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« #495 : November 10, 2015, 09:06:25 AM »

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Musically sucks. As a horror story it has some points but in the end it sucks too. 4/10


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« #496 : November 11, 2015, 09:13:59 PM »

After the Thin Man (1936) This could have been tolerable at 60' but at 100' is boring as hell. 5/10


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« #497 : November 13, 2015, 12:09:33 PM »

Second Chorus (1940) Not the best Astaire movie, with Burgess Meredith plainly miscast, but then you have also Artie Shaw and the music numbers are still good. 7/10


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« #498 : November 13, 2015, 12:52:36 PM »

After the Thin Man (1936) This could have been tolerable at 60' but at 100' is boring as hell. 5/10

If hell turns out to be a 5/10,  my afterlife won't be near as bad as I thought

I've envisioned hell as a constant loop of Patrick Wayne and Earl Holliman clips. And a sex scene with Jane Darwell.


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« #499 : November 13, 2015, 06:18:40 PM »

If hell turns out to be a 5/10,  my afterlife won't be near as bad as I thought

I've envisioned hell as a constant loop of Patrick Wayne and Earl Holliman clips. And a sex scene with Jane Darwell.

The problem is you believe in afterlife.


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« #500 : November 15, 2015, 03:19:10 PM »

Another Thin Man (1939) Much better than the previous one, with a very good scene in the night club. 7/10


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« #501 : November 16, 2015, 12:46:14 PM »

Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) Not as good as number 3 but better than number 2. 6/10


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« #502 : November 17, 2015, 01:15:44 AM »

The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) As good as the previous one. 6/10


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« #503 : November 17, 2015, 03:37:03 AM »

Song of the Thin Man (1947) Another 6/10. This one has some interesting features: a young Keenan Wynn (he looks  like a young Eli Wallach) ; a Gloria Grahame in blonde (though to me it makes little difference, as I don't particularly like her as CJ does); and a lot of jive.


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« #504 : November 18, 2015, 10:41:48 AM »

What Price Hollywood? (1932)  Good pre-code melodrama worth a watching. The scenes featuring Lowell Sherman are first grade and the movie looks quite modern for the time, actually more than some current hollywood stuff. 7/10


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« #505 : November 19, 2015, 11:53:19 AM »

Sylvia Scarlett (1935) A festival of gay overtext by a gay director which, though totally incredible and uneven it is well played, as usual by Grant and Dennie Moore  ( Hepburn is not surprisingly more feminine in male drag).   Edmund Gwenn is incredibly a Harvey Keitel clone. 7/10


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« #506 : November 24, 2015, 06:11:20 AM »

Don't Look Now (1974) Clelia Matania as a Scotch woman?  Ahah, I had missed that the first time. Still this movie fared better than the first time, but it is still too long, the short story is more well balanced. 7/10


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« #507 : November 27, 2015, 04:56:45 PM »

The Karloff "Mr. Wong" Series. The fact that it was discontinued after just 6 episodes (but only 5 with K.) tells it all. The problem is that the main character has none of those peculiar traits or habits that endear a  character to the viewer. Wong is just Karloff disguised as a Chinese, that's all. The production values are scarce, the stories overlong. Most memorable line:"My name is Wong. James Lee Wong": 6/10


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« #508 : November 29, 2015, 03:39:07 PM »

The Caddy (1953) Watching this movie one realizes why many critics thought Lewis the heart and mind of the duo and Martin just a singing, good-looking straight man. But watching the best number of the film (which is not That's amore but What Wouldcha Do Without Me?) one understands  why this couple was the best comic duo of the 50's. The problem is that the movies (with the possible exception of Artists and Models), were geared on Lewis, relegating Martin to a secondary part. But that it is not what happened in the  live and TV shows, where the couple was such. As in many other movies the plot leaves little to Martin (mainly mediocre songs with the ecptions noted above) and Lewis does all the rest, which is not much and not so funny. 6/10 


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« #509 : November 29, 2015, 03:53:56 PM »

Finian's Rainbow (1968) The only things to be saved are Astaire (great in everything he does, as usual) and some of the songs but not as they are performed: just compare Old Devil Moon as sung by Sinatra and how it is performed here by Petula Clark (who strains oddly to ape the melodramatic Broadway singing instead to stick to her dryer habitual style) and Don Francks. Or just some other song as sung by Maxine Sullivan and how is performed here. Tommy Steele was much better elsewhere, here is overacting. And anyway the movie is overlong. 6/10 


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