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reviewed Contraband. January 19, 2012
I just saw Contraband on Friday. When a movie poster shows Mark Wahlberg with a gun, lifting his shirt, exposing his stomach with dollar bills stuffed in the top of his pants you have to know what to …
reviewed Breaking and Entering (2007). January 19, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Breaking and Entering (2007)
I had not heard of this film until recently and its surprising that I have not. I am a huge Juliette Binoche fan. I also really like Jude Law, Robin Wright Penn and director Anthony Minghella very much. …
reviewed The Iron Lady. January 14, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
The Iron Lady
I thought Viola Davis had the Oscar race all to herself and was guaranteed to win for her role in The Help, until I saw Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady. Of course its expected for Streep to be amazing in …
reviewed The Artist. December 31, 2011
The Artist
A lot of people really like this movie.  A lot of critics really like this movie.  The judges at Cannes really liked this movie.   So I went to see The Artist with lots of high expectations. …
reviewed The Adventures of Tintin (The Adventu.... December 29, 2011
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicor
I have never read the Tintin comics or the graphic novels, so I was not sure what to expect when I went to see the new movie.  I knew Steven Spielberg was behind the movie, so my expectations were …
reviewed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. December 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
I really did not like the first Sherlock Holmes movie 2009 for many reasons.  I went to see it and was so sorry afterwards.  I don't know what I was expecting but I did not find it entertaining. …
reviewed Mission Impossible 4 : Ghost Protocol. December 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Mission: Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol
       I went to see the new Mission Impossible movie this morning.  Let me start by saying that I am not a big Tom Cruise fan.  I don’t usually make a point to …
reviewed New Year's Eve. December 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
New Year's Eve
I am going to cause a lot of controversy with this review.  Everyone seems to hate this movie.  All of the critics panned it.  The audience reviews are really bad also.  Yet I really …
reviewed Mr. Skeffington. December 03, 2011
Mr. Skeffington
My favorite Bette Davis movie. Bette and Claude Rains star in this 1944 masterpiece. Bette plays the beautiful turn of the century New York socialite Fanny Trellis. She has many suitors but is forced …
reviewed Lulu Belle (1948). December 02, 2011
Lulu Belle (1948)
Lulu Belle is a 1948 film that I had never heard of until it showed up on my Netflix suggestions.  It stars Dorothy Lamour and George Montgomery.   It has little or no notice on either …
reviewed Bird of Paradise 1932 film. December 02, 2011
Bird of Paradise 1932 film
I have spent some time this week watching old films from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  I have been semi housebound with a very nasty cold or flu, so it was a great time to go to Netfilx and …
reviewed She. December 02, 2011
I have been under the weather the past week nursing a really bad cold.   I have spent a lot of time under the comforter watching old movies on Netflix.   I have been watching some …
reviewed Immortals. November 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I love those old movies about the Greek Gods and Goddesses. Ray Harryhausen was the master back when I was a kid. The remake of his classic Clash of the Titans was a bit of a disappointment to me. So …
reviewed J. Edgar (2011 film). November 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
J. Edgar
I rated J. Edgar a four based on Leonardo's DiCaprio's performance.   Clink Eastwood slow placing seems completely appropriate to me in this film, although I have read many reviews complaining …
reviewed Don't Bother To Knock. November 15, 2011
I first saw Don't Bother To Knock about twenty years ago.  I have always been a Marilyn Monroe fan and was not expecting such a dark disturbing film.  I just recently watched this film again …
reviewed The Skin I Live In. November 10, 2011
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The Skin I Live In
PedroPedroPedro AlmodovarPedro Almodovar is one of my favorite directors and story tellers.  His newest film, The Skin I Live In once more proves his genius.  I don't want to say too much …
reviewed Campbeltown Scottish Whisky. November 09, 2011
Campbeltown Scottish Whisky
I am not as familiar with the Campbeltown Whisky's as I am other regions. Campbeltown only has three distilleries left in the region and they are not as well known to me as the Speyside and Highland …
reviewed Highland Scottish Whisky. November 09, 2011
Highland Scottish Whisky
Aberlour is probably  my favorite single malt scotch, but its followed very closely by Oban.  Actually depending on my mood this could change and Oban might be my favorite for the evening. …
reviewed Speyside Scottish Whisky. November 09, 2011
Speyside Scottish Whisky
i love Aberlour. We have a local scotch bar here where I live in Baltimore. There are over a hundred bottles of scotch to chose from and I usually chose Aberlour. It had a wonderful golden color. The …
reviewed Lowland Scottish Whisky. November 09, 2011
Lowland Scottich Whisky
Auchentoshan scotch from the Lowlands is not a heavy peaty scotch.  So if your into the Islay peaty types this one will not please you.   This is a single malt scotch that is triple distilled …
reviewed Islay Scotch Whisky. November 09, 2011
Islay Scottish Whisky
I love scotch.  So even if its not my favorite that does not mean I do not like it.  Laphroaig from the Islay region of Scotland is not one of my favorites, but it is still one that I will …
reviewed Victory Ale Summer Love. November 09, 2011
posted in The Beer Snob
Victory Ale Summer Love
From Philadelphia's Victory Brewery comes Summer Love Ale. Its almost gone now. Its a seasonal and we are now heading into the winter seasonal beers. But my local liquor store in Baltimore still has one …
reviewed Whatever happened to Baby Jane. November 09, 2011
Whatever happened to Baby Jane
     This is grand daddy of all aging actress turned ax murderer movies. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane sets the standard of the genre. With Bette Davis chewing every piece of scenery …
reviewed Boy's Night Out. November 08, 2011
Boy's Nigh Out
Boys Night Out is one of my favorite 1960's battle of sexes comedies . Its a Doris Day Rock Hudson film without Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Kim Novak plays the beautiful blonde bombshell who takes …
reviewed Tower Heist. November 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Tower Heist
I went to see Tower Heist on Friday.  What a major disappointment.   I am always a little concerned when comedies have great trailers, because usually all of the punch lines are in the trailer …
reviewed Detroit, Michigan. November 07, 2011
Detroit, Michigan
The Motown Sound            I visited Detroit, Michigan over the summer. Detroit seems to get a bad rap these days. When you read an article about Detroit you see …
reviewed Green Lantern (2011 movie). November 07, 2011
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Green Lantern (2011)
I was prepared to love this movie. It had everything I would enjoy in a comic book super hero movie including the good looking hero, outstanding special effects. So what happened? I did like it, but did …
reviewed A Shot in the Dark (1964). November 07, 2011
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Blake Edwards film A Shot In The Dark was made before The Pink Panther became a true franchise. There is no mention of The Pink Panther or of Inspector Jacques Clouseau in the title. Yet this is the best …
reviewed Anonymous (2011 movie). November 07, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Anonymous received some very mixed reviews. I am not sure why. I thought it was excellent. I love the graphically created London of the time period. The costumes were authentic. And the acting was superb. …
reviewed Midnight in Paris. November 07, 2011
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Midnight in Paris
Midnight In Paris is one of my favorite movies I have seen so far this year. Its more than a love story about people, its a love story written to the city of Paris. The fantasy story about a writing meeting …
reviewed The Rum Diary (2011 film). November 07, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Rum Diary
Somewhere there is a good story buried in this movie. Its a shame the screenplay never finds it. I really wanted to like this movie. Even while sitting through it I kept thinking I really wanted to like …
reviewed Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer. November 07, 2011
posted in The Beer Snob
Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer
I first had Mythos beer when I was in Santorini on my honeymoon five years ago. I was with a group of friends and we had a long line of empty Mythos bottles down the middle of our table in a little bar …
reviewed Fat Tire. November 07, 2011
posted in The Beer Snob
Fat Tire
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head?    Fat Tire is an Amber Ale         How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity?    To …
reviewed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. November 06, 2011
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Maggie the cat is alive. And Elizabeth Taylor brings her to life in the classic Tennessee Williams story. Elizabeth and Tennessee Williams seem to bring out the best in each other once again in this film …
reviewed Suddenly, Last Summer. November 06, 2011
Suddenly, Last Summer
Sudden, Last Summer is a goth masterpiece based on Tennessee Williams play of the same title. The play is basically a series of soliliquies by the two main characters Violet and Cathy. Katherine Hepburn …
reviewed Arsenic and Old Lace. November 06, 2011
What's the film about?   Based on the hit play of the same title, the story is about two sweet elderly sister who also happen to be serial killers.   When their nephew brings home …
reviewed Boris Grishenko. November 05, 2011
posted in Bond, James Bond
Boris Grishenko
Not one of the best henchmen in the Bond films, but still one that entertains and amuses me.  I liked the characte from the miniute I saw him flipping his pen in his fingers and uttering I am invincible. …
reviewed Nick Nack. November 05, 2011
posted in Bond, James Bond
Nick Nack
The Bond films left all seriousness behind and turned to pure comedy with The Man With The Golden Gun.  Having Christoper Lee as the villain could have been one of the best decisions made for a Bond …
reviewed May Day. November 05, 2011
posted in Bond, James Bond
May Day
A View To A Kill is not one a fan favorite by many Bond fans, but I am in a minority here it appears.  I really do like this movie a lot.  I have championed Stacey Sutton as a Bond girl.  And …
reviewed Baron Samedi. November 05, 2011
posted in Bond, James Bond
Baron Samedi
Although not one of the best Bonds, I still do like the movie Live and Let Die.  But Baron Samedi irritates me so much when watching the film.  I just don't like the character and get so …
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