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  • The Ladykillers

    The Ladykillers

    ★★½

    Preacher - "I smite, you smite, he smites, we done smote!"

    Having just re-watched the 1955 original, I decided to re-watch the 2004 remake. While not a terrible movie, it never rises to the quality level one might expect from its makers or its pedigree.

    The Coen Brothers would seem to be ideal choices for this kind of material, and this has the stink of their style all over it, but it's not a good stink. It has some fantastic…

  • The Ladykillers

    The Ladykillers

    ★★★★

    One of the darkest “black comedies “ you’re likely to ever see. Alec Guinness gives one of the goofiest and more enjoyable performances of his career as the leader of this odd gang of Ne'er-do-wells who set out to rob an armored van, using a nice old lady as their unwitting accomplice. 
    His gang includes a young Peter Sellers and a scowling Herbert Lom along with some fine performances from a cast of British character actors. 
    One of my favorites…

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  • Anatomy of a Murder

    Anatomy of a Murder

    ★★★★★

    Paul Biegler: As a lawyer, I've had to learn that people aren't just good or just bad. People are many things.

    Brilliant courtroom drama. Jimmy Stewart is positively Matlockian in his easy-going performance as the defense attorney and he is surrounded by a wonderful supporting cast including George C. Scott, Ben Gazzara and Lee Remick. 

    I’ve heard legal eagles I know talking about how realistic the courtroom proceedings in this movie are, and I think there’s a definite sense that…

  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

    ★★★

    There’s something so sweet, kind and very silly about Spongebob Squarepants that I always enjoyed watching with my now fully grown children. 
    And now I’m watching the movies without  my kids and I still enjoy the utter silliness of them and the immense joy they are absolutely rife with. 
    There’s nothing to review here, it’s a Spongebob movie in every way. I would just like to thank the late Stephen Hillenburg for creating such a joyful thing in this world that I was able to share so completely with my children. 😃❤️