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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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California Suite

California Suite

California Suite collects four Neil Simon vignettes set in the Beverly Hills Hotel, with wildly different levels of quality. Michael Caine and Best Actress Maggie Smith shine in their entry, while the pairs of Alan Alda and Jane Fonda, and of Walter Matthau and Elaine May, are merely adequate in theirs. Meanwhile, Bill Cosby and Richard Prior are given an embarrassingly bad farce to navigate. Uneven in the extreme, and really not worth a look.

** (out of *****)

©2018 David R. George III


1978 • 103 MINUTES
COLUMBIA PICTURES • RASTAR

STARRING
• 
ALAN ALDAMICHAEL CAINEBILL COSBYJANE FONDAWALTER MATTHAUELAINE MAYRICHARD PRYORMAGGIE SMITH

ALSO STARRING
• 
HERB EDELMANDENISE GALIKGLORIA GIFFORDSHEILA FRAZIER

WRITTEN BY
• 
NEIL SIMON (BASED ON HIS PLAY)

DIRECTED BY
• 
HERBERT ROSS

1978 ACADEMY AWARDS (1)
• BEST ACTRESS: MAGGIE SMITH

ADDITIONAL 1978 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS (2)
• BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (LOST TO
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS)
• BEST ART DIRECTION–SET DECORATION (LOST TO
HEAVEN CAN WAIT)

The Strangers

The Strangers

Marnie

Marnie