Category Archives: Movies

Rita Hayworth in “The Strawberry Blonde” (1941) – reviewed by George

Behind the opening credits there’s a lush and rousing arrangement of “And the Band Played On” which fades into a calm and sweet version of “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home” as the action starts, clueing us in that … Continue reading

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John Nettles is DCI Tom Barnaby in “Midsomer Murders”, Season 1, Episode 3, Death of a Hollow Man (2017) – reviewed by George

A woman is praying in front of an old-looking statue of a woman, who looks Chinese. A small scream. Sounds of bludgeoning and pain. A body is carried by car to water and is dumped in. And behind all of … Continue reading

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Inkheart (2008) – reviewed by George

There are people who can read a story out loud and bring the characters right out of the book – living and breathing. These people are called Silvertongues, and some don’t know they have this gift until it is too … Continue reading

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The Wedding Ringer (2015) – reviewed by George

I thought this would be a good followup to “I Love You, Man’”, but it’s loud, it’s exaggerated beyond sanity, and it’s loud. It’s basically the same plot: Josh Gad has no male friends and has just become engaged to … Continue reading

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I Love You, Man (2008) – reviewed by George

This soft-R comedy (lots of R talk, not much R action) is really funny, and deals with an engaged couple, Peter Klaven and Zooey Rice (Paul Rudd and Rashida Jones), who have just set a wedding date: September 30 in … Continue reading

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Rita Hayworth in “Down to Earth” (1947) – reviewed by George

At The Max Corkle Theatrical Agency Max (James Gleason) is being yelled at by a police lieutenant (William Frawley) and a bunch of policemen. They can’t figure how he could know about a murder five minutes before it happened. Max … Continue reading

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Johnny Depp is the voice of “Sherlock Gnomes” (2018) – reviewed by George

This marvelous CGI animated feature stars Gnomeo and Juliet (James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) and Sherlock Gnomes and Watson (Johnny Depp and Chiwetel Ejiofor), and makes some interesting comparisons between the two couples. There’s also Moriarty, a devilish cherub voiced … Continue reading

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John Nettles is Inspector Barnaby in “Midsomer Murders”, Season 1, Episode 2, Written in Blood (1997) – reviewed by George

Durrow, Southern Ireland, 1955 – Farm cottages and croplands, and a cottage door opens. Someone walks in and the old dog does not react. A shotgun is taken off the wall, and a shadow mounts the stairs. A middle-aged man, … Continue reading

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Buster Keaton in “Battling Butler” (1926) – reviewed by George

A very funny movie about pretending to be someone else, and then having to keep it up much longer than you dreamed. Alfred Butler (Buster) is an effete rich kid with his own valet Martin (Snitz Edwards), who smooths his … Continue reading

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Nine (2009) – reviewed by George

Cinecittà Studios, Rome, 1965 I’ve heard that the Broadway musical “Nine” (the source of this film) was inspired by the life of Federico Fellini. The central figure of the musical is Italian director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis). His life is … Continue reading

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