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This Sporting Life

West Yorkshire coal miner Frank Machin (Richard Harris) is recruited by the manager of a rugby team; at the same time, he’s trying to impress his widowed landlady (Rachel Roberts)… Lindsay Anderson’s feature film debut was based on the experiences of an actual rugby player and has become a now-classic examination of a young man … Continue reading This Sporting Life

The Heroes of Telemark

COME FROZEN HELL OR HIGH ADVENTURE… THEIR MISSION: STOP THE NAZIS FROM DEVELOPING THE ATOM BOMB! In Nazi-occupied Norway, resistance fighter Knut Straud (Richard Harris) enlists the help of a physicist (Kirk Douglas) who will be useful in the attempt to destroy a heavy water production plant. The true story of how the German nuclear … Continue reading The Heroes of Telemark

Gladiator: Best Kind of War Porn

WHAT WE DO IN LIFE ECHOES IN ETERNITY. Gladiator is one of those films that opened as early as May, without all that much fanfare, and then kept building until the Oscars many months later where it went on to win the Best Picture award. That is a rare thing these days among Oscar winners, which … Continue reading Gladiator: Best Kind of War Porn

Guns of Navarone: Mission Impossible

AN IMPREGNABLE FORTRESS… AN INVINCIBLE ARMY… AND THE UNSTOPPABLE COMMANDO TEAM. I loved this movie when I was a kid. I had good taste. Some of the cherished childhood memories one chooses to revisit turn out to be a disappointment, but not this film. It was part of a contemporary trend of expensive, colorful war … Continue reading Guns of Navarone: Mission Impossible

The Wild Geese

THE DOGS OF WAR. THE BEST DAMNED MERCENARIES IN THE BUSINESS! A group of retired mercenaries led by Major Faulkner (Richard Burton) are hired to liberate an African opposition leader who could bring freedom to his people. An action movie with few surprises; how many flicks are there where soldiers are betrayed by their government … Continue reading The Wild Geese

The Count of Monte Cristo

PREPARE FOR ADVENTURE. COUNT ON REVENGE.  Some time in the early 19th century, French adventurer Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) is wrongly imprisoned after being betrayed by a “friend”; a decade later, he comes looking for revenge. This conventional movie version of the Alexandre Dumas classic was made by a director who doesn’t deserve his bad … Continue reading The Count of Monte Cristo

Smilla’s Sense of Snow

SNOW COVERS EVERYTHING… EXCEPT THE TRUTH. Smilla Jaspersen (Julia Ormond) looks into the death of a six-year-old boy in Copenhagen and finds connections with a powerful company and her own Greenlandic background. Director Bille August enjoys making movies out of literary epics, but this one turns out to be too much of a challenge. There … Continue reading Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Harry Potter: The Education of a Wizard

LET THE MAGIC BEGIN. I don’t know what idiot decided that American readers would be too stupid to understand J.K. Rowling’s original title for her hugely popular novel “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Anyone with the slightest interest in alchemy knows what a philosopher’s stone is, but what the heck is a sorcerer’s stone? … Continue reading Harry Potter: The Education of a Wizard

Unforgiven: A Case of Damaged Property

Imagine that it’s 1993 again. Looking back just 10 years earlier, who would have thought that Clint Eastwood, the tough guy who had made a few pretty good westerns but also those movies where he would horse around with a pet orangutan named Clyde, would get up at the Academy Awards and say thank you … Continue reading Unforgiven: A Case of Damaged Property

Patriot Games

NOT FOR HONOR. NOT FOR COUNTRY. FOR HIS WIFE AND CHILD. After averting an IRA attack on members of the royal family in London, and killing one of the terrorist’s brothers, CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) becomes a marked man. The Ryan character, first introduced in The Hunt for Red October (1990), gets his own movie and a new star to … Continue reading Patriot Games

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

SOMETHING EVIL HAS RETURNED TO HOGWARTS! Summer holidays are over and it’s time to go back to Hogwarts where the apprentice wizards find out that the Chamber of Secrets threatens to destroy the school. This dark sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came a year later and the two movies are pretty similar. Boastful professor Gilderoy … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets