Category Archives: Film

Todd Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine, David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and The Man Who Sold The World

I have seen Velvet Goldmine three times, and the last time I watched it, I asked if I could review it for GMR. When the two vintage Bowie CDs were thrown in, they swallowed the bait whole. So, out came … Continue reading

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Sean McCarthy’s The Songs of Sean McCarthy

Mattie Lennon wrote this review. Sean McCarthy was born in Listowel, one of ten children, on 5 June 1923. Known to audiences worldwide through songs like “Step it out Mary” and “Shanagolden,” he remains an honored figure in his own … Continue reading

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Easy Star All-Stars’ Dub Side Of The Moon

“Dub is a form of Jamaican music, which evolved out of reggae in 1960s Jamaica. The dub sound is usually accomplished by removing the vocals from an existing music piece, and adding extensive echo and reverb effects, and occasional snippets … Continue reading

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Walt Disney Pictures’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

“Once a King or Queen in Narnia, always a King or Queen,” the saying goes. But as I watched Andrew Adamson’s beautifully-realized, superbly cast film of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I found myself … Continue reading

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Gary Ross’ Seabiscuit

I have to tell you that I cried at all the wrong places in this movie. Charles Howard’s son dies. Did I cry? No. Charles gives Red Pollard a financial loan, signifying his trust in someone other people consider unstable … Continue reading

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Sir Ian Holm’s The Real Middle-Earth (DVD)

We had a DVD arrive recently that has a unique look at Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Okay, I’ll assume that you, my dear reader, have not sated yourself yet with material concerning The Lord of the Rings. If you have, please … Continue reading

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Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings (DVD)

Sarah Meador wrote this review. Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings makes a startling assumption for an American cartoon feature. While most animated features seem to take it on faith that their audience will be musical-loving children, The Lord … Continue reading

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Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron

Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron (Japanese title 君たちはどう生きるか or Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka – “How Do You Live?”) had won a couple of Golden Globes the previous day when we finally bestirred ourselves to see it at … Continue reading

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Norman Granz’s Duke Ellington At The Cote D’azur With Ella Fitzgerald And Joan Miro, And Duke: The Last Jam Session

I was surprised when I opened my new Duke & Ella CD to find no CD inside, but a two-disc DVD set. Surprised, but not disappointed. Not disappointed at all! The two-disc release, Duke Ellington at the Cote d’Azur with … Continue reading

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Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story

[The town of Hammond, Indiana, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of this movie next weekend, December 16-17, 2023, with a gathering called “Ralphie and the Gang Come Home.”] Tim Hoke wrote this review. Based on stories by Jean Shepherd, A … Continue reading

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