This weekend I decided to do some classic movies. I have not been a fan of classic movies for very long at all... I would say probably just a few years. Before that it was like pulling teeth to try to get me to watch anything earlier then 1980!
This weekend I decided to go with classics when I started to profile all the disc that came in a free boxset I got for subscribing to the Total Movie & Entertainment Magazine. This boxset has 40 classic movies (well what they consider classics) on 20 DVDs.
Carnival of Souls (1962) Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag, the women accept, but are forced off of a bridge. It appears that all are drowned, until Mary, quite some time later, amazingly emerges from the river. After recovering, Mary accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to be dogged by a mysterious phantom figure that seems to reside in an old run-down pavilion. It is here that Mary must confront the personal demons of her spiritual insouciance.
My Thoughts: As soon as I popped this one in it looked vaguely familiar. Turns out at some point I did see this one before... not sure if I caught it on cable one evening... or if I watched this disc shortly after I got it... but I did remember it more and more as I went on. It is a movie that I enjoyed a lot! I would love to get a better version of it. The quality on this one left much to be desired... but it was better then I was expecting it to be. It felt like I was watching a VHS tape that someone had recorded... on the slowest speed. I also had to turn up my volume quite a bit since the audio was rather low. but other then that it was just fine. But as I said... I will be looking for a better version on this one... hopefully with some extras!
Genre: Horror Director: Dario Argento Rating: NR Length: 1h41 Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 Audio: English and Italian Subtitles: English
Stars: Anthony Franciosa Daria Nicolodi Giuliano Gemma John Saxon Christian Borromeo
Plot: Following the worldwide success of SUSPIRIA and INFERNO, Master Of Horror Dario Argento returned to the giallo genre with the shocker that remains one of the director's greatest. Anthony Franciosa stars as an American mystery novelist on a promotional tour in Rome who finds that his most recent book has inspired a copycat serial killer. When the psychotic impulse becomes irresistible, does freedom await in the simple act of annihilation? John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Daria Nicolodi (DEEP RED) and John Steiner (CALIGULA) co-star – along with a nerve-shredding score by Goblin and a mind-blowing twist ending – in this classic of sexual corruption, savage bloodshed and virtuoso filmmaking that fans and critics hail as an Argento masterpiece.
When Dario Argento is at the top of his game he is the best italian movie maker and more often than not he is. This is another excellent thriller from him in the tradition of the best italian Giallo. As usual the fun with a Giallo is to try to find who is the killer while watching and with a weak one we find it fast, but not in this case since all my guess were wrong and I didn't got it untill the end. Some of the murder are quite violent and the effects, as usual with the italian crew, are well done. Since it's an Argento's movie there is also some beautifull visual (I really like the long camera tracking shot before a particular moment I can't evidently talk about). The only downside is the dubbing (whatever you watch it in italian or in english this is dubbed) as some acting seem weak wich isn't the case (certainly not for Lara Wendel who is a very experienced actress, but the dubbing make her sounds like a wooden newcommer).
Easy to recommand since it's one of the best film of Argento.
Life on Mars Marathon (US Version), a review by addicted2dvd
5. Things to Do in New York When You Think You're Dead Sam partners up with Fletcher, his future police mentor, in 1973 to find a Puerto Rican man accused of throwing a black girl off the roof of a building—a case that has the black community up in arms and demanding retribution.
Guest Stars: Lisa Bonet as Maya Daniels Chris Bauer as Father Tim Edi Gathegi as Young Fletcher Bellow Clarke Peters as Captain Fletcher Bellow
My Thoughts: An excellent episode! This one has so much. It has a very bad and sad situation that could evolve into a riot. It gives Sam the chance to work with a younger version of his mentor. It even has a special (uncredited) guest appearance of Whoopie Goldberg. This is a very powerful story... definitely one of my favorites of the series.
6. Tuesday's Dead After a wild birthday party for Ray at the precinct, Sam receives a wild phone call that states he has until two o'clock to pull out of his coma before the doctor will pull the plug, just as his watch commander walks in with a hostage situation at a local hospital where the terrorists demands a dangerous operation be performed on the guy's brother.
Guest Stars: Lisa Bonet as Maya Daniels Brad William Henke as Michael H Bill Irwin as Dr. Schwahn Carmen Goodine as Erica
My Thoughts: This is another great episode of this short lived series. The hostage situation at the hospital was well done. And they also hint at a relationship between Sam and Annie... the only female cop at the precienct.
7. The Man Who Sold the World While investigating a child's kidnapping, Sam discovers some disturbing information about his father, as well as the real reason he disappeared for good on the day of Sam's fourth birthday party.
Guest Stars: Jennifer Ferrin as Rose Tyler Lee Tergesen as Lee Crocker Dean Winters as Vic Tyler Teddy Coluca as Uncle Butchie
My Thoughts: This is another episode I have to give the highest rating. This is an excellent episode. Sam learns about the kind of man his father really was. Annie finds herself in trouble in the woods. And the episode has a great ending!
8. The Dark Side of the Mook A mysterious phone call from a tipster leads Det. Sam Tyler to a headless body. A severed head is delivered to the precinct at the same time, thus leading to the discovery of a series of gruesome decapitations that might involve Det. Carling's brother, Eddie. The detectives are interviewed by someone tied to Aries Project.
Guest Stars: Eric Balfour as Eddie Carling Kevin Conway as Donovan Stamp John Bedford Lloyd as Interrogator Joel Marsh Garland as Seven Fifty
My Thoughts: This is a good episode... though not quite as good as the previous few. I got to admit... I didn't like the lieutenant when I first started this series. I thought they made him too much of a hard ass. But you know... he really grows on you. You get to enjoy his tough cop style. I definitely got a laugh out of his International Cover-up drinking game in this episode. Ray's brother in this episode looked very familiar then I look at the credits to see that it is Eric Balfour. He played Milo on 24.
9. Take a Look at the Lawmen A long standing competition between Lt. Hunt and the 125 and Anthony Nunzio and the 144 heats up as both investigate a bank robbery by the Russian mob. Meanwhile, Sam has a liaison in the file room, unaware of the woman's true identity.
Guest Stars: Michael Aronov as Yuri Demidov Vincent Curatola as Lt. Anthony Nunzio Olek Krupa as Vasilli Lukin Maggie Siff as Maria Belanger
My Thoughts: This one is a good fun episode. Of course with the time being in the '70s there was no love for the Russians. And I must admit I loved where the cops put down their guns and fought them to take them in. It just added to the fun. Now Sam adds to his problems by (unknowingly) sleeping with the lieutenant's daughter. This man just can't get his crap straight!