• This Week’s Review: “Charade”

    This Week’s Review: “Charade”

    Veteran perusers of these weekly rants have probably noticed that the Curmudgeon rarely says anything about musicals. One reason is that he doesn’t want to be mobbed by a group of music teachers armed with pitchforks and torches; the other is that his childhood was scarred permanently by having to suffer through musicals his parents …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Young Frankenstein”

    This Week’s Review: “Young Frankenstein”

    Even the staunchest of curmudgeons has to exercise his laugh muscles once or twice a year lest they atrophy. When that rare event happens, the first recourse will probably be a Mel Brooks classic. Not everything Brooks has done is classic, but when he is good, he is brilliant. The best of Brooks’s parodies has …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Centennial”

    This Week’s Review: “Centennial”

    “Extended vacations” are a good time to catch up on classic miniseries, a television genre that never quite goes away. Some are worth reviving and some are better left alone to wither and perish. At one time, a miniseries could be defined as anything with Richard Chamberlain in it, but that is not a steadfast …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Witness”

    This Week’s Review: “Witness”

    The Curmudgeon has always liked that expression, “May you be doomed to live in interesting times.” We are living through some very exceptional times, and gloom and doom do pervade the atmosphere. Watching the various demonstrations and memorial services for the late George Floyd has been as cathartic as anything in the Curmudgeon’s recent memories. …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Siege”

    This Week’s Review: “The Siege”

    The Curmudgeon had planned to natter about some overlooked or forgotten westerns, but the shattering events in Minneapolis and other cities have turned him in a different direction. Hollywood has rarely given us serious films in depth about racism and violence in the streets, but one stands out: “The Siege,” with Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Moses the Lawgiver”

    This Week’s Review: “Moses the Lawgiver”

    A few weeks ago, I reviewed some biblical epics; my sacrificial lamb for today was less than an epic when it appeared in the 1974. A harshly cut DVD has been available, but until recently a complete version was hard to find; we do know that curmudgeons do tend to be annoyingly persistent when they …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Without Remorse”

    This Week’s Review: “Without Remorse”

    A year or so ago, the Curmudgeon needed some lighter-than-usual reading and decided to reread the Tom Clancy volumes. I say “light” even though most of the books are so thick they can break your wrists if you hold them too long; the books move quickly. By coincidence, I was about to start “Without Remorse,” …

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  • This Week’s Review: Star Wars: “The Rise of Skywalker”

    This Week’s Review: Star Wars: “The Rise of Skywalker”

    As you know, the Curmudgeon has been delving deeply into his stash of DVDs; for the weekend of May 2, he was about to re-view some of the sets of Great Lectures produced by The Teaching Company, but Amazon intervened in the nick of time and delivered the DVD version of “Star Wars: The Rise …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Jesus of Nazareth”

    This Week’s Review: “Jesus of Nazareth”

    To paraphrase the Book of Ecclesiastes, “Of the making of biblical epics, there is no end.” Some curmudgeons would go so far as to describe “biblical epic” as a supreme oxymoron, but such films have had, and continue to have, an impact on the way we visualize parts of the Bible. Last week, I nattered about …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Quo Vadis”

    This Week’s Review: “Quo Vadis”

    The Curmudgeon is still prowling through his older DVDs; for the Easter weekend, he indulged in two epics, “Quo Vadis” and “Jesus of Nazareth.” Both hold up despite their years. My memory is that “Quo Vadis” reached the hinterlands of Oklahoma in late 1951. I had been chomping at the bit for months and it …

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