Did You Enjoy “HIGH NOON”? Do You Enjoy SCI-FI? GREAT! Then You Will LOVE “OUTLAND”!!!

OUTLANDWas Released In 1981, And It Stars… … …SEAN CONNERY!!!
(TAGLINE: "ON JUPITER'S MOON HE'S THE ONLY LAW.")

HONESTLY, My Peeps…

…This Flick…

OUTLAND

…Is…

MY FAVE-FAVE SEAN CONNERY FLICK Of ALL-TIME!!!

.Period.

It Always Has Been.

And…

…It’s Very Likely To Always Be.

As My Headline States…

OUTLAND

…Really Is Like…

HIGH NOON

…Except It Takes Place…

…IN OUTER-SPACE!!!

O.M.G.

!!! !!! !!!

Exactly, My Peeps.

It’s WONDERFUL!

SEAN CONNERY

…Is…

MARSHAL O’NEIL

…The NEW Law In “Town”.

Only, The “Town” Is A CORPORATE-RUN-MINING-OPERATION On JUPITER’s MOON “IO”!!!

(I Can Tell You're Already Hooked Simply Based On The Possibilities!)

MARSHAL O’NEIL

…Takes Exception To Being Bossed-About By The Mining-Ops’ General Manager…

SHEPPARD

(Played Perfectly By PETER BOYLE)

…All The While He’s Trying To Figure-Out…

…WHY People Are Dying…

…And…

…WHY Are People Going Insane???

Soooo…

MARSHAL O’NEIL

…Enlists The Help Of…

DR. LAZARUS

(Played Equally Well By FRANCES STERNHAGEN)

…In His Investigations.

Come To Find-Out…

…Those Who Are Going Crazy And Offing Themselves AND Other Folks…

…Are ALL Taking A Powerful Drug That Does Make Them Work Harder And Faster…

…But It ALSO Eventually Causes Them To Go PSYCHO!

When…

MARSHAL O’NEIL

…Starts Puttin’ The Smack Down…

SHEPPARD

…Calls In The HIRED-GUNS To Stop The Marshal Before He Ruins Their Whole Operation!!!

And…

…Of Course…

…The People Of The “Town” Are All Too Cowardly To Step-In And Help The Marshal.

!!! !!!

It’s A HELLUVA FLICK, My Peeps!!!

And I DO Refer To It As A TOTALLY FORGOTTEN CLASSIC.

.Period.

Hell…

…Most Folks Don’t Even Know This One Exists.

BUT…

…That’s Why I’M Here!!!

Trust Me, Kiddies…

…If You Haven’t Seen…

OUTLAND

…And You’re Into The Plot-Line I’ve Just Lightly Laid Out…

…And You LOVE’YA Some…

SEAN CONNERY

(And Who Doesn't Love Themselves Some SEAN CONNERY!!!)

…Then It COULD BE The Proverbial Diamond-In-The-Rough For Ya.

Fo SHO Fo SHO, My Peeps!!!

Do You Trust Me???

GREAT!!!

I Simply KNEW YOU DID!!!

!!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!!

What’s On Now?! ORSON WELLES’ Production Of “THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI” (1947)

The Lady From Shanghai (1948)

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…May Not Be Exactly What ORSON WELLES Had Envisioned…

(((His Original-Cut Was About 155-Minutes, The Studio Release-Cut Was About 87-Minutes)))

…But You Can Totally Still See Plenty Of His Vision.

I Will Say It’s Loaded With Intrigue…

…Murder…

…Plot Twists…

…Exceptional, Quirk’ish Acting…

…And Quirk’ish’ly Exceptional Directing.

The Film Stars…

RITA HAYWORTH as Elsa Bannister/Rosalie

(((HAYWORTH Was Actually Still Married To WELLES At The Time This Flick Was Made)))

ORSON WELLES as Michael O’Hara

(((WELLES Also Wrote The Screenplay, Produced AND Directed)))

&

EVERETT SLOANE as Arthur Bannister

(((SLOANE Was Also A Performer With WELLES' "Mercury Players")))

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Michael O’Hara, against his better judgement, hires on as a crew member of Arthur Bannister’s yacht, sailing to San Francisco. They pick up Grisby, Bannister’s law partner, en route. Bannister has a wife, Rosalie, who seems to like Michael much better than she likes her husband. After they dock in Sausalito, Michael goes along with Grisby’s weird plan to fake his (Grisby’s) murder so he can disappear untailed. He wants the $5000 Grisby has offered, so he can run off with Rosalie. But Grisby turns up actually murdered, and Michael gets blamed for it. Somebody set him up, but it is not clear who or how. Bannister (the actual murderer?) defends Michael in court. Written byย John Oswalt <jao@jao.com> (Via The IMDB ((http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040525/plotsummary)))

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THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…Is Now Over 65-Years-Old.

Yet, It Remains As Wildly Fun As It Ever Has.

As Others Have Said Of This Film…

…It Is TOTALLY Classic ORSON WELLES.

Kinda Hard Not To Be Since He Wrote, Starred-In, Produced, And Directed It.

CITIZEN KANE

…Is The Flick Most People Remember When Thinking About ORSON WELLES.

Of That, There Can Be No Debate.

But, Sometimes I’d Much Rather Kick-It-Back And Watch…

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

Period.

It’s A Lot More Fun, That’s A BIG Fo SHO.

When I Watch “CITIZEN KANE” I Say…

"Well, Now I've Seen It. I Can Totally Understand Why It's Such An Important Flick. I Might Watch It Again At Some Point."

When I See “THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI” I Say…

"Did I Just See What I Think I Just Saw?! I'm Gonna Have To Watch This One Again!"

See The Difference?

Trust Me, Watch Them Both.

Then You’ll Totally Get My Jive, My Peeps.

And It’s Worth It!

It’s So VERY Worth It!

No Foolies, Kids.

Sooo…

…If You Like Quality Murder-Mystery-Noir-Thrillers…

…And ORSON WELLES‘ Unique Filmmaker Qualities…

…I Say Give This One A Go.

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…May Very Well Be Right Up Your Proverbial Alley, My Peeps.

You Really Should Trust Me On This One.

Give It A Go, Fo SHO Fo SHO!

M’Kay?!?

MMM’KAY!!!

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Have A Very Merry “DIRTY HARRY” Xmas!!!

So…

Not Doin’ A Lot, Today, Eh?

If You’re Reading This, That’s A Strong‘ish Possibility.

Unless, Well, You’re Really Just That Damned Devoted.

If So, That’s AWESOME And THANK YOU.

But, If You’re Just Reading This For The Sake Of Having Something To Do???

Well…

…THIS COULD HELP!!!

What Is It, You Ask?!

WELLLLL…

…Perhaps It’s Time For A…

DIRTY HARRYATHON!!!

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Maybe?!

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Me Thinks YES!!!

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The "DIRTY HARRY" Collection

TheDIRTY HARRYCollection !!!

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Shall We Begin At

…Hmm…

The Beginning?!

EXCELLENT CHOICE!!

I’ll Join You!!!

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1ST

((Arguably "THE BEST" Of Series, Or Is So Considered To Be By Most People.))

DIRTY HARRY

(1971)

Dirty_harry (via Wikipedia)

Starring

CLINT EASTWOOD

…As (the now iconic) San Francisco Police Inspector…

HARRY CALLAHAN

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Also Starring

ANDREW J. “ANDYROBINSON

…As The Killer…

SCORPIO

And

JOHN VERNON

…As…

THE MAYOR Of SAN FRANCISCO

Produced AND Directed By

DON SIEGEL

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2ND

((Absolutely "THE MOST UNDERRATED" Of The Series, Fo Flippin' SHO, My Peeps!))

MAGNUM FORCE

(1973)

Magnum_Force (via Wikipedia)

Starring

CLINT EASTWOOD

…As…

DIRTY HARRY CALLAHAN

And

HAL HOLBROOK

…As The Sinister…

LT. BRIGGS

Directed By

TED POST

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3RD

((Sadly "THE WORST" Of The Series, Though It Is Still Pretty Good. It's Just Not As Good As The Others.))

THE ENFORCER

(1976)

The_Enforcer (via Wikipedia)

Starring

CLINT EASTWOOD

…As…

DIRTY HARRY CALLAHAN

And

TYNE DALY

…As Harry’s New Partner…

KATE MOORE

Directed By

JAMES FARGO

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4TH

((Totally "MY FAVORITE" Of The Series, By Far Far FAR!!!))

SUDDEN IMPACT

(1983)

Sudden_Impact (via Wikipedia)

Starring

CLINT EASTWOOD

…As…

DIRTY HARRY CALLAHAN

With

SONDRA LOCKE

…As The Vigilante…

JENNIFER SPENCER

And

PAT HINGLE

…As…

CHIEF JANNINGS

Produced AND Directed By

CLINT EASTWOOD

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5TH

((Very Much "THE WILD CARD" Of The Series, As There Are Some Whom Think It The Worst, While Others Think It Pretty Damned Good.))

THE DEAD POOL

(1988)

The_Dead_Pool (via Wikipedia)

Starring

CLINT EASTWOOD

…As…

DIRTY HARRY CALLAHAN

And

LIAM NEESON

…As Film-Maker…

PETER SWAN

Directed By

BUDDY VAN HORN

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With Five (5) Flicks To Choose From, I’m Not Going To Try Telling Y’all How You Should Handle Watching Them.

Some Prefer The Classic Approach Of Starting With The First Flick, And Rolling Forward Through To The Last Flick.

Some Prefer To Watch Them By Order Of Their Favorites.

Whether You’re Watching Them Worst-To-Best

Best-To-Worst

Favorite-To-Least-Favorite

Least-Favorite-To-Favorite

Backward

Forward

Side-To-Side

With-A-Shimmy

IT DOESN’T MATTER!

You’re Going To Do It YOUR OWN WAY, Regardless Of What I Say.

I’m Just Planting A Seed, Here, My Peeps.

YOU Needed Something To Do.

I Needed Something To Do.

So, WE Are Working TOGETHER!

WE Are ALL In This Thing TOGETHER!!

That’s Just LIFE, My Peeps.

I Sure Hope This Helped Ya.

Have A Very MerryDIRTY HARRYXmas!!!

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Random (Blu-ray) Movie Mention: “RESERVOIR DOGS” (1992)

RESERVOIR DOGS

…Stars…

HARVEY KEITEL

TIM ROTH

MICHAEL MADSEN

STEVE BUSCEMI

CHRIS PENN

…And…

LAWRENCE TIERNEY

…And Was Written AND Directed By…

QUENTIN TARANTINO

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Let Me Just Say This, My Peeps…

RESERVOIR DOGS

…Is Still My Favorite Flick To Be Directed By…

QUENTIN TARANTINO

.Period.

It’s Nothing Too Fancy.

Just Great Actors…

…Playing Great Characters…

…Spewing Forth Great Dialogue In All Directions.

Scenes Of Crazy F-IN’ Violence…

…An Interesting AND Engrossing Storyline…

…Punctuated Throughout By A Killer Soundtrack.

It’s A Minimalistic Motion Picture…

…Driven By All That I’ve Said Above…

…Making A Need For Anything Else To Be…

…Well…

…Unneeded.

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I Actually Saw This Flick For The First Time In 1993.

I Was 13-Years-Old.

My Father Had Rented It, And I Decided To Stay-Up-Late And Watch It In Secret.

After Everyone Else Was Asleep, I Popped-It-On In My Room And…

…Honestly…

…Was Totally Blown Away.

I’d Never Seen…

…Nor Heard…

…Anything Quite Like It, Before.

I Remembering Going To School (Jr. High) The Next Day…

…Talking About It With My Friends AND Others…

…Discovering Quickly I Was The Only One Of Us To Have Seen It.

That Simply Added o The Excitement Over The Whole Situation.

Knowing That I Was Sooooo Coooool To Have Seen This Flick (Though I Wasn’t Supposed To Have Seen It) That None Of My Buds Had Had The Chance To Give A Look See Of Any Kind.

That’s Right…

…Sooooo Coooool, Ineed.

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I Was The Only One Of Us To Have Witnessed First Hand The Gritty Wonder That Is The Fi;m…

RESERVOIR DOGS

…And The Introduction Of…

QUENTIN TARANTINO

…To My (And Everyone Else’s) Humble Little World.

Other Flicks Would Follow.

PULP FICTION

JACKIE BROWN

KILL BILL

…But None Had The Impact On Me That…

RESERVOIR DOGS

…Had On Me.

It Stands Out.

It Stands Alone.

It STILL Stands As MY FAVORITE Flick From…

QUENTIN TARANTINO

.Period Period.

The Blu-ray Treatment Is Breathtakingly Awesome…

…And Well Worth The Time (And Money) Invested In It.

Check-It-Out, My Peeps.

You Shant Be Disappointed.

It’s THAT Good.

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In What Way Is “FRENCH CONNECTION II” (1975) Superior To “THE FRENCH CONNECTION” (1971)???

Two Words, My Peeps:

GENE HACKMAN

.Period.

(((Period Does NOT Count Here, Dammit.)))

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GENE HACKMAN

…Won The ACADEMY AWARD For BEST ACTOR Of 1971 For His Portrayal Of The Character Of “POPEYE” DOYLE In…

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

…And It Was Very VERY Much Deserved.

Based On This, If We Were Going By The Power And Drive Behind Said Portrayal…

…Yeah…

…The Math Says…

GENE HACKMAN

…Would/Should Have EASILY Walked Away With THREE (3) OSCARS In 1975, For…

FRENCH CONNECTION II

Maybe More.

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He’s THAT GOOD, My Peeps.

In Fact, He’s Absolutely Brilliant.

Yet He Didn’t Even Pull A Nomination For The Second Film.

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So Much For Math, Eh?!

New York City Police Detective “POPEYE” DOYLE Is A Classic Character Among Classic-Classic Characters…

…But He Wouldn’t Be, If Not For The Efforts Of…

GENE HACKMAN

.Period Period.

Two More Words For Y’all, My Peeps:

COLD TURKEY

.Period Period Perod.

To Find-Out The Significance Of Those Two Words, You’ll Have To See The Second Film.

BUT…

…I Always Tell People The Same Thing:

Watch BOTH Films, THEN Come Tell Me What YOU Think.

And I Stick By That.

Seeing…

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

…Is A Really Special Treat.

Seeing…

FRENCH CONNECTION II

…To Me…

…Is Even More So.

The Key To This Is…

…Oh Yeah…

GENE HACKMAN

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I Love The First Film, Though Have Always Considered It To Be A TAD Overrated.

I Love LOVE The Second Film, And Consider It To Be One Of THE MOST Underrated Films Of ALL-TIME.

I Suggest You Give Them Both A Go, Kiddies.

I Doubt You’ll Be Disappointed.

I’m Already Curious As To What You’ll Say!

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Here’s Hoping Y’all Have A Damned Decent Day, My Peeps.

Do What You Can, At The Least.

Hang In There.

Take Care.

Be Good.

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Need A Glimpse Into What I’m Doing Right Now?? Does THIS Help?!?!

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“THE STATION’S PUMP” by Bradley Alan (2003 and 2012) (Rated “R”)

Alright, My Peeps…

…Here’s One For Y’all To Check-Out.

Hope You Dig It.

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The Setting: An Older, Rundown Looking Gas-Station/Bait-Shop Out In The Middle Of “Nowhere B.F.E.” (So Pick A Place In North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Etc Etc.)

The Characters: There Are TWO (2) In This Scene, “THE MAN” And “THE CLERK“.

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–It’s Nearing 10PM–

–A Car Pulls-Up Outside The Station, Next To The Pumps.

A Man Gets Out Of The Car, Looks At The Pumps, Then Looks Over To The Station’s Door And Begins Walking Toward It.

The Man Enters The Rundown Gas-Station/Bait-Shop, And It’s Obvious To The Clerk That The Man Is Very Tense.–

THE MAN:

(Calmly, But Not Too Calm)

Would You Help Me With An Issue, Sir, I’d Very Much Appreciate It.

THE CLERK:

(Curiously And Calmly)

Well, We’ll See Son. What’s Yer Issue?

THE MAN:

(A Little Less Calmer Than Before)

I Want To Know If You Have A Gun In This Store. And If You Do, I’d Appreciate Your Giving It To Me.

–Following The Question, The Man Reaches Behind Himself And Slowly Pulls A .45-Pistol From The Back Of His Pants.–

THE MAN:

(With A Little More Tension In His Voice)

I Would Gladly Pay For It, Sir. And I Promise Not To Shoot You. I Just Need The Gun.

–The Clerk Stands Frozen.

The Man Continues Talking.–

THE MAN:

(A Little More Forceful)

Look, Sir, I Have Someone Chasing Me, And They’ve Got A Lot More Firepower. I Can’t Get Help From The Police Because They Say I Haven’t Got Enough Evidence To Support My Claims, Though I Think Chasing Me With Intent To Kill Me Would Mean I Have SOMETHING! RIGHT?!

–The Clerk Continues To Stare At The Man, All The While Trying Not To Move.–

THE MAN:

(Forceful And A Bit More Nervous Sounding)

Just, PLEASE, Give Me Your Gun. You Have My Word I Won’t Shoot. I’ll Even Stop Pointing It, Okay?

THE CLERK:

(Agitated, But Agreeable)

Okay, Mister, Okay!

–The Clerk Slowly Turns And Then Steps Back Into A Small Parlor. He Slowly Retrieves His 12-Guage Pump-Shotgun.–

THE CLERK:

(Almost Meekly)

It Ain’t Even Loaded Yet, Mister.

–The Clerk Says This As The Man Is Turning His Pistol Away.

At That Moment, The Clerk Turns The Shotgun Toward The Man And Quickly Chambers A Shell With A Fast Pump.–

THE CLERK:

(Very Calmly, Almost Snickering)

Now, Don’t You Move, Son.

–The Man Appears To Be Totally Shocked At The Clerk’s Actions.–

THE MAN:

(With Great Tension And Surprise)

SHIT! Look, Sir, You Don’t Understand…

–The Clerk Moves Closer To The Man.–

THE CLERK:

(Almost As Calmly As Before, But With Added Annoyance)

Understand Nothin’. I’m Callin’ The Po-lice, And You Can Explain It All To Them.

–The Clerk Slowly Moves Toward The Phone.–

THE MAN:

(Frantically)

Jesus Christ! SIR, PLEASE, I’m Begging You! People Are Coming! They’ll Kill Me AND You!

THE CLERK:

(Forcefully)

Listen! That’s Enough, Now! I’m Callin’ The Po-lice, So You Just Drop Your Gun!

–The Clerk Grabs The Phone With One Hand, Keeping The Shotgun Steadily Aimed At The Man.–

THE MAN:

(Frantically)

OH, FUCK IT! I’m Dead Any Way This Goes!

–The Man Is Teary And His Voice Is Now Scratchy, And He’s Almost Gasping For Breath. He Looks Like He’s About To Crack. He Slowly Turns His Gun Toward Himself, And Then Presses The Muzzle Of The Gun To His Right Temple. He Pulls Back The Hammer.–

THE MAN:

(Frantic And Basically Crying)

FUCK IT! JUST FUCK IT!

–The Clerk, Now Realizing The Man Is About To Shoot Himself, Quickly Yells–

THE CLERK:

(Super Frantically)

NO! WAIT!

–The Clerk Removes His Finger From The Shotgun’s Trigger And Moves The Barrel To The Side, Pointing It Away From The Man.

Just Ask Quickly, The Man Turns His Gun Toward The Clerk And Shoots Him, Once, Clean Through The Left Eye.–

THE MAN:

(Calm And Cool As A Mountain Lake)

Wait For What?

–The Man Then Cleans Out All The Cash In The Station. He Takes The Pump-Shotgun. He Exits The Station. He Then Fills The Gas-Tank On His Car. He Takes One Last Look Around, And Then Calmly Drives Off.–

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How’s ’bout Them Apples?!

Could You See It Well Enough?!

Does It Work For You?!

It Was Originally Written In 2003.

I Was Writing A “Crime-Drama” Type Thing At The Time, But Ended-Up Scrapping The Whole Thing EXCEPT For THIS ONE SCENE.

I’ve Always Felt It Could/Would Be Used Somewhere In My Writings, But I’d Never Found A Place For It.

So I Figured I’d Blog-It-Up For Y’all.

It’s Nothing Fancy, I Know.

I Just Liked The Idea That This Guy’s Only Real Intent Was Getting The Clerk To Show Him The Shotgun So He Knew He Wouldn’t Get Blown Away With It.

As Soon As The Clerk Turns It Away From Him, He Takes The Clerk Out With One Shot.

Then He’s Free To Rob The Store Of Its Cash, Tank-Up The Car, And He’s Got Himself A Nifty New Shotgun To Help Him Pull-Off Any Other Capers He Has Planned While He’s Out-&-About.

It Was All For Show.

He Just Needed To Know Where The Guy Had His Gun.

All I Did Here, While Blogging It To Y’all…

…Honestly…

…Wasn’t Much.

I Just Smoothed-Out The Rough Edges.

Well…

…Some Of ‘Em, Anyway.

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(Not A Totally) Random Movie Mention: ORSON WELLES’ “TOUCH OF EVIL” (1958)

Oh Hellz Yeah!

I Was In The Mood For Something Really Cool…

…I Just Couldn’t Decide On What That Would/Should Be.

So…

…I Went-A-Browsin’ In Me Ole Collection.

There Were So Many Titles To Choose From That I Was Simply At A Loss.

And Then, I Spied This One…

ORSON WELLES

TOUCH OF EVIL

(1958)

…Starring…

CHARLTON HESTON

&

JANET LEIGH

&

ORSON WELLES

…And Directed By…

…Yup…

ORSON WELLES

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It Had Honestly Been A Couple Years Since I’d Kicked-It-Back To Watch This One.

So I Was Rather Excited To Hunker-Down With It, Last Night.

This Is One Of Those Cases Of…

THE BEST

-Vs-

MY FAVORITE

…My Peeps.

In Regard To Flicks Where…

ORSON WELLES

…Has Pulled The Ole Double-Duty…

…Being BOTH Director AND Actor…

CITIZEN KANE

…Is (likely)

THE BEST

…But But BUT…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Is Totally…

MY FAVORITE

Period.

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There’s Not Even An Argument Needed Here.

I Loved…

CITIZEN KANE

…Sure Sure Sure…

…As It’s A Very Important Flick In The Annals Of Cinematic History…

…But It’s Simply Not As Entertaining, To ME, As…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Hands-Down AND Fo SHO!

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It’s Even Hard For Me To Decide Which Lead Character I Prefer.

CHARLES FOSTER KANE

…Is A Veritable TITAN In Regard To Motion Picture History.

But But BUT (again)

…Is He A Better Character Than…

HANK QUINLAN

…Our Totally Corrupt Police Captain, And All Around Film History Nasty-Boy In…

TOUCH OF EVIL

???

I Dunno, Kids.

It’s Like The Old “Apples -Vs- Oranges” Argument.

You Love Them Both, But They’re Honestly, Truly So Vastly Different.

So It’s Very Hard To Draw A Line On This One.

I Will Say This…

HANK QUINLAN

…IS…

…One Of The Very VERY Best BEST Film Baddies Of ALL-TIME!

That’s Another Big Ole FO SHO!

I’m Very Serious, My Peeps.

For Those Of Y’all Who Have Seen…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Can You Not Honestly Say He Was So Disgustingly Believable That, By The End Of The Flick, You Were Ready To Shoot Him, Yourself?!?

EXACTLY, My Peeps, EXACTLY!!!

I Wanted Him Dead, Also!!!

ORSON WELLES

…Plays…

HANK QUINLAN

…To Sheer Evil-Baddie-PERFECTION.

Period Period.

The Only Imagination Stretching One Has To Do With…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Is Attempting To Accept…

CHARLTON HESTON

…As A Mexican Narcotics Officer.

Not To Say He Misplayed The Part.

No.

He Did His Best To Make Us Look Beyond The Oddity Of It.

In Fact, He Brings The Emotional Portion Of The Flick.

So I Feel He Did A Commendable Job With His Part.

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ANYWAY, My Peeps…

…If You’re A Fan Of Those Classic Noir Dramas…

…You Really Really REALLY Need To Check-Out…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…As It’s One Of The Very VERY Best BEST Of The Genera.

I’ve Recommended It To Many People And Have Yet To Get A Word Of Flack Back On It.

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Most Movie Buffs Pride Themselves On Having Seen…

CITIZEN KANE

…And Rightly So.

It’s A Classic Among The Great Classics.

BUT…

…If You Really Want To Impress ME…

…I’d Much Rather Hear You Say You’ve Taken The Time To Kick-It-Back With…

TOUCH OF EVIL

Period Period Period.

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“THE DRIVER” (1978) Is Superior To “DRIVE” (2011). Period.

Alright, My Peeps…

…How Many Of Y’all Honestly Knew This Flick…

THE DRIVER

…Even Existed?!

One.

Two.

Three.

Hmm.

Not Too Many Of Y’all.

M’Kay.

That’s What I Figured.

So I’m Guessing It (likely) Doesn’t Shock You That The Same Flick Was Made 30+ Years Prior To The 2011 Fan-Fave…

…Only Made BETTER?!

Well…

…Ya Know…

…That’s Why I’m Here.

I’m Here To Educate, My Peeps.

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THE DRIVER

…Stars…

RYAN O’NEAL

(in the best on-screen role of his career, without question)

…As…

THE DRIVER

…And…

BRUCE DERN

(in one of his best roles, also)

…As…

THE DETECTIVE

…AND…

…It Was Written And Directed By…

WALTER HILL

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Now, I’ll Be Blunt, My Peeps…

…We Are Talkin’…

…BALLZ To Da WALLZ…

…HIGH-OCTANE…

…SUPER-DUPER-FAST…

…WHITE-KNUCKLE…

…ACTION-ACTION-ACTION.

Period.

You Think You’ve Seen Amazing Car-Chases?!

You Haven’t Seen Anything, My Peeps!!

THE DRIVER

…Makes…

DRIVE

…Look Like…

…Well…

DRIVE

…Only…

THE DRIVER

…Is BETTER!!!

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THE DRIVER

…Is…

AMAZINGLY AWESOME AWESOME!!!

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I Love A Good Crime-Drama…

…Especially 1970s Crime-Dramas…

…And…

THE DRIVER

…Is One Of The Very VERY Best!!!

Tough.

Gritty.

Relentless.

It’s A Helluva Fun Flick All The Way Around!

So What’s Gonna Happen?

Will “THE DRIVER” Make His Getaway?!

…Or…

Will “THE DETECTIVE” Nab His Criminal?!

I’m Afraid You’re Just Going To Have To Watch And See, My Peeps!!

What I Will Tell You Is This…

…Either Way It Goes…

…You’ll Have Plenty Of Fun Finding Out!!!

Fo SHO, My Peeps!!!

Fo SHO, INDEED!!!

I’d Tell You More…

…I Mean…

…I’d Like To…

…But I’m Trying To Watch It As We Speak!!!

Guess You Could Say I Needed A Quick Pick-Me-Up…

…Ya Know…

…A Regular Jolt Of Energy.

THE DRIVER

…Does Exactly That!!!

I’ll Holla At Y’all More After It’s Over.

Of That, You Can Feel Assured.

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