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Phantom of the Opera, The

Posted by JoshSamford On October - 5 - 2012

The Phantom of the Opera (1998)
Director: Dario Argento
Writers: Giorgina Caspari
Starring: Asia Argento, Julian Sands, and Andrea Di Stefano

The Plot: When a baby in a basket is rescued by rats who live under an opera house within Paris, he is raised as a violent but quiet man. He (Julian Sands) becomes our “Phantom of the Opera,” and he strikes against those who threaten his way of life by entering the secret underground canals that lie beneath the opera. We are soon introduced to Christine Daaé (Asia Argento), who is a young girl trying to break into Opera. Christine and the Phantom are soon wrapped up in a very strange relationship that revolves around sexual desires and the bizarre telepathic link that they have. Although Christine seems to love The Phantom, there is also the Baron, Raoul De Chagny (Andrea Di Stefano), who is currently making plays for Christine’s attention. As this love triangle ties together, it seems that a tragedy may be waiting around the corner.

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Black Cat, The

Posted by JoshSamford On October - 1 - 2012

The Black Cat (1989)
Director: Luigi Cozzi
Writers: Luigi Cozzi
Starring: Florence Guerin, Urbano Barberini, and Caroline Munro

The Plot: Marc is an Italian genre-film director. Like many directors, he often casts his wife in his lead roles. Anne, despite what one may think, is actually a talented actress, despite being married to the boss. As they do their best to finish their latest horror title, a giallo called “The Black Cat,” Marc and his partner come up with a great idea. Influenced by the same book that Dario Argento was for his film Suspiria, they come up with the idea to shoot a movie focusing on the evil witch Levana. The plan is for Anne to play the lead role of Levana, and at first everyone seems very excited. Every person who reads the four-page outline of the script comes up with the same result: the story is brilliant. However, as the group retires to their villa for a rest, Anne begins to have visions. The witch Levana appears to be real, and she is trying to stop this movie from being made. Anne is soon finding it difficult to differentiate between reality and fiction, because Levana seems to be filling her head with nightmarish visions on a daily basis. Her husband believes that she is going crazy, but will Anne be able to protect her family from this extremely powerful witch?

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Navajo Joe

Posted by JoshSamford On August - 13 - 2012

Navajo Joe (1966)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Writers: Fernando Di Leo, Ugo Pirro, and Piero Regnoli
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell and Nicoletta Machiavelli

The Plot: Duncan is a ruthless monster who has been working in-between the law for years. He was originally tasked with hunting down Natives who were considered to be outlaws, but eventually his ire was drawn towards any Native American village that he crossed. After ruthlessly massacring another group of Native Americans, Duncan heads into town with the goal of selling off their scalps. However, he finds opposition with the city council who no longer want Duncan’s help. After bullying the citizenry for a bit, Duncan is presented a much more interesting opportunity. A man named Lynne sells out the mayor of his neighboring town and tells Duncan of a train which is supposed to be bringing a substantial grant for this neighboring city. Joe (Burt Reynolds), a very tough Native who has been watching Duncan, quickly catches up with a group of prostitutes who have heard the details behind Lynne and Duncan’s plan. However, will Joe do what is right or is he only out to line his own pockets?

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Viva Django!

Posted by JoshSamford On July - 10 - 2012

Viva Django! (1968)
Director: Ferdinando Baldi
Writers: Ferdinando Baldi and Franco Rossetti
Starring: Terence Hill, Horst Frank and George Eastman

The Plot: A mysterious gunfighter named Django is employed as a hangman by a crooked political figure in the old west. This evil political figure, named David Barry (played by German actor Horst Frank), is responsible for the deaths of numerous innocent men who are regularly framed and sentenced to hang. This is all a part of one massive goal for David Barry to own all of the land within this small Western town. Django, however, has a secret history with Barry, and he wants revenge against this tyrannical figure. As it turns out, Django isn’t killing the framed men who are placed under his noose. He only makes it appear that they are dying, but in reality he straps a harness to each man before the execution and saves their lives. After rescuing numerous men, Django intends to build his own army so that he can take revenge on Barry. Why so much hatred for this crooked politician? He is the man responsible for the death of Django’s family. Now the old west will run red with blood until Django has his vengeance.

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Pistol for Ringo, A

Posted by JoshSamford On June - 5 - 2012

A Pistol for Ringo (1965)
Director: Duccio Tessari
Writers: Alfonso Balcázar and Duccio Tessari
Starring: Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, and George Martin

The Plot: A Pistol for Ringo tells the story of a young sheriff named Ben (George Martin) who begins his day by arresting a young man named Ringo (Giuliano Gemma), also known as Angel Face, who has killed four men in self defense. This isn’t anything new for Ringo, however, because he has been in front of the judge numerous times for similar incidents. Later, we are introduced to a lunatic bandit known as Sancho (Fernando Sancho) who pulls off an elaborate heist that sees him and his gang robbing the local bank of everything that they have. As Sancho and his crew try to get away, they wind up at the home of a wealthy land-owner who also happens to be the father of Sherriff Ben’s current love interest. Knowing that she will die, along with all of the other innocent hostages, if the Sheriff comes running in to save the day, he concocts another plan. He inevitably promises Ringo 30% of the bank robbery money, and without delay Ringo is undercover inside of the villa where these bandits are hiding out. Will Ringo settle for the 30%, or will he attempt to play for the bad guys in an attempt to get a larger percentage?

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