My thoughts on The Black Panther (2018)!

r_blackpanther_hero_09b05dc9Films I watched in 2018: #34) Black Panther (2018) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

As everyone on here knows, I am an unabashed dye-in-the-wool Marvel Comics fanboy since I was a child. With that said, I passed on so many of the films that have come out in recent years. Leading up to those, these were getting less “Marvely”, too over done and more LCD to the minute. When I heard they were making a film on one of my all time favorites in the Marvel U, I had to throw caution into the wind and hope it just didn’t suck.

The Black Panther film is a combination of the old stories /villains from the 1970’s and the more modern version updated by writer Christopher Priest in the 90’s early 00’s. It captured one of the “make believe” places in the Marvel U very well. Wakanda is a mixture of old world and new high tech and it looks pretty fantastic.

I won’t talk about the film really because if you are a fan of the character it is pretty much all there, something for everyone. The causal viewer will get to see a different kind of comic book film for a change. Any “gripes” I might have with it is all concerning the lead character, The Panther himself. I have always envisioned no matter how much tech Wakanda has, T’Challa would just suit up in the regular ACME edition spandex and fight the baddies. The modern Panther suit is way TOO much and gives no suspense if he actually going to get hurt while in it. The second nitpick is the character is actually quite “dull” compared to many of the other characters presented, especially all the women. They wrote the female characters so strongly, the Panther doesn’t shine as much as he should. With every turn, they get the best lines and characterizations.

It will definitely gets more views from The Fiend but I will wait until the disc comes out. I might actually have to watch Civil War to see how they got The Black Panther to this film. Stay to the VERY end of the credits, looks like a character that was lost…is now found (again?).

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FINAL! Dave K’s “Films I Watched in 2017”!

I initially had a goal of watching 365 films in 2017. Midway through the year, I knew I was having trouble. I wish i knew how some people actually do this, since time is fleeting. Mind you, I did attempt to watch more but some films were so bad, I barely made my way through a half hour of them. The vast majority of the films here were first time watches. I have a massive film collection and really need to get through these. My Fiend ‘O’ Meter ratings are as such:  getting a 7 is at the very least a recommend. An 8, 9 or the elusive 10 is a must see and you should get it for your permanent collection. Many discs “left the building” this year…many more entered. It’s a sickness…

Dave K’s Films I Have Watched in 2017:

#1) Zombie Fight Club (2014) Fiend ‘O’ Meter: 9/10

#2) Fences (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#3) Tangerine (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter: 8/10

#4) Tiger House (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#5) Neighbor (2010) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#6) Assassination (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#7) The Stratosphere Girl (2004) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#8) Franklin: A Symphony of Pain (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter 6/10

#9) SS Hellcamp (The Beast in Heat) (1977) Fiend ‘O’ Meter 4/10

#10) Phantasm: Remastered (1978/2016) *Rewatch* Fiend ‘O’ Meter 9/10

#11) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#12) Tokyo Psycho (2004) Fiend ‘O’ Meter Says: 3/10

#13) Make Them Die Sleazy! (2014) Fiend ‘O’ Meter 7/10

#14) Sin Dejar Huella (Without A Trace) (2000) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#15) 31 (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#16) Massage Parlor Murders (1973) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 1/10

#17) Helga: She Wolf Of Stilberg (1977) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#18) Killbillies (Idyll) (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter 5/10

#19) Hell’s Caretaker (2013) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#20) Madame O (1967) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#21) Experiment In Terror (1962) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#22) Piranha (1978) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#23) The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (2011) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#24) 3 A.M. (2001) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#25) Slaughter of the Vampires (1962) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#26) What Have You Done To Solange? (1972) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#27) Thanatomorphose (2012) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#28) The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (2003) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#29) Spider Baby (1968) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#30) The Loveless (1982) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#31) Naboer (Next Door) (2005) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#32) Shock (1946) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#33) See The Sea (1997) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#34) The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death (2014) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#35) Gun Crazy: A Woman From Nowhere (2002) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#36) The Shiver of the Vampires (1971) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#37) Possession (1981) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#38) Lower Level (1991) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#39) Subway (1985) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#40) Twenty Plus Two (1961) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#41) Repulsion (1965) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#42) Mexico Barbaro (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#43) Gurozuka (2005) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 3/10

#44) Variety (1983) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#45) Lady Street Fighter (1981) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 1/10

#46) The Last Best Sunday (1999) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#47) Night Angel (1990) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#48) Lady Snowblood (1973) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 10/10

#49) Siren (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#50) Tell Me Something (1999) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#51) Kill Your Friends (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#52) Atroz (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#53) The Canyons (2013) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#54) Jungle Woman (1944) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#55) Champion (1949) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#56) Crazed Fruit (1956) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#57) To Have And Have Not (1944) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#58) Bullet Ballet (1998) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#59) Nothing But A Man (1964) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#60) Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#61) Night Of The Demon (1957) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#62) Five Came Back (1939) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#63) The Bunny Game (2011) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#64) The Narrow Margin (1952) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#65) Kuroneko (1968) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#66) The Lost Weekend (1945) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#67) Pale Flower (1964) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#68) Something Wild (1961) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#69) I Want To Live (1958) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#70) Two For The Seesaw (1962) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 4/10

#71) She Demons (1958) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#72) Above Suspicion (1943) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#73) Branded To Kill (1967) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#74) The Flesh and The Fiends (1960) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#75) The Love Witch (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#76) The Machine Girl (2008) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 3/10

#77) Brother of Darkness (1994) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#78) Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (1974) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#79) Scorpion’s Revenge (1997) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#80) The King Of Pigs (2011) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#81) Assault Girls (2009) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#82) Ichi (2008) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#83) Angel of Vengeance (1993) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#84) Gun Crazy 2: Beyond The Law (2002) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#85) Saving Mr. Wu (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#86) Danger Dolls (2014) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#87) Mother (2009) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#88) Angel Terminators 2 (1993) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#89) Demon City Shinkjuku (1988) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#90) The Devil’s Feast (2007) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#91) Rica 3: Juvenile’s Lullaby (1973) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 3/10

#92) Madam City Hunter (1993) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#93) SharkSkinMan & PeachHipGirl (1998) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#94) Witch From Nepal (1985) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 3/10

#95) Project S aka Supercop 2 (1993) *rewatch* Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#96) Outlaw Brothers (1990) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#97) City Under Siege (2010) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#98) The Isle (2000) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#99) Crime of Passion (1957) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#100) The Pope Of Greenwich Village (1984) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#101) The Blackout (1997) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#102) Black Kiss (2004) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#103) Only God Forgives (2013) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#104) Phantom Solders (1987) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#105) Red Angel (1966) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 10/10

#106) Rows (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 4/10

#107) Special Effects (1984) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#108) The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#109) Demonlover (2002) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#110) Creepy (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#111) Savage Streets (1984) *rewatch* Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#112) Run Angel Run (1969) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 4/10

#113) Phantasm 4: Oblivion (1998) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#114) Sinful (2006) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#115) Frankenhooker (1990) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 4/10

#116) The Toolbox Murders (1978) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#117) The Films of Richard Kern: Hardcore Collection (2012) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#118) Never Take Candy From A Stranger (1960) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#119) Shock (1977) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#120) A Punch To Revenge (1989) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#121) The Untold Story (1993) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 10/10

#122) Love To Kill (1993) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#123) Strip Nude For Your Killer (1975) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#124) A Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1971) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#125) Her Vengeance (1988) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#126) Days Of Wine and Roses (1962) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says 6/10

#127) Stark Fear (1962) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says 7/10

#128) Dragonhead (2003) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says 7/10

#129) Headshot (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says 8/10

#130) Logan (2017) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 10/10

#131) Worried About The Boy (2010) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#132) The Cry of the Owl (1987) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#133) The Rapist (1994) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#134) Thief (1981) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#135) Pit Stop (1967) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#136) A Lamb In Despair (1999) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#137) Beyond The Gates (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#138) I Spit On Your Grave (1978) “Rewatch” Fiend ‘O’ Meter 9/10

#139) Wild Side (1995) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#140) The New Kids (1985) *Rewatch* Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#141) Ghost World (2001) “Rewatch” Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 10/10

#142) Madame X (1966) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#143) Train to Busan (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#144) Magnificent Obsession (1954) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

145) Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#146) Face to Face (2005) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#147) The Butterfly Room (2012) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#148) The Dead Zone (1983) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#149) Black Angel (1997) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#150) Death-Scort Service 2: The Naked Dead (2017) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#151) Taxi Hunter (1993) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#152) Fast Company (1978) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#153) Dead Reckoning (1947) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#154) Sucker Punch (2011) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#155) Dear Elza! (2014) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#156) Streets Of Vengeance (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#157) Silver (1999) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#158) Street of Shame (1956) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#159) Nowhere (1997) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#160) Nightmare (2000) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#161) A Bittersweet Life (2005) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#162) Shed No Tears (1948) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#163) Ayla (2017) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#164) One Missed Call 2 (2005) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#165) Three Extremes 2 (2002) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#166) Time To Kill (2014) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#167) Plank Face (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#168) Naked Weapon (2002) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#169) Francesca (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#170) Black Christmas (1974) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#171) The Theta Girl (2017) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#172) 100 Tears: Director Cut (2007) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#173) The Hair of the Beast (2010) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#174) Flowers (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#175) The Void (2017) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#176) Ringu 2 (1999) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#177) American Psycho (2000) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#178) Tokyo Gore Police (2008) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#179) Devilman (2004) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#180) New Killers In Town (1995) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#181) Manhole (2014) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#182) Raw (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#183) Scherzo Diabolico (2015) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#184) Office (2014) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#185) Necromancer (1988) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 3/10

#186) Three (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#187) Crawl or Die (2014) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#188) Red Room (1999) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#189) XX (2017) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#190) The Transfiguration (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#191) The Skull (1965) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#192) Black Rat (2010) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#193) The Bride Wore Black (1968) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#194) Crimes of the Future (1970) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#195) Hidden in the Woods (2012) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#196) The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#197) Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 10/10

#198) The Sniper (1952) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#199) The Set-Up (1949) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#200) The Big Steal (1949) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#201) Somewhere in the Night (1946) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#202) Backlash (1947) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#203) Humoresque (1946) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#204) Cry of the City (1948) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#205) The 13th Letter (1951) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#206) Angel Face (1952) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 10/10

#207) Phantom Lady (1944) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#208) Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#209) Pursued (1947) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#210) Two Of A Kind (1951) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#211) AGP: The Song Of Solomon (2017) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#212) Dreaming The Reality (1991) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#213) Framed (1947) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#214) Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#215) The Breaking Point (1950) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#216) The Face Of Another (1966) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#217) Human Desire (1954) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 9/10

#218) Sister Street Fighter (1974) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#219) Naked Alibi (1954) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#220) Unknown Pleasures (2002) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#221) The Incredible Melting Man (1977) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 2/10

#222) Hong Kong History X (2000) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#223) A Dangerous Method (2011) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 6/10

#224) Chaos (2005) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 4/10

#225) The Villainess (2017) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#226) Catfight (2016) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#227) Woman of Fire (1971) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#228) Snake Woman’s Curse (1968) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#229) Rebels of a Neon God (1992) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

#230) Black Angel 2 (1999) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#231) Red Cherry (1995) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 8/10

#232) Goodtime (2017) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 5/10

#233) The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Fiend ‘O’ Meter says: 7/10

See you in 2018!

 

COEURS NOIRS Day 30: Gut (2012)

Gut (2012) film/Bluray thoughts… This choice for my COEURS NOIRS closer might be confusing to some, as it it always promoted as a horror film. The truth is Gut, directed by Elias is a psychological horror/neo-noir. One of my favorite indie films in years, Gut recently had it’s Bluray debut and I wanted to give it a once over again.

Tom is married with a young daughter but is “looking” for some else to make his life more fulfilling. The grass somehow is greener on the other side of the fence. His childhood friend, Dan, who he works with and is quite clingy, is upset they don’t spend time together anymore. Tom says he pretty much has moved on from “hanging out”, but Dan will not let it go. He tells Tom about a “film” he got off the internet and he has to view it, he has never seen anything like it. Since they used to like horror films together, Tom pretty much gives in. The “film” is a semi clothed woman strapped to a table who proceeds to have a scalpel cut methodically into her stomach area and is seemly killed. Tom can’t believe what he has just seen and tells Dan he is nuts. But sadly, Dan is a tad unstable and will not let his relationship with his old friend go.

Gut is dark and moody. While it’s a lower budgeted affair, all players and the director pull out all the stops to make this film extremely good. Jason Vail plays Tom as basically having a partial mid life crisis in his late 20s, becoming obsessed and trapped into the world of what is on the discs. Nicholas Wilder’s Dan reminds me of someone in my past, so I was able to relate to this character. I do also have to note the experimental music of Chvad SB, especially the end title theme, it sets the tone for this film completely. It’s bleak. Do order the Bluray of it if you can, the DVD is still available and of course GUT is on most VOD services.

 

 

 

COEURS NOIRS Day 29: City That Never Sleeps (1953)

City That Never Sleeps (1953) film thoughts… I actually had the VHS of this film a couple of years ago, intending it for the 30 Film Noirs in 31 Days series I did but had more films than I needed then. Gig Young plays Johnny Kelly, a Chicago cop who just doesn’t care for his job or the marriage that he seems stuck in. He has a girl on the side and the plan is to run away with her to California and start over. He has an opportunity to make a small windfall before the trip and decides to take it. The problem is all the twists, double crosses and misunderstandings in this film are preventing him from making that task easy…

I did really like City That Never Sleeps. It doesn’t seem like the cheap programmer it was, the actual Chicago locations and the great look it has elevates it up to the bigger pictures. It  does have a lot of changes in the story that keeps you on your toes. Before you think you know where it’s going, they throw another curve ball your way. Good acting from all players and I liked that Marie Windsor had a devious role in it. Definitely one to add to your film noir collection.

 

COEURS NOIRS Day 28: Play Misty For Me (1971)

Play Misty For Me (1971) film thoughts… I am not the biggest Eastwood fan but I have always heard about this film, just never got around to it. He plays Dave Garver, a Jazz DJ in Carmel, California who ends up meeting one of his fans who always calls in and asks, “Play Misty For Me”. The fan is played by Jessica Walter, who has sex with Dave. He being the upright, alpha male type, thinks it’s just a one night stand. He is sadly mistaken when after he makes a couple of nice gestures, she becomes consumed with him. She is always there at his house, always demanding his attention. After he tries many times to brush her off, one incident pushes her over the edge and Dave’s life becomes a true nightmare.

The film is important for at least a couple of things: it’s Clint’s first film behind the camera and there really hasn’t been this “type” of film before. It’s now a common film trope to see an violent, obsessed person in a movie, but there really wasn’t anything like this previous. I do like Play Misty For Me but it does suffer from things that are just my preferences. It’s truly dated, from the look, the film style & the editing. They try really hard to make it look like there are stabbings but the editing is too quick and choppy. Today, they make this more direct. While I do like Walter’s performance as the crazy lady Dave wishes he never met, I found the acting a bit over the top at times. I know Clint is beloved as an actor but he is pretty one note as he is in most of the films I have seen him in.

All in all, Play Misty For Me is a solid neo-noir. You know right from the beginning nothing good is going to happen in this film.

COEURS NOIRS Day 26: Tight Spot (1955)

Tight Spot (1955) film thoughts… As I was looking for a film to close out the month’s viewing, I noticed this one on a TCM Film Noir Classics set I have. Ginger Rodgers in a lead dramatic role sounded good. She plays Sherry, a convict who apparently has been set up by the mob, has been taken out of prison by Edward G. Robinson, a US Attorney, in order to convince her to testify against the mobster Costain (Lorne Greene). Brian Keith is the man assigned to “break her down” and they are put up in a fancy hotel, thinking she will be safe there during this process. Little do the authorities know is that Costain has an inside man on the job (Guess who?) and proceeds to try and take out Sherry out. Will she testify? How many first class hotel meals can she consume before she makes her decision? You will have to see Tight Spot to find out.

I did like the film very much. It’s stage roots are apparent but that doesn’t mean it’s “stagey”. The actors are all great. Ginger Rodgers is chewing the scenery, along with the first class meals and Brian Keith plays his dual role out well. Everyone is in a potential no win situation which all will get sorted out in the end. Tight Spot is a definite recommend from the Fiend.