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Jonny Lee Miller is Sherlock Holmes in “Elementary”, Season Three, Episodes 7, 8 (2014), and 9 (2015) – reviewed by George

Episode 7: The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction Kim Holder (Kate Arrington) comes to Joan (Lucy Liu) for help. She needs a detective to find her sister Jessica – missing for 5 years. Joan asks about police reports, and Kim … Continue reading

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Clara Bow in “Black Oxen” (1923) – reviewed by George

“The years like great black oxen tread the world and God the Herdsman goads them on behind.” W.B. Yeats This is a mystery story: who exactly is Mary Ogden? At the theater one night two men who are attending together … Continue reading

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Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) – reviewed by George

Fantastic! What a charmer! Lots of action and lots of humor, and some more great songs: a total winner! A ruggedly sinister man approaches Agrabah with a bunch of camels carrying large jugs of oil. Uh Oh! That’s not oil … Continue reading

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The Return of Jafar (1994) – reviewed by George

This television movie and first sequel begins with the forty thieves arriving at their cave and fighting over the loot. Then Aladdin, Abu, and the flying carpet appear and snatch the very best items, and to Abu’s screams of “No!” … Continue reading

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Aladdin (1992) – reviewed by George

After watching Disney’s new live action/CGI version I decided to take a look at the first Disney version, this animated movie. I’m glad I did – this is one of the greatest animated films I’ve ever seen. The effects are … Continue reading

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Aladdin (2019) – reviewed by George

This is the second live action/CGI translation of a Disney animated classic that I’ve seen. You may know that I was unimpressed with “Dumbo”, feeling that the essential childlike sweetness of the original was thrown under the truck. This is … Continue reading

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Burton and Taylor (2013) – reviewed by George

This movie, made for the BBC, begins in New York in 1983 with a press conference announcing that Elizabeth Taylor (Helena Bonham Carter) and Richard Burton (Dominic West) are soon to open in Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”, a play dealing … Continue reading

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Jonny Lee Miller is Sherlock Holmes in “Elementary”. Season 3, Episodes 4, 5, and 6 (2014) – reviewed by George

Episode 4: Bella Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) refuses to take Clyde the turtle to his regular weekend with Joan (Lucy Liu) in Chelsea, and Holmes says she agreed to do quotidian tasks when he was busy – he has applied leeches … Continue reading

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Clara Bow in “Down to the Sea in Ships” (1922) – reviewed by George

Interestingly, this tale of whaling was filmed in New Bedford, Massachusetts by The Whaling Film Corporation. The title comes from Psalm 107. “Great credit is due the photographers who, in small boats, stood by the cameras at the risk of … Continue reading

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Victor Victoria on Broadway (Taped in 1995, Copyright in 2000) – reviewed by George

This was shot for television during a performance, complete with audience reaction, though for camera angles some of it looks shot with no audience. Julie Andrews makes a lovely speech about returning to Broadway after a number of years, ┬áthe … Continue reading

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