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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Scaramouche
Scaramouche(1952)
½

Wonderful swashbuckler of a film! Stewart Granger is excellent, and Eleanor Parker is sublime. The fencing scenes are incredibly well done, and there's quite a bit of comedy. All around goodness!

Crossfire
Crossfire(1947)

Very good...Robert Ryan is good at being scary and anti-semitic.

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Truly excellent Western! Huston's direction...Newman's presence...Principal's adorable beauty...a masterpiece!

True Grit
True Grit(1969)

Excellent western...Wayne is very good, and Kim Darby is a very unique character for this type of film.

The Greatest Story Ever Told
½

Good but not the Greatest. Von Sydow is good as Jesus, but some of the other casting was odd, such as John Wayne as a Roman Centurion. I liked King of Kings better.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips
½

So good! Donat's performance (and gradual transformation) is incredible. My only qualm...not enough Greeg Garson! :)

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
½

Good B-movie with wildly varying SFX. The Ray Harryhausen stuff is top-notch, while the rest is middling at best.

Blonde Crazy
Blonde Crazy(1931)

Cagney and Blondell are excellent together in this caper-heavy drama.

Cover Girl
Cover Girl(1944)

Great dancing and singing...Ms. Hayworth is very beautiful, and Phil Silvers is a riot! :)

One, Two, Three

Fast, frenetic, funny, and totally fantastic! Cagney is excellent, and the supporting cast are just as good. Must see!

Elmer Gantry
Elmer Gantry(1960)
½

Burt Lancaster at his best!

The Violent Men

Very good Western. Glenn Ford is at his hero-level best, and Barbara Stanwyck is deliciously evil.

The Mist
The Mist(2007)

Creepy, scary, and excellent! The ending is definitely not what I had expected!

The Badlanders

Pretty good retelling of "The Asphalt Jungle" with a much more uplifting ending.

Bundle of Joy

More average remake of "Bachelor Mother". Reynolds is very good, but Fisher is nowhere near as good as David Niven.

Consolation Marriage
½

Sweet film with good performances.

Hold Your Man
½

Excellent film...both Gable and Harlow are at their best. The ending is amazing, and there are lots of good supporting performances, especially by Theresa Harris (Lily Mae) and George Reed (Rev. Crippen).

Seven Faces of Dr. Lao
½

Fantastic fantasy film...a one-man show by Tony Randall! There's humor, camp, and sadness (the scenes with Merlin and Appolonius are especially poignant)...an excellent film!

Out of the Past
½

As good a Noir film as there is out there! Mitchum is the essence of cool, and Jane Greer is deadly and hot! :)

Bachelor Mother
½

WONDERFUL film! A young Niven is excellent, and Ginger Rogers is radiant! Very funny, with excellent supporting performances.

The Bad and the Beautiful
½

Quite excellent film, with sublime performances, especially from Lana Turner. An extra nod goes to her character's agent, Gus. :)

Spellbound
Spellbound(1945)

Very good Hitchcock film with great performances by Ingrid Bergman and a very young (and attractive) Gregory Peck. Great Salvador Dali dream sequences!

The Mask of Dimitrios

Very good noir film...reminding me of Touch of Evil. Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet are excellent together in this!

The Cincinnati Kid

Excellent poker film with a stellar cast (including Ann-Margaret, who is totally smoking!). Great ending!

Way Out West
Way Out West(1937)

So much fun! A classic Laurel & Hardy film with tons of gags, laughs, and comedy that is timeless.

Idiot's Delight

Very good comedy with Clark Gable and Norma Shearer. Actually shown with two different endings (I much prefer the "international" ending). A little preachy, but very good.

Lady of Burlesque

Very good mystery film with Stanwyck as beautiful as ever! :)

The Gay Divorcee
½

Quite excellent Fred & Ginger film...lots of comedy, dancing, and a very young Betty Grable as well! Lots of fun!

Pocketful of Miracles

A great film with a great cast...Capra's last film and very worthy of his name!

The Shaggy D.A.
½

Fun follow-up to the 50's original. Lots of excellent actors in this one.

So Big
So Big(1932)
½

Good Stanwyck film...she shows loits of range as she goes from teenagers to senior through the course of the film. Better Davis is also very good in one of her few "good guy" roles.

Play It Again, Sam

Great Allen-Keaton pairing (their first). A fun film for movie buffs.

Mystery Men
Mystery Men(1999)

Lots of goofy fun with a great cast! Check out a quick cameo of a (at the time) unknown Dane Cook. :)

Manhattan Melodrama

Truly a classic! This was the first pairing of Loy and Powell, and they are brilliant in it, as is Gable! I can't say enough about it! :)

Baby Face
Baby Face(1933)

Very good, VERY risque! Barbara Stanwyck sleeps her way to the top in this one...great cautionary tale.

Roberta
Roberta(1935)
½

Good film with great cast. Astaire and Rogers are (as usual) fantastic when they dance together. Dunne shows off her singing ability, and Scott just shows off his size.

Them!
Them!(1954)

Without a doubt, one of my most favorite sci-fi pics! I can't call it a b-movie, since the script is excellent, as is the performances, as are the effects! A must-see!

Hairspray
Hairspray(2007)

Wonderful musical! great songs, and great perfs from the whole cast, especially Amanda Bynes who is delightfully goofy. :)

The Asphalt Jungle

A perfect caper film! John Huston's direction is impeccable, and the characters are all excellent, especially Sterling Hayden as Dix! Wonderful!

Silk Stockings
½

Interesting adaptation of "Ninotchka" with Astaire and Charisse (who plays Garbo's role). Dance numbers are very good, and some of the humor from the original is still there.

The Shaggy Dog

Good family film with Fred MacMurray and Jean Hagen as the parents, and Tommy Kirk as the title character. Lots of holes in the plot, especially the MAIN effect! Okay though. :)

The Tingler
The Tingler(1959)
½

SOOO B-Movie! Interesting plot, nutty camera angles, and actual requests from the picture to the AUDIENCE to "not panic, but SCREAM FOR YOUR LIVES!!" :)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

Very good film...Errol Flynn is excellent in a less-than-usual-swashbuckling role, and Bette Davis is very good as Elizabeth.

Thirteen Women
½

This film has a good cast (Myrna Loy, Irene Dunne) and also has the only screen appearance of the Hollywood Sign Girl, Peg Entwhistle. The plot is ecch, and a lot of the performances are overwrought. Has some moments, but not many.

Murder by Contract

Good noir film...short, contained, and very emotionally charged.

Once Upon a Honeymoon

Middle-of-the-road film with very good performances by Rogers and Grant. Plot is a bit muddled.

The Bat
The Bat(1959)

Slightly engaging Vincent Price film. Plot is a bit unpredictable, but overall an okay film.

The Ox-Bow Incident

Truly a perfect film. Henry Fonda is at his best, and the film is incredibly powerful and haunting.

The Dark Command

Very good John Wayne Western film...lots of action, and a great ending.

The Bells of St. Mary's
½

Excellent film with an absolutely radiant Ingrid Bergman and a very earnest Bing Crosby.

Lassie Come Home

Beautifully done film! So many excellent actors, along with a classic story. Loved it! Beware...this movie will make even the hardest heart cry like a child! :)

I Remember Mama
½

Wonderful film...Irene Dunne is brilliant in the lead role.

Key to the City
½

Good Gable-Young movie. First time I'd ever seen a mayor fighting another man, both with hauling hooks. Frank Morgan's final film.

Head
Head(1968)

Probably the most bizarre stream-of-consciousness film I've ever seen!

Of Human Bondage

Very good version of the book. Bette Davis is excellent, and this film launched her career.

The Eiger Sanction

Very exciting Clint Eastwood thriller. He and George Kennedy are great, and the mountaineering scenes are incredible!

The Great Lie

Good movie with great performances by Bette Davis and Mary Astor. Kinda interesting to see Ms. Davis as the "good" one. :) Oscar-winning performance by Ms. Astor.

Ring of Fear
Ring of Fear(1954)

good movie with Mickey Spillane playing himself in a story he wrote. Neat scenes of an actual circus performing.

The Invisible Ray
½

Good thriller with both Karloff and Lugosi. Lugosi is kinda cool as the "good" guy. Kinda unique story too!

Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo(1959)

Top-notch John Wayne film, with great supporting performances by Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, and Walter Brennan.

The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror)

Good horror film with Boris Karloff and a very young Jack Nicholson.

Queen Christina

Very moving turn by Greta Garbo as the Queen of Sweden. Enjoyable!

The Jackie Robinson Story

Very good story about Robinson (who plays himself) breaking into Major League Baseball. Begs for a good remake.

The Harder They Fall

Fantastic film...Bogart's last. His performance is wonderfully counterpointed by Rod Steiger's. A real gem!

No Country for Old Men
½

Quietly violent...excellently acted. Javier Bardem is one of the most chilling characters I've ever seen. Very well done!

The Time Machine

Excellent adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic. Great Victorian-era background, as well as performances from Rod Taylor and Alan Young, and Yvette Mimieux is INCREDIBLY hot!

The Night of the Iguana
½

Sublime adaptation of Tenneesee Williams' play. The b/w cinematography is beautiful, and the performances by Burton, Gardner, and Kerr are excellent.

One Day in September
½

Graphic portrayal of the hostage-taking of Israeli athletes by Palestinians during the '72 Munich Olympics. Very good storytelling, and very disturbing.

Pork Chop Hill
½

Gripping and powerful story of Gis holding a hill against Chinese forces in Korea. Peck is at his typical best. Quite good!

Murder on the Orient Express
½

An excellent Agatha Christie whodunit starring Finney as Hercule Poirot. Fantastic cast, and an ending that I never expected!

Batman - Return to the Batcave

Goofy, campy, and lots of fun! Great nuggets from the original series mixed in with great cameos. Check it out!

Pride and Prejudice

Absolutely exquisite adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. Garson and Olivier are incredibly good as the lead roles, and the supporting cast is excellent as well. So good!

Paula
Paula(1952)

Very good, if only a bit overly melodramatic at times. Loretta Young is excellent in the title role. The plot is fairly unique, and the ending is very good. Recommended!

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
½

Slightly remarkable Disney film because of the sfx. Ms. Lansbury is good, as is Mr. Tomlinson. The animated sequences are very seamless.

The Great Train Robbery
½

Fun Sean Connery/Donald Sutherland movie with a very good Lesley Anne-Down. Sutherland is the best corpse I've ever seen. :)

The Invisible Man

Wonderful thriller of a film with Claude Rains in the title role. Great sfx for the time. Must-see for old-school monster film fans!

The King and I

Beautifully shot with excellent music and costumes. Yul Brynner is most excellent as the King with is "et cetera"'s.

The Wild One
The Wild One(1954)
½

Very good performance by Brando in this prototypical punk kids-vs-shopkeepers film.

Beowulf
Beowulf(2007)
½

Excellent animated fantasy story! The CGI is very good (better than I expected), and the plot is good for the type of film it is. Oh, and Angelina is SO hot as a demon! :)

Madhouse
Madhouse(1974)

Great chiller with Vincent Price and Peter Cushing. A couple of REALLY scary scenes, and a good story!

The Stranger
The Stranger(1946)

A fantastic noir film, directed by and starring Orson Welles, along with Loretta Young and Edward G. Robinson. Filled with trademark camera angles and beautiful shots of Ms. Young, this film moves quickly and kept me gripped throughout. A definite fave!

Night and Day

A very Hollywood-ized version of the life of Cole Porter starring Cary Grant as Porter and directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca). Great music and a very good performance by Grant (as usual).

Freaky Friday

Very engaging film that spawned scores of copycats films. Jodie Foster is excellent, as is Barbara Harris in their switched roles. The ending was far better than I expected...check it out! :)

13 Ghosts
13 Ghosts(1960)
½

Good William Castle thriller about a family inheriting a haunted house, and being forced to live in it. Some good scenes, and some cheesy ones as well. Margaret Hamilton (aka the Wicked Witch of the West) plays the maid who is referred to as "The Witch" by the family.

The Last Picture Show

A very good film gorgeously shot in black-and-white. Plenty of people you'd recognize 36 years later (Jeff Bridges, Cybil Shepard, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, and others). Leachman is the best I've ever seen in a dramatic perfomance that won her an Academy award. Good stuff!

Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum)
½

Fantastic Roger Corman adaptation of the Poe work. Vincent Price is excellent as the main character, and the movie oozes creepiness.

Cat People
Cat People(1942)

Very good thriller of a film...low budget, but it doesn't matter. Simone Simon is alternately innocent and foreboding, vulnerable and menacing. Well shot and the special effects are engaging.

The Last Man on Earth
½

A mostly bland adaptation of "I Am Legend" starring Vincent Price. Drags at times, though the scene of him looking into the fiery pit where the vicitms end up is gripping.

The Tomb of Ligeia

Very creepy adaptation of Poe's poem by Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price as a man tormented by his dead wife. A lot of what you;d expect from a Corman/Poe film (stylish though low budget), but with some great thrills.

To Be or Not to Be

A simply amazing piece of filmmaking...funny, tragic, bold all at the same time. This was Carole Lombard's last film (she died in a plane crash 3 weeks before the film debuted), and is truly at her best here. She and Jack Benny star as Polish theatre performers caught in the Nazi invasion. SOOO good!

The Prisoner of Zenda
½

A fabulous adaptation of the classic novel! Ronald Colman is excellent in the dual role of Rudolf and Rudolph, and the duo of Raymond Massey and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. as the bad guys is awesome, especially Fairbanks, who exudes charismatic badness. A must-see!

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

A good film overall...James Mason is proficient as Nemo, while Kirk Douglas shows off his lantern jaw (with dent) with aplomb. The best part of the film is definitely the giant squid...the rest is good, not great.

The Road to Hong Kong

The last installment of the popular "Road" movies with Hope and Crosby, and the first one with Joan Collins as the female, rather than Dorothy Lamour. I enjoyed it...even though both male leads were older, the writing was still well-done, and the chemistry was excellent as usual. And the cameos are awesome, including Miss Lamour as herself, and Peter Sellers as an Indian doctor.

Sophie's Choice
½

A movie driven by Meryl's Streep's excellent performance as a Polish Holocaust survivor. She is phenomenal, especially when she makes her 'choice'. The rest of the movie is a little more pedestrain...plodding along at times.

Bad Day at Black Rock

A very good film with Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan. Definitely one of those films that the viewer needs to imagine themselves watching at the time when it oriignally was released (1955). This film deals heavily with anti-Japanese racism. Further, it's a western, but instead of cowboys, stallions, and sweeping landscapes from the John Ford epics, this film shows the West as stagnant and dying, cut off from the rest of the 'civilized' country. A very good watch.

Ice Station Zebra
½

This is a star-studded film that sometimes delivers. The cast is exceptional - McGoohan, Hudson, Borgnine are all excellent. The submarine sequences are claustrophobic, which is a good thing. But the story lags every so often, and the exterior scenes (specifically the final confrontation scene) definitely looked like they were filmed on a sound stage. Good, but could definitely been better.

The Glenn Miller Story

Wonderful biopic of legendary bandleader Glenn Miller. Lots of cameos - Louie Armstrong, Gene Krupa, Frances Langford and others - infuse the film with a sublime soundtrack of the best swing music ever made. But this film is all about Jimmy Stewart who is at his best as Glenn Miller, and June Allyson who lights up the screen as Helen Miller. One of the best biopics I've seen.

The Three Musketeers
½

An excellent telling of Dumas's classic book with Gene Kelly as D'Artagnan and June Allyson as Constance. Great sword fights, lots of romance, and fantastic stunt work by Kelly who bounds and flips through the film with energy and power. Definitely the best version on film!