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A Movie Review by David Vineyard: YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON. (2013)

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Apr 222014
 

Reviewed by DAVID VINEYARD:          YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON. China Film Co-production / Huayi Brothers Media, 2013. Original title: Di renjie: Shen du long wang. Mark Chao, Feng Shaofeng, Angelbaby, Lin Gengxin, Carina Lsu, Kim Bum. Screenplay: Kuo-fu Chen, loosely based on the historical Judge Dee. Director: Tsui Hark.    Judge Dee, the […]

A Movie Review by Jonathan Lewis: STORM WARNING (1951).

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Apr 222014
 

Reviewed by JONATHAN LEWIS:          STORM WARNING. Warner Brothers, 1951. Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran, Hugh Sanders. Screenplay: Daniel Fuchs & Richard Brooks. Director: Stuart Heisler.    As much a cultural artifact as it is a film, Storm Warning (1951) is about a big city woman who witnesses a murder in a small town, […]

A Movie Review by David Vieyard: YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON. (2013)

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Apr 212014
 

Reviewed by DAVID VINEYARD:          YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON. China Film Co_production / Huayi Brothers Media, 2013. Original title: Di renjie: Shen du long wang. Mark Chao, Feng Shaofeng, Angelbaby, Lin Gengxin, Carina Lsu, Kim Bum. Screenplay: Kuo-fu Chen, loosely based on the historical Judge Dee. Director: Tsui Hark.    Judge Dee, the […]

A Movie Review by Jonathan Lewis: INNER SANCTUM (1948).

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Apr 192014
 

Reviewed by JONATHAN LEWIS:          INNER SANCTUM. Film Classics, 1948. Charles Russell, Mary Beth Hughes, Dale Belding, Billy House, Fritz Leiber, Nana Bryant, Lee Patrick, Roscoe Ates. Director: Lew Landers.    I placed the DVD in the player, turned off the lights, grabbed some popcorn, and sat down to watch the Lew Landers-directed Inner Sanctum on an […]

Book / Movie Review by Dan Stumpf: BILL GULICK – Bend of the Snake / BEND OF THE RIVER (1952)

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Apr 192014
 

REVIEWED BY DAN STUMPF:          BILL GULICK – Bend of the Snake. Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, 1950. Paperback reprints: Bantam #906, 1951; Paperback Library, 1968. BEND OF THE RIVER. Universal, 1952. James Stewart, Julia Adams, Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson, Jay C. Flippen, Chubby Johnson, Stepin Fetchit, Harry Morgan Jack Lambert, Royal Dano, Frances Bavier. Screenplay by Borden […]

A Movie Review by Walter Albert: THE RETURN OF JIMMY VALENTINE (1936).

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Apr 182014
 

REVIEWED BY WALTER ALBERT:          THE RETURN OF JIMMY VALENTINE. Republic, 1936. Re-released for TV as Prison Shadows. Roger Pryor, Charlotte Henry, Robert Warwick, James Burtis, Edgar Kennedy, J. Carroll Naish, Lois Wilson, Wade Boteler, Gayne Whitman. Director: Lewis D. Collins. Shown at Cinefest 26, Syracuse NY, March 2006.    This was one of those fast-moving programmers […]

A Movie Review by Mike Tooney: THE VANISHING OF PATÒ (2010).

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Apr 182014
 

A Movie Review by MIKE TOONEY: THE VANISHING OF PATÒ. Produced by 13 Dicembre, Emme, S.Ti.C., Rai Cinema, plus others. Premiered in Italy, 2010, as La scomparsa di Patò. Lead parts: Nino Frassica (Marshal Paolo Giummaro), Maurizio Casagrande (Delegato Ernesto Bellavia), Alessandra Mortelliti (Signora Elisabetta Mangiafico in Patò), Neri Marcorè (Antonio Patò), Alessia Cardella (Rachele […]

Reviewed by William F. Deeck: AGATHA CHRISTIE – The Man in the Brown Suit.

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Apr 152014
 

THE BACKWARD REVIEWER William F. Deeck AGATHA CHRISTIE – The Man in the Brown Suit. Dodd Mead, US, hardcover, 1924. First published by John Lane/The Bodley Head, UK, hardcover, 1924. Reprinted many times since, in both hardcover and soft. First serialised in the London Evening News under the title Anne the Adventurous, 29 November 1923 […]

A Western Fiction Review by Dan Stumpf: DOROTHY M. JOHNSON – The Hanging Tree and Other Stories.

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Apr 142014
 

REVIEWED BY DAN STUMPF:          DOROTHY M. JOHNSON – The Hanging Tree and Other Stories. University of Nebraska Press, softcover, 1995, with ten stories. Ballantine 274K, paperback original, 1957, with seven stories. Several later Ballantine printings.    The Hanging Tree is a collection of ten tales by Dorothy M. Johnson written from 1942-57 and some of the […]

A TV Review by Jonathan Lewis: THE TWILIGHT ZONE “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” (1963).

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Apr 132014
 

Reviewed by JONATHAN LEWIS:          “NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET.” Episode 123 of The Twilight Zone (CBS TV). Original air date: October 11, 1963. Starring William Shatner. Written by Richard Matheson. Directed by Richard Donner.    Much has undoubtedly been written about “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” an iconic Twilight Zone episode. The show, however, is well worth revisiting, […]