Archive for February, 2009

Goliath!

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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As anyone who reads my earlier blog posts will know, I am in the process of updating all of the reviews and pages on the site into a new format (its a technical thing!) and taking the opportunity to update and fix any errors on the reviews as I go. So for the last week I have been updating the Peplum pages and reviews.

I also took the opportunity to add two new reviews – a double bill of Goliath cinema, from Wild East. Goliath and the Barbarians (1959) and the utterly crazy Goliath and the Vampires (1961). Any Peplum fans should certainly pick this set up.

Stanley Baker doublebill

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Stanley Baker is probably one of Britain’s very best actors, and in this pair of films from director Joseph Losey he gets to show off his impeccable acting skills.

Criminal (1960) sees Baker on the wrong side of the law as a thief who tries to screw his fellow criminals out of the pay-off from a robbery, but finds that they can be rather nasty when crossed. One of the most brutal crime films from the era, and certainly one of the best.

Eva (1962) is a completely different film, a romantic tale with a distinctly European twist. Baker is on top form, but sadly the film we see is a mere shell, having been cut to ribbons by the producers, leaving Joseph Losey’s original vision, lost to time. Still of interest.

We’ll be taking a good look at more of Joseph Losey’s work towards the end of the month with an all new biography, so stay tuned…