Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

I don’t care that this 1940 version of  “The Thief of Bagdad” is set in some indeterminate past, nor that it involves Arabian legends, nor does it matter a whit to me who the villain was in the 1924 Douglas … Continue reading

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The Crying Game (1992)

Nothing bothers me more about films (or music, or whatever, honestly) than hype. That’s one reason I never owned a copy of “Thriller”: I couldn’t stand the hype. I should note that years later, I still think “Thriller” is a … Continue reading

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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

“Foreign Correspondent” is a lovely example of what I’d call a “rainy afternoon film.” It’s not one of Hitchcock’s best–not like “Rear Window,” “North by Northwest,” “Psycho,” etc–but it’s a neat little thriller set in the waning days of pre-WW2 … Continue reading

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My Life as a Dog (1985)

“My Life as a Dog” follows the life of a young boy going through some rough times, and how he uses his imagination and eccentricity to escape. His name is Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius). He’s eleven or so when the film … Continue reading

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Storm Prey (Lucas Davenport #20), by John Sandford (2010)

Storm Prey by John Sandford My rating: 5 of 5 stars Four guys walk into a hospital pharmacy… It sounds like the start to a bad joke, but it’s really the start to John Sandford’s novel “Storm Prey.” If you’re … Continue reading

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

“The Philadelphia Story” is your typical girl is ready to marry boy, but girl’s ex shows up, along with two undercover reporters pretending they’re friends of girl’s brother, but girl’s ex tells girl that reporters are reporters (deep breath) screwball … Continue reading

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Explosive Eighteen, by Janet Evanovich (2012)

Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich My rating: 3 of 5 stars I shall review this in a simple haiku, entitled “Meh”: True fans will like this.Some, disappointed, will cry, “No more Stephanie!” View all my reviews

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Paradise Postponed, by John Mortimer (1985)

Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer My rating: 5 of 5 stars If I had to pick, Paradise Postponed is one of my all-time Top 5. I spent about 85% of the book with a smile on my face. John Mortimer … Continue reading

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The Birth of a Nation (1915)

While I watched “The Birth of a Nation,” I thought of many ways to start this review–believe me, the thing is over three hours long, so I had time. Then I’d see something else, and I’d have to rethink my … Continue reading

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The General (1926)

Some days are just depressing. You wander around your world, and you just have this cloud over you. Well, I do. Monday was one of those. I’d been sick all weekend, and missed work again. I was feeling a little … Continue reading

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