Posts from Phantomstranger in thread „Last Non Western You Watched“

    "The Cyclops" (1957)

    Plot: IMDB
    Susan Winter undertakes an expedition to a remote area of Mexico, hoping to find her fiance, Bruce Barton, whos plane-crashed there some time ago. The area is suspected to have a good supply of uranium, so Susan has promoted this to wealthy Martin Melville to get money for her expenses. In addition to Melville, she is accompanied by guide Russ Bradford and pilot Lee Brand in his small-engine craft. But the plane crashes, stranding the four in an isolated valley, which they soon discover is highly radioactive and inhabited by mutated life forms - giant insects, enormous lizards, and a 25-foot-tall human male with a deformed face, just one eye, and only brute animal instincts to feed and protect its turf...

    Phantom's Review: Terrible acting ! Lousy FX! It can mean only one thing ! Another Bert I Gordon Classic! One of Gordon's earliest efforts at the "Giant Monster Genre". While not as "good" as later films like "The Amazing Colossal Man" or "Earth vs The Spider" this is still lots of cheesy fun. Sit back, leave your brain at the door and have fun.

    "The Green Hornet" (2011)
    -Seth Rogan

    Plot: IMDB
    Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.

    Phantom's Review: I've never been a fan of Rogan's , so my expectations were very, very low, but much to my surprise, this film was lots of fun. Plenty of good action and humor. I suppose if I was a die hard "Green Hornet" fanatic I might think different, but I'm not so I liked it a lot.

    "The Sorcerers Apprentice" (2010)
    -Nicolas Cage

    Plot: IMDB:
    Centuries old Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath.

    Phantom's Review: Like most of the recent Nic Cage movies, this one was here and gone in a moments flash, so my expectations were very, very low but too my complete surprise, this was actually a very entertaining movie. Obviously made to cash in on the popularity of the "Harry Potter" franchise, it was still a fun film filled with good FX ,a good story, likable characters and good villains. I liked it.

    "The Pirates Of Blood Island" (1962)
    -Christopher Lee

    Plot: IMDB
    A group of ruthless pirates attack a 17th Century Huguenot settlement on the Isle of Devon in search of treasure and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

    Phantom's Review: A very different type of Hammer Film production. No supernatural creatures in this one, just a good old fashioned swashbuckler
    Lots of action and fun. Christopher Lee is excellent (as always) as the one eyed pirate captain. (he would have made a great Captain Hook).
    My only complaint about this film is, it's a PIRATE movie and there is virtually no ocean or ship scenes. It all takes place on dry land. Apparently due to budget constraints. outside of that , it's a very entertaining film..

    "Treasure Island" (2001)
    -Jack Palance

    I did not write the review below (I got it off IMDB) but it so perfectly mirrors my own view of the film, that I borrowed it:

    This version of Treasure Island is poor for trying to hard to be original with an existing story. It's one thing to have new scenes at the beginning that show Captain Flint supervising the burial of his treasure, and Billy Bones inflicting Pew and Long John with their disfigurements. But it hurts the flow of the story that so much screen time is given to Black Dog who in the original story was a far more incidental character, and less vicious. Plus, his chase of Jim goes against the pirates' desire to keep their plot secret. It's also bothersome that this version of Long John is played out rather weakly, including how meekly he gave up leadership of the pirates to George Merry and how difficult he is to even understand in some scenes, how morally questionable the doctor, squire, and captain are in this version, how Jim and the doctor are more concerned with the map than in Mrs. Hawkins' death, how Jim joins the pirates, and how the whole ending is changed. In that, it doesn't make sense that only three people can sail the ship at the end, and that Long John doesn't resent Jim and Ben for not revealing earlier the locations of the ship and the treasure which would have avoided the battle and some of the deaths.

    "Pursuit To Algiers" (1945)
    -Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce

    Plot: IMDB
    Holmes is recruited to escort the heir to a European throne safely back to his homeland after his father's assassination.

    Phantom's Review: Decent entry in the Rathbone Universal Series. Good story and acting. Nothing great, but fun to watch.

    "The Thing" (1982)
    -Kurt Russel

    John Carpenter's modern era classic, is truly one of the greatest monster movies ever made.
    Fine acting and excellent FX along with a hell of a lot of scares.
    I remember seeing this film in theaters at a sneak preview (hosted by Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark) about two weeks before it was released and being totally blown away.
    The nice thing is, the film still holds up and is still a personal favorite.

    "Case 39"
    -Rene Zellweger

    "Case 39" centers on an idealistic social worker who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that the girl is not as innocent as she thinks.

    Phantom's Review: To be honest with you, I thought this film was going to be lousy. I mean, it sat on the studio shelf for quite a while and when it finally got released it was a bomb.
    But to my total surprise, it was a pretty good film. Some fine acting, decent FX and a couple of good scares. Nothing new or groundbreaking, just a good movie.

    "Phantom Lady" (1944)

    Plot: IMDB
    Unhappily married Scott Henderson spends the evening on a no-name basis with a hat-wearing woman he picked up in a bar. Returning home, he finds his wife strangled and becomes the prime suspect in her murder. Every effort to establish his alibi fails; oddly no one seems to remember seeing the phantom lady (or her hat). In prison, Scott gives up hope but his faithful secretary, "Kansas," doggedly follows evanescent clues through shadowy nocturnal streets.

    Phantom's Review: Well made little Film Noir. Good plot and acting. Suspenseful and atmospheric. Very entertaining.

    "The Expendables" (Rated R)

    "The Expendables" is quite possibly the greatest ass-kicking. gun shooting, cigar smoking, red meat eating HE-MAN ACTION EVER!! (can I get a Whoo-ya)
    The plot: paper thin
    The carnage: Waaaaaay over the top.
    I Loved It.
    Leave your brain at the door and go and have some good old fashioned action movie fun.


    "The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes" (1970)

    Plot: IMDB
    Director Billy Wilder adds a new and intriguing twist to the personality of intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. One thing hasn't changed however: Holmes' crime-solving talents. Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. The investigation proves strange indeed, involving six missing midgets, villainous monks, a Scottish castle, the Loch Ness monster, and covert naval experiments.

    Phantom's Review:
    One of the best Holmes movies. Humor, mystery, action and romance. A classic

    "Raiders Of The Seven Seas" (1953)
    -John Payne, Donna Reed

    Good old fashioned Pirate adventure movie. Lots of fun.

    "Death To Smoochy" (2003)
    -Robin Williams

    Funny (but not as funny as I thought it would be( look at childrens TV shows

    "Murder by Decree" - 1978 - with Christopher Plummer as Holmes and James Mason as Watson. Much more traditional than the new Robert Downey version. Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper, along with Donald Sutherland, Anthony Quayle and Frank Finlay.

    We deal in lead, friend.

    My favorite Sherlock Holmes movie. I love it.

    Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island

    Well, technically my Daughter is watching the movie, but I'm with her and ,,well it's a fun movie and it is Scooby-Doo and uhh...Okay Dammit, I love Scooby Doo too! And I'm enjoying the film just as much as she is. There, I feel much better now

    "Von Richthofen and Brown" (1971)

    One of Roger Corman's best movies. The true story of Manfred Von Richthofen A.K.A. The Red Baron and Roy Brown the man credited with shooting down the Baron. Great aerial fight scenes, some good acting and an interesting story.

    I remember seeing this movie way back in the early '70's and I liked it, so when I saw it again recently I was pleasantly surprised that the film still held up.

    ARRR! Today (Sept 19th) be "Talk Like A Pirate Day" so I be celebrating with a bottle of rum and these fine films:

    "Treasure Island" (1950)
    Starring Robert Newton, Patron Saint Of Talk Like A Pirate Day.

    "Cutthroat Island"

    "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl"

    "The Golden Hawk" (1954)
    -Sterling Hayden, Rhonda Fleming

    Plot: IMDB

    Kit Gerardo, also known as The Hawk, is one of Frances's most daring privateers, rescues Rouge from a Spanish ship. She is also a pirate, working to restore the fortune the French took from her. When Kit is captured by the governor of Cartagena, Luis del Toro, Rouge demands that he be hanged for piracy. Only one person knows it, but Kit is the governor's son.

    Phantom's Review: Low budget, but fun pirate adventure. Great sea battles. good looking women, and cool sword fights. Very enjoyable.