Monthly Archives: July 2016

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared (2013) – reviewed by George

A 99-year-old man, Allan Karlsson by name, lives with his cat in a small house in rural Sweden, and when a fox kills his cat, he naturally tapes together dynamite sticks and then adds frankfurters and more tape. He strings … Continue reading

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The Rabbi’s Cat (2011) – reviewed by George

This French film features hand-drawn animation augmented and assisted by CGI, and is in French with English subtitles. Normally I would think this fine, but the artwork is so gorgeous – the story takes place first in the Jewish community … Continue reading

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The Kumars at No. 42 (2001-2002) – reviewed by George

This British comedy series is a delight. The conceit behind it is that the father (Ashwin) of this immigrant Indian family has made good, and now owns several warehouses where he rents out space. Because he has the money and … Continue reading

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How many re-makes? Observation by Anita

Pete’s Dragon, Ghostbusters, Tarzan, Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka, and many more…. What do you think of re-making a film?  Sometimes I like the idea.  I like to see a new take on an existing idea.  However I’m noticing a … Continue reading

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Lady Hawk (1985) Reviewed by Anita ***.5

This is a wonderful story.  Directed by Richard Donner Lady Hawk is done in the true tradition of good vs. evil.  Our story opens with the daring escape of the spirited thief Philip Gaston (Matthew Broderick).  He is a most wanted young … Continue reading

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Harper (The Moving Target) 1966- Reviewed by Anita ***

Paul Newman plays a gum smacking, hip L.A. private eye who has it all together but money to pay the bills and soon to be single.  Lew Harper falls on bad times,  he’s so broke he is recycling his coffee … Continue reading

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Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927) – reviewed by George

This silent film was released into a sea of talkies, but it had been in production in Siam for about two years. The musical score was added before release, but title and dialogue cards were created because nothing had been … Continue reading

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Stories We Tell (2012) – reviewed by George

There are two prototypical actors. One is ON, enthusiastic, loves the process, verges on hyperactive, and is possibly irritating because others may be thinking, “Calm down and concentrate!” The other is inwardly focused, brooding, struggles through the process more or … Continue reading

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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922) – reviewed by George

This silent film is about four and a half hours long, and like “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”, and other contemporary films, this was released as two separate movies. Part One is 2:36 … Continue reading

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) – reviewed by George

This sequel was also directed by Fritz Lang, but here Lang gets writing credit, along with Thea von Harbou. The film premiered in 1933 in Budapest, Hungary, because it had been banned in Germany. Later that year there was a … Continue reading

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