Monthly Archives: March 2019

The Girl Next Door (1953) – reviewed by George

As I watched this it hit me that Mack Gordon’s lyrics are the cleverest I’ve ever heard. The rhymes are fantastic, and the rhythm seems built in, which must have made it easier for the composer, Josef Myrow. Of course … Continue reading

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Mamma Mia! – Here We Go Again – (2018) – reviewed by George

For me, this is better than the original. It’s deeper emotionally and it packs a wallop and it’s got more great ABBA songs. The Hotel Bella Donna is having a Grand Re-Opening, and Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) has a new crew … Continue reading

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Mamma Mia! (2008) – reviewed by George

This musical is so happy and bright (exteriors filmed in Greece) that it may cheer up the bluest among us. And it features so many musical numbers that it almost seems like an photographed concert of ABBA songs. Donna (Meryl … Continue reading

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A.D.P. Mann is Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow Watchers” (2011) – reviewed by George

Or: The Case of the Woman Who¬†Was Murdered Tomorrow (Adapted from the Journals of J.H. Watson, M.D.) St. Pancras, April 1860 A rather floridly dressed young woman walking through an alley is choked into unconsciousness, then stabbed brutally many times, … Continue reading

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U.N.C.L.E. Movie # 6: “The Karate Killers” (1967) – reviewed by George

Based on the third season two-parter “The Five Daughters Affair”, this needed few additions to get to feature length, but some extra and some replacement footage is used. The plot involves a discovery by scientist Simon True (Jim Boles) of … Continue reading

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Danny Kaye in “The Kid from Brooklyn” (1946) – reviewed by George

The film opens with a production number by the Goldwyn Girls swanning around and singing about Sunflower Milk. This is a movie made to sell more milk in 1946 before TV commercials. At present it’s being shown to a group … Continue reading

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Jim Caviezel is “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2001) – reviewed by George

The third and last of our Monte Cristos slides past last week’s version to claim the best of three prize. The script is simply outstanding, with clever touches throughout and without a slavish desire to stick close to the book. … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) – reviewed by George

This film took a lot of lumps when it was released, basically because it wasn’t the Nutcracker Ballet. The credits, which I believe are always available before release, make it perfectly clear what you’re going to see: “Suggested by the … Continue reading

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Ant Man and the Wasp (2018) – reviewed by George

The drive is still on to rescue Mrs. Janet Pym, AKA The Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm, and Scott Lang, who is Ant Man (Paul Rudd) can’t join in to help – he is under house arrest for … Continue reading

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Man Friday (1975) – reviewed by George

This version of “Robinson Crusoe” stars two really accomplished actors: Peter O’Toole gets top billing as Crusoe, but Richard Roundtree, with second billing, has the bigger and better part: more sympathetic, more human, more advanced. It really plays as an … Continue reading

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