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The Detective looks rather dated now but for the time it was rather daring and gritty.Adapted from a novel by Roderick Thorp. Incidentally the sequel to the book formed the basis for Die Hard!Joe Leland (Frank Sinatra) is a veteran New York detective investigating the gruesome death of a gay man. Although they get a confession from a suspect and Leland later gets a promotion for solving the case.An investigation of a man who committed suicide suggests that the wrong man was convicted and executed.Director Gordon Douglas has very much tried to keep the sprawling structure of the novel.Leland's investigations brings him into contact with police and political corruption.Then there is the disintegration of his marriage. The film has flashbacks as to how Leland met his wife Karen (Lee Remick) who has been having casual affairs.There is a steely performance from Sinatra as basically a good and progressive cop. I could not help wondering that he looked too old even though Leland is a veteran cop.There is an interesting scene where a black member of the detective team interrogates a suspect by stripping him naked. He states that is the same method used by the Nazis during the war. Another hint that police corruption and abuse was rampant.The scenes with his wife gets in the way of the rest of the movie. The flashbacks with Leland courting Karen were not needed.There is some casual homophobia even though for the time it was rather progressive. The footage of gay men hanging around inside the trailer of a truck looks rather amusing now.




The Detective 2 YIFY


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Only moments after this film began, I knew this was NOT your typical 1960s film! The film begins with a naked dead man being examined by detectives. Apparently he'd been murdered--and viciously so. I'd talk about that further, but IMDb has limits on the sort of words you are allowed to use in reviews--really. I read from one of the other reviews that this film was X-rated. While by today's standards it might only be rated PG-13, it still is pretty intense stuff. Additionally, the recurring theme of homosexuality make this a very interesting film-- its candor is shocking for 1968 but I appreciated it.The detective investigating the crime is played by Frank Sinatra. Sinatra is odd in that although he's a very good cop he's also stuck with a liberal conscience--and his conscience troubles him throughout the film. What also bothers him is that although he's extremely effective on his job, other cops seem willing to do almost anything to rack up the same arrest and conviction statistics as Sinatra--and he soon gets sick of this. His disgust, however, is a lot to get a lot worse--when a case involving corruption in his department and in the city drops into his lap.I really liked this film. Much of it was because although it was very adult, it never really seemed gratuitous. It also brought up a lot of wonderful moral questions about being a cop--and clearly was the influence for such later films as "McQ", "Dirty Harry" and "Serpico" (though this last one is based on a real case). Well worth seeing-- and an excellent performance by Sinatra. In fact, it's all so good that I am shocked that its overall IMDb score is less than 7. This film is anything but ordinary.By the way, this film is very blunt and crude on occasions when it talks about homosexuals--and is sure to offend some. However, despite this, it's a very progressive film for its time and actually is quite sympathetic in how it deals with the subject....sympathetic and sad.


In the middle of viewing Arrow's two box sets dedicated to the film maker,I decided to check what other Seijun Suzuki titles had come out on disc. To my surprise,I found Arrow has put out a separate disc for a film which comes in the middle of the run in their sets! Leading to me joining Bureau.View on the film:Equalling the presentations in the sets, Arrow present a terrific transfer, with the colours on the print kept sharp,and the soundtrack remaining clean.Descending into hell with a opening dialogue free shoot out between two gangs, directing auteur Seijun Suzuki reunites with his regular cinematographer of the era Shigeyoshi Mine and enters hell by making a huge progression in Suzuki's major recurring motif, that melts the hard edges of Film Noir into the ultra- stylisation of surrealist Pop-Art.Hanging at the back of smoke-filled corridors covered in moody Art-Deco grey and blacks that Tajima becomes surrounded in, Suzuki twirls the dark corridors and thick trench coats into starling colour,splashing swift whip-pans and rugged zoom-ins onto the sharp reds darted across the screen as the gang wars are given a high kick, with delightfully unexpected Musical numbers at hip Jazz clubs (a major recurring location in Suzuki's credits.)Keeping Tajima somewhat out of the loop from the police force by being a private detective who visits the station to listen in on tips from the cops, Iwao Yamazaki's adaptation of Haruhiko Oyabu's novel takes Tajima into the post WW-II Noir black market underworld of Japan with a wickedly biting comedic cynicism, as Tajima plays a sleight of hand on all the gang leaders who have their eyes on taking Manabe down, a move Tajima commits not for morals, but the hope of wiggling cash and a new identity out of the hands tied behind their backs police.Gliding on Harumi Ibe's silky Jazz score, Jo Shishido gives a great performance as Tajima, who Shishido holds with a cocky swagger of a devil may care loner who goes to hell.


I have no idea why, but Japanese actor Jô Shishido apparently had plastic surgery in order to give him squirrel-like cheeks (you know--filled with acorns)!! This is according to IMDb and I have wondered why he would do this and why the director would keep starring this odd man in his films. I assume Suzuki just had some sort of cheek fetish! Regardless, it's pretty weird.The film begins with some Yakuza (Japanese mobsters) being viciously gunned down during an illegal transaction of guns. Who did this is unknown--and a private detective (Mr. Squirrel) offers to solve the crime if the cops pay him and give him a new identity. Apparently there is another guy who is a mobster and part-time chipmunk, so they give him fake i.d. for that guy and agree to the rest of his terms. I didn't realize that cops accepted freelance commissions! The film, quite honestly, then gets a little confusing--something I noticed in other Suzuki films. But, the style is so cool and the story so full of neat little twists, that I didn't terribly mind. I am not sure why, but they cast a deliberately bad actress who apparently talks through her nose and dresses like a man as Squirrel-boy's assistant. Why?! I guess it's just another weird touch in a generally weird film. Another thing you do need to say about this film is that it has fantastic music--very 1960s and very cool. It's sort of like James Bond music, cool jazz and Beach movie music combined! And in addition, there are some very kooky music numbers in nightclubs that you just have to see. Weird and fun.


Lou Peckinpaugh is a San Fransisco gumshoe having an affair with his partner's wife when the partner turns up dead. Investigating the case, Lou has to contend with the widow, three lowlifes seeking some diamond eggs, a French resistance fighter and his wife on the run from the Germans and a dotty old millionaire.Written by Broadway playwright Neil Simon, this gentle, goofy comedy take on hard-boiled detective stories of the forties artfully combines the plots of The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca with a bit of The Big Sleep thrown in for good measure, and the result is an amiably good-natured movie that's hard not to enjoy. Its trump card is the large lovable cast, with Falk doing a great Humphrey Bogart swagger and everyone else chewing the scenery with aplomb as characters with names like Betty DeBoop and Jasper Blubber. Particularly good are the sextet of leading ladies; Ann-Margret is stunningly voluptuous, Brennan is a great torch-song dame, Channing a sweet ingenue, Fletcher a hilarious self-righteous version of Ingrid Bergman, peerless comedienne Kahn a neurotic pathological liar à la Mary Astor, and goldilocks Mason (Simon's wife at the time) the wacky widow who turns out to be the killer. The production quality is first rate, with super costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge and great camera-work by John A. Alonzo (which would have looked even better in black-and-white). I guess this is a kind of lazy, hokey movie, but it does what all good satirical pastiche should do - it's funny in its own right and it's a compliment to the stories and movies it's parodying.


It's 1939 in fictitious city of San Francisco. Lou Peckinpaugh (Peter Falk) is a private detective whose partner Floyd is killed in a mass shooting. He is immediately the prime suspect for having a fling with Floyd's wife Georgia Merkle (Marsha Mason). He gets a call from the mysterious Denise Montenegro and various other names (Madeline Kahn). He gets a different call from Pepe Damascus (Dom DeLuise) leading to a Casablanca-like club where Betty DeBoop (Eileen Brennan) is singing. Pepe wants to hire him to find an object. Paul (Fernando Lamas) and Marlene DuChard (Louise Fletcher) are hounded freedom fighters who insist on starting a 2 star french restaurant in Oakland.The Neil Simon dialog is so sharp that it goes in a loop. He's trying to spoof various noir movies by making the characters weirder. However he's not able to nail the jokes. It's not his style to do the ridiculous spoofs. These jokes don't make one laugh as much as one understands them intellectually. There are also a lot of great actors in this and most of them are not natural comedians. It doesn't work.


Pet Detective Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is the man you call when crimes happen to animals. When Miami Dolphins' mascot dolphin Snowflake is stolen from its watertank, team official Melissa Robinson (Courteney Cox) must ask Ace Ventura to investigate. Police Lieutenant Lois Einhorn (Sean Young) hates the brash pet detective, but he always seems to be out-think everyone.Jim Carrey has made a virtue of going over the top. And he is extremely virtuous in this movie. He's at his rubbery best playing with animals and talking thru his butt. It's shocking at first. Then it gets cute. Then it gets a bit tired but the movie ends before it became annoying. For some, the movie probably didn't end soon enough. The antics get tiring. It just doesn't end. Although the final reveal is hilarious. The movie is just good enough to be fun. 041b061a72


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