Monthly Archives: October 2016

Pet Sematary (1989) Reviewed by Anita- ***

There is no better way to get ready for Halloween then seeing the film version of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.  King has a way of transporting us directly into our fears the old school way–painting that horrible scene though words.  Nothing … Continue reading

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Eille Norwood as Sherlock Holmes in The Dying Detective and The Man with the Twisted Lip (1921) – reviewed by George

Stoll Picture Productions Ltd. made these two half-hour films and others under the umbrella title “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes from the Stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”. William J. Elliott wrote both scenarios, and Eille Norwood and Hubert Willis … Continue reading

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Pennies from Heaven (1981) – reviewed by George

This musical stars Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, and Jessica Harper, with a host of good performers, and Christopher Walken as Tom. It begins in Chicago in 1934. Steve plays Arthur, a traveling sheet music salesman whose territory is East Central … Continue reading

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William Gillette as “Sherlock Holmes” (1916) – reviewed by George

This film is historically important for two reasons: as the first Holmes feature-length movie, and as the film version of the play “Sherlock Holmes” by Gillette himself, which played for years and years all over America. The play was in … Continue reading

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Warning Shot (1967) – reviewed by George

Richard Janssen, of TV’s “Richard Diamond, Private Detective”, “The Fugitive” and “Harry O”, heads a star-studded cast of supporting roles and cameos through an almost typical detective plot which has a payoff that is really good. Sergeant Tom Valens (Janssen) … Continue reading

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Jinnah (1998) – reviewed by George

This film was recently shown on Turner Classic Movies, but not just as a TCM Premiere; it was The North American Premiere. Apparently the film has run into lots of what might be called Active Disinterest, as well as Active … Continue reading

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Film Grammar # 12 – Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 4, Episode 4

Daisy (Chloe Bennet) to Coulson (Clark Gregg): “Thank you for saving Simmons and I back there.” Okay, the rule is very clear and very simple: a subject is a subject and an object is an object. And the test for … Continue reading

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Dumb Captions # 39 – Supergirl, Season 2, Episode 2

Winn (Jeremy Jordan) has been working on protective anti-Kryptonite shields for Supergirl (Melissa Benoit) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). They are needed now, but are not ready. Superman: “We’ll have to go without ’em!” Caption: “We’ll have to go with Autumn!”

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Short and Silent Sherlock Holmes (1900-1916) – reviewed by George

Working with and enjoying “The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes” got me interested in looking at Sherlock Holmes movies and shorts in chronological order, the same way I did “Christmas Carol” movies a couple of years ago. So here’s the first … Continue reading

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MI-5 (2015) – reviewed by George

This film, based on a long-running British TV show called “Spooks” there, “MI-5” here, is a dandy spy thriller with MI-5 fighting to survive a two-pronged attack: from the CIA, which wants to weaken it and then take it over, … Continue reading

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