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Tearjerkers

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tearjerkers What makes you cry? O.K. I know if you pull out a nose hair with tweezers you will probably shed a tear. But what kind of movie brings tears to your eyes? Unless you tend to view movies from a strictly controlled and objective viewpoint chances are you experience a variety of emotions when watching a film. Of course Hollywood knows this and has therefore learned how to manipulate you: they use visuals words a soaring soundtrack and [...]

The Renegade Ranger (1938)

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The Renegade Ranger (1938) A couple of years before Tim Holt would replace George O’Brien as lead in RKO’s B Westerns Holt appeared in the title role as Larry Corwin of this O’Brien – who plays Captain Jack Steele – feature directed by David Howard and written by Oliver Drake from the story by Bennett Cohen. But the real treat is Rita Hayworth appearing as Judith Alvarez who’s accused of murder by Peco City’s tax collector Ben [...]

Movie Dentists

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Movie Dentists Doctors of dentistry are not nearly as commonly portrayed in movies I’ve seen as say doctors in general. You too may also have noticed that dentist characters when their profession does appear in a film are typically in comedies. In addition to the obvious slapstick short features from the silent era and/or popular comedy duos and trios (can you say “The Three Stooges”) of their day dentists can be found in these [...]

Bells Are Ringing (1960)

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Bells Are Ringing (1960) Judy Holliday’s last movie role five years before her death (which was two weeks shy of her 44th birthday from throat cancer) showcased her singing ability and talent for creating different voices. Her character is an operator at Susanswerphone – a telephone answering service company who can’t keep from meddling in the affairs of her clients. Vincente Minnelli directed her on-screen performance of this [...]

Shadow of a Woman (1946)

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Shadow of a Woman (1946) The plot and the acting performed by its cast make it very difficult to stay engaged in this below average noirish drama making it a poor “thriller”. As convoluted unusual and somewhat confusing as the story is to begin with the characterizations also don’t provide anyone with whom an audience can identify with or trust such that one just doesn’t care about them or what happens. Directed by Joseph [...]

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 [...]

Pocket Money (1972) – full review!

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Pocket Money (1972) – full review! Paul Newman plays a nerdy geeky cowboy? From his voice to the way he walks the actor gives a most unusual performance in this rather obscure character study-buddy picture that pairs him with an equally obtuse Lee Marvin. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg with a screenplay by Terrence Malick (that explains it!) that was based on J.P.S. Brown’s novel “Jim Kane” which was adapted by John Gay [...]

Titanic (1997)

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Titanic (1997) Believe it or not I liked this film more than L.A. Confidential (1997) (I really did no matter what you say). It shares the distinction of receiving the most Academy Award nominations (14) with All About Eve (1950) (and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)) AND winning the most (11) with Ben Hur (1958). It’s also by far the highest grossing film of all time (may I too one day make a film that has been panned [...]

My Reputation (1946)

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My Reputation (1946) Directed by Curtis Bernhardt this Clare Jaynes novel (Instruct My Sorrows) was adapted by Catherine Turney. It stars Barbara Stanwyck as a young widow whose overbearing mother played by Lucile Watson and conservative friends try to control or restrict her “love life” especially once she meets a carefree military officer played by George Brent. Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck) is comforted by the executor of her [...]

Racket The (1928)

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Racket The (1928) Produced by Howard Hughes this terrific silent film was nominated for the first Best Picture Academy Award ever given losing to Wings (1927). It was directed by Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)). It stars Thomas Meigham as police Captain McQuigg and Louis Wolheim (also in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)) as mob leader Nick Scarsi. Scarsi is a crime boss who’s mildly bothered by local policeman [...]
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