Movies

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Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Two boys seek adventure and excitement; escape from their monotonous midwest home town.  Lo and behold, the carnival is coming to town.  Not just any carnival....Dark's Pandemonium Carnival.  Mr.

Win Win (2011)

A slightly schlumpy elder law attorney on the verge of bankruptcy and a sullen teen runaway end up in an unusual blended family in this funny and touching comedy. Paul Giamatti stars as the lawyer who makes a bad professional mistake but has a chance to redeem himself in the end.

The Uninvited (1944)

You may notice by my reviews this month that I'm partial to Haunted House stories.  This is a wonderful Haunted House film.  Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey play a brother and sister who, while on vacation, discover a grand house for sale at a ridiculously low price.  They make an offer and it is immediately accepted, much to the dismay of the owner's granddaughter.  But...all is not well in this house....why does the one room upstairs feel so damp and filthy??  Why does their dog Bobbie run away?  Can they cleanse this house of it's evil past?

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

It's October...and my thoughts turn to Halloween.  I'll be reviewing several classic horror movies this month and here is the first.  The "House on Haunted Hill" is one of my classic favorites!  Vincent Price and his wife host a party where each guest, who agrees to stay the night in a haunted house, will earn $100,000.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Barbara Stanwyck plays Elizabeth Lane, a journalist who writes a column for a woman's magazine all about her perfect life on a farm in Connecticut with her husband and baby. She even throws in a recipe or two.  So impressed is the publisher of her magazine that he asks her to entertain a war hero for Christmas. Too bad she's really a single New Yorker who doesn't know how to cook. To keep her job she enlists the aid of several friends to make her pretend life a reality.

The Apartment (1960)

In this precursor to Mad Men, C. C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) lets the executives at his insurance company borrow his apartment for trysts with their mistresses.  It pays off nicely with promotions until the reality of a discarded mistress left at his apartment causes C.C. to rethink his arrangement.

Stagecoach (1939)

Any fan of Western movies knows that "Stagecoach" is a must watch.  One of the first movies to introduce the adult Western, a complex story with complex characters and beautifully shot by director John Ford.   Each character has his/her own story to tell, intertwined with concepts of class differences and prejudice.  Be sure not to miss the commentary by Scott Eyman.  The special features offer a lot of insight to the Ford/Wayne relationship.

Foyle's War (2002-2010)

I recently discovered this British period drama cum mystery series and can't praise it too highly. Start with the first episode ("The German Woman") and meet Detective Chief Inspector Foyle (Michael Kitchen) as a modest yet razor sharp British policeman trying to do his crime-fighting job on the homefront during World War II. The series begins in May 1940 and ends 22 episodes later in August 1945 and incorporates many actual historical events.

Rooster Cogburn (1975)

Sometimes Hollywood strikes gold without meaning to.  If "True Grit" and "The African Queen" married and had a baby, this film would be it.  Rooster Cogburn, the one-eyed marshall from "True Grit" is back and protecting the prim minister's daughter, Eula Goodnight (played by Katherine Hepburn).  The Studio, no doubt, thought only about pairing two money-making stars.  What the audience got was a great adventure story with award-winning performances!  Don't miss Strother Martin as McCoy..."Seen Everythin', Done Everythin'...That's how come I know people are SO mise

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

Whether you're with Charlie Brown, trick or treating ("I got a rock") or Linus in the Pumpkin Patch ("Just wait till next year!") or the WWI flying ace making his way across the French countryside...this is the Halloween Special the defines all Halloween Specials!!!

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