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My Review of ‘A Kiss Before Dying’ (1956)

In many ways, this movie reminded me of A Place in the Sun, a film I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post. Except instead of a man from a humble poor family falling for the daughter of his wealthy employer … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Malone’ (1987)

This movie caught my eye recently, because I like spy thrillers or, in this case, an ex-spy thriller. The title character Richard Malone is a former CIA assassin who has, much to his employers’ dismay, given his backdated two-weeks notice. … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Bullitt’ (1968)

WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers! Okay, you’ve been warned. 🙂 This is, in my opinion, The Great Granddaddy of car chase films. It has the plot twists and turns of a great mystery, streetwise characters, and the cops who … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘This Gun for Hire’ (1942)

This is one of those movies that took me maybe five minutes in (tops!) to figure out that it was going to be awesome. Right from the get-go, the story rather explodes out of the gate in terms of its … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (1969)

Apparently, this film includes “virtually everything in the novel” it’s based upon, according to Wikipedia. That, in itself, is unusual. But it is hardly the movie’s only peculiarity. If you’ve never seen this entry in the James Bond franchise, but … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Los Angeles Overnight’ (2018)

There’s so much I could say about this film that it’s hard to know where to start. But here’s what I’ve got. The opening scenes evoke classic “We’re in La La Land” imagery. However, before we’re treated to a flowing … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Nox’ (2019)

I’m always awed when someone can tell a complex story in a short time. The film Nox is an excellent example of that. The opening shots of a nighttime vista of water and woods sweep across the screen, with the … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Sicario’ (2015)

I’m going to warn you right up front that I discuss enough of the plot details that you may find them a bit of a spoiler. I’ve tried to keep out a LOT, but even so, my intent is to … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Ronin’ (1998)

As action-thrillers go, this one is (as my British friends would say) a corker. It has the unbeatable combination of exotic locations, convoluted plot, and an increasingly breathtaking succession of car chases. It also has an ensemble cast to weep … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘The Narrow Margin’ (1952)

This is a taut film noir thriller that takes place almost entirely on a train. It starts with an LAPD detective, Walter Brown (played by Charles McGraw) and his partner Sergeant Gus Forbes (played by Don Bedoe) picking up their … Continue reading

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