Other Reviews

Terms of Endearment (1983)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Terms of Endearment (1983) I can still remember the tears. Of course I’ve always loved Shirley MacLaine movies (she finally won gold on her fifth and last so far Best Actress nomination) and this film is so good it almost makes having to watch Debra Winger (Oscar nominated) tolerable winning the Best Picture Oscar. A film about family relationships particularly mother & daughter. Producer James L. Brooks won his only three Oscars in [...]

Tom Jones (1963)

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Tom Jones (1963) The editing and background music in this film are/were unique and something to behold. Although you may have seen some of the techniques copied (unfortunately the only film which comes immediately to mind with regards to the editing is Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)) I feel fairly certain that freeze frames (with narrative voice-overs) characters playing (even talking) to the camera and the lyrical wipes & fades [...]

Adventures of Tartu (1943)

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Adventures of Tartu (1943) aka Tartu (1943) aka Sabotage Agent (1943) Directed by Harold Bucquet with a story by John Higgins and a screenplay by John Lee Mahin (Captains Courageous (1937)) and Howard Emmett Rogers this slightly above average espionage thriller was the first film MGM Studios was able to get Robert Donat to agree to do after his Oscar winning performance in Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939); he had a right of refusal clause in his [...]

Rachel and the Stranger (1948) – full review!

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Rachel and the Stranger (1948) – full review! Directed by Norman Foster this 80 minute drama gives one a real sense of the role of women in the pioneering days of the old West. Times were a lot different then and women were expected to do chores from sun up to sundown with little thanks or appreciation while their menfolk cleared the land farmed it and caught or killed something for her to cook as their dinner. Loretta Young plays Rachel [...]

Story of Dr. Wassell The (1944) – full review!

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Story of Dr. Wassell The (1944) – full review! Produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille this slightly above average biographical drama features Gary Cooper in the title role as the Navy doctor that saved the lives of nearly a dozen wounded United States sailors from the Japanese invasion of Java during World War II. Crewmen from the USS Marblehead that could not walk to board the evacuation ships under their own power were left on the [...]

Barretts of Wimpole Street The (1934)

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Barretts of Wimpole Street The (1934) Directed by Irving G. Thalberg winner Sidney Franklin (The Good Earth (1937)) and co-written by Claudine West (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) & Donald Ogden Stewart (The Philadelphia Story (1940)) among others this historical drama about the romance between poets Elizabeth Barrett (Norma Shearer The Divorcee (1930)) and Robert Browning (Fredric March Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) & The Best Years of Our Lives [...]

Chances (1931)

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Chances (1931) Directed by Alan Dwan with an adaptation by Waldemar Young (The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)) this slightly above average World War I drama borrows a romantic storyline from Hell’s Angels (1930) that of two brothers one carefree and one serious who go off to fight in the same unit while leaving behind a woman they both love. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Anthony Bushnell play the brothers respectively and Rose Hobart plays [...]

Anthony Adverse (1936)

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Anthony Adverse (1936) Directed by Irving G. Thalberg winner Mervyn LeRoy with a screenplay by Sheridan Gibney (The Story of Louis Pasteur (1937)) based on the Hervey Allen novel this film won Gale Sondergaard her only Oscar the first Supporting Actress award given in her film debut; Cinematographer Tony Gaudio also won his only Oscar; editor Ralph Dawson won his second of three Oscars and the Score also won. The film also received three other [...]

Swan The (1956) – full review!

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Swan The (1956) – full review! Directed by Charles Vidor with a screenplay by John Dighton (Roman Holiday (1953)) this average romantic drama with comedic elements stars Grace Kelly (The Country Girl (1954)) in the title role as a Princess who hopes to (marry to) become a Queen. Ironically production on this film was wrapped up (at the Biltmore House in North Carolina) just before Christmas when Prince Rainier of Monaco who had been [...]

Macao (1952)

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Macao (1952) Robert Mitchum Jane Russell and William Bendix star in this film-noir drama set in the titled Far East port city. The three meet briefly before their ship docks in Macao. A local police Lieutenant Sebastian (Thomas Gomez) suspects that loner Nick Cochran (Mitchum) has been sent to entice a locally successful American Vincent Halloran (Brad Dexter) and fugitive from his native country’s justice system to leave the city towards [...]
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