Category Archives: A

Albert Finney is Hercule Poirot in “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” (1974) – reviewed by George

1930 – the Long island Home of the Armstrongs A mewspaper photo of the mansion and the headline “Armstrong Baby Kidnapped”, with a subhead “Crushed Toys, Crushed Hopes” and a photo of baby things broken on the floor. Then we … 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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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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The Artist (2011) – reviewed by George

This is an unexpected and very, very clever silent movie about the transition from silent to talkie, and even when talkies have taken over, it stays a silent movie. Only in the last seconds do we hear someone speak, although … Continue reading

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Avengers: Endgame (2019) – reviewed by George

A fifteen-minute recap recalls “Avengers: Armageddon” and sets up the fight to defeat Thanos and restore all the folks who turned to dust in that picture, which was 50% of the population (plus 50 % of all life on earth … Continue reading

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April Showers (1948) – reviewed by George

Eventually Warners followed MGM in filming musicals in color, but not yet in 1948 – this is black-and-white. The film starts with a shot of a old theater. There’s a title on screen: San Francisco in the Good Old Days, … Continue reading

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“Agatha” (1978) and “Agatha and the Truth of Murder” (2018) – reviewed by George

Agatha Miller was born in 1890. She wrote 66 detective novels, 14 short story collections, and, as Mary Westmacott, 6 romance novels. She married Colonel Archibald Christie on Christmas Eve 1914, and gave birth to her only child Rosalind in … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Tintin: “The Castafiore Emerald” (1992) – reviewed by George

This “The Adventures of Tintin” is an animated TV series that consisted of 22-minute episodes, and most stories (like this one) required two episodes to tell. It was a French-Canadian co-production shown on HBO in 1991 and ’92, and as … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Tintin (2011) – reviewed by George

I’ve read the Tintin graphic novels by Herge, I’ve seen the cartoon series of Tintin adventures, and I love Tintin, but this was overwhelming. Thrilling, inspiring, delightful, completely absorbing, and totally enthralling. One of the best films I’ve ever seen.┬áPerhaps … Continue reading

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