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reviewed It's a Wonderful Life (1947 movie). December 27, 2013
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It's a Wonderful Life
I looked up the writers of the classic Frank Capra flick It's a Wonderful Life. Capra's name was among them, and when I did some further-depth research about his own life, I was a little surprised to …
reviewed A Confederacy of Dunces. May 06, 2013
Confederacy of Dunces
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1960s, A Confederacy of Dunces is a book unlike any other that I have previously read. I have often heard it referred to as THAT book, a kind of complement …
reviewed Dracula (novel). May 06, 2013
Dracula (first edition)
In rereading Dracula-my "October" book-I discovered many nuances and subtle flaws the eluded me upon my first reading of it. They included physical descriptions of the characters and incorrect …
posted a Quick Tip about The Wizard of Oz. October 21, 2012
The Wizard of Oz
A great-loved musical which was a breakthrough in colorization. Made by people who were either very, very high or expected their audiences to be.
posted a Quick Tip about Riders on the Purple Sage. September 17, 2012
Riders on the Purple Sage
Since this entertaining movie was adapted from Zane Grey's novel of the same name, reading that novel before viewing the movie would make the movie that much more meaningful.  It is also of …
reviewed Early Autumn. August 23, 2012
Early Autumn
Life for society women in the 1920s had its own constraints, the image of "family" was stronger than "self" as was the idea of a woman's freedom.      In "Early …
posted a Quick Tip about The Wizard of Oz. February 07, 2012
The Wizard of Oz
Not even remotely close to being faithful to the book but it doesn't matter, does it, with catchy-ass tunes, an unforgettable cast and fantasy beyond the rainbow of imagination.
reviewed Duck Soup. February 05, 2012
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Duck Soup
**** out of ****    If the Marx Brothers can't make you laugh, then I don't know who - or what - can. Since the beginning of time, comedy cinema has been dominated by the purely physical …
reviewed Arrowsmith. November 26, 2011
Lewis Sinclair's Arrowsmith
   Sinclair Lewis, by most biographical accounts, was an eccentric red-head with an acerbic and mercurial personality.  He is best known for his examinations of hucksterism in all walks …
posted a Quick Tip about The Wizard of Oz. November 18, 2011
The Wizard of Oz
One of the foundations to my vivid imagination. Has possibly every element in a tall tale that is closer to life than one can imagine. I have watched it more than any other movie in my life!
reviewed For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Cla.... November 13, 2011
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics)
In 1937, Robert Jordan is in Spain, with a group of Spanish guerrilla fighters during the Spanish Civil War.      Jordan has been sent to blow up a bridge and meets the various guerrillas. …
reviewed Arrowsmith. September 06, 2011
Lewis Sinclair's Arrowsmith
Martin Arrowsmith enters med school in the early nineteen hundreds in the American Midwest.      We see the difficulty he has with medical and social issues, which friends to have …
reviewed Dracula (novel). July 09, 2011
Dracula (first edition)
The character of Dracula is depicted as a blood-thirsty vampire. The opening scene is priceless.   An old time carriage is seen traversing a winding road until reaching the infamous castle   …
posted a Quick Tip about Dracula (novel). June 27, 2011
Dracula (first edition)
My favourite vampire - one who never apologises for who or what he is.
reviewed North by Northwest. June 23, 2011
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North by Northwest
**** out of ****     Alfred Hitchcock makes some really fine movies; movies that reach, impact, and give the viewer new ways to look at movies. Most would think "Psycho" when they …
posted a Quick Tip about Of Mice and Men. April 17, 2011
Of Mice and Men cover
Good things come in small packages!  This book is a timeless classic. Considering the time it was written, and the fact that it covers class structure, euthanasia, the plight of the mentally …
reviewed Colt .45. April 04, 2011
Colt .45
Randolph Scott plays an ex-army hero who was hired by Colt to sell their new repeating pistols, guns that we call six shooters. He is in the midst of a sale to a sheriff when a robber grabs the guns, …
reviewed Pride and Prejudice (book). March 26, 2011
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The marriage, property and inheritance laws of the late 18th and early 19th century, by today's standards, can be considered cruelly misogynistic.      The Bennett family estate …
posted a Quick Tip about Winesburg, Ohio. March 05, 2011
Winesburg, Ohio
Seminal satire that explores the grotesque in us all...
reviewed Niagara. March 04, 2011
Niagara is a second-rate A movie struggling with only partial success to be a first-rate B movie. What it needs is Audrey Totter as Rose Loomis instead of Marilyn Monroe and Charles McGraw as George Loomis …
posted a Quick Tip about A Confederacy of Dunces. February 25, 2011
Confederacy of Dunces
Worth another look after years of sitting on the shelf.
posted a Quick Tip about Sea of Grass. February 24, 2011
Never really knew what a "sodbuster" was until I saw this film for the first time a couple of years ago. I'll admit it is a bit depressing but it is a splendid fiilm. Depicts the events in the midwest …
posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 (British first edition)
Pretty dry (dare I say boring) read in places, but the discussion about total context manipulation and its implications still remain pretty scary and relevant
reviewed 1984 (novel). February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 (British first edition)
There are very few writers whose work has been so profound that their names have become adjectives. Shakespearean. Kafkaesque. Orwellian.      1984 remains George Orwell's greatest …
posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). February 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 (British first edition)
1984 is an essential book, not just for SF readers, not just for readers, but for everyone, everywhere.
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