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Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? (1983, Phil Roman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 11, 2018

Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? opens with this gag of Linus and Snoopy fighting over Linus’s blanket. It doesn’t relate to the special’s story and has a completely different tone–and an almost cruel Linus (Jeremy Schoenberg)–but it does echo later on a little. Goodbye is about Linus read more

A Charlie Brown Celebration (1982, Bill Melendez)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 10, 2018

A Charlie Brown Celebration opens with Charles M. Schulz introducing the special–which is twice as long as a regular special–and explaining he and director Bill Melendez had a little bit different of an idea for this one. It’s going to be a series of vignettes (though Schulz doesn’t read more

It’s Magic, Charlie Brown (1981, Phil Roman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 9, 2018

It’s Magic, Charlie Brown is the dramatically inert tale of Charlie Brown (Michael Mandy) turning invisible. It takes a while for him to turn invisible, with the first half or so of the special spent on a magic show. Magic opens with Charlie Brown demanding Snoopy go to the library to better himsel read more

Lawyer Man (1932, William Dieterle)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 8, 2018

Lawyer Man is a tad too streamlined. It runs around seventy minutes, charting neighborhood attorney–meaning he works with ethnic types and not blue bloods–William Powell’s rise and fall from grace. At the end, he says something about the events taking place over two years, which the film accomplish read more

The Descent (2005, Neil Marshall)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 7, 2018

I want to say nice things about The Descent. Or, more… I wish I could say nice things about The Descent. There are some nice things to say about it–the production values are strong, Marshall’s composition is decent, Sam McCurdy’s photography is good. It’s rarely boring–though it does drag read more

Someday You’ll Find Her, Charlie Brown (1981, Phil Roman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 6, 2018

Someday You’ll Find Her, Charlie Brown is the cringe-inducing tale of Charlie Brown (Grant Wehr) and Linus (Rocky Reilly) stalking a girl Charlie Brown saw at a football game on TV. She was in a “honey shot,” which is already makes things cringe-y because these are eight year-old kids. Regardless read more

Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown (1980, Phil Roman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 5, 2018

Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown is about Snoopy joining the circus. Somewhat unintentionally. The circus comes to town, Snoopy investigates the racket, and eyes a fetching poodle. She’s in an act; her trainer grabs Snoopy and drafts him into it. After Snoopy proves funny (versus capable), the train read more

She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown (1980, Phil Roman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 4, 2018

She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown is all about Peppermint Patty (Patricia Patts). Charlie Brown (Arrin Skelley) has a couple appearances, but it’s just for the brand. Skate is all Peppermint Patty, Snoopy, Marcie (Casey Carlson), and Woodstock. Patty’s training for an ice skating competition. read more

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966, Mike Nichols)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 3, 2018

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opens with this gentle, lovely music from Alex North. It’s night, it’s a university campus, a couple is walking silently as the credits roll; the music’s beautiful. Then the couple–Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton–get home. And pretty soon they start yelling read more

Venom (2018, Ruben Fleischer)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 2, 2018

For most of the movie, Venom’s greatest strength is its potential. It certainly seems like lead Tom Hardy can do anything but as things progress, it becomes more and more obvious the potential is an illusion. Director Fleischer just hasn’t done a big action sequence yet, so the movie hasn’t shown read more

Jour de fête (1949, Jacques Tati)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 1, 2018

It’s about fifteen minutes before lead (and director) Jacques Tati appears in Jour de fête. The film opens with a travelling fair arriving at its destination and starting to set up. Paul Frankeur and Guy Decomble are the two main fair workers–actually they’re the only fair workers with anything read more

You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown (1979, Phil Roman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 30, 2018

You’re the Greatest, Charlie Brown is the unlikely tale of Charlie Brown (Arrin Skelley) participating in the school’s track meet–doing the decathlon–and doing well. It opens with Peppermint Patty (Patricia Patts) trying to sucker one of her classmates into doing the decathlon; Charlie Brown read more

The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand (1936, Albert Herman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 29, 2018

While The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand doesn’t start strong, the first chapter certainly isn’t any indication of how bad the serial is going to get over its fifteen chapters and five hour total run time. It’s never Amazing, there are rarely Exploits, but there is some Cl read more

The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand (1936, Albert Herman), Chapter 15: The Lone Hand

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 28, 2018

I was expecting Clutching Hand to have a bad ending. It was inevitable. But I didn’t expect them to entirely ignore one of the major plot threads. If Clutching Hand has two plot threads, which it spends fourteen chapters suggesting are intricately connecting, The Lone Hand entirely ignores one of read more

The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand (1936, Albert Herman), Chapter 14: The Silent Spectre

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 27, 2018

The Silent Spectre surprised me. I didn’t think Clutching Hand would be able to surprise me after they did the boat stuff–and there’s a lot more ship-based fisticuffs this chapter–but then it goes ahead and surprises me the very next chapter. I had no idea lead Jack Mulhall could be so exceptionall read more

Sleepwalkers (1992, Mick Garris)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 26, 2018

Sleepwalkers is a very peculiar motion picture. Director Garris never quite composes the shot right, even though he’s really close. Maybe he needs a wider frame or just to zoom out a bit. Instead it always looks like he’s shooting for the home video pan and scan. Rodney Charters’s photography read more

What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! (1978, Bill Melendez and Phil Roman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 25, 2018

What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! is not about Charlie Brown (Liam Martin) having a nightmare. He does get told, eventually, about a nightmare, but he’s only in the special at the beginning and the end. He gets the bright idea to play “sled dog” with Snoopy and have Snoopy lead him around like read more

Creed II (2018, Steven Caple Jr.)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 24, 2018

At no point in Creed II does anyone remark on the odds of Michael B. Jordan boxing the son of the man who killed his father. It’s all matter-of-fact. The sportscasters all seem to think it’s perfectly normal Dolph Lundgren spent the thirty-ish years since Rocky IV training his son to someday defeat read more

The Dark Tower (2017, Nikolaj Arcel)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 23, 2018

The Dark Tower is the story of unremarkable white kid Tom Taylor–wait, he’s supposed to be eleven? No way. Anyway, it’s the story of unremarkable white teenager Tom Taylor who discovers, no, his visions are real and he is a wizard and he’s going to travel to another dimension and bring a legendary read more

The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand (1936, Albert Herman), Chapter 13: The Mystic Menace

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 22, 2018

I stand corrected. Clutching Hand does do something with the ship. There’s a large scale fist fight between Jack Mulhall, Rex Lease, and their pals and the mutinying crew of the ship. It’s not good–though there are some decent stunts–but it’s there. I was wrong. I was right, however, about read more
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