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Four Times That Night, a review by Achim


Title: Quante volte... quella notte
Year: 1972
Director: Mario Bava
Rating: NR
Length: 83 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English

Daniela Giordano
Brett Halsey
Dick Randall
Valeria Sabel
Michael Hinz

For his sole foray into the sex comedy genre, Mario Bava delivers a swinging orgy of mod design, leering humor and daring late '60s erotica. American leading man Bret Halsey and former Miss Italy Daniela Giordano star in this Rashomon-inspired tale of a playboy and a virgin's first date that may or may not have included rape, nymphomania, lesbianism, and groovy inflatable furniture.

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My Thoughts:
I have yet to see Kurasawa's Rashomon (now rather sooner than later) to judge just how close this film was to it, but Bava's inspiration is undeniably clear (:slaphead: only after typing this sentence did I realize that the cover blurb actually gives it away :bag: :laugh:). The same story is told from 4 perspectives (hence the title), with each one shedding a different light on how and why things happened. Saying much more about the plot would spoil it for first time viewer, so I'll stay away from that.

Bava starts out (again, as per cover blurb) in telling the story like a sex comedy which were so popular in Europe at the time. However, then the tone shifts and everything seems rather dark when the claims to her mother that she's almost been raped. Only when we head into the second telling of the events do we realize, that things may not be as they seemed and begin trying to put the puzzle together to find the truth.

I highly enjoyed the witty dialog, especially in the beginning; it fell partly flat in later parts The film is shot with some inventive camera work, giving the limited locations a sufficiently fresh fell throughout the film. It has not entirely aged well, but ignoring some signs of the times it was made in it's still much enjoyable today.

(From Mario Bava marathon on July 13th, 2009)

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M, a review by Hal

Title: M: The Criterion Collection
Year: 1931
Director: Fritz Lang
Rating: NR
Length: 110 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: German: Dolby Digital: Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Mono
Subtitles: English

Peter Lorre
Ellen Widmann
Inge Landgut
Otto Wernicke
Theodor Loos

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(From M on July 21st, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon, a review by DJ Doena

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

What's the show about?
Buck Rogers is an astronaut who's been frozen in his spacecraft for 500 years and is been resurrected in the late 25th century. Earth has seen a nuclear holocaust and mankind lives in a few shielded cities and depends on the trade with other worlds. Buck Rogers has now to live in this world and to adapt to this new culture.

What happened before?
It's a remake of the 1939s, but since I've never seen this, I do not know what they've taken over and what not.

In the year 1987 Buck Rogers is send on a mission that should've lasted 5 months. Due to a cosmic accident he is frozens and awakes 504 years later on the Draconian flagship under the command of princess Ardala. Earth seeks a trade treaty with the Draconian Empire and Aradala's father who rules over 3/4 of the known universe. But Buck is suspicious whether the empire has the best interests of Earth in mind.

My Opinion
This is one series I just bought because of the pilot. I watched that show in the late 80s on television  but only a few episodes because I had a regular appointment when the show was running. After I bought the DVD set, I watched a few episodes but it didn't interest me that much. That's also the reason why I haven't got the second season. But the pilot I could watch over and over again. I could laugh my ass off everytime Buck shows that Earth pilots how to fly in a dogfight.

(From The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon on January 3rd, 2008)