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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination”, as the lyrics of the theme song state “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” is a place of pure imagination which continues to dazzle and charm 40 plus years after its initial release. Interestingly enough when it was first released in movie theatres in 1971 it was only a success with the critics, but not with movie goers. It would be later network airings, home video and DVD sales that would create its cult status among many generations of fans. Based on Roald Dahl’s much loved childrens  book  “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, the film...
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Don’t Look Now (1973)

Don’t Look Now (1973)
Without question, one of the weirdest films I have ever seen is Nicholas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now” starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as married couple John and Laura Baxter. Based on a Daphne DuMaurier story the movie has often been labeled as a horror or ghost story. To an extent one could agree, as it does have elements of horror, but I think “Don’t Look Now” is much more than that and frankly not quite so easy to label and place in a convenient, familiar category. The film begins with a child (the Baxters’ pretty blonde daughter) wearing a shiny red macintosh as she plays near a pond in...
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The Vampire Lovers (1970)

The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Movie Review October just isn’t October without some good old fashion Hammer Horror Classic film. So today, I’m going to discuss The Vampire Lovers starring perennial Hammer diva Ingrid Pitt, Peter Cushing, Kate O’Mara, Madeline Smith and Jon Finch. Loosely adapted from Sheridan Le Fanu’s short story “Carmilla”, the movie marks an interesting point in the Hammer series. For one thing, it is the first Hammer film that treats the subject of lesbianism (granted of a supernatural and predatory type) so openly, including some nude scenes. This film also marks the point in which later Hammer films would,...
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The MacKintosh Man (1973)

The MacKintosh Man (1973)
Movie Review I discovered this little known espionage film one insomniac night many moons ago while channel surfing. Directed by John Huston and adapted from Desmond Bagley’s The Freedom Trap the film stars Paul Newman, James Mason, Dominique Sanda, and Ian Bannen. The MacKintosh Man did not perform well at the box office at the time of its release and received mixed reviews. I however found it quite entertaining. The movie opens with rightwing MP from the House of Commons George Wheeler (James Mason) quoting Samuel Johnson before Parliament. “ ‘Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.’ If this...
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Dirty Harry (1971)

Dirty Harry (1971)
  Movie Review   I think most movie buffs would agree that the Daddy of all badass cop flicks is Dirty Harry. Considered controversial and quite violent at the time of its release, some critics dismissed it as “reactionary” and some such as Roger Ebert went so far as to describe it as “fascist”. To be sure there are some reactionary elements to Inspector “Dirty Harry” Callahan’s (Clint Eastwood) views on police procedural vis a vis the rights of alleged perpetrators and the rights of victims. But the movie also reflects its time and the fears and concerns of American society at large as well...
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