Monthly Archives: August 2018

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and Edward Hardwicke as John Watson in “The Last Vampyre” (1992) – reviewed by George

Keith Barron, Roy Marsden, Maurice Denham, and Elizabeth Spriggs as Rob Ferguson, John Stockton, Reverend Merridew, and Mrs. Mason in “The Last Vampyre” This is another feature-length film for TV, and as such needs tightening – it is really slow … Continue reading

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The Patient in Room 18 (1937) – reviewed by George

A murder and theft story set in a hospital, “The Patient in Room 18” is a standard mystery, but with a bit more comedy than usually expected. Lance O’Leary (Patric Knowles), the private detective who has a valet, Bentley (Eric … Continue reading

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Wall Street of the West – The Story of the Fort Worth Stockyards (2001) – reviewed by George

I saw this documentary on PBS. It really fits in with today’s Randolph Scott western (see following review). Fort Worth was an actual fort in north Texas, built, I believe, in 1849. In 1853 soldiers abandoned the fort and moved … Continue reading

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Randolph Scott in “Fort Worth” (1951) – reviewed by George

A western with lots of action and color and a fair share of backstabbing, that pretty much fictionalizes early Fort Worth history (as far as I could tell from the documentary reviewed above), but still ends with the citizens laying … Continue reading

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Orrin Johnson as D’Artagnan in “The Three Musketeers” (1916) – reviewed by George

It was strange watching this silent movie without musical accompaniment, but it’s quite an accomplishment getting the whole story shoehorned into just 50 minutes. All the tropes are here, and the speed of the incidents flashing by really keeps you … Continue reading

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About Face (1951) – reviewed by George

This musical has a good cast, good songs, and a plot about life at a military college: Southern Military Institute, or SMI, which is based on VMI, Virginia Military Institute. The whole thing is based on a 1938 Warner Brothers … Continue reading

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Thor Ragnarok (2017) – reviewed by George

Ragnarok is the name given to the fall of Asgard, which the fire creature Surtur (Clancy Brown), who looks like a devil, intends to bring about. But Thor (Chris Hemsworth) kills Surtur, then goes home to Asgard and finds Loki … Continue reading

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Paddington (2014) – reviewed by George

Had I known how good this film is I never would have waited so long to watch it. I thought it was a kids’ movie, but it is so much more than just a film adaptation of a favorite illustrated … Continue reading

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Cook Off (2017) Reviewed by Anita **

I have to say, this McCarthy is a real let-down.  The biggest reason the movie received any attention is because it was promoted as a Melissa McCarthy comedy.   Yet her character is on-screen about 20 minutes total.   That was the … Continue reading

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Commentary by Anita: Update to part 5 Summer Miniseries Choices by Anita

Great news – season 2 is coming soon! The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is back, and bigger than life.  I love this mad divorcee of the Upper West Side. The writing and acting are brilliant, with authentic emotions.  Not to mention … Continue reading

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