Only When I Laugh (1979–1982 United Kingdom)

If you are on the wavelength of classic, delightfully dated, superbly acted, situation British comedy then check this TV series out. You can purchase the four disc package off Amazon for a reasonable price. 28 memorable episodes from the reliable quill of Eric Chappell. Supremely irreverent, with virtually no political correctness to spoil the viewer’s enjoyment. They don’t make em like this anymore because the Bolsheviks have taken over western entertainment… anyway, the confines of a hospital ward actually enhance the chemistry and camaraderie of the cast, as well as the varied, yet silly, storylines. It’s so whimsical! [Read more…]

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QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967 United Kingdom)

lastronave degli esseri perduti 320x240It is difficult for me to post at this time (too busy) but here is one more. This may be the mother of all my film reviews. We are talking about cinema that grabs me by the hair. The amazing Nigel Kneale was England’s answer to Richard Matheson, and his powerful story is given the glossy Technicolour treatment by director Roy Ward Baker. The first two monochrome Quatermass movies in the 1950s were spoiled by the inclusion of Brian Donlevy playing the main protagonist. A blank, shouting trench coat is one way to describe Donlevy. [Read more…]

THE SIXTH SENSE (1999 United States)

sixthOne of those rare horror stories that also works as a tear-jerker. A creepy plot that might make you sad. This combination is executed very impressively, with A Turn Of The Screw tragic feel to it that Henry James himself may have recognized. Linking children to the paranormal through loss is a strong method to emotionally engage the audience.
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THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (1968, France)

bride-wore-black-2Time for me to get nostalgic about my first few posts and this was the very first, so if you missed it back in March (I started off writing reviews that were too short and cold–then realized they needed more length & warmth). So here it is again. How can you resist? I didn’t think so either. Seriously though, this is one of my more sexy reviews. It has to be. Jeanne Moreau is the star and her middle name is Sexy. You’re eyes and brain will thank you for it …. [Read more…]

Fifty Shades Of Grey (E L James)

copy of Fifty Shades of Grey
I know they say if you can’t say anything positive don’t bother, but….
Just checked my compass and I think I’m about  52% through this climb so you would think by now it would have sucked me in. People say they can’t put it down but I find myself reading 1 chapter and then sucking out a breath of boredom. This is what annoys me about this book:

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Blue Water White Death (1971 USA) Film Review

sharm-shark-white-_1779070cCarcharodon carcharias. What a great name! What a terrible beauty God gave to this creature. No other being on the planet glides with the symmetry of the shark. Great White variety or otherwise. The nine months it took to  shoot this documentary was ground breaking back in 1969-70. What an experience it must have been to see this unique documentary on the big screen. If you are a shark fan you must buy this DVD. [Read more…]

THE LAST OF SHEILA (1973 USA)

sheilaThis cult favourite of many has gathered dust for the last forty years, a victim of the public taste away from clever and sophisticated to action and adventure. It is a film about film people, assembling to make a film that we discover is the film we are watching! [Read more…]

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