Category Archives: S

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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Danny Kaye in “A Song Is Born” (1947) – reviewed by George

This picture is not typical for Danny Kaye; it’s not purely his picture like the other four reviewed here so far. It’s much more of a team effort. Seven musicologists, mostly professors, have been working for nine years at the … Continue reading

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Ben Stiller in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (2013) – reviewed by George

Interesting, scenic, touching, but it has no tangible connection to the so-called source material. When Danny Kaye daydreamed he created a new name, a new persona, a completely unreal milieu. Surely this closely resembles the Thurber story. Ben Stiller stars … Continue reading

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Danny Kaye in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (1947) – reviewed by George

In Pert Amboy, New Jersey, Walter Mitty (Danny) is driving to the train station with his mother (Fay Bainter), so she can have the car for the rest of the day, but for what I don’t know, since she is … Continue reading

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Spectre (2015) – reviewed by George

Right up front, this is one of the best Bond movies ever. A super opening sequence, a lot of suspense, secrets about Bond’s past revealed, the biggest explosion ever in a movie, a montage of the dead during the opening … Continue reading

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The Swarm (1978) – reviewed by George

The picture is well-cast – this does not mean ┬áthat everyone gives a good performance. Irwin Allen was always a better producer than director, but here the movie fails not because of Allen’s direction (though it isn’t very good), but … Continue reading

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) – reviewed by George

I thought the title was merely an acknowledgement of the film’s sequel status, but the plot revolves around Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) actually acquiring a second hotel in order to expand his services to British pensioners whose money goes so … Continue reading

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Lillian Gish in “The Swan” (1930) – reviewed by George

I’ve seen Lillian Gish in several silent films, and of course in character roles in later films, but this was a chance to see her as a young woman in an early talkie. Also I have never seen the Grace … Continue reading

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