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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty review

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 9 April 2024 02:55 (A review of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

A laugh riot! Thrills and chills!
Twists and turns on every page!
Such is life for Walter Mitty, a man working for a pulp fiction magazine and moving through life hopping from daydream to daydream. In his "real" life, his anxious and nebbish demeanor is so severe that he actually is served up milk toast to attempt to keep him calm.
Danny Kaye is perfect for this role and is able to showcase his multiple characters as well as delightful musical numbers and physical comedy. Speaking of, his timing is impeccable and puts him in the upper echelons of comedy stars.
I was also impressed by Virginia Mayo, who plays Rosalind van Hoorn, and follows Walter around through his elaborate daydreams without missing a beat.
All in all, this golden age gem holds up nicely, and would be a nice addition to anyone's wish list.


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Flying Tigers review

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 9 April 2024 02:48 (A review of Flying Tigers)

Solid performances throughout and while there were some obvious reuse of battle clips, overall the action was dramatic and effective for this era of Hollywood.
Was especially impressed with the acting of John Carroll's portrayal of Woody Jason, the brash pilot who goes in only thinking about the money and then learning a valuable lesson along the way.
It was also fun to watch Anna Lee as the stalwart nurse Brooke Elliott, the love interest of The Duke and strong enough to hold her own. I later learned that she portrayed Sister Margaretta in The Sound Of Music. Same war, but a continent apart.
For Disney fans, be on the lookout for Mickey Mouse Club host and composer of the "Mickey Mouse March," Jimmie Dodd as a plucky pilot.
As for The Duke, this is one of my favorite roles of his, and while I'm not as enamored with his off screen persona, he is quite good in these types of roles.
Flying Tigers is worth a look, and may provide a jumping off point for a deeper dive into the months before the U.S. entered WWII.


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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) review

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 9 April 2024 02:35 (A review of The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938))

This adaptation of Robin Hood is an exceptional ride of a motion picture in dazzling Technicolor! Some stunning performances throughout from some performers you may have seen in other classics from the era, such as Claude Rains (Casablanca) and Olivia de Havilland (Gone With the Wind). You may also recognize Alan Hale in his role as Little John, as he bears a resemblance to his son, Alan Hale, Jr., better known as the Skipper from Gilligan's Island. All told, this is an entertaining movie with outstanding set pieces and the swashbuckling action holds up like fine wine.


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The Harvey Girls review

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 9 April 2024 02:21 (A review of The Harvey Girls)

I have been screening dozens of movies from the Golden Age of cinema, and most times I go into them almost completely cold without any expectations. Other than knowing that this starred Judy Garland and her Wizard of Oz costar Ray Bolger, I didn't really know much else about it, While I did have a passing knowledge of Harvey Houses thanks to my strong interest in history, the fusion of that story with a musical was intriguing. This musical could easily be placed in my top 10 in that category, and one of the most entertaining movies I've seen from the golden age. The Harvey Girls has an embarrassment of riches with respect to the cast. Some favorite moments? When Judy Garland, with a determined gait and two six shooters, goes across to the saloon to take back a storehouse of stolen beefsteaks. Some incredible physical comedy. Unflinching. What's more, we are presented with the beloved Ray Bolger, and a dance number that is hypnotic and filled with pure joy. From top to bottom everyone in this cast is giving their all.


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Sherlock, Jr. review

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 9 April 2024 02:11 (A review of Sherlock, Jr.)

A century old this year and it HOLDS UP! This is easily one of my favorite silent movies and had me laughing throughout. Also had many moments when I thought, "how did they do THAT?!"
Outstanding physical comedy as always from the legendary Buster Keaton


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Knightriders review

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 5 April 2024 11:27 (A review of Knightriders)

What an interesting and unexpected movie. Being in Gen X, I thought I had seen darn near every movie from that era. This one alluded me somehow. needless to say, the slang, clothing and hairstyles most certainly brought me back to my childhood. Ed Harris is probably the most recognizable member of this cast, and portrays the king of a troupe of renaissance fair types, but they've swapped out the noble steeds for motorcycles. The pageantry, the fanfare, and the jousting and battles are all right there. 
We soon learn that the king seems to be taking this more seriously than anyone else, and it creates a rift in the troupe. 
I very much enjoyed the action scenes, as well as the little moments in between some of the side characters. Also, be on the lookout for the writer, Stephen King, and his wife as spectators during the first gathering.
All, this was a nice surprise, And while the last act felt a bit choppy and rushed, I did appreciate Director, George Romero's style and his ability to show not tell whenever necessary.


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The Suicide Squad review

Posted : 2 years, 9 months ago on 23 August 2021 04:47 (A review of The Suicide Squad)

a hell of a ride. shouldn't have worked. the odds were stacked against it. the pieces that had to line up in order to get this done were scattered to the four winds. And yet. here it is. the exact proper tone throughout. Amazing performances and an extremely deep bench of talent.


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A Matter of Life and Death review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 26 June 2021 06:28 (A review of A Matter of Life and Death)

This one really holds up. Outstanding performances throughout matched with some mind-blowing special effects (especially considering the time)
Some powerful messages about love and our place in the universe.


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Army of the Dead review

Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago on 7 June 2021 04:53 (A review of Army of the Dead)

goofy premise, kind of dumb, but REALLY entertaining!
some actors I had not seen before, which is a treat. be prepared for some gore (but hey, it's zombies)


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Blossom Dearie review

Posted : 2 years, 11 months ago on 4 June 2021 03:57 (A review of Blossom Dearie)

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel brought me here. But once I started digging into her music, I realized she provided a little spark to my childhood with a few tunes featured on Schoolhouse Rock. An otherworldly voice with a name to match.


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“A laugh riot! Thrills and chills!

Twists and turns on every page!

Such is life for Walter Mitty, a man working for a pulp fiction magazine and moving through life hopping from daydream to daydream. In his "real" life, his anxious and nebbish demeanor is so severe that he actually” read more

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JR1220 posted a review of Flying Tigers

“Solid performances throughout and while there were some obvious reuse of battle clips, overall the action was dramatic and effective for this era of Hollywood.

Was especially impressed with the acting of John Carroll's portrayal of Woody Jason, the brash pilot who goes in only thinking ab” read more

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“This adaptation of Robin Hood is an exceptional ride of a motion picture in dazzling Technicolor! Some stunning performances throughout from some performers you may have seen in other classics from the era, such as Claude Rains (Casablanca) and Olivia de Havilland (Gone With the Wind). You may also ” read more

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JR1220 posted a review of The Harvey Girls

“I have been screening dozens of movies from the Golden Age of cinema, and most times I go into them almost completely cold without any expectations. Other than knowing that this starred Judy Garland and her Wizard of Oz costar Ray Bolger, I didn't really know much else about it, While I did have a p” read more

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JR1220 posted a review of Sherlock, Jr.

“A century old this year and it HOLDS UP! This is easily one of my favorite silent movies and had me laughing throughout. Also had many moments when I thought, "how did they do THAT?!"

Outstanding physical comedy as always from the legendary Buster Keaton” read more

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“What an interesting and unexpected movie. Being in Gen X, I thought I had seen darn near every movie from that era. This one alluded me somehow. needless to say, the slang, clothing and hairstyles most certainly brought me back to my childhood. Ed Harris is probably the most recognizable member of t” read more

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Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jul 22 23:23
Thanks for the Hipster-tized list vote.
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Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Mar 6 17:48
Thank you for your new votes!
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Thank you for your vote!
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Feb 19 18:20
Thank you for your katee sackhoff image vote jr! :))
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Jan 27 5:40
thank you, jr1220, for your list votes! :))
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Jan 26 14:15
Thanks for your vote!

Would you mind going back to my list and provide your 10 favorite movies?

To do so, you just need to use the link here underneath:

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Thanks in advance!
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jan 8 5:29
thank you, jr1220, for your list vote! :))
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Dec 22 23:15
Thanks for the Paula Prentiss pic votes!
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Hi,
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Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 13 4:37
Thanks for the Alison Brie's Hot 100! list vote and the Minnie Driver pic vote.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jul 5 2:34
Thanks for the Krysten Ritter pic vote.
Posted: 6 years ago at May 10 20:14
Thanks for voting for my Karen Gillan picture.
Posted: 6 years ago at May 8 11:19
Thanks for the list vote, JR1220!
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Thanks for the Isla Fisher and Phoebe Tonkin list vote.
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jul 23 8:03
Thanks again, JR! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. :)
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jul 14 10:06
Thanks for the list vote, JR! Have a fabulous Friday. :)
Posted: 7 years ago at May 11 12:57
Thanks for the pic votes.