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The Eyes of the Heart: A Movie Review of “Prince of Foxes”

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  Year:  1949  Filming:  Black & White  Length:  107 minutes  Genre:  Adventure/Drama/History/Swashbuckler  Maturity:  PG (for intense thematic elements) Cast:  Tyrone Power (Andrea Orsini), Orson Welles (Cesare Borgia), Wanda Hendrix (Camilla Verano), Marina Berti (Angela Borgia), Everett Sloane (Mario Belli), Felix Aylmer (Count Marc Antonio Verano), Katina Paxinou (Mona Constanza Zoppo), Eduardo Ciannelli (Art Dealer) Director:  Henry King  Personal Rating:  5 Stars ***      In case you haven’t noticed by now, I am quite a fan of swashbucklers, and have been since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. My dad and ... (Continue reading)

Glorying in Glass: A Movie Review of “Snow White and the Huntsman”

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Year:  2012  Filming:  Color  Length:  127 minutes  Genre:  Drama/Adventure/Fantasy  Maturity:  PG-13 (for intense themes, scary images, and fantasy violence) Cast:  Kristen Stewart (Snow White), Chris Hemsworth (the Huntsman), Charlize Theron (Ravenna), Sam Claflin (Prince William), Sam Spruell (Finn), Ian McShane (Beith), Bob Hoskins (Muir), Ray Winstone (Gort), Nick Frost (Nion), Eddie Marsan (Duir), Toby Jones (Coll), Johnny Harris (Quert), Brian Gleeson (Gus) Director:  Rupert Sanders Personal Rating:  2 Stars   Fantasy films are admittedly hard to produce. The real challenge is making them different yet the same as our own world, employing both originality and realism to ... (Continue reading)

Bound by a Seal: A Movie Review of “I Confess”

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Year: 1953 Filming: Black & White Length: 95 minutes Genre: Drama/Inspirational/Religious/Suspense Maturity: PG (for intense thematic elements) Cast: Montgomery Clift (Fr. Michael Logan), Anne Baxter (Ruth Grandfort), O.E. Hass (Otto Keller), Dolly Haas (Alma Keller), Roger Dann (Pierre Grandfort), Karl Malden (Inspector Larrue), Ovila Legare (Monsieur Villette), Brian Aherne (Willy Robertson) Director: Alfred Hitchcock Personal Rating: 5 Stars   *** “Technically one of Hitchcock’s best”, I Confess is not your run-of-the-mill murder mystery. Instead, it reveals a little-known aspect of The Master of Suspense: his lingering fascination with and devotion to the ... (Continue reading)

So Let it Be Written: A Movie Review of the Ten Commandments

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(A recent review of an older film, the Ten Commandments hearkens back to a more golden, and more innocent, era of Hollywood.  Much better than the recent remake with Christian Bale as a confused, slightly insane Moses, with his 'God' as an annoying boy speaking in hallucinatory images.  Give me Charlton Heston and the burning bush anyday.  Editor). Year:  1956  Filming:  Color  Length:  220 minutes Genre: Biblical/Drama/Epic/Inspirational/Religious  Maturity: PG (for intense thematic elements) Cast:  Charlton Heston (Moses), Yul Brynner (Pharaoh Ramses), Anne Baxter (Nefretiri), Yvonne De Carlo (Sephora), John ... (Continue reading)

Ant-Man vs. Daredevil

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(As a bit of light-hearted reading before the issuance of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter later today, here are some thoughts on two superheroes, such as they are.  Editor). Yes, I must admit, I did watch Ant-Man, in two instalments, for a I had to sort of motivate myself to finish it.  The campy film was better than it might have been, but worse also.  Carried along by the charisma of its male lead, the movie has a child-likeness about it, ... (Continue reading)

Mission Impossible: To Make a Real Movie

I finally got around recently to watching the fifth instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise.  As expected, it was slick and high-budget, with impressive real-life stunts.  Besides hanging on to moving planes and swerving motorcycles, Tom Cruise is showing his age a little, a rigid expression setting into his normally expressive face, a rictus grin replacing the toothy bluster of his youth, reminding me a bit of old Stoneface himself, the silent movie star Buster Keaton, who also, ironically, did ... (Continue reading)

Captain Philips

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I just took in the new American-everyman Tom Hank's movie, Captain Philips which, surprisingly from its limited quality, has made over $218 million so far, and won six Academy awards.  Directed in shaky-realistic-video by Paul Greengrass, who also oversaw two of the Bourne movies, the film has a stark realism.  The problem, I think, is that it is too realistic.  No one in this movie is portrayed as a 'hero', although they sort of try to make Captain Philips/Tom Hanks ... (Continue reading)

Sci Fi Movie Triplex: Interstellar, Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow


My movie selection over the past few months has been in the science fiction genre, which is often heavy on the 'fiction', and light on the 'science'.  The recent, visually impressive Christopher Nolan-directed Interstellar attempts to balance that, telling the story of mankind's search for a new habitable planet with some degree of scientific accuracy.  But how veridical can you be when most of the science in the film is unverified by experiment or experience?  According to Einsteinian Relativity, which ... (Continue reading)



Calvary (2014) Directed by John Michael McDonagh Written by John Michael McDonagh   Stay for the credits at the end of Calvary, for interspersed in the endless lists of names are still shots of sites significant for the story line: a booth in the town pub, a table in a café, a split rock, the beach—but now they are empty because the priest has been murdered. He’s no longer present, and his absence ... (Continue reading)



Millions Director: Danny Boyle, 98 min., U.K., 2004. Starring: Alex Etel, James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan Plot: (Spoiler alert!) The UK is about to switch its currency from Pounds to Euros, giving some criminals a chance to rob a train loaded with banknotes destined for incineration. During the robbery, one of the bags falls onto playhouse belonging to Damian, a young boy who talks to saints. Damian then starts seeing what the world and ... (Continue reading)

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