THE SWORD IN THE STONE [1963] movie review

December 31, 2011

Through unusual circumstances I watched THE SWORD IN THE STONE on Christmas night.  I like the story of Arthur and Camelot, so I was hoping for at least some adventure, even at a Disney in the 60s level.  However, this is a very silly movie with a bumbling Merlin instructing a very bland, young Arthur on how to live with purpose.

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THE 39 STEPS [1935] movie review

December 31, 2011

Unfortunately, I did not write a review for THE 39 STEPS immediately after watching it for some reason, so now months later I am having to recall my thoughts on the movie.  It is an early Hitchcock film, not really anything like his more famous work.  An American traveling in England gets caught up in an international spy network and is accused of murder.  He spends much of the movie on the run handcuffed, fortunately, to a beautiful blonde woman.

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HACKERS [1995] movie review

December 31, 2011

HACKERS was the worst movie I have seen in a very long time. It was truly a bad movie, not just a movie I did not like. I did not expect much, but at least thought it would be a passable thriller with a young Angelina Jolie. I did not expect silly and absurd high school characters to be dueling with an equally absurd computer security cartoon of a character in a movie that is 50% montages.

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THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST [1988] movie review

December 31, 2011

This was another movie with a famous title that I had long heard of, but turned out to be not at all what I expected, and in a bad way.  THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST was not a wacky comedy at all as I thought it would be, but rather a serious drama, and a rather depressing one at that with a main character who was one note the entire movie.  Why would anyone int he world find him attractive or appealing, let alone two very pretty women?

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MAN OR GUN [1958] movie review

December 31, 2011

Many westerns start with a stranger arriving into town, so does MAN OR GUN. The difference this time is the man has just literarily crawled through the desert to get there. While on his belly sliding across the sand he finds a fancy Colt .44 pistol. Thus we are introduced to the two things up for debate in the movie, man or gun.

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THE BRASS LEGEND [1956] movie review

December 31, 2011

I always think some day soon I will run out of good westerns to watch. I have seen nearly all of the more famous ones, but after watching THE BRASS LEGEND this afternoon, I think there are still quite a lot of solid to very good westerns of little notoriety that just need to be found.

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DEATH OF A GUNFIGHTER [1969] movie review

December 31, 2011

Not set in the old west, but rather the turn of the century (1900 that is), DEATH OF A GUNFIGHTER shows how painful the transition was for western towns from those ruled by the gun, to those ruled by so called civilization. Caught in the middle is the town marshall who has been on the job for 20 years learning everyone’s secrets and who has not outgrown his welcome as the town decides he is doing his job too well.

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THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW [1944] movie review

December 31, 2011

I watched THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW because I have recently become a fan of actor Edward G. Robinson, who I first noticed in KEY LARGO. Plus, I am on a bit of a film noir marathon now as well. However, I was not a fan of the character Robinson played in WINDOW mostly because right off the bat the character acts so, well, out of character. The twist as the end shows how the character’s action can make sense, but it is pure gimmick. Perhaps it was the first time this gimmick was ever used, if so, then it would have been great in its time, but now seems like the biggest screenwriting cop out there is.

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