Category Archives: Movies

The Illusionist (2010) – reviewed by George

This animated movie is pretty strange. The captions say “Speaks in French” or “Speaks in foreign language”. I guess it’s a French film, though the end credits looked English to me (and “Speaks in French” doesn’t look French at all).The … Continue reading

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The Marx Brothers in “Animal Crackers” (1930) – reviewed by George

The social season opens with a big party at the home of Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) honoring the noted explorer Captain Jeffrey Spaulding (Groucho) on his return from Africa. And to add to the importance of the occasion a famous … Continue reading

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Mutant (1984) – reviewed by George

This comes close to being a good little horror flick, but lapses in logic do it in.The story starts with a man wandering around a dark building with a flashlight (Night Watchman?). He is attacked and killed by something or … Continue reading

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2012 (2009) – reviewed by George

This is usually classified as a disaster film, but it’s much more than that. It’s THE disaster film, a monumental achievement in both plot and (especially) visual special effects. The subject is the end of the world.Dr. Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel … Continue reading

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Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1975 in the opening credits, 1976 in the closing credits) – reviewed by George

This is a good movie, but it’s not a comedy, despite comic lines and situations, nor is it a drama, though it has dramatic moments. It’s more a slice of life story, and as you watch you can’t help thinking … Continue reading

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How To Fall In Love (2012) – reviewed by George

I like the mystery movies on Hallmark, and occasionally I’ll see an ad for a romantic movie starring someone I like and haven’t seen for a while, and it attracts my attention. And then I set up my DVR to … Continue reading

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The Marx Brothers in “The Cocoanuts” (1929) – reviewed by George

Sand, sea, palm trees, and scads of beautiful girls – pretty good way to start a movie. All the people (there are men too) are staying at the Hotel de Cocoanut in Florida. The manager is Mr. Hammer (Groucho), the … Continue reading

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The Terror (1963) – reviewed by George

After a week off, Horror Thursday is back, except it’s really Boredom Thursday with this movie. A young soldier (Jack Nicholson) is riding along the ocean’s shore. He looks ill and falls off his horse. The tide is coming in, … Continue reading

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Ramon Novarro in “The Night Is Young” (1934) – reviewed by George

Well, hooray, this film,, unlike yesterday’s, does not condone rape as a legitimate courtship tactic. It is a relatively standard MGM musical. Novarro plays Arch Duke Paul Gustave, but why isn’t he Crown Prince? He’s the son of Emperor Franz … Continue reading

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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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