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"A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY" (1989) Review

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"A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY" (1989) Review

I have a confession to make. I am not a big fan of Agatha Christie novels written after 1960. In fact, I can only think of one . . . perhaps two of them that I consider big favorites of mine. One of those favorites happened to be her 1964 novel, "A Caribbean Mystery". Read more...Collapse )




"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (1975): EPISODES THIRTEEN TO SIXTEEN

The fourth novel in Winston Graham's "POLDARK" literary series, "Warleggan: A Novel of Cornwall, 1792-1793" (1953) proved to be a big game changer in the saga. The novel featured the death of a major character, which in turn, led to some surprising schisms within the family of the saga's protagonist, Revolutionary War veteran and Cornish landowner Ross Poldark. More importantly, "Warleggan" also featured a major controversy that proved to be quite a challenge for the BBC's adaptation of the novel. Read more...Collapse )

"CONDUCT UNBECOMING" (1975) Photo Gallery

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Below are images from "CONDUCT UNBECOMING", the 1975 adaptation of Barry England's 1969 stage play. Directed by Michael Anderson, the movie starred Michael York, Stacy Keach, Richard Attenborough and Christopher Plummer: Read more...Collapse )

"THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS" (2017) Review




"THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS" (2017) Review

When I first learned that Universal Pictures planned to release an eighth film for its FAST AND FURIOUS franchise, a collective groan swelled within me. I was not in the mood for this franchise to continue. Hell, I was not in the mood for a seventh film, two years ago. And to be perfectly frank, I was not that impressed by that seventh film, "FURIOUS 7". In fact, I was willing to delay my viewing of this latest film, until it was released on DVD. However, a family member was determined to see "THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS" in the theaters. And . . . you can assume the rest. Read more...Collapse )



"COMIC BOOK MOVIES: CRITICAL HYPOCRISY"

It just occurred to me that none of Marvel’s Captain America films ended on a happy note. Yet, they have never been criticized for possessing too much angst or being depressing. On the other hand, D.C. Comics films like 2016's "BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE" have been accused of being dominated by these traits. And I have never understood this contrasting attitude toward the two comic book movie franchises. Read more...Collapse )

"THE BUCCANEERS" (1995) Photo Gallery

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Below are images from "THE BUCCANEERS", the 1995 television adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1938 novel. Adapted by Maggie Wadey and directed by Philip Saville, the five-part miniseries starred Carla Gugino, Alison Elliott, Rya Kihlstedt, Mira Sorvino and Cherie Lunghi: Read more...Collapse )

"EMMA" (2009) Review

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"EMMA" (2009) Review

After a great deal of delay, I finally sat down to watch "EMMA", the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel. First seen on the BBC during the fall of 2009, this four-part miniseries had been adapted by Sandy Welch and directed by Jim O’Hanlon. Read more...Collapse )


Below are images from Season One of the USA Network series, "BURN NOTICE". Created by Matt Nix, the series starred Jeffrey Donovan: Read more...Collapse )

"WONDER WOMAN" (2017) Photo Gallery

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Below are images from "WONDER WOMAN", the latest entry in the D.C. Comics Extended Universe (DCEU) series and sequel to "BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE". Directed by Patty Jenkins, the movie stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince: Read more...Collapse )

"DATE NIGHT" (2010) Review




"DATE NIGHT" (2010) Review

After watching the 2010 comedy, "DATE NIGHT", I found myself amazed that its two stars – Steve Carell and Tina Fey – had never worked together. At least not before this movie. Both managed to become stars within the last five years. Both possessed a wry, yet off-the-world sense of humor that made their respective television series successful. So, why did it take them so long to work together? Read more...Collapse )

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