Part Four of ‘The Wasp Woman’

Hi! Back again with more of this rather interesting example of low-budget filmmaking.

According to Tim Dirks (and Wikipedia), The Wasp Woman was one of a wave of “cheap teen movies” released for the drive-in market. So, if you’re a cheap teen, you’ll love it! 🙂

On that note, get ready for Part Four of The Wasp Woman!

PS: If you ask me, Invasion of the Frankenbees sounds like something you’d see in a double-feature with this film! 🙂

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Part Three of ‘The Wasp Woman’

It’s time for the next part in this ongoing series of filmy bits!

Prepare to be laughing your ass off smirking a bit amazed as you watch Part Three of The Wasp Woman! 🙂

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My Review of ‘This Gun for Hire’ (1942)

This is one of those movies that took me maybe five minutes in (tops!) to figure out that it was going to be awesome. Right from the get-go, the story rather explodes out of the gate in terms of its multitude of double-crosses.

Our (anti)hero is Philip Raven, an assassin, who executes takes care of business with a chemist (and part-time blackmailer), thus getting hold of a chemical formula for his client. Too bad the client pays him with marked bills. AND turns around and reports that same money to the police as being stolen from his employer, the Nitro Chemical Corp. (A not-at-all-suggestive corporate identity.) Needless to say, when word of all this gets to Raven, he ain’t exactly a happy camper.

And if that isn’t enough, Nitro Chemical is represented by middleman Willard Gates, a real big-shot (in his mind, at least) from LA (aka, Nitro Chemical Central). And the hit takes place in San Francisco. And, wouldn’t you know, Detective Michael Crane of LA’s Finest happens to be on vacation in the City by the Bay. So he gets assigned to capture the (thoroughly set up) assassin.

I will try not to spoil any more this movie for you (much). But here’s the thing. Detective Crane happens to have a girlfriend, who sings and performs magic (simultaneously!) at a nightclub. Her name is Ellen Graham, but she’s played by Veronica Lake. And Raven, the assassin, is played by Alan Ladd.

Via Classic Forever

How shall I put this? Oh, my fucking Gawd! I mean, is that a match made in heaven or what?

They’re almost like Bogie and Bacall. Just with a bit more brass. Whereas Bacall has a smoldering seductiveness, Lake has (by comparison) an almost devil-may-care insouciance. And where Bogie excels at displaying either a no-nonsense demeanor or a ferociously angry one, Ladd’s mein is that of a marble statue. Stoic and then some.

Via The Old Hollywood Times

One interesting tidbit: the movie was based on a novel by Graham Greene. Apparently, in the book, Raven’s face was disfigured (by his mother, I think—now that’s messed up!). But for the film, they moved Raven’s deformity to his left wrist, no doubt in the interest of not completely pissing off female members of the audience by ruining Alan Ladd’s leading man looks. Oh, and it’s just a little bit easier for him to hide the problem, huh?

Via The Ordinary Review

Part of the suspense in this film is created by the “race against the clock” under which Raven seeks a confession from the bad guy worst guy even-more-horrible-than-an-assassin guy client—the ultimate power in charge of the chemical company. There’s political subtext throughout the narrative. That chemical compound Raven stole? Well, it wasn’t to cure cancer. And there is, um, a certain war going on … ahem!

I can see how, despite receiving only fourth billing, Alan Ladd succeeded in launching to stardom with this one. But I think Veronica Lake helped just a little. 😉

I’d give it six stars, if I could. 🙂

PS: Here’s the Lux Radio Theater version!

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Part Two of ‘The Wasp Woman’

Time for the next part of our latest foray into old-school indie film entertainment.

It’s time for Part Two of The Wasp Woman!

So … let’s see what the buzz is all about. 🙂

PS: You can find this on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Without my captions, though. 🙂

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Part One of ‘The Wasp Woman’

We’re kicking off the new year with another really interesting film from the cheapest most innovative indie filmmaker of them all! The amazing Roger Corman!

So, let’s watch Part One of The Wasp Woman, shall we? 🙂


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My Review of ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (1969)

Apparently, this film includes “virtually everything in the novel” it’s based upon, according to Wikipedia. That, in itself, is unusual. But it is hardly the movie’s only peculiarity.

If you’ve never seen this entry in the James Bond franchise, but enjoy the other Bond movies, prepare for surprises.

Via Huffington Post (click here to access)

First, there’s Bond himself. Who is played, not by Sean Connery, who’d quit the role, but by George Lazybee Lazenby. Now, Lazenby took a whole lot of shit crap from reviewers, who hated the fact that he wasn’t Sean Connery found his acting skills wanting. I’m not at all sure I agree that he was so very awful. In fact, for a guy with basically zero previous acting experience (I believe he’d previously worked as an advertising model), the man did a damn good job.

He certainly had the looks and the right build. Compared to Roger Moore … well … let’s not go there.

But the story, in a nutshell, is this. While officially on leave (after Moneypenny intercepts Bond’s two-weeks’ notice and hastily types up a request for time off), Bond is unofficially sent on a mission to find Ernst Stavro Blofeld (played by Kojak Telly Savalas—one of a small group of actors to take on the role, the size of which is dwarfed only by the small army of actors that have played Felix Leiter).

Where eagles dare? 🙂

So, Blofeld wants to establish that he’s a Count (with a capital C). This gives Bond his “in”.Word has it that this “Count” has some kind of research station located atop a towering pinnacle in the Swiss Alps. To gain access to the place, Bond poses as a genealogist. (He also learns his family motto: The World is Not Enough. Sound familiar?)

Anyway, Bond goes to this place, and, well, the joint is just lousy with “groovy looking” chicks. Oh, yeah, baby—you want to experience 60s kitsch? Watch this movie.

Via Ultra Swank (click here to access)

Oh, and Bond makes out like he’s gay. And you can just imagine how well that works. (It doesn’t. Of course.)

But this place is not just a 60s version of the Playboy Mansion disguised as the World’s Highest Ski Chalet. Something deeply wrong is in the works beneath the intensely chic decor and wardrobe. And, of course, [spoken in booming VO narration] “the fate of the entire world is at stake.”

And I haven’t told you the best part: Bond meets his perfect woman. She is the perfect match for him in every possible way. She is so fucking awesome, she takes my breath away every time I watch the film. She is a gangster’s daughter named Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo, and she’s played by the incomparable Dame Diana Rigg. (Aka Mrs. Peel!)

Via Game of Thrones Quote

If you like Bond movies and have never seen this one, you owe it to yourself to see it. The film may show its age and feel a touch off-kilter, due largely to having a different Bond, the love story, and a few other things I can’t reveal without spoilers. There is also more emphasis on intense action scenes, as well as emotions, than the usual Bond fare, and a bit less of Q’s cute little gadgets.

Lazenby acquits himself pretty well in the part. He has a few awesome set pieces action and fight scenes for sure.

I forgot to mention the totally amazing soundtrack! 🙂 With that memorable song (that link contains minor spoilers, just so you know) by Louis Armstrong.

And Diana Rigg is, in my humble opinion, the best damn Bond girl ever.

There, I said it. 🙂

PS: I realized belatedly that this is also a great Christmas movie! 🙂

Via George’s Journal (click to access)

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HBO TV REVIEW: WATCHMEN (2019) – META-GONZO TV OF THE HIGHEST ORDER!

Indeed! 🙂

The Cinema Fix presents:

HBO TV REVIEW: WATCHMEN (2019)

Adapted by: Damon Lindelhof

Based on: Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Writers: Damon Lindelhof, Nick Cuse, Lila Byock, Christal Henry, Carly Wray, Cord Jefferson, Stacy Kuffour-Osei, Claire Kiechel, Jeff Jensen

Directors: Nicole Kassell, Stephen Williams, Andrij Parekh, Steph Green, David Semel, Frederick E. O. Toye

Cast: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk.

**SPOILER FREE**



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