Documentary movie review: Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind

Documentary movie review: Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind

Stephanie Bennett directed this beautiful portrait of the incredible poet and singer, Joni Mitchell, a “true poet,” the voice of an era. Using more than just her performances, the director has woven a true tale that reveals a human life…

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Movie flashback: ‘Moon’ – refreshing journey back To Sci-Fi past

movie moon

Watching Moon feels like discovering a lost film from the 1970s. With such striking resemblances to films like Silent Running and Soylent Green, and little in common with much of modern sci-fi, it paradoxically feels both old and new. The…

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Greystoke – Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes

Greystoke - Legend of Tarzan

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes aims to retell the story of Tarzan in a serious manner but undermines everything about Edgar Rice Burrough’s hero the audience enjoys watching. As a consequence it ends up being far…

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Movie review: Despicable Me is despicably funny

Despicable Me

Gru, voiced by Steve Carrel, is no ordinary super villain. He is that quintessential creature who wants to be bad but discovers his latent goodness deep inside. In these types of situations his goodness can usually be found in his…

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Best classic comedies of 1950s, 1960s

I love Lucy

Classic sitcoms have been and continue to be an important part of American culture. They are watched in syndication, studied in college courses, and remembered as breakthrough roles for some of the world’s biggest stars. Here are some of the…

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Oscar winners flashback: Best Picture of 1967, 1968, 1969

The Lion in Winter

1967 Best Picture: The Lion in Winter This film, almost entirely set in a dreary 12th Century castle, is best remembered for its razor sharp dialogue, amply sprinkled with wit. Henry II (Peter O’Toole), during a family gathering over Christmas,…

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Oscar winners flashback: Best Picture in 1965, 1966

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music and In the Heat of the Night shocked some audiences in the 1960s by grabbing the Best Picture awards in Oscars 1965 and 1966. Let’s look into it. 1965 Best Picture: The Sound of Music Yes,…

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Wetback – undocumented documentary of illegal immigration

Wetback - undocumented documentary of illegal immigration

Director Arturo Perez Torres humanizes a divisive issue in U.S. politics — the problem of illegal immigration. Using first person accounts, Torres starts in the countries where the immigrants begin, their homelands. Problems with unemployment, poverty, hunger, and lack of…

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Robin Hood onscreen – differing portrayals

The early tales and ballads describe Robin Hood as being a yeoman. Anthony Munday’s 1598 play ‘The Downfall of Robert, Earle of Huntington’ turned him into nobility. Over the years makers of film and television have approached the material in…

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Movie review – Sherlock Holmes faces Death

Sherlock Holmes faces Death

In 1940 Universal Studios bought the rights to Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and cast Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as his loyal companion, Dr. Watson. The first three movies in the series, made early in World War…

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