July 14, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST
July 14, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST
July 14, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST
...has to go to traffic school again? I caught the last 2 minutes of it on TV a while ago and thought that the final gag was pretty funny. Of course I can't speak for the rest of the movie.
July 14, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST
Ernest Borgnine is awesome.
July 14, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST
This column is meant to fill in gaps in your film knowledge and I'm sure classic foreign films constitute quite a big gap in that knowledge - as with most film lovers. A film like Sunday in the Country hardly qualifies as a gap in your film knowledge, especially set off against foreign classics which play a significant role in film history, like, say, Pater Panchali or Les Enfants du Paradis or Andrey Rublyov (just to randomly name three). So start adding some foreign films that make up REAL gaps in anyone's film knowledge mate - you'll be glad you did.
July 14, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Moving Violations was a cheap Police Academy knock off. I don't know why this is on the list other that Quint hasn't seen it. Borgnie could play warm and funny, but he could play some real bastards too. There was one flic where he was a sadistic train conductor and no one hopped a ride on his train without paying the consequences.
July 14, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST
As soon as I saw Hollis McLaren in the cast list, my can-con radar went up. Seeing Cec Linder & Al Waxman's names in the poster clinched it. This is one of those awful Canadian tax shelter movies of the 1970's, when the government provided major tax breaks to Canadian film investors. Most hired 1 or 2 usually past their prime Americans to star, then filled the cast with homegrown talent. Only one English-language film form this boondoggle, the very very good The Silent Partner, was anything other than awful.<p> Please, Quint, don't hold this against Canadians.
July 14, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST
by tobias funke
HarveyDentDies, i truly hope that you did not just ruin that.
July 14, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST
That's the Borgnine movie where he's a mean sonofabitch train guard. I don't think I've ever taken such a strong and instant dislike to any movie character as this one, such a testament to the often loveable Borgnine. I met him a few years ago and he's a total gent.
July 14, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST
...technically "Vengance is Mine" counts as a foreign film!
July 14, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST
Someone please ban this HarveyDentDies cunt. And kindly remove anything he's posted.
July 14, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST
It is. A completely forgettable mid-80s PG-13 comedy.
July 14, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST
wow! you are in for fucking treat my friend! This is probably the only time Hitchcock was really allowed to express his true bloodlust. Saw "the Trouble with Harry" on TCM the other day. Have you seen it? If so, what did you think?
July 14, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST
I always wondered if Hitchcock would make movies today or in...let's say Italy, with more independence, if he would be over the top with sex and violence like Paul Verhoeven or Dario Argento
July 14, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST
On used DVD sites. There are copies on Amazon for a whopping $2.50.<BR><BR>Sheeld, there are indeed foreign films on this list, it's just harder to connect them via a common actor or crew person to the predominantly American list. I was able to connect three Kurosawa films I haven't seen yet, but we won't get to those for a while. But I don't hold your rather snobbish attitude that an exploitation movie has less value as an unseen film than a foreign movie. I have probably 20-25 foreign films (foreign meaning in a different language... if foreign meaning a non-US studio, then it's more like 60 or 70 since I have a lot of British and Canadian films) on the master list, mostly thanks to Criterion. I love foreign films of all sorts, they're just harder to connect to each other, which makes them more difficult to fit into this particular column. I'm trying, though. It was difficult squeezing in those Kurosawa films, but I found a way.
July 14, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST
July 14, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST
add another movie for that day. Film is sold as a sexy teen comedy, but is really just another POS Rob Reiner film with a very annoying Cusak and Zuniga bickering ceaselessly.
July 14, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST
I watched it a lot when I was in my teens. There are plently of other 80's teen sex comedies that you could do worse by. Besides, I fell "stalker-crazy" in love with Daphne Zuniga and Nicollette Sheridan after watching it. I remember Strange Invaders was on a lot on Cinemax too. I determined later on in life I liked it because there was nothing else on (besides reruns of Good Times, or All in the Family) at the time.
July 14, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST
I did not mean to say an exploitation flick has less value as an unseen film than a foreign film. I was specifically referring to well known classics, which obviously are to be considered bigger gaps in anyone's film knowledge than a little seen exploitation movie - without baring any judgment to the worth or entertainment factor of such a movie. And I only mentioned foreign classics since I hadn't seen any foreign film on the list yet (and with foreign I mean a film not in the English language) and because the group of unseen foreign classics is bound to be much bigger than the non-foreign one - if only due to availability. </p> That being said, I did not take into account the parameters of this particular column, being the unseen films you have at your house and wanting to connect them with each other. The makes the lack of many foreign classics quite understandable. And, being the film snob I am, I do feel it's every serious film lover's obligation to try and fill as many gaps in his/her knowledge as possible, so I can only applaud this column. Keep up the good work!
July 14, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
Why is it called Vengeance Is Mine? I thought Borgnine didn't know these crimminals. What is he getting revenge for? I think the alternate title sounds more fitting.
July 14, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST
is a lot of fun.
July 14, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST
I'm generally very mild mannered and passive but that guy has to go.
July 14, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST
John Cusack at his best (Pre Grosse Pointe Blank). Sure, it won't make anyone's top 10 best movies ever, but I do think it is a "must see". John Cusack was the king of wacky 80's romantic comedies and The Sure Thing was the movie that made him a star.<p>Cadillac Man is another great one. A very underrated film (mostly because hardly anyone saw it). Haven't see it in years but if I have time I might give it another viewing before the week is out.
July 14, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST
The Imamura film from 1979, which is like Taxi Driver meets Macbeth. Although the random-crap approach to film watching has certain charms, maybe you wanna try watching things that are actually good, a category which would easily spare you Cadillac Man, for one.
July 15, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
and I haven't seen the posts being referred to since they seem to have been deleted. But if someone used the user ID "movie-character-plot-twist-happens" and everyone USES THE NAME to get him banned - the spoiler is still there in a half dozen other posts.<p>For the record, the example given above is false - to the best of my knowledge no plot twists are going to occur to any movie characters and if it turns out they do well, it was just an unlucky coincidental guess, okay?