Back in February, with another 10 movie rental package my guy Dave and I got more movie to watch from the comfort of home with homemade popcorn! Movies and popcorn! Homemade popcorn with lots of butter and salt! It’s the little things and movie watching takes us to a happy place! Happy Place Break!

Though, for this round of movies we sure did pick some serious flicks! It wasn’t all happy, happy, joy joy… in fact it only helped to highlight my feelings to our current political climate. But I’m getting ahead of myself!

On 2/16/17 at 7:31PM the five rental picks we got were: MASK OF DIMITRIOS (1944) on DVD, GUMSHOE (1971) on DVD, VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED (1976) on DVD,  WOOL 100% (2006) on DVD and LOOPHOLE (19781) on Blu-Ray.

THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS – It was a pizza and movie night when we watched this one, another movie starring Zachary Scott! (I previously mentioned him with the DVD rental of RUTHLESS!)

WHO IS DIMITRIOS?

Set in 1938 in Istanbul, Zachary is Dimitrios, a bad man, who’s dead body recently washed ashore. The police captain who finds Dimitrios tells the story to a vacationing mystery writer, Cornelius Leyden, played by Peter Lorre. Cornelius is instantly fascinated and wants to know more about Dimitrios!  He sets off on a journey to unfold the mystery and discover what kind of man Dimitrios really was, with flashbacks! It’s a fun journey as Cornelius meets those who were dealt a hand of Dimitrios. He discovers there’s a lot of anger, love lost and pain. With every story Cornelius gets caught up in more danger. Peter Lorre is absolutely great as the curious writer!

 

VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED – Looking through the aisles of the store, picking up random titles, I’m not sure what really caught my eye when it came to Voyage. It was probably the cover of familiar faces like Max von Sydow, Faye Dunaway, Malcolm McDowell, and Oskar Werner; then reading the description which sounded intense, I decided why not. Little did I realize just how intense this viewing would be as it is based on a true story.

Right now there’s a rise of hate going on in the world, anti-semitism and a backlash about refugees. It’s not cool by any means. I am not happy about it and this movie I chose VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED illustrates just what fear and hate can cause between governments and people.

The SS St. Louis carried over 900 Jewish German refugee passengers in 1939 right before World War II and they are headed to Havana, seeking asylum to escape Hitler’s Germany. It was a frightening realization knowing this would not end well as it is a big star hollywood splash with classic glam, you truly hope for a glimmer of a happy ending.

Faye Dunaway is a beautiful and fierce presence as the wife of a doctor played by Oskar Werner who’s hated for having helped German Nazis. We see Jonathan Pryce in an introductory role for him as a jew who escaped the camps along with a friend. There’s a family, the Rosen Family, the father played by Sam Wanamaker who was tortured by the Nazis and his wife Lee Grant who have a young daughter and they all just want a chance at life and peace.

There’s other big players with cameos galore; Ben Gazzara as a US representative and an American Jew trying to fight for the people aboard the ship. Orson Wells is a rich man in Havana toying with the cause for financial gain and Katharine Ross as a prostitute on the island who has some connections of her own. Lastly I also have to highlight Max von Sydow as Capt. Schroeder, a German officer who has sided with his passengers hopes of a place to go safely. Lastly there’s the Captain’s steward played by Malcolm McDowell. Look out for: Jose Ferrer, James Mason and Maria Schell to name a few more.

I got very emotional watching this movie and just thinking upon it again. Voyage had a tagline of: “The Ship that shamed the world.” But it seems it’s been forgotten in this day and age and it when we forget these things happened they can repeat themselves. I do not want that to happen!!! NO ONE should be shamed for their heritage, or beliefs, as they all just want to live their life. At one point Wanamaker said, about leaving Germany at the start of the film…”It’s only a temporary madness, of course we come back.” I can only hope that here and now we as a country can come back too.

We all must continue to fight, resist and survive.

 

WOOL 100% – This was a nice switch of pace after a heavy duty punch of Voyage. Two adorable old sisters live in a house filled with junk they collect from town. The two have a routine each and every day, they wake, eat and trek into town in the early morning hours. They lovingly pick up things tossed aside, clean them up, draw them into their collection diary and give them a place among their mansion.

One day when they pick up a basket of red yarn they find it is that of a young girl they dub Knit Again. Knit Again knits up a sweater that she undoes to knit again. Knit Again causes trouble in the house, upsetting the collection, and soon inspires the sisters to start cleaning house.

Part of the charm of WOOL is the animation bits that come and go, flashbacks via a dollhouse and animated tantrums of Knit Again. It was a bittersweet tale and the visual flair made me love this movie. What lead the ladies to become recluses? Well you’ll have to watch yourself.

 

GUMSHOE – This film was the feature debut of director Stephen Frears. Albert Finney is Eddie Ginley and he has just turned 31 years old. Eddie is an aspiring comedian who has a penchant for talking like a Dashiell Hammett detective and thinks his own analysts is crazier than he might be. “Me moments of glory all in me head.”

Eddie puts an ad in the local paper offering his services as a Private Eye and is soon caught up in a case that involves gun trading, being a hired killer, and heroine. The whole time Eddie has a sharp tongue spitting out witty remarks; “Gumshoe’s the game.” So much charm just oozes from Eddie. “A girl, a gun, a grand.” It was a fun mystery that took some turns. It goes to show ya that a delightful fella knows how to make good friends that will be at his side at the right time!

Oh and a funny side note I was surprised to see Andrew Lloyd Webber was the one who did the score to the movie! Fancy that! It was good too!

 

 

LOOPHOLE – We had ourselves an Albert Finney double thanks to this movie! And more Jonathan Pryce! Funny little random movie connections! (Hey, did someone say shrimp?) Anyways…

LOOPHOLE stars Albert Finney as thief Mike Daniels, and he is a good one with a small crew of two other fellas. After their latest score Mike reveals he has a new plan, that he’s scoped out for some time, but they’ll need a little extra help.

The heist involves robbing a big bank vault and taking all the safety deposit boxes but they need an architect! That’s where Martin Sheen as Stephen Booker comes in and he happens to be an architect down on his luck without a job and in debt.  After a little nudge and some big bucks temptation he’s of course in on the team. There is real good suspense and tension as the heist begins, it was also fun to watch the set up. I really recommend this one, but before you know it the film is done.

 

On 2/23/17 at 11:51AM we picked up three flicks:  OUT OF THE DARK (1988) on DVD, THE NESTING (1981) on DVD and DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS (1962) on DVD.

OUT OF THE DARK – This was one amusing thriller horror movie with a super cool cast (Karen Black, Bud Cort, Geoffrey Lewis) and cameos (Divine! Tab Hunter! Paul Bartel!). Set in the 80’s, WOOT, a group of ladies work at a phone sex line, run by Karen Black as Ruth in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

There is more than a little bit of sleaze, and some good killer killing moments. I’m not afraid of clowns and this killer is rockin’ a pretty cool clown mask! The first kill at MacAurthur Park is one of the phone call gals walking her dog when the clown killer shows up to play a mime game with her. Most people I know, especially those with clown-phobias, would have been out of there faster than you can say BOZO. But play they do and bad stuff happens. Who is that masked clown? His name is Bobo, by the way. What’s his deal? What’s he got against phone sex ladies? Seriously, what’s his hangup? HAHA! Hang-up!

As the ladies who work at the phone sex line are knocked off one by one by Bobo, the cop on case is Lt. Frank Meyers played by Tracey Walter; “Another gritty crime in the city of angels.” Frank, he’s tough and his lady partner stays by his side.

The kills are good, the comic relief is all 80’s and there’s cool yellow Chucks and a weird not so sexy sex scene that is all there to distract you from who could be the real bad guy! A Clown mystery! Beware of BOBO!

 

DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS – Dave had never seen this one and I hadn’t watched it in ages. So this was a fun sci-fi re-see for me. These foreign seeds on earth are germinated when a meteor shower strikes all over the world creating walking killer plants, Triffids, and those who watched the meteors fall were blinded. Our hero Bill happened to bandaged in a hospital so he’s among the few see-ers left in world. Bill finds a young girl who can see as well and they pair up trying to find safety, search out others and just survive. We also follow a married scientist pair who’s relationship is on the rocks as they continue their studies in a lighthouse along the shore.

Will the Triffids overtake humanity? Can the human race survive and overcome the odds? Do the bad men try and take over the new world? So many questions are set forth, and you wonder, what side would you be on? Survive? Give up? Help others? Just sit back and watch! Let’s cheer Sci-Fi, always there to ask the tough questions! Yea Sci-Fi!

 

THE NESTING – More horror movie fun. We almost thought we had seen it already but thankfully it was a new movie to us both! An agoraphobic writer, Lauren (Robin Groves), finds a new home at a country house that turns out to be haunted. It’s as though the house had actually drawn Robin in to experience it’s history through strange vision of days long past and it happens that in it’s heyday was as a brothel. Can Robin overcome her phobia to move on in her life and get back to writing?

There’s plenty of jump scares and tension in the houses mystery which all adds up to make this a creepy film piece. It was a solid haunting, ghost, revenge tale that just focused on a few kooky characters and knocked ’em off in gruesome deserving ways. There’s some cool old actors too who give it solid cred; Gloria Grahame and John Carradine! They’ve still got their acting chops and show off just why there are always cool.

 

Yeah ROUNDUP!!! More movies have been rented since I started this post and I’m ready for Round 4, so stay tuned, it won’t be long, I promise! (I think…I just can’t let myself go and be lazy!!!!!!!!!) There’s movies to share after-all! Yup!

Round 2 of my DVD rental report is here! Yeah, renting movies like it’s 1990! (Oh days of old!) Since the last one I have rented 10 movies from Vidéothèque! There was one of the 10 that I did not watch though! You know how it is, you expect to watch them all right away and then there’s distractions! But dude…9 out of 10 rentals ain’t bad. There were some fun picks indeed.

On 1/9/17 at 6PM my guy Dave and I rented: BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET (1958) on DVD, BLACK EYE (1974) on DVD, FORGOTTEN SILVER (1995) on DVD and lastly A BITTERSWEET LIFE (2005) on DVD.

The movie we did not watch was BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET, but we plan to rent it again as I realized there is a sequel to it as well! Yup. I want both at the same time!

 

A BITTERSWEET LIFE – As the dvd began the movie felt pretty familiar and after a while we realized we had seen it already! But, you know what we kept on watching because a good movie is worth watching again! Looking back I realize I actually watched this movie in the early 2000’s after it had come out, but that was way before my official tally tracking.

From South Korea, the film is about a mob enforcer who’s asked to follow his bosses girlfriend to find out if she’s cheating on him and if she is, he’s got to kill her and the guy off! You can guess that he decides to not do the deed and suffers later for the choice. It’s not any easier that another enforcer is causing trouble with a rival gang so our hero has a lot to fight against. There’s action, torture and more action! If gang members just took care of each other rather than letting their egos get in the way, but then again, revenge is always a sweet thing to watch, because bad people get what they deserve.

 

BLACK EYE – Fred Williamson is private eye Shep Stone, he was once a cop and now does his own thing; solving cases and eating peanuts along the way.

An old silent movie star dies, he was involved with the local drug scene and a group of bad guys want the old man’s cane. It all happens to be going on in Shep’s neighborhood and so he’s immediately involved when his neighbor, a local prostitute, is killed. On top of that, Shep is a bit sad as his part time lady is also in a relationship with another woman. Yeah, he’s jelly, but he knows she’s a woman who can do as she pleases.

I really dug this little movie. Fred Williamson is bad ass as Shep. He’s chomping peanuts all the time and he gets his peanuts from the local bar where he takes his calls and does his private eye business.

The mystery in this film ties drugs, the pornography the film business, rich folks, a missing girl and a local cult all into one pot and you can bet Shep sorts it all out with peanuts in hand!

 

FORGOTTEN SILVER – A mockumentary, by Peter Jackson and Costa Botes, looking back at a silent era filmmaker from New Zealand. They cleverly made this documentary seem quite real and possible, and that’s wonderful movie magic from the start. Their filmmaker Colin McKenzie just about started all the trends of the filmmaking era and no one seemed to know about it as his greatest achievement was a lost film. As Colin’s film is discovered, and restored we learn about his rise and fall and it is all captivating. I really enjoyed this fun little film that jabs at the industry. Anything is possible and when you love movies! Movies let us achieve our dreams! YEA MOVIES!

 

On 1/19/17 at 3:04PM we rented: IGUANA (1988) on BluRay, THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (1966) on DVD, DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN (1979) on DVD, CRY OF THE CITY (1948) on DVD and THE PUSHER (1960) DVD.

 

CRY OF THE CITY – I love old movies and I can’t get enough. I’m a big fan of Victor Mature! So we start our story from a hospital where a man is surrounded by family as it seems he’s on the verge of death. Martin Rove is the man in the bed, played by Richard Conte. Turns out Martin killed a cop, and is caught up in jewel heist! Detective Candella (Victor Mature) is on his trail. Candella knows Martin’s family and doesn’t want to see them hurt, but wants justice served.

Both men are from the same neighborhood and each took a different route. The film delves into family, loyalty, honor. Martin is a selfish man, he’s on the run, pushing his mother to the edge and making his life look glamorous to his younger bother. Candella doesn’t want Martin’s brother to go down the same road, and tries to be a better big brother figure. There’s a great cameo from Shelley Winters too as Brenda, a girl who helps Martin out in a time of need. Filled with suspense this film is a noir classic.

“Junior, why don’t you be a nice guy and beat it.” – Brenda

 

IGUANA – From director Monte Hellman we follow a disfigured man (Everett McGill) who’s lived his life at sea as one of the crew aboard a ship and because of his scaled face he’s been called Iguana most of his life. Since Iguana is a practitioner of Voodoo he’s soon tossed off and when he washes ashore of a small island he offers thanks to his Voodoo gods but then his crew finds him only to torture him again.

Once Iguana escapes he declares himself King of the island and vows to be the kind of ruler who is cruel yet fair. Michael Madsen is Sebastian, who was left on the island too. Sebastian becomes Iguana’s loyal subject after he lost a few fingers to Iguana’s “just” hand. As others wash ashore they must choose to obey Iguana’s law for a chance at life over death.

The film offers up questions of “Do men want to be ruled?” “What will men do to survive?” “Would you rather be free and alone or dead?” Iguana himself is a man questioning existence as he suffers with his disfigurement and being treated terribly all his life, but he only seems to knows how to return hate. Is he just a reflection of all the wrong doing he himself faced?

There’s also a side story of a young Spanish woman who’s lusting for adventure, lusting for a life of her own choosing and when she spends a night on the island with her future husband she’s captured by Iguana and forced to be at his side.

It was a movie that is rumored to come from a true old story. It’s visual and most unusual. Not easy to watch at times, but fascinating take on human nature and survival.

 

THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM – It does feel like I’m picking movies that, though they’re from days past, they’re more relevant now than ever. There’s spies, nazi, British Intelligence. At this point in time it seems the Nazi are making a return in Germany, but they must be uncovered! Quiller (George Segal) is sent in after the latest operative was killed. His handler is played by Alec Guiness!

Our big baddie is Oktober (Max von Sydow) and he wants to details on Quiller’s people. Quiller and Oktober have quite the back and forth and no one wants to give up what they know. Will Quiller bring down their operation? Can Oktober’s team kill Quiller? Will the Nazi group continue to infiltrate the current state of the country? Only time will tell, but Quiller won’t give up!

 

 

DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN, a.k.a. SNAPSHOT, a.k.a. ONE MORE MINUTE…Oh first things first, as I rented this movie the DVD title was DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN and it has nothing at all to do with Halloween! After reading up on it, those putting out the movie just decided to give it a Halloween title to capitalize on the Halloween movie at the time. So the titles SNAPSHOT or ONE MORE MINUTE are actually more appropriate.

It’s about a young and pretty girl who’s shown off her naked body as a model and is soon tormented, stalked, terrorized…I would say many days after HALLOWEEN. There’s a lot of people attracted to this girl, and every time it is a deadly attraction…the old ice cream man ex BF who’s loved by her puritanical mother, and oddly obsessed and really too old for this 17 year old girl!!! Next there’s the photographer who likes to photograph dead things, the older woman friend who knows the modeling ropes and the old film producer who is more than a little skeezy. I mean there’s a lot of skeezy and misdirect about who could be causing all the trouble. Dun, Dun, Dun!!!

 

THE PUSHER – Based on The 87th Precinct series by Ed McBain we see what a drug pusher known as Gonzo is doing to the neighborhood as he peddles heroine to kids, couples, anyone he can hook. The Lieutenant and his best detective are on the case! But, the detective is engaged to the Lieutenant’s daughter and wouldn’t you know it, she’s hooked on “the dope” and looking for a fix! Uh oh!

Smack! Dope! Fix! What would you do for that fix? It’s all bad news when smack is on the streets! The Lieutenant is ready to catch that pusher and set things straight! Oh, Keep a sharp eye out for a John Astin cameo! (And a weird coincidence, after watching this movie I got my hands on a few Ed McBain books to delve more into the Precinct stories when I find some time! READING TIME!)

 

On 1/27/17 at 7:58PM we rented: HORNETS’ NEST (1970) on DVD and THE LAST RUN (1971) on DVD. These rentals used up my rental packages so I guess it’s time to buy more! 😀 Yup!

 

HORNETS’ NEST – A group of boys see their whole town of mothers, grandfathers and children mowed down by Nazis while they were off hiding with the other fighting men and they were powerless to stop them. The same day a group of paratroopers land nearby and are also mowed down by the Nazis but one survives, Captain Turner, played by Rock Hudson (sporting his mustache).

Turner is rescued by the kids and they demand his help to avenges their town! After that he plans to uses the kids to complete his mission of blowing up a nearby dam. It’s a harsh look at war and the effect is has on people, especially children. Children who are forced to grow up fast, children who think they have the answers, children who are ready to kill because that’s all they have seen around them. Innocence lost right from the start.

It was a solid film and the kids were great, and real. Rock Hudson was pretty tough and gruff.

 

THE LAST RUN – George C. Scott is Harry Garmes, he lives a lovely lonesome life in Spain along the coast where he rents his boat to a local fisherman. Harry is getting older and is looking for something to help pass the time. He used to be a getaway driver and wants to give it another go to prove he’s still got it.

Harry makes some plans, has one last night with his prostitute gal pal (Colleen Dewhurst) and sets off to help a young guy Paul (Tony Musante) break out of jail. Paul makes Harry pick up his gal pal Claudie (Trish Van Devere) and as a trio they go on the run through the Spanish countryside.

When you’re dealing with ex-cons, cops and gangster types it’s never going to be an easy escape. Along the way Harry does his soul searching and does what he does best; DRIVE. The driving scenes were amazing along small mountain roads.  It was a great film and George C. Scott was pretty cool. It was fun to read up on George a bit more and learn that his wife at the time of this movie was Colleen and soon after they divorced (for the second time) and he then married Trish after who he stayed with the rest of his life.

 

And this now concludes my Round up!! I have already rented a new batch as I finally finish writing this piece and will be back even sooner with more movies to share! Now go out and rent some movies too! Yup! Yup! Yup! MOVIES!

Watching movies here and there! Renting movies too and rounding up them up! I’m actually writing up Round 2 of my most recent rentals, and you’ll get a sneak peek of what’s to come with this tally list! It’s been a nice month of movie watching with a few re-sees.

My highlight was discovering one called ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO (1964) and then watching it twice, the second time with my mom.

I’m also excited to put together a new round of Movie Drinks for my Movie-holic series. There’s some fun and silly beverages and movies to share! So please stay tuned!

Now my movie tally list of new movies and re-sees, a total of 32 movies so far in 2017. Slow and steady people! Watching movies and having fun between the insanity! yup yup yup! (OH and movies in BOLD are movies I loved most of all on the Horlick 1-5 Scale!)

NEW MOVIES:

  1. RUTHLESS (1948) | 1/3/17 | DVD
  2. WAR REQUIEM (1989) | 15/17 | DVD
  3. COIN HEIST (2017) | 1/6/17 | Netflix
  4. EAT THE RICH (1987) | 1/8/17 | DVD
  5. BLACK EYE (1973/1974) | 1/10/17 | DVD
  6. FORGOTTEN SILVER (1995) | 1/12/17 | DVD
  7. SHE’S BACK ON BROADWAY (1953) | 1/13/17 | DVD 
  8. THE SHADOW OF THE CAT (1961) | 1/15/17 | Svengoolie/MeTV 
  9. TERMINAL ISLAND (1973) | 1/15/17 | TCM Underground/DV-R 
  10. ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO (1964) | 1/18/17 | TCM/DV-R
  11. CRY OF THE CITY (1948) | 1/19/17 | DVD 
  12. THE YAKUZA (1974) | 1/21/17 | New Beverly 
  13. MOONTIDE (1942) | 1/22/17 | DV-R / FXM Retro 
  14. THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (1966) | 1/22/17 | DVD 
  15. IGUANA (1988) | 1/23/17 | DVD
  16. TERMINAL MAN (1973) | 1/23/17 | DV-R / TCM 
  17. THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN (a.k.a. Snapshot or One Minute More) (1979) | 1/25/17 | DVD
  18. THE PUSHER (1958) | 1/25/17 | DVD 
  19. DAY OF THE ANIMALS (1977) | 1/26/17 | Amazon Instant 
  20. HORNETS’ NEST (1970) | 1/27/17 | DVD 
  21. THE LAST RUN (1971) | 2/1/17 | DVD 
  22. THE LONG GOODBYE (1973) | 2/1/17 | FilmStruck

 

RE-SEE MOVIES:

  1. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986) | 1/1/17 | Netflix
  2. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) | 1/1/17 | Netflix
  3. GREASE (1978) | 1/1/17 | Netflix
  4. THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) | 1/1/17 | Netflix
  5. ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING (1987) | 1/1/17 | Netflix
  6. THE FOG (1980) | 1/2/16 | DVD
  7. EATING RAOUL (1982) | 1/8/17 | DVD
  8. A BITTERSWEET LIFE (2005) | 1/9/17 | DVD
  9. ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO (1964) | 1/20/17 | TCM/DV-R (watched w/ mom)
  10. THEY LIVE (1988) | 1/20/17 | BluRay

Stay tune fellow movie watcher pals! Gonna go rent more DVDs and find more movies to watch! Catch you on the flip flop! Yup! Yup! Yup!

It was a great day to be in Los Angeles and join the Women’s March happening downtown on Saturday January 21, 2017. I was there with 750,000 women, men, children, families, people! We were all there and it swept me up full of emotion! I was so proud to be there, happy to see so many others, proud to have my voice heard and shared!

It’s a time for happy things as I said before, but it’s happy that we have to fight for and together we can and will! I don’t get into the political things here, but I may in the future, because it is the time for it!

Right now I put my voice out and share what I saw and experienced! I’m here to share my happy feelings of being part of this amazing event!! #WOMENSMARCH indeed! Yup. And I have a few more photos on my tumblr!

 

I’ve had a rental membership to Vidéothèque for a while now. Vidéothèque is a cool video store in South Pasadena. My guy Dave and I meander through the aisle looking for movies, just like the good old days of movie renting. It’s fun to just browse, but most times we do rent DVDs and or VHS. It’s a little game between Dave and I to find movies to watch, he picks out one, shows it to me and more often than naught I say “Seen it”! Well, I can’t lie, cause I’ve seen it!  We aim for new movies, things we haven’t seen and when we pick a re-see we get to check out DVD extras like commentaries and what not. We’ve been renting about 5 movies a time, using their 5 movies for $17.99 deal and we get them for a week. I think I’m working my way up to the 100 rentals for $199.00.

At the start of this year we began our rental adventures on January 2nd! I’ve decided to keep track and share the fun of movie renting here on my blog because that’s what this place is for! Sharing fun things that I’ve enjoyed!

On 1/2/17 at 2:32PM we rented: THE FOG (1980) on BluRay,  WAR REQUIEM (1989) on DVD, RUTHLESS (1948) on BluRay, EAT THE RICH (1987) on DVD and lastly EATING RAOUL (1982) on BluRay.

THE FOG was a re-see for me, Dave had never watched it all the way through. Who doesn’t love a John Carpenter movie? It’s a ghost story that takes place at a little town along the coast on their 100th anniversary. The ghosts of the past roll in on the fog to exact revenge on local residents! Along for the ride there’s DJ Stevie Wayne played by Adrienne Barbeau, local weird guy Tom Atkins who picked up hitch hiker Jamie Lee Curtis. Oh and Jamie’s mom Janet Leigh is the town woman in charge of the 100th anniversary celebrations! It’s a good creepy flick and still makes me jump no matter how many times I’ve seen it!

 

RUTHLESS was a good film discovery! Zachary Scott is Horace Woodruff Vendig, a most wealthy man who’s at the top of his game! He’s made it there by being ruthless and it seems he’s considering repentance as he gathers his spurned acquaintances. Through a series of flashbacks we see how he climbed up with love and support but spurned and hurt those he loved as he saw no other way to become rich and powerful.

 

 

WAR REQUIEM has no dialogue, it’s music from composer Benjamin Britten and tells the World War 1 story of a British soldier who’s trying to survive and fight. We see the toll the war takes on people and it is a most visual operatic movie that also uses old war stock footage. The cast is amazing and features the beautiful Tilda Swinton and a very young Sean Bean. It’s a movie that has to be seen and heard more than described.

 

EAT THE RICH was another discovery, something I never heard of before. And since I knew we were going to be renting EATING RAOUL, it sounded like a good double feature combo. EAT THE RICH is a British black comedy commenting on class struggles, the rich rich and politics. Alex is a waiter at BASTARDS, the very fancy place to be place where only the rich go to nosh. Alex hates his job, hates the people and is soon fired. Left unemployed and homeless he is pushed to rebel against the system when he gets a gun killing employees at the unemployment office. Alex and his fellow homeless friend are on the lamb and ready to fight and die for their new found cause! The other side of the RICH adventures is singer Lemmy as an arms dealer named Spider who’s working with another government agent (spy for Russia), who wants to use Alex’s rebellion to ruin Nosher, the Home Secretary, who is campaigning for Prime Minister. Nosher is beer drinking everyman who uses muscle and attitude, hmmmmm, yup. This ridiculous movie, with music from Motörhead, turned out to be incredibly fun! Oh keep an eye out for a Paul McCartney cameo.

 

EATING RAOUL is a cult classic and it has got Janus Film cred! I love this movie. I saw it as a young movie watcher, thanks to my dad’s good taste in movies. Directed and starring Paul Bartel he is Paul Bland. Paul is married to Mary (Mary Woronov) and they dream of opening their own country kitchen even though they lack the funds, because they’re in debt! Now, this is their dream and there has to be a way to make it come true!?! It is the 80’s! It’s a time for swingers, swingers who want sex and drugs and they happen to have lots of money! When Mary is almost raped by a swinger, and he’s killed by Paul with a frying pan, they steal his money and decide to become involved in the sex trade! The Bland’s are knocking off perverted sex maniacs taking all their money! Who would miss them, right? When Paul and Mary start making a pretty good business they cross paths with locksmith, thief, jack of all trades, hot blooded crazy Chicano Raoul (Robert Beltran). Raoul joins their scheme and helps to get rid of the bodies and evidence. He also falls for Mary and starts to plot on how to knock off Paul. This film is just sexy sleazy fun with cool cameos like Buck Henry, Edie McClurg, John Paragon and Ed Begley Jr. (which I realized watching again, this role is a reason I probably am not a big fan of his, the hippie rapist.) Anyways, EATING RAOUL holds up and is a great fun 80’s black comedy!

Stay tuned for more Rental Rounds up! We’ve already rented 4 more movies! Yup!

Seems like these days everyone could use a good stiff drink and a good movie! I am back with another round of fancy drinks and the movies that featured them. The first few are from movies I saw in 2016 and the last one is the first of 2017!  This time out there’s some familiar beverages making the rounds and I have a couple of movies that had a Champagne Cocktail! Now, grab some old fashioned glasses, ice and shakers and let’s get started! Cheers!

leechwomanTHE LEECH WOMAN (1960) –  Whisky & Vodka over ice 
What does Dr. Paul Talbot, an endocrinologist, do when he’s in a bad marriage? Well he takes his aging alcoholic wife with him on a trip to Africa to be his test subject on a possible fountain of youth! When wife, June Talbot, realizes she’s just another experiment she gets mad! The bright side is she gets back her youth and “ditches” her hubby! The dark side is just what it takes to stay young!  She needs the pineal glands of the recently deceased! (Oh that magic Pineal Gland! What wonders you hold!)

Before June finds her youth she was turning to the bottle for her happiness, just some pure straight Whisky! Here’s to you whisky, guardian of all frustrated wives.”

Whisky! Did you say Whisky?

Whisky! Did you say Whisky?

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“Drinking and my feelings for you are both bad for me. I know that.”

"Just one more to numb me."

“Just one more to numb me.”

Whisky – Get yourself a clean glass, pour in an ounce, maybe two of Whisky and then sip or gulp, depending on mood.

Later in her youthful state June finds a young man to drink Vodka over ice, uh oh there’s no ice, with!

Say fella, be my bartender!

Say fella, be my bartender!

I like you and I like vodka!

I like you and I like vodka!

Vodka over ice – Get a glass, a few cubes of ice (optional) and pour in two ounces of Vodka. Cheers you minx!

 

bettewilliamSATAN MET A LADY (1936) – Whisky and Soda Sherry
This movie is the second adaptation of THE MALTESE FALCON, and it stars Bette Davis and Warren William. Warren is detective Ted Shane who has been wrangled into finding an old jeweled horn! This is a fun take on the story before old Bogie took the reigns.

After Shane’s apartment has been turned upside down the man who did it came back for some witty banter and a libation. Shane’s drink of choice is the Whisky and Soda while the gentleman prefers a nice Sherry!

Let's be friends!

Let’s be friends! It’s only business! Come on!

Whisky and Soda – 1 part Scotch and 2 parts soda. Take a chilled glass filled with ice and pour in 1/2 oz of whisky and 1 oz of soda water. (Shane didn’t use ice, his apartment and liquor cabinet was a mess!) 

Sherry – a Spanish wine made of white grapes. It should be served in a Sherry glass, either as an Aperitif or after dinner dessert wine. Shane’s enemy really does enjoy a good Sherry after he messes a place up.

 

falldownallALL FALL DOWN (1962) – Champagne Cocktail
The Willart family is a bit unusual. Clinton Willart (played by Brandon De Wilde, to best known to me as the little kid in Shane!) is the youngest of two boys in the household. He thinks his older brother Berry-Berry (Warren Betty) is the best guy around! Berry-Berry hasn’t been home in a while and Clinton gets him to make a big return to please his quirky parents Annabell and Ralph (Angela Lansbury and Karl Mulden). Annabell loves her eldest and is so devoted to him, which is one reason Berry-Berry ran away. To make the web more tangled Echo (Eva Marie Saint) a family friend come around for a visit!

lured-1LURED (1947) Champagne Cocktail
London is plagued with a serial killer who has been finding his victims through personal columns. Lucille Ball is Sandy Carpenter who’s friend was a recent victim. Sandy is recruited by the police to help them find the killer by replying to different personal ads. Alain Napier is one of the detectives! George Sanders is Robert Fleming the dashing debonaire gentleman and Boris Karloff has a fun cameo!

Can I trust you? Are you a murderous man?

Can I trust you? Are you a murderous man?

Champagne Cocktail – The simplest version of this cocktail includes Champagne, Angostura bitters, a sugar cube, and garnish of an orange or lemon slice in a champagne flute.

Take the sugar cube and add a 2 to 3 dashes of bitters and drop it into the champagne flute. Slowly pour in your champagne of choice and garnish with a citrus slice.

ruthlessmovieRUTHLESS (1948) – Old FashionedMartini
My first film discovery of 2017! RUTHLESS stars Zachary Scott as Horace Woodruff Vendig, who is one of the richest men out there!

Horace throws a big party as a peace offering that includes a major Peace donation to his country (Tax breaks!) and he hopes to make amends with acquaintances from his past. Vic (Louis Hayward) who has known Horace since they were kids is atop the list, but Vic still holds quite a grudge! When Vic shows up with Mallory (Diana Lynn) his gal pal of the last 5 years Horace is struck by the fact that Mallory looks just like Martha; his one true love. This begins the flashbacks to reveal Horace’s true nature of ruthlessness. (Look for a fun cameo from Raymond Burr!)

As Horace’s past pals gather at the party they drink to ease the pain; “You came for a drink and found a memory.”

Thanks to RUTHLESS I get to finally add Old Fashioned to my list!
Old Fashioned  The Old Fashion glass was named after this drink! So grab the glass, a sugar cube or 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, Angostura bitters, club soda (or water), bourbon (or rye) and ice cubes.
Put the sugar in the glass and add 3 dashes of bitters with a splash of club soda. Crush up/dissolve the sugar. Swirl it around to line the glass. Add a big cube of ice and pour in 2 oz of bourbon (or rye).

Martini – It is one part Dry Vermouth and six parts Gin: Pour 1/2 oz of Dry Vermouth and 3 oz of Gin, into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well and then strain it into a chilled martini glass, now you can garnish with an olive or some oil from a lemon peel.

Good Movies! Good Drinks! Cheers! Make a drink, watch a movie or watch a movie with some nice drinks. I’m going to be on the look out for more fancy beverages! I really need a day to make these beverage and get a bit tipsy! Just stay safe no matter what, and DON’T drink and drive!!! EVER!
Just watch movies and be happy! Yup!

Thanks Meghan for this awesome pic!!

Let’s Party Like DARKMAN!!

Movies! Movies! Movies! The year flew by! Crazy things happened! I didn’t get to watch as many movies as I have before. WHATEVER! I watched movies, dang it!!!! I DID!!!! Because; watching movies is a Happy Place

As I always say, a fun part about watching movies is sharing those movies! And so, here I am to share my list of movies that I have seen throughout 2016! OY 2016!!!!!

New Movies and Re-Sees! Yup, I saw some new movie releases but actually more old movies. I just go where my movie whims take me! Yup!

NEW MOVIES: 

    1. HOT PURSUIT (2015) | 01/01/16 | DVD
    2. WE ARE STILL HERE (2015) | 1/2/15 | Blu-Ray 
    3. BENEATH PLANET OF THE APES (1979) | 1/3/16 | HBO GO
    4. ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES (1971) | 1/3/16 | HBO GO 
    5. CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1972) | 1/3/16 | HBO GO

      The Apes Said NO!!!!!

      The Apes Said NO!!!!!

    6. THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015) | 1/4/16 | New Beverly
    7. BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (1973) | 1/5/16 | HBO GO
    8. REHEARSAL FOR MURDER (1982) | 1/6/16 | Amazon Instant 
    9. KING CREOLE (1958) | 1/8/16 | YouTube Paramount Vault

      Elvis!! Matthau is scary mean! Carolyn Jones the bad girl beauty!

      Uh oh Elvis! Matthau is mean!

    10. INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN (1957) | 1/8/16 | YouTube Paramount Vault 
    11. SATAN’S SATELLITES (1958) | 1/9/16 | YouTube Paramount Vault (from a 1952 serial)
    12. THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (1983) | 1/9/16 | YouTube Paramount Vault
    13. HEROES OF THE EAST (1978) | 1/10/16 | Netflix

      Fights, Fights and more Fights!

      Fights, Fights and Fights!

    14. BLACK COAL, THIN ICE (2014) | 1/10/16 | Netflix
    15. HONEYMOON (2014) | 1/11/16 | Netflix
    16. WARLOCK 2: ARMAGEDDON (1993) | 1/14/16 | YouTube
    17. THE FIVE VENOMS (1978) | 1/17/16 | Netflix
    18. THE SNOW WHITE MURDER CASE (2015) | 1/17/16 | Reel Grit
    19. TIME TABLE (1956) | 1/23/16 | YouTube Paramount Vault
    20. THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK (1958) | 1/23/16 | YouTube Paramount Vault

      Look Out New York!

      Look Out New York!

    21. DOUBLE EXPOSURE (1944) | 1/23/16 | YouTube Paramount Vault
    22. HIGH NOON PART II: THE RETURN OF WILL KANE (1980) | 1/27/16 | Encore Western/Cable 
    23. THE VAMPIRE’S COFFIN (EL ATADÚD DEL VAMPIRO) (1958) | 1/30/16 | Netflix 
    24. MAN IN THE VAULT (1965) | 1/31/16 | YouTube Paramount Vault 
    25. LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER (1994) | 2/4/16 | NoHo 7 
    26. X THE UNKNOWN (1956) | 2/6/16 | YouTube 
    27. THE SPACE CHILDREN (1958) | YouTube Paramount Vault 
    28. DAYS OF WINE & ROSES (1962) | 2/7/16 | TCM

      They were so happy!

      They were so happy!

    29. THE WITCH (2015) | 2/10/16 | Screening Room Beverly Hills 
    30. NIGHT WORLD (1932) | 2/13/16 | YouTube
    31. DEADPOOL (2016) | 2/14/16 | LA LIVE Regal
    32. ZOOLANDER 2 (2016) | 2/14/16 | CITYWALK AMC
    33. THE VOICES (2014) 2/14/16 | Amazon Instant 
    34. AGAINST A CROOKED SKY (1975) | 2/16/16 | Amazon Instant 
    35. CIRCUS (2000) | 2/18/16 | HBO GO 
    36. 11:14 (2005) | 2/19/16 | HBO GO 
    37. HOT LEAD & COLD FEET (1978) | 2/20/16 | New Beverly
    38. THE BUSY BODY (1967) | 2/25/16 | YouTube Paramount Vault

      William Castle! Mix Up!

      William Castle! Mix Up!

    39. A LIFE AT STAKE (1954) | 2/26/16 | YouTube
    40. ANABELL (2014) | 2/28/16 | HBO GO 
    41. HELLIONS (2015) | 3/1/16 | Netflix 
    42. THE PHANTOM SPEAKS (1945) | 3/6/16
    43. TROUBLE IN THE GLEN (1954) | 3/12/16 | Amazon Instant
    44. PUCKOON (2003) | 3/12/16 | Amazon Instant 
    45. 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (2016) | 3/12/16 | Tiki Drive-In 
    46. TRIPLE 9 (2016) | 3/12/16 | Tiki Drive-In 
    47. AVENGING EAGLE (1978) | 3/13/16 | Netflix 
    48. THE INSPECTORS WEARS SKIRTS / TOP SQUAD (1988) | 3/13/16 | YouTube 
    49. PALOOKA (1934) | 3/13/16 | YouTube 
    50. MILLION DOLLAR PURSUIT (1951) | 3/13/16 | YouTube 
    51. ESCAPE BY NIGHT (1937) | 3/16/16 | YouTube 
    52. PEE WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY (2016) | 3/18/16
    53. ME, EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (2015) | 3/24/16 | HBO GO 
    54. THE MERMAID (2016) | 3/29/16 | AMC Monterey Park 
    55. HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (2016) | 3/29/16 | AMC Burbank 8

      She's SOOOOO Cute!

      She’s SOOOOO Cute!

    56. CREED (2015) | 4/5/16 | On Demand 
    57. BRIDE OF VENGEANCE (1949) | 4/9/16 | YouTube 
    58. HARDCORE HENRY (2016) | 4/14/16 | Vista 
    59. SECRET OF THE INCAS (1954) | 4/23/16 | YouTube

      heston drink

      Heston, you’re a punk!

    60. COMPADRES (2016) | 4/24/16 | Regal Alhambra 
    61. THE NICE GUYS (2016) | 5/8/16 | Reel Grit 
    62. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016) | 5/13/16 | Regal Alhambra 
    63. AVA’S POSSESSION (2015) | 5/17/16 | Netflix 
    64. ZOOMBIES (2016) | 5/17/16 | Netflix 
    65. THAT GAL…WHO WAS IN THAT THING: THAT GUY 2 (2015) | 5/18/16 | Netflix 
    66. THE HALLOW (2015) | 5/18/16 | Netflix 
    67. THREE IN THE ATTIC (1968) | 5/20/16 | TCM
    68. CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (1948) | 5/23/16 | Netflix
    69. HUSH (2016) | 5/2916 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon 
    70. RED SUN (1971) | 5/29/16 | Reel Grit / AFI

      red-sun

      Western Cool!

    71. PAIN & GAIN (2013) | 5/30/16 | DVD
    72. FRANK (2014) | 6/2/16 | Netflix
    73. THE WAILING (2016) | 6/4/16 | AMC Atlantic Times Square 14 
    74. HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946) 6/5/16 | Svengoolie/DVR
    75. BEYOND THE GATES (2015) | 6/6/16 | LA Film Festival/Culver City Arclight

      Bewared the Game!

      Bewared the Game!

    76. NEON DEMON (2016) | 6/12/16 | Los Feliz 3 (Reel Grit)
    77. PILLOW OF DEATH (1945) | 6/13/16 | Svengoolie / Me TV 
    78. THE LEECH WOMAN (1960) 6/18/16 | Svengoolie / Me TV 
    79. THE SNIPER (1952) | 6/19/16 | TCM/DVR 
    80. INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (2016) | 6/23/16 | Edwards Alhambra

      Yes I liked it!

      Yes I liked it!

    81. BLOODY BIRTHDAY (1981) | 6/30/16 | TCM (DVR)
    82. THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (2016) | 7/3/16 | AMC Atlantic Times Square 14 (MP)

      Yup!

      Yup!

    83. STUNTS (1978) | 7/10/16 | TCM (DVR)

      The Hell With Dialogue, Let's Wreck Something!

      The Hell With Dialogue, Let’s Wreck Something!

    84. MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (2016) | 7/12/16 | DVD
    85. CULT OF THE COBRA (1955) | 7/16/16 | Svengoolie
    86. CELL (2016) | 7/17/16 | Cable Rental
    87. GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) | 7/19/16 | Edwards Alhambra 
    88. THE KILLING JOKE (2016) | 7/22/16 | Comic-Con Ballroom 20
    89. STAR TREK: BEYOND (2016) | 7/26/16 | NOHO 7 
    90. TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016) | 7/28/16 | CGV 
    91. SATAN MET A LADY (1936) | 8/4/16 | DVD
    92. THE MALTESE FALCON (1931) | 8/4/16 | DVD 
    93. THUNDERBOLT (1929) | 8/4/16 | TCM 
    94. ALL FALL DOWN (1962) | 8/5/16 | TCM
    95. CURUCU, BEAST OF THE AMAZON (1956) | 8/7/16 | Svengoolie
    96. JASON BOURNE (2016) | 8/9/16 | Alhambra Edwards 14
    97. MI-5 (2015) | 8/10/16 | HBO GO 
    98. THUNDER & LIGHTNING (1977) | 8/14/16 | YouTube

      Moonshine, Gator Preachers, Highjinks!

      Gator Preachers!!!!!!!!!!!

    99. EYE OF THE STRANGER (1981) | 8/14/15 | YouTube
    100. ONE BY ONE aka MAJORETTES (1987) | 8/15/16 | YouTube
    101. SUICIDE SQUAD (2016) | 8/23/16 | Alhambra Edwards 14
    102. REALITY (2015) | 8/25/16 | DVD
    103. RANCHO DELUXE (1974) | 8/25/16 | DVD
    104. LURED (1947) | 8/26/16 | TCM DV-R
    105. MIKE YOKOHAMA: THE FOREST WITH NO NAME (2002) | 8/30/16 | DVD
    106. VIRTUAL ASSASSINS aka CYBERJACK (1995) | 9/1/16 | STARZ App
    107. JANE GOT A GUN (2016) | 9/2/16 | Netflix
    108. THE FOREST (2016) | 9/6/16 | HBO Go
    109. MAN FROM RIO (1964) | 9/11/16 | Reel Grit
    110. MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) | 9/22/16 | Edwards Alhambra

      Western Fun!

      Western Fun!

    111. GHOST TEAM (2016) | 9/29/16 | Stream

      Ghost Beware!

      Ghost Beware!

    112. MAN MADE MONSTER (1941) | 10/1/16 | Svengoolie
    113. THE FALLING (2014) | 10/1/16 | Netflix
    114. THE KINDRED (1987) | 10/4/16 | VHS
    115. RETURN OF DRACULA (1958) | 10/5/16 | YouTube
    116. ZOOTOPIA (2016) | 10/6/16 | Netflix
    117. ISLAND OF TERROR (1966) | 10/8/16 | Svengoolie
    118. DEAR HEART (1964) | 10/8/16 | TCM 
    119. THE FROZEN GHOST (1945) | 10/14/16 | Svengoolie
    120. BELOW THE SEA (1933) | 10/14/16 | TCM / DV-R
    121. MASTERMINDS (1949) | 10/15/16 | TCM

      Eat Candy!

      Eat Candy!

    122. HILLBILLYS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE (1967) | 10/15/16 | TCM / DV-R
    123. THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU (1942) | 10/21/15 | YouTube

      Who has a CAT in his coat pocket?

      Who has a CAT in his coat pocket?

    124. RETURN OF THE CREATURE (1955) | 10/23/16 | Svengoolie
    125. JACK REACHER NEVER GO BACK (2016) | 10/25/16 | Alhambra Edwards
    126. MACABRE (1958) | 10/27/16 | TCM / DV-R
    127. LONDON HAS FALLEN (2016) | 11/1/16 | Netflix
    128. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ZOMBIES | 11/2/16 | Starz
    129. TAMPOPO (1985) | 11/4/16 | Pasadena Lammle 
    130. SO DARK THE NIGHT (1946) | 11/6/16 | YouTube
    131. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (2016) | 11/10/16 | DVD
    132. SING STREET (2016) | 11/11/16 | Netflix
    133. ARRIVAL (2016) | 11/13/16 | Edwards Alhambra
    134. TERROR BENEATH THE SEA (1966) | 11/14/16 | YouTube
    135. WONDER WOMEN (1973) | 11/15/16 | New Beverly
    136. WALKING THE EDGE (1983) | 11/15/16 | New Beverly

      REVENGE!

      REVENGE!

    137. FANTASTIC BEAST & WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016) | 11/18/16 | Vista
      (Watching this with my nieces was a blast! Potter fans they are made it a great time!)
    138. HUNTED (1952) | 11/19/16 | YouTube
    139. NICE GIRL? (1941) | 11/26/16 | TCM DV-R
    140. ONCE A THIEF (1965) | 11/28/16 | DVD
    141. BITE THE BULLET (1975) | DVD 
    142. EXILED (2006) | 12/4/16 | DVD
    143. ONE THRILLING NIGHT (1942) | 12/4/16 | Amazon Instant
    144. THERE’S A NOOSE WAITING FOR YOU…TRINITY (1972) | 12/4/16 | Amazon Instant
    145. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (2002) | 12/15/16 | Amazon Instant
    146. BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960) | 12/18/16 | Svengoolie
    147. ROGUE ONE (2016) | 12/16/16 | LA LIVE Regal
    148. KEANU (20160 | 12/28/16 | Cable
    149. LOVE ACTUALLY (2003) | 12/31/16 | Netflix
      (Yes I just watched LOVE ACTUALLY for the first time, I had only watched it from the middle on on TV and so I now finally watched it from beginning to end to say goodbye to 2016!)

      LIAM!!!!!!!!! Liam Neeson! My hero!

      LIAM!!!!!!!!! Liam Neeson! My hero! Yup!

Random notes (cool quotes) I wrote down from some of the movie I watched:

THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (1983) – “rooted like a tree.”

THE FIVE VENOMS (1978) – Fighting Styles of the Centipede, Lizard, Snake, Toad and Scorpion

TIME TABLES (1956) – Voice of Fred Flintstone in film! “There is no such thing as a perfect crime, just a lucky one.” “I was willing to give you my whole life, what’s a few hours?” “There’s few secrets in Tijuana.” “Every case is an ulcer.

DOUBLE EXPOSURE (1944) – GLUB, You have to have GLUB. G.L.U.B. = GO GETTER, LUCKY, UP AND AT ‘EM, BUNCO ARTIST AT HEART

Loan me a boy scout and a couple of sticks.” (Says the woman waiting for a smoke from guy not paying attention to her.)

DAYS OF WINE & ROSES (1962) – “Anything worth having is worth suffering for.”

LIFE AT STAKE (1954) – “[Champagne]…is for good things.” They toast “Here’s to fun and love.

PUCKOON (2003) – “I don’t mind dying, I just don’t want to be there at the time.

PALOOKA (1934) – “I was pretty bad dice, I don’t blame you for shaking me.

THREE IN THE ATTIC (1968) – “Balancing three chicks between Bonanza.

CAST A DEADLY SPELL (1991) – “Everything’s cream for me these days.”

LEECH WOMAN (1960) – “Drink whisky, here’s to you whisky, guardian of all frustrated wives.”

THE MALTESE FALCON (1931)  – “What’s on your mind, besides your hat?

HILLBILLYS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE (1967) – M.O.T.H.E.R. = MASTER ORGANIZATION TO HALT ENEMY RESISTANCE

ONE THRILLING NIGHT (1942) – “He never lies, he was born on Washington’s Birthday.

MY TOP MOVIES OF 2016: (In no order whatsoever!)
THE MERMAID
HELLO…MY NAME IS DORIS
DEADPOOL
THE WAILING
NEON DEMON
LEGEND OF TARZAN
TRAIN TO BUSAN
MAGNIFICENT SEVENT
THE WITCH
ARRIVAL
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
ROGUE ONE
NICE GUYS
PEE WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY (When you watch a movie with your sister and laugh together! How can it not be a favorite?!)

Go, Pee Wee Go!

Go, Pee Wee Go! Enjoy that Holiday!

My Favorite discoveries of 2016:
HEROES OF THE EAST – Kung Fu and Martial Arts! Who’s style is the best?
THE VAMPIRE’S COFFIN – A Mexican horror movie! Practice your Spanish and follow the vampire who’s stalking the streets for a neck to bite!

El Vampiro!

El Vampiro!

MAN IN THE VAULT – A guy always wants a big score to be somebody…a locksmith is forced to steal some money, but gets a guilty conscience.

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Will the Locksmith take the fall?

LURED – Lucille Ball is beautiful! She helps police find a serial killer.
MIKE YOKOHAMA: THE FOREST WITH NO NAME – Detectives are cool! Detectives can get most philosophical.
DEAR HEART – Never too late to find the love of your life! Don’t make any assumptions and let your heart go where it takes you!
TIME TABLE – A train heist time perfectly, what could go wrong? Who was it that planned the perfect plan? It’s a noir, you can’t get away with it!
HOT LEAD, COLD FEET – A kiddie western caper! Twins, one good and one bad, a race through the old west, Don Knotts comic relief!
MASTERMINDS – Eating sugar causes toothaches which can give one the power to see the future! Beware, there are evil scientists out there looking for chumps with a brain that can be used in the body of a made “Super-Man” to create an army to take over the world!

 

Finally Saw it! WOOT!!!!! Loved it!!!!!!!
DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962)
TAMPOPO (1985)
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Now this is the Re-See Round up! Watching things I’ve already seen and they’re so good I can watch them again and again…or I’m re-watching to make sure they’re still good!! 😉 I re-watched THE PHANTOM twice so that both of my nieces could experience the my favorite purple super hero! Oh, and the second time I watched THE WITCH I liked it even more so that helped get it to my favorites of 2016 list (just a by the way).

RE-SEE MOVIES:

  1. PLANET OF THE APES (1970) | 1/3/16 | HBO GO
  2. VOLUNTEERS (1985) | 1/5/16 | HBO GO
  3. THE NET (1995) | 2/11/16 | DVD
  4. THE TENACIOUS D: THE PICK OF DESTINY (2006) | 2/19/16 | HBO GO
  5. THE WITCH (2016) | 2/23/16 | SUNDANCE
  6. GALAXY QUEST (1999) | 2/26/16 | Netflix
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  7. WHAT WE DO IN SHADOWS (2014) | 2/28/16 | HBO GO
  8. THE LAST DRAGON (1985) | 3/2/16 | DVD
  9. PIRANHA (1978) | 3/10/16 | DVD
  10. CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012) | 3/14/16 | DVD
  11. BLACK ANGEL (1946) | 3/22/16 | YouTube
  12. THE GIFT (2001) | 3/27/16 | FLIX
  13. EXCALIBUR (1981) | 3/29/16 | On Demand
  14. GREASE 2 (1982) | 4/14/16 | Netflix
  15. CLUE (1985) | 5/1/16 | DVD (outside)
  16. ROMANCING THE STONE (1984) | 5/1/16 | DVD (outside)
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  17. LETHAL WEAPON (1987) | 5/8/16 | 35mm Reel Grit
  18. THE LAST BOY SCOUT (1991) | 5/8/16 | 35mm Reel Grit
  19. KISS KISS BANG BANG (20050 | 5/8/16 | 35mm Reel Grit
  20. WILD IN THE STREETS (1968) | 5/19/16 | TCM
  21. HUDSON HAWK (1991) | 5/24/16 | STARZ
  22. THE HATEFUL 8 (2016) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  23. SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (1941/1942) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  24. BAD NEWS BEARS (1976) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  25. UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
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  26. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  27. THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998) | 5/2816 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  28. EVIL DEAD 2 (1987) | 5/29/16 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  29. SUPERBAD (2007) | 5/29/16 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  30. SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977) | 5/29/16 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  31. THE MATRIX (1999) | 5/29/16 | Rosemead High School 24 Hr. Marathon
  32. CAST A DEADLY SPELL (1991) | 6/3/16 | Amazon Instant
  33. SHE-WOLF OF LONDON (1946) | 6/5/17 | Sevengoolie/DVR
  34. THE PHANTOM (1996) | 6/11/16 | Netflix

    Milk does the PHANTOM good.

    Milk does the PHANTOM good.

  35. DRIVE (2011) | 6/12/16 | Los Feliz 3 (Reel Grit)
  36. ID4 (1996) | 6/16/16 | DVD
  37. DREAMSCAPE (1984) | 6/16/16 | DVR
  38. HUDSON HAWK (1991) | 6/17/16 | DVR
  39. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) | 07/05/16 | CABLE
  40. WILD BUNCH (1969) | 7/6/16 | TCM
  41. GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES (1984) | 7/9/16 | Google Play
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  42. GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) | 7/27/16 | Cable Rental
  43. WILLOW (1988) | 7/31/16 | DVD
  44. NIGHT MONSTER (1942) | 8/14/16 | Svengoolie
  45. DELIRIOUS (1991) | 8/14/16 | YouTube
  46. LUCY (2014) | 8/16/16 | Cable
  47. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) | 8/21/16 | DVR
  48. NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986) | 8/22/16 | DVD
  49. HACKERS (1993) | 8/30/16 | Cable
  50. FINAL DESTINATION (2006) | 9/2/16 | Netflix
  51. THE PHANTOM (1996) | 9/4/16 | Netflix
  52. HEAVY METAL (1981) | 10/2/16 | DVD
  53. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960) | 10/14/16 | TCM
  54. MURDER BY CONTRACT (1958) | 10/24/16 | YouTube
  55. THE ‘BURBS (1989) | 10/26/16 | Netflix
  56. THE APPLE (1980) | 11/21/16 | DVD
  57. GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) | 11/26/16 | DVD
  58. TIME BANDITS (1981) | 12/4/16 | FilmStruck
  59. ZERO EFFECT (1998) | 12/20/16 | DVR
  60. JACK FROST (1996) | 12/21/16 | Egyptian (Cinematic Void) 35MM screening
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  61. BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1960) | 12/31/16 | Netflix

I have to add that seeing JACK FROST (1996) on a big screen in 35MM was a fantastic finale to movie screenings of the year. (Thanks again Cinematic Void!) I watched JACK FROST a ton during my college days with my college pals. I never thought I’d see that straight to video movie get a theatrical screening and so it goes to show that some dreams do come true! The Q&A was a good time too! JACK FROST, the killer snowman movie, rules!

And that my movie friends is my movie round up for 2016! A fun bunch of movies that I enjoyed watching and watching some again! My happy time highlights of 2016 was watching 149 new movies and 61 re-sees! 210 movies, WOOT! WOOT! Oh and anything that is BOLD in the new movies lists were movies I gave a 5 rating to, meaning my favorite movie on a scale of 1-5!!

Let’s all keep watching movies! Movies that make us Happy! Movies that we want to see! And then share what’s good with other and then keep on watching more and more! Yup! Yup!

You’ll find me watching movies in 2017, yup. Stay Happy movie watchers! That’s my plan! Yup!

cat fangirlI know things aren’t easy out there right now. A lot of people are scared and frustrated and dwelling in the fear and frustration.

It seems like a dark cloud looms, I’m seeing my pessimistic friends be even more so, and a lot of complaining is going around. That doesn’t change things, actions and attitudes change things. We have to speak up, show we’re serious. I don’t want to think that violence will be the next step. I’m not someone who wants violence. I don’t want to see people I love get hurt. I don’t want to see any person get hurt!

I am a generally happy person, I love sharing a smile and seeing others be happy. It feels like it’s going to be harder to smile, to be happy. But that’s why we, I, have to try even harder.

We all should be able to have good and happy lives!

It’s time for Happiness, to do what you love, to share what you love and put out what you want to see. It’s not easy and again just saying and typing this seems naive. But, I’m not going to be silent about what’s going on, and I feel we have to show it with our passions, put our passion into the fight.

Be good to others, help people who are hurt, and remind others we can get through it together, working together, sharing together and standing up together.

No Retreat, No Surrender! Be happy! Be good! Be Excellent! Together we can move forward and not take steps back.

on-the-road-to-conComikazie, now known as Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, was just last weekend. Yup, one week ago! Zooom!

I hadn’t been able to attend last year, but this year I had a free Sunday and my niece Celia was able to come along too with me and my dad! As a trio, we three eagerly made our way through traffic, to the Los Angeles Convention center! Yup! VROOM VROOM down the 110 freeway! (Yeah it was not VROOM VROOM, but slow slow!)

We got inside just about 11AM and began our big adventure to walk up and down all the aisles, browsing all there was to see and buying things that said “buy me!” The floor was pretty busy for a Sunday! Lots of people all happy and having fun! It was packed but never overwhelming to get through the crowd.

WE MADE IT!!

WE MADE IT!!

 

WHICH WAY SHOULD WE GO????

                  WHICH WAY SHOULD WE GO????

 

BADGES, WE HAVE BADGES! (oldie but goodie!)

BADGES, WE HAVE BADGES! (oldie but goodie!)

One of my favorite things about conventions is the cosplay! There’s lots of cosplay too at this convention! I loved it! I’m like “OOOH! LOOK AT THAT!” I am giddy seeing the detail people put into their outfits!! I do ask cosplayers if I may take their pictures first and remember it’s the polite thing to do! (Manners, people!)

One of the first and best cosplay we saw was a couple dressed as Hawkgirl and Hawkman! Their wings were fully retractable and flapped! It was amazing!

Their Wings Move!!

             Their Wings Move!!

 

STRANGER THINGS was super popular too!!

Blurry But Still AMAZING! Winona Forever!

Blurry But Still AMAZING! Winona Forever!

WHAT IS COMING OUT OF HER CHEST?

WHAT IS COMING OUT OF HER CHEST?

And now just a one more favorite!

saumurai-jack

SAMURAI JACK!!!! JACK IS BACK!

Besides the cosplay there’s so much to see, so many talented artists sharing their work! Toys that I dream of having, Comic Books I need for my collection. Buttons, Pins, bows, wallets, handmade goods! I just LOVE going to conventions! Yup!

PLUSH! SUPER PLUSH!

PLUSH! SUPER PLUSH!

THE LOVE BUG!

THE LOVE BUG! HERBIE!!!

SUPERNATURAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SUPERNATURAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UH OH!!!!!!!!!!!

UH OH!!!!!!!!!!!

My dad had our comic book need list, though a much more condensed version than what we usually venture out with, so near the end when we found the 50 cent comic book bins we didn’t go as crazy as we could have! Celia was awesome and helped me dig through the boxes! We filled in some good comic book gaps!

WALL-E!

WALL-E!

BB-8

BB-8

SUPERNATURAL boys!

SUPERNATURAL boys!

We walked and walked all morning and into the afternoon! Celia got some cool stuff, and a few gifts for her siblings! I scored a new bow, my dad and I got comic books! It was a success!

BYE CON!

BYE CON!

TILL NEXT YEAR!! YUP!

TILL NEXT YEAR!! YUP!

CONVENTION GOODIES!!!!!

CONVENTION GOODIES!!!!!

Yup, I had fun at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, whew, that’s a lot to say! (type!) Celia had fun and so did my dad! We delighted in our nerdom and are looking forward to doing so again real soon! It’s nice to share my geeky ways with my family! You got to pass on the things you love and that’s what going to Conventions is about! Wearing your fandom on your sleeve! YUP!

So, I didn’t watch a horror movie a day during October..but I did watch SOME movies! That’s just life, being life and movies getting watched when I can watch them! Yup!

NEW MOVIES: 

  • THE  KINDRED (1987) | 10/4/16 | VHS 
  • RETURN OF DRACULA (1958) | 10/5/16 | YouTube
  • ZOOTOPIA (2016) | 10/6/16 | Netflix 
  • ISLAND OF TERROR (1966) | 10/8/16 | Svengoolie 
  • DEAR HEART (1964) | 10/8/16 | TCM 
A Love Story! Let's All Go To A Postmasters Convention!

Let’s All Go To A Postmasters Convention!

  • THE FROZEN GHOST (1945) | 10/14/16 | Svengoolie 
  • BELOW THE SEA (1933) | 10/14/16 | TCM / DV-R 
  • MASTERMINDS (1949) | 10/15/16 | TCM 
Eat Candy! See The Future! Beware of Mad Scientists!

Eat Candy! Get a Toothache! See The Future! Beware of Mad Scientists!

  • HILLBILLYS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE (1967) | 10/15/16 | TCM / DV-R 
  • THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU (1942) | 10/21/15 | YouTube
Peter Lorre carries a CAT in his coat pocket!!!!

Peter Lorre carries a CAT in his coat pocket!!!!

  • RETURN OF THE CREATURE (1955) | 10/23/16 | Svengoolie 
  • JACK REACHER NEVER GO BACK (2016) | 10/25/16 | Alhambra Edwards
JACK IS BACK! Yup!

JACK IS BACK! Yup!

  • MACABRE (1958) | 10/27/16 | TCM / DV-R 
  • LONDON HAS FALLEN (2016) | 11/1/16 | Netflix 
  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ZOMBIES | 11/2/16 | Starz 

RE-SEE MOVIES: 

  • HEAVY METAL (1981) | 10/2/16 | DVD
  • LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960) | 10/14/16 | TCM
Little Shop! No Music! Just a hungry plant!

Little Shop! No Music! Just a hungry plant! FEED ME!

  • MURDER BY CONTRACT (1958) | 10/24/16 | YouTube
  • THE ‘BURBS (1989) | 10/26/16 | Netflix

I am now at 128 new movies and 55 re-see movies. Slow and steady, but ever watching!

My highlight of the month was just finding DEAR HEART on TCM and watching it! It had been a while since I caught a movie at it’s start to watch to the end.

DEAR HEART; Geraldine Page, a postmaster at a Postmasters’ convention, in a big city. She wants to feel special and have a good time! She’s longing for love, but won’t just settle for a convention affair. Glenn Ford, he’s a traveling salesman, ready to settle down, but has he “settled” for the woman with a kid because it’s the thing to do? These two meet and there’s some kismet, but is it meant to be? Ahhh, LOVE! Movie love!

TRIVIA: Geraldine Page is Madame Medusa in THE RESCUERS!!!! WOOT!

MASTER MINDS was another movie I found on TCM, it features the Bowery Boys. One of them boys has an incredible sweet tooth, he eats so much candy, he gets a toothache and it gives him the power to see the future! Becoming a sideshow act the boys think they’ve scored the big time! But of course there’s an evil scientist, Alan Napier, on the loose who needs a brain for his STRONG, HAIRY MONSTER MAN ARMY. A mix up, fortune telling and lots of sugar made this a sweet, cute flick.

My guy Dave found me THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU on YouTube. It was a real delight. Boris Karloff has an old home that houses his experiments. He’s trying to creature a super army race too, but seems to be killing the traveling salesman that come to his door, though it is all in the name of science!! A young woman offers to buy the house to turn it into a hotel and as she tries to fix it up, a mix of characters stop by, including her ex-husband. Are people really dying? Who’s the killer? Is it the boogie man? Peter Lorre is the town’s doctor, sheriff, tax collector and he carries a cat in his pocket. It’s completely silly, and it made me laugh!

Then last but not least, I’m just going to stick with highlighting the oldies, I re-watched the 1960 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS!  Thanks again TCM for this one! I watched it with my niece and it’s very nice that I can get them to watch old Black & White flicks! I just love Roger Corman movies! My nieces dug it too, though Effie didn’t like the ending.

Alas, only a handful of movies viewed in October, but some fun discoveries for sure! I’ll get around to more of the new releases sooner or later! Yup! HAPPY MOVIE watching one and all! May November be filled with more movies! Yup!