Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Most Wanted Man (2014) – reviewed by George

Issa Karpov, the son of a Chechen Muslim and a Russian military officer, slips into Hamburg, and is found and tracked by a German Intelligence Unit. The leader of this unit, Bachman, is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one … Continue reading

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Film Grammar # 4 – Where the Boys Are (1960)

Chill Wills, as the Chief of Police at Fort Lauderdale to his forces at the start of Spring Break: “I want every man on the force to try his best, his level best, to try to avoid arresting anyone.” Well, … Continue reading

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TV Quote # 17: Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel

There’s a great quote from this movie, but first I want to say that this is the best, and definitely the sweetest, new Christmas movie I have seen so far this year. This is super TV, so see it if … Continue reading

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Film Grammar # 3 – State of Affairs, Season 1, Episode 2

Where did the writers for this show go to school? Alfre Woodard had this line last night: “You know, it occurred to me, none of this would be happening if that sub had sank altogether.” Sink, sank, sunk; drink, drank, … Continue reading

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Broadway Gondolier (1935) – reviewed by George

By the 1940s Dick Powell was very effective as various weathered and weary Private Eyes, including Phillip Marlowe. But in his 1930’s musicals that I had seen, I thought he came across as being about 15 years old, and hardly … Continue reading

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The Eiger Sanction (1975) – reviewed by George

I remember reading the book this film is based on some time ago, and the only thing that has stuck with me is the truly horrendous first chapter, in which an agent is murdered in a very gruesome way. The … Continue reading

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Dumb Caption # 12 – Farscape, Season 4, Episode 13, “Terra Firma”

Jack Crighton (Kent McCord) says, “People don’t dream like they used to. It’s about survival now.” And John Crighton (Ben Browder) replies, “Whose survival?” And the caption reads: “Who’s survival?”

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Film Grammar # 2 – State of Affairs, Pilot, 11-17-2014

Told you this category would be a repeater. Last night in the pilot of this exciting new show, Katherine Heigl had this line: “He would just as soon help us than hurt us.” Now, everyone reading this knows better than … Continue reading

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The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) – reviewed by George

The ancient Greeks did it, but it probably started around hunter-gatherer campfires. I’m talking about telling tales of men whose hubris inflames the gods, or flouts the conventions of a religion, or awakens karma, or fate, or whatever version of … Continue reading

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Film Grammar # 1: Forever, Season 1, Episode 8, The Ecstasy of Agony

We have a brand new category! And the way education is going in this country I think you’ll be seeing this fairly regularly. In the show named above there is a scene between Judd Hirsch ad Jane Seymour, and he … Continue reading

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