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Happy 200th, Frankenstein

On a dark and stormy night 200 years ago, Mary Shelley created Frankenstein. Traveling through Europe, visiting among other places Frankenstein Castle near Darmstadt, Germany, together with her future husband Percy, Lord Byron and the writer John Polidori, Shelley came up with the idea of a scientist who finds a way to reanimate a corpse. … Continue reading Happy 200th, Frankenstein

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN EVERYTHING.  Woody Allen’s parody of David Reuben’s popular 1960s sex manual is divided into seven vignettes with wildly different themes, featuring among other things Allen as a court jester trying to open a chastity belt, a doctor (Gene Wilder) falling in love with Daisy the sheep, a game … Continue reading Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Bonnie and Clyde: Love on the Lam

THEY’RE YOUNG… THEY’RE IN LOVE… AND THEY KILL PEOPLE.   The term most commonly used to describe Bonnie and Clyde (1967) is probably “landmark film”. It may seem a little odd to begin this review by focusing on the movie’s effect on film criticism, but it’s one interesting part of a crucial whole. When it opened, Arthur … Continue reading Bonnie and Clyde: Love on the Lam

The Producers: Springtime for Mel Brooks

HOLLYWOOD NEVER FACED A ZANIER ZERO HOUR! I had not seen this movie, Mel Brooks’s first, for a very long time and was somewhat surprised to discover just how funny it is – and original. Who else would come up with a story as clever and insane as this? Perhaps Brooks found inspiration in his … Continue reading The Producers: Springtime for Mel Brooks

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

YOUR GOLDEN TICKET TO IMAGINATION AND ADVENTURE! Dirt-poor Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) becomes one of five children to win exclusive tickets to a mysterious chocolate factory run by the seclusive Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder). The first filmization of the wonderful Roald Dahl book is an entertaining but uneven experience that has become a holiday favorite. … Continue reading Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Blazing Saddles: Farting By the Campfire

NEVER GIVE A SAGA AN EVEN BREAK. Most people would say that 1974 was Francis Ford Coppola’s year, as the director delivered not one but two classic films, The Godfather, Part II and The Conversation. However, I would also say that anyone who is too serious-minded to forget about Mel Brooks is truly missing something. This was the … Continue reading Blazing Saddles: Farting By the Campfire

Young Frankenstein: No Escaping Destiny

Mel Brooks and the cast and crew allegedly had so much fun making this classic comedy that the director decided to add a few sequences just to keep the production going a bit longer. Watching the final results, I can understand why. This is one of the funniest movies ever made and it is also … Continue reading Young Frankenstein: No Escaping Destiny