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Movie Review: The Inspector General (1949)

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Synopsis: Georgi, an illiterate member of a traveling medicine show is fired after, in a fit of honesty, he reveals the medicine they are selling is fake. Alone and hungry, he wanders into a town in search of food only to have the town's dishonest leaders mistake him for Napoleon's inspector general. Desperate to hide their corruption, they treat Georgi like royalty while secretly planning to assassinate him. Who's in it? The movie stars Danny Kaye , Walter Slezak , Barbara Bates , Alan Hale and Elsa Lanchester. Review: I had this movie saved to my streaming library for several weeks before finally getting around to watching it yesterday evening, while my daughter was skating. I honestly had some doubts about it, mostly because I'm not a big fan of musical comedies. However, it turned out to be a great film. I think the thing that really set this film apart from others in this genre is the fantastic cast. Danny Kaye is the star but he gets quite a bit of help from a t

Movie Review: The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

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Synopsis: Attorney Perry Mason puts his vacation plans on hold to help his newly-married ex-girlfriend when the husband she believed was deceased reappears in her life only to be murdered. Mason believes she is innocent but faces uphill odds against a district attorney willing to pull out all the stops to hand him his first defeat and her new husband's family willing to pay for a guilty verdict to minimize the scandal. Who's in it? The movie stars Warren William , Margaret Lindsay , Donald Woods , Claire Dodd and Allen Jenkins . Review: My wife and kids went to a haunted house with my brother-in-law on Friday while I opted to stay home (I won't pay money for PG-13 haunted houses). While waiting for them to get back, I decided to watch a movie and, since I enjoyed my last Perry Mason film, gave this one a try. Overall, I thought it was pretty good. I think the thing I liked best about this movie was the way all the evidence supported the accusations against Mason's

Movie Review: From a Whisper to a Scream (1987)

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Synopsis: After his niece is executed for murder, a local librarian tells a reporter about the evil encompassing the town since its founding after the Civil War through a series of stories. Who's in it? The movie stars Vincent Price , Clu Gulager , Terry Kiser , Martine Beswick and Megan McFarland. Review: I came across this movie a few days ago and, mostly because it had Vincent Price in it, I decided to add it to my library. My wife and I watched it this past weekend and, overall, I thought it was an OK film. To be honest, my expectations weren't very high when we started watching this movie. As I correctly assumed, while Price was the top billed star, his role was limited to providing a somewhat weak filler to the various stories being told. However, despite that, I did think there were things about this movie that really stood out. I think the thing I liked most about this film is the way it managed to have some stories that were genuinely creepy without going overboard

Movie Review: Feeding Grounds (2006)

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Synopsis: Four couples on their way to a cabin take a break in the middle of the desert. When they come across a human ear, they decide to leave so they can alert the authorities but quickly discover it is already too late. Who's in it? The movie stars Alex Ballar , Chic Daniel , Kathryn Ely , Rebecca Gannon , Joy Gray and Kiralee Hayashi . Review: Our internet went out yesterday afternoon and, since we didn't have access to YouTube TV, Netflix, etc. as a result of that, my wife and I wound up looking for a DVD to watch. This one happened to be on the shelf, still in its original plastic wrapping, so we gave it a try. After watching it, I think we would have been better off watching the paint peel. If you are an aspiring filmmaker, I would recommend taking the time to watch this movie so you can learn what NOT to do when it comes to making a horror movie. This film is about as textbook as it gets when it comes to that. First of all, this has to be one of the dullest movies

The Queen of Hell (A Poem)

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  Image by  Clker-Free-Vector-Images  from  Pixabay   She looks like an angel But you had better treat her right. Otherwise, be prepared To run away from her in fright. She has a heart full of kindness But, if you let her emotions run raw, You'll wind up on the floor From her fist to your jaw. She can be easy on your eyes Or use her claws to gouge them out If you don't cherish every moment you have with her She'll make you regret every moment without. She could be the women of your dreams As long as you treat her well. But, be warned, One misstep could have you bowing to the Queen of Hell.

Grumpy Old Man (A Poem)

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  Image by  OpenClipart-Vectors  from  Pixabay I look in the mirror and see a ghost. A grumpy old man where my image should be. His hair is grey, he’s carrying some extra pounds And his eyes no longer sparkle with a feeling of being carefree. He looks a bit familiar, like I’ve seen him some place before. Was it at some sort of function or celebration? From his facial features, it’s possible He might even be some sort of distant relation. He looks so sad and grumpy. His face is so grim. It makes me wonder What the world has done to him. As I study this mirror apparition, I ask myself “how could he let himself go like that?” I try to be respectful, But he’s just so sad to look at. I guess I shouldn’t be so quick to judge him, Like I am some sort of referee. After all, I’m sure there are plenty of things On which he and I would agree. So what if he can’t keep his eyes open in his chair? It’s not like there’s anything wrong with an afternoon nap. Plus, he’s not wrong, Today’s music really

Book Review: The Case of the Hesitant Hostess by Erle Stanley Gardner (1953)

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Synopsis: Attorney Perry Mason believes his court-assigned client, Albert Brogan, is being framed for armed robbery. However, the two victims in the crime, Rodney Archer and Martha Lavina, insist Brogan was the man and the one witness who could refute their testimony, nightclub hostess Inez Kaylor, fled the courtroom and cannot be found. To make matters worse, prosecutors hope to use the armed robbery conviction to pin a murder charge on Brogan as well. Mason has just one weekend to figure out why Archer and Lavina are lying. Review: I took a break from reading Perry Mason books after not enjoyng the last couple as much as I had hoped. However, I couldn't figure out what to get the last time I was at the library and wound up checking out this book as a result. While I'm still not as big of a fan of Perry Mason as I am of other literary detectives, this book did wind up being better than I expeced it to be.  I think the thing I liked the most about this book was the way it st