doctor who:woman that fell to earth

Today I talk about doctor who today which as I am a huge whovian that loves many things doctor who. I am talking about the boldly new doctor who season premiere that we been setup for us snice she regenerated into the doctor.  If you feel just that little bit exhausted with the endless chatter around the Thirteenth Doctor’s gender, then imagine what it’s like to be Jodie Whittaker about her gender doesnt matter at all. Its time for my doctor who review.

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Doctor Who is back. We have a new show-runner. We have a new Doctor. We have a new sonic screwdriver. I would say the show has returned again as it’s a reinvention of the doctor who show. the TARDIS has simply kicked the Doctor off the TARDIS as we begin right where the doctor regenerated into the new doctor as she crashes upon earth suffering post regeneration. The Doctor has only half a mind because she is suffering from regeneration sickness, but someone or something alien that reminds you a predictor as it hunts down humans for sport taking its teeth as trophies. It’s the doctor to help save us as always as must do it as still trying become the new doctor as regeneration sickness slowing down her mind. The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ has a fresh look and feel, as the series about change transforms itself yet again to a new form that will be something new for this era of TV.

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Chris Chibnall cleverly starts off the episode by introducing the new companions. We are well into the episode before the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) is even seen. We first meet Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Grace (Sharon D Clark) via failed to ride a bike as the doctor lands into the scene we begin to see the action unfold upon the screen.  It is difficult to pull the audience into caring about so many characters within the constraints of an hour programme, but Chibnall succeeds as we really adore each of them as they give such wonderful acting.  The empathy between the characters and the audience is created almost immediately; particularly amongst the O’Brien/Sinclair family as Ryan’s attempts to overcome the limitations of his dyspraxia is very good and moving. Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) has perhaps the best introduction of the episode with her rant at the two squabbling women fighting over a parking spot which is so good to see something this grounded for a start for a companion. I would say that Graham and Grace, played expertly by Bradley Walsh and Sharon D. Clarke give out such wonderful acting performances upon the screen.

Doctor Who Grace GrahamAs for Grace, she is the companion that never was. Is it wrong that I too, was enjoying seeing an older woman taking on the role of hero? Stepping right into the path of danger, Sharon D. Clarke stole the scenes every time she was on screen as she simply steals the show.

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The Doctor, last seen falling out of her TARDIS from high above Earth, lands with a crash into a train carriage with her soon to be friends all on-board. Immediately she jumps in between the data gathering creature to defend the humans on the train as she must still find her way as she finds her place as the doctor. Jodie Whittaker is quite believable in her role as the doctor as there are strong similarities between Whittaker’s performance and the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors of the doctor. She has Ten’s mood switches, and the spinning and jumping from place to place of eleven but with her own unique twist to the role as she gives out such a wonderful performance upon the role.

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The monster from this episode is a fairly typical Doctor Who creature, apart from the usual name Tim Shaw and face implanted with his victim’s teeth. Overall, this wasn’t a challenging foe for the Doctor which is fine for the start of this new era. It is surprising that the number of deaths. Including Rahul’s sister Asha, seven characters were killed upon the screen.  seven characters were killed (Asha, Rahul, drunk man, Security Guard,Tim Shaw, Grace) as they will not ever return it’s a very dark turn for series but a good and grounded idea for the series.

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Beautiful – Visually and Musically

I watched the episode recently as i adored the changes to the show.  I am a fan of the changes. The visuals look cleaner, more professional and more cinematic that seem so much better to enjoy and watch upon the screen.  Director Jamie Childs creates a broader, more expansive look to the filming, and the show definitely shines with Sheffield as a backdrop its quite wonderful to watch upon the screen.  I am looking forward to seeing how he handles the South African landscape in next week’s The Ghost Monument.

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Doctor who: woman that fell to earth is simply a wonderful episode that setups everything we need to know for the new era of doctor who. There were four new companions (yes I’m counting Grace) that needed to be introduced and fully realized as well as a new Doctor, her new costume and a new sonic as she begins as the doctor. ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ does a great job with wonderful acting by everyone in its cast that you should watch instantly. It’s simply an amazing story from start to finish of the episode.

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Halloween classics reviews:son of Frankenstein

Halloween classics reviews:son of Frankenstein

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Today I talk about the son of Frankenstein. Universal studios struck gold not once but twice with the Frankenstein movie series but the third one would be a big sea change for them without James wale to helm it this time they would have find a new direction or way for the series. Horror had been out of fashion a couple of years by time son of released they had a couple of re-releases of old horror movies gave them chance to bring back the lab again. It would be unlike the past two movies as set decades later in a story that would be later copied upon and mocked with Young Frankenstein (1974) that gene wilder comedy classic everyone adores it mocked the first three movies in the series as I adore both movies so much. I will say I am a big fan of universal horror movies.

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I will talk about life and death this month in horror classics month. You feel not nerve to go forward and read the horror classic reviews. I warned you about it.

In 1939 we had a year of the greatest movies of all time coming out that year as I would cite it’s among the best years for movies ever in history of cinema. I will begin my review of son Frankenstein now. I hope you enjoy my review.

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Son of Frankenstein review

Baron Wolf von Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone) is determined to prove the legitimacy of his father’s scientific work, thus rescuing the family name from disgrace. With the help of Ygor (Bela Lugosi), a grave robber, Wolf successfully reanimates the monster (Boris Karloff) his father originally brought back from the dead. But when several villagers are killed mysteriously, Wolf must find the culprit in order to vindicate his creation, or face the possibility that he may be responsible.(plot off goggle)

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Son of Frankenstein has many changes from the past two movies in the series. if you can get over the changes between this movie and Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein you will adore this movie. 

Boris Karloff by this point has the Monster down pat as he gives us such a wonderful performance as the monster as he perfectly is balancing childlike innocence with the volcanic and violent temper that really channels everything you adore about him playing the role. Boris Karloff as the monster which is heartbreaking when he sees self in mirror again as he is ugly compared to his young creator. Boris Karloff gives out a marvelous performance in his role.

Bela Lugosi plays the foul Ygor whom is the villain of this movie brought to life magnificently by the great Bela Lugosi whom gives out such a marvelous performance as layered in hair and makeup that is , he’s twitching, slippery wretch of a man who uses the Monster to murder people on the jury for his own personal means and goals to get out of justice but Lugosi plays it in such a way that you feel he has a genuine affection for the creature yet he doesn’t at all. It’s simply amazing to watch this man play the role as he gets such wonderful  dialogue too and relishes every word, drawing out a magnificently repugnant character from what is not a huge amount of screen time.

Basil Rathbone gives out a marvelous performance as the son of Frankenstein’s wolf whom is out to reclaim his father’s honor and name. Wolf slowly turns to a haunted man who is over his head with the monster and ygor as they are out of control. Basil Bathbone is perfectly cast as wolf. Basil Rathbone gives out a marvelous performance in the role.

Lionel Atwill’s policeman doesn’t face a huge amount to do on-screen but gives out such a good performance upon the screen.  Lionel Atwill’s policeman wears a false arm thing which is a marvelous idea that is a reminder of the destructive power of the Monster. He offers a nice counterbalance with the equally bit differently disabled Ygor whom is consumed by bitterness. Lionel Atwill  is particularly great here as the traumatized child who’s all grown up to face against the monster as it shows in his performance how his trauma still effects him as an adult. Lionel Atwill is always such wonderful character actor that always gives out such good performances upon the screen. He gives out such a marvelous performance.

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Son of Frankenstein takes the series in a more traditional direction of horror that was already cliché by 1939 that is such a fun horror classic to watch anytime when it is upon your screen.

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Thanks for joining me for my frist review of Halloween classics for this month as i will do a new review soon as next week sometime so lets begin the month of horror now.

THE BLOODTHIRSTY TRILOGY

Today I talk about the bloodthirsty trilogy; I am huge fan of cult horror classics and horror movies made by hammer horror as I grew up loving horror movies since a young age would rent a new scary movie often that would be such fun to watch often. Michio Yamamoto’s singular takes on the Dracula mythos is something quite unique among Japanese horror movies. the Japanese are justly famous for their unique and culturally-specific contributions to Horror cinema they have not really done much outside their border in terms of what others do as crazes that others do in other nations yet would they saw the money to be made from vampires as they saw hammer horror classics making they decided to cash into that craze with their own takes on vampire mythos.

Three horror classics were Spearheaded by Toho Studios (home of the aforementioned Godzilla) and helmed by the markedly unprolific Michio Yamamoto, THE VAMPIRE DOLL (1970), LAKE OF DRACULA (1971), and EVIL OF DRACULA (1974) sought to capitalize on the Gothic Horror boom by borrowing heavily from Hammer’s signature style yet they are not copies of anything form hammer horror but highly original takes on the classic legends of vampires that hammer horror fans and Gothic fans will enjoy to watch anytime as i am talking about THE BLOODTHIRSTY TRILOGY which i just got recently as it an arrow video blu-ray release of the classic take on hammer horror by Toho Studios that I feel anyone will enjoy to  watch again and again. So let’s dive into this classic horror classic gems now.

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Vampires invade the normally serene confines of Japanese cinema in three elegant 70’s shockers directed by Michio Yamamoto in these gothic hammer inspired classics.

The Vampire Doll review 

The vampire doll is no doubt inspired by western horror movies in so many regards as post-war Japan meets the Euro Gothic styling of Hammer Horror with hints of Corman’s Poe cycle and the works of Mario Bava. as Kieko (Kayo Matsuo) goes in search of her brother who has failed to return from a visit to the rural home of his fiancee. The first entry in what would become collectively known as The Bloodthirtsy Trilogy and tied into the myths of vampirism and Dracula.

The musty rooms littered with doll parts, a jovial doctor who dabbles in the occult, the unnerving staccato movements of Yuko when she moves in for the kill really can make you feel chills as it unfolds toward the climax of the movie is photographed by Kazutami Hara, cameraman on Kurosawa’s tense Tohoscope drama High and Low.  I would say his camera work is lovely as it captures the gothic horror so well.

The actors are framed by widescreen compositions that emphasize a sense of isolation that really captures the feeling.  Michio Yamamoto direction is wonderful but discreet and his cast is admirably reined in – particularly Kayo Matsuo (of Shogun Assassin) as Keiko and, in a nearly silent performance, Yukiko Kobayashi (of Destroy All Monsters) as the star crossed Yuko as they all give out such wonderful jobs in their performances on the screen. The vampire doll is a movie filled with Gothic horror images and an original take on vampire mythos that i feel you will enjoy watching again and again.

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LAKE OF DRACULA (1971) review 

Lake of Dracula (1971): Young Akiko loses her puppy one day and tracks the dog to a strange European mansion . Once there she encounters the corpse of a woman and a vampire (Mori Kishida). Flash forward  many years, and Akiko (Midori Fujita) is still haunted by the images she witnessed as a child, though she believes the whole affair was merely a dream that happened.

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Talk about hitting my cinematic sweet spot as Toho Studios doing its take on a Hammer Films Gothic vampire story! As expected, the result is a superbly crafted traditional horror piece. Spiritual follow up to the filmmaker’s VAMPIRE DOLL and by that people just mean it’s another Gothic horror that he and Toho made. Anyways this one actually has a traditional vampire and rules of western horror movies of this type. Lake of Dracula is Stylish old-school flick with a welcome lack of overt exploitative elements.

Lake of Dracula is a film about a girl who saw a vampire as a child and then grew up to meet that vampire again and realize the cause for her nightmares are real. Lake of Dracula uses many old school horror traits that i adore to see in action as its fun to watch these scenes unfold on the screen. Shin Kishida (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla) plays the vampire with two modes, entitled playboy in a fancy scarf and bloodsucking monster that steals the show as he simply is a wonderful actor in this movie. Riichiro Manabe provides a weird musical score that calls to mind the rubbery squelching sounds of his Godzilla vs. Hedorah score from the same year. Cinematographer Rokuro Nishigaki really has such rich hammer styled horror camera work that captures the west meets east feeling of this classic movie.

Lake of Dracula is another wonderful horror classic that may seem like normal hammer horror but its fun to watch form beginning to end that you will enjoy it upon the screen.

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EVIL OF DRACULA (1974) review Evil of Dracula (1974): Professor Shiraki (Toshio Kurosawa) takes a job at a remote girl’s academy. Upon arriving the mega-creepy Principal (Shin Kishida) informs Shiraki that he will be the school’s new principal as he is stepping down due to the recent death of his wife.

Evil of Dracula is the third and final film in Toho’s mid 70s trio of western style vampire movies now known as the “Bloodthirsty Trilogy as that i feel each of series is so different form the other movie. Japanese Gothic vampirism has now clearly entered the ’70s with shaggier hair, groovier clothes, and shakier camera work that really feels like made in the 1970’s while most movies with this setup would have the kids learn of vampires and try to tell their disbelieving (and potentially evil) teachers, Evil of Dracula flips that on its head. Here it’s the adults who are quick to believe the notion of vampires hidden among us, whereas the students generally see a vampire bite victim as someone with a bad case of the flu.

Shin Kishida is back playing the vampire in a white scarf previously seen in Lake of Dracula as he is wonderful as the vampire again. Evil of Dracula has such a good cast that many would recognize upon the screen such as oshio Kurosawa makes for a likable intellectual hero and I enjoyed Kunie Tanaka’s supporting role. The relatively unknown actresses are good in their roles upon the screen with its eerie setting near a wooded lake, rich atmosphere, gorgeous widescreen imagery, and mnemonic score, Lake of Dracula is a strikingly well-made horror movie that is an easy recommendation to watch anytime.

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The Bloodthirsty Trilogy is a trio of films that, as a longtime fan of Toho’s science fiction and fantasy movies, I have always wanted to see. And now after watching them all, I can say I don’t consider any one of the movies to be a disappointment. In fact, for as much as they are touted as Hammer-inspired horror as i simply enjoyed to watch all three of those wonderfully fun classic horror gems. really think they manage to escape the Hammer shadow and stand on their own as a trio of interesting, weird movies that you will enjoy to watch again and again like  i did as i enjoyed to talk them today too.

doctor who:the hammer era

Today I talk about doctor who today which as I am a huge whovian that loves many things doctor who. The Gothic horror era of doctor who that was the fourth doctor’s aka tom baker’s classic stories are what I talk about today as I talk about the wonderful tom baker doctor who era of doctor who today. Let’s begin our adventure in time and space now.

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When Philip Hinchcliffe was producer, Tom Baker played the Doctor with an aura of gleeful, natural eccentricity, giving way to bursts of morose introspection and bouts of unsettling behavior as also a trait of that era of tom baker was the Gothic classic doctor who stories.

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Doctor who: pyramid of Mars is one of the top Doctor who stories of all time in many ways it’s the classic story of the doctor. Pyramids of Mars is a classic slice of doctor who with all the right ingredients that makes this story one of a kind that is likely one of the best of the Philip Hinchcliffe era of doctor who. Tom Baker is giving out one amazing performance as the doctor. Sarah Jane gives out one amazing performance in her role as she is the doctor who companions all adore forever. Pyramids of Mars is the perfect storm of story-telling with classic hammer horror elements that make this era something truly special as it’s so enjoyable to watch unfold on the screen.

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Pyramids of Mars continues the Hinchcliffe trend of tapping into a particular vein of horror and dropping the Doctor into a familiarly creepy plot that is a trait of this era of doctor who. Pyramids of Mars builds on the fascination with Egyptology. The pyramids had obviously been a pop culture fixation since the explorers first opened the tombs. It is how we ended up with many of the classic horror movies such as the mummy and hammer’s the mummy among other classic mummy horror movies. Pyramids of Mars gets a nice direct link to Hammer in Bernard Archer, playing Marcus Scarman, who appeared in The Horror of Frankenstein another hammer classic which i would say inspired another classic story of this era of doctor who. Its a very fun Gothic horror classic doctor who story with such wonderful acting that really you will enjoy to watch.

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Doctor who: Pyramids of Mars is a great serial that I feel manages to capture all of the best traits of this era of doctor who as its one you should watch today.

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Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius review

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The Brain of Morbius continues the trend of phenomenally strong episodes in Baker’s sophomore season of the show. Producer Philip Hinchcliffe continues his gothic adventures that are so inspired by Gothic horror and classic horror movies such as hammer horror.

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The Brain of Morbius channels the horrors of Frankenstein not the book but the classic universal horror movies in which a mad scientist in Solon; a grotesque medical experiment to construct a body from “spare parts. Hinchcliffe did not have a large budget to work with on this serial yet it’s so good looking and wonderful looking anyway as it looks like a horror movie set on the screen which makes them seem so much better upon the screen. The serial has such wonderful production design that really evokes a creepy classic horror movie feel to its world.

The serial’s superb production design, I even like the brain in the jar it reminds me a lot of Star Trek but with more sinister undertones that makes you really feel chills as you watch it. the collaborative script and Baker’s performance as the doctor really shines here as baker’s wit is under control but still playing the clown but he plays it softly in this tale as he gives out one of his finer performances as also so does Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane whom gives out a fine performance as Sarah Jane.

The Brain of Morbius works because it’s just a very well put together example of Gothic horror that captures all the classical elements that makes that horror shine in every way.  It’s easy to see why this era of the series is treated so fondly. It’s just really good tea-time telly as it’s such a good serial to watch unfold on the screen.

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The Seeds of Doom is one of several six-part series finales that the Tom Baker era that was later with Invasion of Time and The Armageddon Factor as both of later two are not as good as this one to my eyes.  The entire plot has more than a slight resemblance to Invasion of the Body Snatchers with plant spores in place of aliens taking over bodies as its alien plant over taking over bodies as same plot as that classic movie.

The two-part prologue set in the Arctic tundra calls to mind the classic science-fiction B-movie The Thing from another World with a polar research crew unearthing a potentially deadly alien entombed in ice. It works so well that it actually got me thinking of The Thing, John Carpenter’s celebrated remake.

The story feels like it owes a fairly heavy debt to The Avengers, or even James Bond, thanks in no small part to a wonderful villainous performance from Tony Beckley as he gives out one fine performance. His obsessive fascination with plants recalls the insane Hugo Drax from Roger Moore’s Moonraker as in many villains he is met by end by the very thing he loves in the end. Chase and Scorby are by no means the only humans ever to antagonize the Doctor. The series has had the character face off against very human villains with some regularity over the years. However, Chase and Scorby stand out as perhaps the most effective human bad guys since the Patrick Troughton era of doctor who.

It’s interesting that the serial features the Doctor subcontracting to UNIT once again. This would represent the last appearance of the group in the series until a brief appearance in The Five Doctors,one of the defining attributes of Baker’s Doctor was the way he seemed to literally flee the group as he barely ever helped unit. 

The special effects are pretty impressive. Yes, the wandering Krynoid in its early stages is very clearly just a guy in a silly suit but many of the effects look amazing such as nitial pod special effects look great, as do the initial stages of transformation as they all are some of best of the classic era of doctor who. Tom baker gives out one fine performance in this serial as does Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane whom gives out a fine performance as Sarah Jane.

The Seeds of Doom works so very well is because it captures a lot of different aspects of the show demonstrating that while gothic horror was a strong part of the Hinchcliffe era as it does capture many other classic doctor who  traits that make this serial truly shine with wonderful acting and some wonderful effects. You should watch this classic serial today.

Elisabeth Sladen as sarah jane always remains one of the finest compaions of doctor who.She was the doctor’s best friend as she always gave out her best roles in doctor who stories upon the screen. It will always be the doctor and Sarah Jane. We will never forget her as its always the doctor and Sarah Jane. I hope you enjoyed my talk on doctor who today.

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rear window

Today I talk about rear window which i review for The Second Annual Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon hosted by Maddy Loves Her Classic Films.  Rear window is one amazing thriller that is one of the best thrillers ever made. Hitchcock always crafts wonders so i will talk about another wonder done by Hitchcock today. I would also love to thank host and ask you check out other posts from this wonderful event as now to review this classic gem.

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Hitchcock isn’t the master of tension without good reason as his direction in rear window of how Rear Window is one of the best instances of how Hitchcock builds tension as he manages to slowly over each scene build tension throughout the film.

Rear window is is one of Hitchcock’s finest tales which is an tale of voyeurism in miniature as every open window in the blistering apartment complex that Hitchcock’s camera resides in leads to another character, another emotion, another scene, and another mystery that you are set upon to figure out.

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James Stewart’s performance on the screen as Jeff is one of the finest acted on the screen. He emotes with such detailed movements that shows each of his expressions with his eyes and detailed movements that makes his  performance truly special to watch unfold on the screen. James Stewart delivers possibly a career best performance as the stir crazy invalid. Restricted to only minimal body movement as its truly one amazing performance you watch unfold on the screen.

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Thelma Ritter plays such a fine role upon the screen. Grace Kelly gives out such an amazing performance on the screen.  Beautiful Grace Kelly is outstanding as the lovely girlfriend who turns into an adventurous spy as she gets interested in his boyfriend’s new hobby as she gets into the troubles of the mystery with her boyfriend. She is so charming to watch unfold on the screen.

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You get the impression Hitchcock was a director that liked to be pushed and tested to his limits. From the early days of the cramped Lifeboat to the cleverly edited one-shot Rope, Hitchcock has enjoyed being technically restricted and challenged. Rear Window may have been filmed on the largest indoor soundstage at the time but he forced himself to remain tightly focused on the important elements of the story which was cleverly written by John Michael Hayes.

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Rear window is superbly directed by Hitchcock with great use of suspense, the film presents the director in complete control of his film-making wizardry that is so smartly crafted out with wonderful Cinematography by Robert barks and a wonderful musical score by Franz Waxman that all make this movie truly come to life upon the screen.

Rear Window is a wonderfully simple thriller that also flirts with comedy and drama. With the always active photographer, L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jefferies, confined to a wheelchair he is left with little to do but spy on his fellow neighbours across the courtyard. Jeff becomes a voyeur in the same way we do when we watch movies upon the screen. Rear Window is an undisputed masterpiece that you simply will adore to watch anytime.

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The Searchers

Today I talk about The Searchers which in terms of classical westerns really outshines many others of the genre. John Ford’s most compelling Western avoids  association with the genre’s established precepts. Its one of the best movies ever made for the screen as my review today looks upon this classic movie as i define this classic gem.

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In terms of classical storytelling The Searchers John Ford’s most compelling Western avoids many of the genre’s older traits. The film stars John Wayne, an actor eternally linked to Westerns, perhaps giving his best performance in any Ford film as he plays a very racist man that hates Indians with a passion in many ways you shouldn’t connect to this hero yet he is an interesting hero that is deeply flawed with so many diffrent sides to this man.

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By 1955 when production began on when production began, The Searchers would be Ford’s first Western in five years a personal risk after a number of commercial failures and artistic missteps caused him to contemplate retirement as he filmed what would be one of the finest westerns ever made. The Searchers comes naturally, as beyond its unequivocal beauty and dramatic intensity, there exists what appear to be incompatible narrative developments, symbolism, and thematic undercurrents signifying the end product that is something so profound upon the screen with amazing shots and an interesting character and story that unfolds upon the screen. When Edwards (John Wayne) returns home to Texas after the Civil War.

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When members of his brother’s family are killed or abducted by Comanches, he vows to track down his surviving relatives and bring them home. Eventually, Edwards gets word that his niece Debbie (Natalie Wood) is alive, and, along with her adopted brother, Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), he embarks on a dangerous mission to find her, journeying deep into Comanche territory.(plot form goggle) 

The Searchers sets up grim set of conditions, ranging from the landscape to individual character histories. The first iconic shot (mirrored by the film’s last iconic shot) of Martha opening the front door seems to frame the outer terrain like a photograph that shows us the vast landscape upon the screen. I would say many do hate this movie because its hatred towards Indians as the villain is common in many westerns.

A clue to Ethan’s hatred for Comanche Indians appears early in the film, when the younger Debbie goes to her hiding place before Scar first attacks in the film. He kneels down in the graveyard by a headstone, which, appearing for only a few frames, reads: “Here lies Mary Jane Edwards killed by Comanche’s May 12, 1852 A good wife and mother in her 41st year.” Sixteen years earlier, was Ethan’s own mother massacred by Comanche’s? He is a deeply flawed man on a quest to save a woman for years. It’s the quest of this man and his drive to save his family that really drives this hero to many points of rage that you see his hate come upon us and the dark humor used is often to tame down the ways of this dark hero characterizes the film’s fundamental struggle whether or not Ethan and Martin actually find Debbie is less the fear than what Ethan will do when he finds her.

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In the film’s most memorable scene, one of the greatest single moments of film, Ethan emerges from Scar’s tent on his horse and spots Debbie, who, dressed in full Comanche attire, runs in terror. Ethan chases her down a hill and corners her; Martin trailing behind yelling “No!” for Ethan not to do what he has intended to do from the outset. Ethan gets off his horse and picks Debbie up, raises her in the air like a child, the fear radiating from her. He lowers her into his arms, and says, “Let’s go home, Debbie. Ethan also is genuinely scary. His obsessiveness, his absolute hatred of Comanche’s and all Native Americans and his loneliness set him apart from any other characters Wayne played as its one of his finest with many layers to him making you wonder about him throughout the film.

John Ford was particularly proud of The Searchers, as was Wayne, who named his son Ethan after his character. The film’s initial critical reception, however, lacked passion, as did its box office receipts, and Ford was devastated by its apparent dismissal reputation at the time of its release.  The picture’s reputation would grow over time, earning recognition on top film lists as it is one of the finest movies made form this genre with marvelous acting by everyone in its cast and marvelous direction and the cinematography of The Searchers is one of films finest gems ever made upon the screen. It contains painterly images of majestic scenery, some of the most remarkable ever captured. Historians and film scholars attest to its supremacy and recognize its influence on the medium and the artists working therein. And yet, the motion picture Ford considered his own masterpiece confronts prior standards, meets issues of revenge and discrimination within a ponderous text, and revises the director’s Western model forevermore as its one of the finest movies ever crafted upon the screen. John Ford amends The Searchers from a traditional Hollywood Western into an uncommon human tragedy that makes this movie one of the finest classics you will ever see ever upon the screen that you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

NIGHT AND THE CITY

Today I talk about Night and the City. The night is tonight, tomorrow night…or any night. The city is London. Night and the City opens with an opening monologue with a voice talking about the city. The film’s opening narration, spoken by its director Jules Dassin in which i define as one of the finest noir classics all time.

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Night and the City: In the Labyrinth of the underworld.(https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest/)

The night is tonight, tomorrow night…or any night. The city is London. Night and the City opens with a opening monologue with a voice talking about the city. The film’s opening narration, spoken by its director Jules Dassin, recalls how filmmaker Carol Reed opened his picture in the same way. The Third Man (1949) opened like this film in many ways. This will not be last comparison to reed’s flim as both titles suggest parallel themes of realism and expressionism, both go about in it in diffrent ways. The title night in the city is hard poetry as as Andrew Pulver observed in his volume for the British Film Institute. To be sure that Dassin’s cinematographer Max Greene shoots rich street photography recalling that of Weegee.

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The locations range from flophouses to seamy flats, dive bars to alleyways. The familiar setting of London becomes a strange and unseemly environment as transforms the city into a sordid, alternate backdrop was a common theme in film noir another connection between Night and the City and The Third Man, which takes place in Vienna. Likewise, both films also use the crumbled post-World War II setting. It captures the underworld of the city which echoes the common connection of both movies of its theme.

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Dassin and Reed each harnesses the post world war II setting of the underworld setting of the destroyed cities in aftermath of the war they harnesses the reality of exposing horrendous crimes as both also have been masterfully crafted with chiaroscuro shadows and off-kilter angles, accentuating the undercurrent of darkness beneath the settings of a world in its darkest place after the end of the war as our world struggled with our darkness and sin.

When Kersh’s novel was released in 1946, producer Charles K. Feldman paid $45,000 for the film rights and hired former police reporter Jo Eisinger to write the script. Feldman had negotiated with Jacques Tourneur (Out of the Past, 1947) to direct it yet it failed to go trough to production. The production, including the book-to-film rights and Eisinger’s script, was sold to Zanuck at Fox as he did it as favor for Jules Dassin remarked, “Zanuck pushed this book in my hand, and said, ‘You’re leaving, you’re getting out of here. You’re going to London and you’re going to make this film knowing the director was a member of the Communist Party since 1939 it was chance for him to do something boldly new for the studio. However, if given a choice, Dassin later claimed he would not have fled to avoid giving testimony. Nevertheless, Night and the City would be Dassin’s last film shot in the United States until Uptight in 1968.  It’s a bleak and very dark look upon the city of London. I feel this movie is the definitive noir classic. Night and the City: In the Labyrinth by By Paul Arthur  

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At the heart of Night and the City is a master trope: the urban labyrinth. Cities in film noir are not simply dangerous or bristling with iconographic menace—they are visualized as death traps, spaces from which there can be no escape. This common pattern finds summary expression in Dassin’s film. Nearly every setting is crammed with architectural grids, frames, cul-de-sacs, narrow stairways, perspectives that choke off the mobility and freedom of human subjects (this is quoted form Night and the City: In the Labyrinth by Paul Arthur on the movie. I put link above too so you can read the wonderful essay that talks this flim) its one of the best noir classics all time in my eyes. Dassin’s status as an artist forced into isolation may have gained him, and Night and the City, sympathy after the film’s release but its well earned in my eyes as it is simply a marvelous movie.

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NIGHT AND THE CITY review

Night and the City, adapted from Gerald Kersh’s novel, is the supreme example of London noir. Its one of the finest noir classics ever produced for the screen. The writer who came up with the orginal novel was Gerald Kersh, attached it to his third novel. Published in 1938, Night and the City is a high-minded pulp thriller containing a fantastically vivid creation about the dark underbelly of a city. The city has been mankind’s booming hub for ages snice man started with cities in ancient times. They are dark seedy worlds with many layers to them. I would call night in city the prime example of what fine noir does at its finest explores the underbelly and city in a very shadowed light.
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Dassin’s well documented run and gun approach to shooting Night and the City is fully evident as the streets of London pop and fizzle under Dassin’s eye with an energy and fever akin to its underworld story. Its one of his finer noir classics that he crafted with such fine direction and craft. Image result for night and the city

The cinematography of Night and the City is remarkable with such fine details crafted by Mutz Greenbaum whom crafts out dripping alleyways with neon signs, walk-up flats, sweaty basement dives, and atmospheric streets. Greene shot them all with a combination of expert chiaroscuro and the fast-paced, documentary-style realism that really makes this noir classic a gem to behold upon the screen.

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This is by far one of Richard Widmark’s best performances. He’s a live wire from start to finish. We never see Harry Fabian rest, not even once, as he’s trying to make his dreams of being a big shot a reality as he gives out one of his finest hours on the screen. It has wonderful acting by everyone in its cast. Night-and-the-City-3

 The film’s centerpiece is a brutal impromptu wrestling match in Harry’s gym between The Strangler and Gregorius. Nobody can separate these two giant men and all Harry can do is watch and hope as his dreams of melding the classical and circus-like worlds of wrestling are dashed with every kidney punch and death grip attempt in this seedy classic.  

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This is by far one of the best crime stories I’ve ever seen. Dassin does an amazing job of ratcheting up the tension in every scene that makes it one of the finest noir movies I ever watched on the screen. You simply should see this classic movie today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's