Monthly Archives: April 2020

Darren McGavin in “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” Episodes 1 and 2 (1974) – reviewed by George

The success of the two TV movies led to an ABC series Episode 1: The Ripper Kolchak and Vincenzo (Simon Oakland) are now in Chicago, and Carl is dictating a story into his tape recorder. There’s a big buildup, and … Continue reading

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Alfred Molina is Hercule Poirot in “Murder on the Orient Express” (2001) – reviewed by George

This TV movie takes place in 2001. Yes, the story has been updated. Befitting the shorter TV time, the cast is smaller, but the script is very clever and the changes made, while necessary, are all excellent, as is Mr. … Continue reading

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The Devil-Doll (1936) – reviewed by George

Paul Lavond (Lionel Barrymore) and Marcel X (Henry B. Walthall) are escaping from the prison on Devil’s Island (not named , but they’re French and in a jungle – where else?). Marcel’s wife Malita (Rafaela Ottiano) lives in a house-laboratory … Continue reading

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View from the Top (2003) – reviewed by George

The story of Donna Jensen starts in Silver Springs, Nevada. Her mother, an ex-showgirl, wears a very skimpy showgirl outfit to Donna’s sixth birthday party, and her father stops by for the beer. The desert wind blows out the candles, … Continue reading

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What’s Up, Doc? (1972) – reviewed by George

This is a very funny film which uses almost every kind of comedy you can think of: Situational comedy, Accent comedy, Physical comedy, Destruction comedy, Mistaken Identity comedy, Multiple McGuffin comedy, and even good old Slapstick. A huge music prize … Continue reading

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Woody Woodpecker (2017) – reviewed by George

This is a terrible movie. Destruction comedy has to be accidental or deserved, and neither applies here. Technically it’s a good live action/CGI movie, but a movie needs more than technical expertise – it needs emotion and that has to … Continue reading

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Jonny Lee Miller is Sherlock Holmes in “Elementary”, Season 6, Episodes 10, 11, and 12 (2018) – reviewed by George

Episode 10: The Adventure of the Ersatz Sobekneferu When Moriarty died, Sherlock expected her criminal group to fall apart, but it did not; it simply got a new leader, Sherlock’s father, Morland (John Noble), who took over to control the … Continue reading

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Darren McGavin is Carl Kolchak in “The Night Strangler” (1973) – reviewed by George

The first TV movie was so successful that a sequel was ordered. In Seattle one night at 2:35 a.m. Omar’s Tent belly dancer Merissa, real name Ethel Parker, was walking down an alley toward the bus stop around the corner. … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born” (2018) – reviewed by George

An outdoor venue, a huge crowd. Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) has a large gulp of gin, picks up a guitar, walks out and waves at the people. He’s a really good performer and the crowd loves him. In a big … Continue reading

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Barbra Streisand in “A Star Is Born” (1976) – reviewed by George

This second remake is moving away from the first two pictures in several ways. Esther Blodgett is now Esther Hoffman (Streisand) and there is no need for a name change. Norman Maine is now John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson), who … Continue reading

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