Category Archives: B

Ramon Novarro in “The Barbarian” (1933) – reviewed by George

In Cairo a train is boarding and will depart soon. An American tourist (Hedda Hopper) is leaving in a private car, and Jamil (Ramon) jumps in to tell her goodbye and how he will never forget her visit. He takes … Continue reading

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Jack Huston is “Ben-Hur” (2016) – reviewed by George

Last time I said if you can’t improve on a film, don’t remake it. And there’s the old saw “Save the best for last”. Well, I just work chronologically, so it isn’t me, but the Best got saved for Last … Continue reading

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Joseph Morgan is “Ben Hur” (2010) – reviewed by George

This iteration is a television two-parter. It stars a young cast, many of whom have many credits. Both parts time out at 1:36, so it can be watched easily in one sitting.The story is the same, with some new happenings, … Continue reading

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Charlton Heston is Ben-Hur in “Ben-Hur, A Tale of the Christ” (1959) – reviewed by George

This is a “Roadshow” presentation in Technicolor and w-i-d-e screen beginning with a 6 and 1/2 minute “Overture” with orchestral accompaniment and on the screen a closeup of the arms of God and Adam with fingertips touching, from the Michaelangelo … Continue reading

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Ramon Novarro is Ben-Hur in “Ben-Hur – A Tale of the Christ” (1925) – reviewed by George

This is the second time Ben Hur was filmed, but it is the first film of Ben-Hur that I have seen. That first film was only 15 minutes long, and was filmed illicitly in 1907 with no payment to the … 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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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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Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) – reviewed by George

The Opening: Sam Rawlins (Stephen Boyd) sings a song that ends, “Let us bring the circus back to you”. The stage curtain behind him rises to a spacious shot of the Pop Warner Circus, outdoors and big. We zoom in … Continue reading

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Midsomer Murders, Season 3, Episode 4, “Beyond the Grave” (2000) – reviewed by George

This week’s village: Aspern Tallow.A tour guide is leading a group of tourists and telling a tale of a local man who fought the Roundheads, and then was shot dead just when he thought he had escaped those following him. … Continue reading

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Black Swarm (2007) – reviewed by George

A good, strong cast, a small Canadian town for shooting exteriors, guns and explosives – what went wrong?Well first, even though a swarm of wasps may be frightening, it’s really not in the same league as a shark, a squid, … Continue reading

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