Monthly Archives: January 2021

Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd in “One Track Minds” (1933) – reviewed by George

The girls are on a train to Hollywood because Thelma has won a screen test. They have Zasu’s relative Spanky (later one of the Our Gang kids) with them, and he is really cute at about four years old. He … Continue reading

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Eddie Cantor in “The Kid from Spain” (1932) – reviewed by George

Once again an entertaining movie gives me a bad taste in my mouth because of a blackface number. Well, I can review the film and talk about its good points, but there is still that whiff of racism that is … Continue reading

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Diana Rigg is Mrs. Bradley in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Episode 5, “The Worsted Viper” (1999) – reviewed by George

Mrs. Adela Bradley and her chauffeur George Moody (Neil Dudgeon) always seem to be going someplace, but then how else to keep the chauffeur in the action?A smallish seaside town is this week’s destination, where George’s daughter Cecily (Rebecca Callard) … Continue reading

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Shark Swarm (2008) – reviewed by George

When I saw that this movie was 2:39 I thought no way starting at 8 p.m. So I waited until yesterday at 6 p.m. And all the time I was thinking what could make a basic horror movie (usually an … Continue reading

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The Illusionist (2005) – reviewed by George

A magical story of love and a lovely story of magic.In one of those great old European theaters Eisenheim the Illusionist (Edward Norton) is sitting in a nondescript chair, facing the audience from an otherwise empty stage. The crowd is … Continue reading

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The Prestige (2006) – reviewed by George

Golly, what a lousy movie! The dialogue is sometimes tricky to understand and the score is too loud in many places, and I didn’t like the plot where the bad guy wins.It starts with a flashback where Christian Bale pushes … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow, Season 2, Episode 5, “Beware My Sting!” (2017) – reviewed by George

Will (David Mitchell) is working on “The Taming of the Shrew” and he’s getting great support from Bottom (Rob Rouse) and Kit Marlowe (Tim Downie). Much less approval is emanating from Kate (Gemma Whelan), from whom grave disappointment can be … Continue reading

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Murder on Flight 502 (1975) – reviewed by George

An intriguing idea with a cast of familiar faces should make for a good time. And it does to some degree. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie more in need of restoration. The color has faded to … Continue reading

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Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd in “The Bargain of the Century” (1933) – reviewed by George

Thelma and Zasu are roaring through the streets like madwomen (Thelma is the driver), and they clip a policeman in the street right in front of headquarters. Another policeman (James Burtis) sees this happen and jumps on a motorcycle in … Continue reading

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Eddie Cantor in “Palmy Days” (1931) – reviewed by George

Eddie cotars with Charlotte Greenwood, which is good because she’s so much taller. They make a funny couple as they sing and dance and she chases him.When the film begins Eddie is working the tricks for a mystic played by … Continue reading

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