Saturday, January 19, 2013
On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of a hard-nosed detective.
Gripping study of a character spiralling downward with a good cast and a splendid central performance, but otherwise quite talkative and stagebound.
Halliwell **: "Clever, fluent transcription of a Broadway play with some of the pretentions of Greek tragedy; it could have been the negation of cinema, but professional handling makes it the essence of it."
Maltin ***1/2: "Sidney Kingsley's once-powerful play about life at a N.Y.C. police precinct has lost much of its punch, but is still a fine film."
A habitual drunk and troublemaker with a shady past, is expelled by Hong Kong police onto a ferry, and for legal reasons is unable to go ashore and is therefore a permanent passenger and nuiscance for the captain of the ferry.
Lightweight adventure story, at times amusing, but basically a waste of the talent of the two lead performers.
Halliwell (no stars): "Silly storyline and rampant bad acting ruin the Rank Organization's first attempt at an international epic."
Maltin **1/2: "Welles and Jurgens have field day...Otherwise just routine."
Friday, January 18, 2013
Curious and unsuccessful mix of prison camp thriller and science fiction space station drama.
Halliwell (no stars): "Despite its futuristic setting, this is the usual prison fare, with lots of tough talk and much macho swaggering."
Thursday, January 17, 2013
In the Dorotheen Strasse, in the middle of the Latin quarter of Berlin, the modest, scholarlike colouring of which seems more and more likely to be washed out by the approach of fashionable civilization, there stood, a few years ago, a small two-storied house, narrow-chested, insignificant, and as it were initimidated by its broad-shouldered neighbours, though each year it received a wash of delicate pink flesh-colour, and had been quite lately ornamented by a new lightning conductor on its old worn gable.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies.
Quite competently made slasher, but particularly disturbing by telling the story through the killer's point of view, a chillingly accurate performance by Joe Spinell and garish effects.
Maltin BOMB: "Unrelenting exercise in nihilistic gore...Although an excellent character actor, coscriptwriter-producer-star Spinell bears most of the blame for this claustrophobic, sickening film."