Monthly Archives: January 2016

What’s New Pussycat (1965) – reviewed by George

The fantastically beautiful titles (art deco? ormolu influenced?) that accompany Tom Jones’s singing are by Richard Williams, whose animation work includes “The Return of the Pink Panther”, “The Pink Panther Strikes Again”, “The Thief and the Cobbler”, and “Who Framed … Continue reading

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The Swarm (1978) – reviewed by George

The picture is well-cast – this does not mean ┬áthat everyone gives a good performance. Irwin Allen was always a better producer than director, but here the movie fails not because of Allen’s direction (though it isn’t very good), but … Continue reading

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Divine Madness (1980) – reviewed by George

I thought this was a photographed stage show when I recorded it from TCM. Okay, it is. But it’s also an actual movie that was released to theaters in 1980. Robert Osbourne said that the director, Michael Ritchie, planted some … Continue reading

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Five Graves to Cairo (1943) – reviewed by George

A lone tank is moving through the desert. As it goes up and down hills, the dead occupants flop backward, then forward. One man turns out to be alive. He calls for someone to fix the exhaust – it’s hard … Continue reading

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Don’t Go Near the Water (1957) – reviewed by George

A World War Two Navy comedy, this movie deals with the lives and generally peaceful times of a Naval Public Relations Unit, located on a Pacific island, but far, far away from the action. The film, with a script by … Continue reading

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) – reviewed by George

I thought the title was merely an acknowledgement of the film’s sequel status, but the plot revolves around Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) actually acquiring a second hotel in order to expand his services to British pensioners whose money goes so … Continue reading

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The Mad Miss Manton (1938) – reviewed by George

A young debutante, Miss Susan Manton (played by Barbara Stanwyck), arrives home from an NYC costume party, with a floor-length light-weight evening cape covering her costume, and is met at the door of her apartment building by the doorman, holding … Continue reading

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Murder, He Says (1945) – reviewed by George

This comedy pits the affable Fred MacMurray against a murderous family of hillbillies, led by Marjorie Main as Ma Fleagle (she’s actually on her third husband, but the kids are all Fleagles, so Ma Fleagle she remains). Peter Marshall (MacMurray) … Continue reading

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Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” (1946) – reviewed by George

A musical with two leading men (Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire), one leading woman (Joan Caulfield), one second-lead man (Billy De Wolfe), and one second-lead woman (Olga San Juan), and a plot designed to use as many Irving Berlin tunes … Continue reading

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Lillian Gish in “The Swan” (1930) – reviewed by George

I’ve seen Lillian Gish in several silent films, and of course in character roles in later films, but this was a chance to see her as a young woman in an early talkie. Also I have never seen the Grace … Continue reading

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