Monthly Archives: April 2015

Sequels and Remakes

I’ve been thinking lately about the old question of why sequels rarely come up to the originals. There are two answers to this one. In some cases, there is just no originality and the producers opt to rehash the original … Continue reading

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A Not-So-Wonderful Sunday

Usually Akira Kurosawa can talk me into anything, but even I have finally found a Kurosawa film that left me glancing repeatedly at my watch. “One Wonderful Sunday” (1947) starts off promisingly enough as an unflinching look at life in … Continue reading

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Three Flavors of Bat

“The Bat” was a very successful mystery stage-play of the 1920s. It was based upon a novel by Mary Roberts Rinehart called “The Circular Staircase,” which was first filmed in 1916. The play of “The Bat” was itself filmed in … Continue reading

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Here’s a new film for a change–“Foxcatcher”

I’ve been asked why I don’t write more pieces on current films. I guess the short answer to that one is, everyone else already does it. Additionally, there are a lot of forgotten older films that need critical airing. It’s … Continue reading

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Carole and Charles Up River

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” Stuart Walker’s 1933 film “White Woman” is a fine example of what Charles Laughton, still a relatively fresh face in Hollywood, was capable of. His masterful turns as Captain Bligh and Inspector Javert were still ahead of … Continue reading

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