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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.

In the Comments section on each page, feel free to share your own thoughts and feelings about the films discussed here.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Adapted from John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Of Mice and Men delivers as an equally classic film. Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney Jr. deliver top-notch performances in this well-written, well-directed work. A true American tragedy, the story follows a pair of drifters trying to survive during the Great Depression. Mr. Meredith’s hard-bitten, streetwise George Milton reveals an underlying tenderness in the way he tries to protect his traveling partner, the physically strong but mentally slow Lennie Small. With nary a wasted word, the film moves sure-handedly from first scene to last, a sequence of events careering toward an increasingly inevitable—though unjust, and even unnecessary—conclusion. Highly recommended.

****½ (out of *****)

©2018 David R. George III


1939 • 1 HOUR, 46 MINUTES
UNITED ARTISTS • HAL ROACH STUDIOS

STARRING
• 
BURGESS MEREDITHBETTY FIELDLON CHANEY JR.

ALSO STARRING
• 
CHARLES BICKFORDROMAN BOHNENBOB STEELENOAH BEERY JR.

WRITTEN BY
• 
EUGENE SOLOW (SCREEN PLAY)
• 
JOHN STEINBECK (BY)

DIRECTED BY
• 
LEWIS MILESTONE

1939 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS (4)
• BEST PICTURE (LOST TO
GONE WITH THE WIND)
* BEST MUSIC SCORING (LOST TO
STAGECOACH)
• BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (LOST TO
THE WIZARD OF OZ)
• BEST SOUND RECORDING (LOST TO
WHEN TOMORROW COMES)

The Blue Dahlia

The Blue Dahlia

Ready Player One

Ready Player One