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The film streaming service from TCM & Criterion Collection goes live in 13 days — October 19th.
$6.99/month for the basic service, $10.99/month (or $99/year) for Filmstruck + Criterion Channel

Who's in?

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:03 (seven years ago) link

looks good that they have the commentaries, extras etc of Criterion discs, or at least some of that kind of content. i hope this won't mean the end of the Criterion blu rays. i'm expecting 'that market' will always want the 36 page books and fancy packaging and such. i know i will.

piscesx, Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:27 (seven years ago) link

I'm in.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:29 (seven years ago) link

i wonder why the TCM lot and the Criterion gang decided to get into bed together. i mean Criterion doesn't seem like an obvious match for Ted 'Colourization' Turner.

piscesx, Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:30 (seven years ago) link

Turner hasn't been involved in years...? TCM is a pretty good channel. Have they ever shown a colorized film?

Cons: US only, no Roku support at launch, extreme vagueness (how many films? "HUNDREDS of films!")

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:37 (seven years ago) link

But I'll sign up, at least for a few months.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:37 (seven years ago) link

I'll wait to start until Criterion joins up in November. I'll drop the $99 for their catalog alone.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 6 October 2016 14:44 (seven years ago) link

Criterion won't be available from day 1? I hadn't heard that part.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Thursday, 6 October 2016 14:49 (seven years ago) link

Yet no one posts on my Fandor thread

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 6 October 2016 15:13 (seven years ago) link

November 11th for Criterion. They have to wait for the Hulu deal to expire.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 6 October 2016 15:15 (seven years ago) link

Not bad, if you do the $99 once-a-year payment, it's about $20 cheaper than a year of Netflix. Is there any way to browse the TCM catalog at the moment?

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 6 October 2016 15:25 (seven years ago) link

On their FB page they said Criterion will be available at launch.

I want to sign up but my two devices (Nvidia Shield TV and XB1) aren't supported.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 6 October 2016 16:35 (seven years ago) link

I went by this press release that says the 1th of November.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 6 October 2016 18:13 (seven years ago) link

Been reading a lot of information on the website and elsewhere, but haven't seen anything that says the TCM movies will also be part of the package. I have a nagging feeling that they're not. Also wonder if the Criterion movies will be available in 1080, instead of the 720 now on Hulu.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 6 October 2016 18:17 (seven years ago) link

I don't think everything on nightly at TCM will be on there but a selection of TCM-sequel films.

I'm going to guess it will be like Mubi with a larger rotating library plus Criterion.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 6 October 2016 18:45 (seven years ago) link


Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 6 October 2016 18:46 (seven years ago) link

yeah, TCM's tweet that filmstruck "will focus on indie, foreign & cult titles, not Old Hollywood. Some limited titles, not many" considerably dampened my enthusiasm.

intheblanks, Friday, 7 October 2016 04:41 (seven years ago) link

my guess is milo z otm re: criterion plus larger mubi. Which is cool, but not the turner library plus janus library nearly nonstop excellence that i had prematurely imagined

intheblanks, Friday, 7 October 2016 04:46 (seven years ago) link

I have a Hulu subscription and honestly never watched a single Criterion title. The ones I want, I just buy.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 7 October 2016 11:00 (seven years ago) link

I was excited when I thought this was gonna be criterion + old Hollywood tcm stuff. The latter element was critical for me. If it's criterion + buffet of other stuff then no.

look at the morning people (Jon not Jon), Friday, 7 October 2016 11:18 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, that's a bummer. I figured $99 was a no brainer but if it's Criterion plus some random rotating films I don't know.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 7 October 2016 13:53 (seven years ago) link

basically i would pay... let's see... $15 a month for some reasonable fascimile of access to TCM's programming without having to have fucking cable tv

look at the morning people (Jon not Jon), Friday, 7 October 2016 13:55 (seven years ago) link

aw man. I too was pretty stoked for the TCM+Criterion version of this.

DOCTOR CAISNO, BYCREATIVELABBUS (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 October 2016 13:59 (seven years ago) link

This weird in-between time where the biggest events still happen on old-fashioned cable TV, the "prestige" TEH DISCOURSE TV shows are on Netflix, film is either exploded across multiple competing streaming services or iTunes rental downloads that disappear after 24 hours or totally unavailable, video stores are rare — is totally excruciating.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 7 October 2016 14:04 (seven years ago) link

whiney otm, i feel a deep nostalgia for, like, 2008-2010, when a full decade of DVD production had led to lot of foreign/classic/arthouse stuff to be available, and Netflix was still in the business of providing just about any DVD that got produced.

intheblanks, Friday, 7 October 2016 16:00 (seven years ago) link

Like, the fact that we let this happen is ridiculous:

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 7 October 2016 16:04 (seven years ago) link

maybe i just wasn't reading the early filmstruck announcements carefully, but it seems like everyone i know was expecting it to have a major focus on classic hollywood, given tcm's involvement. My guess is that getting streaming rights to that old hollywood stuff is probably just insanely complicated and, from a business perspective, not worth the investment of time and resources. Still disappointing though.

intheblanks, Friday, 7 October 2016 16:06 (seven years ago) link

I've never watched any Criterions on Hulu but that's because their interface is such a disaster - you don't know what's streaming in HD, there's no easy way to sort the entire Criterion list, etc. Higher hopes for this, though I'm a lot less inclined toward a burning need to watch Truffaut than when I was 23.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 7 October 2016 16:30 (seven years ago) link

Their interface/searching/tagging/credits is all pretty awful in comparison to Netflix and even Amazon Prime. That said, damn I'm gonna have to rush out some screenings before they leave. Better get Lady Snowblood queued up.

Nhex, Friday, 7 October 2016 17:17 (seven years ago) link

The FAQ has changed to specify that only 4th-gen Apple TV will support this, so me and my 3rd-gen box are out of luck. I'll have to load a film on my iMac and push it to the tv with Airplay.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Friday, 7 October 2016 20:25 (seven years ago) link

With airplay/casting, does it make a difference if you're casting from a phone vs. a computer?

Nhex, Friday, 7 October 2016 20:34 (seven years ago) link

(I think my Apple TV is second generation...)

Nhex, Friday, 7 October 2016 20:34 (seven years ago) link

I honestly don't know. That time David Lynch cussed traumatized me so bad I've never tried watching film or video on my phone.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Friday, 7 October 2016 20:39 (seven years ago) link

sad trombone

Hello film fans:

We want to share some news that the launch of FilmStruck is delayed until November as we work to complete a seamless and easy registration process for subscribers.

Just like the final stages of completing a film, this additional time will allow us to put the finishing touches on FilmStruck in order to bring you a premium service with beautifully curated content and the largest streaming library of world-renowned arthouse, indie, cult and foreign films. Rest assured, we're working hard to bring you the high-quality streaming movie service you've been waiting for.

Thank you for both your patience and your enthusiastic interest in FilmStruck.

The FilmStruck Team

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:47 (seven years ago) link

At this point they should wait until the Hulu contract for the Criterions expires.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:51 (seven years ago) link

Yep. I wasn't planning on starting any free trial until everything was available.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:58 (seven years ago) link

Looks like the Criterions are up with an 11-day overlap with Hulu. Seeing a lot of fussing on the Facebook page about errors while setting up payment.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 16:34 (seven years ago) link

Anyone start using this yet? Any thoughts (apart from the still unavailable (?) Criterions?

Federico Boswarlos, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 00:29 (seven years ago) link

I'm in, just getting the apps installed now. I need a tivo app! Apple and Amazon will do for now.

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 01:21 (seven years ago) link

Sound like it's worth waiting a few weeks for them to get all the bugs worked out

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 01:24 (seven years ago) link

Not available on Roku til Jan so nope for a while. Also copy on their site suggested that virtually all Criterions wd be available but several that I've searched for are not (incl All That Jazz, ugh)

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 01:27 (seven years ago) link

They have someone responding to comments on Facebook, putting on the shiny happy face but being really vague with specific questions.

Some Guy Named Dave: Your Criterion selection seems to be quite limited. Are you ever going to offer the same number of Criterion titles as Hulu - over 900?

FilmStruck: Hi Dave, on the #CriterionChannel side you will find the largest selection of Criterion releases available to stream

Me: That doesn't really answer the question that was asked...

FilmStruck: #CriterionChannel has the largest Criterion selection available streaming, more than was ever available elsewhere.

Me: Ozu on Hulu: 30 features, 2 shorts and a trailer
Ozu on Filmstruck: looks like 18 features

Filmstruck: (crickets)

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 01:41 (seven years ago) link

Huh, why would it have less than Hulu does? That doesn't make any sense to me. I did notice through a cursory search that they had at least two titles not on Hulu (Godard's Every Man for Himself and Yang's A Brighter Summer Day), so I was hopeful that maybe it had more than Hulu.

intheblanks, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 02:14 (seven years ago) link

It doesn't have all the Oshima titles that are currently on Hulu either

intheblanks, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 02:15 (seven years ago) link

I'm hoping they're still loading up the buffet table. They have quite a few things that aren't on Hulu -- Blood Simple, that JFK documentary stuff. They got The Killing of a Chinese Bookie back, which disappeared from Hulu a year or more ago.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 02:19 (seven years ago) link

I'm hopeful too, though the way filmstruck has been marketed and rolled out has dampened my expectations all around

intheblanks, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 02:22 (seven years ago) link

Even Criterion doesn't have the rights to all the Criterions anymore

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 03:05 (seven years ago) link

yeah, otm, and i'm sure there are a number of criterions that got dvd release, but where they never had streaming rights. the more i search around on filmstruck the more i think that WilliamC is probably right that they're still adding movies to the service.

intheblanks, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 03:10 (seven years ago) link

hm. no amazon app even!

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 16:49 (seven years ago) link

TBF, this is the day where they're going nuts with the press.

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 November 2016 17:38 (seven years ago) link

The talented star of that one, Laird Cregar, died shortly before the film came out from a dangerous crash diet he undertook for the role.

Chris L, Monday, 21 August 2023 22:56 (three months ago) link

Dangerous crash diet?

Ansible Dave’s Killer Breadboard (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 August 2023 22:57 (three months ago) link

Yeah, including amphetamines.

Chris L, Monday, 21 August 2023 22:59 (three months ago) link


Ansible Dave’s Killer Breadboard (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 August 2023 23:01 (three months ago) link

Hal Hartley!!! oh man i have been wanting to see trust and the unbelievable truth again for ages. can never find them streaming or on dvd. they are showing all his movies! throwing a bone to us gen x grumps.

scott seward, Friday, 1 September 2023 18:05 (three months ago) link

Hangover Square is a good one. i always like a good "during my blackouts i'm a murderer" story, and this one is elevated by the setting and the fiery conclusion (and the fiery disposal of one victim.) SPOILER as soon as i realized he was going to dispose of Netta by disguising her body as a Guy Fawkes effigy and sticking her atop the pyre i was impressed the film was going to go there. That ending is quite something, a real cataclysm. I don't know how well-regarded the film is overall, the wiki seems to suggest it was regarded dismissively, but i think it's very good.

omar little, Tuesday, 5 September 2023 18:50 (three months ago) link

I'm going to watch Massacre at Central High for the first time.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 September 2023 18:53 (three months ago) link

FINALLY watches Sorcerer. It was good. A nice relaxing movie. Didn't have that infuriating ending that Wages of Fear did. Had a different one, but I was glad.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 6 September 2023 04:33 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Love that they're slipping The Devil, Probably into horror month.

Chris L, Monday, 25 September 2023 22:09 (two months ago) link

I've been curious about Paul Morrissey's Frank/Drac films for years, glad I'll finally get a chance to see them.

I Wanna Find an ILXor That'll Flag My Last Post Till I Have To Go (WmC), Monday, 25 September 2023 23:55 (two months ago) link

Unfriended is a terrible movie.

formerly abanana (dat), Tuesday, 26 September 2023 12:01 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

gonna start in on some Linda Darnell films this week. She was mesmerizing in Hangover Square, just such a vicious and alive performance.

omar little, Wednesday, 11 October 2023 18:40 (one month ago) link

Fallen angel is p good

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 11 October 2023 18:52 (one month ago) link

3 wives of course

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 11 October 2023 18:52 (one month ago) link

She’s usually very good, despite her alleged and not totally surprising insecurity. At one point it seemed like maybe she was only remembered for My Darling Clementine and her horrible death.

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 11 October 2023 18:55 (one month ago) link

Forever Amber worth watching also for George Sanders as the king with his entourage of dogs following him around and telling them “Come children!”

Dose of Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 11 October 2023 19:05 (one month ago) link

Wow that was Sanders? It's been so long since I've seen that I'd forgotten that!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 October 2023 19:07 (one month ago) link

She's great in Summer Storm

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 11 October 2023 22:22 (one month ago) link

She’s great on What’s My Line?

Smike and Pmith (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 October 2023 01:07 (one month ago) link

Also I just found a recent audiobook of BBC radio productions of Patrick Hamilton plays that looks really intriguing.

Smike and Pmith (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 October 2023 01:09 (one month ago) link

Still kind of enjoying my teenage favorite "Dark City"

ian, Thursday, 12 October 2023 01:24 (one month ago) link

That’s a good one. I believe Roger Ebert once did a shot-by-shot analysis.

Smike and Pmith (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 October 2023 02:36 (one month ago) link

Linda Darnelll's birthday today, according to Criterion.

Smike and Pmith (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:12 (one month ago) link

Linda Darnell even

Smike and Pmith (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:12 (one month ago) link

Catching up on Kay Francis before those films leave. I was totally charmed by everything about One Way Passage.

Large, Complex, Detailed but Irrefutable POST (Dan Peterson), Saturday, 21 October 2023 15:12 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

December 2023 additions, arriving a few days earlier than usual:

that's when I reach for my copy of Revolver (WmC), Tuesday, 14 November 2023 04:05 (three weeks ago) link

Wow...I apparently missed the news that 140 minutes (!!) had been restored to Abel Gance's "La Roue" since the 2008 restoration, now making it almost 7 hours long.

ernestp, Tuesday, 14 November 2023 04:19 (three weeks ago) link

I can’t even.

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 16 November 2023 06:54 (three weeks ago) link

(xpost) Oh god--it's a key work of poetic realism, but when I watched the 2008 restoration I had to fast-forward to not give up halfway through.

Infanta Terrible (, Thursday, 16 November 2023 14:59 (three weeks ago) link

Hahaha I honestly appreciate the feedback - I loved loved loved Gance's "Napoleon" (although it was the 4-hour edit, with the Coppola soundtrack...this was like 15 years ago) but come to think of it, I did nod off at least once. I haven't actually seen "La Roue" yet but started watching "La Fin du monde" ("The End of the World") recently, which is REALLY REALLY SLOW so far (put me to sleep after 30 min.)

Relatedly, I had a hunch that Guy Maddin took a bit of inspiration from that for his short film "The Heart of the World" - this interview (translated from French) from 2015 confirms it (and also discusses "La Roue" ("The Wheel"):

GM: That's why I made my own adaptations of Gance, based on The Wheel and The End of the World- -(Odilon Redon- -The Heart of the World) I thought they were lost...

AND: They are: The End of the World was butchered, Gance did not edit it and completely disowned it. It's more of a document of what the project was supposed to be, and it had to be all the more than just a film - as always with him. The Wheel is not lost but there are so many versions that we no longer know what the original cut looks like.

GM: I have a 4-hour version of it. What else was it supposed to be, The End of the World?

AND: A global mystical cinema company.

ernestp, Saturday, 18 November 2023 18:18 (three weeks ago) link

Had to notice that Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky is streaming on the channel. Could we possibly be blessed with a future Criterion disc release, following the same pattern as Last Hurray for Chivalry and Heroic Trio/Executioners???

Nhex, Tuesday, 28 November 2023 14:10 (one week ago) link

been trying to sneak in some "gaslit noir" films before they leave:

Moss Rose
Ladies in Retirement

The above is in descending order of preference.

Dragonwyck is pretty great imo, a wildly goth melodrama w/the sinisterly suave Vincent Price as the latest in a long family line of mildly tyrannical upstate NY patroons who owns the title estate, and the luminously misguided Gene Tierney (the character is misguided) as a country girl from a religious family who is invited to live at the estate, falls for him, and seems to miss multiple red flags along the way, including the first act fate of his gluttonous wife. It's got a dash of the supernatural a la The Uninvited, though whether it's madness or an actual haunting is left unresolved. Joseph Mankiewicz directed it, and does a pretty solid job of things. Some excellent support from Walter Huston, Jessica Tandy, Glenn Langan, Anne Revere, and Spring Byington (as one of Dragonwyck's servants, whose early extremely on-point warnings to Tierney go thoroughly unexamined.)

Moss Rose is a bit less great but still very good. It bears some superficial resemblance to Dragonwyck, with Peggy Cummins playing an Irish girl in London of slightly ill repute whose friend is murdered, and she blackmails the man she thinks murdered her (Victor Mature) into letting her live the high life at his family estate somewhere in the English country. Like Dragonwyck, things get sinister there, and she falls for the guy. It looks good, but the big problem is Victor Mature's character is just a big lunkhead, very miscast, and it's hard to believe him in the role, let alone as someone Peggy Cummins would fall for. He tries, but no. But Cummins is quite legitimately incredible, just a real force of nature performance, the smallest person onscreen at any given moment but believably fearless to the point that you don't question why she's putting herself in a seemingly vulnerable situation. This one also has Vincent Price in it, playing a police detective investigating the murder, and he's put to good use here as a more heroic figure. Ethel Barrymore is Mature's increasingly scary and possessive mother.

Ladies in Retirement is good enough, another "remote country home" noir, mostly worth watching for the college-age Ida Lupino playing a matronly housekeeper supposedly in her forties, whose sketchy nephew in the film is played by her real-life husband at the time (Louis Hayward). Lupino's Ellen Creed has two very annoying but harmlessly insane sisters whom, in order to save from being committed, she invites to stay at the home. The home is owned by a retired former entertainer, Leonora (played by Isobel Elsom.) Leonora comes to regret allowing the sisters to stay for a couple days (because it eventually stretches out to a couple months), and orders the sisters *and* Ellen to leave, which she also eventually regrets. Lupino is excellent, and there are some beautiful visuals of the foggy moors (i presume they're the moors), some bonus nosey nuns, and the fine use of a bread oven as a tomb.

the first two are based on novels, the last based on a play.

omar little, Wednesday, 29 November 2023 19:16 (one week ago) link

Are they leaving? I can’t always keep track and drive myself a little crazy at the end of every month trying to figure out which films get into the lifeboat.

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 29 November 2023 20:26 (one week ago) link

Wait AFIRE already arrived?

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 29 November 2023 20:29 (one week ago) link

Here’s the tricky part. HANGOVER SQUARE is also part of the Linda Darnell series so I thought I would have more time to watch. Guess I was misinformed.

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 29 November 2023 20:37 (one week ago) link

Screen Play by Barré Lyndon?

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 29 November 2023 20:46 (one week ago) link

hangover square starts out a little slow but has a couple of incredible sequences in the back half

na (NA), Wednesday, 29 November 2023 20:55 (one week ago) link

Opening sequence is pretty good at least.

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 29 November 2023 20:58 (one week ago) link

all three of those are going tomorrow i think and yeah Hangover Square too.

Laird Cregar is great in the latter, really sad backstory to his role in the film.

The crash diet that Cregar followed for his roles in The Lodger and Hangover Square (which included prescribed amphetamines) placed a strain on his system, resulting in severe abdominal problems. He underwent surgery at the beginning of December 1944.[51]

A few days after surgery, Cregar had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital.[54] He rallied briefly when put in an oxygen tent, but died on December 9, aged 31 years.[55]

When you see Linda Darnell in that film you can see why she was briefly a superstar.

omar little, Wednesday, 29 November 2023 21:02 (one week ago) link

Linda Darnell already in my pantheon for some of her other films.

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 29 November 2023 22:19 (one week ago) link

Who is the Ella Raines-looking actress who plays Barbara?

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 30 November 2023 01:25 (one week ago) link

Faye Marlowe, it seems. This was apparently her breakout role, as far as it goes.

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 30 November 2023 01:35 (one week ago) link

Keep waiting for George Sanders to break out in his Man Hunt German.

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 30 November 2023 01:37 (one week ago) link

She passed away only last year, and had an interesting late life:

Marlowe later worked as a writer under the name Faye Hueston. Her 2010 book "Silent Enemy" describes the effects of pesticide toxins on humans and other mammals; her 2016 book "Invisible Enemy," chronicles the effects of environmental illness caused by chemical pollution. Her autobiography, "Fanchon's Daughter," was published on July 14, 2014; in addition to recounting her life in show business, she also describes her interest in psychic phenomena.[2]

omar little, Thursday, 30 November 2023 01:39 (one week ago) link

Noticed that Doctor X is going too.

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 30 November 2023 03:05 (one week ago) link

I managed to sneak in Experiment Perilous at the end there as well. Definitely a minor Jacques Tourneur joint, primarily memorable for its atmospherics during a tense train ride in the opening scene, and in the fiery climax. Definitely worth seeing though it's not going to make anyone forget Out of the Past, Cat People, etc.

omar little, Sunday, 3 December 2023 02:21 (six days ago) link

I was disappointed in that one. Felt like reading a book.

formerly abanana (dat), Sunday, 3 December 2023 05:24 (six days ago) link

It is pretty clinical, maybe befitting the story. The three lead actors are a very mixed bag, Lukas and Brant are going through the motions,though they're not bad as much as they never catch fire and just aren't inspired. I think w/Lamarr's role her flatness is part of the character and kind of touchingly done when compared to the sunniness she shows in the flashbacks, but the best performances are by Albert Dekker and Olive Blakeney. The story doesn't get goth enough. I still think it's worth checking out but I wish I'd burned my last couple hours of gaslit noir on Ivy or one of the others.

omar little, Monday, 4 December 2023 03:28 (five days ago) link

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