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When A Stranger Calls (1979) Review


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There's this urban legend chestnut about a babysitter getting menacing phone calls from an escaped lunatic or hook handed psycho or drug-addled sociopath or whatever you like. The caller tells her to "check on the kids." And if you've grown up in the United States you know the rest. It's the punch line that matters and it's always, the killer's in the house! He's calling from upstairs! And it's usually followed - around campfires - by screams.

The story is about as old as babysitting and it is always scary, even in it's countless variations. Today, with the advent of cell phones and the internet it's taken on new life in the innumerable post-post-modern slasher films of the last decade.

Continue reading: When A Stranger Calls (1979) Review

When A Stranger Calls Review


OK
There's this urban legend chestnut about a babysitter getting menacing phone calls from an escaped lunatic or hook handed psycho or drug-addled sociopath or whatever you like. The caller tells her to "check on the kids." And if you've grown up in the United States you know the rest. It's the punch line that matters and it's always, the killer's in the house! He's calling from upstairs! And it's usually followed - around campfires - by screams.

The story is about as old as babysitting and it is always scary, even in it's countless variations. Today, with the advent of cell phones and the internet it's taken on new life in the innumerable post-post-modern slasher films of the last decade.

Continue reading: When A Stranger Calls Review

The Italian Job (1969) Review


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Only the British and Steven Soderbergh seem to be able to make funny caper movies. The Italian Job -- the original one, that is -- is a quite funny, minor classic of the genre, elevated from midnight movie fare thanks to the presence of a spot-on Michael Caine.

The film's setup is pretty staid: Caine's Charlie Croker is straight outta prison, and he's right back at the crime game the moment he's released. Thanks to guidance from boss Bridger (Noel Coward, appearing primarily in films given to Caine), the job is meticulously planned and staffed: Ultimately the gig is to cause a giant traffic jam in the city of Turin, steal $4 million in gold from an armored car, and escape using clever non-roadway surfaces so the cops can't follow them.

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Get Carter (1971) Review


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Michael Caine plays Jack Carter, a hired gun who is out to avenge the death of his brother, Payback style, by beating up and killing off the guys who ordered his brother's killing. Filled with low-budget action and low-budget eroticism, Michael Caine unfortunately does not make much of an impression as a rough-and-tumble gangster. The picture has its moments, the most memorable of which is when Carter addresses an envelope of evidence to be mailed to "The Vice Squad." Not awful, but hardly a classic.

Revenge Of The Pink Panther Review


Good
Peter Sellers' fifth and final performance as Clouseau, of Pink Panther fame, finds the bumbling detective the target of a French crime lord determined to boost him image by offing the notoriously hard-to-kill inspector. It's the most cartoon-like of the series (when Clouseau falls through a hole in the floor -- cut out in a circle beneath where he stands, natch -- his hat stays suspended in air on the story above), and the least memorable by a longshot. Never mind that it doesn't make a lot of sense to start with (no explanation is made for the reappearance of former inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), who disintegrated himself at the end of Panther #4), and the remainder of the movie is mainly one setup for Sellers to ham it up after another. Still, what a ham, eh?
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