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reviewed Necessary movies. May 18, 2009
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Necessary movies
A fellow luncher had suggested that I make a list of classic horror films or vintage films. He's right, of course. These films deserve recognition & this list is just a small token …
reviewed The Proposal. November 06, 2009
The Proposal
I first heard of "The Proposal" when the trailer aired in theaters last year. I thought this might be a touching and outrageously hilarious Romantic Comedy. But sadly what I got instead was …
reviewed Kung Fu Rascal. February 11, 2010
Kung Fu Rascal
   KUNG FU RASCALS is one of those rare gems you used to be able to discover with some regularity in the early days of made-for-video releases. Co-written, produced,directed by, and accidentally …
reviewed Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The .... March 11, 2010
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
For teenagers they all think that life is going to be simple and easy, some of them find out the hard way that is not so while others lazily go by doing what they do everyday. For High Schooler Percy …
reviewed The Agony and the Ecstasy. January 02, 2009
The Agony and the Ecstasy
This fictionalized account of the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling focuses on the battle of wills between the artist, Michelangelo (Charlton Heston), and his patron, Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison). …
reviewed I ♥ Huckabees. January 02, 2009
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I Heart Huckabees
From director David O. Russell (Three Kings) comes the film I ♥ Huckabees, a quirky comedy that dares to be intelligent and self-satirical. The film's screenplay, which was written by David O. …
reviewed The Lovely Bones (2009 movie). April 30, 2010
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The Lovely Bones (2009)
   Mainstream fans would remember Pater Jackson for his critically acclaimed “Lord of the Rings Trilogy” and “King Kong” while old-school horror fans may remember him …
reviewed The Golden Compass. December 24, 2008
The Golden Compass
WARNING: This review may contain spoilers!      I suppose it's not surprising, what with the current trend of adapting fantasy literature into films, that Philip Pullman's novel The …
reviewed Lawrence of Arabia. December 19, 2008
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DVD front
In 1962, director David Lean (Oliver Twist and The Bridge Over the River Kwai) made cinematic history with his epic historical drama, Lawrence of Arabia. The film is perhaps one of the …
reviewed The Matador (2006). May 16, 2009
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The Matador (Widescreen Edition) (2006)
This maybe one of the most brilliant, if not unsettling Almodovar films I've ever seen. Here we have Almodovar's statement or tribute to guilt, sex, & death which may prove to be very gratifying to …
reviewed Knowing. November 12, 2009
Knowing Movie Poster
The end of the world is the most heated and talked about discussion in Human history. No one  knows when it will be and no one knows  what will happen, but  we all know in some way  …
reviewed Cloverfield. February 20, 2010
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  When reviewing Cloverfield obvious comparisons to movies like Godzilla are easy to make, but this film is so much more then a simple monster bash. Cloverfield is a wild mix of Godzilla like monster …
reviewed Fantastic Four (movie). August 11, 2010
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Fantastic Four
      FANTASTIC 4      When this film first came out there was a lot of high hopes for the film, and why not it is one of the most beloved comics of all time. There …
reviewed Pulp Fiction. March 18, 2009
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Original Film Poster
WARNING: This review contains spoilers!   Note: In my summary of the plot I have put the film's story into chronological order so that events unfold sequentially. This is not the order in which the …
reviewed Watchmen (Warner Bros. Home Entertain.... September 03, 2009
(2-Disc Special Edition Director's Cut DVD)
WARNING: This review contains spoilers! DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU'VE SEEN THE FILM!   When the twelve-issue limited-run comic book series Watchmen was originally published in 1986 and through 1987, …
reviewed Pride & Prejudice (2005 film). December 13, 2008
Pride & Prejudice
Accompanied with a moving score and set in the lush English countryside, Joe Wright has the daunting task of doing this Jane Austen classic justice. The cinematography does a brilliant job of exploring …
reviewed Inherit The Wind. May 04, 2009
Inherit The Wind
   Directed  in 1960 by Stanley Kramer, INHERIT THE WIND gives us a very fictionalized account of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial in which a man was tried and convicted for teaching Darwin's …
reviewed The Mole People. May 13, 2009
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The Mole People
One of the advantages of being an old fart is that you can look at old movies with an unjaundiced eye. You can appreciate them for what they were/are instead of getting overly concerned about whether …
reviewed X-Men Origins: Wolverine. February 05, 2010
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X-Men Origins Wolverine
There used to be two stakes in the heart to any superhero series.  The first is making a third movie with so many villains it's just hard to focus (Spider Man 3, for example) while the other is making …
reviewed Chicago 10. February 16, 2009
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Chicago 10
In March of 1968 a secret meeting of anti-war groups took place in northern Illinois to discuss what types of protests should be organized for the Democratic National Convention to be held in Chicago …
reviewed Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie). December 29, 2009
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Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie)
   Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and this character has clearly become a household name in the books of detective thrillers. Once again, Hollywood intends to re-imagine/revive/ …
reviewed Transformers. December 17, 2008
You can't overthink "Transformers."  Basically, what you have are huge talking robots that sometimes turn into automobiles.  Some are good, some are bad, and they battle each other.    Tryin …
reviewed It's a Wonderful Life (1947 movie). December 17, 2008
It's a Wonderful Life
Such a classic movie. No doubt you've either seen it a million times or heard one of the many infamous quotes.     I enjoy sitting down to properly watch this movie almost as much …
reviewed Frankenstein (Universal Home Entertai.... December 19, 2008
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Frankenstein 75th Anniversary Legacy Series DVD
-This review pertains to the Frankenstein: 75th Anniversary Edition DVD-       Mary Shelley's classic horror story, Frankenstein, has been dramatized countless times since the novel's …
reviewed Necessary movies. March 30, 2009
Necessary movies
If I were ever to be stranded on that proverbial desert island what 10 DVDs would I want with me?  That's not as easy a question as it first seems to be--NOTHING is easy when I start thinking about …
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