• This Week’s Review: The Bible

    This Week’s Review: The Bible

    The Curmudgeon has mentioned several of Hollywood’s versions of the Bible during the current plague, but he never got around to the 1966 epic modestly named “The Bible.” (Advertisements include the phrase, “in the beginning,” but that is not part of the official title.) The original idea seems to have been one of filming a …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Agony and the Ecstasy”

    This Week’s Review: “The Agony and the Ecstasy”

    The Curmudgeon is becoming apprehensive about his dwindling supply of DVDs to review; however, he will soon have stacks of student essays and tests that can serve as targets for his slings and arrows. The latest excursion into the realms of nostalgia was “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” the adaptation of portions of Irving Stone’s …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Gandhi”

    This Week’s Review: “Gandhi”

    The death of Congressman John Lewis reminded the Curmudgeon that it had been far too many years since he last watched Sir Richard Attenborough’s 1982 epic, “Gandhi.” The film has lost none of its punch in the last 38 years and richly deserved its Oscars. This time around I could not help noticing the similarities …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Godfather”

    This Week’s Review: “The Godfather”

    The Curmudgeon has always been aware that there are people in both Oklahoma and Texas who are anxious for news that he sleeps with the fishes. So far, he has managed to frustrate such vindictiveness. In other words, he has been watching his DVDs of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy. The first two films were …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Back to the Future”

    This Week’s Review: “Back to the Future”

    The Curmudgeon first encountered H. G. Wells’s “War of the Worlds” and “The Time Machine” in 1953 and has never been the same since. He was already intrigued about the possibility of time travel because of an almost-forgotten comic strip from the 1940s and early ’50s called “Brick Bradford.” Even though it is probably beyond …

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  • 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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