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  • Tom Jones

    Tom Jones

    ★★★★½

    Such a hoot. I’ve been reading the original Fielding novel (which is long and full of very labyrinthine asides) so I decided to take a break and watch the Tony Richardson film. 

    As per usual, Dame Edith Evans steals whatever scene she’s in. Her shooing away a flock of chickens and then telling the highwayman where to go...I love her. Plus, her daughter from The Importance of Being Earnest, Joan Greenwood, pops up as Lady Bellaston complete with that plummy, plummy voice. 

    Oh, and Albert Finney is quite fine as the title character. Haha.

  • To Walk Invisible

    To Walk Invisible

    ★★★★½

    Finally caught up with this on PBS’s streaming service. The three actresses who play Charlotte, Emily, and Anne will have excellent acting careers. They so completely become three intelligent women trapped in a Yorkshire parsonage with an aging father and absolute trash fire of a brother. The accent work is superb. Not only did the movie capture how these three women wrote some of the most seminal works of Victorian literature but also the nature of family life with an…

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  • The Court Jester

    The Court Jester

    ★★★★

    My parents taped this off cable when I was a child and we watched it over and over simply to hear Danny Kaye completely talk himself into then out of the correct rhyme to remember the right cup to drink (They broke the flagon with the dragon!). And there was singing and dancing. And I'm pretty sure my brothers had the hots for Angela Lansbury and Glynnis Johns (who were probably around 19 or 20 when the movie was shot).

    And Basil Rathbone skulks about.

    Now that I'm a grownup I have it on DVD and can watch as much as I like!

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    I picked this up in the BN Criterion sale today and almost immediately went home and watched it. I haven't seen Dr. Strangelove since perhaps high school so was long overdue for a re-watch.

    Clearly, the most memorable part of the movie is Peter Sellers's Dr. Strangelove, with his right hand still loyal to the Fuhrer, followed by his performances as RAF G/C Mandrake and US President Muffley. But George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden both turn in stellar performances…