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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
A lovely story with wonderful spunk by both leads; I am not crazy about the resolution
In the early 1900's England, Lucy (Gene Tierney) has upset her mother and sister in laws. Having lost her husband, Lucy informs them she is moving to the sea coast where she will raise her daughter (Natalie Wood) on a small income left to her. They are aghast, mostly because they realize they won't be able to control Lucy's life anymore. When the mother and daughter arrive in their new village, Lucy hunts for a rental house within her income. One, Gull Cottage, seems perfect but the real estate agent drags his feet. Lucy insists. Yet, shortly after the move in, the widow realizes why it was available. The house in haunted, you see, by a blustering sea captain, Daniel (Rex Harrison) who died in the place. Most folks think it was a suicide. Startled, Lucy soon displays her determination to stay put and Daniel can't do anything to change that. Over time, it becomes obvious that they are in love with each other. Yet, when Lucy loses her income, she may have to move unless the duo can come up with another plan. Also, a smooth gentleman becomes enamored with Lucy and she, very lonely, may decide to marry him, much to the Captain's dismay. What's an unusual couple to do? This very lovely story has imaginative elements and a match of wits that will charm everyone. Tierney and Harrison make a terrific couple. All of the supporting cast is fine, too. In addition, the scenery is wonderful and Gull Cottage makes everyone yearn to find their own abode by the sea. Alas, although I understand the ending and it turns out fine, I was hoping for a resolution that would come sooner in the film. Admittedly, I am most likely in the minority. Movie fans, you would do well to choose this classic love romantic movie at your earliest opportunity.
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
Lovely adaptation of Du Maurier's classic, mysterious, beguiling novel
In the early 1800's, Philip (Sam Claflin) reflects on his life. Orphaned at an early age, he was raised by a kind cousin, Ambrose. It was just us men, Philip says often, on a fine mansion and grounds in Cornwall, right on the coast. But, alas, when Philip returned home from boarding school, Ambrose got ill and journeyed to Italy for the finer climate. The two men, very close, correspond with frequent letters. Astonishingly, Ambrose meets a widow, Rachel (Rachel Weisz) and marries her abroad. Philip knows nothing of the lady but what Ambrose relates. At first, the older cousin declares his unbridled joy. But, soon, letters arrive for Philip that Rachel has changed and that she may be worsening Ambrose's health. As Philip hastens to journey to Florence, he arrives too late. Ambrose is dead and Rachel has vanished. A "friend" of the couple tells Philip that the post mortem showed a tumor was responsible and he knows not where Rachel has gone. In anger, grief, and perplexity, Philip goes home. He is much admired by his Godfather's daughter, Louise (Holliday Granger) who visits often but Philip only looks on her as a friend. Unbelievably, word comes that RACHEL is on her way to Cornwall for a visit! What an opportunity it will be for Philip to berate her, as he considers her responsible for his beloved cousin's death. On the rainy night of her arrival, however, Philip meets her in her quarters and is astonished with her beauty, grace, and seeming kindness. He soon believes it would have been impossible for this woman to murder anyone. Moreover, Philip falls deeply in love with his cousin's widow and the older woman appears to return his admiration. This leads to Philip making grave mistakes regarding his estate and his future. What does Rachel really care for, love, money or deception? This lovely, terrific adaptation of Du Maurier's classic work deserves high praise indeed. The cast is terrific, with Weisz beguiling as the mysterious Rachel and Claflin wonderful as the naive, handsome, tempestuous Philip. Granger and all of the supporting cast do great work, also. The setting could hardly be more beautiful, with the farmland, woods, and dangerously lovely coast. Care has been taken to recreate the time period and Gothic story, aided by deft direction. Movie fans of quality films, here's your latest gift from a Hollywood that doesn't bestow such works very often. Don't miss it!
Nothing bogus here, very enjoyable entertainment!
Poor Albert (Haley Joel Osment, before Sixth Sense!). He's just lost his mother (Nancy Travis) in a car accident. The two lived in Las Vegas, where Mom was an assistant to a great magician, and its the only life Albert has ever known. Alas, there is no father in the picture. When the will is read, everyone is astonished to learn that Albert's new guardian is New Jersey small businesswoman, Harriet (Whoopi Goldberg). It seems both Al's mother and Harriet were foster children together and formed a strong bond. On the other coast, Harriet is also quite shook up; this was far from what she was expecting. Her restaurant supply business takes up a great deal of her time and her small apartment in NewarK is not exactly kid friendly. Yet, to honor a friend, Harriet agrees to look after Albert. Very scared as he journeys by plane, Albert is suddenly comforted by an imaginary friend, Bogus (Gerard Depardieu). Like true BFFs, Bogus doesn't leave Albert's side as he adjusts to a new school, a new home, and a new life. But, oh, Albert is extremely smart and Harriet is going to have to keep close watch on him! Could Albert, being sad at his changes, suddenly take off with Bogus? This charming family film has a great cast, of course. What an unlikely treat it is to have Goldberg and Depardieu as the leads, its a strange but dynamite coupling. Osment, too, in one of his first big roles is very touching and clever. Naturally, the desert scenery of Nevada and the urban Jersey is a big contrast. Viewers will like the costumes, polished script and sure direction. All in all, this is not a "bogus" view in the least. Kids and families will adore Bogus!
Kind of a drag, all things considered, especially the unsavory plot; like the cast, mostly
Friday (Dan Ackroyd) is the son of a famous detective and, now, he continues detecting in the family tradition. He has the same monotone, just the facts mantra, and conservative dress as his dad. His longtime partner moves away so he is paired with a new one, Streebek (Tom Hanks) who shows up with long hair and a flashy outfit. No, no, no, that's not gonna work. Before long, Streebek is looking VERY similar to Friday. But, his mode of operation is not the same and won't ever be. In the City of Angels at this time, a group calling itself PAGAN is stealing vehicles, setting fires, and leaving calling cards. Meanwhile, a stuffy minister Wurley (Christopher Plummer) and a playboy type (Dabney Coleman) are at odds over the place each has in society. Also, police commissioner (Elizabeth Ashley) has a "close" relationship with Wurley, who has big secrets unknown to her. As Friday and Streebek hunt down PAGAN, rescue ladies, encounter strippers, tangle with anacondas, and drive like maniacs, will they get the job done? Let me first say, I love Ackroyd and Hanks and they are not the problem here, for they try hard. Plummer does great, as he is totally unlikeable as written, and the rest of the cast are okay, too. Its the script, stupid, that's really kind of a drag, for the adventures of these two detectives are, many times, offensive. As the movie sets out to really spoof the original Dragnet television show, it might have been better to come closer to the Jack Webb version. If you like the two stars, and most viewers do, take a chance if you wish. But don't expect to be entertained in grand fashion.
Happy Ever Afters (2009)
Lovely Irish farce, with some good messages and great performances
Maura (Sally Hawkins) is an Irish single mother to Molly (Sinead Maguire), a bright and energetic twelve year old. But, alas, times are not good and Maura is losing her furniture and, perhaps, her lease as money has dried up. Therefore, Maura enters into a fake marriage agreement with African immigrant Wilson (Ariyon Bakare). He will get to stay in the country; he will pay Maura 9,000. Also getting married for the second time is Freddie (Tom Riley) and Sophie (Jade Yurell), resulting in much apprehension; are they really doing the right thing? As luck would have it, these two couples take part in a dual marriage ceremony and hold receptions in the same building. Also on hand are a bevy of mixed up guests, parents, and, ho ho, two immigration officers who doubt Maura's wedding is real. As Maura crosses paths with Freddie, a lot, and Wilson tries to pass his girlfriend off as his sister, poor Molly gets more and more fed up as she realizes she's not getting a new dad, not really. How will this all shake down? This great Irish comedy-farce has charms for most fans of laughter and romance. Hawkins, Riley, Bakare, Yurell, and especially Maguire give fine performances while the supporting cast will keep everyone in stitches. How lilting, too, is the Irish way of speaking English while sets, costumes, script and direction fulfill every expectation of quality. Hallelujah, wanna get happy? Happily Ever Afters is bound to please.
Come September (1961)
Hollywood, take notice! Romcom fans have to go back in time to get winners like this one, why have you forgotten these fans?
Robert (Rock Hudson) is a successful businessman by any 1961 standards. He actually has a villa in Italy that he only visits in September and hires a caretaker for the rest of the year. Oh, but what a yearly vacation, as he sees his longtime love, Lisa (Gina Lollobrigida) for an intense rendezvous. Man, he is in for surprises when he decides to visit in July! First, Lisa has grown tired of waiting for a ring and is going to marry a Brit named Spenser. She's trying on her wedding gown when she realizes Rob is in the country. Far from chewing him out, she soon agrees to meet him, leaving her fiancé in the lurch. Then, the caretaker of Robert's villa has seen an opportunity to make improvements while the American is away. Thus, he has rented out the villa as a hotel and a group of American college age gals like Sandy (Sandra Dee) are staying there with their chaperone. Wow, does this Maurice (Walter Slezak) have to do some quick thinking. Initially changing signs does not hide the secret for long. As a result, Robert is very angry when he realizes he WILL NOT be alone with Lisa. Soon, too, some college guys including Tony (Bobby Darin) come camping on the beach in front of the hotel and definitely like the looks of the coeds. How will romance blossom at a time when no one gets the chance to have a tete a tete? This funny movie has great charms for the romcom fans of the world. Hudson, of course, is always a delight, with his terrific looks, wit and charm. Lollobrigida, now mostly forgotten, is likewise mirthful and beautiful. Dee and Darin, great partners on the screen, really fell in love on the set and married soon after the film wrapped. All of the supporting cast, the sensational scenery, the flattering costumes, the darling script and the zestful direction deserve high praise as well. But, BEWARE romcom fans. As you watch this delightful flick, you may start crying as you realize Hollywood has abandoned movie making like this. Could anyone in power PLEASE START A PROTEST and urge Tinseltown to bring back the romantic comedy?
The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
Disney's take on The Ugly Duckling with canines; animals wonderful, humans are second fiddle
Fran Garrison (Suzanne Plechette) is one very lucky lady. She is married to successful artist Mark (Dean Jones) and has a lovely home in California. In addition, her prized Dachshund Danke is about to give birth. Therefore, Mark starts the car and drives the expectant dog to the vets. As he breaks several traffic laws, Mr. Garrison is given a huge ticket while Danke is rushed inside. It's triplet little wiener dogs. When Mark finally makes it to the delivery area, he notices a Great Dane mother nursing ten puppies! The good vet is trying to nurse another little pup who has been rejected by her mother. Now Mark, who has tolerated his wife's tastes and wishes to the limit, has always wanted a bigger dog. Therefore, when the vet suggests that Mark take home this runt Dane and get Danke to nurse him, too, he does it. Initially believing Danke has had a fourth pup, it soon becomes clear that this pup, who Mark names Brutus, is another breed. Fran DOES NOT want him in the house but Mark finally insists. Comically, Brutus tries to do what the little wieners do, but he's too big. In addition, the trio, named Chloe, Heidi, and Ludmilla, get Brutus in trouble when they wreck the living room in a stampede but hide before Fran finds the mess. Twice more, when the growing pups destroy Mark's studio and a posh party the couple gives in the backyard, will the Garrisons be able to keep Brutus? A heroic deed Brutus performs helps matters immensely! This enjoyable, classic Disney has wonderful animal performers in four clever, adorable Dachshunds and one darling Great Dane. They make the film something special. But, alas, Plechette's character is just short of a harpy and certainly not a good example of a loving wife while Jones' husband, conversely, is much put upon. A police officer, while funny, seems to gleefully want to give folks ticket after ticket, not a worthy example of a cop, either. Yes, its all done for a laugh but, ultimately, backfires. Maybe kids won't notice but will keep their eyes on the canines. As family entertainment for animal lovers, its pleasures are many.
Tortilla Soup (2001)
Souper? Well, not quite but a fine remake of Eat Drink Man Woman
In Los Angeles, widower and restaurateur Martin (Hector Elizondo) has a few problems. One is that since his wife's death, he has lost a great deal of his sense of taste and must rely on his fellow chef Gomez to examine the dishes he prepares. But, more importantly, his three daughters still live at home and MUST come to the Sunday meal he prepares for them as a family. Oldest sibling Leticia (Elizabeth Pena) is a chemistry teacher and a born again Christian; she dresses very conservatively and dreams of love. Middle daughter Carmen (Jacqueline Obrados) is a business gal who generally considers affairs of the heart less important than her working goals. Oddly, she is the sister who has inherited her dad's skill as a chef. Youngest daughter Maribel (Tamara Mello), about to enter college, is a free spirited lady who takes a shine to a Brazilian born neighbor, Andy. Sometimes activities crowd the ladies' weeks but they can't skip Sunday dinner. Now, an attractive widow, Hortensia (Raquel Welch) comes calling with an eye on making Martin her next husband. Also, mysteriously, Leticia begins to receive love letters on her school desk. Could they be from the new baseball coach (Paul Rodriguez)? Carmen and Maribel also have ups and downs in their love lives while Martin's partner suffers a health setback. What lies ahead for the family? This lovely remake of Taiwan's Eat Drink Man Woman has a great and very attractive cast. Welch is especially a hoot as the determined divorcée. Sets, costumes, script, direction and score are all quite nice. Most wonderful of all is the food preparation caught on screen, very complex and beautiful. While it might not be a "souper" evening of fun and drama, Tortilla Soup has much, much to offer fans of romance, cooking and family ties.
The Spaceman and King Arthur (1979)
Let's give love to Oddballs!
Tom Trimble (Dennis Dugan) is an oddball scientist for NASA. Very clever but somewhat clumsy, he builds a robot named Hermes who looks just like him. Its NASA's wish to send Hermes on an experimental flight where, if all goes as planned, the rocket will travel faster than light and go back to the days of Camelot. However, as Tom is readying Hermes for the journey, the rocket blasts off and both of them go back in time. Once there, a pretty maid name Alisande takes Tom to see King Arthur while Hermes stays with the ship. Mordred (Jim Dale) takes an instant disliking to Tom but the young scientist captivates the King with tales of the history of the world, including his own time period. However, after a long listen, the King sends him to the dungeon anyway. It'll be up to Hermes to rescue Tom and change the King's view in their favor. In addition, can Alisande truly prefer Hermes to Tom himself? This funny take on Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a pleasure to watch. Dugan is quite a charming and kooky performer and rest of the cast is great. Kids and families will love the re- created Camelot's scenery and costumes as well as the new gadgets Tom brings with him. No, its not the greatest thing since sliced bread but it is bound to bring smiles to young and old faces!
Robin of Locksley (1996)
Very creative twist on an old, old tale
Robin (Devon Sawa) is a middle schooler who has just moved to the Seattle area with his folks. Originally from Kansas, Robin's parents won big money in the lottery and decided to change their lives. Initially, Robin is not happy to leave his friends and get enrolled in a snooty private academy. Naturally, he is picked on but makes friends with other outcasts like Little John and Marion (Sarah Chalke). Also, Robin excels in archery but is not allowed to join the school's exclusive arrow club. He promptly starts his own. Even more amazing, as a computer whiz, Robin starts to siphon off money from the school's biggest board member, to aid a fellow student whose home burned down. Yet, soon the school is hunting vigorously for the culprit. Will they be able to track down Robin and nail him? Can Robin win the school's archery tournament and the heart of Maid Marion? This modern day twist on an old, old story is quite fun and creative. Sawa makes a great teen hero while Chalke and all of the other cast members are a joy. The lovely scenery and fine costumes, dialogue and direction add up to hearty entertainment. Any child who views it will be tickled and, most likely, will search out the legends of the real Robin Hood of Locksley.