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Posted on the 16 July 2014 by Georgewhite @georgew28573812
To Be Or Not To Be (1983)
I actually liked this Mel Brooks, written, starring, produced but not directed film, although I felt somehow that it ended too short, with the cast landing in London, thinking they're in occupied territory, while Brooks is dressed as Hitler. A good cast, Anne Bancroft as Brooks' wife, as she was in reality, Charles Durning as the Nazi Erhardt, Christopher Lloyd as a cadaverous Gestapo man, José  Ferrer, Tim Matheson and others. The British scenes are actually quite convincing.
Nightmare at Noon  (1988)
Greek entrepreneur and exploitation maker Nico Mastorakis makes this Crazies rehash. With a typical B-cast, Bo Hopkins, Brion James and Wings Hauser, and the mighty George Kennedy, who looks like he is constipated, while he fires a gun. Music by current Oscars magnet Hans Zimmer and British composer/Deer Hunter bloke/Pete Walker regular/ex-Dr. Who incidental music composer Stanley Myers. Some white-haired albino bloke and his private army cause a deadly chemical to pour in, causing country music-loving hillbillies to go mad. A lot of explosions and stuff, but I realize (with this, Paul WS Anderson's Roger Corman-distributed film Shopping (fabulous for a 1990s Roger Corman/Concorde/New Horizons/New Concorde film, with Jude Law in an early lead, but middling otherwise) and US SEALS 2, a Nu Image actioner) that I'm not really into DTV shite as much as I thought.
Suburbia (1983)
Roger Corman-produced film from Penny Spheris, who was the lady who did Wayne's World. It's about punk. There's not much in it, bar a punk version of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" on the soundtrack. I'm not an LA punk, and it didn't appeal to me.
Le Mans (1971)
Telly direcotr Lee H Katzin (Mission Impossible, and even the Space 1999 pilot) does Steve McQueen as a racer. 4th billed is oddly out of place British character vet and Dr. Who guest star par excellence Ronald Leigh Hunt, a man whose other roles were often "Man in Rugby Crowd", as he in the Omen. Lovely French photography. Torso's Luc Merenda and Alien Contamination and ITC-produced war movie regular Siegfried Rauch appear to give Eurocult cred.
The Beach (1999)
Much Hyped, Much Rubbish.
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1971)
Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine as a nun (or is she?) star in Don Siegel's (but written by Budd Boetticher) faux-spaghetti western (or as I like to call them, Spaghetti Hoops Westerns), with Spanish-type Mexican locations and a bona fide Morricone score full of choral singing and stuff and (SPOILERS) seemingly supposed to start a franchise of sorts. It didn't, but there's great scenery/photography to savour.

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