 5/10

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Post by flavo5000 » August 22nd, 2020, 1:30 pm

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145. Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim a.k.a. The Girl with the Red Scarf (1977)

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146-150. Acht Stunden sind kein Tag a.k.a. Eight Hours Don't Make A Day (1972) E1-5

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151. Emma, puertas oscuras (1974)

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152. Halloween with the New Addams Family (1977)

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153. Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland a.k.a. Hitler: A Film From Germany (1977)
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1. Iracema - Uma Transa Amazônica (1975)
2. Meteor (1979)
3. Le fond de l'air est rouge a.k.a. A Grin Without A Cat (1977)
4. Hokkyoku no Mushika Mishika a.k.a. Adventures of the Polar Cubs (1979)
5. Pays de cocagne a.k.a. Land of Milk & Honey (1971)
6. Tiger by the Tail (1970)
7. Rejs a.k.a. The Cruise)
8a. Star Garden (1974)
8b. Come Dancing (1971)
8c. A Recollection... Hanging Rock 1900 (1975)
9. La coda dello scorpione a.k.a. Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)
10. Homesdale (1971)
11. The Internecine Project (1974)
12. The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
13. Vem var Dracula? a.k.a. In Search of Dracula (1975)
14. Les amis (1971)
15. Sürü a.k.a. The Herd (1978)
16. Kindaichi Kosuke no boken a.k.a. The Adventures of Kosuke Kindaichi (1979)
17. Stone Cold Dead (1979)
18. The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976)
19. Fårö dokument (1970)
20. Fårö-dokument 1979 (1979)
21. Slaughter (1972)
22. Robot Taekwon V a.k.a. Voltar the Invincible (1976)
23. El retorno de Walpurgis a.k.a. Curse of the Devil (1973)
24. Abhimaan (1973)
25. Gozaresh a.k.a. The Report (1977)
26. The World Beyond (1978)
27. The Hart of London (1970)
28. Maîtresse (1976)
29. Executive Action (1973)
30. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
31. The Wiz (1978)
32. Supermen dönüyor a.k.a. Return of Superman (1979)
33. Rocky II (1979)
34. O lipotaktis a.k.a. The Deserter (1970)
35. A Thief in the Night (1972)
36. Seven (1979)
37. Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)
38. Providence (1977)
39. Mädchen im Nachtverkehr a.k.a. Girls in the Night Traffic (1976)
40. Free to Be... You & Me (1974)
41. Chi l'ha vista morire? a.k.a. Who Saw Her Die? (1972)
42-54. I Claudius (1976) E1-13
55. Lin Shi Rong a.k.a. Magnificent Butcher (1979)
56. Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga a.k.a. Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)
57. Play for Today: Robin Redbreast (1970)
58. The Muppets Go Hollywood (1979)
59. Hababam Sinifi Sinifta Kaldi a.k.a. The Chaos Class Failed the Class (1976)
60. Figures in a Landscape (1970)
61. A Tattered Web (1971)
62. Angels Die Hard (1970)
63. Pakeezah (1972)
64. Xing xing wang a.k.a. The Mighty Peking Man (1977)
65. L'araignée d'eau a.k.a. The Water Spider (1971)
66. Shatranj Ke Khilari a.k.a. The Chess Players (1977)
67. La porta sul buio: Il vicino di casa a.k.a. Doors of Darkness: The Neighbor (1973)
68. Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)
69. Maidstone (1970)
70. I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1973)
71. Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)
72. Alice in den Städten a.k.a. Alice in the Cities (1974)
73. The Norliss Tapes (1973)
74. Anomalo fortio a.k.a. Dangerous Cargo (1977)
75. Mon oncle Antoine (1971)
76. The White Buffalo (1977)
77. Mame (1974)
78. The Premonition (1976)
79. Yek Etefagh sadeh a.k.a. A Simple Event (1974)
80. Ban jin ba liang a.k.a. The Private eyes (1976)
81. Blaise Pascal (1972)
82. Alambrista! (1977)
83. Tatsu no ko Tarô a.k.a. Taro the Dragon Boy (1979)
84. Pure S (1975)
85. Os Inconfidentes (1972)
86a. Children of the Fields (1973)
86b. A Linguagem da Persuasão (1970)
86c. O Aleijadinho (1978)
87. Earthquake (1974)
88. Who? (1973)
89. Hell's Bloody Devils (1970)
90. The Stud (1978)
91. Quadroon (1971)
92. Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977)
93. La porta sul buio: La bambola a.k.a. Doors of Darkness: The Dolls (1973)
94. Pink Narcissus (1971)
95. Un'ombra nell'ombra a.k.a. Ring of Darkness a.k.a. Satan's Wife (1979)
96. China Girl (1975)
97. Black Love (1971)
98. Erotic Point of View (1974)
99. Homer... The Late Comer (1970)
100. La morte risale a ieri sera a.k.a. Death Took Place Last Night (1970)
101. Les deux Anglaises et le continent a.k.a. Two English Girls (1971)
102. The Plumber (1979)
103. How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache (1976)
104. Uchû senkan Yamato a.k.a. Space Battleship Yamato (1977)
105. Gyeoulyeoja a.k.a. Winter Woman (1977)
106. Nuits rouges a.k.a. Shadowman (1974)
107. La orgía de los muertos a.k.a. The Hanging Woman (1973)
108. Moonwalk One (1971)
109. Vigilante Force (1976)
110. Mr. Horatio Knibbles (1971)
111. Criminally Insane (1975)
112a. Peege (1973)
112b. Serene Velocity (1970)
112c. I, an Actress (1977)
112d. Multiple SIDosis (1970)
113-114. Cartesius (1974) E1-2
115-120. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) E1-6
121. Play for Today: Nuts in May (1976)
122. Through the Looking Glass (1976)
123. Furimukeba ai a.k.a. Take Me Away (1978)
124. Absolution (1978)
125. Blood Stalkers (1978)
126. Omnibus: Dance of the Seven Veils (1970)
127. Disco Godfather (1979)
128. The Rose (1979)
129. Dang kou tan a.k.a. Bloody Fists (1972)
130. La porta sul buio: Testimone oculare a.k.a. Eyewitness (1973)
131. Akai kami no onna a.k.a. The Woman with Red Hair (1979)
132. Demons of the Mind (1972)
133. Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire a.k.a. Hallucination Strip (1975)
134. The Eiger Sanction (1975)
135. Genèse d'un repas a.k.a. Origins of a Meal (1979)
136. Trouble Man (1972)
137. Satan's Children (1975)
138. Betrayal (1974)
139. Al-risâlah a.k.a. The Message (1976)
140. A Safe Place (1971)
141. Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974)
142. Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970)
143. Sticenik a.k.a. Ward (1973)
144. Bombay to Goa (1972)
145. Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim a.k.a. The Girl with the Red Scarf (1977)
146-150. Acht Stunden sind kein Tag a.k.a. Eight Hours Don't Make A Day (1972) E1-5
151. Emma, puertas oscuras (1974)
152. Halloween with the New Addams Family (1977)
153. Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland a.k.a. Hitler: A Film From Germany (1977)

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Post by Traveller » August 22nd, 2020, 3:09 pm

75. Real Life (1979) - 7/10
76. Scum (1979) - 6/10
77. Silent Running (1972) - 6/10
78. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) - 6/10
79. The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972) - 6/10
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Post by OldAle1 » August 22nd, 2020, 9:59 pm

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Roger Corman in the 70s

1. Bloody Mama (Roger Corman, 1970)
2. Gas-s-s-s aka Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. (Roger Corman, 1970)
3. Von Richthofen and Brown (Roger Corman, 1971)

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4. Breaker! Breaker! (Don Hulette, 1977)
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5. Eolomea (Hermann Zschoche, 1972)
6. Im Staub der Sterne / In the Dust of the Stars (Gottfried Kolditz, 1976)
7. Operation Ganymed (Rainer Erler, 1977)

Eolomea is an East German production from DEFA studios, with help from the Soviet Union and Bulgaria, shot in 70mm - one of a number of big-budgeted "epic" films from the Eastern bloc in the 60s-70s that seem in many ways meant to prove that Communism could do movies just as well as the decadent West. Well, yeah, there's some great stuff there - but you gotta have at least a halfway decent plot/story/idea to go with your expensive effects, sets, and nice widescreen photography. And this sadly fails on that level; while the conception - a far-future interplanetary Earth civilization is considering sending rockets to the mysterious "Eolomea" when several ships start to disappear, and space stations go quiet, meanwhile lots of philosophical pondering on the parts of the primary leaders as to whether or not long-distance space travel is worth it - is pretty decent, the execution is weak. Part of the problem I think is that there is just too much to shove into an 82-minute run-time - a romance, digressions on morality and safety, the mystery as to what's going on with the missing ships, etc - and part of it is that when the resolution occurs it's just stupid and unbelievable. Pretty cool sets and production design though, if you like the style of things like Antonio Margheriti's Gamma Quadrilogy; obviously all models, but lovingly crafted. And it's nice to see a female lead (Dutch actress Cox Habbema), even if she seems to have been chosen as much for her striking looks as for her ability to convincingly play a scientist/leader-cum-action heroine.

Im Staub der Sterne is also a fairly large budget East German production, but with a bit more streamlined and enjoyable storyline. In this case it's the hoary old chestnut of a scientific mission being called to a planet because of an emergency, only to find out that the call isn't what it purported to be, and the planet's people have been taken over and enslaved by another race, who of course the scientists will have to help defeat. This one takes the feminist virtues of Eolomea and amplifies them - the scientific mission has 4 women and 2 men, and one of the women is the leader. Alas it's one of her male subordinates who gets to do most of the heroic stuff but still a fairly progressive vision overall. Again nicely produced if you like this sort of pre-Star Wars sci-fi adventure; no great shakes overall but more fun than Eolomea and nearly as well-produced.

Operation Ganymed is a West German TV movie, altogether more somber and dry (in both literal and figurative senses) than the two previous films, about a mission of five astronauts returning to earth after a 4-year voyage to the titular moon, the longest such trip yet made. Something goes wrong on their return though - they cannot communicate with the planet, and they are forced to splash down in unknown waters, which turn out to be the Pacific just off the coast of Baja, Mexico. The opening spacecraft sequences are among the most realistic I've seen from this period, and these are equalled by the very real sense of doom and despair as the men start a long trek north through the desert, running out of food and water and hope. Flashbacks to various problems on Ganymede enliven the journey for us in the audience, but the overriding feeling is one of despair and a hopeless view of man's future. The interpersonal issues between the astronauts are pretty well detailed and of course the dangers they face amongst themselves come to the forefront pretty quickly. It doesn't add up to anything really special, and at 2 hours it's a bit much, but it's certainly a little different from the usual science fiction "entertainments".

8. Foul Play (Colin Higgins, 1978) (re-watch)

TCM. Barely remembered this - it's conceivable that I saw it when new, but unlikely; probably I saw it on TV sometime in the 80s or on video late in that decade. Not a huge fan of Chevy Chase and neither a fan or hater of Goldie Hawn, so this wasn't really on my radar until it just happened to be on - sometimes it's good to still keep up with "live" TV. And sometimes not - this turned out to be worse than my dim memories had it, a really tiresome "light" crime-mystery with only minimal comedy actually, about a plot to kill some major political figure (meant to be kept secret until near the end but trust me you'll figure it out before dumb cop Chase and his partner Brian Dennehy do) that kooky Goldie Hawn stumbles into. Of course we have to have a budding romance between Hawn and Chase, of course we have to have a murder which brings the characters together, which Hawn is suspected of, and we have to have some really dumb and crude physical comedy (ok, yeah, there is comedy - it just wasn't funny to me). Burgess Meredith doing kung-fu is probably the most memorable thing in the film, unless you're a Dudley Moore fan and like to see that actor play basically the same role he always did in this period. Also at 2 hours really too long for such a slight story.

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Post by blocho » August 22nd, 2020, 11:31 pm

9. Moonwalk One (1972)
A decent Apollo 11 documentary, made with the approval of NASA itself and thus including some footage not previously released to the public. Oddly enough, I found the sequences about 1969 society and its reaction to Apollo 11 more interesting than the scenes about the moon mission itself.

10. Despair (1978)
I'm sorry to say, Sol, that I didn't like this movie. It has many fine qualities, not least Dirk Bogarde's energetic, madcap performance and the slightly dreamy Art Deco aesthetic that infuses the entire movie. But, for me, Despair felt similar to a certain type of midcentury European movie (The Ogre of Athens is another example) in which the story and characters get swallowed by aimless scenes and torrents of abstruse dialogue. To everyone else, don't let my reaction dissuade you from seeing this movie, which is available on youtube. Sol's recommendations are usually good ones.

11. Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
A truly oddball movie that was the pet project and only cinematic effort of director/producer James Guercio, who was better known as the manager of the band Chicago (they provided some of the score and had a few cameos). By most accounts, cinematographer Conrad Hall actually did most of the directing. The story itself is quite good: A young motorcycle cop, who loves the accoutrements of his job and desperately aspires to greater status in the police, gradually comes to terms with the petty corruption around him. On the other hand, the whole thing feels disjointed. For one thing, Elisha Cook weirdly plays a half-crazed bum/prospector. There are some random scenes that make little sense, along with poor acting. The whole movie kind of feels like Easy Rider in bizarro world.

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10. Despair (1978)
I'm sorry to say, Sol, that I didn't like this movie. It has many fine qualities, not least Dirk Bogarde's energetic, madcap performance and the slightly dreamy Art Deco aesthetic that infuses the entire movie. But, for me, Despair felt similar to a certain type of midcentury European movie (The Ogre of Athens is another example) in which the story and characters get swallowed by aimless scenes and torrents of abstruse dialogue. To everyone else, don't let my reaction dissuade you from seeing this movie, which is available on youtube. Sol's recommendations are usually good ones.
That's okay; I appreciate you giving the film a go. I just love how totally deluded Bogarde's character is, obsessed with the idea that that other guy is his exact double when things couldn't be further from the truth. And yes, the art deco with all of the reflective and mirrored surfaces. The film would have been a nightmare to shoot, having to avoid the camera appearing in reflection.

For what it's worth, I quite liked The Ogre of Athens (O Drakos) too, so maybe there's something in that?

Oh, and I love Robert Blake's performance in Electra Glide in Blue, so sorry to see that you didn't like the acting there more. :( I also prefer the overall film to Easy Rider. What an ending!

And yeah, sorry about not seeing your own recommendation this month. The film was above average for me, but definitely not great enough for me to want to watch it twice in a six month period (saw it as a Challenge Double in February).
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1. Satan's School for Girls (1973) - 7/10
2. XIX saukunis qartuli qronika (1979) - 3/10
3. Veris ubnis melodiebi (1973) - 8/10
4. A Tale of Two Critters (1977) - 6/10
5. Backroads (1977) - 6/10

6. Rupan sansei (1978) - 7/10

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Post by blocho » August 23rd, 2020, 5:31 am

sol wrote:
August 23rd, 2020, 2:49 am
I just love how totally deluded Bogarde's character is, obsessed with the idea that that other guy is his exact double when things couldn't be further from the truth.
Here's the funny thing: I'm about half face blind. I just have a terrible time remembering and picking out faces. So during the scenes with the "double," I kept thinking that these two don't look alike at all, but maybe I'm just not seeing it because of my face blindness. I was kind of relieved when another character pointed out there was no resemblance.

One thing I forgot to mention, is that the movie reminded me of how, in "From Caligari to Hitler," Kracauer identified the double as an enduring motif in German cinema and culture. He provided an extended analysis of The Student of Prague as an example of this phenomenon. Interesting to see the double show up in Despair, albeit as a kind of pseudo-double.
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August 23rd, 2020, 2:49 am
Oh, and I love Robert Blake's performance in Electra Glide in Blue, so sorry to see that you didn't like the acting there more. :( I also prefer the overall film to Easy Rider. What an ending!
I liked Robert Blake in Electra Glide. It was Jeannine Riley that was a bit cringeworthy. Although, now that I think about it, her dialogue was so melodramatic that I suppose she did the best she could.
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August 23rd, 2020, 2:49 am
And yeah, sorry about not seeing your own recommendation this month. The film was above average for me, but definitely not great enough for me to want to watch it twice in a six month period (saw it as a Challenge Double in February).
No worries -- you already saw it! That's all that matters.

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1. Convoy (1978)
2. Breaker! Breaker! (1977)
3. The American West of John Ford (1971)
4. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
5. Caged Heat (1974)
6. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979, Germany)
7. Black Christmas (1974)
8. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
9. On Location: George Carlin at USC (1977)
10. The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
11. Taxi Driver (1976)
12. Dartktown Strutters (1975)
13. The Stepford Wives (1975)
14. The Godfather (1972)
15. Amarcord (1973)
16. The Girls from Thunder Strip (1970)
17. Network (1976)
18. On Any Sunday (1971)
19. Chariots of the Gods (1970, Germany)
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
21. Killer of Sheep (1978)
22. The Parallax View (1974)
23. Rocky (1976)
24. Days of Heaven (1978)
25. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
26. Fat City (1972)
27. Walking Tall (1973)
28. Five Easy Pieces (1970)
29. Moonwalk One (1972)
30. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974, Germany)
31. Despair (1978, Germany)
32. The Crazies (1973)
33. Death in Venice (1971)
34. Phantasm (1979)
Some neat visuals, but this didn't do much for me. Hard for me to get into anything supernatural.

35. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Watched the extended "final cut" at ~202 minutes. Interesting stuff. I love the film and there was some new things in there that I hadn't experienced before. I'm not sure they added too much to the film experience for me, but I would be interested to hear what @adwest has to say about it.

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Post by peeptoad » August 23rd, 2020, 12:38 pm

blocho wrote:
August 22nd, 2020, 5:36 am
Dang. I should have checked. The Great White Hope is available on youtube. The quality isn't good, but the movie's here if people don't mind that:
Thanks for posting it! I tried to get this from my library earlier in the month, but there's only one copy in circulation in the entire state and... no luck.
Will def watch before the end of the month. :thumbsup:

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Post by ororama » August 23rd, 2020, 12:46 pm

19. Magnum Force (1973) 123 min.

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1. The Night Stalker (1972) 75 min.
2. The Night Strangler (1973) 90 min.
3. Pays de cocagneLand of Milk and Honey (1971) * 75 min.
4. Mean Streets  (1973) 112 min.
5. Land des Schweigens und der DunkelheitLand of Silence and Darkness (1971) * 85 min.
6. Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner / The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) * 46 min.
7. Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) * 100 min.
8. Qiu XiaChelsia My Love (1976) * 100 min.
9. Di er dao cai hongRainbow in My Heart (1979) * 84 min.
10. L'Eden et aprèsEden and After (1970) * 98 min.
11. N. a pris les dés... / N. Took the Dice (1971) * 79 min.
12. The Bloody Judge (1970) * 103 min.
13. L'ultimo treno della notteLast Stop on the Night Train (1975) * 94 min.
14. Götter der PestGods of the Plague (1970) 91 min.
15. San De huo shang yu Chong Mi LiuIron Fisted Monk (1977)  89 min.
16. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes/ Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) 94 min.
17. Warum läuft Herr R. Amok/ Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970) * 88 min.
18. Les Démoniaques (1974) * 100 min.

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Post by OldAle1 » August 23rd, 2020, 1:10 pm

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Roger Corman in the 70s

1. Bloody Mama (Roger Corman, 1970)
2. Gas-s-s-s aka Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. (Roger Corman, 1970)
3. Von Richthofen and Brown (Roger Corman, 1971)

Chuck Norris in the 70s

4. Breaker! Breaker! (Don Hulette, 1977)

sci-fi in the 70s, German-style

5. Eolomea (Hermann Zschoche, 1972)
6. Im Staub der Sterne / In the Dust of the Stars (Gottfried Kolditz, 1976)
7. Operation Ganymed (Rainer Erler, 1977)

8. Foul Play (Colin Higgins, 1978) (re-watch)
more German speculative fictions

9. Traumstadt / Dream City (Johannes Schaaf, 1973)

I've known about this film for quite a few years - ran across an image from it somewhere, and the title has a strong appeal, so I was really looking forward to this. And for the first third of the film or so my anticipations of a film of weirdness and unease - a couple, bored of the daily urban world take advantage of a mysterious letter and journey to an obscure and hidden small city that seems right out of the medieval world, but that is promised to be the answer to their (or anyone's) dreams. But after the couple is in the city and have their first few weird little adventures - they can't find the guy who invited them, they briefly lose each other, etc, it settles into a fairly dark and pessimistic nightmare which interested me much less. Not that nightmares are uninteresting generally, but this just seemed rather pedestrian in execution in the final summary, leading to an inevitable apocalyptic ending that I just didn't care about. Overall still worth seeing I think but rather a disappointment given my high expectations.

10. Das Millionenspiel / The Millions Game (Tom Toelle, 1970)

Also a film I've known about and wanted to see for years, in contrast to Traumstadt this is a work that from the very get-go shows it's genre and narrative references to older works, never really pretends any originality in theme or purpose, but ends up very enjoyable for it's particular way of working out the old hoary ideas. And you can sum it all up pretty simply - it's the old "most dangerous game" idea of man being hunted by men, with a 60s-70s media overlay - see also Elio Petri's 1965 La decima vittima for a pretty clear analog. Essentially we have a man (Jörg Pleva, mostly a TV actor who I didn't know, quite fine here) spending the whole time running for his life, trying to make it to the end of a week alive and win the grand prize of a million marks. And alongside this we watch the TV crews filming him and his would-be killers, and the general public and their fascination or revulsion with the concept - mostly the former, sadly. While this does have a fair bit to say about the media's role in sensationalizing crime and human misery - see Paul Verhoeven's later work for another take on similar ideas - it also works just as a pure thriller and it's pretty consistently involving throughout.

Iranian obscurities

11. Ghahremanan / The Invincible Six (Jean Negulesco, 1970)

A year ago for the Iranian challenge I watched the 1978 Caravans, produced just before the revolution, and stated that it was the only true US-Iranian co-production - as far as I knew. Well, now I know better, because here's another. And maybe there are more, but I don't know an easy way to search for them. At any rate while this is listed as being based on a novel called "The Heroes of Yucca" - a pretty damn obscure book that is long out of print from equally obscure writer Michael Barrett - it might as well be called "The Magnificent Six" as it's really another take on Kurosawa's 1954 samurai classic, and John Sturges' 1960 western almost-classic, this time set in a small Iranian town suffering under the regular attacks of a horde of bandits led by the rather un-Iranian Jim Mitchum. A disparate group of Americans, Brits, Germans and one Iranian (the inevitable Behrouz Vossoughi) comes together while on the run from various crimes or traumas (the beginning involves an attempt by three of the men to steal the Iranian crown jewels) and eventually decide to help out the town, even if there's no gold at the end of the dusty rainbow. There's also Elke Summer on hand as the standard love/sex interest who may or may not be actually working for Mitchum. Disposable 70s action fare basically but enjoyable for the exotic location and the cast, which also includes Stewart Whitman and Curd Jürgens as a "doctor" with a satchel full of lockpicking tools.

12. Marg dar baran / Death in the Rain (Samuel Khachikian, 1975)

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This is the third Khachikian film I've seen in as many years - out of the 35 features he's listed as having directed on IMDb. While I haven't loved any of them, they've all been fascinating and different from pretty much any other Iranian films I've seen, so tracking down the other 32 - and hopefully better copies of the ones I've already seen - may well become a hopeless obsession for me. Like 1961's Faryade nimeshab / The Midnight Terror, this is kind of a noir-action film, in which a young criminal is betrayed by the leader of his gang, resulting in his wife's death, and spends the rest of the film trying to wreak vengeance on the whole gang. It was actually a bunch of trailers for Khachikian films which I got somewhere years ago that stoked my interest, with this one being the most crazy, full of beautiful and scantily-clad women (including a belly dancing sequence), a variety of cool locations for action sequences (a chase in a swamp culminating in a thrown scythe into the back of a running villain, a desolate ruin, a rain-soaked parking garage, a muddy hillside) and tough guys with big mustaches and puffed-up hair, bell bottoms, and lots of aggressive macho behavior that could easily come straight out of a Charles Bronson film from the era; this is one case where the film lived up to the trailer. Well, mostly - the poor YouTube print and sometimes scant subs make any final assessment impossible. But lots of fun, and after three films I think calling him the Iranian Sam Fuller isn't so far off the mark. The hunt continues...

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Post by blueboybob » August 23rd, 2020, 1:41 pm

79. Vild på sex (1974)
80. Passe ton bac d'abord... (1978)
81. Árvácska (1976)
82. Cocksucker Blues (1972)
83. Pollux et le chat bleu (1970)
84. Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)

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Post by sol » August 23rd, 2020, 2:48 pm

This 70's ShowShow
1. Mark of the Devil (1970)
2. Numéro Deux (1975)
3. Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly (1970)
4a. Steptoe and Son: A Death in the Family (1970)
4b. Steptoe and Son: A Winter’s Tale (1970)
5a. Steptoe and Son: Any Old Iron? (1970)
5b. Steptoe and Son: Steptoe And Son - And Son! (1970)
6. Mysteries of the Gods (1976)
7. Women in Cellblock 9 (1978)
8. In Search of Dracula (1975)
9. Dracula Blows His Cool (1979)
10a. Steptoe and Son: The Colour Problem (1970)
10b. Steptoe and Son: T.B. or Not T.B.? (1970)
11a. Steptoe and Son: Men of Property (1970)
11b. Steptoe and Son: Robbery With Violence (1970)
12. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
13. Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I... (1972)
14a. Steptoe and Son: Coming Dancing (1970)
14b. Steptoe and Son: Two's Company (1970)
15a. Steptoe and Son: Tea for Two (1970)
15b. Steptoe and Son: Without Prejudice (1970)
16. Magdalena Possessed By The Devil (1974)
17a. Steptoe and Son: Pot Black (1970)
17b. Steptoe and Son: The Three Feathers (1970)
18a. Steptoe and Son: Cuckoo in the Nest (1970)
18b. Steptoe and Son: Men of Letters (1972)
19a. Steptoe and Son: A Star is Born (1972)
19b. Steptoe and Son: What a Beautiful Mourning (1972)
20a. Steptoe and Son: Live Now, P.A.Y.E. Later (1972)
20b. Steptoe and Son: Loathe Story (1972)
21a. Steptoe and Son: Divided We Stand (1972)
21b. Steptoe and Son: The Desperate Hours (1972)
22. The Vampire Happening (1971)
23. Mark of the Devil Part II (1973)
24. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)
25a. Steptoe and Son: The Party (1973)
25b. Steptoe and Son: Back in Fashion (1974)
26a. Steptoe and Son: And So to Bed (1974)
26b. Steptoe and Son: Porn Yesterday (1974)
27. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)
28. A Little Night Music (1977)
29. I Love You I Kill You (1971)
30. Brotherhood of Satan (1971)
31. The Towering Inferno (1974) REVISION
32a. Steptoe and Son: The Seven Steptoerai (1974)
32b. Steptoe and Son: Upstairs, Downstairs (1974)
33a. Steptoe and Son: Seance in a Wet Rag (1974)
33b. Steptoe and Son: A Perfect Christmas (1974)
34a. I Dream of Jeannie: Please Don't Give My Jeannie No More Wine (1970)
34b. I Dream of Jeannie: One of Our Hotels Is Growing (1970)
34c. I Dream of Jeannie: The Solid Gold Jeannie (1970)
35a. I Dream of Jeannie: Mrs. Djinn Djinn (1970)
35b. I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie and the Curious Kid (1970)
35c. I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie, the Recording Secretary (1970)
36a. I Dream of Jeannie: Help, Help, a Shark (1970)
36b. I Dream of Jeannie: Eternally Yours, Jeannie (1970)
36c. I Dream of Jeannie: An Astronaut in Sheep's Clothing (1970)
37a. I Dream of Jeannie: Hurricane Jeannie (1970)
37b. I Dream of Jeannie: One Jeannie Beats Four of a Kind (1970)
37c. I Dream of Jeannie: My Master, the Chili King (1970)
38. Boarding School / Leidenschaftliche Blümchen (1978)
39. Count Dracula (1970)
40. Stewardessen (1971)
41-42a. Please Sir!: Ag Bow Rumber (1970)
41-42b. Please Sir!: Stitches and Hitches (1970)
41-42c. Please Sir!: Knick Knack Taffy Wack (1970)
41-42d. Please Sir!: Enter Mr. Sibley (1970)
41-42e. Please Sir!: It's a Saint Bernard's Life (1970)

43-44a. Please Sir!: Two and Two Make Nun
43-44b. Please Sir!: The Honour of the School (1970)
43-44c. Please Sir!: Cromwell's Last Stand (1970)
43-44d. Please Sir!: Catch a Falling Drop-Out (1970)
43-44e. Please Sir!: A Star is Born (1970)

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(120 minutes total)

Roland MacLeod is great in Two and Two Make Nun as a high-spirited monsignor who manages to unexpectedly win over 5C. The rest of the episode is pretty ordinary, mostly focusing on Maureen's increased obsession with becoming a nun and Alderton struggling to find some way to show her that she does not really want to go down that pathway in life.

The Honor of the School has a very funny stretch in which Alderton's class help him beat another teacher from a rival school at a game of golf for, well, as the title states. The rest of the episode is not especially remarkable, though Alderton has some good fumbling moments discussing puberty as evasively as he can with one of his female students.

Among so many mediocre/okay episodes, Cromwell's Last Stand is definitely one of the highlights of Series Three. Deryck Guyler gets a central role with lots of laughs from him mistaking Frankie for a real-life private detective and letting paranoia get the better of him. The episode also has Crowell ridiculously trying to make himself look younger, toupee and all.

Maureen is fast-becoming one of the most interesting characters and Catch a Falling Drop Out is another episode where her teen angst comes through well. The episode also gives Guyler a chance to be his smarmy best, trying to talk his way into an exclusive club, plus Alderton has some good pantomime moments looking for a lost shoe at a social function.

A Star is Born nicely gives Guyler another central role, this time convinced that he is male model material, which leads to awkwardness as he realises that he would need to resign were the photographs published. Less interesting is Alderton's wife also going down the modeling road. Funny crack about the principal being able to lend Guyler a wig though.
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I would be interested to hear what @adwest has to say about it.
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Post by Traveller » August 23rd, 2020, 4:26 pm

80. The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) - 5/10
81. 200 Motels (1971) - 3/10
82. Greaser's Palace (1972) - 5/10
83. Beyond the Darkness (1979) - 7/10
84. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) - 5/10
85. Lisa and the Devil (1973) - 7/10
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Post by OldAle1 » August 23rd, 2020, 5:38 pm

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Roger Corman in the 70s

1. Bloody Mama (Roger Corman, 1970)
2. Gas-s-s-s aka Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. (Roger Corman, 1970)
3. Von Richthofen and Brown (Roger Corman, 1971)

Chuck Norris in the 70s

4. Breaker! Breaker! (Don Hulette, 1977)

sci-fi in the 70s, German-style

5. Eolomea (Hermann Zschoche, 1972)
6. Im Staub der Sterne / In the Dust of the Stars (Gottfried Kolditz, 1976)
7. Operation Ganymed (Rainer Erler, 1977)

8. Foul Play (Colin Higgins, 1978) (re-watch)

more German speculative fictions

9. Traumstadt / Dream City (Johannes Schaaf, 1973)
10. Das Millionenspiel / The Millions Game (Tom Toelle, 1970)

Iranian obscurities

11. Ghahremanan / The Invincible Six (Jean Negulesco, 1970)
12. Marg dar baran / Death in the Rain (Samuel Khachikian, 1975)
13. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (John Hough, 1974)

Enjoyable enough car chase /crime film from the golden age for such things - supposedly; I've yet to see a 70s car film that I thought was really great, Two Lane Blacktop being the closest. This one is... fine. Peter Fonda and Adam Roarke are a couple of small-time criminals who steal a bunch of money from a supermarket safe (Roddy McDowell is the manager whose wife and kid they threaten to get it) and then take out on the run from the cops through the backroads of... California, I guess; don't know that it's mentioned. In tow is Susan George, who Fonda had just slept with and who decides she wants to have a little adventure. This has some pretty good car action, and George is way cute, but Fonda's character is SUCH a dick I found it hard to want anything but death for him, so I was pretty pleased I have to say at the fiery crash ending.

14. Apachen (Gottfried Kolditz, 1973)

Lovely-looking 'scope western shot in Romania and Uzbekistan (I guess they don't have this mountain/desert terrain in East Germany) about Ulzana, the famous Apache chief whose life spanned most of the 19th century and who had been the subject of a prestige American western the previous year, Robert Aldrich's Ulzana's Raid. I haven't seen that film in a long, long time but I'm guessing it probably didn't have the most progressive attitude towards the Apaches - and even if it did, it's no surprise that an Eastern European film at this time would be produced as a corrective to the capitalist/white exploitation of the Americas. Of course having your Apaches all played by Europeans (Gojko Mitic, a Yugoslavian actor who also played in several of the West German-produced Winnetou films in the previous decade) casts a bit of doubt on the progressive agenda - by our standards today, at least. That's not the major problem here though - the major problem is that it's just at heart a very generic revenge story, with Ulzana leading a small band against the evil/greedy US Army and copper miners who have slaughtered most of his village after tricking them into their town under false pretenses. The action's pretty good - if as silly and over-the-top as in any spaghetti western - and it looks nice, but on the whole, ehh. There's a sequel called Ulzana from the next year but a quick search hasn't turned up an English-friendly copy, and I didn't like this enough that I really care.

15. The Black Hole (re-watch) (Gary Nelson, 1979)

Another film that existed in very dim memory. Don't know if I saw this when new or sometime in the 80s or early 90s, or whether I saw it in the cinema or on video. I did remember Maximillian Schell, and the killer robots, and the sense of vast scale of the Cygnus, that very cool spaceship where most of the action takes place, which must be at least 2-3 km long and actually feels like it. The production design is definitely the best thing - by far - about this very expensive for it's time ($20 million - probably like $100 million now) film from a studio (Disney) then known for it's penny-pinching ways. My how times change. Anyway we have a crew of scientists plus one journalist (??) on a small ship that encounter the Cygnus, somehow in a stable orbit around a rotating black hole, and the mad scientist (Schell) who wants to travel into it. It's very 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in space in many respects and Schell I'm sure would've been a great Nemo, but the rest of the cast which includes Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgnine and Yvette Mimieux, and Roddy McDowell and Slim Pickens doing robot voices, is pretty wasted and it's all very predictable and the whole ship-is-collapsing thing dragged out way too much. Production designer/visual effects artist Peter Ellenshaw, who won an Oscar for Mary Poppins, is the main reason to see this - a lot of the miniatures still look pretty good and, again, the sense of scale is well communicated in many scenes. But overall it just doesn't stand up with the competition, i.e. Alien which was released a few months earlier.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

It would not be that hard to argue that the two most important and influential stories in the history of American science fiction were The Skylark of Space, by E.E. "Doc" Smith, which initiated the "space opera", eventually leading to Smith's own "Lensmen" series, Asimov's "Foundation" series and ultimately to modern writers like Peter Hamilton - and Armageddon 2419 A.D. by Philip Francis Nolan, which introduced Buck Rogers who shortly afterwards begat Flash Gordon, and whose movie serial exploits along with Gordon's were probably the most obvious and important influence on Star Wars almost 50 years later, which created a paradigm for space-adventure which is still dominant today. These two stories both were first published 92 years ago this month in the same magazine, Amazing Stories. Talk about synchronicity!

And of course one of the early effects that Star Wars had on science fiction, in film and TV, was in bringing those old pulp stories back to life, though with - to be charitable - mixed success. The 1980 Flash Gordon is mostly remembered as a campy cheese-fest, and this 1979-81 series would be lucky to be remembered even that well. It was put into production after a theatrical feature met with some success - hey, I saw it myself, on April 25th of that year at the Prairie Cinema in Beloit, WI, which is hidden behind trees about 10 km from where I'm sitting - and after it's producer/creator Glen A. Larson's previous series, Battlestar Galactica had failed in just one season. Buck had a slightly lower budget - though still quite high by TV standards at the time - and it recycled many of the sets, props, and I suspect artwork (matte paintings) from the previous show. It was also clearly promoted as a somewhat more juvenile program and had a strong cheesecake factor - in addition to Buck's sexy sidekick Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) and antagonist Ardala (Pamela Hensley) we get a seemingly endless parade of 20something starlets, a new girl or two for Buck to flirt with and the horny teenaged boys in the TV audience (me at the time) to look forward to. Buck himself is played by Gil Gerard with a bit of macho, lightly southern swagger - think Lee Majors in The Six Million Dollar Man for sure, and we also have on board Tim O'Connor as Dr. Huer - I guess sort of the leader of the Earth's defenses or something, people's positions on this show aren't that clear - and Mel Blanc as the voice of Twiki, the necessary cutesy robot, with Eric Server as Dr. Theopolis, an early example of a "good" AI that has to count as one of the show's few interesting novelties. Writers and directors on the show are mostly names I don't recognize, apart from D.C. Fontana, a major figure in Star Trek history, who worked on one episode. Overall this has been kind of enjoyable from the nostalgia viewpoint but it's pretty close to the limit of how stupid something can be before I stop enjoying it, despite my attachment to my childhood.

There are several 2-part episodes in the series - I'm scoring the first as just one point because what I saw was the "movie" version, slightly different than the TV edit and with only one beginning credit sequence - the others have individual credits and are treated as individual episodes. In case anybody cares...

16. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 1, Episode 1, "Awakening" (re-watch)

I rather like Stu Phillips' rather romantic title music - it's a bit different than the grandiosity of his earlier Battlestar Galactica, or the genre compositions of Williams and Goldsmith at the time - but the girl writhing around on the rug during the credits is a little hard to take, and points us to some of the problems this show was going to have. Basically in this first movie/2-part episode we meet Captain William "Buck" Rogers, commander of America's "last deep space probe" launched in 1987 - why do SF shows and movies have to date themselves so obviously? - who somehow gets frozen in suspended animation until his ship is encountered by the Draconians led by Princess Ardala and her henchman Kane (the wonderfully evil dead-eyed Henry Silva) who wake him up and, thinking he's a spy for the earth forces, send him on his way to Earth with a secret tracking device (shades of Star Wars; also the Draconian battlecruiser is very star destroyer-like) and hope he'll either be destroyed by the Earth forces or lead them through the hole in the defenses so they can conquer the planet. Of course SPOILER neither happens and Buck is soon no just acclimatized to his new surroundings but somehow leading the forces to repel the invaders and single-handedly destroy their flagship. It's hard to tell how much time elapses here - this is one of those shows where you almost never see anyone sleeping or get any sense that anything happens outside of what you're seeing - but in the course of less than 2 hours screen time Buck romances (in a very G rated way) both leading ladies, sees "Old Chicago" where the bombs went off and fights off the diseased/radiocative denizens therein, learns how to fly a 25th-century space ship, and does all manner of other heroic and nonsensical things. Perfect for a 13-year-old at the time but just so fucking stupid it's nearly unwatchable now. Nice matte paintings and such but that's about it.

17-18. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 1, Episodes 2/2a, "Planet of the Slave Girls"

A slight improvement over the first episode, mostly because of the participation of Roddy McDowell and Jack Palance (as the main villain, of course). There's a crisis on earth as a sickness is spreading all over the world but especially in New Chicago and especially especially among the pilots. All food is grown off-world and once it's determined that the food pellets are the cause, it's Buck and Wilma to the rescue! Turns out Palance wants to take out Earth and rule the universe don't ya know, and he's got these blazing fire-hands that can kill or control people, cool, huh? Also notable for a bit with Buster Crabbe - the original Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon in the Universal serials of the 30s-40s - as "Brigadier Gordon" an old fighter pilot who comes out of retirement to help.

19. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 1, Episode 3, "Vegas in Space"

Buck has to infiltrate a casino-world to get back a young female employee of a crime lord (Cesar Romero) who for some reason holds the secret to why the Earth's fighters are having a hard time battling with the new Draconian models. Why is this old dude so oddly solicitous towards the young lady? Hmm, I think you'll guess why. Another excuse to have lots of attractive women in skimpy outfits - hey, it's like Vegas - and to have Buck play blackjack, and to have another cool bad guy guest star, this time Richard Lynch. About on the level of the previous episode or maybe just a tiny bit better - this show did improve a bit over these first few episodes.

20-21. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 1, Episodes 4-5, "The Plot to Kill a City"

Here's some good ol' everyday 25th century fashion as modeled by star Gil Gerard and guest Markie Post (later a co-star on The Fall Guy and Night Court so I guess this somehow didn't hurt her career):

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Anyway the title pretty much tells you what this one's about - actually most of the titles of this show are pretty literal. Buck and Wilma have to foil a plot to destroy New Chicago (again... how many episodes will have this theme?), this time concocted by a group with the totally original and not pulp-comic-like at all name of The Legion of Death, which contains members with special powers - one can read minds, one has telekinetic abilities, one is a genius strategist, etc. Frank Gorshin, The Riddler from the 1960s [i[Batman[/i] TV show, is the leader - they always save the best stars for the villain parts. Buck, having just killed one member of the group whose face is unknown to the others, has to infiltrate the group. Like many other episodes this is hurt by basic stupidity in the set-up - really, they make no attempt to disguise Buck, or have him learn anything about the guy he's supposed to be? - and the limited budget. Dreamer me, I kind of expected that there'd be some big action or disaster set-piece at the climax, but not such luck, just a bunch of people walking through cheap FX to get into a power station that they want to blow up. Yep, the fetish outfits are really the best thing here.

21. Finalmente le mille e una notte / 1001 Nights of Pleasure (Antonio Margheriti, 1972)

Two things I can always go for: Arabian nights stories, and Antonio Margheriti. So this should be a slam-bang hit but... what I didn't reckon with is that this is really a sex comedy rather than a fantasy-adventure. And such is not really my genre of choice - and I haven't seen Margheriti do anything quite like this before so I was a bit skeptical as this opened (it's clear right away that the emphasis is going to be on comedy, though the second part does have some fantasy elements). But I ended up having a good time, even if it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. We have a King or Caliph or Prince - I don't remember - who has taken a new bride, but who finds himself not up to the occasion of loving her properly. Nothing helps, but then he hits the idea of having dirty stories told to him - and if they don't excite him properly, the story-tellers will lose their heads. Shades of Scheherazade. The first story involves a sultan who thinks he's the greatest lover around until his mirror tells him otherwise - finding the stud who's supposed to be better, he gives him tests which of course end in his own humiliation; the second is an Aladdin story, basically, with a rather funny homoerotic twist, and the wondrous Barbara Bouchet; and the third involves a princess who cannot be satisfied and executes all the men who fail her, but who eventually meets her match in an unexpected way. Overall it's lots of fun and ultimately a rather feminist take on some of these old sexy stories.

22. Summer in the City (Wim Wenders, 1971) (re-watch)

Wenders' first feature* and his first work with Müller, whose b/w 16mm images certainly contribute significantly to the cold, lonely, isolated feeling that the film conveys. It's all set in a very snowy winter in Munich and Berlin - the warm title comes from the hit 1966 Lovin' Spoonful song, which plays near the end - and it definitely conveys a feeling of low-key desperation and dreariness effectively, though that's about it. Lots of lovely tracking shots of the two wintry cities, which our protaganist Hanns (Hanns Zischer, also very early in what has been a long and distinguished career) moves through, talking mostly about music and movies with the women he stays with - essentially a low-rent grifter after being released from a short prison sentence, lamenting the closure of Kinos in Berlin, and dreaming of a New York that he cannot reach. I didn't remember that I'd seen this, and didn't have it checked or rated, but I did remember bits as I watched it, particularly Hanns' obsession with the Kinks and the Troggs, and some of those beautiful, aging 5- and 6-story 19th century apartment buildings. I think the first viewing was unsubbed, which probably accounts for how dim my memory is to some extent. There are loads of better films, particularly from this era from Germany and France, about existential loneliness and apathy, and I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone who isn't a big fan of the director, but the mood really worked on me, and the music's great. Weird use of post-dubbing throughout, not sure how much of this was intentional originally or mandated by very poor sound recording on set.

*IMDb lists a 1969 3-hour Kaspar Hauser with Wenders among 10 directors but I don't see anything significant about it anywhere else; I'm guessing it was an amateur/student project.

23. Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter / The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (Wim Wenders, 1972) (re-watch)

Another of Wenders' frequent collaborators, composer Jürgen Knieper, shows up for the first time with his simple, evocative score for what almost feels like a bigger-budgeted, tighter, color remake of the previous film, though the screenplay is co-written by, and based on the novel by the same name by Peter Handke, also a longtime Wenders collaborator and future Nobel Prize winner and defender of dictators. Here in the typical loner-protagonist part we have Arthur Brauss - who bears a striking resemblance to the generation-younger Mads Mikkelsen at the same age - as Bloch, a football goalkeeper who misses an important save in a match and is suspended for a week, upon which he goes on a ramble, mostly by bus, of the country, early on hooking up with a cinema cashier and, apparently casually, strangling her. This doesn't seem to bother him, and despite occasional glances at newspapers and an awareness of cops, he just goes about his aimless way, drinking and getting in fights, and hitting on an old flame and a much younger hotel maid in one town, more or less at the same time. This definitely verges on nihilism, and now that I think of it, apart from the music what I remembered most about the film is arguing with friends over how the central act of violence is / is not dealt with in the film - something it's hard to imagine happening in such a way in a Hollywood production, then or at any time. But sadly, it feels very real, and we have evidence all around us of people with no consciences, no cares, no feelings, no understandings of the world - and no interest in any of them. A very, very bleak portrait of, even and indictment of, this kind of behavior.
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01. Tagebuch eines Liebenden a.k.a. Diary of a Lover -- Shahid-Saless, 1977.
02. Ioannis o viaios a.k.a. John the Violent -- Marketaki, 1973.
03. Bang Bang -- Tonacci, 1971.
04. Hanare goze Orin a.k.a. The Ballad of Orin -- Shinoda, 1977.
05. Bas ya bahar a.k.a. Cruel Sea -- al Siddiq, 1972.
06. Tudo Bem -- Jabor, 1978.
07. Next Stop, Greenwich Village -- Mazursky, 1976.
08. The Gravy Train a.k.a. The Dion Brothers -- Starrett, 1974.
09. Animals are Beautiful People a.k.a. Beautiful People -- Uys, 1974.
10. Moy laskovyy i nezhnyy zver a.k.a A Shooting Accident -- Loteanu, 1978.
11. The Hellstrom Chronicle -- Spiegel & Green, 1971.
12. The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart -- Horn, 1970.
13. Zachariah -- Englund, 1971.
14. The Black Panther -- Merrick, 1977.
15. Al hayatt al yawmiyah fi quariah suriyah a.k.a. Everyday Life in a Syrian Village -- Amiralay, 1976.
16. Acht Stunden sind kein Tag : Jochen und Marion a.k.a. Eight Hours Don't Make a Day; Episode 1: Jochen and Marion -- Fassbinder, 1972.
17. $ a.k.a. Dollars a.k.a. The Heist -- Brooks, 1971
18. Juggernaut -- Lester, 1974.
19. Guerra conjugal a.k.a. Conjugal Warfare -- de Andrade, 1974.
20. Thartharah fawq al-Nil a.k.a. Adrift on the Nile -- Kamal, 1971.
Three '70s crime films in a row (by chance), all quite different...

21. Callan -- Sharp, 1974.

I knew this British film came from the same material and characters used in a TV series that aired a few years previously, and based on the couple of screenshots I had seen, I had expected something a lot like The Sweeney from the '70s (which I like) -- a hard-edged, tough cop show. Wrongity, wrong, wrong! Callan is involved with a super-secret branch of the British secret service -- so secret that they're allowed to do whatever it takes to get the job done, including assassinating people. In the film, Callan is hired to kill a German businessman, but everything is kind of turned around: he has very antagonistic relationship with his colleagues and boss, and starts to befriend the German. There are some very interesting, quirky characters, and the script is pretty good. It went places I didn't expect, and it makes me very curious to see the TV show.

22. Le juge Fayard dit Le Shériff a.k.a. Judge Fayard Called the Sheriff -- Boisset, 1977.

Patrick Dewaere is a young judge who starts to get into detective work and law enforcement, as he investigates some shady business dealings and a hit job. It's actually a pretty good, restrained performance for Dewaere, but it never really gets off the ground.

23. Seishun no satsujinsha a.k.a. The Youth Killer -- Hasegawa, 1976.

Not my film. A young man's parents are discouraging him from seeing his girlfriend, so the young man goes crazy and wreaks havoc. Murder, attempted rape, arson, yadda yadda. You could play a drinking game every time his girlfriend yells "Jun-chan! Jun-chan!" when she's looking for him or trying to get him to stop doing something, but if you did, you'd die of alcohol poisoning well before the end. (I swear I'm going to hear her hollering "Jun-chan!" in my sleep tonight... :blink: ) There are a few arresting screenshots -- particularly when Jun is disposing of a couple of bodies -- but otherwise...blah.

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Post by maxwelldeux » August 23rd, 2020, 6:58 pm

sol wrote:
August 23rd, 2020, 2:49 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
August 23rd, 2020, 6:48 am
I would be interested to hear what @adwest has to say about it.
Welcome to the 21st century where all communication with one's spouse is done through the internet. :o Of course, you couldn't just ask her. :P
Hehehe... I'm just waiting for her post. There's only so much talking about a 202 minute film immediately after watching it. tehe

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Post by Obgeoff » August 23rd, 2020, 7:12 pm

1. Shaft (1971, Parks) 6
2. Fiddler on the Roof (1971, Jewison) 7
3. Silent Running (1972, Trumbull) 6
4. What's Up, Doc? (1972, Bogdanovich) 7
5. The Driver (1978, Hill) 7
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Post by flavo5000 » August 23rd, 2020, 8:07 pm

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154. To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

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155. Le genou de Claire a.k.a. Claire's Knee (1970)

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156. Son of Dracula (1974)

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157. Korol Lir a.k.a. King Lear (1971)
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1. Iracema - Uma Transa Amazônica (1975)
2. Meteor (1979)
3. Le fond de l'air est rouge a.k.a. A Grin Without A Cat (1977)
4. Hokkyoku no Mushika Mishika a.k.a. Adventures of the Polar Cubs (1979)
5. Pays de cocagne a.k.a. Land of Milk & Honey (1971)
6. Tiger by the Tail (1970)
7. Rejs a.k.a. The Cruise)
8a. Star Garden (1974)
8b. Come Dancing (1971)
8c. A Recollection... Hanging Rock 1900 (1975)
9. La coda dello scorpione a.k.a. Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)
10. Homesdale (1971)
11. The Internecine Project (1974)
12. The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
13. Vem var Dracula? a.k.a. In Search of Dracula (1975)
14. Les amis (1971)
15. Sürü a.k.a. The Herd (1978)
16. Kindaichi Kosuke no boken a.k.a. The Adventures of Kosuke Kindaichi (1979)
17. Stone Cold Dead (1979)
18. The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976)
19. Fårö dokument (1970)
20. Fårö-dokument 1979 (1979)
21. Slaughter (1972)
22. Robot Taekwon V a.k.a. Voltar the Invincible (1976)
23. El retorno de Walpurgis a.k.a. Curse of the Devil (1973)
24. Abhimaan (1973)
25. Gozaresh a.k.a. The Report (1977)
26. The World Beyond (1978)
27. The Hart of London (1970)
28. Maîtresse (1976)
29. Executive Action (1973)
30. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
31. The Wiz (1978)
32. Supermen dönüyor a.k.a. Return of Superman (1979)
33. Rocky II (1979)
34. O lipotaktis a.k.a. The Deserter (1970)
35. A Thief in the Night (1972)
36. Seven (1979)
37. Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)
38. Providence (1977)
39. Mädchen im Nachtverkehr a.k.a. Girls in the Night Traffic (1976)
40. Free to Be... You & Me (1974)
41. Chi l'ha vista morire? a.k.a. Who Saw Her Die? (1972)
42-54. I Claudius (1976) E1-13
55. Lin Shi Rong a.k.a. Magnificent Butcher (1979)
56. Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga a.k.a. Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)
57. Play for Today: Robin Redbreast (1970)
58. The Muppets Go Hollywood (1979)
59. Hababam Sinifi Sinifta Kaldi a.k.a. The Chaos Class Failed the Class (1976)
60. Figures in a Landscape (1970)
61. A Tattered Web (1971)
62. Angels Die Hard (1970)
63. Pakeezah (1972)
64. Xing xing wang a.k.a. The Mighty Peking Man (1977)
65. L'araignée d'eau a.k.a. The Water Spider (1971)
66. Shatranj Ke Khilari a.k.a. The Chess Players (1977)
67. La porta sul buio: Il vicino di casa a.k.a. Doors of Darkness: The Neighbor (1973)
68. Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)
69. Maidstone (1970)
70. I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1973)
71. Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)
72. Alice in den Städten a.k.a. Alice in the Cities (1974)
73. The Norliss Tapes (1973)
74. Anomalo fortio a.k.a. Dangerous Cargo (1977)
75. Mon oncle Antoine (1971)
76. The White Buffalo (1977)
77. Mame (1974)
78. The Premonition (1976)
79. Yek Etefagh sadeh a.k.a. A Simple Event (1974)
80. Ban jin ba liang a.k.a. The Private eyes (1976)
81. Blaise Pascal (1972)
82. Alambrista! (1977)
83. Tatsu no ko Tarô a.k.a. Taro the Dragon Boy (1979)
84. Pure S (1975)
85. Os Inconfidentes (1972)
86a. Children of the Fields (1973)
86b. A Linguagem da Persuasão (1970)
86c. O Aleijadinho (1978)
87. Earthquake (1974)
88. Who? (1973)
89. Hell's Bloody Devils (1970)
90. The Stud (1978)
91. Quadroon (1971)
92. Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977)
93. La porta sul buio: La bambola a.k.a. Doors of Darkness: The Dolls (1973)
94. Pink Narcissus (1971)
95. Un'ombra nell'ombra a.k.a. Ring of Darkness a.k.a. Satan's Wife (1979)
96. China Girl (1975)
97. Black Love (1971)
98. Erotic Point of View (1974)
99. Homer... The Late Comer (1970)
100. La morte risale a ieri sera a.k.a. Death Took Place Last Night (1970)
101. Les deux Anglaises et le continent a.k.a. Two English Girls (1971)
102. The Plumber (1979)
103. How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache (1976)
104. Uchû senkan Yamato a.k.a. Space Battleship Yamato (1977)
105. Gyeoulyeoja a.k.a. Winter Woman (1977)
106. Nuits rouges a.k.a. Shadowman (1974)
107. La orgía de los muertos a.k.a. The Hanging Woman (1973)
108. Moonwalk One (1971)
109. Vigilante Force (1976)
110. Mr. Horatio Knibbles (1971)
111. Criminally Insane (1975)
112a. Peege (1973)
112b. Serene Velocity (1970)
112c. I, an Actress (1977)
112d. Multiple SIDosis (1970)
113-114. Cartesius (1974) E1-2
115-120. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) E1-6
121. Play for Today: Nuts in May (1976)
122. Through the Looking Glass (1976)
123. Furimukeba ai a.k.a. Take Me Away (1978)
124. Absolution (1978)
125. Blood Stalkers (1978)
126. Omnibus: Dance of the Seven Veils (1970)
127. Disco Godfather (1979)
128. The Rose (1979)
129. Dang kou tan a.k.a. Bloody Fists (1972)
130. La porta sul buio: Testimone oculare a.k.a. Eyewitness (1973)
131. Akai kami no onna a.k.a. The Woman with Red Hair (1979)
132. Demons of the Mind (1972)
133. Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire a.k.a. Hallucination Strip (1975)
134. The Eiger Sanction (1975)
135. Genèse d'un repas a.k.a. Origins of a Meal (1979)
136. Trouble Man (1972)
137. Satan's Children (1975)
138. Betrayal (1974)
139. Al-risâlah a.k.a. The Message (1976)
140. A Safe Place (1971)
141. Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974)
142. Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970)
143. Sticenik a.k.a. Ward (1973)
144. Bombay to Goa (1972)
145. Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim a.k.a. The Girl with the Red Scarf (1977)
146-150. Acht Stunden sind kein Tag a.k.a. Eight Hours Don't Make A Day (1972) E1-5
151. Emma, puertas oscuras (1974)
152. Halloween with the New Addams Family (1977)
153. Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland a.k.a. Hitler: A Film From Germany (1977)
154. To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
155. Le genou de Claire a.k.a. Claire's Knee (1970)
156. Son of Dracula (1974)
157. Korol Lir a.k.a. King Lear (1971)

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Post by St. Gloede » August 23rd, 2020, 10:13 pm

Alright, so let's continue this:
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1. Raphaël ou le débauché (1971, Michel Deville) 5/10
2. The Woman in Blue (1973, Michel Deville) 5/10
3. Nationalité immigré (1976, Sidney Sokhona) 6/10
4. Vrazda ing. Certa / Killing the Devil (1970, Ester Krumbachová) 6/10
5. Sylvie(1973, Klaus Lemke) 5/10
6. Amore (1978, Klaus Lemke) 6.5/10
7. Summer in the City (1971, Wim Wenders) 5/10
8. Der scharlachrote Buchstabe / The Scarlet Letter (1973, Wim Wenders) 5/10
9. Roy Colt & Winchester Jack / Roy Colt and Winchester Jack (1970, Mario Bava)
I was a massive Mario Bava fan as a teenager, first and foremost for his giallo work, but I somehow never saw a single one of his westerns. This was my first ... I was immediately disappointed that we did not get any of the luscious visuals that defined his horror work - instead it feels a little closer to when Fulci did westerns, i.e. hyped up humour angle. This is literally just a fun romp, with a lot of violence in between. This is made clear from the very beginning with our lead characters punching each other out for a long, long time, just for fun, with gags thrown in. It is nothing to special, but still thoroughly enjoyable. 6/10.

10. California (1977, Michele Lupo)
A fairly straight forward spaghetti western that is simultaneously slow, serious, even fairly close to traditional westerns, etc. and hyper-violent. It is a little bit like a more straight The Great Silence, but with the bounty hunters chasing down confederate soldiers, and without the clever characters, storytelling, boldness and creativity. Still a perfectly good and enjoyable film however. 6/10.


11. Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages / The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978, Margarethe von Trotta)
An understated and sparse film about bankrobbers with a social conscience and friendship. It feels quite slight compared to most of von Trotta's other work, but it still delivers on atmosphere, characters and off-beat suspense. 6.5/10


12. Aoom (1970, Gonzalo Suárez)
There is some really cool, trippy visuals in this low-budget spanish surrealist horror(?) film about a man trapped inside a doll and his lover searching for him, but it is not really enough. The actual blocking is mediocre and the visuals do not inspire awe, and worst of all it is filled with childish gags and other silliness that justruins its ability to be an immersive. 4/10

13. Five Filosophical Fables (1970, Donald Richie)
Yes, this is the only "full length" film bu "the" Donald Richie (you know, the guy with the Japanese list). This is actually a silent Japanese film dedicted to Buster Keaton, and comprised by 5 bizarre sketches with a standard silewnt music score and no intertitles. The sketches are nothing like the classic shorts, besides some awkward childlike prancing, etc. within sex, nudity, violence, cannibalism and more. It is clearly very low budget, and honestly, a little bit silly, but the visuals are very well done, and it was a fun viewing.


14. Ich liebe dich, ich töte dich / I Love You, I Kill You (1971, Uwe Brandner)
An underdeveloped and underexplored concept film that technically had some potential, but couldn't deliver. 4.5/10


15. Die Patriotin / The Patriotic Woman (1979, Alexander Kluge)
Kluge is a director I can never quite seem to get on the same wavelength off, so I was excited in the beginning with his absurdist tale of the knee and the framing of the film. It is funny and playful, and this mood continues through the first act, and lasts into the second, before just getting flatter and flatter as we, without much visual drama visit the Social Democratic Party of Germany's convention, and it just seems to last forever. In the end it is a solid work, that tries to say something of interest, but Kluge just can't keep my attention enough to care about what this is. Still, the film showed me that Kluge can be great - and while the mix of early greatness and later mediocrity was disappo that is a good sign. 6/10


16. Die letzten Jahre der Kindheit / The Last Years of Childhood (1979, Norbert Kückelmann)
A strong social justice film interesting in the plight of children involved in crime, working on the premise that children under 14 can not go to jail while their crimes still mark them. We follow a young boy that keeps falling into the same pattern, from his homelife and too later institutions. The negative here is the overly clear premise of freedom, and how they are placing the boy into conditions that will replicate the behavior - but this is also needed to get the message across. I loved the early free-lowing and dirty atmosphere in the family unit, where you can really feel it capturing the way children view adventure/wrong doing. I think it lost itself slightly as it went into the camp scenarios, and skipped a large portion of how he developed - which made me feel further away from the drama/central character - but it is still really well delivered and carries a proper melancholic punch. 7/10


17. Die Allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit - Redupers / The All-Around Reduced Personality: Outtakes (1978, Helke Sander)
Perfectly good, but not overly exciting look at beaurocracy and art in West Germany, with some interesting stings. 6/10


18. Ansichten eines Clowns / The Clown (1976, Vojtech Jasný)
Vojtech Jasný is one of the great Czechoslovakian New Wave directors, and more so than many of his counterparts he did far more traditionally beautiful films - by which I mean visually evocative and with a degree of minimalist restrainst, as opposed to the hectic madhat reinvention of the wheel from Chytilová, Jakubisko, etc. Just see All My Countrymen or Touha (granted, When the Cat Comes / The Cassandra Cat does play into the more general playfulness of the movement).

After the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and the subsequent implosion of Czech cinema he found a new home in Germany, and I think someone already saw Kulturer this month - a complete disappointed with little to offer - though made for TV so the poor quality can in some way be excused. The Clown is a major step up, but it is still missing the magic of his earlier work. The romance playing out between our lead (Helmut Griem) and Hanna Schygulla just feels flat, empty and emotionless - and I love Hanna Schygulla. The clown acts come off as sad, which is intended, but they are not striking in any way - it is really only towards the end that we can see shades of the Jasný that was - and with the face paint from the cover and complete melancholy it really is a wonderful final 10-15 minutes - I just wish what came before matched it. 6/10.

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