“SECONDS” (1966) – A Truly Forgotten Classic

ROCK HUDSON is The Star of JOHN FRANKENHEIMER’s 1966 Flick “SECONDS”

In MY Opinion, “SECONDS” is HUDSON’s BEST-EST-EST Flick, PERIOD. It’s A Rather Unique Blend of Sci-Fi, Horror, and Drama…

…That Truly Becomes An Even MORE-Unique THRILLER Because Of It All. Add In The Film is Directed By JOHN FRANKENHEIMER (“French Connection II”, “Black Sunday” & “Ronin”) and We’re Left With A TRUE-BLUE FORGOTTEN-CLASSIC!

What’s The Skinny On “SECONDS”?? Well… You Just Pay The Fee, And We’ll Fake Your Death, And You Can Get Out Of Your Current-Life, and Start Fresh & Anew Somewhere Else. Something MOST PEOPLE Have Thought About At-Least ONCE In Their Life…

…Only You’d Best Be Happy With The NEW-Life, Since All You Get Is ONE SECOND CHANCE. They Just Don’t Bother To Tell You That Part When You Sign-Up AND Go-Through-With-It The FIRST TIME!!!

SECONDS

A Truly UNIQUE Flick…

…And A Truly FORGOTTEN CLASSIC.

I Can TOTALLY RECOMMEND It To ANYONE…

…Who’s A Fan Of SCI-FI, HORROR, DRAMA, THRILLER Films.

ESPECIALLY With…

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER In The Director’s Chair…

…And ROCK HUDSON Giving Us His BEST PERFORMANCE EVER!!!

CHECK IT OUT, My Peeps, Fo SHO!!!

;)

About these ads

Did You Enjoy “HIGH NOON”? Do You Enjoy SCI-FI? GREAT! Then You Will LOVE “OUTLAND”!!!

OUTLANDWas Released In 1981, And It Stars… … …SEAN CONNERY!!!
(TAGLINE: "ON JUPITER'S MOON HE'S THE ONLY LAW.")

HONESTLY, My Peeps…

…This Flick…

OUTLAND

…Is…

MY FAVE-FAVE SEAN CONNERY FLICK Of ALL-TIME!!!

.Period.

It Always Has Been.

And…

…It’s Very Likely To Always Be.

As My Headline States…

OUTLAND

…Really Is Like…

HIGH NOON

…Except It Takes Place…

…IN OUTER-SPACE!!!

O.M.G.

!!! !!! !!!

Exactly, My Peeps.

It’s WONDERFUL!

SEAN CONNERY

…Is…

MARSHAL O’NEIL

…The NEW Law In “Town”.

Only, The “Town” Is A CORPORATE-RUN-MINING-OPERATION On JUPITER’s MOON “IO”!!!

(I Can Tell You're Already Hooked Simply Based On The Possibilities!)

MARSHAL O’NEIL

…Takes Exception To Being Bossed-About By The Mining-Ops’ General Manager…

SHEPPARD

(Played Perfectly By PETER BOYLE)

…All The While He’s Trying To Figure-Out…

…WHY People Are Dying…

…And…

…WHY Are People Going Insane???

Soooo…

MARSHAL O’NEIL

…Enlists The Help Of…

DR. LAZARUS

(Played Equally Well By FRANCES STERNHAGEN)

…In His Investigations.

Come To Find-Out…

…Those Who Are Going Crazy And Offing Themselves AND Other Folks…

…Are ALL Taking A Powerful Drug That Does Make Them Work Harder And Faster…

…But It ALSO Eventually Causes Them To Go PSYCHO!

When…

MARSHAL O’NEIL

…Starts Puttin’ The Smack Down…

SHEPPARD

…Calls In The HIRED-GUNS To Stop The Marshal Before He Ruins Their Whole Operation!!!

And…

…Of Course…

…The People Of The “Town” Are All Too Cowardly To Step-In And Help The Marshal.

!!! !!!

It’s A HELLUVA FLICK, My Peeps!!!

And I DO Refer To It As A TOTALLY FORGOTTEN CLASSIC.

.Period.

Hell…

…Most Folks Don’t Even Know This One Exists.

BUT…

…That’s Why I’M Here!!!

Trust Me, Kiddies…

…If You Haven’t Seen…

OUTLAND

…And You’re Into The Plot-Line I’ve Just Lightly Laid Out…

…And You LOVE’YA Some…

SEAN CONNERY

(And Who Doesn't Love Themselves Some SEAN CONNERY!!!)

…Then It COULD BE The Proverbial Diamond-In-The-Rough For Ya.

Fo SHO Fo SHO, My Peeps!!!

Do You Trust Me???

GREAT!!!

I Simply KNEW YOU DID!!!

!!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!!

(ALMOST) Random (MIDNIGHT) Movie Mention: “UNKNOWN” (2011)

UNKNOWN (2011)

UNKNOWN

…Stars MY MAIN MAN Himself…

LIAM NEESON

:D       :D       :D

…And Stars…

AIDAN QUINN

JANUARY JONES

DIANE KRUGER

&

FRANK Skeletor LANGELLA

:D       :D

It’s Also Produced By “Mr. UBER PRODUCER“…

JOEL SILVER

:D

Alright, My Peeps…

…Check-It-Out…

LIAM NEESON

Is

Dr. MARTIN HARRIS

…He Thinks?

But, Is He Really?

Well…

…We Really DON’T KNOW.

((wink wink))

You See, Shortly Into The Flick, He’s In A Car Crash.

He Hit His Head Hard.

He’s Now In The Hospital.

And, He’s Just Awakened From A Four (4) Day Coma.

He’s In Berlin.

He Doesn’t Speak German.

He Has No Official Identification.

He Might Know Some People, But We’re Not Really Sure.

He Just Remembers That He’s Dr. MARTIN HARRIS And That His Wife ((played by JANUARY JONES)) Doesn’t Know Where He Is, Nor What Has Happened.

He Then Remembers She Should Be At The Hotel They Were Originally Going To Stay In, And He’s Got To Go Find Her.

BUT…

…When He Does Get To The Hotel, And He Does Find His Supposed Wife…

…SHE DOESN’T CLAIM TO KNOW HIM AT ALL.

And Now Another Man ((played by AIDAN QUINN)) Shows-Up And Says That HE’s ActuallyDr. MARTIN HARRIS!!!

W.T.F.

?!?!?!?!?!?

And NOW The Flick Really REALLY Begins!!!

:D     :D     :D     :D

UNKNOWN

…Is Really A MUCH BETTER Flick Than A Lot Of Folks May Have Told You.

It Just Had The Bad Luck Of Coming Out After LIAM NEESON‘s Surprise Mega-Hit-Flick…

TAKEN

:(

UNKNOWN

…Is Fun.

It’s Exciting.

It’s Suspenseful.

It’s Clever.

It Was Good Enough For Me To Wanna Buy It, My Peeps.

I’d Say That’s PLENTY Good.

;)

Some People Told Me “UNKNOWN” Was Slow In Too Many Places, Which Ultimately Hurt The Overall Presentation.

To Those People, I Simply Say…

YOURE IMPATIENT!”

Dammit.

I Thought This Was A Classically Paced Thriller.

I Could EASILY See ALFRED HITCHCOCK Directing Something Like This.

HITCHCOCK Loved The Whole Idea Of The MISTAKEN IDENTITY Caper.

I Think He Would Have Relished In Directing This Flick.

Or, At Least, A Flick Like It.

I’m NOT Saying “UNKNOWN” Is The Greatest Flick Ever, My Peeps.

I AM Saying “UNKNOWN” Is A Lot Better Than You May Realize.

It’s Also Got MORE DEPTH And A THICKER PLOT Than People Gave It Credit For.

It’s Got MORE DEPTH And A THICKER PLOT Than “TAKEN” Had.

And That Is A FACT.

Period Period.

If You Haven’t Seen “UNKNOWN” Yet, Give It A Go, Kids.

If You’ve Seen It Once, And Didn’t Bother Going Another Round…

…Please…

…Do Yourself The Favor Of Checking-It-Out AGAIN.

It’ll Only Cost You 113-Minutes Of Your Life.

A Drop In The Bucket, Ya Know?!

;)

:D       :D

So... Are YOU Jivin Me -questionmark-

“It Is A Good Thing To Be Rich, And A Good Thing To Be Strong…”

“…But It Is A Better Thing To Be Loved By Many Friends.”

EURIPIDES

360px-Euripides_Pio-Clementino_Inv302 (via Wikipedia)

{{{c. 480 B.C. – c. 406 B.C.}}}

((WRITER))

((DRAMATIST))

((PLAYWRIGHT))

Me & “Mr. Negative” Over Here…

…Wanted To Apologize For All The Negativity I’ve Spewed Of Late, My Peeps.

When Things Start Going Wrong For A Person, They Usually Do So In Rather LARGE Clumps.

Yes

…Some Have Said I’ve Been Waaaaay Too Harsh On Myself.

Maybe I Have.

Maybe I Haven’t.

Who’s To Say???

Exactly, My Peeps.

But, That’s Not My Current Point.

I’m Talking About My Negative Approach To…

…Ohhh…

…99.993% Of My Recent Life?!

(((Give Or Take A % Or Two.)))

That Part Is Totally MY BAD.

It Hasn’t Always Been That Way, As You’re Well Award.

I Can BE Negative.

I Am NOT Always This “MR. NEGATIVE” Creature.

Lately…

…”MR. NEGATIVE” Is All I’ve Been, Though.

It Hasn’t Mattered What It Was…

…Chances Are It PISSED ME OFF.

It’s For THAT, And Mainly That Alone, I’m Really Sorry.

I Can’t Be Sorry For What I Said.

They Were Honest Expressions Of The Moment’s Emotions.

I Can Regret Them…

…But I Can’t Truly Be Sorry For Them.

I Meant Them.

SO

What Have I Learned From This???

Well, I Hate Exterior Drama And How It Perpetuates Itself.

I Create Enough Drama For Myself.

I’m Evidence Of That.

Ain’t That A BIG FO SHO.

: /

It’s Just Life, Kids.

I Know You Understand My Jive.

It’s Not Set.

Sometimes, I Fu*k-It-Up.

You Do It.

YOU DO!

You Could Slow Life Down To The Millisecond, And You’d Still Find A Way To Fu*k-It-Up!

YOU WOULD!

That’s How Life Works.

Goin’ Good…

…Goin’ Good…

Dammit

…Goin’ Good…

…Goin’ Good…

Dammit

Dammit

DAMMIT!

It Never Fails.

Since I Had The Option, I Blogged During My Issues.

Smart Idea?

???

The Jury Is Still Out On This One, Judge(s).

BUT, I Remain Hopeful.

;)

I Often Refer To My Blog As An Evolution.

It Is.

I’m Constantly Growing As A Blogger…

…And I Try To Learn More From BOTH My Successes AND My Failures.

Needless To Say…

(((Though I'm Going To Say It)))

…I’m Still Learning.

I’m Finding More And More Folks Seem To Care About My Work When I’m Cranking Out Quotes, Or I’m Discussing Personal Drama.

I’m Not Really Sure How To Take That.

Not YET, Anyway.

So... Are YOU Jivin Me -questionmark-

What’s On Now?! ORSON WELLES’ Production Of “THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI” (1947)

The Lady From Shanghai (1948)

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…May Not Be Exactly What ORSON WELLES Had Envisioned…

(((His Original-Cut Was About 155-Minutes, The Studio Release-Cut Was About 87-Minutes)))

…But You Can Totally Still See Plenty Of His Vision.

I Will Say It’s Loaded With Intrigue…

…Murder…

…Plot Twists…

…Exceptional, Quirk’ish Acting…

…And Quirk’ish’ly Exceptional Directing.

The Film Stars…

RITA HAYWORTH as Elsa Bannister/Rosalie

(((HAYWORTH Was Actually Still Married To WELLES At The Time This Flick Was Made)))

ORSON WELLES as Michael O’Hara

(((WELLES Also Wrote The Screenplay, Produced AND Directed)))

&

EVERETT SLOANE as Arthur Bannister

(((SLOANE Was Also A Performer With WELLES' "Mercury Players")))

*** *** ***

Michael O’Hara, against his better judgement, hires on as a crew member of Arthur Bannister’s yacht, sailing to San Francisco. They pick up Grisby, Bannister’s law partner, en route. Bannister has a wife, Rosalie, who seems to like Michael much better than she likes her husband. After they dock in Sausalito, Michael goes along with Grisby’s weird plan to fake his (Grisby’s) murder so he can disappear untailed. He wants the $5000 Grisby has offered, so he can run off with Rosalie. But Grisby turns up actually murdered, and Michael gets blamed for it. Somebody set him up, but it is not clear who or how. Bannister (the actual murderer?) defends Michael in court. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com> (Via The IMDB ((http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040525/plotsummary)))

*** *** ***

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…Is Now Over 65-Years-Old.

Yet, It Remains As Wildly Fun As It Ever Has.

As Others Have Said Of This Film…

…It Is TOTALLY Classic ORSON WELLES.

Kinda Hard Not To Be Since He Wrote, Starred-In, Produced, And Directed It.

CITIZEN KANE

…Is The Flick Most People Remember When Thinking About ORSON WELLES.

Of That, There Can Be No Debate.

But, Sometimes I’d Much Rather Kick-It-Back And Watch…

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

Period.

It’s A Lot More Fun, That’s A BIG Fo SHO.

When I Watch “CITIZEN KANE” I Say…

"Well, Now I've Seen It. I Can Totally Understand Why It's Such An Important Flick. I Might Watch It Again At Some Point."

When I See “THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI” I Say…

"Did I Just See What I Think I Just Saw?! I'm Gonna Have To Watch This One Again!"

See The Difference?

Trust Me, Watch Them Both.

Then You’ll Totally Get My Jive, My Peeps.

And It’s Worth It!

It’s So VERY Worth It!

No Foolies, Kids.

Sooo…

…If You Like Quality Murder-Mystery-Noir-Thrillers…

…And ORSON WELLES‘ Unique Filmmaker Qualities…

…I Say Give This One A Go.

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…May Very Well Be Right Up Your Proverbial Alley, My Peeps.

You Really Should Trust Me On This One.

Give It A Go, Fo SHO Fo SHO!

M’Kay?!?

MMM’KAY!!!

;)       :D

What’s On Now?! Gene Hackman in Francis Ford Coppola’s “THE CONVERSATION” (1974)

Filmed In 1974 In-Between…

THE GODFATHER

…And…

THE GODFATHER Part II

…It Has Always Been Easy To Consider This Flick…

THE CONVERSATION

The Conversation (1974)

…As An Almost Totally Forgotten Classic.

It Was Written, Produced AND Directed By…

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA

And I, Honestly, Don’t Know Too Many People Whom Have, Honestly, Seen It.

I Hadn’t Seen It In Many Years, Until Borrowing It From A BFF ((Whom I Sincerely Need To Be Hanging With More Often, Anyway)).

I Saw It There In His Movie Collection And Immediately Said To Him…

“I Need To Borrow THE CONVERSATION, Dude.”

To Which He Replied…

THE CONVERSATION?! Sure, Sure!! It’s A Good One!!”

And Ya Know What, My Peeps?

It Is.

It’s A Good One.

It’s A Very VERY Good One, Indeed.

GENE HACKMAN

…Is Generally Known For Playing…

…Hmm…

…Rather Volatile Characters?

(((I.E. "Popeye Doyle", "Reverend Scott", "Lex Luthor", "Little Bill Daggett", "Captain Ramsey", etc etc etc)))

But, In This Flick, He Gives One Of The Most Quiet, Understated Performances You’re Likely To Ever Find.

And It’s Brilliant.

Quiet, Understated Brilliance.

Period.

His Performance Is So Spot On Perfect, It’s Almost Tooo Good.

I’ve Known People Like “HARRY CAUL”, The Reserved Wire-Tapper Character He Portrays.

You See, “HARRY CAUL” Is A Professional Surveillance Expert.

He’s Been Hired To Bug A Conversation Between Two People; A Possibly Unfaithful Woman And Her Possible Lover.

Sounds Simple Enough, Right?!

But, Now Those Whom Hired Him Want The Tapes, And It Appears They’re Willing To Kill For Them.

Now “HARRY” Is Listlessly Lost Within A Web Of Deceit, Mystery, Paranoia And Murder.

This Is Very Honest Acting, Writing, AND Directing, My Peeps.

It’s Very Nearly Priceless.

In Short?

I Loved It.

I Still Love It.

I’ve Now Watched “THE CONVERSATION” TWICE This Week, Just To Be Sure I’m Sure Sure Of What I’m Saying.

And NOW…

…Well…

…I Suppose I Should Get Crackin’ On Viewing Number THREE.

I’ve Gotta Make Sure Sure Sure, Ya Know?!

Right?!

RIGHT!!!

;)       :)       :D

In What Way Is “FRENCH CONNECTION II” (1975) Superior To “THE FRENCH CONNECTION” (1971)???

Two Words, My Peeps:

GENE HACKMAN

.Period.

(((Period Does NOT Count Here, Dammit.)))

:|

*** ***

*** ***

GENE HACKMAN

…Won The ACADEMY AWARD For BEST ACTOR Of 1971 For His Portrayal Of The Character Of “POPEYE” DOYLE In…

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

…And It Was Very VERY Much Deserved.

Based On This, If We Were Going By The Power And Drive Behind Said Portrayal…

…Yeah…

…The Math Says…

GENE HACKMAN

…Would/Should Have EASILY Walked Away With THREE (3) OSCARS In 1975, For…

FRENCH CONNECTION II

Maybe More.

;)

He’s THAT GOOD, My Peeps.

In Fact, He’s Absolutely Brilliant.

Yet He Didn’t Even Pull A Nomination For The Second Film.

:(

So Much For Math, Eh?!

New York City Police Detective “POPEYE” DOYLE Is A Classic Character Among Classic-Classic Characters…

…But He Wouldn’t Be, If Not For The Efforts Of…

GENE HACKMAN

.Period Period.

Two More Words For Y’all, My Peeps:

COLD TURKEY

.Period Period Perod.

To Find-Out The Significance Of Those Two Words, You’ll Have To See The Second Film.

BUT…

…I Always Tell People The Same Thing:

Watch BOTH Films, THEN Come Tell Me What YOU Think.

And I Stick By That.

Seeing…

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

…Is A Really Special Treat.

Seeing…

FRENCH CONNECTION II

…To Me…

…Is Even More So.

The Key To This Is…

…Oh Yeah…

GENE HACKMAN

:D     :D

I Love The First Film, Though Have Always Considered It To Be A TAD Overrated.

I Love LOVE The Second Film, And Consider It To Be One Of THE MOST Underrated Films Of ALL-TIME.

I Suggest You Give Them Both A Go, Kiddies.

I Doubt You’ll Be Disappointed.

I’m Already Curious As To What You’ll Say!

:D

Here’s Hoping Y’all Have A Damned Decent Day, My Peeps.

Do What You Can, At The Least.

Hang In There.

Take Care.

Be Good.

:D

Thinking Aloud: Post-HALLOWEEN-Edition: “Ever Since My Trip To CHICAGO…

…I’ve Been Drawn-To, And Excited-By, The Film “THE GREY” Starring LIAM NEESON.”

I’ve Been Fixated Upon-It, Actually.

http://youjivinmeturkey.com/2012/10/29/not-so-random-at-all-movie-mention-joe-carnahans-the-grey-2011-starring-liam-neeson/

http://youjivinmeturkey.com/2012/10/31/once-more-into-the-fray-into-the-last-good-fight-ill-ever-know/

SEE !!!

I TOLD YA SO !!!

I’m SURE You’ve Noticed, But…

…I Really Just Can’t Help Myself.

The First Time I Saw It, I Liked It.

But, I Convinced Myself I Didn’t Like It So Much.

And Then I Watched-It A Second Time.

I Knew I Couldn’t Convince Myself To Dislike It Any Longer, So I Just Let The Greatness Of It Wash Over Me.

Then I Saw It A Third Time.

Then A Fourth.

I Just Can’t Help Myself.

To Me, It’s Like It Was After The First Time I Saw “KRULL” !!!

I Wanted To Watch It Again, And Again, AND AGAIN !!!

I Was The Same Way With A Few Other Choice-Flicks.

I Remember Doing It When “TOMBSTONE” Came Out.

I Remember Doing It When “LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL“…

(…AKA “THE PROFESSIONAL…)

…1ST Came Out.

I Remember Doing It When “ARMY OF DARKNESS” Came Out.

There Are Other Examples, But Needless To Say It Happens To Me At Times.

THE GREY

…Is…

…MY…

…Latest, Personal Craze.

To ME…

THE GREY

…Is Now…

…SPECIAL.

So Special, In-Fact, That I Can’t Stop Thinking About It.

It’s Directly Related To Having Received It AND Had My Second Viewing Of It While In The Second City Itself…

CHICAGO

!!!

The Film Makes Me Think…

…And Reflect…

…And Think Whilst I Reflect.

THE GREY

…Is Now…

…MY NEW FAVORITE REMINDER !!!

:D

A Reminder Of Being In The Company Of Those I Missed Most.

A Reminder That Some Things DO Deserve A Second Chance.

A Reminder To Think How I DO Think, Not How I SHOULD Think, Or FORCE MYSELF To Think.

And…

…Of Course…

…That I LOVE ME Some LIAM NEESON !!!

Period.

That Really Sums It All Up.

Does That Work For You ???

It Sure As Hell Works For Me !!!

;)       :)       :D