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Make/Remake: The Spiral Staircases August 30, 2012

Posted by badblokebob in : Film Noir: Classic, 2000s, adaptations, 1940s, Mystery, remakes, Specials, Make/Remake, 2012 , add a comment

The Spiral Staircase (1945)

and

The Spiral Staircase (2000)

The good version is on BBC Two tomorrow at 12:50pm. If you’re interested in how I think the 2000 remake compares, click through:

#49: The Spiral Staircase (2000)

Posted by badblokebob in : Thriller, Romance, 2000s, adaptations, 1 star, Mystery, remakes, 2012 , add a comment

The 1945 version of The Spiral Staircase is on BBC Two tomorrow at 12:50pm. It’s excellent.

It was remade in 2000. That was awful.

Here’s what happens when you turn a great ’40s Gothic noir into a turn-of-the-millennium US TV movie…

#24: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) August 28, 2012

Posted by badblokebob in : Action, Drama, War, 5 stars, 2000s, adaptations, Adventure, Historical, 2012 , add a comment

I can’t say a naval inaction film with Russell Crowe held massive appeal. Turns out I was completely wrong…

Hugh Sinclair as The Saint August 27, 2012

Posted by badblokebob in : Editorials, Thriller, Crime, adaptations, 3 stars, 2 stars, 1940s, Adventure, British films, Mystery, 2012 , add a comment

In the ’30s and ’40s, RKO adapted Leslie Charteris’ series of novels about a modern-day Robin Hood called the Saint into a series of eight films. Following the departure of George Sanders for the similar Falcon series (of which more soon), the mantle of the Saint was adopted by English actor Hugh Sinclair. He may have had the look of a quasi-aristocratic man of action, but Sinclair was no match for the actors that went before, though it apparently wasn’t his fault the series fizzled to an end so quickly.

He ultimately appeared in just two Saint films, which I have naturally reviewed here:


#20: Burke & Hare (2010) August 24, 2012

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“This is a true story
Except for the parts that are not”

#17: Unstoppable (2010) August 21, 2012

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In tribute to the late Tony Scott, perhaps one of my favourite filmmakers, and normally a distinctly underrated one, 100 Films’s 600th feature review is of his final film…

Ridley Scott may get all the awards and honours, because, as Tony once described them, he is “classical” while Tony is “rock and roll”; but for my money the younger Scott brother’s influence on movies will be just as sorely missed. I think Ron Howard put it best: “No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.”

George Sanders as The Saint, Part II August 19, 2012

Posted by badblokebob in : Editorials, Thriller, Crime, adaptations, 3 stars, 2 stars, 1940s, Adventure, Mystery, 2012 , add a comment

In the ’30s and ’40s, RKO adapted Leslie Charteris’ series of novels about a modern-day Robin Hood called the Saint into a series of eight films — you may recall I reviewed the first last month. Five of these films starred “Russian-born English film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author” (and, later, voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s Jungle Book), George Sanders.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because I wrote the same thing yesterday. What’s different, naturally, are the reviews: here the final three films to star Mr Sanders as Mr Templar. So without further ado…



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