Blood Money (1933) – 125

Blood Money (1933)

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Blood Money (1933). This is my first go at an honest to goodness pre-code movie. I was telling one of my co-workers about this film and after a bit, she said when do the rabbits come in? I was pretty confused until she told me she thought the title was Blood Bunny.

I am pretty excited to record this podcast for two reasons: 1) We all survived Hurricane Irma, and 2) I have wanted to do it ever since I was researching Episode 42 – I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and I heard Frances Dee’s quote about a friend admonished her for playing a prostitute in Blood …

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Nuclear Attack Senarios from WarGames 1983

All Nuclear Attack Senarios from WarGames 1983

Nuclear Attack Senarios from WarGames 1983

I just finished listening to Ready Player One 2011 and it was great. It reminded me of one of my favorite movies, WarGame (1983). Of course, I began to wonder about all Nuclear Attack Senarios from WarGames 1983 in the famouse last scene. I had never taken the time to watch it all in slo-mo to get the names. But plenty of people have. So, I collected the list so you could remember this great movie. It you want to see a list of all of the movies mentioned in Ready Player One, take a look here.

  • U.S. First Strike
  • USSR First Strike
  • NATO / Warsaw Pact
  • Far East Strategy
  • Us USSR Escalation
  • Middle East War
  • USSR China Attack
  • India Pakistan War
  • Mediterranean War
  • Hongkong Variant
  • SEATO Decapitating
  • Cuban Provocation
  • Atlantic Heavy
  • Cuban Paramilitary
  • Nicaraguan Preemptive
  • Pacific Territorial
  • Burmese Theaterwide
  • Turkish Decoy
  • Argentina Escalation
  • Iceland Maximum
  • Arabian Theaterwide
  • S. Subversion
  • Australian Maneuver
  • Sudan Surprise
  • Nato Territorial
  • Zaire Alliance
  • Iceland …

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Shield for Murder (1954) – 124

Shield for Murder (1954)

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is Shield for Murder (1954) and it is badass. Edmond O’Brien is amazing as a bad guy. Director Howard W. Koch managed a bunch of really tough guys and beautiful dolls in this late Film Noir. I was amazed that movies this good are just floating around out in the inter-webs.

I’ll stop gushing. We have quite a few show veterans so I’ll get going with them.

Actors

Returning

As I have already mentioned, the great actor Edmond O’Brien plays Detective Lt. Barney Nolan. O’Brien was first mentioned in Episode 30 – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962).

John Agar, a part of the John Wayne group was cast …

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Crime of Passion (1957) – 123

Crime of Passion (1957)

 

 

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Today’s movie is Crime of Passion (1957). This classic Film Noir was directed by Gerd Oswald. It has an amazing cast featuring Barbara Stanwyck, Raymond Burr, Sterling Hayden, and King Kong’s love interest Fay Wray.

Eddie Muller in his intro to this film for Noir City called it a proto-feminist film where boredom drives a housewife to murder. But I think it was more blind ambition.

One of my favorite things about this movie is that it is a very different story. The plot is different and takes the viewer down an unexpected path. Okay, let’s jump right into the veteran actors.

Actors

Returning

Barbara Stanwyck …

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Ready Player One (2018) Movies

Ready Player One (2018)

I just finished reading, well really listing to “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline and I must say I found it very enjoyable. While I didn’t quite grow up in 1980’s I did go to college then and I spent a lot of time watching TV and movies. I wanted to see how many of these movies I had reviewed and sadly not many. I will have to correct that.

I downloaded a list of movies mentioned in “Ready Player One” and have it in a table below with links to iMDB or my site as appropriate. Take a look at the list and remember a fun time. Also, read the book while we wait for the movie to come out in 2018.

Amazon describes the book as follows:

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut – part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where …

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) – 122

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

 

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). It is the fifth and final of the original PoA series. And in my humble opinion, it is by far the worst.

We have a number of show veterans and a couple of big stars to report on. So, let’s get going.

Actors

Returning

Roddy McDowall continued his role as Caesar from the previous movie and was shown as Cornelius in clips from earlier movies. McDowall was first covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968).

Natalie Trundy reprised her role as chimp Lisa from the previous movie. Trundy was covered in Episode 119 – Beneath …

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) – 121

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

 

 

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Today’s movie is Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). This movie is the fourth in original series and by my rating is 3rd out of the original 5. The mask quality continued to go down and I expected to see apes with plastic Halloween masks with the white elastic string in the back. This movie, in fact, had the lowest budget of any of the original five films.

This movie played heavily on the Civil Rights struggle that was still in full swing at the time of the movie. The movie has a strong anti-slavery message. It was also the most violent of the five movies with about …

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) – 120

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971). This movie is the third of the original series and in my opinion, it is the second best preceded by the original. This movie didn’t receive any big awards or feature prominently on any lists. So, with that, let’s jump into the actors, many of whom are show veterans.

Actors

Returning

Roddy McDowall returned as Cornelius. McDowall was covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968).

Kim Hunter also returned as Zira. Hunter was covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968).

M. Emmet Walsh played a military aide and actually got a few laughs. …

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) – 119

 

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Today’s movie is Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). This movie followed the original two years later. Based on my youthful remembrances, this movie should rank four out of the original five. Fox studios gave this movie 2.5 million, which is half the amount paid for the original. Director Tom Post, with his television background, was able to cut the cost. However, the ape masks suffered.

Actors

Returning

Kim Hunter as chimpanzee doctor Zira, Maurice Evans as orangutan religious leader Dr. Zaius, and mute human Linda Harrison as Nova all returned for this movie and all three were covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968).

Charlton Heston …

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Planet of the Apes (1968) – 118

Planet of the Apes (1968)

 

Welcome to today’s show, Planet of the Apes (1968), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is Planet of the Apes (1968). Because of where I grew up, I missed the summer of love. But I lived through a time from 1968 to 1973 where five, count um, five “Planet of the Apes” movies came out. Of course, they got progressively worse, but that not the point. How often do you get to see a movie and its’ four sequels over a six year period? I’m still waiting to catch the last of those mocking-whatever movies.

Anyway, these movies represent a pretty exciting jump in the Sci-fi genre. The premise is not so much evolution or devolution, but role reversal. An …

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Songwriter (1984) – 117

Songwriter (1984)

 

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Today’s movie is Songwriter (1984). This movie is romping stomping Texas sized comedy with a country music soundtrack that is hard to beat. It’s also funny as heck.

So, let’ jump right into the actors, with only two show veterans.

Actors

Returning

Melinda Dillon played Honey Carder, the loving ex-wife of Doc Jenkins (Willie Nelson). Dillion was covered in Episode 95 – A Christmas Story (1983).

Rip Torn was about the best I have ever seen him as Dino McLeish, a small-time promoter. Torn was covered in Episode 26 – Time Limit (1957).

New

Well, this guy, even though he’s got almost 50 credits, I’m not going to call him …

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Wild in the Streets (1968) – 116

Wild in the Streets (1968)

 

Welcome to today’s show, Wild in the Streets (1968), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is Wild in the Streets (1968). This movie is part of the counter-culture narrative and plays heavily on the oft-quoted “Never trust anyone over 30.” I guess the young people were being sent to Vietnam and may have had justification for the way the felt. You could not vote or drink at 18 but you sure could be drafted. This counter-culture theme was explored a little with Vanishing Point (1971), Logan’s Run (1976), and some other films in a future podcast.

The timeframe of the movie was 1968 to 1969. In the movie, the Republican presidential candidate defeats the Democratic incumbent, which at the time …

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The Blue Gardenia (1953) – 115

The Blue Gardenia (1953)

 

Welcome to today’s show, The Blue Gardenia (1953), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is The Blue Gardenia (1953). Eddie Muller of Noir Alley said that viewers are divided into two camps concerning this Fritz Lang directed the film. The first group said it is a hidden masterpiece of his career while the second group thinks it is a throw away done for a paycheck. I am clearly in the second group. I wanted to like this movie very much with stars Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, and Raymond Burr. Not so much. It even had Superman George Reeves as a detective. It should have been great. However, there were truck size holes in the plot and the killer was obvious from the …

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