Monthly Archives: August 2017

Broadway: The American Musical (2004) – Episode 1: “Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927)” – reviewed by George

This is a six-episode series hosted by Julie Andrews, which was broadcast on PBS. Most stories are told about people, and this series tells its tale of Broadway history by concentrating on the most influential people of the time, who … Continue reading

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Elstree Calling (1930) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 11th film is, in a sense, not his film, at least not his alone. For a little over a minute we have a lovely little melody with a black screen. Then we get the start of the credits … Continue reading

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Peter Cushing is Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes” (1968), Episodes 16 & 17, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” – reviewed by George

I’ve reviewed this title 2 times already: with Basil Rathbone (1939), and Peter Cushing (1959), and there are many more versions coming up. It is the most popular, most filmed title in the canon. That said, this is a very … Continue reading

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Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) – reviewed by George

As good as they were, this film is funnier than the two Bridget Jones films that preceded it. I think the maturity of the principal characters and the addition of Emma Thompson to the writing staff are the major reasons … Continue reading

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Blackmail (1929) – reviewed by George

“Blackmail” is Alfred Hitchcock’s 10th film and his 2nd¬†suspense film, after # 3, “The Lodger”. Perhaps more significant – it is his first talkie. The soundtrack is sometimes hard to understand, depending entirely on which actor is speaking. Generally the … Continue reading

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Peter Cushing is Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes” (1968), Episode 15, “A Study in Scarlet”- reviewed by George

In 1964-1965 the BBC broadcast a Sherlock Holmes series consisting of 13 30-minute black-and-white episodes starring Douglas Wilmer and Nigel Stock. The surviving 11 episodes have been reviewed on bickeringcritics and can be read in the July 2017 collection of … Continue reading

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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) – reviewed by George

Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) and Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) are now living together in Mark’s beautiful home. They are deeply in love, but Mark is not at all demonstrative, even in private, so Bridget lacks confidence in his love. Bridget … Continue reading

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The Manxman (1929) – reviewed by George

This film is part soap opera and part Greek tragedy. It certainly shows the maturity of the director as he stages scene after scene of deception, devotion, ambition, and pure unselfish love. And some selfish love too.¬†Alfred Hitchcock’s 9th film … Continue reading

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Torch Song Trilogy (1988) – reviewed by George

Harvey Fierstein wrote the Stage Play, wrote the Screenplay, and plays the lead: Arnold Beckoff. Like the play, the movie is divided into three sections, each featuring Arnold with a different man, but mixing them up also. However, the through-line … Continue reading

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A Study in Terror (1965) – reviewed by George

Despite the subject matter, this is a beautiful movie – the sets, the costumes, the color photography. The production design was by Vetchinsky, the set dresser was Helen Thomas, the costumes were by Motley, and the director of photography was … Continue reading

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