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Notorious, a review by Rich


In Notorious, a brilliant allegory of love and betrayal, Hitchcock fuses two of his favorite elements: suspense and romance. A beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex (Claude Rains). Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so, he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he's loved her all along. Stunning performances, Ben Hecht's excellent script, and Hitchcock's direction at its best make Notorious a perfect film.

I will leave it to Jon to wax lyrical over this film, my knowledge of Hitchcock is very narrow in comparison and would not do it justice.
Briefly, it was clear to see the genius of Alfred in the direction of this film, some fantastic shots and suspense expertly delivered. Some truly chilling moments are handled perfectly, particularly impressive was the filming of Bergman, who portrayed so much with a look or close-up of her eyes. Cary Grants performance was edgy and masterful. Bergman was absolutely gorgeous and fitted the role perfectly, simmering and fervent.
Espionage, love story and betrayal, served up expertly.

(From Riches Random Reviews on June 18th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter, a review by RossRoy

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
Alphabet Marathon - July 2010 - Entry #2
Jesse James and his partner Hank Tracy are on the run from Marshall MacPhee after their latest robbery and stumble across the decrepit residence of Maria Frankenstein. Maria, the granddaughter of the infamous Baron Frankenstein, is continuing the family legacy of experimenting in resurrecting the dead human tissue and has the still-living brain of the original monster.

Right off the bat I can tell you that the poster outrights lies. There's not nearly enough action to warrant the claims of "roaring guns" and "raging monster".

This is a pretty run of the mill cash-in movie. Take two popular icons, mash them together into a movie, and spew it out. It's nothing to call home about, but I found it correct. It didn't bore me out of my mind, but I'm not eager to watch it again either.

It was a bit unsettling though that the role of pretty-spanish-girl was played by a 40 years old lady. Oh she looks good, no question, but don't they usually have all sexed up young ladies for these types of role? Mind you the film was made in the sixties.. maybe it was different then.

The lady playing Frankenstein's Granddaughter though - yowhza! What a fine looking lady! Despite her variable foreign accent :laugh:


(From RossRoy's Random Viewings on July 2nd, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

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

SeaQuest DSV

What's the show about?
The SeaQuest is a Deep Submerge Vehicle and the largest submarine there is. Its task is to keep the fragile peace on Earth's oceans that have become farming grounds and mining fields for all kind of entrepreneurs and countries. The SeaQuest works under the mandate of the UEO - the United Earth & Oceans Organization and is only partly a military ship. It's also a research vessel and a lot of scientists live and work aboard it.

"To Be or Not to Be"
A year ago Commander Ford had to relieve Captain Stark of her command because she intended to fire nuclear torpedos on rivalling parties. Now the ship belongs to the UEO and Admiral Noyce is trying to convince Nathan Bridger to take command. He has designed the ship but after the death of his son he's also retired and has no intention to return to this world. But he agrees to take a look and when a pirate sub starts to attack underwater colonies he hasn't really a choice.

My Opinion
I liked this show, even the third season - which was different and where the SeaQuest had a new captain. The ship was an underwater version of the Enterprise but due to the environment they could tell new stories and old stories differently. Unfortunately large parts of the crew were replaced from season to season and they never had a real chance to become a well-developed team. Especially the more distinct members of the first season were replaced by younger people who didn't have the charm of the old ones.

(From The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon on September 17th, 2009)