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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Warner Archive

Marlowe

James Garner does Raymond Chandler, and quite well


Thriller

Rod Lott
Recently, I received a thank-you note via email that concluded with the sentence, “Anyone coming from the home state of James Garner can’t be all bad.”
 
Monday, June 6, 2011

Avalanche Express

Well, at least the avalanche part is cool.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Just last week, a friend was telling me how much he loves movies “set in snowy locales.” Those were his exact words, and he was serious.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The FBI: The First Season: Part One

Classic-tube comfort from producer Quinn Martin


Television series

Rod Lott
After all these years, now I know whose credits “Police Squad!” was making fun of.
 
Friday, June 24, 2011

The George Sanders Saint Movie Collection

'The Saint' goes marching in, times five!


Thriller

Rod Lott
Val Kilmer’s stab at resurrecting The Saint as a film franchise bombed big in 1997 (I liked it, FWIW), but in Hollywood’s Golden Age, there were no such troubles.
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

One of the small-screen’s scariest, now in a special edition.


Horror

Rod Lott
My first response after seeing the recent remake “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”: “I liked it OK, but I still prefer the original, although I haven’t seen it in probably 15 years.”
 
Friday, September 2, 2011

The Venetian Affair

This spy thriller has not the finest aim.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Promises the cover of 1968’s “The Venetian Affair” from Warner Archive, “Murder! Spies! Women!” They left off “Disappointment!” Released in conjunction with a multi-disc set of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” feature films, the film stars Napoleon Solo himself, Robert Vaughn, but as ex-spy Bill Fenner, and with the espionage exploits as straight and bleak as “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.”
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

Black Zoo

Admission to this sanguine safari is recommended.


Horror

Rod Lott
One wacky dude, this Michael Conrad (Michael Gough, Alfred in the "Batman" movies of Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher) of 1963's "Black Zoo." He's the owner of a zoo that appears to be the hottest hang-out in town — frequented not only by schoolchildren, but also newlyweds and hot college girls — and whose furry residents he calls "my children."
 
Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Phantom of Hollywood

Andrew Lloyd Webber spectacle < made-for-TV treatment.


Thriller

Rod Lott
So simple is the story of Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel, "The Phantom of the Opera," that it continues to be remade on stage and screen. More interesting, however, are not its adaptations, but those that tweak the setting to more contemporary, even oddball venues.
 
Friday, September 30, 2011

Killer Party

I'm dying to RSVP again.


Horror

Rod Lott
Immediately, I understood why 1986's "Killer Party" enjoys such a cult following: The unconventional slasher opens with a stereotypical flaming priest quoting "The Wizard of Oz" as he presides over a funeral. It's all a goof — part of a movie-within-a-movie-within-a-movie joke.
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

The Traveling Executioner

What an odd jolt!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Between 1977's "The Squeeze" and now 1980's "The Traveling Executioner," Warner Archive singlehandedly is keeping alive the legend that was Stacy Keach: that before too many bad choices and one coke arrest derailed his career, the actor was quite the screen sensation.
 
Friday, October 14, 2011
 
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