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The Obsessive Moviewatcher’s Home Theatre: THE GREAT DICTATOR

A TALES OF TRUE TERROR! Special

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  Tales of True Terror! III. THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940, United Artists, dir. Charlie Chaplin) DER FOOIE: Democrazie, schtunk! (Translator: Democracy is… fragrant.) DER FOOIE: Libertie, schtunk! (Translator: Liberty is odious.) DER FOOIE: Frae sprachen, schtunk! (Translator: Free speech is objectionable.) Unpublished extract from “My Autobiography” (1964) by Charles Spencer Chaplin… After the set-backs and […]

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The Obsessive Moviewatcher’s Home Theatre: MATEWAN

A LABOR DAY Special

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  LABOR DAY MATEWAN (1987, Cinecom Pictures, dir. John Sayles) “Now, they got you fightin’ white against colored, native against foreign, hollow against hollow, when you know there ain’t but two sides to this world: them that work, and them that don’t. You work, they don’t. That’s all you got to know about the enemy.” […]

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The Obsessive Moviewatcher’s Home Theatre: WILD STRAWBERRIES

A SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS Special

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  Spiritual Sundays WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957, Sweden, dir. Ingmar Bergman) “The punishment is loneliness.” “If I have been feeling worried or sad during the day, I have a habit of recalling scenes from childhood to calm me. So it was this evening.” (*NOTE: The Swedish summer lasts only 6 weeks through July and August and, […]

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Film Review: The Trip to Italy

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon continue to serve up a delicious main course...

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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon were hilarious in their film, The Trip (2010).  Both play fictional versions of themselves and the banter between them is priceless.  In The Trip, Coogan is asked by The Observer newspaper to travel around Great Britain writing about his experience eating meals at some picturesque locations.  Seeing it as a chance […]

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Film Review: AS ABOVE/SO BELOW

The Catacombs of Paris have more life in them than this horror film

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John Erick Dowdle, the director behind Quarantine and Devil now brings us a new horror film, called As Above/So Below.  Perdita Weeks is Scarlett.  She is a very young college professor with multiple Ph.D.’s, the ability to speak 4 spoken languages and 2 dead languages fluently. Traveling deep into Iran, without getting caught, she discovers an […]

Dakota Fanning and Kevin Kline in the true life scandal film, THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD.

Film Review: THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD

Kevin Kline and Susan Sarandon Shine in Flynn Scandal Tale

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  There aren’t enough Rs in “Errol Flynn” to convey just how R-rated (the American film rating for “restricted”) the actor’s life truly was. It’s said that Flynn, one of the most iconic Hollywood swashbucklers to ever live (his most famous work, 1938′s The Adventures of Robin Hood remains widely regarded as the best film […]

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Film Review: FRANK

I Love You All.

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Let’s be frank, let’s talk straight… Sometimes things don’t go the way we want them to. In fact, most of the time, things don’t go the way we think they should. For the creative, the visionary, the artist, the desire to explore new and unclaimed territory is fundamentally irresistible. Even if it’s just in some […]

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Film Review: THE NOVEMBER MAN

Brosnan Returns to Espionage in August for NOVEMBER

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  There are only two months separating August and November, yet they couldn’t be more different. August is a final bastion of heat, transitional as Summer break ends and school begins. November, by contrast, is chilled Fall giving way to winter weathers, a month set well in its routines.   For movies, November is also […]

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The Obsessive Moviewatcher’s Home Theatre: TRIUMPH OF THE WILL

A TALES OF TRUE TERROR! Special

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Tales of True Terror! II. TRIUMPH OF THE WILL (1935, Reichsparteitagl-Film, dir. Leni Riefenstahl) “On September 5th, 1934/20 years after the outbreak of the World War/16 years after the beginning of German suffering/19 months after the beginning of the German rebirth/Adolf Hitler flew again to Nuremberg to review the columns of his faithful followers.” From […]

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The Obsessive Moviewatcher’s Home Theatre: ORDET

A SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS Special

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  SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS II. ORDET (1955, Denmark, dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer) “…it will cost you but one word.” ::SPOILERS ABOUND! *And it is here that I should perhaps note that this short article will be dealing, in its near-entirety, with the most SPOILER!-moment worthy of this film, and perhaps any film. If this thought disturbs […]