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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Underrated '78 - KC (Of a Classic Movie Blog)

Kendahl "KC" Cruver writes about movies at A Classic Movie Blog. You can find her all over the web:

Long Weekend
I suppose this Aussie nature horror flick is underseen depending on the audience. It’s legendary in certain circles, but I still get plenty of blank looks whenever I mention it. A selfish, emotionally destructive couple with a strained marriage takes off for a long weekend camping on an isolated beach. They trash their campsite: leaving garbage, harming animals, and otherwise causing unnecessary damage without a thought to the consequences. Soon nature seems to take revenge on them and they are such awful people that you want to stand up and cheer.
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The Cheap Detective
There’s a good reason this goofy film is mostly forgotten today; once it loses momentum, it loses it fast. I snort laughed through the first half though. Peter Falk does a perfect Bogie impression while somehow also being very Peter Falk in this spoof of Humphrey Bogart’s classic films. The huge cast is 70s magic: Madeleine Kahn, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, Stockard Channing, James Coco, Louise Fletcher, Dom DeLuise, John Houseman, Paul Williams, and that’s about half the cast. Fernando Lamas plays the Paul Henreid role from Casablanca; who made that weird, but ultimately kind of fitting casting decision? It’s a shame it all fizzles out in the end, but it is still well worth seeing.
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The Cat From Outer Space
I am in general a fan of the exuberant acting and top notch casting in live action Disney flicks of the seventies, but nothing pleases me more than this flick. My delight in observing an alien cat, who thanks to a magical collar has power over space and time, confirms that there will always be a part of me that remains 10-years-old. Ken Berry and Sandy Duncan are adorable as brilliant military scientists who flirt with each other in the most wholesome way. They keep planning picnics, but they have to deal with the alien cat first. As usual, the presence of Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall, and McLean Stevenson makes it all even better.
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Amitabh Bacchan is such a big deal. How big you ask? He inspires such fan loyalty that once when he was gravely ill, a fan walked backwards across their home country of India to bring him luck. You get an idea why the lanky, self-confident Bacchan is so adored in this lively crime flick, which is full of acrobatic fight scenes, slick quips, and the snappy sort of musical numbers common in Hindi films. He plays the titular Don, a mobster who seems to have a psychic ability to know who is going to double cross him and catching the culprit before he can make a move. He inspires the ladies to sing and dance, delights his motley crew with his clever cool, and cuts a rug like a champ.
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