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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason C View Post
    Modesty Blaise is a film I've been close to picking up more than a few times, but my spidey senses always seemed to kick in and warn me it would be a disappointment.
    Pick up a random volume of the comic strips instead. Much more satisfying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom D View Post
    Modesty Blaise. I'd like to have been at the meeting of financiers and producers when this project was being spitballed. They're after a light, breezy, pop art spectacle, with some cheesy laughs and a bit of sex appeal. Who did they go with for director? Joseph fucking Losey. Its a truly bizarre pick.
    ... and get the guy that wrote THE DAMNED (and would later write WAKE IN FRIGHT) to work on the script with uncredited input from Harold Flippin' Pinter!!!!

    Losey made this one between KING & COUNTRY (also scripted by Evan Jones) and ACCIDENT (scripted by Pinter). It's like a weird intersection point on a bizarre Venn diagram of cinema.

    It's a mess, but I've always had a soft spot for this one though. Monica Vitti is just lovely, and Dirk Bogarde clearly relishes camping it up. Terence Stamp is... well, Terence Stamp. Flippant approach to empire and all that. Like sipping a pint o' brown ale in the Meditteranean sun. Probably best enjoyed with a tab of acid, in a tie-dye t-shirt and flip flops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul L View Post
    ... and get the guy that wrote THE DAMNED (and would later write WAKE IN FRIGHT) to work on the script with uncredited input from Harold Flippin' Pinter!!!!

    Losey made this one between KING & COUNTRY (also scripted by Evan Jones) and ACCIDENT (scripted by Pinter). It's like a weird intersection point on a bizarre Venn diagram of cinema.

    It's a mess, but I've always had a soft spot for this one though. Monica Vitti is just lovely, and Dirk Bogarde clearly relishes camping it up. Terence Stamp is... well, Terence Stamp. Flippant approach to empire and all that. Like sipping a pint o' brown ale in the Meditteranean sun. Probably best enjoyed with a tab of acid, in a tie-dye t-shirt and flip flops.

    'She'll turn your head, though she might use a judo hold...'
    Ha! 'Like sipping a pint of ale in the Meditteranean sun'. I'm sure Ray Winstone in Sexy Beast would approve! I'm going to nick that turn of phrase Paul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Deltoid View Post
    Ha! 'Like sipping a pint of ale in the Meditteranean sun'. I'm sure Ray Winstone in Sexy Beast would approve! I'm going to nick that turn of phrase Paul.
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Decent movie. A bit too long. But still worth seeing.

    Green Room

    Owned this for years and finally watched it this past weekend. holy fuck was this good.

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    Late 70s WIP movie. Watching it off a Video Asia set. So it looks like ass. Not a bad film but would rather see a non-vhs rip of this.

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    Outland (1981): somehow this film and I had never crossed paths but it came up a couple times in Sean Connery obituaries so I stuck it on the watch list. Connery is tasked with maintaining law and order on a mining rig on a Jupiter Moon. Sounds like a rough gig at the best of times and he wastes no time getting himself into trouble when he starts delving too deeply into a series of strange suicides.

    For a while it plays shamelessly with an Alien aesthetic but the Alien never turns up. Instead it turns into High Noon in space. Killers are dispatched to gun down our sheriff, he does what a man's gotta do and then jets off back to earth. It's a very loosely scripted film. Why he waits for the killers is not really touched upon. Why offing them provides him a sense of resolution isn't touched upon at all. It gets to feeling very inconsequential which is a shame as the first 40 minutes or so have some nice build.

    Top class sets and miniatures. Can't have been a cheap film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom D View Post
    Outland (1981): somehow this film and I had never crossed paths but it came up a couple times in Sean Connery obituaries so I stuck it on the watch list. Connery is tasked with maintaining law and order on a mining rig on a Jupiter Moon. Sounds like a rough gig at the best of times and he wastes no time getting himself into trouble when he starts delving too deeply into a series of strange suicides.

    For a while it plays shamelessly with an Alien aesthetic but the Alien never turns up. Instead it turns into High Noon in space. Killers are dispatched to gun down our sheriff, he does what a man's gotta do and then jets off back to earth. It's a very loosely scripted film. Why he waits for the killers is not really touched upon. Why offing them provides him a sense of resolution isn't touched upon at all. It gets to feeling very inconsequential which is a shame as the first 40 minutes or so have some nice build.

    Top class sets and miniatures. Can't have been a cheap film.
    There's a Hong Kong rip-off of this rip-off called Final Test. I always enjoyed Outland probably because it was pretty strong stuff for a 10 year old to watch.
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    I always liked OUTLAND as well, the western influence was obvious even to my teen self. It's pretty cool how westerns can be set in most any era and still work quite often.
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    I was I would have caught OUTLAND as teen. It would have likely been a favorite I revisited often. When I first viewed it ten years ago, I thought it looked good and started off well enough. I was just underwhelmed by the final act. Its been on my mind to revisit the past few months as I've had a hankerin' for scifi.

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    I like OUTLAND a lot, it occupies the same visual world as ALIEN. Makes a good double feature with SILENT RUNNING.
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