Nov. 22, 2008, 4:13 a.m. CST
Rule 13.6 in the AMAD handbook. What to do if you misplace a DVD. Find another link and, uh, go with that. Nice recovery Q. I hope you find the Gangster box. Sucks when friends "borrow" DVD's or CD's.
Nov. 22, 2008, 4:17 a.m. CST
Yeah the list got all screwy, sorry to see Petrified Forest lost in the shuffle,hope you can get back to it soon.
Nov. 22, 2008, 4:24 a.m. CST
With the state my place is in, I'm sure it's right here somewhere, just hidden in a stack of DVDs it's not supposed to be in... it's messy, but like every '80s detective, I have my system. heh
Nov. 22, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST
I didnt read your review, because I already know this is a great movie. The credit sequence alone is badass. Just sayin
Nov. 22, 2008, 4:43 a.m. CST
Frankenheimer had an amazing career, didn't he? I just caught up with Seconds, the film he made after The Train, and it's just as amazing; well worth adding to the queue if you have it in your stash. I see you have On The Beach lined up. Great movie, but prepare to be depressed dude.
Nov. 22, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST
Oh, sorry wrong movie.
Nov. 22, 2008, 5:38 a.m. CST
Really, no one lives near an independent video store anymore. its all queues and online and gay and whatnot... for shame
Nov. 22, 2008, 6 a.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
Interesting how one missing movie can change all the plans. No gangster week? Actually the variety coming up looks even more interesting. Hope you find your white heat, though. True classic.
Nov. 22, 2008, 6:49 a.m. CST
THE TRAIN is a fucking awesome film, and one of the last major b/w movies made before everything went colour.
Nov. 22, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST
Kind of the nonfiction version of this movie. A great documentary/book about the "Monuments Men" efforts to stop the Germans from stealing/destroying great works of art during WW2. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0997088/
Nov. 22, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST
This is absolutely one of my favorite movies of all time. When I try to describe it to people I have such a hard time because the premise is so simple yet the movie is practically a cat and mouse thriller in how the execution of the story is handled. This movie has been on my BNAT vintage wish list in the past for a reason, the main one being that I would love to see this on a big screen and with a crowd that would just be floored by what this movie has to offer. This is one of the many great black and white action films the elevate b&w cinematography to near genius levels. Some of the shots are just sublime. I have always loved Lancaster, but his role here as Labiche is great work. His battle of wits with Scofield's Col. von Waldheim is one of the great re-watchable delights of this film as they each move back and forth full of desperation to achieve the single thing they need to happen. I am delighted you have been able to see this fantastic gem and what a great introduction to your new television.
Nov. 22, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST
Yep, Activision's budget line, back in the days of the Commodore 64, created a game (also called "The Train" iirc) that totally ripped off this film without giving credit to where they got the idea. The game starts with the resistance having ambushed the train at the German border, and needing to get the thing back across all of France in one night so that when day comes they'll have Allied air support. (The idea being that otherwise the Germans will bomb the tracks. And yes, the constraint is a bit gamey.) I forget whether there's a shooting gallery sequence at the start, but once you begin you can choose whether to take the easy, middle or hard line back west. After that, you've got to manage the train in its progress, shoveling coal to keep the steam pressure up and stopping for coal and water (and to manage the tracks--this typically involves a shooting gallery at the station). The train has a couple of anti-air guns in case a lone night-fighter finds you, and a rail-mounted cannon for fighting off riverboats at bridges.
Nov. 22, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST
My queue is the independent video store. Check out Facets.org. They ship films out ala Netflix, but they specialize in the indi/art/foreign/classic stuff. Its a really good deal too if you live near Chicago as they have a theatre as well and you can see any movie they're playing for free if you're a member. ...And my ad is over. <br><br> This one sounds like a winner, nice recovery film Quint...its in the queue ;)
Nov. 22, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST
this movie is incredible, and really stands up to today's pacing and action standards. one of the most interesting parts is when Lancaster is working at his job at the railyard, and fixing the train that his old friend sabotaged. <p> just like when he does the stunt (sliding down the ladder, jumping on the train, etc) in one unbroken shot, you see him (1) pour metal into a mold to make a piece of the train, (2) plane/shave off the excess and make it smooth, (3) knock the mold off, (4) put it on the axle, and (5) put the axle back on the train. It's obviously all real, and all very heavy (Burt's a great actor, but he's not good enough to fake this). <p> it's a slightly unnecessary scene, but just great from a realism/metalworking standingpoint, and it really builds his character as a master of his trade (and someone who would be pained to see trains destroyed). also, the scene where he limps (he was really hurt, they worked it into the story) up one side of the mountain and down the other so he could outrun the Nazi train to the next switch-house was great. Really physical stuff....
Nov. 22, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST
Does someone watch a fucking movie every single day? Between work, women, friends, etc, who has the time? Is Quint some 300 pound shut-in or something?
Nov. 22, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST
That's an underrated gem with Burt Lancaster from the late 70s, as renegade Burt takes over a nuclear silo and threatens to start WW3. Damn I would like to see a decent version of its original cut. Wish there was a decent DVD available. ..."THE TRAIN" is a great flick, back when Frankenheimer was really on top of his game. ...And I second the earlier comment about "SECONDS"... a really great work on par with "MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE".
Nov. 22, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST
I was really looking forward to your review of _The Cincinnati Kid_.
Nov. 22, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST
Which film on the coming up list is post-apocalypse? I see noir, western and war, but not spying the post-apox...
Nov. 22, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST
You are in for quite a treat on some of the new ones. The Ricardo Montalban Double-hitter of Mystery Street and Border Incident really stands out. Without giving anything away, In Mystery Street, you get to see Ricardo Montalban as a homicide detective in Boston in a pretty good policier; while Border Incident was directed by Anthony Man, maker of T-Man and the Nake Spur, and is a very violent piece for its day. In both films, be surprised to see Mexican Ricardo to be surprisingly treated as fully-rounded character and not a sterortype (no aye chiwawa here). <p>
Nov. 22, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST
I don't know if that was the plan or not. But I'm thoroughly freakin impressed you're still going. When you're done, I say put this sucker in print (all eight thousand pages of it) so I can have a book on my shelf to snob out on by saying 'this started as an internet article that grew into a set of film encyclopedias' or some such.
Nov. 23, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST
I saw a documentary with John Frankenheimer where he talked about the great final shot of the crashing train . After placing all the carefully planned out remote controlled cameras, he had one spare one left, and he just pointed to a hole beside the track and said "just put it there." It was just sheer dumb luck that the hastily placed camera was in just the right spot with the just the right focus as one wheel of the life-size wrecked train slid within inches of the camera, and just spun there at the top of the frame. Probably the greatest lucky shot in the history of cinema.
Nov. 23, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST
It was set in post World War II Japan. Complete with Ex American GI trying to be the new mafia in Tokyo.<p> With DeForrest Kelly as a heavy! Yee Haww.!
Nov. 24, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST
You're thinking of Sam Fuller's The Crimson Kimono. Although the original (not set in Japan), The Street With No Name, is better. Anyway, hope Quint likes Twelve O'Clock High, that's a really beautifully made grownup drama, no BS on what war is like ("What should I do with his arms?") or what it does to a commanding officer to send boys out to get killed day after day.