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Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
(1968) Carla Campbell plays a glamorous Italian who, during the war, had affairs with three members of the US Army Air Force.
That Riviera Touch
(1966) Morecambe and Wise star in this continental comic caper.Two traffic wardens find themselves caught up in a complicated plot involving the Royal Family, the South of France and stolen booty. Comedy starring Morecambe and Wise
Long before they started sleeping together and recorded those smash-hit Christmas specials, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise made three motion pictures, The Intelligence Men, The Magnificent Two and That Riviera Touch. Those who love Eric and Ernie for the way they interact with guest stars and prattle on about Ernie's short, fat, hairy legs and the plays what he wrote will be disappointed to find that these elements are missing from this, the second and best of their so-so big-screen outings. In fact, very little of the Morecambe and Wise we know and love is on show here. Eric and Ernie star as traffic wardens who, thanks to a muddle up with British royalty, find themselves holidaying in the south of France. There, they become involved with Le Pirate (Sassin), a Gallic thief who intends to use the hapless pair to smuggle his goods overseas. Of course, it's not long before pandemonium reigns as our comic heroes cross swords with all sorts of villains and almost come to blows over the comely thiefette Claudette (Lloyd).
Directed by Cliff Owen (who became something of a specialist at introducing small screen acts to the cinema), That Riviera Touch is a pedestrian effort sorely lacking Eric and Ernie's trademark energy and cheek. By far the biggest problem is the screenplay which creaks where the duo's TV scripts crackled. But Eric and Ernie are also below par - then primarily a stage act, their larger than life comedy is completely lost on film. Fortunately, for both them and us, the pair would hook up with writer Eddie Braben before the decade was out. With small-screen immortality just around the corner, it wouldn't be long before memories of That Riviera Touch and those other misbegotten movies gave way to great song and dance numbers and the wholesale destruction of Des O'Connor's career.
(1955) Intelligent western set in Wyoming in 1887, in which surveyor Robert Wagner falls for Cheyenne Indian Debra Paget and helps avert a massacre.Intelligent western set in Wyoming in 1887 where surveyor Robert Wagner falls for Cheyenne Indian Debra Paget and helps avert a massacre.
(1995) A disparate group set out on safari into the heart of the Congo and are attacked by a troop of intelligent killer apes.A motley crew of scientists and mercenaries embark on a perilous expedition to the Congo to locate the missing son of a tycoon and a stash of priceless diamonds. Action adventure starring Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson and Tim Curry; directed by Frank Marshall
Congo The influence of the B-movies of the 1940s and 1950s on some of Hollywood's most successful film directors is undisputable: George Lucas took his love of Flash Gordon serials and turned it into the billion dollar Star Wars empire, while close pal Steven Spielberg used his affection for the same shorts to create the ever-popular Indiana Jones series.Having executive produced numerous Spielberg-associated films (including the Indiana Jones and Back To The Future trilogies), Frank Marshall has taken a leaf out of his frequent collaborator's book by both hopping in the director's chair and creating a loving homage to adventure-packed B-pictures of Hollywood's golden age.
Based on the Michael Crichton novel, Congo has all the hallmarks of a typical B-movie extravaganza: a non-A-list cast, a number of flamboyant performances, eye-raising effects and a deliciously over-the-top premise. The story kicks off when an eccentric tycoon (Baker) sends underling and ex-CIA communications expert Dr Karen Ross (Linney) to locate his missing son Charlie (The Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell in an all-too-brief cameo). Last seen deep in the African Congo looking for diamonds, Charlie's last cryptic transmission from the area contains what seem to be a pack of seriously unhappy gorillas.
The Day After Tomorrow
(2004) Mankind faces a new ice age in this special effects extravaganza from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich.Mankind faces a new ice age in this special effects extravaganza from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich. Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal star
The Day After Tomorrow Are stupendous special effects and a solid scenario enough to carry a film, when the narrative and dialogue are weak? In the case of Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow, the answer is yes. But only just. Stories based on the end of civilisation have long been popular. Flood, fire, plague, alien invasion, meteors, comets, sentient machines, even Satan - humanity has been battered by them all for decades thanks to the imaginations of authors and filmmakers.
Director Roland Emmerich is no stranger to mass destruction. His biggest hit (with his then production partner Dean Devlin), 1996's Independence Day had nasty aliens knackering the planet until heroic Americans saw them off. He followed that mayhem with some more focused property damage in 1998's Godzilla. With The Day After Tomorrow he is once again wreaking destruction on a global scale. Unfortunately, his attempt to portray a worldwide crisis results in a piecemeal story, its narrative drive interrupted by over-ambitious plotting.
After the Sunset
(2004) Pierce Brosnan plays top jewel thief Max Burdett, Salma Hayek his accomplice and moll Lola Cirillo, in Brett Ratner's smart comedy caper movie.Retired jewel thief Pierce Brosnan is tempted to attempt one last heist involving a cruise liner and a priceless diamond. Crime comedy directed by Brett Ratner
Pierce Brosnan's first outing since officially hanging up 007's Walther PPK finds him on well-worn ground, playing a slightly more grizzled version of his Thomas Crown character in a lacklustre crime caper that feels like something Elmore Leonard might have knocked out on an off-day. No film in which Salma Hayek spends almost all of her screen time in a skimpy swimsuit can be considered a total dead loss, however, and Rush Hour's Brett Ratner directs with enough style and snap to mask the threadbare material. But everyone involved seems to be treading water here, desperately hoping the audience won't notice it's all been done before. (Not least by Alfred Hitchcock, a DVD of whose To Catch A Thief pops up ostentatiously in one scene.)
The film opens with an improbable heist that sees ageing jewel thief Max Burdett (Brosnan) and his partner Lola (Hayek) stealing a diamond from under the nose of FBI agent Stan Lloyd (Harrelson). Months later, the couple are still living off the proceeds at a luxury resort in the Bahamas. But Max is bored, tired of domesticity and itching to get back in the game.
(2000) Giovanni Ribisi is an intelligent college dropout who joins a small stock brokerage firm, where he soon becomes one of their top salesmen.A young share trader has his eyes opened and his wallet filled while working for a firm dealing in bogus stock. Taut drama starring Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel and featuring Ben Affleck
Boiler Room It might not be Oliver Stone's finest film but Wall Street made enough of an impact that all subsequent business films risk comparison with the movie that gave us Gordon Gecko. Rather than trying to avoid the competition, Ben Younger's Boiler Room embraces the fact it stands in the shadow of Stone's movie by having its young traders recite Gecko's most celebrated spiels over beer and pizza. It's just one clever move in a film with smarts to spare.Debuting writer-director Younger casts Giovanni Ribisi as Seth Davis, a young whiz who swaps running an illegal casino for trading stocks with JT Marlin, a fledgling firm that's made millionaires out of its go-getting employees. As Davis begins to milk the rewards of a "bull market", he discovers that the firm has very dubious ethics. Aware that all is not well, pressure mounts on the young man to sell out his newfound friends to the authorities.
Said friends include Ben Affleck as an 'old-timer' who sets about Marlin's newcomers to find out who's got a nose for the green stuff, Nicky Katt as an acquaintance whose trades have increased his bank balance but done little for his humility, and Vin Diesel as Chris, the coolest guy on the trading floor whose image would be ruined if anyone found out he still lived with his mother. Add Scott Caan and Jamie Kennedy to the mix and you have a posse of young dudes as charismatic and compelling as their attitudes are utterly appalling. They benefit from being able to pick over Younger's choicest dialogue - the greatest strength of this movie - while their actions are scored with top hip hop tracks by the likes of Del La Soul, Rakim, and A Tribe Called Quest.
On the debit side, Younger often moves the action off the trading floor (the titular boiler room) to give us glimpses of Seth's not-terribly-interesting relationships with Nia Long's secretary and Ron Rifkin's hard-to-please pop. Despite these flaws, Boiler Room remains one of the more diverting movies of recent years. And whenever Younger focuses on his swaggering new centurions, his picture almost achieves greatness.