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Kenneth Branagh is the New Olivier

One Face, Many Roles I caught the last few minutes of Thor the other night on TV and was startled to see that the director of the movie was Kenneth Branagh. I wasn’t startled that he was the director, just … Continue reading

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Maleficent is Magnificent!

Maleficent (2014) It took me a while to get around to watching this one. (We have a pre-owned DVD of it.) As with all things from one’s childhood, it is difficult to replace one memory for another. Disney’s Sleeping Beauty¬†was … Continue reading

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Is This the Real Thing or Just a Fantasy?

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai… (1984) I never saw this one during its initial cinema run. I suspect a lot of other people didn’t, as well. It had a budget of US$14M, but recouped only about half that at the … Continue reading

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80’s, 90’s and 00’s Workout Videos

Maniac (1983) This song was intended as a horror picture soundtrack entry. But it got ‘accidentally’ sent to the music director of the film Flashdance instead. After the lyrics were rewritten, a classic workout video was born. (Jennifer Beals didn’t … Continue reading

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Get Out of Jail, Free Card?

College Admissions Scandal Imagine, if you will, a world in which everyone is treated the same. Now, open your eyes and look around you: that world is not here on planet Earth! This latest distraction from the States is a … Continue reading

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Female Hero in Male Dominated Worlds

Rogue One Do you think it was an accident or coincidental that this movie came out shortly after Donald Trump was elected President? In my world, there are no accidents… Today is International Women’s Day: my youngest grandchild is staying … Continue reading

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HTTYD: The Hidden World’s Villain

Grimmell Animators have a lot of leeway when it comes to creating their characters. Take Grimmell, for instance, in the latest How To Train Your Dragon instalment. He spoke in a somewhat foreign accent, like Spanish (I thought). His character … Continue reading

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