Netflix Instant Pick: The Paradise, Season 1

Netflix Instant Pick: The Paradise, Season 1

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I love a good BBC costume drama, so earlier this year, I was excited to discover one that I hadn’t heard of: The Paradise, a Victorian-era series that ran for two seasons before unfortunately being cancelled in February 2014.

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I’m always a bit wary of starting a series that is on the brink of cancellation or has been cancelled, because I don’t like to be left hanging if the…

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Le million (1931)

Today’s review: Le million (1931)

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Michel (René Lefèvre) is a struggling French artist who is in deep water with a multitude of creditors.

But Michel’s luck may soon change as he discovers that he picked the winning ticket for the Dutch lottery. A prize of one million florins awaits him as soon as he turns in the ticket.

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There’s just one small problem: when Michel needs to search for the ticket in the…

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Period film: Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

Today’s review takes a look at a mid-century-set drama: Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

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J.C. (Billy Crudup) and Doug Holt (Joaquin Phoenix) are from the “wrong side of the tracks.” Outcasts in a town full of people living the “American Dream” in the late 1950s, the boys have been raised by a working, single mother (Kathy Baker). Their father lost his life during a period of conflict with his business partner, Lloyd Abbott (Will Patton), who has since become the wealthiest man in…

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Man Hunt (1941)

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Alan Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) is a British hunter who has taken a trip to Europe to conquer his fiercest prey yet: man. Thorndike has Hitler (Carl Ekberg*) pegged through the sight of his rifle.

(*Fun fact: Ekberg played Hitler in six different films, including Citizen Kane, and also appeared frequently as a German soldier.)

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But before he can take the shot,…

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Dorfman in Love (2011)

Today’s review: Dorfman in Love (2011)

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Deb Dorfman (Sara Rue) is twenty-seven, single and living with her grumpy father (Elliot Gould) in a run-down apartment building in the valley. She cares for her dad, but he’s unappreciative of the fact that she’s devoted her life to her family rather than herself.

Desperate to strike out on her own, even if just temporarily, Deb volunteers to house sit for the man she has unrequited feelings…

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Second Looks: Dark Victory (1939)

Second Looks: Dark Victory (1939)

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Second Looks is a series in which I re-watch a classic I haven’t seen in a few years, analyzing it with a fresh pair of eyes. Today I’ll be taking a look at Dark Victory, starring Bette Davis. Previous posts in this series can be found in the archives.

Judith Traherne is living the high society life. She’s got plenty of friends and is the heiress to a large fortune. She holds large parties at her…

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The Beast of the City (1932)

The Beast of the City (1932)

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“Instead of the glorification of cowardly gangsters, we need the glorification of policemen who do their duty and give their lives in public protection. If the police had the vigilant, universal backing of public opinion in their communities, if they had the implacable support of the prosecuting authorities and the courts — I am convinced that our police would stamp out the excessive crime —…

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Second Looks: The Damned Don’t Cry (1950)

Second Looks: The Damned Don’t Cry (1950)

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Second Looks is a series in which I re-watch a classic I haven’t seen in a few years, analyzing it with a fresh pair of eyes. Today I’ll be taking a look at The Damned Don’t Cry, starring Joan Crawford. Previous posts in this series can be found in the archives.

Nick Prenta (Steve Cochran), a notorious gangster, has been murdered. One suspect in his death is Lorna Hansen Forbes (Joan Crawford), a…

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Classics of the Corn: The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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An archaeologist in Harold Lloyd-ish glasses yells “YEEEE-HAH!” when he finds something… An amazing Scottish band sings about fish while people dance around a giant model of some sort of worm-fish hybrid… A delicious dish of pickled earthworms is served at a party… and that’s just within the first ten minutes of The Lair of the White Worm, the latest film to enter TMP’s Classics of the Corn Hall…

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Broadcast News (1987)

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Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) is a network news producer who takes her work very seriously and is completely dedicated to her job. Her work is frantic and she’s willing to do anything to make sure the stories she produces turn out perfect, even when that means editing up until the very last second.

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She finds herself attracted to news anchor Tom Grunick (William Hurt) despite…

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