James T. Hamada

James T. Hamada
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T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Philadelphia Story (1940) Miss Hepburn scores heavily, giving the best performance of her career. Grant also licks. Our favorite Ruth Hussey, who heads the featured cast, also has a field day. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
94% The Women (1939) The telephone scene is a magnificent piece of acting, direction and photography. To me it's better than the somewhat similar scene enacted by Luise Rainer in The Great Ziegfeld. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
85% The Power and the Glory (1933) One of the best episodes is the childhood story presenting Tracy and Morgan as children. This is one of the most touching dramas seen In a long time. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
98% Modern Times (1936) It doesn't seem possible to inject a large quantity of heart appeal in a heavily gagged-up comedy but Chaplin does it. That's Chaplin's forte, and that's what distinguishes his comedies from all others. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
No Score Yet Hana-tsumi Nikki (1939) Two girls and a teacher are the central characters who provide a simple but charming drama in Hana Tsumi Nikki. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
No Score Yet Soyokaze Chichi To Tomo Ni (1940) Miss Takamine gives a charming and delightful performance as always and Fujiwara is a good character actor, convincing in drunken scenes. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
No Score Yet Machi (1939) Obinata gives a stout performance, displaying a physique that is perfect for soldiering. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
No Score Yet Ren'ai Jinmeibo (1935) The best performance Is given by Miss Hanayagi who brings a unique form of characterization to the screen. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
No Score Yet Misomerareta Seinen (1934) The picture is a light comedy and satisfactory for light entertainment. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
99% It Happened One Night (1934) It makes no difference where you see it, just so long as you see it. But if I were you, I'd see it now. And you've got to see it, for it's straight, genuine fun. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
64% Cavalcade (1933) These early reels, even though boresome, have bits of incidents that are necessary parts of the epic. If you can withstand them, you'll be amply rewarded. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
94% Daughter of Shanghai (1937) A thrilling romance based on the alien smuggling racket. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
83% Anne of Green Gables (1934) This is a wholesome and Interesting picture In which Miss Shirley is surprisingly good. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
No Score Yet Night Alarm (1935) Thrilling. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
No Score Yet One Year Later (1933) [A] stirring picture. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
No Score Yet Star of Midnight (1935) There are several bits of rowdy fun. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
97% A Night at the Opera (1935) They call it A Night at the Opera, and what a night! But equally entertaining is what precedes that memorable night. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
75% Thunder (1929) This Is a picture whose interest doesn't depend upon plot. It is a simple, straightforward story like The Big Parade and its interest is built upon evolution of details and characterization, plus spectacular shots. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
87% The Invisible Man Returns (1940) Sir Cedric, who distinguished himself In "On Borrowed Time" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," turns In a fine performance but the most outstanding Is Vincent Price's voice. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
No Score Yet Stand Up and Fight (1939) A stirring account of the rivalry between early railroads and stagecoach lines for the nation's commerce of the 1850's. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
No Score Yet Sweethearts (1938) Filmed entirely in natural colors, it brings out a vivid new personality in Miss [Jeanette] MacDonald, who proves herself a decided knockout with her flaming red hair and her jade-green eyes. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
No Score Yet Jesse James (1939) Tyrone Power heads a staggering cast as the heroic Jesse. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
95% Son of Frankenstein (1939) The story of "Son of Frankenstein" isn't as absorbing as that of its father but is good enough to serve the purpose of this picture. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
80% The Raven (1935) Lugosi and Karloff are terrifyingly effective us usual. Irene Ware and Lester Mathews provide the romantic interest. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
90% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) While thrills principally abound In the story it also contains comedy Interest and a most enchanting romance. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
88% The Mummy (1932) [Director Karl Freund] employs some good moving camera tricks and presents tremendously effective full-sized close ups of Boris Karloff. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
94% The Invisible Man (1933) James Whale's direction is excellent. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
40% White Heat (1934) There are many spots where the film looks like the Infant talkies back in 1929, and the acting is generally amateurish. Despite its crudity, movie fans on Kauai will : undoubtedly want to see it. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
75% The Girl from Mexico (1939) The Girl From Mexico isn't an Important picture. It's just a fill-in attraction pending the arrival of better films, and yet it has its diverting moments. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
90% Mexican Spitfire (1940) The climax is a riotous slapstick but Charlie Chase or the Three Stooges are better at this sort of monkey business. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
86% Convention City (1933) Believe you me, Menjou gives a knockout performance. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
80% Magnificent Obsession (1935) It's a long film, slow In tempo, but is beautifully directed, acted and photographed. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
No Score Yet Second Fiddle (1939) Second Fiddle is one of the most delightfully entertaining pictures that Sonja Henie has ever presented. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
88% Dark Victory (1939) [A] dramatic triumph. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
100% Employees' Entrance (1933) The Important thing about this picture Is that Warren William, who plays the lending role as a ruthless but extraordinarily efficient department store general manager. Is back In his old form. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
No Score Yet Yukiwariso (1939) Its direction by Minoru Matsui, camera work and music are excellent. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
No Score Yet Sincerity (Magokoro) (1939) The film is really good. Direction and camera work are generally exccellent. definitely of the Hollywood s type. Mlkio Naruse scripted and directed the picture. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
100% True Confession (1937) The film is a nutty, lunatic comedy. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
87% Imitation of Life (1934) Well acted and dramatically compelling. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
75% I Want a Divorce (1940) Excellent both in quality and as entertainment. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
79% The Texas Rangers (1936) The Texas Rangers is proof positive that westerns can be made into superlative entertainment if produced on a large scale with a good cast. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
100% The Plainsman (1936) It's a picture that ranks the silent Covered Wagon and the talking Big Trail. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
No Score Yet The Actress and the Poet (Joyû to Shijin) (1935) An amusing but poorly photographed comedy. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
No Score Yet The Girl in the Rumour (Uwasa no Musume) (1935) The picture ends with the story hanging up in the air. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
60% Island of Lost Men (1939) The Island of Lost Men, to be frank about it, is simply a gangster flicker transferred to the Malay jungles. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
80% Tsuma yo bara no yo ni (Wife! Be Like a Rose!) (1935) Miss Chiba, Okawa and Miss Hanabusa turn in performances that are among the finest seen on the Japanese talking screen. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
83% Anything Goes (1936) Anything Goes is primarily a picture starring Bing Crosby with important featured roles assigned to Ethel Merman and Charlie Ruggles, but Ida [Lupino] walks off with the cream of the picture. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
53% Bird of Paradise (1932) It isn't anything for Hawaii to get excited about. Nevertheless, it has a lot of action and excitement, enacted against a colorful background and enchanting music. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
No Score Yet The Living Dead (Unheimliche Geschichten) (1932) The Living Dead, a German-made film... is sure to be of interest to Honolulans since in the European manner it deals with subject matter rarely touched by Hollywood. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
98% The Lady Vanishes (1938) A powerful story of espionage and treachery. - The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020