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Design for Living, a review by Antares


Design for Living (1933) 84/100 - A cute little Pre-Code film from Ernst Lubitsch that probably was an inspiration for Truffaut's Jules et Jim. But as opposed to the female character being psychotic and mentally deranged in that film, the female prey here is witty, charming and alluring. And you can understand why both men would do anything to be with her. At times, it's a bit stagey, suffering from slightly over the top acting, but all three leads give pleasurable performances, especially Gary Cooper. Of the three, I figured that he would be overshadowed by the masterful March and the radiant Hopkins, but he more than holds his own here. I've definitely come to the conclusion that Miriam Hopkins is one of my favorite actresses from the 30's. I don't know what it is, but she fascinates me, even though there are a few times when Lubitsch's camera caught her in awkward angles. Being a Pre-Code, there's a bit of racy dialog, but it's never anything gratuitous and there a few good laughs and some wonderfully written passages between the trio which makes for a fun and pretty quick viewing experience.

What the color coding means...

Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is


(From Antares' Short Summations on June 8th, 2013)

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The Bat, a review by addicted2dvd


TV Stars in the Movies Marathon

Title: The Bat
Year: 1959
Director: Crane Wilbur
Rating: NR
Length: 80 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: N/A

Stars:
Vincent Price as Dr. Malcolm Wells
Agnes Moorehead as Cornelia Van Gorder
Gavin Gordon as Lieutenant Anderson
John Sutton as Warner
Lenita Lane as Lizzia Allen

Star(s) of TV Series:
Star:
Movie Character:
TV Series:
Season(s):
Series Character:
Agnes Moorehead
Cornelia Van Gorder
Bewitched
All
Endora

Plot:Extras:
N/A

My Thoughts:
This is the first time I ever seen this classic Vincent Price movies. It is on double feature disc with House on Haunted Hill. Another Vincent Price movie. This DVD is put out by the Roan Group and is labeled Horror Classics #3: Vincent Price Collection . But the problem with that is I wouldn't call The Bat a horror movie. It is a murder mystery. But it is one I enjoyed. I am glad I have it in my collection. I admit it was a little strange to see Agnes Moorehead in something other then Bewitched... but she did a good job. Thought she was very believable in the role. I enjoyed the storyline... even though I did guess the murderer ahead of time. I wouldn't say it is completely obvious... but I did guess it about half way through the movie.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Weekend Movie Marathon: TV Stars in the Movies on March 6th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Twilight Zone, a review by addicted2dvd


Season 2: Disc 2

43. Nick of Time (11/18/60)
A superstitous newlywed (William Shatner) becomes obsessed by a penny fortune-telling machine. But are his pennies revealing his future - or determining it?

My Thoughts:
This is a good episode I have seen a few different times. It is one that was on one of the volume DVDs I owned. Surprisingly there was no extras attached to this episode.

44. The Lateness of the Hour (12/2/60)
Dr. Loren enjoys the faultless robot services he has invented. His daughter (Inger Stevens), however, feels imprisoned by them - and soon learns how right she is!

My Thoughts:
This is another one that I had on one of the volume DVDs. Is a good episode... but unfortunately the quality of this episode wasn't as good as any of the previous episodes. It wasn't really bad... but there was some interference. The extras that came with this episode are... Original Production Slate and Twilight Zone Radio Drama starring Jane Seymour and James Keach.

45. The Trouble with Templeton (12/9/60)
Booth Templeton (Brian Aherne) is an aging actor who longs for the old days when his wife was alive. Miraculously, he is given a sobering glimpse of the past he holds so dear.

My Thoughts:
And yet another one I watched on one of the volume discs I had. It is a good episode... I definitely enjoyed it... but it is far from a favorite for me. The transfer was right good on this one... I didn't see or hear a single problem. The extras attached to this one include an interview with Buzz Kulik and an Isolated Music track.

46. A Most Unusual Camera (12/16/60)
Two thieves (Fred Clark and Jean Carson) discover that a camera they have stolen takes pictures of the future - a gold mine in greedy hands. But not every photo develops as might be expected.

My Thoughts:
This one I have never seen before. And was a really good episode... I enjoyed every minute of it. The quality was great... no audio or video problems what so ever. Unfortunately there wasn't much at all for extras attached to this episode... only the Isolated Score.

47. Night of the Meek (12/23/60)
Christmas in the Twilight Zone. Art Carney is a forlorn department store Santa who takes to drinking - only to find himself experiencing the nicest Christmas ever!

My Thoughts:
This is a good episode. A Twilight Zone Christmas episode. I have seen this one a number of times and enjoyed it each time. I think Art Carney did a great job as the department store Santa. The only extra attached to this episode is the Original Production Slate... which is just showing them use the clapper board for the first time when making the episode... nothing special but nice that they added.

48. Dust  (1/6/61)
A man is about to be hanged for drunkenly running over a little girl in a decaying town. But when the girl's anguished father (Vladimir Sokoloff) flings "magic dust" into the air, a change comes over the squalid village.

My Thoughts:
And another episode I have never seen. This was a very good episode... set back in the old west. I really enjoyed watching this one. I even liked the fact that it never did really explain what happen. You just had to take it for what it seemed. The only extras with this episode was an interview with Douglas Heyes... and the Isolated Score.

My Thoughts On Season 2: Disc 2:
This was a good disc... enjoyed the whole disc... even though I have seen most of the episodes on this one... there was still a couple new ones to me... and that is always a good thing.

Episodes I seen for the First time on this set include:

   1. Judgment Night (Episode 10)
   2. And When The Sky Was Opened (Episode 11)
   3. What You Need (Episode 12)
   4. I Shot an Arrow into the Air (Episode 15)
   5. The Hitch-Hiker (Episode 16)
   6. The Purple Testiment (Episode 19)
   7. Elegy (Episode 20)
   8. Mirror Image (Episode 21)
   9. A World of Difference (Episode 23)
  10. Long Live Walter Jameson (Episode 24)
  11. People Are Alike All Over (Episode 25)
  12. Execution (Episode 26)
  13. The Big Tall Wish (Episode 27)
  14. A Nice Place to Visit (Episode 28)
  15. Nightmare as a Child (Episode 29)
  16. The Chaser (Episode 31)
  17. Mr. Bevis (Episode 33)
  18. The Mighty Casey (Episode 35)
  19. A World of his Own (Episode 36)
  20. The Man in the Bottle (Episode 38)
  21. A Thing About Machines (Episode 40)
  22. The Howling Man (Episode 41)
  23. A Most Unusual Camera (Episode 46)
  24. Dust (Episode 48)

(From Twilight Zone on February 5th, 2008)