Monthly Archives: April 2012

Saved! (2004) Clerks II (2006)

It amazes me how two films from roughly the same time period can be so amazingly different, yet both make me laugh when I really need it. “Saved!” came out roughly the same time as “Mean Girls,” and the stories … Continue reading

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Notorious (1946)

Imagine if Alfred Hitchcock made a film noir. He did. It’s called “Notorious,” and it is near the top of the noir heap. Cary Grant plays Devlin, an agent with some secret government agency. At a party, he meets Alicia … Continue reading

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D.O.A. (1950)

My mental breakdown film noir series continues with “D.O.A.”, starring Edmond O’Brien as Frank Bigelow, a guy just off for a few days vacation, only to get incurably poisoned. An aside: in the early days of Hollywood, many Jewish or … Continue reading

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Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Remember Ralph Meeker? The consumate badass? Sadly, Ralph Meeker never achieved the stardom he deserved, if only for playing Mike Hammer in “Kiss Me Deadly.” This is another film noir, with a post-nuclear twist. It wasn’t the most seamless hybrid, … Continue reading

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Double Indemnity (1944)

I have to admit that I’ve never been a big Fred MacMurray fan when it comes to serious acting. When I watch “The Caine Mutiny,” I can’t help but see the dad from “My Three Sons,” or the “Flubber” guy. … Continue reading

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Almost Perfect, by Brian Katcher (2009)

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher My rating: 5 of 5 stars Most of us, I suspect, have “met somebody” who would be just perfect, except… I look back on some of my “almost perfects,” and I cringe at what a … Continue reading

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A Young Girl’s Diary, by Anonymous, Sigmund Freud, et. al. (1915)

A Young Girl’s Diary by Anonymous My rating: 3 of 5 stars The title says it all. This is the diary of a young girl. It covers her life from age 11 to 14-1/2. Grete (Rita, to her friends) is … Continue reading

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When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State, by Tim Dorsey (2011)

When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State by Tim Dorsey My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes, I just need a book to make me smile. “When Elves Attack” is that kind … Continue reading

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Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You, by Lewis Grizzard (1979)

Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You by Lewis Grizzard My rating: 4 of 5 stars It has been a long time since I read Lewis Grizzard. A week or two ago, my brother emailed me that this book was free … Continue reading

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"Giant"– (1956)

“Giant” is indeed the perfect title for this film. This is because it is an adaptation of Edna Ferber’s 1952 novel called “Giant.” What the hell else would they call it? “Zack & Miri Make a Porno”? Forgive me. Just … Continue reading

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