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For the Love of Film...

Welcome to my review website. I love movies, and here’s the place I talk about them. You’ll find my ratings, on a scale of zero to five stars, in all of my posts. For each film, I’ve written either a full critique, which is a longer piece; a compact review, which is usually just a paragraph; or a quick take, which is only a sentence or two. I also post articles about the world of cinema on my film blog.

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A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

James Mason and Judy Garland netted Academy Award noms for their lead roles, the first deserving, the second not. Ms. Garland seems disconnected throughout, and the addition of many songs not associated with the film’s plot dilutes the story. Only one dance number (“Around the World in a Living Room”) excites. With little memorable music, this remake is a dated mess.

*⅝ (out of *****)

©2018 David R. George III


1954 • 2 HOURS, 34 MINUTES
WARNER BROS. • TRANSCONA ENTERPRISES

STARRING
• 
JUDY GARLANDJAMES MASON

ALSO STARRING
• 
JACK CARSONCHARLES BICKFORDTOM NOONAN

WRITTEN BY
• 
MOSS HART (SCREENPLAY)
• 
DOROTHY PARKER & ALAN CAMPBELL & ROBERT CARSON (BASED ON THE 1937 SCREENPLAY BY)
• 
WILLIAM A. WELLMAN & ROBERT CARSON (BASED ON THE 1937 STORY BY)

DIRECTED BY
• 
GEORGE CUKOR

1954 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS (6)
• BEST ACTOR: JAMES MASON (LOST TO
MARLON BRANDO FOR ON THE WATERFRONT)
• BEST ACTRESS: JUDY GARLAND (LOST TO
GRACE KELLY FOR THE COUNTRY GIRL)
• BEST COLOR ART DIRECTION–SET DECORATION (LOST TO
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA)
• BEST COLOR COSTUME DESIGN (LOST TO
JIGOKUMON)
• BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (LOST TO
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS)
• BEST ORIGINAL SONG: 
“THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY” (LOST TO “THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN” FROM THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN)

The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech

Black Swan

Black Swan