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Richard III (1995)

Richard III (1995)
This week forensic scientists in the UK determined that the skeletal remains found buried beneath a parking lot are those of Richard III, the last Plantagenet ruler. The notorious Richard III is remembered as a royal bully and murderous usurper in large part thanks to Shakespeare’s play by the same name. While there have been many adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, to my mind, the 1995 version of Richard III is undoubtedly one of the best. Directed by Richard Loncraine with a screenplay by both Loncraine and actor Sir Ian McKellen, the story is transplanted from pre-Elizabethan England to an...
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Gorky Park (1983)

Gorky Park (1983)
Three dead bodies are found at night beneath the snow in Moscow’s Gorky Park. Two men and a woman, but identification is impossible as their faces as well as their fingertips have been sliced off. Moscow’s best detective, Police Inspector Arkady Renko (William Hurt) has been assigned to lead the investigation into the murders. From the start Renko suspects KGB involvement and wishes to be released from the case, fearing he’ll be the KGB fall guy. Renko’s concerns are not unfounded; he already had a skirmish with the KGB the previous year when he uncovered evidence implicating one of their top...
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Clash of the Titans (1981)

Clash of the Titans (1981)
Movie Review Another childhood favorite of mine, Clash of the Titans was the last movie Ray Harryhausen worked on. Though I was already fascinated with Greek mythology as a youngster this film further fueled my curiosity. In his first starring role, a very young and beautiful Harry Hamlin has the lead role of Perseus, mortal son of Zeus (Laurence Olivier) and slayer of monsters. Perseus is also the heir to the Kingdom of Argos. As the film opens we see his grandfather, King Acrisius forcing the infant Perseus along with his mother Danae into a wooden sarcophagus and flinging them into the sea. King...
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My Mother’s Castle (1990)

My Mother’s Castle (1990)
Movie Review What a truly sweet and delightful film this is! It transports one back to a much simpler, innocent time where family, friendship, honor and the beauty of nature were almost universally recognized as the treasures they really are. My Mother’s Castle is adapted from Marcel Pagnol’s memoirs of his childhood in the South of France in the early 20th century. Life’s smaller joys as well as its larger ones are seen through the magical lens of childhood.     Marcel’s family (school teacher dad Joseph, mother Augustine, younger brother Paul and infant sister) live...
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Heretic Thursdays

If you’ve read the “About” me section of this blog then you already know that this site covers films made prior to 1980. However, I did also indicate that I would on rare occasions commit the act of “heresy” of discussing a post 1980 movie. Why Thursdays? Why not Mondays? Or Wednesdays? Fridays? I have no particular reason, I suppose, other than a small nod to one of my favorite authors G.K Chesterton and his weird satire “The Man Who Was Thursday”. And so I’ve added a new category. Welcome to Heretic...
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