Category Archives: Film

Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books

This review was written by Craig Clarke. Prospero’s Books, director Peter Greenaway’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, is a perfect example of using the cinematic form to its fullest extent. Greenaway’s films are always very visually interesting, but here he … Continue reading

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Jonathan Lynn’s Clue

Clue certainly isn’t the only board game made into a film, as Jumanji was too, and I believe that Monopoly recently was given that treatment. The central question for me when I saw it thirty-five years ago, when it was first … Continue reading

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Steven Herek’s The Three Musketeers

We all have those perfect films, the ones in which everything comes together, the story shines, the characters click, and the entire movie is resonate. That rare movie you can watch unlimited times, and keep going back for more. Where … Continue reading

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Jim Henson’s The Storyteller; The Storyteller: Greek Myths

Come in — sit by the fireplace here in the Green Man Pub and we’ll discuss one of the best series ever made. We’ll speak of storytellers, shaggy dogs who speak, trolls, comely maidens, ugly hags, and a whole lot … Continue reading

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Midsomer Murders: Some Thoughts

This essay will allow me to express some thoughts about what happens when the lead actor in a long-running series leaves and the production company has a popular series that they don’t want to cease producing. And bringing in a … Continue reading

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Peter Jackson’s King Kong

King Kong has long been one of my favorite films. Some might say, “it’s a movie, not a film.” But that’s nitpicking. The original is a stunning work of animation, blended with live action to create an entirely believable world … Continue reading

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Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books

This review was written by Craig Clarke for a previous incarnation of Green Man Review. Prospero’s Books, director Peter Greenaway’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, is a perfect example of using the cinematic form to its fullest extent. Greenaway’s films … Continue reading

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Steven Norrington’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

When I first heard that a movie was planned for Alan Moore’s exquisite graphic novel League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I thought to myself, “This could either be a very good thing … or a very bad thing.” When the advertising … Continue reading

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A Hawk from a Handsaw: Hamlet in Film

Craig Clarke wrote this essay. “I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.” –Hamlet, Act II, scene ii Hamlet is arguably both the greatest play in the English language and perhaps … Continue reading

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BBC’s Midsomer Murders: Selected Episodes

Midsomer Murders: Beyond the Grave (ITV, 1999) Midsomer Murders: Blood Will Out (ITV, 1998) Midsomer Murders: Death’s Shadow (ITV, 1998) Midsomer Murders: Strangler’s Wood (ITV, 1998) ‘Every time I go into any Midsomer village, it’s always the same thing’, he … Continue reading

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Warren Ellis’ Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis

jFrom the title of this one, you might guess that Warren Ellis hasn’t finished with the genetics theme that he started with Ghost Box and continued in Exogenetic. Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis is a stand-alone miniseries that finds the X-Men haring … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Collector’s Set 11 & 12

Anton Strout penned this review. Talk about using your “leetle grey cellzz”! This DVD release is Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Collector’s Sets 11 & 12 of this 1989 series originally produced for television in England. David Suchet stars as the popular Belgian … Continue reading

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The Celts: Rich Traditions and Ancient Myths

Rebecca Wright penned this review. The Celts: Rich Traditions and Ancient Myths, a 6 hour series, was aired on the BBC in 1986, a documentary written and narrated by Frank Delaney, with Music by Enya. It was apropos that the … Continue reading

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Motherless Brooklyn

I’ve eagerly awaited this monster project from Edward Norton (who adapted the novel and wrote the screenplay, produced, directed, and starred) for some time. It starts from a terrific book of the same title by Jonathan Lethem, whose first novel, … Continue reading

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Michael Curtiz and William Keighley’s The Adventures Of Robin Hood

This review was written by Tim Hoke. While numerous Robin Hood movies have been made, my dad steadfastly refuses to watch them. “There’s only one Robin Hood,” he says. He’s talking about Errol Flynn, of course, and this 1938 classic. … Continue reading

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Doctor Who’s “Fugitive of The Judoon”

Understand right now that if you really, really don’t like spoilers and you’ve not watched this episode, that you should go away now and do something else as this review consists of nothing really but spoilers. I’m serious — just … Continue reading

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Yoko Matsushita and Hiroko Tokita’s Descendants of Darkness 2: The Devil’s Trill

I’m not sure why, but I remember The Devil’s Trill, the second chapter in the story of Asato Tsuzuki, his partner Hisoka Kurasaki, and the doings of the Summons Section of the Ministry of Hades, as being my least favorite … Continue reading

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Kazuya Minekura and Tetsuya Endo’s Saiyuki Reload

Given how much I enjoyed (and still enjoy) Gensomaden Saiyuki, the first anime series based on Kazuya Minekura’s manga, getting my hands on the sequel, Saiyuki Reload, was a foregone conclusion. It’s only half the length of the first series, … Continue reading

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Yoko Matsushita and Hiroko Takita’s Descendants of Darkness: Vampire’s Lure

I had put off buying the anime adaptation of Yami no Matsuei (Descendants of Darkness), which I had enjoyed when I first saw it, because of the price, which was way over my budget. Then I noticed that I could … Continue reading

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The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King

I’ve never laughed and cried so much in one movie. The thing is, I’m not a big movie crier. Those of you who read my Seabiscuit review are thinking, “Yeah, right!” It’s true, I swear. But I think I went … Continue reading

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Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers

Yes, I had a press ticket. Yes, I went to the earliest possible showing yesterday, opening day (December 18), and refused to eat any popcorn or drink any soda, lest I be distracted even minutely from the film. Yes, I … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

When a reviewer makes specific comments about plot elements in a book or a movie, it is a common internet convention to say, “Spoilers ahead!” I cannot think of a single movie made in recent years for which that warning … Continue reading

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Pleasantville

Lenora Rose penned this review. The premise of Pleasantville is fairly straightforward. Teenage twins David and Jennifer are magically transported into the actual black and white world of the TV show Pleasantville, taking the place of TV twins Bud and … Continue reading

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The Princess Bride

L.G. Burnett penned this review. Envision a film with Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Falk, and Peter Cook that is absolutely hilarious, yet none of them appear in the lead roles. “Inconceivable!,” you cry and I reply, “I do not … Continue reading

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The Three Musketeers / The Four Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas’s novel The Three Musketeers has been filmed many times. Almost every generation wants to add its spin to the classic tale of intrigue, romance, and swordplay. From the 1935 version with Walter Abel and Paul Lukas through the … Continue reading

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Paul Mazursky’s Tempest

Michelle Erica Green penned this review. The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s stranger plays; though it’s classified as a comedy or romance, it starts out very much like a revenger’s tragedy, and the happy ending depends on unexpected grace. The … Continue reading

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The Lion in Winter

Aurora White penned this review.  In 1968 MGM Studios teamed up with James Goldman to adapt his play The Lion in Winter for the screen. At the time the play had been a flop, running for a mere eighty-three performances on … Continue reading

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The Lost World

He sat in a rotating chair behind a broad table, which was covered with books, maps, and diagrams. As I entered, his seat spun round to face me. His appearance made me gasp. I was prepared for something strange, but … Continue reading

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2002

Rachael Brown penned this commentary. It’s a Hong Kong movie, and I’m reviewing it, but 2002 is not particularly strange as far as Hong Kong movies go. It’s not hard to imagine an American remake, no doubt with a poster … Continue reading

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Robin and Marian

Kate Brown penned this review. Marian: “You never wrote.” Robin: “I don’t know how.” That quotation is representative of the simplicity of the love between Robin Hood and the Lady Marian, played by the celebrated Audrey Hepburn and Sean Connery, in … Continue reading

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The Sherlock Feature Film Collection: The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Master Blackmailer, The Eligible Bachelor and The Last Vampyre

Craig Clarke Penned this review. Each generation has its own Sherlock Holmes. With all due respect to William Gillette and Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett is my generation’s, as well as my personal favorite (though I must admit the radio series … Continue reading

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The Muppet Show – Season 1 (Special Edition)

It’s time to get things started On the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational This is what we call the Muppet Show! It’s a song just about everyone knows by heart. Almost on par with “Happy Birthday” and “Jingle Bells”, most … Continue reading

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The Mindscape of Alan Moore

Filmed in 2003, this 78 minute long film consists of a one-on-one interview with comic creator Alan Moore, best known for works like From Hell, Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Although Moore does touch on his past and his comic … Continue reading

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Riho Sawaki and Yuzu Tsutae’s Sukisyo!

You may notice that the title of this DVD is spelled “Sukisho” on the cover: these are alternate transliterations of the title, which is actually pronounced somewhere in between the two spellings: it’s another one of those sounds that Japanese … Continue reading

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Hajime Yatate and Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop Remix

Given my delight with Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, it’s probably no surprise that I decided to go whole-hog and plump down for the complete TV series. As it turns out, Cowboy Bebop Remix is something of a mixed bag. The … Continue reading

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Twist my arm: screening spy movies for research, part 1

So here I am working on a new series idea about spies, with lots of unresolved sexual tension and wit and unleashing a bit more of my giant vocabulary than I customarily use. I’m taking the opportunity to read masses … Continue reading

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Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man

So I had this coupon from Best Buy that allowed me to pick up a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man for half price. Another one of those films I’d heard of but didn’t really know much about, except that 1) … Continue reading

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Woodstock, The 25th Anniversary “director’s cut” edition

What started as a three-day music and art festival in the farmlands of upstate New York in July 1969 became one of the touchstones of a generation and an era. This 25th Anniversary “director’s cut” edition of the movie that … Continue reading

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Van Helsing

Why does it smell like wet dog in here? Where do I begin? Van Helsing is a non-stop action movie featuring a full cast of your favorite movie monsters: Count Dracula (and his wives), Dr. Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, … Continue reading

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Spider-Man 2

Way back in the summer of 2002, my father took my sister and me to see Spider-Man. I knew of the character, I enjoyed watching the 1996 Fox animated series, I’d even read a few of the comics, enough to … Continue reading

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Spider-Man

With great power comes great responsibility.  It’s the guiding mantra behind one of the 20th Century’s greatest heroes.  But before he was a hero, he was a young man.  A confused teenager like every other, with a crush on the … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Season 8: A Song of Idiosyncrasy and Furor

Beware: this review is dark and full of spoilers. As this is a critique, I’m assuming you’ve watched, so there’s plenty of specifics here. You have been warned. Here we are, walking through the smoking wreckage of Game of Thrones. We’ve … Continue reading

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Brideshead Revisited, 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Liz Milner penned this review.  The very rich are different from you and me,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald. A great part of your reaction to this DVD will depend on whether you find the doings of the very rich fascinating … Continue reading

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The Amazing Spider-Man

Another coupon, another DVD. This time it was The Amazing Spider-Man at half price. Another one of those films I’d heard of but didn’t really know much about, except that 1) it’s about Spider-Man, a character who has started to … Continue reading

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Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Endgame

In spite of my reservations about the Avengers films (to be honest, aside from the first one, I haven’t found them all that satisfying), I decided to see Avengers: Endgame. It’s a lot more complex than I had expected, offering … Continue reading

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James Mangold’s The Wolverine

It should come as no surprise that I saw The Wolverine when it came out. I was impressed enough that I bought the DVD when that came out. (Another coupon – I try to avoid paying full price for anything.) … Continue reading

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Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies

“Captain, the corpses are fighting the skeletons!” I saw the trailer for Warm Bodies some while back, when I had gone to see something else, and thought “Cute, but probably not something I’ll want to see.” Well, I was looking … Continue reading

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Hajime Yatate and Shinichirō Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

When I first encountered Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, I had not read the manga nor seen the TV series — which actually left me with no expectations, which is a good thing. The basic story is your standard action/adventure with … Continue reading

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  I decided to watch Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse as a diversion while on an extended stay in the hospital. I expected it to be entertaining, and I was right! I’m very fond of animated films, with the strong … Continue reading

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Roland Emmerich’s Stargate

Stargate presented a bit of a problem for me — it became a “cult film”, which is something I usually tryd to avoid, but it was a) science fiction, and b) somewhat out of the ordinary. So, I picked up … Continue reading

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