Monthly Archives: March 2007
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The Falcon’s Brother – These days heroic legacies are all the rage in comic books, mostly because most superheroes began in the 1940s and the need is felt to pass the torch to new generations. Hey, after all, nobody wants to be rescued by an eighty year old, right? Especially in spandex. The Falcon’s Brother represents a whole new twist on the legacy formula.
The Falcon – also known as Gay Stanhope Falcon, AKA Gay Lawrence, AKA Guy Lawrence – was a freelance adventurer who owed quite a bit to the hard-boiled detectives of his time and quite possibly a bit more to The Saint, the hero he was meant to replace in RKO’s stable as a film adventure series. Created by Michael Arlen in a single short story from Town & Country Magazine in 1940, The Falcon has evolved and transformed throughout the years, changing jobs and identities and backstories like the proverbial chameleon changes colors. Things that were always present however were his suave attitude and penchant for getting into trouble.
The Falcon’s Brother was the fourth in the Falcon series and the fourth for actor George Sanders in the role. Sanders had in fact also played The Saint. Part of his contract to appear in this fourth Falcon flick was that it be his last. Sanders insisted he be killed off and the writers gleefully obliged as rumor has it he wasn’t the most amicable man to work with.
In a bit of inspired casting, Sanders’ real life brother and actor Tom Conway came on board as the film’s title character. The film begins with Gay Lawrence investigating his brother’s supposed murder, getting hurt with brother Tom taking over the mystery from there. The original Falcon’s death at the end opens the way for Tom Lawrence’s acceptance of the name and legacy. Tom Conway would portray this new Falcon for nine more films, some of the better ones, I might add.
The Falcon’s Brother, like most films in the series, is a wonderful mix of smart banter, film noir suspense, and just plain fun. These flicks are a kick to watch, even now. This one’s better than most because it features both Falcons. The best line – “One Falcon around here is enough!”
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – This one is almost as hated as Never Say Never Again and the parody version of Casino Royale, but I say it’s actually one of the better James Bond films. This was George Lazenby’s only shot at playing 007 before he was talked out of it before the film was even released by friends who supposed that Bond was a dead subject in the midst of the Woodstock generation. Of course time has told a different tale and I guess George has spent quite a bit of time kicking himself. That said I think Lazenby makes a fantastic Bond, definitely better than Dalton and Moore in my book. He makes all the right smart remarks without going over the top like Roger, and he’s a hell of a fighter as well, matching Connery for action savvy. The flick is extraordinarily well-acted, with both Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas making us effortlessly forget they are both better known as Emma Peel and Kojak. The music is killer and also look for clips of Bond themes from earlier films, a running injoke in this one, referencing what has gone before. I could have done without the ski and snow chases, probably boring because they could have been done so much better. Also look for Joanna Lumley in her first screen role, years before “Ab Fab.” This is one of the better Bond flicks, folks working on the new ones should check OHMSS for ideas.
I have two more comic book reviews online at Avengers Forever.
First, there’s “Skim Avengers” reviewing New Avengers #28 by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Yu, found here.
Then there’s “Anticlimactic” reviewing Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #7 by Joe Casey and Will Rosado, found here.
If you’d like to comment on or discuss these books or these reviews, please join us at the Avengers Forever Forum.
We’ve lost another of the greats. Annie Get Your Gun, The Greatest Show on Earth and The Perils of Pauline were among her best.
Sleeping isn’t easy sometimes and late night TV is usually more irritating than anything else. So when there’s nothing good on Coast to Coast AM I will tend to pick something from the On Demand menu to put me to sleep. Here are a few examples that I’ve actually managed to see in their entirety after many viewings. Before I nodded off, that is.
Woman Wanted – This was a terrific snoozer and I watched it more than a few times before I even got past the first couple minutes. Holly Hunter is the woman hired as a housekeeper by father Michael Moriarty and son Kiefer Sutherland. These two men are the textbook definition of dysfunctional, thus made by the death of their wife/mother. Holly, in one of her less annoying performances (she can be wonderful, but more often she makes a chainsaw sound soothing), gets the two talking and relating to one another – before she starts sleeping with both of them, that is. There are good parts, but mostly slow and agonizing. Good to watch if you ever want to get the tough guy “24” image of Sutherland out your head. His shortpants wardrobe made me laugh out loud more than once.
House of Wax – No, not the 3-D classic from 1953 starring Vincent Price and Carolyn Jones, but the equally low budget schlocker from 2005 with “24” star Elisha Cuthbert and the infamous Paris Hilton. While I did drift off once or twice to this one, it’s really, believe it or not, quite good. This House follows a familiar formula of many 1970s drive-in horror flicks and does it well. Elements that stand out are the stereotype empty town, the creepy guy who cleans up roadkill and the actually big budget house made of actual wax. The house pays off big time in the end, but it must have been a bitch to film. Paris Hilton really shines in this movie because she is essentially playing herself, not a heiress mind you, but otherwise herself, and because of it she comes off very reall and very believable. Not as much a waste of time as I originally thought, and a few good scares as well. Check it out.
“Day Break” – Canceled by ABC after too few episodes this has been completed and is available to watch on ABC.com. The exact URL: http://abc.go.com/primetime/daybreak/index.html. Don’t miss it! Day Break is a wonderful suspense-mystery-thriller that breaks down like a cross between Groundhog Day and “24.” Detective Brett Hopper, played by Taye Diggs, has been framed for a murder he didn’t commit. If that’s not exciting enough, he’s living that same day over and over and over again just like our friend Bill Murray, only it’s not funny – it’s deadly serious. There are excellent performances by Adam Baldwin, Moon Bloodgood and Mitch Pileggi as well. Other than maybe “Heroes” and that other canceled show “Kidnapped,” “Day Break” is the best show to come out of last season. A shame it was canceled, but thanks, ABC, for letting us see it through.