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  • Come Blow Your Horn 1963

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    Yeah, these fifties and sixties type of comedy are right up my alley even if they aren't the all-time favourites everyone remembers.

    This one stars Frank Sinatra, so it would have to go a long way to be a failure to me, and it unsurprisingly does not. It does ask for a humongous amount of suspense of disbelief to agree that Lee J. Cobb is Sinatra's father - as the two are just four years apart - but once you…

  • The Great Diamond Robbery 1954

    ★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    Second Red Skelton film of the week after seeing Ship Ahoy and the two couldn't be more different.
    Skelton was something more of a romantic - even if he is clumsy - lead in that musical and this is a more of an all-out bumbling lead character in a more straightforward comedy. The film - at best moderately entertaining - just doesn't get a lot of laughs and pretty much wastes Skelton's performance. I look forward to seeing him in something a better than this.

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  • Curious George 2006

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    Curious George is, first and foremost, a children's movie and much if not all of your enjoyment depends on if your kids like it, your affinity with the character, the voice actors - Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore star - and the harmless music Jack Johnson provides.
    Well, my youngest was interested mostly and I always had a soft spot for the character. Ferrell and Barrymore did charming work and even though there is not a single joke aimed at parents - which is strangely refreshing - I enjoyed this simple sweet film quite a bit. An easy recommend for the little ones (at heart).

  • The Conversation 1974

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Mar, 2014

    Gene Hackman's pitch perfect performance as surveillance expert Harry Caul in Francis Ford Coppola's fourth seventies masterpiece makes us see a tragic lonely figure unable to find and hold onto the love he so craves, even if we never really get the full lowdown as to where his problems in that department are rooted. It's a quiet and subdued performance, much unlike his Popeye Doyle character in The French Connection, but easily just as impressive.

    Harry's work has once, a…