OntheShelf504

OntheShelf504

I’m just a human of a certain age who has seen way too many movies.

Favorite films

  • Jaws
  • Rififi
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Duck Soup

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  • The Swiss Conspiracy

    ★★★

  • The Questor Tapes

    ★★★

  • Purple Noon

    ★★★★½

  • The Marvels

    ★★★½

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  • The Swiss Conspiracy

    The Swiss Conspiracy

    ★★★

    The spirit of Raymond Chandler looms large over Jack Arnold’s previously difficult-to-find 1976 mystery/action film, The Swiss Conspiracy and it struck me that star David Janssen would have made a very good Philip Marlowe. Janssen never achieved the level of fame on the big screen as he did in his TV roles but he had the charisma & the gravitas to easily carry a movie such as this. The plot, especially the film’s climax, is convoluted but Arnold keeps the whole…

  • The Questor Tapes

    The Questor Tapes

    ★★★

    The second of Roddenberry’s four produced pilots from the 1970s, The Questor Tapes is probably the best of the bunch, although I have a major soft spot for the one that hasn’t been released yet, the paranormal/detective movie, Spectre……how about getting that one to us Kino Lorber? The Questor Tapes is vintage Roddenberry and that comes with all the pluses and minuses inherent to the writer/producer. Some big ideas are very much on display here and knowing that NBC committed…

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  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

    Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

    ★★★

    I’ve been wondering how Cruise & McQuarrie were going to be able to top the action movie perfection that was Mission Impossible: Fallout, turns out, they couldn’t. What we did end up with was, to my mind, the most 007 like of all the MI movies. More gags & set pieces than sense or logic. And I’m talking Bond from the pre-Daniel Craig era. Thankfully no comedic musical scoring, just bland big action movie music. And like most Bond movies this one…

  • Ikarie XB 1

    Ikarie XB 1

    ★★★★

    Jindřich Polák’s 1963 science fiction film, Ikarie XB 1, known in the west as Voyage to the End of the Universe serves as something of a missing link for science fiction films that took the genre seriously. Polák was a Czech born director who was a jack-of-all-trades cinematically speaking but one who displayed a great affinity for science fiction, and in that regard Polák kind of reminds me of a Eastern European version of Byron Haskin. Ikarie XB 1 is about a…