• 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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  • This Week’s Review: “Ryan’s Daughter”

    This Week’s Review: “Ryan’s Daughter”

     The Curmudgeon has rows and rows of DVDs he hasn’t watched in a decade or so, so the quarantine is a good time to catch up with those. It now seems that he has been guilty for five decades of not appreciating a film, David Lean’s “Ryan’s Daughter.” I remember when it was released in …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Color Out of Space”

    This Week’s Review: “Color Out of Space”

    Believe it or not, the Curmudgeon has a new film to review; however, it will not be to everyone’s taste. The film in question, “Color Out of Space,” played a few days before the current pestilence closed all the theaters, but it also went straight to DVD. Some early reviews hinted that the film might …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Maltese Falcon”

    This Week’s Review: “The Maltese Falcon”

    I certainly saw several noir films in the late 1940s and early ’50s, but I was too young to really enjoy the genre and I did not see some of the classics until they began to appear on television. For some strange reason, I never saw “The Maltese Falcon” until the 1970s, and then only …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Barchester Chronicles”

    This Week’s Review: “The Barchester Chronicles”

    As I said in an earlier review, the current medical crisis is good for those with an adequate supply of books and DVDs. I am now re-viewing the BBC’s massive adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s “Palliser” novels. Those who think the sun rises and sets on “Downton Abbey” might want to refresh their memory of this …

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  • This Week’s Review: Books

    This Week’s Review: Books

    In a recent review, I raised the question of how the current medical crisis would affect theaters. I learned this morning, March 17, that AMC and Regal (Edwards) are closing down for the duration. Since Hollywood is holding several potential blockbusters back until the crisis wanes, there was very little to lure customers into the …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Glory”

    This Week’s Review: “Glory”

    The weekend of March 7 had absolutely nothing that could entice a curmudgeon out of his lair, but, as would any respectable curmudgeon, he had plenty of books and DVDs with which to divert himself. It took much of late January and early February to plow through David W. Blight’s massive “Frederick Douglass,” but it …

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