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On The Waterfront, a review by Rich

Academy Award Best Picture winner 1954

On The Waterfront

Marlon Brando gives one of the screen's most electrifying performances as Best Actor in this 1954 Academy Award® winner for Best Film. Ex-fighter Terry Malloy (Brando) could have been a contender, but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) on the gang-ridden waterfront. Terry is guilt-stricken, however, when he lures a rebellious worker to his death. But it takes the love of Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint), the dead man's sister, to show Terry how low he has fallen. When his crooked brother Charley the Gent (Rod Steiger) is brutally murdered for refusing to kill him, Terry battles to crush Friendly's underworld empire. Directed by Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire) and written by Budd Schulberg (What Makes Sammy Run?), this unforgettable drama about Terry's redemption is among the most acclaimed of all films.

Enjoyable movie made brilliant through charismatic Brando's improvisation in the role of Terry Malloy, he literally brings the character to life and you feel yourself totally absorbed in the film. I am not a Brando mega-fan, but watch this performance and you can see the influence he made towards later stars such as Pacino and DeNiro.
The storyline is fairly run of the mill, but the settings away from studios were much more realistic and brought the film to life, unusual locations from what I have seen of this period of Hollywood, and a major plus for the viewer.
If you don't own many older B&W dvds, you would not go far wrong in adding this to your collection.
"It coulda beena contender" for top marks, but not quite.

(From Riches Random Reviews on February 6th, 2009)

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The Tingler, a review by GSyren

TitleThe Tingler (043396-077799)
DirectorWilliam Castle
ActorsVincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts, Pamela Lincoln
Produced1959 in United States
Runtime82 minutes
AudioEnglish Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital Mono
SubtitlesChinese, English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
OverviewVincent Price stars as an obsessed doctor who discovers that fear manifests itself as a parasitic creature, which grows on the spinal cords of terrified people. If they scream, the Tingler can be destroyed. If they don't, it will sever the spinal column and kill them. He successfully isolates and removes the Tingler from a deaf mute (Judith Evelyn) who has been scared to death by her devious husband. Once captured, the Tingler escapes and runs amok in a crowded movie theater. Terror is loose, but can it be stopped?

THE TINGLER is legendary horror director William Castle's magnum opus. After the success of HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, Castle devised a new gimmick called "Percepto" for THE TINGLER. Participating theaters would wire seats so that random moviegoers would get a tangible electric shock during climactic moments in the film. Another novelty used to maximum effect is the short color sequence depicting blood pouring from a faucet and filling a bathtub. Castle went on to direct more cult classics like HOMICIDAL and 13 GHOSTS and later produced the mainstream hit ROSEMARY'S BABY.
My thoughtsWilliam Castle was a showman, and to properly appreciate films like The Tingler you should have seen it in a theater in the fifties with “Percepto” installed. Seeing it half a century later on a TV screen, it's just silly. It is saved to some degree by a fine performance by Vincent Price. They just don't make movies like this any more. And rightfully so. Ploys like that worked back then, but wouldn't – and couldn't – work today with the way we consumes movies.

The Tingler is fun as a piece of fifties nostalgia, or if you're a fan of Vincent Price. But beyond that there is little to recommend it. I had fun watching it, though.
My rating

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on July 8th, 2014)

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Angel Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Angel: Season 5

8. Destiny
Original Air Date: 11/19/2003
Spike opens up a package that makes him corporeal again, turns the firm's employees into bloody-eyed monsters, and pits him against Angel in a race to drink out of the Cup of Perpetual Torment.

Guest Stars:
Sarah Thompson
Juliet Landau
Michael Halsey
Justin Connor
Mark Kelly

My Thoughts:
This one was right good.... Spike is solid once again. And I loved the fight between Spike. I love it when I go back to the show after year... and forget some of the finer points. This episode actually caught me by surprise who was behind it all! And some flash backs as well! :thumbup:

My Rating:

(From Angel Marathon on March 22nd, 2010)