Category Archives: Movies

Shrove Tuesday Means “Black Orpheus” To Me!

I post this every year – because I can and also because I get a chance to tout a favorite movie from back in the day: “Black Orpheus” I cannot think of Mardi Gras, Carnival or Shrove Tuesday (February 28th … Continue reading

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DVD: “20 Feet From Stardom”

I loved the documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom” a music and reminiscence filled ode to the back-up singer released last year on DVD.  Some added their voices to those early Phil Spector songs (“Da Do Run, Run”) and Rock & … Continue reading

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“20 Feet From Stardom” – Brilliant!

I loved the documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom” a music and reminiscence filled ode to the back-up singer just released on DVD. Those women, and men, that added their voices to early R&B songs, sung by Phil Spector‘s girl groups … Continue reading

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Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” on DVD

Famed director Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal”, (1957) with the amazing Max von Sydow and the rest of his stable of actors (Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, and Bibi Andersson) gained a cult following when first seen in the … Continue reading

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DVD Corner: “A Prophet”

French film, A Prophet (Un Prophète, 2009) directed by Jacques Audiard struck me as a cautionary tale for wayward youth. It details the experiences of 19 year old Malik (Tahar Rahim) as he serves his 8 year prison sentence for … Continue reading

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DVD Corner: About That Girl and Her Tattoo…

I kept noticing this “Tattoo” book on the local paperback best seller list for the past year or so and  I got curiouser and curiouser. So, I cheated and watched “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” on DVD first and … Continue reading

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Noir Films of the 40’s and 50’s – Love Them!

“Film Noir”, a label used primarily to describe post World War ll crime drama movies , were mostly in black & white. They’re famous for their evocative, often lurid, pulpy titles, (“Dead Reckoning”, “I Wake Up Screaming”, “Detour”) the snappy … Continue reading

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DVD: Director Roberto Rossellini

Italian Neorealist director Roberto Rossellini, (1906-1977), made a series of films just after World War II labeled the “War Trilogy”. They have been issued in a DVD box set : “Rome Open City, (1945)” “Paisan” (1946) and “Germany Year Zero” (1948) Acclaimed … Continue reading

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I Watched “The Departed” Again

This 2006 film, directed by Martin Scorsese, was just on network TV last night and I couldn’t help myself, I watched it again. Even with all the commercials and bleeps, it is a fabulous movie. (If you can, find the … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson

“This Is It” is the documentary released in DVD that captured the final days of the “King of Pop” as he prepared for a concert tour in 2009. I’ll be honest, I began to watch with some hesitation – Is … Continue reading

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