Page for February 28 - March 6, 2015.

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 German trailer for L'UOMO, L'ORGOGLIO, LA VENDETTA.

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Brain Teasers:

To make which Italian film did Franco Nero convince Jack Warner to tear up his contract?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian film did Franco Nero make with some childhood friends?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian film did Franco Nero make with a producer who had previously made four films starring Kirk Morris?
No one has answered this question yet.

How did Franco Nero come to play a ninja?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

What is the real name for film director Frank Garfield?
What is the real name for Italian screenwriter Vincent Eagle?
what is the real name for Fernand Lion?
Which Chinese film star recently saw his son sentenced to prison for "providing a venue for drug use"?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab of Alberto Dell'Acqua in SETTE DONNE PER I MACGREGOR, aka UP THE MACGREGORS!
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

No one has identified the above photo yet.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from LA DECIMA VITTIMA, aka THE 10TH VICTIM.
Above is a new photo. 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 frame grab of Jackie Chan in DRAGON LORD.
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:

FREE ENTERPRISE

Mildly enjoyed:

GOD FORGIVES... I DON'T - I didn't much like this movie when it first came out, and I don't much like it now. The Terence Hill and Bud Spencer interplay is fun, but too much of the movie is taken up by Frank Wolff spouting nonsense. It is interesting to note just how much Wolff's performance here is reminiscent of his performance in ATLAS.
WATTSTAX - This is less about the concert than it is about getting various residents to talk about what is important to them.

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Charles Gilbert recently watched:
Walker Texas Ranger (Season 8 episode 9) "Fight or Die". Interesting list of guest stars as Walker, Trivette, and Gage infiltrate a prison undercover to flush out a deadly cage fighting operation. MMA hall of famer Frank Shamrock is chief nemesis, but there's also 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, Marshall Teague, and Charles Napier.
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (2012) Updated version of Jules Verne adventure story incorporates time travel at the expense of any memorable special effects. Filmed in Louisiana casting no actors with which I'm familiar. Tepid made-for-tv movie.

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David Deal Enjoyed

THE GREEN SLIME (68) - Way up there on the 60's space opera scale.
PORTRAIT IN TERROR (62) - Curious Gothic mystery shot on the cheap in Dubrovnik. Avoid the re-cut, Track of the Vampire.
HALFWAY TO SHANGHAI (42) - WWII spy shenanigans on a train with Kent Taylor and George Zucco. If that's enough to trip your trigger then you won't be disappointed.
IDA (13) - Spare, effortlessly involving story of a nun forced to face her past and future. Invokes the best intentions of Kaurismaki along the way. Highly recommended.
THE THING (51)
VAULT OF HORROR (73)
THE FIFTH CORD (71) - Beautifully photographed giallo with the great Franco Nero as a drunken journalist investigating a series of murders amongst people he knows. Gorgeous Silvia Monti is Franco's ex. Ira von Furstenberg pulls a Kinski but gives it up. With Wolfgang "Dr. Mabuse" Preiss, and babes Agostina Belli and Pamela Tiffin. A clear winner, this edges toward top 100 territory.
STRANGLER OF THE TOWER (66) - This German curio is an unabashed attempt to cash in on the Edgar Wallace craze peaking at the time. A bare bones production with a third-tier cast but nice photography and enough interesting locations and on set theatrics to hold its own.
PARANOIAC (61) - I like this Hammer modern Gothic psycho-thriller even tho it features Oliver Reed.

Mildly Enjoyed

A TASTE OF DEATH (68) - Nicely photographed spaghetti with snow.
PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW (71) - Odd and somehow joyless attempt to blend the high school sex comedy with a psycho murder mystery.
THE LEFT HANDED GUN (58) - Leslie Stevens (Outer Limits) screenplay based on a Gore Vidal play about Billy the Kid. Eccentric but worth a look.
DRACULA (31) - If one could but meld the best of the Browning and Melford versions. As it is. neither version satisfies completely.

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