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    "Bend it Like Beckham"_Gurinder Chada_2002 This film boasts a lot of firsts. The subject a girl's (women's) soccer(football) movie, is only one. The cast was a mixture of locals from Hounslow and professional actors. None of the actors had a big profile in England, and this was only Chada's...
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    "The Princess Bride"-Rob Reiner-1987 William Goldman is one of the top screenwriters; "Princess" is a personal favorite. It was written for his two daughters, but it spent years in development hell. Goldman bought the script back. Reiner was given the book by his father in 1971. Dozens of...
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    "A Genuine Forger"-Jean-Luc Leon-2016 Do you remember the Willie Sutton Line: "That's where the money is?" Sutton was of course the famous bank robber who was among other things a police favorite. Guy Ribes is perhaps the pre-eminent forger of early 20th century art. This movie is an extended...
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    "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin"-Chia Ling Lu-1978 I feel the need to delve into the background of martial arts movies, however, I am ill prepared to do so. So let me make a few suggestions. This is a Shaw Brothers'film. The Shaw Brothers involvement in Chinese films dates back to the silent...
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    The 12 Monkeys"-Terry Gilliam-1995 This was a very successful film; it made a lot of money. Surprisingly, over 110 million of the 168 million was made overseas. Gilliam recruited a very solid cast many of whom worked for less than their normal rate. This was the first film where Gilliam had...
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    :Of Mice and Men"-Gary Sinise-1992 The story was adapted from John Steinbeck's novel by Horton Foote. If his name is not familiar; it should be. His screen plays include: "To Kill a Mockingbird,", "Tender Mercies," and "A Trip to Bountiful." Sinise was a co-founder of Chicago's Steppenwolf...
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    "Chef"-John Favreau-2014 "You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth mainly. There was things he stretched, but mainly he told the truth." Carl Casper...
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    "Footlight Parade"-Lloyd Bacon-1933 This is the third Busby Berkeley musical for Warner's in 1933. Supposedly "42 Street" rescued Warner's from bankruptcy. I find that a little hard to believe, remember the special train promotion which occurred before "42 Street" opened? Jimmy Cagney sought...
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    "Gold Diggers of 1933"-Mervyn LeRoy-1933 The film opens with "We're in the Money" a musical number which features dancers holding giant coins and Ginger Rogers singing in English and Pig Latin. The story is that Zanuck heard Rogers fooling around singing Pig Latin and he convinced LeRoy to use...
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    "42 Street", "Gold Diggers of 1933," and "Footlight Parade" The screen musical was dead almost before it began. The Warner's were gamblers and they bet that they could make musicals that would draw a big audience even during the Depression. We call these Busby Berkeley musicals, but he didn't...
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    "The Taming of the Shrew"-Franco Zefferelli-1967 You didn't hear it here, because silence is golden, and when you can't say anything good about a famous film, you don't say anything at all. Next up the first 3 Busby Berkeley films for Warner Brothers.
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    The band members were told that with renting the helicopter and shooting the scene would cost $500,000, and they couldn't afford to re-shoot. The band was nervous, and then the wind came up. All's well that ends well, but the band was scared when the helicopter flew closer. Unlike...
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    "Ten Things I Hate About You"-Gil Junger-1999 It's hard for me to believe that this film is 20 years old. Supposedly, Rom-Com's are back. They even have their own film festival. One of the films showing at this year's initial festival is Ten Things. The writers, Karen McCulluh and Kristen...
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    "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"-William Dieterle-1939 1939 the golden year of the Hollywood studio system and this film was one of the contenders. RKO really wanted this to be a quality film; they sent a sound team to Paris to record the bells of Notre Dame. They signed Charles Laughton to a...
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    "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"-Wallace Worsley-1923 This film was adapted from a novel by Victor Hugo. Hugo's novel was published in 1831. Hugo used the novel as part of his campaign to save gothic architecture. The novel was quite popular. Hugo wrote the libretto for an opera L'Esmeralda...
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    "Goldfinger"-Guy Hamilton-1964 This film sets the standards for the Bond franchise. Think of the iconic features: the most famous title song and the first to be played over the opening credits; the most famous poster; the most famous myth-you can be killed by having your skin covered by gold...
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    "From Russia With Love"-Terence Young-1963 This is the second film in the Bond canon. It is the favorite Bond film of a diverse group of people associated with the Bond films including Sean Connery and Daniel Craig. It is the first film to have an action sequence before the titles; the first...
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    "Shoeshine"-Vittorio De Sica-1946 This is one of the first films of Italian Realism. De Sica uses amateurs to film a story which offers some insights into immediate post war Italy. The story focuses on two boys who shine shoes to make money for themselves and their families. Actually only...
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    "Louis, I think is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges." The immortal Gold Hat (Alfonso Bedoya)
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    "Let the Right One In"-Tomas Alfredson-2008 I'm not sure what it is about Vampires, but they are everywhere. Seemingly every country which makes films has joined the VFG or the Vampire Film Group. I know India, China, Japan, and the Philippines belong to the Asian section. Clearly, Sweden is...
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    "Quincearnera"-Richard Glazer, Wes Westmorland-2006 This is an interesting little film. It was made for $400,000 by a gay couple film makers. They secured local funding from 3 immigrants living in LA. When the film makers sought the money, they had really only an idea, not even a treatment...
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    "Lawless"-John Hillcoat-2012 Hiiicoat is an Australian born director who is probably best known for his short films and videos. "The Road" is the only other of his full length that I've seen. I watched because the subject matter, bootlegging, iterests me. It is set in Franklin County...
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    "Casablanca"-Micheal Curtiz-1942 I believe most of you have seen this film. If you are interested in directorial craft, find a DVD with the Ebert commentary. Few films have so much background information available. The film was adapted from a play "Everybody Comes to Rick's" which hadn't...
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    "Stardust"-Matthew Vaughan-2007 I actually like "Kickass" better, but I think that most of you have already seen that film. Vaughan is an interesting film maker. His natural mode is over the top, but he seems to inspire confidence in actors and the technical staff. He was able to convince...
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    I should mention that I've lost my wifi. This limits my time on line. Posts will be limited; I will try to preview two or three films a week.
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    "To Be or Not to Be"-Ernst Lubitsch-1942 This film was not a particular critical favorite when it was made. Bosley Crowther wrote a nasty revue for the New York Times. He wasn't the only one. Lubitsch wrote a letter trying to explain that the film was satire, and that he was sensitive to...
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    Whoops, I did it again. My review of "Atlantic City" is on Movies you watch over and over.
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    Sorry, I did it again. Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa. This belongs in Films Worth Viewing.
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    "Atlantic City"-Louis Malle-1980 The film opens with a shot of a massive building being blown up; This was the Traymore Hotel, but it was actually blown up in 1972. There is a scene in a bathroom where the attendant, an old friend of Lou's (Burt Lancaster), retells a story about being sent to...
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    "The Sweet Hereafter"-Atom Egoyan-1997 Mitchell Stevens (Ian Holm) is a plaintiff's lawyer in accident cases. He comes to a small Canadian town to bring a suit on behalf of local residents after a disaster where a school bus carrying some 20+ students goes off the road and falls through the...
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    Short Takes:"Gully Boy"-Zoya Aktar-2019 A film about the rap sub culture in Mumbai, who knew? This is a technically well made film; the story is interesting, and I found it pretty watchable. However, 3 hours is a long time, and unless you are interested in modern urban India or Indian rap; you...
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    Short Takes "Citizen X"- Chris Gerolmo-1995 This is the story of one of the most prolific serial killers of all time; Andrei Chikalito(Jeff DeMunn) who killed over 50 people. This is a fact based story based on a book by Robert Callen; the 50+ deaths between 1978 and 1990 were investigated...
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    "Looking for an "Echo"-Martin Davidson-2000 I could have cited 1998 as the release year, but 2000 seems to be the year when things began happening. It ran for one week in one theater in 1998. It is available from streaming services. If you are interested in Doo Wop; this is one film you...
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    "Young Sherlock Holmes" Barry Levinson-1985 This is one of the many films produced by Steven Spielberg for Amblin Productions. The scriptwriter, Chris Columbus, was involved with "The Goonies." Later he was a Hogwart's resident. Levinson was a talented young director who also was involved...
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    "Stranger than Fiction"Mark Forster-2006 This is an example of a high concept comedy. A more familiar example is "Groundhog Day" what would happen if you had to repeat the same day over and over again,perhaps forever? In this case a mild mannered IRS representative can hear an author in his...
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