Bio: Classic musicals lover and garage sale shopper.
||Kismet (1955) - Jul 12, 2019
"I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining this was. I had always assumed that I would find this to be "just okay". It is the lavish, Technicolor feast that you would expect from Vincente Minnelli and the Freed Unit at MGM. Dolores Gray is great fun and Howard Keel gives one of his strongest performances. Vic Damone sings "Stranger in Paradise" so beautifully that you can ignore his acting in his brief dramatic scenes. Watch for Jamie Farr as an unbilled fruit vendor."
||The Happiest Millionaire (1967) - Jul 12, 2019
"There are plenty of reasons to see this Disney spectacular. The cast is full of great performers. The production values are top notch. It is, however, exceedingly long and without justification. There are many places that need a trim, perhaps leaving room for a dash more Tommy Steele. You can't help but wish that Steele, Davidson & Warren might have started their careers at a time when there were still many musicals being filmed. Be sure to stretch during Intermission. There is one!"
||Nancy Goes to Rio (1950) - Jun 25, 2019
"If you have no patience for lightweight musical comedies, this is not for you. The plot is slight. What we do have here to boost this film are three great ladies of musical film in fine form and glorious Technicolor. Ann Sothern is classy and delightful. Carmen Miranda has 2 fun numbers. Jane Powell sparkles and lets her glorious soprano soar. You'll be humming the haunting "Magic is the Moonlight" for some time after seeing this."
||Book Club (2018) - Jun 18, 2019
"Nothing ground-breaking here. Some chuckles. What is enjoyable about this film is the chance to see an ensemble of seasoned, mature actors & actresses do their thing. Everyone over 65 isn't crocheting an afghan while passing out sage advice over their bifocals to the main character and it's time for Hollywood to reflect that. Someday - soon I hope - we'll see this sort of cast in an Oscar-worthy film. "