Category Archives: S

Short Cuts (1993) – reviewed by George

Raymond Carver was a writer of short stories, some good and some great, but he had a certain tone, a sort of hard-luck take on life. Well, they’re short, so they’re kind of profound. But take a bunch of them … Continue reading

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Separate Tables (1958) – reviewed by George

This is really a gift to actors. So well-written with so many great parts, it just purrs along fueled by great performances. The setting is Hotel Beauregard, Bournemouth, England, which advertises “Three Minutes from the Sea, Fine Cuisine, Separate Tables.” … Continue reading

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Stan and Ollie (2018) – reviewed by George

Actors really are a very special bunch of people. This funny, touching, lovable portrait of two great comedians who wanted to work only with each other (although there were tough times when they were apart and still worked) is nothing … Continue reading

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The Sunshine Boys (1975) – reviewed by George

The Sunshine Boys, Lewis and Clark. Magical words in the long ago world of vaudeville. Al Lewis and Wally Clark were greatly loved stars who worked together for 43 years – hating each other for the last 41. Wally (Walter … Continue reading

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Soapdish (1991) – reviewed by George

Egos blazing, the cast members of the soap opera “The Sun Also Sets” vie for more lines, a better story arc, more closeups, etc. Meanwhile the sweet, unaware star of the show Celeste Talbert (Sally Field), who has been a … Continue reading

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The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956) – reviewed by George

A comedy about many of those on top and their utter disdain for the rest of us. The two groups are represented here by 1) the directors of International Projects Ltd., a New York-based corporation that holds regular stockholder meetings, … Continue reading

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Spies in Disguise (2019) – reviewed by George

This CGI animated spy story is a take-off on James Bond, with Lance Sterling (voice of Will Smith) as the spy hero, and a young guy named Walter Beckett (voice of Tom Holland) in the position of Q. They work … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born” (2018) – reviewed by George

An outdoor venue, a huge crowd. Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) has a large gulp of gin, picks up a guitar, walks out and waves at the people. He’s a really good performer and the crowd loves him. In a big … Continue reading

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Barbra Streisand in “A Star Is Born” (1976) – reviewed by George

This second remake is moving away from the first two pictures in several ways. Esther Blodgett is now Esther Hoffman (Streisand) and there is no need for a name change. Norman Maine is now John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson), who … Continue reading

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Judy Garland in “A Star Is Born” (1954) – reviewed by George

This first remake is almost three hours long and had an Intermission in theaters, a time that is mercifully shortened on the DVD to about one minute and a half. It was shot in Technicolor and Cinemascope and looks great, … Continue reading

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