Monthly Archives: September 2013

Terse Movie Review — The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, dir. by Martin Ritt

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I came to Le Carre, and this movie, through Tinker, Tailor, Soldeir, Spy, which I just love.  After that movie, which is stylish and intriguing and demands to be re-watched, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is kind of like the ugly sister-in-law you ogle at family functions.  Whatever that’s supposed to mean.

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Terse Movie Review – Moulin Rouge (1952)

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I know John Huston has made better films — The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The African Queen jump immediately to mind — but this isn’t one of them.  I don’t care it was nominated for Best Picture, Director and Actor.  This is clearly one of the lesser-films in Huston’s oeuvre — it would be a lesser film in any oeuvre — drawn down by an annoying and braying performance by Jose Ferrer, who’s height varies wildly from scene-to0-scene and uninspired ‘decadence’.

Avoid.

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Terse Book Review – Moulin Rouge, by Pierre La Mure

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Who would have ever thought a book about such a short-subject — wordplay! — would feel so tedious and long?  Not I, said the fly.

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