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Category Archives: Movies

Movie groupings. Group Three.

Harry and Tonto (1974), Larger than Life (1996), and Duck (2009) are grouped together because all feature older men with animal companions. Themes of loneliness, masculinity, aging, and a sense of place pervade all three films. 1. Art Carney (famous as Ed Norton on The Honeymooners) travels west with his orange tabby cat, Tonto, in Harry […]

Raising a cornetto to Les Halles’ showing of Le Dernier Pub

My son and I went to see the new Simon Pegg and Nick Frost movie, World’s End, which the French had titled Le Dernier Pub (The Last Pub). It wasn’t easy for this American to get a ticket. My credit card lacked the microchip that European cards contain. Old US credit card technology has yet […]

Movie pairings. Group Two.

1. Paul Blart, Mall Cop (2009) and Fearless (2006) Paired because of themes of masculinity, redemption, fatherhood . . . and that I’m a huge fan of Jet Li and Kevin James. Kevin James and Jet Li may not be likely actor pairings, but the themes in these two movies are similar. James is mall […]

Movie pairings. Group One.

1. St. Martin’s Lane (1938, set in London) and Once (2006, set in Dublin). Paired because of themes: Busking and making it in the arts. Vivien Leigh is here a year before Gone with the Wind as the poor, feisty, petulant, manipulative, and selfish dancer, Liberty. With her own British accent in this one, no […]