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Liberace Easter Special This is from the 1950s. Not as extravagant as he later became. An interesting watch.

 

Target Earth Earth gets invaded by Venus and a city is evacuated leaving several people behind who don't know what has happened. And one of them is an escaped murderer.

 

The Hostage Central American Revolutionaries kidnap the daughter of the President in order to stop him executing one of their own.

 

Passport to Treason An American detective in London tries to find out who killed a friend and why. Lois Maxwell of Bond fame stars.

 

Man in the Sky A pilot tries to land a plane after the rest of the crew bail out. The company's future depends on the plane so he decides to stay and try and land it.

 

Serena A woman is murdered by a shotgun blast to the face. An artist is brought in for questioning as it is his ex-wife who was killed but then she appears so who was killed ? Honor Blackman stars.

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Farewell my Lovely This is the Murder My Sweet film version from 1944. The dialogue runs wonderfully in this. Worth a look if you have never seen it. Stars Dick Powell. Better than the 1975 Robert Mitchum version.

 

The Pursuers After Eichmann's arrest Jewish survivors step up the hunt for other targets and go after an ex-commandant in London.

 

The Man Inside Jack Palance is an insurance investigator trying to catch a thief who stole a diamond and fled abroad. Nigel Patrick is the thief. Anita Ekberg also stars before her star turn in La Dolce Vita

 

The Mysterious Mr Davis A man invents a partner in order to improve his lot but others are out to get him

 

The Mysterious Mr Nicholson A solicitor's clerk runs into a stranger before finding the dead body of a client. She also runs into his double who wants to clear his name

 

The Lost Moment This is based on the Aspern Papers as a publisher looks for letters from a famous poet which his former lover (now over 100) may still hold.

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Port of Escape Two seamen hide out on a boat after killing someone in self defence.

 

Jazz Boat A guy gets caught out when he pretends to be a well known cat burglar as toughs want him to help raid a place.

 

Spring in Park Lane A lord masquerades as a footman as he tries to raise money to return to America and reclaim art he failed to sell.

 

Nurse Edith Cavell A British nurse helps Belgians and British soldiers escape from occupied Belgium. Based on the true story of the nurse executed by the Germans in late 1915.

 

Mark of the Phoenix Iron Curtain agents try to get a metal sample to Berlin after stealing it in Belgium. Anton Diffring stars as a police investigator but the main star is unknown today.

 

Jet Storm An engineer whose daughter was killed by a hit and run driver plants a bomb on a plane in order to get the hit and run driver. Richard Attenborough and Stanley Baker star

 

The Innocents I had heard about this film and it is creepy as a governess comes to look after two young children who may be possessed by the spirits of two previous members of staff. Wonderful. 

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Lost Girl Season 1. A succubus discovers what she is and that light and dark fae exist. It is curiously uninvolving, Grimm is better.

 

Vikings Season 2. The vikings return to Britain and end up in Wessex instead. Athaelstan  is captured and released by the king. He becomes useful to both sides. Ragnar takes Princess Aslaug as his second wife causing Lagertha and his son to leave him. Jarl Borg takes over Ragnar's village but is taken down by Ragnar and a returning Lagaertha. The Blood Eagle is performed on Borg. Ragnar also has problems with King Horik. Very enjoyable.

 

Great Day in the Morning Robert Stack clashes with Raymond Burr in Denver as the Civil War begins.

 

Dr Strange Finally got to see this. Mads is genuinely creepy and the Inception style effects are really good.

 

Educating Rita A working class girl enrolls on a literature course in order to better her life despite her father and boyfriend believing she should settle down and have children. Julie Walters and Michael Caine star.

 

See No Evil Mia Farrow is a newly blinded woman who ind her relations slain and the has to get away from the killer who returns to retrieve a missing bracelet

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Bedazzled Dudley Moore is a cook who is tempted by the Devil (Peter Cook) as he tries to get the waitress in the cafe where they both work. Raquel Welch makes an appearance as Lust.

 

The Looking Glass War An agent recruits a Polish seaman to find out about East German rockets but it goes wrong.

 

Revolution This is the Al Pacino film about the American War of Independence. Donald Sutherland also stars. It was made locally, to me, for some scenes. It just did not grab you.

 

Inside Llewyn Davis a folk singer has a rotten time in New York. A Cohen brothers film.

 

The Passenger Jack Nicholsen is a journalist in the 70s who swaps his identity with a deceased business man in Africa and gets drawn into the latter's life while evading his wife and friends. Made by the Italian director Antonioni.

 

The Deep Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bsset and Nick Nolte in a diving adventure in the Caribbean. It is still good although the voodoo attack on Bisset might be cut today. 

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5 hours ago, death tribble said:

Bedazzled Dudley Moore is a cook who is tempted by the Devil (Peter Cook) as he tries to get the waitress in the cafe where they both work. Raquel Welch makes an appearance as Lust.

 

So, pretty much typecasting for Raquel, as she pretty much embodied Lust for an entire generation, mine included.

I liked both versions and thought they were both well done.

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14 hours ago, death tribble said:

The Innocents I had heard about this film and it is creepy as a governess comes to look after two young children who may be possessed by the spirits of two previous members of staff. Wonderful. 

 

Deborah Kerr? 

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Jackie Chan Presents Amnesia. Bike Courier witnesses a murder, is forced off the road, suffers a blow that gives him face blindness. He is forced into figuring out what's going on without knowing who to trust, or recognizing them

CES  

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On 5/15/2019 at 7:48 PM, Cassandra said:

Groundhog Day. 

 

Seemed familiar.

 

On 5/16/2019 at 7:11 PM, Cassandra said:

Groundhog Day.

 

Seemed familiar.

We saw what you did there. Bad Cassandra ! No biscuit !

 

Operation Avalanche Two CIA operatives infiltrate NASA looking for a Soviet mole but find themselves fixing footage of the Moon landing so that the Apollo 11 astronauts are not killed. This is a found footage film

 

The Pirates of Blood River Kerwin Mathews battles Christopher Lee in this Hammer horror film as pirates battle Huguenot refugees.

 

Oklahoma Crude Faye Dunaway battles to keep an oil rig out of the hands of the oil companies represented by Jack Palance. George C Scott tries to play both sides.

 

Virgin Witch Two sisters run away from home and become involved in a witch's coven, which is not black magic but does involve sex.

 

Embrace of the Serpent A dual narrative film shot in black and white. A shaman is asked to help a German explorer by finding a rare plant which will keep him alive. Thirty years later the same shaman now an old man is contacted by an American looking to find the same plant as it will help rubber supplies.

 

The Last Kiss Good Night Geena Davis is an amnesiac secret agent trying to find out what happened to her some years previously. Samuel L Jackson co-stars  

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