Friday, August 12, 2016
Diablerets, Apéritif sain. One of the best "Diablerets aperitive" posters, not signed but attributed to Frederic Rouge, a Swiss painter, illustrator and poster designer, born in 1867 in "Aigle" died in 1950 in "Ollon". The "Diablerets" is the name of a village and a high mountain in the Swiss Alps, where the herbs of this drink were collected. A large Swiss size poster finely printed in stone-lithography.
In 1964 the enforcer of a Brighton gang, murders a man, who has himself killed the gang leader, then a young waitress who witnessed the gang's activity, to keep an eye on her.
Stylish and wonderfully photographed in a Noir style in some great set pieces the movie can't quite convince with its shoddy hoodlums (you never really see what their actual business is), and the protagonist's motives are hardly comprehensible.
Maltin**: "Sometimes affecting but too often clinical revision of Graham Greene's 1938 novel...Mirren steals the show as the girl's wordly employer. Writer-director Joffe manages to appropriate many film noir tropes but the leading characters are so off-putting it's to no avail."
Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones mark their 50th year together.
Although not too revelatory this documentary manages to give some intimate insight into the band's history, cleverly weaving a patchwork of rare material, concert performances and interviews into a coherent history of the band.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband.
Despite having a silly story this is an imaginative, above-average B-movie with some memorable moments.
Halliwell (no star): "Moderately inventive 'B' chiller."
Maltin**1/2: "Strictly routine."
Two narcotics agents go after a gang of murderous drug dealers who use ships docking at the New York harbor to smuggle in their contraband.
Lively, fast-paced crime thriller in the semidocumentary style common in the 40/50s; well-made and worth the watch for a competent Yul Brynner starring as a villain in his cinema debut.
Halliwell*: "Good routine semi-documentary thick-ear, notable for an early appearance by Yul Brynner as villain-in-chief."
Maltin**: "Gloomy tale..."