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Don Knotts in “The Reluctant Astronaut” (1967) – reviewed by George

This is a funny movie, but again there’s that frustration with a major character. Royal Fleming (Don Knotts) finds it absolutely impossible not to bury the lead. If he wants to say, “I’m not really an astronaut; I’m a janitor”, … Continue reading

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Rat Race (2001) – reviewed by George

On the DVD case there’s a quote from Mark S. Allen of UPN-TV, “Quite possibly the funniest movie ever!” Well, Mark, I would say, “Probably the funniest movie ever.” And that’s only because I haven’t seen every comedy ever. Of … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime “The Man in the Mist” (1982) – reviewed by George

This episode startled me, as I may have been missing something right along. Tommy (James Warwick) and Tuppence (Francesca Annis) have just botched a case involving a stolen necklace and are very down. Tommy is disguised as a priest, and … Continue reading

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Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) – reviewed by George

To be strictly chronological this film should have been reviewed between “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and “The Return of Sherlock Holmes”, but I couldn’t possibly separate “The Final Problem” and “The Empty House”, so here we are. This highly … Continue reading

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Jessie Matthews in “The Man from Toronto” (1933) – reviewed by George

Sometimes an idea is funny, and then in its execution, ideas get stretched and sequences become elongated , and what was funny is funny no more. In this film Jessie Matthews is just as cute and perky and strong-willed and … Continue reading

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Stage Fright (1950) – reviewed by George

I reviewed this film on February 4, 2017, and now that it rolls around in the Hitchcock chronology as his 37th film, I decided to simply reprint that review, somewhat shortened. My opinion, my fascination with the film, has not … Continue reading

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Seventh Son (2015) – reviewed by George

A fantasy action film about killing witches (and getting killed by witches), this movie has a really great score by Marco Beltrami, and fantastic special effects supervised by Alex Burdett. It stars Jeff Bridges as Master Gregory, the aging witch … Continue reading

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Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938) – reviewed by George

Two men escape from Devil’s Island: Paul Brissac (Leon Ames), notorious Parisian criminal and Ito Masuka, Japanese murderer, whose voice is very familiar despite extra weight and glasses. Of course it is Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre), following Brissac back into … Continue reading

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Film Grammar # 13 – The Man from U.N.C.L.E. “The Bridge of Lions Affair, Part II”

The title of Act II:  “Thrush Flaps It’s Wings” Okay, ordinarily an apostrophe would be fine here. That is, if you said “Thrush’s wings”, or “Kuryakin’s wings”. But “it’s” means “it is”, or more rarely “it has”, and obviously “Thrush … Continue reading

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Season Two, Disc Seven (1966) – reviewed by George

# 19: The Waverly Ring Affair “Thrush has a man in U.N.C.L.E.!” This startling discovery is made because Thrush has obtained a document from File 40, which requires a bypass key, and these keys are not handed out without years … Continue reading

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