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LOOK, TOM TURKEY HAS ARRIVED!!!

To all My Followers, those I’m Following, and all Curious Visitors,

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m Thankful for my family, my parents, and my closest friends.

From Tony Nash, MOVIE FAN MAN

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TIME FOR SEASON’S SPOOKY GREETINGS

To All My Followers, Those I’m Following, and All Curious Visitors,

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tony Nash, Movie Fan Man

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#SaveRedDeadOnline

From Tony Nash,

(All opinions are of the author alone)

Save Red Dead Online - YouTube
(From YouTube)

Hello to my Followers, those I’m Following, and all Curious Visitors,

It’s not often I get the opportunity to help out a group or company, and I wanted to take this one by the horns. Now as I said in a previous video, I’m a Film and Blu Ray/DVD guy, and not a gamer, but I do enjoy playing Red Dead Redemption 2’s bonus content Red Dead Online, and when I heard RDO’s gaming community are pushing for more content, I had to show my support.

Rockstar Neglects RDO AGAIN!... Save Red Dead Online - YouTube
From YouTube

Before in my ‘Game Opinion From a Non-Gamer’ write up, I tried being somewhere in the middle, but after the dismal December Update, (though I do admit I loved being able to earn double cash profit during the Holiday season), and learning just now of the RDO fans hashtag movement, I decided to give their community my support. Granted I myself would prefer just have expansions on the Bounty Hunter Role and being able to rob NPCs who try robbing players over things like owning and selling property, but I’m more than happy to help the RDO fans get some justice and recognition. So, the Rockstar bigwigs: Give the Fans some more Wild West fun!!!!!!!!!

As before, this Blog is still about Films and Blu Rays/DVDs, but I felt this hashtag movement deserved some love.

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NEW YEARS EVE BABY!!!!!!!!!!

From Tony Nash,

To all my Followers, those I’m Following, and all Curious Visitors,

Enjoy getting ready to ring in a New Year

New Year's Eve 2021
From Google

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2021!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Tony Nash, the Movie Fan Man

To all my Followers, those I’m Following, and all Curious Visitors,

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From History Channel

Have a:

Merry/Happy Christmas

Happy Chanukah (Hanukah)

Happy Kwanzaa

Joyeux Noël

God Yule

God Jul

Frohe Weinachten

Feliz Navidad

Buon Natale

Vrolijk Kerstfeest

Crăciun Fericit

 Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia

Veselé Vánoce

Glædelig Jul

Hyvää Joulua

Hauskaa Joulua

メリークリスマス (Meri Kurisumasu)

즐거운 성탄절 (jeulgeoun seongtanjeol)

메리 크리스마스 (meri keuriseumaseu)

聖誕快樂, 圣诞快乐 (Shèngdàn kuàilè)

聖誕節快樂, 圣诞节快乐 (Shèngdànjié kuàilè)

Καλά Χριστούγεννα (kalá Christoúgenna)

Boldog Karácsonyt

Gleðileg Jól

Nollaig Shona

Schéine Chrëschtdag

Stay safe, be well, and enjoy the season!!!!!!!!!

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Season’s Greetings Round 2!!!!

To all my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

(Happy Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weinachten, Buon Natale, Feliz Navidad, Vrolijk kerstfeest, Meri Kurisumasu, Hyvää joulua,
Sheng Dan Kuai Le, Seng Dan Fai Lok, Veselé Vánoce, Glædelig Jul, Zalig Kerstfeest or Zalig Kerstmis, Wesołych Świąt, Blithe Yule, God Jul, Crăciun Fericit, and all the many other ways to say the holiday!)

 

 

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Tom Turkey Has Arrived!

To all my followers, those I’m following, and all visitors –

Have a Happy, Festive, and Thank-filled Thanksgiving!!!

I’m thankful for my family, friends, and all the people who follow and support me here on WordPress.

Tony Nash aka Movie Fan Man

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Hallow’s Eve Greetings

from Tony Nash

To all my Followers, those I’m Following, all Curious Onlookers

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

As a little treat to everyone on this Spooky Day, let me share with you my fan cast and crew for a dream Horror Anthology based on the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe that’ll never be made, but would’ve been interesting had it been. I hope you all enjoy my choice of actors, writers, and directors.

Synopsis: A trio of crooks hide out in a library where they hear tales of the macabre by Poe from the sinister caretaker. Soon they’ll prefer the safety of the police waiting outside.

Racconti di Strani e Soprannaturali

(Tales of the Strange & Supernatural)

Boris Karloff: W.H. Opel, the Librarian (Storia della Struttura)

Vincent Price: The Murderer (segment: Il Diavoletto del Perverso)

Paul Naschy: Count Egaeus (segment: Berenice)

Michael Dunn: Hop Frog (segment: Hop-Frog)

Robert Hossein: The Artist (segment: Il Ritratto Ovale)

Rosalba Neri: Countess Berenice (segment: Berenice)

Maria Perschy: The Artist’s Wife (segment: Il Ritratto Ovale)

Luigi Pistilli: Frank Donalds (Storia della Struttura)

Roberto Camardiel: The King (segment: Hop-Frog)

Vonetta McGee: Trippetta (segment: Hop-Frog)

Piero Lulli: The Inspector (segment: Il Diavoletto del Perverso)

Claudio Camaso: Dan Bonnard  (Storia della Struttura)

Nello Pazzafini: Brock Bonnard (Storia della Struttura)

Eduardo Calvo: The Doctor (segment: Berenice)

Jean-Marc Bory: The Lost Motorist (segment: Il Ritratto Ovale)

Written by: Tony Nash (Storia della Strutturra), Lucio Fulci (segment: Il Diavoletto del Perverso), Mario Bava (segment: Hop-Frog), Paul Naschy (as Jacinto Molina) (segment: Berenice) Robert Hossein (segment: Il Ritratto Ovale), Fabrizio De Angelis (Storia della Strutturra), Amando de Ossorio (segment: Berenice), Roberto Gianviti (segment: Il Diavoletto del Perverso), Claude Desailly (segment: Il Ritratto Ovale), Marcello Fondato (segment: Hop-Frog), & Mario Serandrei (segment: Hop-Frog)

Based on the Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

Produced by: Tony Nash & Fabrizio de Angelis

Directed by: Mario Bava (segment: Hop-Frog), Lucio Fulci (segment: Il Davioletto del Perverso), Robert Hossein (segment: Il Ritratto Ovale), Amandeo de Ossorio (segment: Berenice), & Fabrizio de Angelis (Storia della Strutturra)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Top Ten Mummy Kills

by Tony Nash

(All opinions are of the author alone)

(Spoilers ahead)

Hello to my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors. With the Euro Witches & Madmen Halloween Special finished, I was racking my brain with what to do for Monday before the final Wednesday post, and I found something I’m sure will be fascinating. On both YouTube and WordPress I’ve seen people discussing their favorite Slasher kills, and normally I stear clear of such lists because I tend to have trouble narrowing stuff down, but here I’m making an exception because I’m sticking to the four Mummy films made by Hammer studios. While the Universal Mummy films and the Mummy films starring Brendan Frasher are cool, the death scenes are either too ordinary or too fantasique, Hammer’s scenes often being creative and/or set perfectly to the right mood or tone.

 

10. Joseph Whemple (Raymond Huntley) in The Mummy (1959)

While a good music cue adds to the overall effect of the scene’s scare and eerie factor, the strangulation scene happens just way too fast. Mr. Huntley doesn’t even get the opportunity to show being scarred a Mummy has come back to life and is killed too fast.

9. Stephen Banning (Felix Aylmer) in The Mummy (1959)

The head of the expedition responsible for the resurrection of a murderous Mummy should usually have a befitting death scene, and while Mr. Banning is certainly given such, nothing extra ordinary happens. While the asylum strangulation scene most likely offered inspiration for many an 80’s Slasher film, that the character forgets an important item that would’ve helped his son find his killers leaves the scene a little cold.

8. Stanley Preston (John Philips) in The Mummy’s Shroud (1967)

When the man responsible for the archeological expedition also happens to be the most unlikable jerk on screen, his death scene would certainly be one that would leave audiences actually cheering the Mummy snuffed him out. Audiences most certainly aren’t sad to see the character of Preston get killed, but that all he gets is his head bashed into the side of a wall is a little subpar and maybe a little underwhelming for the slick dirty dealings he pulled. John Philips still plays the scene well either way, and his getting spit on at the end adds a little.

7. Hashmi Bey (George Pastell) in The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)

Now what makes this scene interesting is that the victim actually asks to be killed. Bey is a loyal subject of Egypt and feels so traitorous in helping the British foreigners defile the tombs of the Pharaohs that he chooses to have his family become synonymous with dirt and suffer a painful death. The Mummy gets quite unique with his style of execution by using his foot to crush Bey’s head and neck. A well done and welcome different scene.

6. Mr. Longbarrow (Michael Ripper) in The Mummy’s Shroud (1967)

What makes this kill scene a bit more tragic than the rest on the list is that the fellow getting killed was truly a victim of circumstances. Longbarrow’s only connection to the tomb is his being the secretary of the man financing the expedition. The Mummy gets really physical with Michael Ripper’s character and wraps him up in his bedsheets, then promptly throws him out of a window where his skull smashes on the ground. Ripper gives quite the good death scene ravings as he shouts for help and begs for mercy.

5. Adam Beauchamp/Prince Beal (Terence Morgan) in The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)

What happens when you learn the guy you thought was the brooding anti-hero of the film turns out to be the Mummy’s evil brother who was cursed to live forever for the act of fratricide? One of the better climaxes to a well paced and generally entertaining movie. The revelation does come out of left field, but does make sense when audiences learn the whole story of The Mummy’s death. Terence Morgan’s character was the only one in the franchise to suffer death via being held down and drowned by a Mummy, which did prove to be very inventive and interesting.

4. Sir Basil Walden (Andre Morell) in The Mummy’s Shroud (1967)

Veteran British character actor Andre Morell gets to be the first victim of the third film in The Mummy franchise. His death scene is the earliest instance in the genre of the Mummy crushing someone’s head with its bare hands. The camera beginning with Morell’s head being grasped and then panning up as The Mummy slowly and methodically squeezes the head to mush is very effective as it leaves audiences wondering how terrible the end result was of such a death.

3. Sir Giles Dalrymple (Jack Gwillim) in The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)

This scene is one of the more chilling deaths within the franchise. Like with the Andre Morell, the actual kill is never seen, but the implication is just as frightening. The Sir Giles character suffers death by bludgeoning with a statue. That the film music just stops as does actor Gwillim’s cries for help after the first blow and all that’s heard for the next three strikes is the Mummy’s unearthly breathing is truly unsettling and effective.

2. (Multiple ties) Geoffrey Danbridge (Hugh Burden), Helen Dickerson (Rosalie Crutchley), Prof. Berigan (George Clourouris), and the Three Priests (Unnamed Extras) in Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb) (1971)

Whew, talk about true powers of darkness at work in this one. Director Seth Holt mixed unique editing and camera angles as he shows the members of an expedition being killed one by one by supernatural means with throat wounds similar to that of jackal bites. Probably the most eerie kills in any Mummy style film.

1. Mehemet Bey (George Pastell) in The Mummy (1959)

Yes ladies and gents, this is my all time favorite kill in Hammer’s Mummy franchise. The Religious Zealot determined to uphold the curse of his native land ends up having the tables turned on him. Not realizing the hero’s wife bears a striking resemblance to the ancient princess he is to protect, the evil Bey suffers a quite painful death of having his back broken and his spine severed. Quite an ironic ending for the man who wanted to destroy the foreign infidels who he believed had no respect for his land and culture.

I hope this list matches the quality of other lists elsewhere and that everyone found it interesting.

All images are courtesy of Google.com/Google Images and their respective owners

Please check out my reviews in my Halloween section for more in depth looks at the films

 

 

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The PI Plays the Thugs Against Each Other

by Tony Nash

(A Part of Yakuza & Crime)

(All opinions are of the author alone)

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Kutabare Akuto-Domo: Tantie Jimusho 23 (Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! /Go to Hell Bastards!: Detective Bureau 2-3) PG-13 (1963) ****

Jo Shishido: Hideo Tajima/Ichiro Tanaka (as Joe Shishido)

Tamio Kawaji: Manabe

Reiko Sassamori: Chiaki

Nobuo Kaneko: Inspector Kumagai

Kinzo Shin: Boss Hatano

Naomi Hoshi: Sally

Asao Sano: Father Tanaka

Yuko Kusunoki: Misa

Kotoe Hatsui: Irie

Hiroshi Hijikata: Horiuchi

Written by: Iwao Yamazaki, based on the novel by Haruhiko Oyabu

Directed by: Seijun Suzuki

Synopsis: Private Investigator Hideo Tajima offers to go undercover for the Tokyo Police to figure out who’s behind a rash of smuggling operations. Realizing this group is forcing two Yakuza mobs into consistent shoot-outs, Tajima decides to bring down both the smugglers and the Yakuza groups. Along the way he falls in love with the scarred mistress of the leader of the smugglers.

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Seijun Suzuki, the Japanese filmmaker who’d become most famous for his psychedelic cinematography of the Yakuza film genre, and later for his lawsuit against the corrupt execs at Nikkatsu studios, gives an early success with Detective Bureau 2-3. What makes the film an interesting early effort is that the hero is actually a private investigator, a rarity in the genre as the leads were usually gangsters trying to maintain their personal codes of ethics or a stoic police officer trying to maintain law and order. Much like with his later hit Youth of the Beast, Suzuki has the protagonist go undercover within the Yakuza to break the gangs up, only the former has an independent entity helping out the police in these actions. The adding of some romantic intrigue between the male lead and both the Yakuza Boss’ mistress and a childhood sweetheart gives the film some extra spice in the audience wondering if these emotions will complicate the investigation.  By playing up the recent economic boom of the 60’s in Japan and the subsequent dirty dealings of the Yakuza underworld to line their own pockets off the honest workers, Suzuki creates a nice mix of mystery and action that keeps the viewer interested and entertained.

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While Tajima has all the criminals wondering where his allegiance’s lie in the turf battles as he helps the cops rid Tokyo of some of the bad guys, this isn’t Suzuki’s take on Yojinbo. Yes, he’s looking to gain some publicity for his Private Investigation Agency, but he’s also a concerned citizen of Japan sick and tired of the Yakuza preying on the innocent and taking the hard earned money away from the middle class. What viewers get is a character who does something because it’s the right thing to do, but if he gets notoriety and money from it isn’t necessarily a bad bonus for his time and effort.

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Joe Shishido, one of Japan’s more interesting looking character actors/matinee idols, shines very brightly in the role of Tajima. While not overtly patriotic or completely selfless in his actions, Tajima is a man looking to put a dent in the criminal activity that disgrace the honor of Japan. Shishido plays the character with his usual fast talking and charming approach, which fits the character like a glove. As the character finds himself going deep into the inner workings of the smugglers, he realizes the harsh realities of the world and the complete unscrupulous nature of the mind of the criminal. Shishido also portrays well the respectful nature of the Japanese people. While he’s very direct and blunt with many of the people he meets, Tajima shows both the respect some of who he meets deserve, and also compassion and apologies to the one woman he knows needs to escape to be free. Shishido’s background in Japanese musicals come into play as the character asks his childhood sweetheart on the fly to help him out so his cover isn’t blown which leads to a well crafted and funny song and dance duet that allow the viewer to feel relaxed in an otherwise tense situation. Shishido also gets to display his physicality, doing the majority of his own stunts and fight scenes, gained from years of involvement in dance and theater.

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A nice irony within the film is the showcasing of Japanese Christians. Tajima, while undercover with the alias Ichiro Tanaka, tells one of the leaders of the smugglers that he’s a devout Catholic and the son of a born again priest. This ruse leads to Tajima having to create a situation with the aid of a local priest to help his cover look legitimate. With Japan being known mostly for the Buddhist and Shinto faiths, it’s quite interesting to see some of the country embracing aspects of Western observances. Even though its an irony, it’s a nice little touch to the film as it showcases Japan’s diversity and openness to the many different aspects of life.

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A little different in the Yakuza genre in that the protagonist is neither a gangster or a policeman, this new take with the genre adds spice and interest in how the film will play out. Mixing thrills, intrigue, suspense, and action, Detective Bureau 2-3 is an entertaining little film from a director right before his successful mix of interesting cinematography and lighting.

(I highly recommend the film for its nice mix of action, suspense, and even a little comedy. A fairly straightforward plot, the film offers nice camera angles and shots, 2 ro 3 dimensional characters that fit the kind of people one would encounter in real life, allowing for sympathy and connection, and of course fine set pieces. Arrow Video does another fantastic job with the restoration and clean up of the film, offering quality audio, subtitles, and visuals that make the film pop and come alive.  Not as deep, complex, or artistic as later efforts of the genre, the film still offers thrills and action, and even takes a look at a growing concern of the public’s during the post war period.)

All images courtesy of Google.com/Google Images and their respective owners

for more information

IMDB/Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!

Wikipedia/Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!

Buying options

https://www.amazon.com/Detective-Bureau-Bastards-Special-Blu-ray/dp/B07CQR5SRQ/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1F391XR3Z4VHN&keywords=detective+bureau+2-3+go+to+hell+bastards&qid=1554917752&s=movies-tv&sprefix=Detective+B%2Caps%2C130&sr=1-2-catcorr

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