The Silent Stranger
The Silent Stranger known as The Horseman and the Samurai and The Stranger in Japan, is a 1968 Italian-American-Japanese Spaghetti Western and jidaigeki film directed by Luigi Vanzi. It is the second sequel to A Stranger in Town with twenty minutes excised for its 1975 release; the film is the third in a series of four western films starring Tony Anthony as "The Stranger". Despite being produced in 1968 for MGM, the film was never given an official release until 1975, nearly a decade after the previous film in the series. Tony Anthony stated that he believed the film became the victim of a power struggle at MGM and when it was released by a different studio, the film was re-edited; the protagonist, a likeable American cowboy in Edo-period 19th-Century Japan, becomes trapped in the middle of the strife between two feuding aristocratic Japanese families. The cowboy possesses a priceless scroll, acquired by chance while he was in Alaska, which both warring families want. Violent fighting ensues, involving Samuri swords, a Gatling gun, a makeshift single-shot blunderbuss.
In the end the cowboy returns the scroll to The Princess, a member of the family who are the rightful owners. Tony Anthony as The Stranger Lloyd Battista as The American Kin Ōmae as Lord Motori Kanji Ohara as Koeta Kyōichi Satō as Koeta's Henchman Yoshio Nukano as Motori Samurai Rita Maura as Princess Otaka Raf Baldassarre as White-Eye Gaetano Scala as Thief in Klondike William Conroy as Thief in Klondike Paul Mavis, of DVDTalk, reviewing the 2015 Warner Archive Collection DVD release of The Stranger Collection, wrote, "While they're not in the league of Leone, Anthony's grimy, sneaky little punk killer is an intriguing addition to the genre. Tony Anthony did some interesting things with the spaghetti Western genre, including presaging the Trinity movies, while "inventing" the West-meets-East subgenre"; the Silent Stranger on IMDb
Blindman is a 1971 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Ferdinando Baldi. The main character is an homage to Kan Shimozawa's Zatoichi character: a blind transient who does odd jobs is in reality a high-skilled warrior; the film achieved over a cult status over the years for the participation of ex-Beatle Ringo Starr in a role of weight. A blind, but deadly, gunman, is hired to escort fifty mail order brides to their miner husbands; when he is double crossed by his friends and a Mexican bandit, he heads for Mexico to settle scores and save the women. Brides Blindman on IMDb
Salvador known as São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos is the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. With 2.9 million people, it is the largest city proper in the Northeast Region and the 4th largest city proper in the country, after São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. Founded by the Portuguese in 1549 as the first capital of Brazil, Salvador is one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. A sharp escarpment divides its Lower Town from its Upper Town by some 85 meters; the Elevador Lacerda, Brazil's first elevator, has connected the two since 1873. The Pelourinho district of the upper town, still home to many examples of Portuguese colonial architecture and historical monuments, was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985; the city's cathedral is the see of the primate of Brazil and its Carnival celebration has been reckoned as the largest party in the world. Salvador was the first slave port in the Americas and the African influence of the slaves' descendants makes it a center of Afro-Brazilian culture.
The city is noted for its cuisine, music and architecture. Porto da Barra Beach in Barra has been named one of the best beaches in the world. Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova was the site of the city's games during the 2014 Brazilian World Cup and 2013 Confederations Cup. Salvador forms the heart of the Recôncavo, Bahia's rich agricultural and industrial maritime district, continues to be a major Brazilian port, its metropolitan area, housing 3 899 533 people forms the wealthiest one in Brazil's Northeast Region. Salvador lies on a small triangular peninsula that separates the Bay of All Saints, the largest bay in Brazil, from the Atlantic Ocean, it was first reached by Gaspar de Lemos in 1501, just one year after Cabral's purported discovery of Brazil. During his second voyage for Portugal, the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci sighted the bay on All Saints' Day 1502 and, in honor of the date and his parish church in Florence, he named it the Bay of the Holy Savior of All the Saints; the first European to settle nearby was Diogo Álvares Correia, shipwrecked off the end of the peninsula in 1509.
He lived among marrying Guaibimpara and others. In 1531, Martim Afonso de Sousa led an expedition from Mount St Paul and, in 1534, Francisco Pereira Coutinho, the first captain of Bahia, established the settlement of Pereira in modern Salvador's Ladeira da Barra neighborhood. Mistreatment of the Tupinambá by the settlers caused them to turn hostile and the Portuguese were forced to flee to Porto Seguro c. 1546. An attempted restoration of the colony the next year ended in cannibalism; the present city was established as the fortress of São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos in 1549 by Portuguese settlers under Tomé de Sousa, Brazil's first governor-general. It is one of the oldest cities founded by Europeans in the Americas. From a cliff overlooking the Bay of All Saints, it served as Brazil's first capital and became a major port for its slave trade and sugarcane industry. Salvador was long divided into an upper and a lower city, divided by a sharp escarpment some 85 meters high; the upper city formed the administrative and primary residential districts while the lower city was the commercial center, with a port and market.
In the Roman Catholic Church and the rest of the Portuguese Empire were administered as part of the Diocese of Funchal in Portugal but, in 1551, Salvador became the seat of the first Roman Catholic diocese erected in Brazil. The first parish church was the mud-and-thatch Church of Our Lady of Help erected by the Jesuits, which served as the first cathedral of the diocese until the Jesuits finished construction of the original basilica on the Terreiro de Jesus in 1553, its bishop was made independent of the Archdiocese of Lisbon at the request of King Pedro II in 1676. In 1572, the Governorate of Brazil was divided into the separate governorates of Bahia in the north and Rio de Janeiro in the south; these were reunited as Brazil six years then redivided from 1607 to 1613. By that time, Portugal had become temporarily united with Spain and was ruled from Madrid by its kings. In 1621, King Philip III replaced the Governorate of Brazil with the states of Brazil, still based in Salvador and now controlling the south, the Maranhão, centered on São Luís and controlled what is now northern Brazil.
As Spain was prosecuting a war against the independence of the Dutch, the Dutch East and West India companies tried to conquer Brazil from them. Salvador played a strategically vital role against Dutch Brazil, but was captured and sacked by a West India Company fleet under Jacob Willekens and Piet Hein on 10 May 1624. Johan van Dorth administered the colony before his assassination; the city was recaptured by a Luso-Spanish fleet under Fadrique Álvarez de Toledo y Mendoza on 1 May 1625. John Maurice's two subsequent attempts to retake the town in April and May of 1638 were unsuccessful. In 1763, the colonial administration elevated to a viceroyalty. Salvador remained the heart of the Recôncavo, Bahia's rich agricultural maritime district, but was outside Brazil's early modernization; the area formed a center of royal Portuguese support against heir apparent Pedro I's declaration of independence from Eu
Pleasure or Pain
Pleasure or Pain is a 2013 erotic thriller film written and directed by Zalman King. The film was shot between Santa Monica and Westlake in California in the United States. Malena Morgan: Victoria Christos Vasilopoulos: Jack Kayla Jane: Isabel Elle Alexandra: Rita Daniel Sobieray: Antonio Hayden Hawkens: Eve Aubrey Addams: Adelaide Stephanie Danielson: Trish Ela Darling: Attendant Pleasure or Pain on IMDb
Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue
Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue is a 1991 American film written and directed by Zalman King and starring Nina Siemaszko. It is an in-name only sequel to the 1989 film Wild Orchid. Set in California in the year 1958, "Blue" McDonald is a teenage girl who travels from town to town with her father, "Ham" McDonald a drug-addicted jazz musician. One day, while passing through a small town, Blue meets a handsome young man named Josh Winslow, who flirts with her on his way to church. Blue and her father drive to Sacramento, where Ham gets a job at a jazz club owned by an old acquaintance of Ham's named Jules. After a show, Ham uses all the cash; when Ham attempts to quit using, he goes through withdrawal pains. Blue finds Jules and tells him that her father is sick from going through withdrawal, Jules suggests Ham needs more heroin and offers to give her some in exchange for sex. Despite Blue never having sex in her life, she allows Jules to take her virginity. After she delivers the heroin to Ham, he gets angry after learning.
He takes the heroin gets behind the wheel of his car and dies in a car crash. A few days after Ham's funeral, a madam named Elle, who used to know Ham, approaches Blue and offers her a job as a prostitute. Believing she has no other option now that her father is dead, Blue goes to the lavish mansion outside the city where Elle operates a high-end brothel where more than a dozen young women live and work. Elle forces Blue to strip naked in front of her and coaches Blue in the art of seduction. During her first days, Blue is befriended by Mona, a clever young woman who began prostituting herself at a young age and shows Blue how the work is done. Although Blue has a hard time containing her emotions with her first few clients, she learns how to remain calm as she plays the role of seductress. Sully, a rugged but kind-hearted middle-aged man who works for Elle as her driver and brothel bouncer, notices Blue becoming accustomed to the profession and warns that she will soon become hooked on the lifestyle.
One day, Josh along with Colonel Winslow, show up at the brothel. Josh sheepishly tells the girls. Blue joins the group. Josh does not recognize her, she leads him upstairs into her room where she seduces him and despite being nervous, he is unable to resist Blue and they have sex. Another day Blue partakes with other prostitutes in a bachelor party for wealthy client J. J. Clark. Irritated by J. J.'s arrogance, Blue strips in the middle of the party and taunts J. J. to do the same. Elle pulls Blue aside and warns her never to humiliate a client again or she will be physically harmed. Blue declares she cannot remain a prostitute, but Elle refuses to let her go. Senator Dixon, one of Blue's first clients, sends for her, Sully drives her to Dixon's hotel. There, Blue is ambushed by Senator Dixon, a bodyguard, two other men with a film camera and lights. Despite her protests, the cameraman films as a hood is placed over Blue's head, she is handcuffed to the bed. Sully interrupts the stag film in progress.
Senator Dixon draws a gun. After Blue tells Sully about wanting to quit prostitution and start over, Sully gives her a bag full of over $5,000 in cash that he stole from Dixon's hotel room. Blue asks Sully if he would be interested in running away with her and he agrees. Blue and Sully settle in the same small town, they move in together in small house with Sully play-acting as Blue's father. Blue enrolls in a local high school where she makes new friends and begins dating Josh, who does not recognize her from the brothel. A few weeks Elle locates Blue and shows up at the school, pretending to be Blue's mother. Elle approaches Blue and angrily explains to her that as a result of Blue running away, Elle was forced to compensate Senator Dixon the money, stolen and forced to use three of her girls to finish the stag film that the senator began filming. Ellen threatens Blue to return to Sacramento with her; the next evening, Blue consoles him when his team loses. Afterwards, Colonel Winslow beckons Josh, Blue follows them to a building on campus where Elle awaits with a film projector.
Winslow informs Josh he has bad news about Blue in which Elle screens the stag film, Josh recognizes Blue's face onscreen. Blue bursts in, yells at them to turn off the film, asks who any of them are to judge her. Josh follows her out. Elle tries to lure Blue back to the brothel by forcing Blue into her car for the drive back to Sacramento, but Sully chases after them and runs Elle's car off the road. Sully pulls Blue out of the backseat and after an armed standoff between him and Elle's new driver/bodyguard, Elle decides to let Blue and Sully go; some time Blue is still living with Sully as her fatherly protector and attending high school. In the final scene, Josh approaches Blue on her way to school where he admits he was disoriented when he discovered she had been a prostitute. However, he tells her he has always loved her, they embrace. Nina Siemaszko as Blue McDonald Wendy Hughes as Elle Tom Skerritt as Ham McDonald Robert Davi as Sully Brent David Fraser as Joshua Winslow Christopher McDonald as Senator Dixon Joe Dallesandro as Jules Casey Sander as Captain Edwards Stafford Morgan as Colonel Winslow Don Bloomfield as J.
J. Clark Liane Cur
Pete, Pearl & the Pole
Pete, Pearl & the Pole known as 1931: Once Upon a Time in New York, is a 1973 Italian-American gangster film directed by Luigi Vanzi and starring Tony Anthony. Tony Anthony as Pete Di Benedetto Adolfo Celi as The Pole Lucretia Love as Pearl Richard Conte as Bruno Corrado Gaipa as Mob Boss Irene Papas as Donna Mimma Lionel Stander as Sparks Raf Baldassarre as Raf, Pole's Henchman David Dreyer The film was shot on location with predominantly American funding; the film originated as a story written by actor Tony Anthony, who director Luigi Vanzi had shot The Stranger series of Spaghetti Westerns with. This was Vanzi's last film; the film was released on March 3, 1973. It was distributed by P. A. C. in Italy. Pete, Pearl & the Pole on IMDb
Golden Raspberry Awards
The Golden Raspberry Awards is a parody booby prize award in recognition of the worst in film. Co-founded by UCLA film graduates and film industry veterans John J. B. Wilson and Mo Murphy, the annual Razzie Awards ceremony in Los Angeles precedes the corresponding Academy Awards ceremony by one day; the term raspberry in the name is used in its irreverent sense, as in "blowing a raspberry". The awards themselves are in the form of a "golf ball-sized raspberry" atop a Super 8 mm film reel, all spray painted gold; the first Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony was held on March 31, 1981, at John J. B. Wilson's living-room alcove in Los Angeles, to honor the worst in film of the 1980 film season; the 39th ceremony was held on February 23, 2019. American publicist John J. B. Wilson traditionally held potluck parties at his house in Los Angeles on the night of the Academy Awards. In 1981, after the 53rd Academy Awards had completed for the evening, Wilson invited friends to give random award presentations in his living room.
Wilson decided to formalize the event, after watching a double feature of Can't Stop the Music and Xanadu. He gave them ballots to vote on worst in film. Wilson stood at a podium made of cardboard in a tacky tuxedo, with a foam ball attached to a broomstick as a fake microphone, announced Can't Stop the Music as the first Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture; the impromptu ceremony was a success and the following week a press release about his event released by Wilson was picked up by a few local newspapers, including a mention in the Los Angeles Daily News with the headline: "Take These Envelopes, Please". Three dozen people came to the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards; the 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards had double the attendance as the first, the 3rd awards ceremony in turn, had double this number. By the 4th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, CNN and two major wire services covered the event. Wilson realized that by scheduling the Golden Raspberry Awards before the Academy Awards, the ceremony would get more press coverage: "We figured out you couldn't compete with the Oscars on Oscar night, but if you went the night before, when the press from all over the world are here and they are looking for something to do, it could well catch on," he said to BBC News.
The term raspberry is used in its irreverent sense, as in "blowing a raspberry". Wilson commented to the author of Blame It on the Dog: "When I registered the term with the Library of Congress in 1980, they asked me,'Why raspberry? What's the significance of that?' But since razz has pretty much permeated the culture. We couldn't have done it without Hollywood's help." Wilson is referred to as "Ye Olde Head Razzberry". Paying members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation vote to determine the recipients. For the 29th Golden Raspberry Awards in 2009, award results were based on votes from 650 journalists, cinema fans and professionals from the film industry. Voters hailed from 45 states in the United States and 19 other countries; the ceremony held one day before the Academy Awards, is modeled after the latter but "deliberately low-end and tacky". Most winners do not attend the ceremony to collect their awards. Notable exceptions include Tom Green, Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock, Michael Ferris, J. D. Shapiro, Paul Verhoeven.
Three people won both the Razzies and Oscars the same weekend: Alan Menken in 1993, Brian Helgeland in 1998, Sandra Bullock in 2010, although all three for different films. Two actors had performances in the same movie scoring Oscar and Razzie nominations, James Coco and Amy Irving. Neil Diamond, winner of the inaugural Worst Actor Razzie for 1980’s The Jazz Singer, was nominated for the Golden Globe in the same role; the Aerosmith song "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", as part of the original soundtrack to the 1998 film Armageddon, was nominated for both an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song, as was the Trisha Yearwood song "How Do I Live" from the 1997 film Con Air and the Tony Bennett song "Life in a Looking Glass" from the 1986 film That's Life!. In 1981, Stanley Kubrick was nominated both for a Razzie Award as Worst Director at the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards as well as for a Saturn Award for Best Director at the 8th Saturn Awards for the same film: The Shining.
In 2002, Natalie Portman was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress and for the Saturn Award for Best Actress for the same role in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. In 2017, Darren Aronofsky was nominated for both the Golden Lion and the Worst Director Razzie for Mother!. Wall Street is the only film to date to win both a Razzie. Michael Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor, however Daryl Hannah's performance was not as well received and earned her a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress. Current Awards Worst Picture: 1980 to present Worst Director: 1980 to present Worst Actor: 1980 to present Worst Actress: 1980 to present Worst Supporting Actor: 1980 to present Worst Supporting Actress: 1980 to present Worst Screenplay: 1980 to present Worst Prequel, Rip-off or Sequel: 1994 to present, except 1996 and 1999 Worst Screen Combo: 2013 to present The Razzie Redeemer Award: 2014 to presentRetired Worst Original Song: 1980 to 1999, 2002 Worst New Star: 1981 to 1998, except 1989 Worst Musical Score: 1981 to 1985 Worst Visual Effects: 1986 to 1987 Worst Screen Couple: 1994 to 2009, 2011 to 2012 Worst Screen Couple/Worst Screen Ensemble: 2010 Worst Screen Ensemble: 2011 to 2012 Special categories have been introduced for specific years.
Such special awards include: Every decade-closing ceremony includes an award