Category Archives: Movies

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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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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S.O.B. (1981) – reviewed by George

There are some real big laughs here, and a bunch of small ones too – delightful stuff. BUT the film is basically, at heart, a strong satire of Hollywood, full of rage and disappointment. The money-above-anything-else attitude of the system … Continue reading

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Harold Lloyd in “Get Out and Get Under” (1920) – reviewed by George

“There are six reasons why a young man has his picture taken. One is A Girl – the other five don’t count.” The photographer is really painstaking – and irritating. He wants Harold’s head at a certain angle, his feet … Continue reading

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