Monthly Archives: April 2016

Film Grammar # 11 – The Americans, Season 4, Episode 7, “Travel Agents”

Philip and Elizabeth’s son Henry Jennings (Keidrich Sellati) is visiting Matthew Beeman (Danny Flaherty), who is drinking beer. Henry asks, “Can I have one?” Matthew is doubtful, and Henry says, “It’s not like I’ve never drank beer before.” Come on, … Continue reading

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Dumb Caption # 36 – The Americans, Season 4, Episode 7, “Travel Agents”

In a scene where Elizabeth (Keri Russell) is clearing her mouth over the sink, the caption says, “(water swishes, spits)”. The parentheses indicate action as opposed to dialogue. Well, water may swish, but it doesn’t spit. Should have been (Elizabeth … Continue reading

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New Faces of 1937 (1937) – reviewed by George

This movie stars Joe Penner, Milton Berle, Parkyakarkus, Harriet Hilliard, William Brady, Jerome Cowan, Thelma Leeds, Tommy Mack, and Bert Gordon. And Ann Miller gets 17th billing. It was produced by Edward Small (a Small production!), directed by Leigh Jason, … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Braverman (1968) – reviewed by George

Leslie Braverman has died at 41, and four of his friends attempt to attend his funeral. Their odyssey from Manhattan to Brooklyn (and back) makes up the movie. They are Morroe Rieff (George Segal), Barnet Weinstein (Jack Warden), Felix Ottensteen … Continue reading

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Mom’s Night Out Reviewed by Anita **

Cheap looking and sexist Mom’s Night Out (2014) just might make you want to stay in.  Directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin this faith-based comedy is bland and exaggerates how incompetent men are when it comes to taking care of their own … Continue reading

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Yours Mine and Ours Reviewed by Anita: ****

Yours Mine and Ours  is a wonderful movie of a real family living the real life dramas that today’s reality TV claims to portray.  Directed by Melville Shavelson this 1968 film is a story based on the life of Frank … Continue reading

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TV Quote # 49: “Before the Flying Circus: A black and white documentary”

This doc (produced and directed by Will Yapp and copyrighted 2008) doesn’t exist according to imdb.com, but I have it on my DVR, recorded from my local PBS station. As it delves into the early lives of the six Pythoners … Continue reading

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Finian’s Rainbow (1968) – A reassessment by George

I’ve been thinking about this film and my review for days now, and I think I was wrong-headed and heavy-handed. It’s a fantasy, for pete’s sake, and a very lovely one. And if the studio decided to go with the … Continue reading

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Meet Me in St. Louis-reply to George by Anita *****

George!  Thank you for this review.  I agree with you on so many accounts.  I fell in love with this musical when I was 10.  It is a must see movie with me and my sisters. We watch it together … Continue reading

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) – reviewed by George

This is generally considered to be a Christmas movie; I suppose because of the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, but in truth it’s a family movie. It deals with the growing-up problems of the five children of an … Continue reading

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