Page for April 30 - May 6, 2016.

The purpose of this page is to find others with a shared interest in these kinds of movies. Please drop me a line with comments or questions about
Italian and Spanish action movies,
or Martial Arts fight flicks.
William Connolly

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Contents: Trivia Game (below),
Recent Viewings (below),
Unanswered Questions and Requests,
Stuff For Sale or Trade,
Stuff I'm Looking For,
Some of my favorite films,
and Links.

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Check out The Spaghetti Cinema blog.

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Click here for the trailer for THE ARENA.

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Brain Teasers:

Which American actor/producer married the woman he hired to play a female gladiator?
Rick Garibaldi knew that it was Mark Damon, who co-produced THE ARENA which co-starred Margaret Markov.

Which British body builder was being considered for the role of James Bond before he went to Italy to portray a mythological hero?
No one has answered this yet.

Which Italian director, born in 1913, worked with both Mark Forest and Gordon Mitchell?
George Grimes and Charles Gilbert knew that it was Antonio Leonviola.

What was Gordon Mitchell's first movie in Italy?
No one has answered this yet.

Which Sammo Hung produced movie seemed like an Hong Kong answer to THE LAST EMPEROR?
No one has answered this yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian actor, born in 1922, reportedly studied medicine at university before becoming an actor in Rome?
Which Italian actress, born in 1951 in Hungary, went on serve five years in the Italian parliament?
Which German actress, born in 1950, co-starred in an film with Franco Nero and Tomas Milian?
What film is credited with making Jackie Chan a big star in Asia?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes, Rick Garibaldi and Richard Oravitz identified last week's photo of Jean-Louis Trintignant in IL GRANDE SILENZIO, aka GREAT SILENCE.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Chelo Alonso in GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS.
Above is a new photo. Can you identify from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Stacy Keach in MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD, aka SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD.
Can you name from what movie it came?


Issue #78 of SPAGHETTI CINEMA is now available.
In it, Mike Eustace continues his essay on Sword and Sandal flicks, "Nights of Pleasure... Days of Strife", with a look at "The Unchaining of Hercules".
Mike also writes about his adventures in Spain finding all of the shooting locations for A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS.

SPAGHETTI CINEMA

A fanzine investigating Italian and Spanish popular cinema, S.C. began publication in 1984 and continues to come out as often as possible.
From Hercules to The Man With No Name; from I VAMPIRI to CEMETARY MAN - S.C. offers research and opinion on the kinds of movies which excited us as children and continues to fascinate under more mature scrutiny.

For a list of back issues and ordering information
click here.
Trivia questions welcomed!

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Joey Wong and Sammo Hung in WHERE'S OFFICER TUBA?.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?


M.A.M.A. #54 is available with Michael Reid's exhaustive listing of movies, TV and anime based on the Shinsengumi; including THE LAST SAMURAI, GOHATTO, Samurai X, THE MAN WHO KILLED RYOMA, TENGU TO, BAND OF ASSASSINS and ASSASSINATION. Mike Eustace also continues to comment on recent Celestial DVD releases of old Shaw Brothers movies.
For ordering information, click on "drop me a line" below.

MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE ASSOCIATES

A 20 page photocopy journal investigating Asian action films, M.A.M.A. began publication in 1985.

For a list of back issues and ordering information
click here.
Trivia questions welcomed.

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I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please drop me a line if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:

Enjoyed:

MADE IN FRANCE, aka INSIDE THE CELL - A fictional story about a French Muslim journalist accidentally becoming a member of an Islamic Terrorist cell in Paris results in an exceptional thriller. Unfortunately actual Islamic terrorist attacks in France seems to have prevented this film from getting a theatrical release.
PERFECT PITCH
The Big Bang Theory "The Fermentation Bifurcation"

Mildly enjoyed:

The Colony the first season - The best thing about USA Network's series is seeing Ally Walker and Thora Birch again in small roles.
L'Emprise, aka WOMAN UNDER INFLUENCE - This 2015 French TV Movie, screened at the 2016 Colcoa French Film Festival, reportedly was a big hit when it aired last year in France. Based on the Alexandra Lange case, the film was an intense experience anchored by a splendid performance by Odile Vuillemin. While the production intended to explain why a woman would stay with a man for 14 years of abuse before killing him, the material was not unique so the viewing experience was a mostly frustrating one. And the use of Paul Simon's song "Sounds of Silence" for the climax was a colossal fumble by the filmmakers, at least for an American audience.
MON ROI, aka MY KING - It is easy to see why Emmanuelle Bercot won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance here. A drama about a tumultuous relationship between a man and a woman, this film uses a woman's convalescence after a serious knee injury as a time for her to flashback on that relationship. Unlike a melodrama, the film doesn't offer any easy lessons or a satisfying resolution, but is unique in a portrayal of a couple whose problems I happily do not share.

Did not enjoy:

Castle #175 "Dead Again"
THE REMAINING - I had heard that some of the major studios were setting up companies to make films for the conservative religious audience that movies like LEFT BEHIND exposed, but this was the first offering from Affirm Films, a subsidary of Sony, that I saw. Shot in Wilmington, North Carolina, THE REMAINING revisited LEFT BEHIND material but without the international conspiracy angle. Here those raptured do not leave with their bodies. Their bodies just fall down lifeless. Shortly thereafter giant demons resembling SPACE AMOEBA or those trackers from THE MATRIX start picking off the non-raptured. The moral of this movie was that we're all going to die and that accepting Jesus Christ as your savor was the only salvation towards eternal life after death.
MOM'S NIGHT OUT - A family film from Affirm in cooperation with Provident Films, Four Boys Entertainment and Pure Flix on location in Birmingham, Alabama, this offered some known Hollywood talent, like Patricia Heaton and Sean Astin, in a fairly standard tale of a stressed out mother seeking a moment to forget the stresses of life and finding herself in a whole new world of trouble trying to put everything back together again. Here the Jesus message was given not be the Baptist minister husband, but by a kindly tattooed biker played by Trace Adkins.
NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988)
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING

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David Deal enjoyed:

SPOTLIGHT (15)
CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (72) - Roddy McDowell is his own son! See him ignite revolution in monkey town! See Ricardo Montalban leap through a window to his death! It just keeps getting weirder. Best of the sequels.
THE HEAD (59) - Awesome Horst Frank mad doctor nonsense that has great style. They just don’t make’em like this anymore.

Mildly Enjoyed

THE MESSENGER (86) - Poverty-stricken effort has director Fred Williamson go revengin' after his woman is gunned down by Italians with thick accents. Enough entertainment value to keep action fans awake. Joe Spinell out acts Cameron Mitchell. Umberto Raho has a bit.
TERMINAL FORCE (89)

Did Not Enjoy

MONKEY BUSINESS (52) - Howard Hawks "comedy" with Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers is labored and painfully unfunny.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

HERCULES, SAMSON, AND ULYSSES (1963) My first viewing of the last installment of Pietro Francisci's trilogy that weaves a tale from Hellenic poets with the Old Testament. Kirk Morris does a noble turn at Hercules who gets shipwrecked in Judea, mistaken for and does battle with Samson (Rod Illush), and in the end befriends the Danite strongman. Liana Orfei as the alluring Delilah. Not sure why Ulysses is in the title.
SO DARLING, SO DEADLY (1966) Lively Kommisar X action and humor set in Singapore with, of course, a bevy of 'curves'.
THE THREE FANTASTIC SUPERMEN (1967) Kendall and Harris take a break from the Kommisar X series for this cornball sci-fi with an even greater cornball sound motif. Nick Jordan does some amazing stunts and Brad Harris some wild dancing.

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