Monthly Archives: May 2020

Herbie in “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” (1977) – reviewed by George

The first ever Trans-France Race from Paris to Monte Carlo is about to be run, and how could Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) not race Herbie in it? Jim and mechanic Wheely Applegate (Don Knotts) have brought Herbie to Paris and … Continue reading

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Mad Monster Party? (1966) – reviewed by George

This animated feature from Rankin-Bass is part hand-drawn, but mostly what Rankin and Bass called Animagic – stop-motion animation. It’s very effective because they use actual figures being moved and photographed frame by frame, so a 3-D quality is already … Continue reading

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Jonny Lee Miller is Sherlock Holmes in “Elementary”, Season 7, Episodes 1, 2, and 3 (2019) – reviewed by George

Episode 1: The Further Adventures Sherlock and Joan (Lucy Liu) are living in London now, and working with DCI Athelney Jones (Tamsin Greig). They have also reconnected with Kitty Winter (Ophelia Lovibond), who now has a baby boy. At the … Continue reading

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Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak in “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”, Season 1, Episodes 9 and 10 (1974) – reviewed by George

Episode 9: The Spanish Moss Murders Michele Kelly, 25, a psychology grad and lab assistant, was rushing to get off her job early to catch the last plane from Chicago to suburban New Jersey. She left a comatose patient in … Continue reading

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Movie 43 (2013) – reviewed by George

When I rented this title I had never heard of it and knew only that it was an anthology film with 14 separate, independent stories, and a cast to die for. I watched it and liked some segments and was … Continue reading

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Soapdish (1991) – reviewed by George

Egos blazing, the cast members of the soap opera “The Sun Also Sets” vie for more lines, a better story arc, more closeups, etc. Meanwhile the sweet, unaware star of the show Celeste Talbert (Sally Field), who has been a … Continue reading

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My Sister Eileen (1955) in Cinemascope and Technicolor – reviewed by George

The history of this property is interesting. Columbia shot the original film in 1942 starring Rosalind Russell and Janet Blair (my review was published here on 1-9-20). Then in 1953 a Broadway musical version was presented starring Rosalind Russell and … Continue reading

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Herbie in “Herbie Rides Again” (1974) – reviewed by George

This is Herbie’s second movie and it seems much more for kids than the original. That’s partly because there’s a big hole in the logic of the story. Behind the opening credits Alonzo Hawk (Keenan Wynn) keeps pushing down those … Continue reading

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Tangled Ever After (2011) – reviewed by George

The wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider: six and a half minutes of adventure, excitement, jaw-dropping, and laugh-out-loud hysterics; altogether the best cartoon I’ve ever seen. I could (and do) watch this anytime I start to feel blue. At the … Continue reading

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Will Ferrell is Sherlock Holmes in “Holmes and Watson” (2018) – reviewed by George

This isn’t exactly a bad movie, but it’s pretty damned close. And it could have been good. I sat down to watch with expectations of laughing a lot, but the real effect of the movie was a desecration of Conan … Continue reading

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