Category Archives: S

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – reviewed by George

The workplace travails of the staff of a Budapest leather goods store make for a nice story of love through a letter exchange between strangers (they’ve never met). The shop is Matuschek and Company, and the owner Mr. Hugo Matuschek … Continue reading

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Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (2010) – reviewed by George

I found this on Netflix (subscription, not streaming), and it is actually a collection of 4 cartoons of different (short) lengths. The overall title beginning each cartoon is DC Showcase, but the listing on Netflix (and on the disc) only … Continue reading

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Shazam! (2019) – reviewed by George

This is an absolutely super origin movie, the best I’ve ever seen. And just as a superhero movie period, it’s one of my top three. In the preface, in a car in upstate New York in 1974, Thaddeus Sivana (Ethan … Continue reading

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Split (2017) – reviewed by George

This is the story of a young man with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), whose normal persona is Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), but whose mind harbors many people, some mild, some nasty, with Barry being the emcee so to speak, … Continue reading

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Strange Brew (1983) – reviewed by George

This movie is insane. It is totally outrageous. And it is very funny. Bob McKenzie (Rick Moranis) and his brother Bob (Dave Thomas) start this MGM movie by trying to get a growl out of a male lion whose head … Continue reading

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Harold Lloyd in “Speedy” (1928) – reviewed by George

Of the Harold Lloyd silent comedies I’ve reviewed, this is far and away the best. It takes place in New York City and a lot of it, apparently, was filmed on the streets of New York, including a great, fantastic … Continue reading

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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2007) – reviewed by George

Arthur Spiderwick (David Strathairn) is in the attic of his mansion working on a compendium of animals, such as insects and snakes, when a sound outside draws him to the window. And the words “80 Years Later” appear on the … Continue reading

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Smallfoot (2018) – reviewed by George

This delighted me. I laughed a lot, but smiled a lot too, which is even more important, I think. And the CGI is very well done. The Yeti believe that their home in the high Himalayas, higher than the cloud … Continue reading

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David McCallum in “Sol Madrid” (1967) – reviewed by George

The first shots are of poppy fields, then a montage of users shooting up at a party and the police busting in. A film is being shown to Sol Madrid (David McCallum) by Chief Danvers (Robert Rockwell): “Villanova (Rip Torn) … Continue reading

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Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock Holmes in “A Scandal in Belgravia” (2011) – reviewed by George

A wondrously clever script and fine performances all around make this an outstanding part of the filmic world of Holmes. Of course it involves Irene Adler (Lara Pulver) as she pulls Sherlock into her world of deception and trickery, puzzles … Continue reading

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