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Spanish Main **, 26 July 2014

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Weak production. Swashbuckling films with Maureen O'Hara needed better writing and more excitement,and this 1945 film is no exception to that rule. It is true that Paul Henried could rival Errol Flynn for his debonair attitude and good looks here.

As the overweight cad, Walter Slezak steals the film, but he is constantly threatening people with hanging or being burned at the stake.

O'Hara is promised to Alvarado, Slezak, but once she meets and quickly weds Henried, who had been captive by Slezak, all that changes. There are times that Henried and O'Hara mistrust each other, but love conquers all.

Ledge of Success-Man on Tightrope ***1/2, 25 July 2014

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Chilling drama reflecting the cold war era when a Czechoslovak circus troupe plots a daring escape to freedom.

Both Terry Moore and Gloria Grahame give wonderful performances as the daughter and second wife of circus owner Frederic March, who plots the escape.

March is given another great role in this film. Grahame, as the vulnerable wife with little to do in her life, is in her second circus film picture of her career within a year. OF COURSE, i'm referring to 1952's THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH. Her emotions shown here are far better than in her Oscar win for BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Ditto for Terry Moore in comparison to COME BACK,LITTLE SHEBA.

As the suspicious police inspector eventually done in for failing to follow the rules, Adolphe Menjou shows his mettle.

Dreadful *, 25 July 2014

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This was an absolutely miserable film in every sense of the word. Having found her husband to be cheating, she leaves him to pursue an affair with an acupuncture doctor-only to find out that he is far from a bargain either.

Frustrated, she goes online and becomes quite a tramp, meeting up with the Duke. You would think that this guy was going to kidnap or worse kill her. Instead, we met up with an intelligent off- the-wall character who wants women to be dominant to other men, but they must be submissive to him. He orders her around.

The film is devoid of violence and the intellectual jargon that is spewed about is ridiculous at best.

The Jerk (1979)
The Jerk **1/2, 19 July 2014

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Imagine that Steve Martin, raised by a black family, has to have the family tell him that he is not biologically theirs. Really? How asinine can this become, especially when he has a dog named Stupid who is anything but that.

The film picks up with the entry of Bernadette Peters and how the two go from a rags to riches way of life, only to lose it all.

There are some funny situations with Jackie Mason and a lunatic who pulls Martin's name out of the phone book at random with the intention to kill him.

Some groups who advocate for mentally challenged people may find the film offensive.

A Story of Low-lives who triumph ***1/2, 18 July 2014

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Mickey and Eric Roberts certainly gave career defining performances in this 1984 film. They are cousins, the lowest of low, who resort to a heist after losing their jobs. Roberts is the dim-wit here with that effeminate voice. Mickey is the suave guy who owes money to just about everyone.

Unfortunately, they steal the loot from a big gangster and there is plenty of police corruption shown here.

Geraldine Page received her 7th Oscar nomination here in the role of the very common mother of the cop who died accidentally while the heist was taking place.She was absolutely memorable in her two scenes, turning the tables on corrupt police.

The film shows that even two losers can win out when pushed into adversity.

Enough Said Already ***, 16 July 2014

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Talk about putting your foot in your mouth. Julia discovers that the woman she is giving massages to and has befriended is none other than the former wife of the man she is currently dating. Julia allows her to continue denouncing her first husband, James Gandolfini, without saying a word.

You can just imagine the hurt that James feels when he finds out. Both have discovered many similarities in their respective lives. James has quite a snotty daughter and there is a lot to be said about second marriages,especially when the couple meets with her first husband and his wife.

Gandolfini is effective here since he is so collective, but forceful when he is forced to.

Sea Devils (1953)
Sea Devil Made Him Do it **1/2, 15 July 2014

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This film needed to be somewhat longer and more scenes needed to be with the Napoleon character, as Yvonne De Carlo, a British spy desperately tries to learn military secrets from the French.

Rock Hudson is a smuggler who falls in with DeCarlo and then thinking that she is against England, kidnaps her.

The film could have used much more swashbuckling. There is intrigue and treachery, buy it is under stated tremendously.

Nice to see the carrier pigeon at work delivering messages to the British. The butler is an interesting character in the film, but too bad his character wasn't developed more.

Roots of Heaven ***, 15 July 2014

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Trevor Howard is memorable as an animal activist who is able to tie in other issues in his quest to save the African elephants marked for virtual extinction by African hunters.

When his petition drive meets with scorn from the public, he adopts a more militant approach and a series of shootings in the rear end of hunters meet with outrage.

Howard is helped by a fine supporting cast including an alcoholic Errol Flynn, a selfish but helpful photographer,played by Errol Flynn and follower Paul Lukas.

What the group goes through is memorable.

A Bolt from Out of the Blue ***, 14 July 2014

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The film should have concentrated more on the Mercedes McCambridge character and for what love of Richard Todd forced her to do. Rather, we're focused on the quick romantic situation between Todd and Ruth Roman leading to a quick marriage. Of course, Todd has been acquitted of killing his trollop wife but suspicion of him remains.

Nothing is elaborated regarding the Hickman character, brother to McCambridge and prone to outbursts. Ditto for the usually suave Zachary Scott, a lover of the murdered girl.

Who is that woman loaning out her car? Why not talk more of the Roman character's acting on the New York stage?

Gravity (2013)
On life support**, 13 July 2014

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No wonder I detested science courses in school. Just like this film, they were boring.

Sandra Bullock did an over the top performance as an astronaut caught up in space with colleague George Clooney. Bullock "kvetched" her way to this Oscar nod and I'm glad she didn't win. Her constant moaning, though caught up in a precarious situation, became annoying. Clooney was also annoying with his charm and his stories.

As you would expect, the special effects were quite good but not enough to sustain the film.

After such a harrowing experience,we deserved more than walking away.

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