Mel Blanc: the man of a thousand voices

I found and watched a documentary about Mel Blanc today, entitled "Mel Blanc, Man of a Thousand Voices", and I wanted to share it with you as well. This one man has given me and countless other people so much joy over the years, that I can't thank him enough. He's gone, but knowing the [...]

The story of Fry & Laurie

The BBC put together a Fry & Laurie reunion show in which I got to see them together after many years. I was glad to learn more about their start in showbiz and about how they met, which was the biggest surprise of all. I had no idea Emma Thompson went to school with them, [...]

I like "The Saint"

It got panned by the critics. Val Kilmer's acting was indulgent at times. It was somewhat cliché. What was up with those knee-high socks that Elizabeth Shue's character wore throughout the movie? Those are some of the things that come to mind when I think of "The Saint" (1997). But it struck a chord with [...]

George Bush is a dead ringer for Guinn Williams

I was watching Rafter Romance a few months ago, when I saw Fritzie, the cab driver with a supporting role in the movie, and my mouth dropped. There, on the screen, in front of my eyes, was GW, in 1933! It was almost the same man -- the resemblance was uncanny. There it was: an incredibly [...]

Three classic movie duds

If you follow along with my classic movie reviews, you may think I have only good things to say about them. Truth is, I don't usually choose to write up movies I don't like. But I've recently seen three classic movies that were so bad I needed to point them out. I'll look at each [...]

Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

One of the many wonderful comedies made during the Great Depression, Theodora Goes Wild explores a young woman's quest for freedom in a society where tight constraints are the norm. The film's humorous and entertaining look at some of the hang-ups of the period is a very fun way to spend about 90 minutes. Interestingly [...]

The Insider (1999)

The Insider (1999), is a thrilling, suspense-filled movie depicting the events that surrounded the 60 Minutes Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, a former tobacco executive. He was the first to give public testimony that the addictive properties of nicotine were well known, and manipulated, inside tobacco companies. I saw it last night, and it was [...]

Michael J. Fox campaigns for stem cell research

Michael J. Fox appeared in some TV ads recently, to support stem cell research for Parkinson's disease. The ads showed him moving uncontrollably, due to Parkinson's. They were candid, and truthful. I've always liked Michael as an actor, and I thought he's been a real gentleman throughout his ordeal with Parkinson's. I agree with him, [...]

Easter Parade (1948)

"Easter Parade" is a veritable showcase of talent: Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Irving Berlin, Ann Miller... need I say more? There are many memorable scenes in this movie. One such scene is at the opening of the movie, where we see Fred, who plays Don Hewes, a famous dancer of his time, strolling through the [...]