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Fast BreakThe sports comedy Fast Break takes a familiar premise and makes it funny and exciting.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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    I Love This Dirty Town

    A look at the history of the two bars that serve as primary locations in the 1960 showbiz noir SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS.

    I LOVE THIS DIRTY TOWN

    Much of the film’s action takes place in two locations. One, like many iconic spots of the city’s middle of the century, is now a Duane Reade. The other soldiers on, one of the last of these places still standing in a city that always moves forward. Sidney Falco throws himself into the sweaty, drunken crowd of the rowdy night spot Toots Shor’s while JJ, impeccably dressed, holds court like a king with contempt for his subjects in the estimable 21 Club.


    Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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      The Skeleton Crew

      A long look at KRIMINAL, KILINK, anti-heroes of Italian fumetti and their Turkish counterparts. Special guest appearances by Mandrake the Magician, fake Joker, and totally not Superman.

      THE SKELETON CREW

      Diabolik was a return to the seedy days of the pulps. He was an accomplished thief, a master of disguise, and an ace at killing anyone who interfered with his ambitions. His amoral mayhem struck a chord with readers, who quickly catapulted the master thief to the upper level of pop culture stardom, making it obvious that others would follow in Diabolik’s steps, each one trying to be more outrageous and offensive than the last. Among the many characters inspired by Diabolik was Kriminal, created by Luciano Secchi working under the pseudonym Max Bunker. Kriminal was a master thief from England, notable for his curious choice in clothing: a black and yellow skeleton suit with a creepy skull mask. It’s a difficult look for a grown man to pull off, but he makes it work. Kriminal, whose alter ego was Anthony Logan, did his best to one-up Diabolik, exhibiting sometimes absurd levels of cruelty and violence as well a parade of scantily-clad females that he couldn’t help but menace. The dude was wearing a skeleton suit. You either have to menace or be laughed at.


      Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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        What depths I will go to

        The Bermuda DepthsThat giant turtle movie you all saw on TV as kids and has haunted you for decades since is The Bermuda Depths. You’re welcome.

        Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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          Greek Tragedy

          ISLAND OF DEATH

          The idyllic Greek island of Mykonos, where Zeus once battled the Titans, has long been a sunny vacation paradise favored by, among other populations, gay and lesbian holiday-makers. Although swamped during the high summer months by A-listers too cool for the sweaty EDM and glow sticks (or maybe just cell phones now) scene of Ibiza, the island takes on a more subdued character once the last throng of bikini and Speedo clad celebs have migrated elsewhere for the fall, leaving behind an eclectic population of salty locals, Bohemians, and artists. It’s probably no accident that director Nico Mastorakis chose this welcoming island as the spot to unleash his duo of deranged sociopaths in Island of Death.


          Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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            A little more WTF-ery

             

             

             
            As an addendum to the Roundtable, I have copied over the, uh, idiosyncratic 1925 version of WIZARD OF OZ.
             

            Remarkably, the scene in which Larry Semon is left with egg on his face seems not to have been intended ironically.

             

             

             

             

            (I have also copied over HIS MAJESTY, THE SCARECROW OF OZ, which should not be construed as a criticism: while occasionally odd, it is not remotely in the same ballpark.)

             

             

             

            Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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              Giallo, Fulci Style

              My WTF entry is finished. I just need to do screencaps. And the film I’m doing offers so, so many choices. In the meantime, please enjoy Lucio Fulci flexing his hatred of humanity.

              DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING

              There is a deep vein of cynicism running through the center of Lucio Fulci’s Don’t Torture a Duckling (aka Non Si Sevizia un Paperino). The same can be said for the vast majority of the man’s work. His filmography is littered with the bodies of people snuffed out in manners most gruesome, and their virtues are no ward against the brutalities (realistic or fantastic) of the world. Hell, in literal and metaphoric fashion, awaits us all in Fulci’s cinema. Rather than focusing on the supernatural, Don’t Torture a Duckling sets its sights on the innate evil in humanity


              Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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                Yak Wat the…

                WTF? A B-Masters' Roundtable

                There are WTF? Films that break you in a good way: movies that expose you to new ways of thinking. Movies that broaden your perspective. Movies that give you a new appreciation of the human condition. This is not one of those. This is the opposite of one of those.

                Since this is my first review of 2017, as I recover from a terrible case of writer’s block, I’ve decided to take the easy way out for this Roundtable. I’ve decided to review one of the least WTF-worthy (but still mind-boggling) movies of a director who doesn’t seem to have made any other kind of film: Sompote Sands’s Yak Wat Jaeng vs. Jumborg Ace.

                (PS — my real WTF! review will be coming in the next couple of days. I’m also working on reviews to fill in the Roundtables I’ve missed.)

                Will Laughlin is the Braineater.


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                  The things we do for love


                   

                   
                  THE UNKNOWN (1927)

                  …in which an armless man who earns a living as a circus performer by throwing knives with his feet falls in love with his beautiful young assistant, who has a deep-seated phobia about men’s hands.

                  Why, yes—this is a Tod Browning / Lon Chaney collaboration; how did you guess?

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                  Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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                    I make no bones about it

                    X-RayYou don’t need a medical degree to diagnose the Golan-Globus horror movie X-Ray (a.k.a. Hospital Massacre) as suffering from badmovieitis.

                    Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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