Scrooge (1951)

scrooge-5Yesterday, my wife and I watched two versions of Charles Dickens’s immortal classic. One was the 1999 TV movie starring Patrick Stewart (my review is here), and the other was the much acclaimed Alastair Sim film released in 1951 under the title of Scrooge in the UK and A Christmas Carol in the United States. I had seen the Sim version many years ago. I remember liking it, but most of the details were pretty hazy in my mind. So coming to it again, it was almost like I was watching it for the first time, which lent itself really well to a review. Continue reading

Talkie Pictures: Episode 1 – Star Wars

I’m now doing an audio podcast where I talk to bloggers, film historians, your average film-nut, and others about movies. My first episode is about Star Wars. My friend and massive Star Wars fan Andrew and I will be discussing the prequels, “Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” and more. We also pose the most important of life questions concerning Darth Maul.

Mini-Review Monday: Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom

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Release: October 2016

Story: A fictionalized version of famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft (voiced by Kiefer O’Reilly) has a father in an insane asylum raving, apparently, nonsensically. Howard’s father gives his son a mysterious and magical book that transports young Howard to a magical kingdom that has been frozen over for far too long. Howard must travel far with his new friend, the simple-minded creature he names Spot (voiced by Hellraiser‘s Doug Bradley), if he hopes to break the terrible spell on the kingdom. Continue reading