Roger Zeus

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Compulsion <b>VHS</b> ~ Orson Welles
Compulsion VHS ~ Orson Welles
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A movie in two-parts, really, and Welles' entrance marks an end to the first and begins the second. I found the first half (surprisingly brutal for the 50's) better than the second. The names are changed but this is clearly Leopold and Loeb with Clarence Darrow (Welles) on defense.
One thing that annoyed me... the end when Welles invokes the name of God... Darrow would never speak those words!
My copy of this isn't the best quality. Tops of heads sometimes disappear off the top of the screen. They needed to do this letterbox. Surprising this isn't available on DVD. You can get Ernest Goes to Camp on DVD but you can't get Compulsion? What the hell is wrong with this world?
The Lady from Shanghai <b>DVD</b> ~ Rita Hayworth
The Lady from Shanghai DVD ~ Rita Hayworth
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This starts off veryyy slowly. Welles' narration in a strong irish accent kicks in as soon as the credits drop and is at first pretty painful. Luckily, it doesn't take long to accept it. The last half hour of the movie is great, as are bits of the first hour. Stick with it, I almost gave up on it, as it does pay off at the end. A weak 4 out of 5 stars, but definitely worth a look. I bought mine cheap and used so I'm not complaining. The camera-work, especially at the end, makes the movie. Even though the story is pretty typical Hollywood fare, Welles' direction is anything but.
Chump Change by Dan Fante
Chump Change by Dan Fante
John Fante is what led me to Dan. I don't read much modern fiction, mainly dead guys, and I only got this as a curiosity. But Dan is his own thing, and this book is as good as many of his father's. The inevitable comparision is to Bukowski but this is better than Bukowski. A perfect companion to this book is the John Fante short novel "My Dog Stupid" published in WEST OF ROME. If you know it, and John Fante, this book is essential. If not, I think it still stands on its own, and would rate 4 out of 5.