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Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)
May Not Capture the Lockridge "North" Spirit, But Emulates the Successful Radio Series
I can but conclude that complaints that Pam North is more Gracie Allen than the Lockridge character, were not originated by fans of the long-running radio show in which zany Pam, played so strongly by the delightful Alice Frost, over rode any interference by husband Jerry, admirably portrayed as good-natured and long suffering by Joseph Curtin, and the NYPD to solve the weekly murder(s) Mr. and Mrs. North encountered regularly. Today such a series would be laughed off the air, but back in the '40's and early '50's everyone turned on their radio to see if they could beat Pam to the solution of the crime.
Compared to the colorful and humorous radio show, the subsequent TV adaption with Barbara Britton and Richard Denning was OK, but not nearly as much fun.
If you don't take the Lockridge characters too seriously, you'll love Gracie Allen and William Post Jr. in this 1942 adaptation of a Broadway play.
The Counselor (2013)
Don't Waste Your Time ...
... by suffering for two hours waiting for a good story or good development. I won't reveal any of the startling occurrences in this movie, but it's absolute tripe; shocking since the actors and actresses are top quality ... which is why I chose to see "The Counselor". Had I but heard some feedback before going to the local Sunday matinée, I'd have avoided the movie totally.
I gave it 3 stars because I genuinely like all the individual cast members who normally are excellent, and they were excellent in "The Counselor" despite the poor script and direction. 'Nuff said? Do yourself a favor and avoid this movie!
Finger Prints (1931)
Interesting Plot - Good Cliff Hangers
I was curious to see that Wikipedia reports this 10-episode chapter play as "lost" since in the mid-1970's Swedish TV (which every summer showed old movie serials, a chapter a week) showed "Finger Prints" which actually was silly, as serials tend to be, but did have an intriguing plot. Perhaps I watched it weekly simply because it was broadcast in English (with Swedish subtitles, LOL) but I would enjoy seeing it again. LOL Note that as these serials go, the acting is OK; certainly more proficient than the acting in "Blake of Scotland Yard". While not as much fun as "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" or one of my personal favorites "Superman" which my loving grandmother suffered through on our weekly trips to the movie theater, it is fairly suspenseful and if you enjoy that type of vintage material, I'd recommend it (provided all copies have not disintegrated in the past three decades).
The L.A. Complex (2012)
A Pleasant Tuesday Evening Viewing Surprise
Coming late to review as I came late to "The L.A Complex". Last Tuesday night I was channel surfing and hit upon it at 9 p.m. It caught my fancy with its realistic depiction of likable youths wanting to become entertainment successes. Made a point to watch last night and will be there for the "season ending" next week.
I've enjoyed the depiction of all the relationships. It's a plus that the central characters have good sexual appeal as well as the ability to portray their situations, good or bad. These are people who've earned your interest in what will become of them in their struggle to become stars.
It's a treat to see a genuine show about real people. Talented cast and excellent treatment of Hollywood situations. Hope it continues!
The Three Musketeers (2011)
Expensive Rewrite of History
I saw an early morning showing of the new version of The Three Musketeers this morning. It was a great disappointment, having rewritten history, royal relationships and being a stunning example of useless 3D.
If a movie is billed in 3D, why can't it be shot in the process with TWO cameras to effectively create the illusion of depth as those flicks from the 1950's did, with brilliant utilization of the possibility to throw things "out of the screen" between the eyes of the viewer? A pox on the producers of this extravagant and costly movie.
If Alexandre Dumas could attend a screening, I'm sure he'd be shocked. There are elements in the movie which may have been conceived by Jules Verne who did live some years after Dumas.
If you don't expect a great deal, you'll enjoy the movie. There is good action although the resolution of the plot may be anticipated half an hour before it occurs and when the credits start to roll, you'll receive an apparent invitation to what is presumably the upcoming sequel.
If you like the novel, although it doesn't precisely follow the plot, I recommend the 1940's MGM version starring Gene Kelly, Lana Turner and Vincent Price.
Final Destination 5 (2011)
Terrific use of 3D
What a treat to see an intelligent "horror" flick which, like movies made in the 1950's 3D craze, actually uses depth in all its shots as well as for hungry fans like me who loved House of Wax and Phantom of the Rue Morgue throws enough objects out of the screen into your face to keep you happy. Perhaps I'm sinking into senility, but if I pay extra to see 3D I feel things should be poked out of the screen to surprise me or make me want to duck. The screenplay is excellent and the 3 leads (2 guys and a girl) are personable and engaging. Tony Todd does a haunting cameo. See it in 3D while it's still in theaters! You'll love it!
Great Flick but 3D not used properly
Enjoyed the flick very much. Love Depp and Cruz and everyone in it. Great story and a lot of fun. But why pay extra for 3D if the possible effects were not utilized. Nearly 60 years ago one-eyed director Andre de Toth mapped out 3D in the Vincent Price House of Wax much more cleverly than is utilized in this Pirates. Old 3D movies showed very specific (if exaggerated) depth and did not hesitate to throw things out of the screen at the audience. I sometimes wonder if modern 3D movies are even shot in 3D as most scenes seem to lack that illusion of depth. Kudos to the film itself, a lot of fun. But be aware that the 3D claim is a rip off. (I saw it in Real 3D, perhaps the iMax version is more effective.)
Definitely worth a glance. I saw this on our local NPR station last night (July 15) and in this summer of Desperate Housewives reruns, thought "Mystery" is usually a viable alternative. And it was. A shock to see "old" Tom Baker. Has it really been three decades since he rode through time in his telephone booth? I liked the new Miss Marple ... at least she was new to me. Perhaps not as lovable as the cinematic Marple of 4 decades ago (was that Margaret Rutherford?), but okay. I'd gladly catch another episode of the series with her. It was also a treat to see the drop-dead handsome Greg Wise and present-day Julian Sands. The clues to solve the mystery are presented fairly and it is a good mystery, worthy of Christie. Check it out if you like brain teasers.
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
a fun movie with great puns ... and a 1953 Donald Duck cartoon!
Who woulda thunk that Meet the Robinsons would be a grand time for adults as well as kids? I took a co-worker who'd never seen a 3-D movie, mainly because it was in 3-D and had a terrific time. (My friend laughed every time something was thrust out of the screen into our faces.) As a prior commentator said, the 3-D is not overdone but when it's employed, it's fun. Unlike the throw-away glasses theaters provided in the '50's and '80's, the glasses the box office gives out this time are solid and even fit comfortably over a pair of normal glasses. Before the feature begins we were treated to a cartoon Disney studios had created in 3-D over 50 years ago ... one where Chip and Dale plague Donald Duck. This was my first viewing of Disney Digital 3-D but it certainly won't be my last. The image is strikingly clear and the illusion of depth is excellent. It was a treat to see a cartoon and animated feature played straight for laughs with little or no sexual innuendo. You'll really enjoy the Robinsons, the quirky scene shifts and the great puns. By all means, go to a theater showing it in 3-D ... although I've been told by people who saw it "flat" that it's still a super family show.
Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)
If you've never seen this Parisian outing in 3-D, you must. It's been decades since the last time I enjoyed it at a temporary 3-D revival, but I remember the effects quite well. I won't discuss the story because too many commentators have already discussed how it is modified from Poe's original, but the script works. It is a horror movie, after all, which makes me think the writer who critiqued the "over the top" and "stilted" acting, doesn't realize that like fair rides we go to these movies to be thrilled and shudder. By current slasher film standards, this movie is very tame ... but it effectively depicts enough to give you nightmares, if you really think a bout what's going on. As mentioned, the 3-D effects are stunning. No, this movie is not as good per se as "House of Wax" but it is definitely worth a look. Why the devil doesn't Warner Brothers release both HoW and PotRM on DVD in 3-D using the shutter process utilized for the Imax releases?