I hope I didn't raise expectations too high. Of course, in this one, as in many of the other Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing Hammer films, Peter Cushing actually steals the show. As Van Helsing, as Victor Frankenstein, he is a lot more interesting than the creatures in the features. The only film I know of where it's close is Hammer's The Mummy: Kharis on the one hand, John Banning on the other... Lee, getting to play his character bandaged and unbandaged, seems to give him an advantage in that one. Still a favorite film of mine, that Mummy: I watched it again last week, for what must be the hundredth time (or at least the fortieth), on the treadmill.borgmatrix wrote: ↑October 20th, 2020, 3:48 pmA movie getting designated Good Flick by you is a pretty rare and well-earned thing... color me excited.Lord Tesla wrote: ↑October 20th, 2020, 10:59 amHell, yes! It's not got a lot to do with Bram Stoker's novel, few Dracula adaptations do, aside from some names (and the Vampire Count named Dracula), but it's a Good Flick.
By all means, do it. It really is a deserving classic. The cinematography alone is worth it. But it also manages to do a damn fine job of combining the epic scale and scope, with moving humanity. And, be sure to pay careful attention to "Grandma's" grave-marker. Read every letter that's visible. It gives a very important insight into Ethan Edwards' attitude toward the Comanches.borgmatrix wrote: ↑October 20th, 2020, 3:48 pmI'm trying to remember if I've seen this... which probably means I haven't. I'll have to remedy that.The last film I watched was John Ford's classic, The Searchers, from 1956. I watched it over a few days of daily treadmills on an iPad. Absolutely beautiful film, and just about as fine a Western as you're ever likely to see. Stars John Wayne, of course, and Jeffrey Hunter about ten years before he made the first Star Trek pilot playing Christopher Pike. A double-vision of lost worlds, post-Civil War Texas and 1950s America...
(One additional bit of info which you might want to consider a spoiler, but which also adds dimensions to the story that might otherwise go unnoticed: It's never been explicitly spelled out that I know of, but it is possible and plausible that Debbie is Ethan's daughter.)
I haven't had a chance at that one yet. I've stumbled on it in progress on cable, but I don't like to start unseen things that way if I can help it, and I never got around to DVRing it. I wonder if it's still on any of the movie channels...borgmatrix wrote: ↑October 20th, 2020, 3:48 pmLet's see, my last film was... Oh, right, the "Tomb Raider" from a couple years ago. Obviously not great, but needed something harmless, non-offensive, and fast-paced enough to watch with my parents when I visited them over the weekend. It got the job done. I might have liked it better this time than the first time I saw it, but that's probably due to my expectations being lowered.
The last film I watched was...I suppose I'd have to say it was Midsomer Murders, 5.1, "Tainted Fruit," which was feature-length. Can't say too much about it, though, because a most irritating need for sleep kept interrupting, but what I saw was interesting.