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My trade mark is I HATE movies made for idiots and teens, I hate manufactured products made for mindless audiences always in quest of always the same schemes. I crave for action films and series, that means violence, brutality but also emotion pulled by powerful characters who bring you such intensity in your blood, in your brain, in your soul, that you have war drums in your ears. I love unusual stories, I love being surprised. I can make the difference between a movie I love and a movie which is a good one. Or between a crap and a film I don't particularely like. I am not an intellectual, I am always lost in too much complex, complicated topics, but I am never puzzled in emotional lines. That's what I live for. Emotion and intensity. Suspense is emotion for me. Not complicated schemes.
Central nuit: Un beau flag (2006)
On the spot
The usual procedural police scheme, with a rookie arriving at the headquarters. some gangsters pull a jewellery store heist by taking the owner's family as hostage. But the problem, is that those well prepared mobsters - they know everything about the family in question, everything, till which video games the youngest kid daughter prefers to play with - have no gloves nor hoods on their face, despite the presence of the family; that sounds phony to me. You have much light minded dialogues, and humor in this episode; the police officer who loses his badge in a bude parties night club....
Miles to Go... (1986)
An amazing tearjerker
The perfect example of tearjerker made for home audiences, destined for housewives whilst they iron, cook, clean the house, knot,sew up...But an effective, awesome family drama in which, of course, as I often say, many people could recognize themselves, or will think of folks they have known in the past. Me first, about my mom...awesome performances. That's not the first of the kind and won't be the last. i am surprised that no one has commented it yet.
Frank Riva: La croix étoilée (2003)
Acceptable Delon vehicle
At this scale of his carrer, I think we could not wait for something different from Alain Delon. An investigation involving old mafia big shots who kill themselves galore. and there is also moving scheme around Delon and his lost daughter who doesn't know who he actually is, though he does; Not a bad tv movie, but foreseeable; Destined for too wide audiences to be my stuff.
Central nuit: Quartier sensible (2008)
The main matter here involvs a Young woman fell down an elevator shaft. The cops are called but the accident occured in a tower located in a very dangerous ghetto. The second case in this episode is about a suspect killed just after being discharged by the police. Good depiction of the misery existing in the ghettos. Another thing unusual here is the question of elevators out of order or very dangerous to use in those towers.
Central nuit: Vol à la poussette (2004)
Not a bad episode, rather unusual, where a case of stolen babies is on the matter. Rather close to reality, but not that exciting for a crime series.
Good fella's law
Our cop team has to deal with a couple of young female punks who steal money from parking meters and also a racket affair involving dangerous gangsters from the underworld. Tight and sharp episode, among the best opf the series. The gangster character is awesomely played.
Ça ne se refuse pas (1998)
What the f...????
I really don't know what to say about this uncertain, improbable story which I am unable to see where it drives at or what it is about...A woman has debts and is afraid about a killer on the loose, so you are suppose to endure many many sequences that you could say they are all meaningless. The kind of what the French industry is able to bring, from time to time. But why not, that changes from Hollywood foreseeable craps.
Central nuit: Récidive (2004)
This topic involves a teen male who is victim of punks seeking revenge because of his mother, a district attorney who prosecuted them some while ago. The sonin question is himself involved in a drug traffic. Nothing else. Police procedural in Paris.
Nothing special here
In this episode, I found nothing exceptional if I compare to some other of the series. A young woman is thrown from a window but survives. There was feast in the apartment where the girl was thrown from, and youngsters from wealthy families are of course involved in the accident. Besides, one of the police woman finds her ex husband put under arrest. Nothing exciting, but good acting and characterization, close to human despair, human condition.
Central nuit: Le gang des lâches (2003)
The usual topic of different affairs which the police district have to deal with. One of them involve crooks who steal elders at their home impersonating police officers. The story also speaks of kids, children senf by their adult folks to picpocket obs. The accurate and interesting police daily burden.
Cold Blood Legacy (2019)
Jean Reno gives here another LEON, as Luc Besson will, in a few months; give us ANNA, another NIKITA...So, you see, old schemes come back one way or another. This story is good enough for me because I love those topics of lonely hitmen, who know that they have to fight for something lost in advance. Remember Jim Jarmush's GHOST DOG, Besson,'s LEON, or Jean Pierre Melville's LE SAMOURAI...This very film here is not a masterpiece, but a pretty good grade B picture.
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I love this ankwar film, sometimes lousy in directing. I loved it, despite of this because you have here no good character vs evil one scheme,at least not as you may expect it to be. The petty bourgeois from the beginning, whom you can feel empathy for, becomes in the end some kind of evil one. And the rebel without a cause punk, by the scarface becomes nearly the good guy of the story. I loved the face to face between the two of them. OK, I repeat, that's pretty clumsy, not tht well acted, played, who I don't care at all. I love unusal schemes.
Qalb el-Asad (2013)
Action packed thriller from Egypt
That's not so usual to watch a film for Egypt. I agree that film is very action packed and not always for the sissies, good action sequences but ankward, if you watch close enough. I will forget it vey quickly. ut it was good try anyway.
Perfect topic for this show
If I had to remind one episode so far in this show that would certainly be this one, for sure. An eerie tale with good characterization and special effects too. Ven now, in 2019, I find this not ankward at all. A ghost story, OK, but also a trial scheme far better than many other ones.
The Avengers: The White Elephant (1964)
A very interesting topic this episode talking about ivory traffic and involving the theft of an albino white elephant in a zoo. A tale speaking of animal cause defence - not joke word, speaking about ivory - which, in those days, is very surprising too. Interesting but not exceptional either. Supporting characters more described than usual, and that's a good thing.
I was a little bored by this flat and uninteresting story but watchable for someone with nothing to do. The tale of a female pianist who finds out that the man she loves has betrayed her. With rather expected results. Not the best of the series. I let you discover the details. Useless to spoil this episode.
This tale looks very like an American one, not British nor European. A Black man is in search of a missing girl. He goes to a house with rooms to rent and which happened to be the place where the girl was supposed to be. A sad and eerie tale, maybe too short to be fully enjoyed.
What does it drive at?
Another mystery this story...Yes the mystery because I wonder wht the hell Orson Welles chose this topic in this anthology show. Not bad, of course, but nothing thrilling either. Sotimes eerie, I agree, but I found it boring, and was hurry to see the next episode. But you can try it, maybe it will interest you. I alsi admit that I am not fond of churches tales, not a believer myself. This certainly explains that...
Officer and gentleman
This is a man's story indeed, involving officers of the India British army, an affair of treason and honor among officers, men of honor themselves. Army honor. is in question in this talkative episode, with very few exciting nor thrilling scemes nor atmosphere. But that's not the worst of them all. Just a little flat, if you compare with some other of this very show.
Edgar Allan Poe's manner
Well, what a cute little tale, this one, where Pete Cusging is brilliant a a cheated husband suspecting his wife to be unfaithful; A dark tale where you could expect to have Vincent Price insted of him for his role. Roger Corman's shadow is not far from this excellent story set in France, just after Napoleon's wars.
Enjoy, just enjoy...
Another blackmail story, this begins to be habit in this show. Jack Cassidy shines here as a business man victim of a blackmailer, played by Ed Deveraux. Jack Cassidy character reminds me strongly the one he had in a COLUMBO episode. Arrogant, very sur of himself and ruthless. Cynical and not that sympathetic, even as the supposed victim of a supposed more ruthless than him. I won't spoil it any further, but it's worth, far better than my previous episode from the TV show.
Hollow entry in the show
It seems that this episode is the very one of the show. It's a blackmail story. I waited for far better than this. scheme. Forget it.
Good story but nothing exceptional. A curse tale, the kind of scheme already told a thousand times before, especially in anthologies shows. Short stories need such topics, simple but sufficient to glue you to your seat. Used and over used but which I can't get tired of. Instead a monkey's paw, it could have been a car, a painting, any item you can imagine. But a sad story too. One of the best so far in this rare TV show, that I just discorered.
Excellent though familiar to me.
This episode topic is very similar to Fritz Lang's BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT and John Sturges' THE MAN WHO DARED. The tale of a journalist who openly pretends to be the murderer of a woman found dead. He purchases false evidence only to prove that justice may give wrong judgments, hoping that a friend of his will bring elements to get himself released before being executed for the murder he did not commit and which he claimed to be guilty of...
Good and exciting but second handed story.
The Avengers: The Medicine Men (1963)
Very interesting topic, ahead of its time.
Yes, what a true interesting story, telling us the fraffic of medicine products and monitored by a former British protectorate which wants to discredit England by providing fake stuff with poison inside. Very modern topic for its time,but not only. This tale gives a kind of geo political approach with, as settings, the former British colonial empire. Amusing scene whith Steed reading stock market newspaper whilst Cathy Gale gets out the shower booth.