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Entries from April 28th, 2009

“The Greatest Show On Earth…If I Could Just Stay Conscious”

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal Stories

There are some opportunities that are too good to miss no matter what situation you might be in. Having an opportunity to see the film “The Greatest Show on Earth” in a movie theater is one of those opportunities. Somehow I had missed seeing this film when it came out in 1952 so in 1960 [...]

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“Captain of the Hats”

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal Stories

I was once in the army and while I worked under officers who were less than capable of engendering respect, I never had one as bad as Captain Bligh of the H.M.S. Bounty as presented in the film “Mutiny of the Bounty” with Charles Laughton as the captain.. However I did once have an officer [...]

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“Being Scared”

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal Stories

There were a few times in my youth when certain movies absolutely terrified me. When I was watching one of the Mummy movies, for instance, I absolutely had to keep saying to myself, “This is only a movie. This is only a movie” and even that provided precious little comfort. And when I speak of [...]

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Top Five (April 26, 2009)

April 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Top Five (4/26/09)

People always ask me what my favorite movies are. Although my Top Five list changes from time to time, these five movies will almost always be in the Top 10: Shane (1953) directed by George Stevens, with Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur. Shane is a gunfighter but he could just as easily have been a [...]

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DVD REVIEW: Alphaville

April 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Resurrected Films

ALPHAVILLE (1965), directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard; produced by Andre Michelin; director of photography, Raoul Coutard; edited by Agnes Guillemot; production design by Pierre Guffroy; music by Paul Misraki. Cast: Lemmy Caution————–Eddie Constantine Natasha von Braun———-Anna Karina Henry Dickson————–Akim Tamiroff Once upon a time there was a series of low budget French films that [...]

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