Monthly Archives: December 2016

New Year’s Eve (2011) – reviewed by George

Garry Marshall directed this large-cast anthology movie about a lot of people, mostly couples, on the last day of a year which seems to be 2011. The stories are all intercut as the day wanes toward midnight, and the end … Continue reading

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Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes in “Silver Blaze” (1937) – reviewed by George

This is the Holmes case with “the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime”. It is also our final glimpse of Arthur Wontner in the lead role, and so it is sad that the script flails about so wildly … Continue reading

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999) – reviewed by George

This 66 minute film from Disney Television Animation can be looked at as a short feature film consisting of three Christmas-themed cartoons. The three are: 1. Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas Huey, Dewey, and Louie are ill-mannered from Christmas morning … Continue reading

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Another Good-bye — comment by Anita

Already so soon we are saying good-bye to Carrie Fisher’s famous lovable mother Debbie Reynolds.  I saw her in concert at the Win River Casino and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever attended.  I loved her in … Continue reading

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Babes in Toyland (1934) – reviewed by George

This version of the 1903 Victor Herbert operetta is the one starring Laurel and Hardy, and features a brief appearance by Santa Claus. Santa (Ferdinand Munier) drops in on the Toymaker (William Burress)  to check up on the progress of … Continue reading

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One Magic Christmas (1985) – reviewed by George

One money-strapped family in Canada (the town is called Medford) is trying to get through Christmas. The dad Jack (Gary Basaraba) has lost his job, and the mother Ginny (Mary Steenburgen) is working at the local supermarket for a real … Continue reading

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Hard Contract (1969)-Reviewed by Anita -** (yep, minus)

It was a good thing Hard Contract actually said “the end” at the end.  Otherwise I might have started to believe it would NEVER end.  One hell of a long 106 minutes. Starring James Coburn, Hard Contract is a B-level James Bond everything.  From charming assassin … Continue reading

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Good Bye, Carrie – Comment by Anita

This has been a long year of many losses we have endured from the entertainment world.  It is with an extremely heavy heart I say good-bye to Carrie Fisher.  Film has always played a big part in my goals and … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) – reviewed by George

One thing this blog has taught me is a little bit of empathy. I now think I know how those critics feel who resent being manipulated into, not actually crying, but being touched by something calculated, and feeling emotions that … Continue reading

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Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes in “The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes” (1935) – reviewed by George

Wontner confirms his worth as Sherlock in this third of four films I was able to obtain, with Ian Fleming as Dr. Watson, Minnie Rayner as Mrs. Hudson, and Charles Mortimer as Inspector Lestrade. On the villainous side Lyn Harding … Continue reading

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