How the West Was Won on the Royale With Cheese Movie Club

So it’s Saturday night, and I see that Turner Classic Movies is airing the 1962 sweeping epic How The West Was Won. It’s been a while, but I figure it’s time to watch this film as part of the Royale With Cheese Movie Club. The Royale With Cheese Movie Club, in case you’re joining the…

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So maybe I’ll see Star Wars IX at the Madison Theater this weekend…

When I lived in Pine Hills, I would visit my local movie house, the Madison Theater.  It was only a brisk walk from home, and the amenities were decent – tasty popcorn, good films, decent atmosphere. But the Madison has gone through several iterations and renovations since its opening in 1929.  It was a single-screen…

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The Royale with Cheese TV Club: HBO’s Deadwood

One of the subjects of my blog is the Royale With Cheese Movie Club, an observation of films that everyone in the world has seen – except me.  Whether it was through circumstance or happenstance, I never got around to watching that film when it first came out, and after people tell me “You’ve never…

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My big problem with the new Shazam! movie

Yesterday, I took advantage of a Fandango promotion that gave movie-goers an opportunity to see the new Shazam! movie a week before its official premiere date.  So I spent a few dollars and next thing I know, I’m at Colonie Center, and the new Shazam! movie is on the big screen in front of me.…

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Bill and Ted 3? Excellent, dude!

There was no greater time traveling comedy than Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a low-budget film that dominated the 1988 box office and became a major success story.  The movie follows the adventures of two slackers, Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) as they rode their phone booth /…

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Black Mirror: USS Callister on the Royale with Cheese Movie Club

I had no desire to watch the Super Bowl yesterday.  Hell, I don’t even know who won, although I suspect that with all the memes on Facebook this morning, I wouldn’t have been happy with the results.  Something about the refs giving the victory to the Patriots.  That, and Maroon 5 doing the halftime show. …

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So I watched They Shall Not Grow Old last night…

Last night, I took in a rare (for me) Monday night motion picture, as the Peter Jackson-directed documentary They Shall Not Grow Old premiered for the first date of a two-night engagement. And can I say this?  The film was totally impressive.  Peter Jackson took 100-year-old footage from World War I (the “Great War”) or…

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City Lights is the greatest silent film ever made

It’s a film that took Charlie Chaplin three years to finish.  He replaced his leading actress midway through the film, then brought her back when he knew he couldn’t start the film over with a new actress. This film debuted four years after the release of the first successful talking picture, The Jazz Singer.  And…

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