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  • Message in a Bottle

    Message in a Bottle 1999

    ★★★½ Watched 25 May, 2016

    Watched as part of my Paul Newman Filmography project and I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

    If you are going for this sort of thing, then Message in a Bottle is a good one. Very well made romance with two strong lead performances anchoring it. I especially liked Robin Wright Penn, who added such wonderful depth and complexity in her physicality, motivations and her lines. Costner was well cast. Newman had a few scenes but had plenty to play…

  • 42nd Street

    42nd Street 1933

    ★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2016

    Nowhere near as fun as the Broadway iteration - not nearly enough dancing and some of the big songs in the stage show are only heard as background music. 
    But the story plays more earnestly here, and the plot, the one-liners and characters work better than on stage at times as a result.  When they do finally sing and dance, the numbers are wonderfully staged. 

    Not what I expected but still completely works.


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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 Jul, 2014 4

    Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-da
    My kids and I watched and they liked this by far

    Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do
    This movie's still great and is one of those few

    It's a film that's aged well
    after all's said and TOLD
    A film that still works for the young
    and the OLD
    I'm glad that I could share this with my girl and my BOY
    They're smiles and laughs --- that tells me it gave them some joy

    Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-dee
    If you are wise, you'll listen to me

    You will rewatch this as soon as you can
    And I give this a doom-pa, loom-pa
    Big Recommend!

  • Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007

    Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2013 3

    Being a lifelong James Bond movie fan, I have seen and read more than my fair share of Bond "making of" and "behind the scenes" materials. On top of that, I recently researched and reviewed all the Bond films in 2012 for the Now Playing Podcast's James Bond movie retrospective series, so all the information is still fresh in my mind. So the subtitle of "The Untold Story of 007" doesn't apply to me; there is absolutely no new information…