Category Archives: Movies

“Barbarian”

“Things are always better in the morning” is a quote from Pulitzer Prize winning author, Harper Lee’s iconic, 1960 novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird.”  In many instances, applied to numerous situations, the quote may be applicable, but not for Tess, … Continue reading

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“Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway” (1976)

On occasion, I’ll hear, read, or see something about a book, film, television movie or show, that was released long before I was born, and one, that up until the moment I learn about it, I was unaware of. “Dawn: … Continue reading

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“Halloween Ends – A Not So Fitting Ending”

Warning: Several spoilers. John Carpenter’s “Halloween” premiered on October 25, 1978, in Kansas City, Missouri. From that moment forward, the film went on to  become a marvel of the horror genre. The characters of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, and Dr. Loomis, brought … Continue reading

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“Dracula” (1974)

The television movie “Dracula” begins with a shot of a mist filled lake, in the evening. In conjunction, a large number of Alsatians are barking, as they race toward a mountaintop castle. Thereafter, as discordant music plays, the hulking presence … Continue reading

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“Frenzy – Hitchcock’s Penultimate Film”

At the start of the film, “Frenzy,” a crowd has gathered. They are listening to Sir George (John Boxer), a politician, who is talking about how the pollution in the River Thames, is going to be cleaned up. The speech … Continue reading

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“Smile – Once You See It, It’s Too Late”

When I was in graduate school, earning my master’s degree in secondary education, I had a professor, a former lawyer, who was fond of something referred to as ‘but for causation.’ It is a simple test, which asks the following … Continue reading

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“Mary Reilly Offers an Interesting Take on a Classic Story”

Many of you who are reading this are probably familiar with the basic essence of the characters, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll, the respected doctor and scientist, represents the educated and genteel side of humanity. Conversely, Hyde is a … Continue reading

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“Prince of Darkness” (1987)

During the opening minutes of the film, “Prince of Darkness,” an elderly priest dies in his sleep. He is found on his death bed holding a silver box, inside of which is a key. In addition, the priest’s private journal … Continue reading

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“All the Kind Strangers” (1974)

The television movie, “All the Kind Strangers,” begins with a man riding in a two door, Chevrolet Caprice convertible, as mawkish music plays. The man is photojournalist, Jimmy Wheeler, portrayed by Golden Globe winner Stacy Keach (Hemingway).  He’s been traveling … Continue reading

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“Apt Pupil”

The film “Apt Pupil” takes place in 1984, in southern California. Students sitting in their sociology class are informed by their teacher (Mickey Cottrell), that their week long study of the Holocaust has finished. If the students are interested, however, … Continue reading

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