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The Olga's films serie, a review by Jimmy


   

The Olga's Serie (1964-66)

This serie is the perfect exemple of what was a New York roughies. This genre was the NY answer to the nudie cutie and the nudist colony films and being from NY those movies are really different : they use a lot of violence usually against the women, a lot of nudity and usually they are film without sounds (good way to hide the fact that acting was not the strongest quality of those actresses).The genre will evolve in a more explicit way in the seventies with movies like Forced Entry, Hot Summer in the City or Sex Wish.

Title : White Slaves of Chinatown (1964)

Overview
In the first of the series, Olga uses pot parties and comic-book violence to turn Gigi Darlene and other female captives into her WHITE SLAVES OF CHINATOWN before putting them to work as drug-addicted hookers. But Olga has her tender side too and, in the mood for romance selects an occasional slave for a little lesbian loving: "The disease called Olga cannot be fought!"

My Impression
Now we talk of a film made in 1964, so you have to lower your expectations. This movie was shocking when it was released but not so much 44 years later. It doesn't countain a lot of nudity and the torture scenes are really short (one involving a bench vise and an hand is particullary well done). The movie use 2 narators (Audrey Campbell and Joel Holt) to explain the story and this naration is perfect. Audrey Campbell who plays the title role had a very strong screen presence, this is not a surprise since she is a real actress. Another point of interest : this is one of the few Gigi Darlene's movies available (a very beautifull German actress with a too short 7 years career). Promising start to a good film serie.
 
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Title : Olga's Girls (1964)

OverviewMy Impression
This one continue in the same vain except that this time it's relatively more violent. The torture scenes are shown, not that they are really graphic but the electrocution scene is interesting to watch and you get a girls fight between Audrey Campbell and Ricky Bell. This one as a story contrary to the other so there are some interesting development and Olga is caught at her game. The cast in this one include Audrey Campbell, Darlene Bennett (one of the most beautifull NY performer of this time) and Alice Denham (Playboy playmate of the month of July 1956). The movie is narrated again by Joel Holt and Audrey Campbell.

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Title : Olga's House of Shame (1964)

OverviewMy Impression
This one was filmed out of New York, a nice change of scenery that gives a lot of good outdoor action. The place is in the forest and that gives a more isolation and helpless feeling. This one is the last one where Olga controls the organization and we see her teaching her method to the next boss (Alice Linville). The focus for the torture this time is on the bondage and the whipping (not too much realist by the way), but we have an electrocution scene. The movie uses one time again the naration mode, but this time the director add live sound too. Not surprisingly most of these actresses can't act, but Audrey Campbell, Alice Linville and W.B. Parker give a good acting performance. Not too much known actresses in this one (even for me) : Ella Daphne (Sin in the Suburbs) and Alice Denham (from the previous one) are the only one that I know with Audrey Campbell and Alice Linville. One of the girl credited as Robin is really cute (she looks a little bit like Jenilee Harrison) and Brenda Denaut the mother of Patricia and Rosanna Arquette is in this.
 
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Title : Olga's Dance Hall Girls (1966)

Overview
Things take a bizarre turn with the most obscure Olga of them all, OLGA'S DANCE HALL GIRLS, in which a new brat-faced Olga recruits suburban housewives as "hostesses" for a dance hall which is really just a front for - are you ready? - a satanic cult!

My Impression
The first time I've watched this film my reaction was very bad because this movie had nothing to do with the Olga serie. There is no sadism in it, no prostitution ring, no narration and even a fake new Olga. But sometimes with a little time our oppinions can change and this is the case with this one. In fact this is not really a roughies but a little NY nudie and I've decided to accept it as it is. The acting is surprisingly good for this genre of movie, most of the cast member sound natural and credible. Many familliar faces appear in it as well (maybe that's why I like it more) : Linda Boyce (Electronic Lover), Uta Erickson (The Ultimate Degenerate), Larry Hunter (The Amazing Transplant) and the girl who played Olga look familliar but she had no other film credit (this is probably an alias). No sadism but to compensate we got a great underwear fight between Uta Erickson and some other girl. So if you take it as an Olga film this is a piece of crap, but if you take as a stand alone movie this is a perfectly well made NY nudie.

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Olga's Massage Parlor who is the fourth films in this serie is actually lost, but we never know those films sometimes reappear in the weirdest place. I hope that it will be find someday since Alice Linville (Sin in the Suburbs), Jackie Miller (Olga's House of Shame) and W.B. Parker (Sin in the Suburbs) are in this film

(From My Alphabet Marathon Review on November 14th, 2008)

Member's Reviews

Millennium, a review by Danae Cassandra




Millennium
Year of Release: 1989
Directed By: Michael Anderson
Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd, Daniel J. Travanti, Robert Joy, Brent Carver
Genre: Science-Fiction

Overview:
Time travel, the fate of air disaster victims and the future of mankind provide the thrilling ingredients for MILLENNIUM.  In this on-the-edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, Bill Smith (Kris Kristofferson), chief investigator for the NTSB, is sifting through wreckage of two jumbo jets invoved in a midair collision when he uncovers a strange alien device amid the rubble.  What is it?  Where did it come from?

His questions are answered when he meets Louise (Cheryl Ladd), a woman from the future whose do-or-die mission is to travel back in time and recover the lost "stunner."  Is she running out of time?  Will Bill Smith's knowledge of the future jeopardize the course of history?  Is the future of mankind now a thing of the past?  One thing's for sure...the suspense never lets up.

My Thoughts:
I've always enjoyed this movie. Sure, the effects are dated now, and it's a bit slow, and a bit campy. But I enjoyed it when it came out, and twenty six years later I still enjoy it. I think it deals very well with the questions surrounding time-travel and paradox. It's very much a concept film, relying on premise and imagination, rather than action. If this doesn't appeal, or if you're turned off by the obvious low budget, this isn't a film for you. The acting is solid, in my opinion, but nothing spectacular.

It's never going to appear on any list of the 'greatest sci-fi movies of all time,' but this film still holds a special place in my heart. The one part I didn't remember from the last time I saw this (gad, at least a decade ago), is also the worst part - the ending. On the DVD is an alternate ending which all three of us agreed would have been the better choice. Recommended for the hardcore sci-fi fan.

Bechdel Test: Pass

Overall: 3/5

(From Within My (Mom's) Lifetime Marathon on February 17th, 2015)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     The Black Adder (1983/United Kingdom)
IMDb | Wikipedia

(United Kingdom)
Length:195 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 1
Subtitles:Danish, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Other, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish


Plot:
Set in England at the end of the War of the Roses, we soon find out that the history we know is a Tudor fiction. In fact, Henry VII did not actually win the battle of Bosworth Field; he lost and though Richard III died in the battle, his nephew King Richard IV (who certainly was not smothered while still a boy in the Tower of London) reigned on for some years. The story focuses on Richard IV's younger son Prince Edmund, a sniveling coward who calls himself the 'Black Adder'. Assisted by his grungy servant Baldrick and the moronic Lord Percy, Edmund plots his rise to greatness.

Black Adder
1.01 The Foretelling
Writer: Richard Curtis (Writer), Rowan Atkinson (Writer)
Director: Martin Shardlow
Cast: Peter Cook (Richard III), Brian Blessed (Richard IV), Peter Benson (Henry VII), Robert East (Harry, Prince of Wales), Rowan Atkinson (Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh), Tim McInnerny (Percy, Duke of Northumberland), Elspet Gray (The Queen), Philip Kendall (Painter), Kathleen St. John (Goneril), Barbara Miller (Regan), Gretchen Franklin (Cordelia), Tony Robinson (Baldrick)

My least favorite Black Adder series. Compared to all the other series, this one is quite different. Atkinson's Blackadder is more like a talking Mr. Bean. And Baldrick is the cunning one in the duo at this point. When not comparing it to the other series, it is still quite fun and has some nice ideas.

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(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on March 29th, 2011)