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THE BIG PARADE (1925). Another silent movie with Live score at The Flying Monkey in Plymouth. Had never heard of this until recently, but very good, albeit long (2.5 hours). Was the first movie made about World War 1, some years after it ended. Idle Rich boy (John Gilbert) joins with his friends when the USA joins in the fight against the Central Powers, meets two working class stiffs who become like brothers and meets/falls in love with a pretty French girl (Renee Adoree). There are some scenes that could have been edited or deleted, but the farewell between Gilbert and Adoree is extremely moving and the battle sequences are very realistic and frightening. Our keyboardist described it as ..."the SAVING PRIVATE RYAN of its day" and He wasn't far off the mark. ****
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Freaks

When you get a chance to watch this on the big screen, there's no reason to think twice. Sign me up.

One thing that struck me upon a rewatch, was how much humor this film contained. While there is a scene in which the freaks are shunned by the able people, there are also sweet moments of the performers bonding and getting together.

Tod Browning's accomplishment is making you care for the freaks. You see th world through their eyes and feel their feelings. In a way, it even has a bit of a message of acceptance and inclusiveness in it.

Wonder how today's audiences would react to the concept.

As a ps, it was also funny to see a character that Kevin Smith referenced in Clerks: the animated series.
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DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1965). Like most of the Hammers (and Universals for that matter), the basic plot device is threadbare, but it's worth it to see the performers We love. Chris Lee makes his second time at Bat (Get it) as The Count, but other than hissing, has no dialogue-He claimed the script had him saying stupid lines, which He refused to do; at this early stage there was contention between He and the studio, which only increased as the series went on. Still, He looks impressive, although a few of his expressions made my wife laugh out loud. Pretty inventive-and nasty-way to resurrect Drac and nice turn by Andrew Keir-would have preferred Peter Cushing (like the rest of us). but AK does alright here. For Me, though, Barbara Shelley steals the film.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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Her transformation from a rigid humorless pain in the ass to a ravenous (and let's be honest here....ravishing) Creature of the night is dead on. ***
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Freaks

When you get a chance to watch this on the big screen, there's no reason to think twice. Sign me up.

One thing that struck me upon a rewatch, was how much humor this film contained. While there is a scene in which the freaks are shunned by the able people, there are also sweet moments of the performers bonding and getting together.

Tod Browning's accomplishment is making you care for the freaks. You see th world through their eyes and feel their feelings. In a way, it even has a bit of a message of acceptance and inclusiveness in it.

Wonder how today's audiences would react to the concept.

As a ps, it was also funny to see a character that Kevin Smith referenced in Clerks: the animated series.
Love to see Freaks on the big screen!
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Old 11-26-2021, 03:24 AM
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RUN HOME SLOW (1966). Extremely bizarre Western about a Family patriarch being killed, his oddball family avenging the murder, finding a big stash and trying to hightail it to freedom with all sorts of obstacles, most of which are caused by themselves.
Mercedes McCambridge (in what almost looks like a reprise of JOHNNY GUITAR) is the EXTREMELY butch leader -reminds Me a lot of "Snoop" from THE WIRE- who is determined to keep "Family" intact, although one wonders why with this family. Only other performer I recognized was lovely Linda Gaye Scott (lots of TV and as one of the Saloon Doxies in WESTWORLD) whose Dingbattedness could almost be a start for Blonde jokes. Also of note is the score, some early work of Frank Zappa, a year or so before The Mothers of Invention. **1/2
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