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Solar Impact Vodlocker (2020)
Release: November 15, 2019
Vodlocker Solar Impact
I liked it, I thought it was funny. And said some truth to it. But then again just about every movie has some truth in its name. Especially how Shari was dealing with a pregnancy, and a boyfriend who refused to get married because of being terrified which is really understandable. The relationship between the guys was really strange and amazing. Having that one friend that knows how to push someones buttons until they snap. We all have friends like that. But i have a question, do you know the song that was playing during the scene of Gregory's funeral? it really caught my attention and i want that song now. Any possible way of finding out the name of that song for me? thanks.
Cast: Grace Dixon, Oliver Goodwill, Polly Kilpatrick, Peter Knight, Gary Knowles, Natalie Martins, Oliver Park, Simon Riordan
Mortal Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release: February 28, 2020
"Feline Follies" is a 1919 4-minute black-and-white cartoon about Felix the cat. American director Otto Messmes made this one almost 100 years ago and he went one to become one of the defining animation filmmakers in the 1920s before the real boom of cartoons started a decade later. He is probably not a name to many anymore today, but the Animation Oscars Annie Awards honored him with their most precious award.
The animation in this cartoon here is still really basic, that's why I cannot really recommend it, but the jokes are all fine and were reused in much more known films in decades afterward, such as the cat that is blamed for the chaos the mice made, or the mice having a party when the cat isn't home or people in the neighborhood complaining about cat noise. A solid watch all in all I guess, but really only for people who like old films.
Director: André Øvredal
Cast: Nat Wolff, Priyanka Bose, Iben Akerlie, Arthur Hakalahti, Oddrun Valestrand, Ania Nova, Ravdeep Singh Bajwa, Per Egil Aske, Per Frisch, Martin Grid Toennesen, Sunniva Lind H�verstad, Torunn L�demel Stokkeland, Craig Narveson, Inger Berit Gr�terud, Niko Rusakov
Resistance Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Release: March 27, 2020
When I firast watched this film,I enjoyed it thoroughly. Ironically enough in the advent of John Woo (his american popularity and his imitators) as well as Micheal Bay, Tony Scott, and Jerry Brukhiemer, it is rephreshing to see an action movie, a shoot-out action movie, where the emphasis is on efficiency and control rather than chaos. Unlike the John Woo pilosophy of keeping the guns firing non stop even if they hit nothing, Assassins works on the exact opposite theory of every shot has a purpose and a meaning and no shot is taken wildly even to distract (add on to the fact that in most John Woo movies, and especially Michael Bay movies, the guns are super loud, whereas in Assassins, pretty much every shot thats fired is silenced). I beleive there is only one instance in the film where shots are fired wildly wnd wrecklessly, and that is during the apartment scene where Antonio Banderas' character. Micheal Bein, shoots blindly through a wall at Slyvester Stallone's character, Robert Rath. Other than that, there is not really anytype of panic fire or wild bullet spraying (in fact I dont beleive this film even features automatic rifles of any kind). Strangely enough, this allows for events that move extremly quick: example, the first scene featuring the three title characters in the hotel. We see Antonio Banderas, in the blink of an eye alomst, take out 3 guards, walkinto the room they were guarding and then take out the 4 targets in that room in the same amount of time. In a way, it is very similar to the old Samurai films since their action scenes moved in a similar manner with nothingn then all of a sudden a few quick sword strikes and the conflict is over. That being said, this movie would require a certain type of taste in action movies or is a type of movie you have to be "in the mood" to watch.
sidenote: When I first watched this film, I had no idea it featured the would be superstar Antonio Banderas, nor that it was written by the soon to be Matrix creators. In that sense it is almost a fun movie to watch because it kinda answers the question "what did they do before they were famous?" and now you know.
Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy, Matthias Schweighöfer, Bella Ramsey, Géza Röhrig, Karl Markovics, F�lix Moati, Alicia von Rittberg, Vica Kerekes, Tobias Gareth Elman, Kue Lawrence, Christian Clarke, Aurélie Bancilhon
Peninsula Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Release: August 7, 2020
Well...what a surprise to say the least. I watched the first episode of Second Chance and I didn't think much of it to be honest. The second was better and every one after that even better. Now we are at episode 7 and I am hooked. Most of my friends are hooked too! I think that the story was good but the cast is excellent. Father Pritchard and his son are so funny to watch now, they have such a good connection...at the beginning rough and now they are friends..but the father and son connection come out in such funny and sweet way. The scientists Looking glass brother and sister are also very good and today's episode last twist was GREAT! I wish tomorrow was Friday again.... I looked on line and saw the posts about FOX considering to cancel this show and I hope that this is not true. PLEASE let us see a second season...give them a second chance!!!We love the show and we want to keep watching it! 9/10 for me!
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Cast: Dong-Won Gang, Jung-hyun Lee, John D. Michaels, Re Lee, Hae-hyo Kwon, Milan-Devi LaBrey
Marriage Story Vodlocker (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release: December 6, 2019
Vodlocker Marriage Story
I love Rob, I do. I loved him on SNL, Men Behaving Badly, most of his Adam Sandler stuff, and even his earlier movies (especially Hot Chick). But this show is the worst thing I have seen him on. It is in the guise of a camera following Rob around. On this show he is just a grouchy old man. Nothing that made him appealing in anything I stated beforehand is shining thru in Rob's personality. Rob feels he has to say the F word every other sentence and there is nothing funny. Typical joke, Rob convinces his high assistant to get a vasectomy in his place. Why he would do that and why Rob convinces him to do it is beyond me. Rob's projects get worse and worse. I'd take him on ROB with Cheech Marin over this. All this show does is make me like Rob less than I did before...and I really used to like him. Rob has totally lost his career direction. I did make it through Season 1, but not wasting my time on the second season.
Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Merritt Wever, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, Mark O'Brien, Wallace Shawn, Alan Alda, Kyle Bornheimer, Mickey Sumner, Azhy Robertson, Matthew Maher, Robert Smigel, Ayden Mayeri
Greyhound Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Release: July 10, 2020
ased upon the novel "The Good Shepherd" by C S Forester, this is the thrilling story of the leader of an Allied convoy crossing the North Atlantic in 1942 as he faces relentless attack by a Nazi submarine wolf pack. The leader of the convoy's destroyer screen is a US Navy commander making his first Atlantic crossing. The story focuses on the his command responsibility as he fights the cold, the relentless night, the brutal sea and his deep fatigue as he chases down the attacking submarines in the deadly game of cat and mouse. The exciting story, a thrilling ride-along with the beleaguered captain, so deeply portrays the elements of battle command that for a long period of time the book was used as a text at the US Naval Academy.
Director: Aaron Schneider
Cast: Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Elisabeth Shue, Michael Benz, Rob Morgan, David Maldonado, Jimi Stanton, Matt Helm, Tom Brittney, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Travis Przybylski, Jeremy Daniel Madden, Devin Druid, Travis Quentin, Will Pullen
The Old Guard Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Release: July 10, 2020
Vodlocker The Old Guard
Good to see content from Japan. Great production values.
I found the musical score intrusive and too 'on the nose'. Signaling what you should be feeling now in case you can't figure it out from the script - determination, inspiration, sadness etc. Lush, redundant and mostly saccharine. Especially that damn piano! Coincidentally just having rewatched The Birds which has no musical score at all. Wish there was a separate mute for the music.
Subtitles in yellow often lost on a light background.
A weirdly depopulated Ginza and too-blue sky over Tokyo. The distraction of anime-looking characters thanks to cosmetic surgery especially among the young actresses.
The melodramatic line readings and swelling music when someone said something like, I will make...bras that I like! The simpering overacting and fumbling by the doe Kiritani in the early episodes.
Male characters mostly emasculated or evil. What was up with the coffee guy? Poor schmuck.
Not crazy about the stereotypical work-life imbalance, would like to have seen some of the characters' lives outside of work.
Other than Kiritani, a great cast. In particular could watch Mao Daichi sew and drink coffee all day. Without music and maybe without that Anna Wintour haircut. Her 'regal bearing' is an inspiration, as is her enunciation which is great for students of the language.
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, Natacha Karam, Mette Towley, Anamaria Marinca, Micheal Ward, Shala Nyx, Majid Essaidi, Joey Ansah
First Cow Vodlocker (2020)
Release: July 10, 2020
Vodlocker First Cow
Although I have been aware of this musical, seemingly forever, I just very recently saw the whole movie on dvd. Unfortunately, while I was acquainted with many of the songs before, I had never really seen it in its entirety before, and I'm not sure why. Also, I've never seen it as a live stage show, be it on Broadway, in London or down the street at the local high school ...
So, then, I can only rate it as a singular movie experience, not comparing it with the Broadway or London stagings. Also, being Jewish and never really studying the life and crucifixion of Jesus, I don't have any strong or pre-conceived spiritual ties to the story.
For me, then, this is a cleverly written and very well-performed musical, that mixes irreverence, time juxtapositions and genuine emotions of sadness and wistfulness. I'm not sure that the movie enhances the great musical; in other words, now that I've seen the movie, I regularly listen to the cd of the musical, and enjoy both about equally. For me, Carl Anderson, as Judas, is the standout, but Ted Neeley does bring an angelic quality to the title character. all of the other supporting roles, including Yvonne Elliman, are done well.
I rate it 8/10 for its excellent music, good staging and for what seems like a faithful film-ization of the original..worth watching for sure!
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Cast: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Rene Auberjonois, Toby Jones, Ewen Bremner, Scott Shepherd, Gary Farmer, Lily Gladstone, Alia Shawkat, John Keating, Dylan Smith, Manuel Rodriguez, Clayton Nemrow, Jared Kasowski, Jeb Berrier
Palm Springs Vodlocker (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release: July 10, 2020
Vodlocker Palm Springs
While stuck at a wedding in Palm Springs, Nyles (Andy Samberg) meets Sarah (Cristin Milioti), the maid of honor and family black sheep. After he rescues her from a disastrous toast, Sarah becomes drawn to Nyles and his offbeat nihilism. But when their impromptu tryst is thwarted by a surreal interruption, Sarah must join Nyles in embracing the idea that nothing really matters, and they begin wreaking spirited havoc on the wedding celebration.
Director: Max Barbakow
Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Peter Gallagher, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hoechlin, Chris Pang, Jacqueline Obradors, June Squibb, Tongayi Chirisa, Dale Dickey, Conner O'Malley, Jena Friedman, Brian Duffy
Relic Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Release: July 10, 2020
When elderly mother Edna inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam rush to their family's decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay's concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she's been clashes with Sam's unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna's behavior turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her. With RELIC, first-time writer/director Natalie Erika James crafts an unforgettable new spin on the haunted-house movie.
Director: Natalie Erika James
Cast: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote, Jeremy Stanford, Chris Bunton, Christina O'Neill, Catherine Glavicic, Steve Rodgers, John Browning, Robin Northover
Hamilton Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Musical
Release: July 03, 2020
Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands is one of those series that would have been better off re scripted as a comedy. Regrettably, the writers decided to play this series as a serious fantasy drama. What a mistake.
Almost everything about Beowulf screams comedy. From what appears to be an old mine site, which has been rehashed as an early medieval village, of sorts, through to the costumes, that look like they were recycled from a heavy metal concert.
The storyline is chuckle worthy too. The main character Beowulf is on a testosterone overdose. He's incessantly simmering with cheesy, macho rage, wanting to fight everyone and everything in sight. The rest of the cast are shoe horned into equally awful, clinched, characterizations. Imagine, if Game of Thrones had been scripted by Monty Python and you are there.
All this silliness is inexplicable given this series has an excellent cast of actors, including a cameo or two by William Hurt! If money could be spent on a cast of this caliber, why not a story fitting their talents?
If you can adjust your sights and view Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands as a comedy of errors its actually not too dreadful. Try to take it seriously, however, and you may do yourself a mental mischief. Four out of ten from me.
Director: Thomas Kail
Cast: Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Chris Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, Phillipa Soo, Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings
The Outpost Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Release: July 03, 2020
Vodlocker The Outpost
IMDb staff, please categorize this turkey appropriately! I love good horror films and so watched this due to the categorization..If I could, I'd remove the ridiculous "horror" tag and stick on thriller or even (bad) drama. The synopsis makes it seem that Lily is some sort of supernatural creature, a vampire, a werewolf perhaps. Nope. This is not a horror movie, it is a plain sicko flick that tries to justify itself by playing the taboo card multiple overdone times.
The plot? Simple. Crazy husband and wife, dead barely pubescent daughter, dead adult family friend. Followed by eventually (probably) dead paying guest. Not a smidgen of horror movie anywhere, instead this turkey takes you thru a slow whatever beginning to then one after another pop up A) Gross and completely gratuitous scene of man gutting skinned rabbit B) Guy waking up and explicitly vomiting for no reason and with no prior sign of discomfort C) Supposedly normal adult B&B customer --who looks and sounds about 15-- male becoming instantly inexplicably obsessed with never seen or heard barely 14 year old girl through reading melodramatic diary entry D) Dramatization of diary entry (or possibly dream after reading it) of barely 14 girl putting various clothing items over a fire screen while wearing an open shirt and a pair of panties, and her father screaming "How dare you come down here NAKED!" in such a way it;s clear he is a pedophile E) barely 14 year old girl being comforted by adult family friend alone in her bedroom, telling him that her mother and father know she is ill and want her to die F) barely 14 year old and adult family friend meeting in barn for intromission after a couple of kisses G) Obsessed customer waking up next to corpse of barely 14 year old girl H) later having intercourse with corpse I) pedophile dad revealed as murderer of daughter and family friend.
And finally, as many bodies as the last act of Hamlet. Boring, stupid, shlock.
Director: Rod Lurie
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Milo Gibson, Bobby Lockwood, Jacob Scipio, Jack Kesy, Celina Sinden, Taylor John Smith, Alexander Arnold, Cory Hardrict, James Jagger, Will Attenborough, Kwame Patterson, Fahim Fazli
Luce Vodlocker (2019)
Release: August 2, 2019
I walked out on this one about half-way through, something I almost never do, even for movies that are in many ways worse.
Like the 1993 "Six Degrees of Separation", which it resembles to the point where it can plausibly be accused of being a rip-off,. "Luce" is a play transposed to the screen, though it suffers even more than its predecessor from the vices of that process -- after all, "SIx Degrees" was written by John Guare, who is far better at covering his arbitrary plot devices with plausible characters and dialogue and is generally better (though in the case of "Six Degrees" hardly perfect) in masking the lumbering conceptual framework. Here, the characters are all what I call Stand-Fors -- they exist. not in the kind of organic ways that make movie characters great, but to fit into a plotline that is designed to allow for just enough ambiguity so that viewers are led to thinking they've seen something Meaningful.
The social setting, in particular, is absurdly generic - "Arlington" (VA) is the designated location, but it could be anywhere, with a husband who does an anything job, and so on. The only somewhat interesting character, the teacher, played by Octavia Spencer, whose actions set the cumbersome intrigue in motion, is subtle in the ways none of the others are largely because Spencer is incapable of not being specific and interesting. The rest are all straw people.
But the worst sin of all, and the one that caused me to walk out, is in the way the screenplay (and presumably the original play) attempts to make the protagonist, Luce (played Kelvin Harrison, Jr., who is amiable but hardly in a league with Six Degrees' Will Smith) interesting: he is supposed to have been adopted from a place called "Eritrea" and to be carrying all kinds of psychological baggage as a result. This "Eritrea" must be in in that place called "Africa", that land that most Americans know little about beyond their certitur that it is the source of horrors of all sorts.
The problem is that there is a real Eritrea, located in a real continent of Africa that is made up of 50 complex nations. Nothing in the story line here indicates that the writers ever bothered to find out much about that one. For one thing, Harrison does not even remotely resemble an Eritrean from any of the main groups that make up that country. His his highly subtle English is totally American, though the plot hints indirectly at his having been adopted quite late. And his reference to (I paraphrase) his having learned to handle a weapon before he learned to read is totally misplaced relative to the real Eritrea, which, while it has lately been generating huge outflows of refugees, is highly policed. Its people are fleeing because of a gutted economy and because of a draconian system of indefinite conscription of young adults, not because it is plagued by the kind of armed groups that recruit child fighters elsewhere in "Africa", something that is inconceivable in Eritrea.
Of all the transparent plot manipulations that disfigure this film and make it irritating to watch,it it this gratuitous appropriation of a real country with real issues that is the most unforgivable and, for me, takes this film from merely silly to unwatchable.
Director: Julius Onah
Cast: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Norbert Leo Butz, Andrea Bang, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Omar Shariff Brunson Jr., Noah Gaynor, Astro, Christopher Mann, Hannah Cabell, Colton Osorio, Ian Unterman, Souleymane Sy Savane
Release: February 28, 2020
Vodlocker Impractical Jokers: The Movie
Insane and highly imaginative remake of 1960's children's illustrations. This is a great example of the current standard in graphic animation where bold techniques translate into fantastic visual artworks.
Two children discover a godlike idol in a rabbit after slaughtering it for its fur. This opens a world carnage and computer game style obsession where the children's desire to control the golden idol takes them over.
Previous Run Wrake animations have been even more off the wall revealing the unusual talents of this madcap genius.
Rabbit is a far more rounded work where the narrative is almost too defined leaving the ending a bit too moralistic.
Director: Chris Henchy
Cast: Brian Quinn, Joe Gatto, James Murray, Sal Vulcano, Paula Abdul, Athena Akers, Andrea Andrade, Guilherme Apollonio, Madison Bailey, Andrew Bechtold, Evan Castelloe, Hunter Deno, Joey Fatone, Tiago Ferreira, Will Ferrell
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: January 24, 2020
Vodlocker The Personal History of David Copperfield
The new season of Shadowhunters clearly makes a stable foundation of what makes its book counterpart so intriguing. I believe this is the time where it shines and subsumes itself to the character and environment of the book that all readers are familiar of. Season 3 is the stepping stone of what could become a long running show.
My advice, withhold all judgements on the first two seasons and be carried away of the new season.
Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Fisayo Akinade, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Albie Atkinson, Aneurin Barnard, Tuwaine Barrett, Nigel Betts, Ruby Bentall, Darren Boyd, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie, Morfydd Clark, Daisy May Cooper, Matthew Cottle, Faisal Dacosta, Glen Davies
Artemis Fowl Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release: June 12, 2020
Vodlocker Artemis Fowl
We rented this movie because my 5 year old daughter liked the DVD cover featuring a "girl with the arrow". She had trouble following the storyline on her own - but I watched the movie with her and answered her questions. With the combination of a female heroin and lots of action, she really enjoyed the movie. Her 10 year old brother (who loves more advanced movies such as "Lord of the Rings") also enjoyed the movie.
It's exactly what I expect from a Disney movie - interesting characters, lots of action and a simple plot line.
A good family movie.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Michael Rouse, Racheal Ofori, Josh Gad, Ferdia Shaw, Simone Kirby, Joe O'Grady, Finian Duff Lennon, Grace Fincham, Toby Eden, Gerard Horan, Colin Farrell, Nonso Anozie, Emily Brockmann, Jessica Rhodes, Charlie Cameron
The Blackout Vodlocker (2019)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release: November 21, 2019
Vodlocker The Blackout
I pride myself on being relatively open minded movie-wise, try not to prejudge films, and have a soft spot for low budget and b-grade genre movies, but folks, sometimes you just gotta draw the line! 'The Nostril Picker' is one of the most worthless movies I've ever had the misfortune to watch. Misleadingly packaged, it tries to give you the impression that it is "controversial" or "offensive". It isn't. Well it is offensive intellectually and aesthetically, but if you think you're gonna get a confrontational, boundary-pushing movie ala 'Salo', 'Nekromantik', 'Last House On The Left' or 'Pink Flamingos', you'll be in for a real shock! This is just a poorly made, embarrassingly acted, amateurish, so-called horror movie, which is so dumb it makes the current spate of teen comedies look like they were written by David Mamet. I don't know who Patrick J. Matthews is, but I rejoice that he has never set foot near a camera since this complete waste of time. This is as bad as it gets. 'The Nostril Picker' rivals gems like 'The Roller Blade Seven' and 'Art Deco Detective' for sheer awfulness. Avoid this movie at all costs!
Director: Egor Baranov, Nathalia Hencker
Cast: Maksim Artamonov, Filipp Avdeev, Yuriy Borisov, Oleg Boyko, Aleksey Chadov, Oleg Chugunov, Simon Dobravets, Maksim Emelyanov, Sergey Ershov, Artyom Eshkin, Maksim Evseev, Pyotr Fyodorov, Beso Gataev, Artem Gaydukov, Sergey Godin
The Invisible Man Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release: February 28, 2020
Vodlocker The Invisible Man
The thing that attracted me to this movie was its title. I love Europe and have long had a fascination with Switzerland both for its beauty and its fierce, unwaivering independence and neutrality. Plus, I'm into women from the German speaking countries and this movie stars two beautiful ones, Elke Sommer and Senta Berger! So for $1.99, it was an automatic buy for me! So what if I wasn't clear about the plot?! To start off, the movie gets my award for the most attention grabbing intro that I've ever seen. A waiter in a fancy restaurant wheels a cart up to a table, pulls a gun out of his pants and shoots the customer - all in the first 30 seconds.
We later find out that the man killed in that scene was crooked arms deealer Georg Rasher of Vienna (the actor who plays him is uncredited) - one of five holders of secret accounts at a Swiss bank who recently received a blackmail notice that threatens to expose the account unless 1,000,000 Swiss francs are paid. In addition, the bank is told to pay 10,000,000 francs to keep the accounts secret. The total of 15,000,000 francs demanded is said to be the equivalent of about $6,000,000.
To investigate, the bank hires David Christopher (played by David Janssen), a former U.S. Department of Justice official who now resides in Geneva. In the course of his investigation, Christopher talks to the four living blackmailees - lovely Zürich resident Denise Abbott (Berger), who becomes his obligatory love interest, Texas businessman Dwight McGowan (John Ireland), Chicago crook Robert Hayes (John Saxon) and Dutchman Andre Kosta (Curt Lowens). It turns out that Christopher and Hayes already have a negative history with each other, which isn't surprising, as volatile and obnoxious as Hayes is.
Like many good mysteries, this movie gives us several suspects to choose from including Rita Jensen (Sommer), the mistress of the bank's vice president, Franz Benninger (Anton Diffring), and two men who are out to kill Hayes and Christopher, Korsak (Arthur Brauss) and Sando (David Hess).
Two other characters who add a lot to the movie are the bank's worried president, Johann Hurtil (Ray Milland) and Captain Hans Frey (Inigo Gallo) of the Swiss Federal Police, who is suspicious of Christopher and has several sarcastic run ins with him.
Eventually, the bank decides to cave in and pay the blackmailer. But what action movie hero would go for that?! Christopher, of course, attempts to foil the plot, which leads to a dramatic climax that provides a couple of surprising twists.
Some people complain that this movie is confusing. And I understand their point. To understand it fully, you have to pay very close attention to it from start to finish. It's very cleverly written and if you miss even a minute or two, you'll probably miss something important.
The two cuts of the movie that I've seen are relatively short - 1:20:57 and 1:23:22) - but not a single second is wasted. The movie has so much intrigue from so many sources that there's no room for boredom. There's lots of suspense, the action scenes are exciting and heightened by Klaus Doldiner's progressive jazz-funk music, the scenery (I'm fairly certain that it was filmed entirely in Switzerland) is fantastic and the combination of European and American actors give it a strong international feel.
Judging the movie by itself, I consider "The Swiss Conspiracy" to be a great movie. But its technical quality leaves a significant amount to be desired. Visually, it's decent, but the sound wavers from solid to weak, sometimes in the same scene. At several points, the dialogue is so soft that it's hard to decipher - so much so that I rewound, turned up the volume very loudly and sometimes still couldn't pick out the words.
Also, I warn you that on the cheapie DVD that I have, some of the editing is embarrassingly sloppy. And the transfer apparently comes not from an original source but rather a TV company as the obscenities are silenced! There is a free version available for download at http://www.publicdomaintorrents.com. It apparently is the theatrical version of the movie or at least closer to it than the cheapie DVD version is. The movie has apparently become public domain. I don't know how it reached that status but it's very sad that it did.
In conclusion, "The Swiss Conspiracy" is a great mystery thriller that could have been something spectacular with a big budget. Still, it is my favorite obscure movie of all time. I love the movie so much that I have a web page for it at http://www.geocities.com/theswissconspiracy and an e-mail discussion list for it at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/theswissconspiracy.
Only the movie's technical deficiencies prevent it from getting a perfect 10. As it is, I rate it 9/10.
Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman, Benedict Hardie, Renee Lim, Brian Meegan, Nick Kici, Vivienne Greer, Nicholas Hope, Cleave Williams, Cardwell Lynch, Sam Smith
Brahms: The Boy II Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Release: February 27, 2020
Vodlocker Brahms: The Boy II
I was very young when I saw this, so I the only memories of it are fond ones, but it may have been naff as some of the reviews here say.
My point of interest - the original spaceship, StarDust, they used in the movie came to rest at a themepark - Blackgang Chine - on the Isle of Wight (where I grew up)...
I remember clearly seeing her there.
Unfortunately, have been told by the owners of the park that the ship was only "chicken wire and plyboard", and that over the years, she got to the state where she was so far gone, she was broken up and burnt : (.
Seeing she was build for the movie in 1973, and she was only broken up in the last few years (say, 2015), she lasted a good 40 years in the open air in a theme park! :)
Director: William Brent Bell
Cast: Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery, Ralph Ineson, Anjali Jay, Oliver Rice, Natalie Moon, Daphne Hoskins, Joely Collins, Ellie King, Joanne Kimm
Onward Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Release: March 04, 2020
The ultimate in sleazeploitation, walks familiar lines to Christiane F, yet this is more sleazy and shocking. Some of the in your face 'of all the nerve' scenes will upset some, as our young teen, Hanna D, the girl from Vondell Park, injects, and spreads her legs for dirty old men on trains, her place of business, as shown in the first scene. The next boarding is a depraved middle aged couple, where Hanna, sitting up straight, all dressed up, scholarly, beret and all, is stroking a doll. How sick can this movie get? This is only appetizers. Hanna's pimp, well played, is doing her mother. Hanna ends up doing him, and moving house, where he gets her working in pornographic movies. Then our lovely hapless Hanna falls in love. Trouble yes. Figure the remaining storyline out. Hanna D is nothing more than a dubbed sexploitation skin flick, if you will, with audacious scenes of tasty nudity and sex, while others shock (especially the injecting). That's what this film is out to do, shock, if be more, slutty, sleazy, shocking than Christiane F. On that level, it succeeds, but does not constitute a good movie.
Director: Dan Scanlon
Cast: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Kyle Bornheimer, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong, Grey Griffin, Tracey Ullman, Wilmer Valderrama, George Psarras, John Ratzenberger
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