Category Archives: S

Harold Lloyd in “A Sailor-Made Man” (1921) – reviewed by George

Always a pleasure to find another Harold Lloyd movie, not just for him, but for H.M. Walker’s titles as well. “The Plot – An American boy is in love with an Americas girl – Let’s go -” We begin at … Continue reading

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – reviewed by George

This two-hour animated feature brings together Spider-Men (and -Women and -other life forms) from different universes in aid of Earth’s new Spiderman, a middle-school student named Miles Morales (voice of Shamiek Moore). Miles has taken and aced a test that … 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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Seven Keys to Baldpate (1947) – reviewed by George

Behind the opening credits a train hurtles through a light snow and the score reinforces the idea of train travel. Mystery novelist Kenneth Magee (Phillip Terry) is in his compartment typing away when the porter comes to tell him that … Continue reading

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Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935) – reviewed by George

This is a bit spookier and also a bit less funny than the 1929 version, but the main problem is that the two surprises at the end have been eliminated. WHY? The movie starts, not with the bet, which is … Continue reading

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Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929) – reviewed by George

First, a book by Earl Derr Biggers, then a play by George M. Cohan, then a series of films; this is a very popular property, due to its mix of suspense and comedy, its fast pace, and its two surprise … Continue reading

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Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock Holmes in “The Sign of Three” (2013) – reviewed by George

For months Lestrade (Rupert Graves) has been after a gang of thieves, always missing them ┬áby minutes. Now, by careful analysis of their methods and chronology, he thinks he has them where he wants them. And he receives a message … Continue reading

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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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