Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Nocturne



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE REVIEWED: 05/13/2016


TITLE: Nocturne


FORMAT: LaserDisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 27 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 19 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 4799.1 miles


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Synopsis: A Los Angeles detective investigates a possible murder case in the 1950s.


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Concept In Relation To The Viewer: From the era of big brother, when showing your police badge granted you unlimited access to ‘anything’, (ala the Gestapo).


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Pros & Cons: I thought this was going to be a good film.  However, about 20 minutes into it I was scratching my head and wondering what I was watching.  The film has some good points, some of the location shooting is wonderful and there is an interesting premise, but it just does not work.  


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While the murder plot is interesting, involving the writing of a song at the time of death, the following investigation has no real direction or reason.  I would have to place most of the blame on George Raft.  He is just not engaging in the role and you have no reason to like the guy.  I can see him doing well in a heavy role, like a mob boss, but he just comes off as a jerk here.  And there are the scenes with his mother in the film, WTF?


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In the end, I didn’t really care who had killed the man and I didn’t really care what happened to George Raft’s character, I was just watching for more glimpses of 1950 Hollywood.
 

To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  


This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.