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September 24, 2006

Gaslight (1944)

IMDB: Gaslight (1944)

Plot Summary: Paula's aunt Alice Alquist, a famous entertainer, is murdered in her home.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/31/06]

Posted by mark at 07:44 PM | Comments (0)

Flightplan (2005)

IMDB: Flightplan (2005)

Plot Outline: A claustrophobic, Hitchcockian thriller. A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plane.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/29/06]

Posted by mark at 07:42 PM | Comments (0)

Nick of Time (1995)

IMDB: Nick of Time (1995)

Plot Summary: Gene Watson's daughter is kidnapped. He is given a gun, and told that if he hasn't killed a specific person in one hour and fifteen minutes, his daughter will be killed.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/28/06]

Posted by mark at 07:39 PM | Comments (0)

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

IMDB: Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

Plot Summary: An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/27/06]

Posted by mark at 07:36 PM | Comments (0)

This Girl's Life (2003)

IMDB: This Girl's Life (2003)

Plot Outline: "Slice of life" take on life of international porn celebrity, Moon, and her musings on modern life, love and loss.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/27/06]

Posted by mark at 07:34 PM | Comments (0)

Brick (2005)

IMDB: Brick (2005)

Plot Outline: A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/27/06]

Posted by mark at 07:29 PM | Comments (0)

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

IMDB: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

Plot Outline: An Afro-American private detective is hired to find a woman and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/27/06]

Posted by mark at 07:28 PM | Comments (0)

Trauma (2004)

IMDB: Trauma (2004)

Plot Summary: Awaking from a coma to discover his wife has been killed in a car accident, Ben's (Colin Firth) world may as well have come to an end.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/26/06]

Posted by mark at 07:26 PM | Comments (0)

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

IMDB: Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Plot Outline: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/25/06]

Posted by mark at 07:23 PM | Comments (0)

Burden of Dreams (1982)

IMDB: Burden of Dreams (1982)

Plot Outline: A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/22/06]

Posted by mark at 07:20 PM | Comments (0)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

IMDB: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Plot Outline: A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/22/06]

Posted by mark at 07:19 PM | Comments (0)

Emperor of the North Pole (1973)

IMDB: Emperor of the North Pole (1973)

Plot Outline: The Hobos vs. Ernest Borgnine.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/21/06]

Posted by mark at 07:16 PM | Comments (0)

People Will Talk (1951)

IMDB: People Will Talk (1951)

Plot Outline: Dr. Noah Praetorius falls in love with Debra, a student who finds out that she is pregnant by her old boyfriend who recently died in combat.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/20/06]

Posted by mark at 07:14 PM | Comments (0)

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

IMDB: Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Plot Outline: The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of the Peruvian jungle.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/20/06]

Posted by mark at 07:13 PM | Comments (0)

Sorcerer (1977)

IMDB: Sorcerer (1977)

Plot Outline: A collection of international outcasts carry a very dangerous cargo across the South American mountains.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/20/06]

Posted by mark at 06:38 PM | Comments (0)

The Hill (1965)

IMDB: The Hill (1965)

Plot Outline: WWII, in a British disciplinary camp located in the Libyan desert where the prisoners are constantly persecuted by an over zealous staff sargeant.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/20/06]

Posted by mark at 06:34 PM | Comments (0)

Max (2002)

IMDB: Max (2002)

Plot Outline: A film studying the depiction of a friendship between an art dealer named Rothman and his student, Adolf Hitler.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/19/06]

Posted by mark at 06:32 PM | Comments (0)

Eye of the Needle (1981)

IMDB: Eye of the Needle (1981)

Plot Outline: A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/18/06]

Posted by mark at 06:30 PM | Comments (0)

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

IMDB: Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Plot Outline: The epic tale of child sold into slavery who grows into a man who seeks revenge against the warlord who massacred his tribe.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/16/06]

Posted by mark at 06:29 PM | Comments (0)

Fail-Safe (1964)

IMDB: Fail-Safe (1964)

Plot Outline: American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/15/06]

Posted by mark at 06:27 PM | Comments (0)

Milk Money (1994)

IMDB: Milk Money (1994)

Plot Outline: Young Frank and his pals get an idea for the ultimate in excitement. They decide to pool their savings, bicycle to the nearby Big City, and hire some woman of the streets to strip for them.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/14/06]

Posted by mark at 06:25 PM | Comments (0)

Murder, My Sweet (1944)

IMDB: Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Plot Outline: Philip Marlowe hired by Moose Malloy, a petty crook just out of prison after a seven year stretch, to look for his former girlfriend, Velma, who has not been seen for the last six years.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/14/06]

Posted by mark at 06:23 PM | Comments (0)

Syriana (2005)

IMDB: Syriana (2005)

Plot Outline: A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/13/06]

Posted by mark at 06:22 PM | Comments (0)

Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)

IMDB: Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)

Plot Summary: In a California high school, a married teacher is the athletic coach and faculty advisor. He starts to have sex flings with his female students and eventually has to kill several of the girls to keep them quiet. Based on a novel by Francis Pollini.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/13/06]

Posted by mark at 06:20 PM | Comments (0)

The Lodger (1944)

IMDB: The Lodger (1944)

Plot Summary: In late Victorian London, Jack the Ripper has been killing and maiming actresses in the night.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/12/06]

Posted by mark at 06:17 PM | Comments (0)

Ransom (1975)

IMDB: Ransom (1975)

Plot Summary: A gang of hijackers led by Ian McShane seize a British plane as it is landing in Scandinavia.

Even Sean Connery can't seem to put much oomph in this bland telling of a terrorist highjacking.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/12/06]

Posted by mark at 06:13 PM | Comments (0)

Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

IMDB: Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

Laura and Martin have been married for four years. They seem to be the perfect, happiest and most successful couple. The reality of their house-hold, however, is very different. Martin is an abusive and brutally obsessed husband. Laura is living her life in constant fear and waits for a chance to escape. She finally stages her own death, and flees to a new town and new identity. But when Martin finds out that his wife is not dead he will stop at nothing to find and kill her.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/10/06]

Posted by mark at 06:10 PM | Comments (0)

World Trade Center (2006)

IMDB: World Trade Center (2006)

Plot Outline: Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/10/06]

Posted by mark at 06:08 PM | Comments (0)

Monster House (2006)

IMDB: Monster House (2006)

Plot Outline: Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/09/06]

Posted by mark at 06:05 PM | Comments (0)

Brute Force (1947)

IMDB: Brute Force (1947)

Plot Outline: At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/08/06]

Posted by mark at 06:03 PM | Comments (0)

Fear (1996)

IMDB: Fear (1996)

Plot Outline: A 16 year old girl takes up with a charming young man who quickly shows his colors when he beats a friend simply for walking with her and then goes totally ballistic after she tries to break up with him.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/07/06]

Posted by mark at 05:58 PM | Comments (0)

Rising Sun (1993)

IMDB: Rising Sun (1993)

Plot Outline: At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/06/06]

Posted by mark at 05:57 PM | Comments (0)

Matewan (1987)

IMDB: Matewan (1987)

Plot Outline: A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.


Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/06/06]

Posted by mark at 05:56 PM | Comments (0)

One Way Passage (1932)

IMDB: One Way Passage (1932)

Plot Outline: Suave Dan Hardesty, a convicted murderer, is apprehended by Steve Burke, a police detective, in Hong Kong and accompanied on the SS Maloa headed for San Francisco. On board, Dan romances Joan Ames, a terminally ill socialite. She is unaware that his ultimate destination is San Quentin. Both realize that their time together is fleeting so they make a pact to meet at a Mexican night club on New Years Eve. When they part in San Francisco they know that the odds are against them.


Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/06/06]

Posted by mark at 05:54 PM | Comments (0)

Dante's Inferno (1935)

IMDB: Dante's Inferno (1935)

Plot Outline: Jim Carter moves in on the McWade's carnival concession which shows scenes from Dante's "Inferno". He makes it a going concern, marrying Betting along the way. An inspector calls the amusement pier unsafe but Carter bribes him. The pier collapses, leading to the inspector's suicide, injury to Pop McWade, trial for Carter, and Betty's leaving him. Carter starts over with an unsafe floating casino.


Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/06/06]

Posted by mark at 05:51 PM | Comments (0)

The Three Musketeers (1948)

IMDB: The Three Musketeers (1948)

The hectic adventures of D'Artagnan, a young provincial noble who just comes to Paris to enter the musketeers. He will meet action, love, hate, the king and the queen as his impetuousness gets him involved in political plots... and of course virile and indestructible friendship with the three musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/05/06]

Posted by mark at 05:50 PM | Comments (0)

Unbreakable (2000)

IMDB: Unbreakable (2000)

Plot Outline: A suspense thriller with supernatural overtones that revolves around a man who learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/03/06]

Posted by mark at 05:47 PM | Comments (0)

Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)

IMDB: Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)

Plot Summary: An urbane, sharp-tongued expert on how to stay young interrupts a lecturing tour to prove his theory at a dilapidated old people's home. To the despair of his agent and the alarm of the priest running it, he infiltrates the home by lying about his age and sets about lifting the occupants' spirits and making them feel young again.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/03/06]

Posted by mark at 05:45 PM | Comments (0)

Assassins (1995)

IMDB: Assassins (1995)

Robert Rath (Sylvester Stallone) is a seasoned hitman who just wants out of the business with no back talk. But, as things go, it ain't so easy. A younger, peppier assassin named Bain (Antonio Banderas) is having a field day trying to kill said older assassin. Rath teams up with a computer hacker named Electra (Julianne Moore) to defeat the obsessed Bain.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/02/06]

Posted by mark at 05:42 PM | Comments (0)

Nazi Agent (1942)

IMDB: Nazi Agent (1942)

A story of German-born identical twins (both played by Veidt), one a loyal American and the other, a Nazi official. The American is forced to help a group of German spies, but eventually rebels, kills his brother, impersonates him, and exposes the ring.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/02/06]

Posted by mark at 05:38 PM | Comments (0)

Night People (1954)

IMDB: Night People (1954)

Post WWII yarn about a young GI abducted by the Soviets in West Berlin and hauled off to the East. His recovery gets complicated as Colonel Steve Van Dyke tries to sort out the usefulness of informants, spies, bureaucrats, and the abductee's influential father!

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/02/06]

Posted by mark at 05:36 PM | Comments (0)

The Matador (2005)

IMDB: The Matador (2005)

Plot Outline: A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 07/31/06]

Posted by mark at 05:08 PM | Comments (0)