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What Price Hollywood?, a review by Antares


What Price Hollywood? (1932) 3.5/5 - A Pre-Code precursor to both A Star is Born and Sunset Blvd. about a waitress who is discovered by a famous director and catapulted to stardom, all the while the director's career is fading.  What makes this pre-code work is Lowell Sherman's performance as the washed up director, and the realism in the story about what Hollywood fame does to him. Just two years later a film like this could have never been made and stayed true to its story. Clocking in at a quick 88 minutes, we get a view of Hollywood that would be white washed just a few years later at the hands of the Breen Office. This is my second film starring Constance Bennett and its a shame that her career was so reminiscent of a shooting star. She definitely had a good screen presence and had enough moxie to make her roles interesting.

(From Antares' Short Summations on April 16th, 2012)

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A Christmas Story, a review by Dragonfire




The Christmas spirit isn't served up with more observant hilarity than in this beloved adaptation of Jean Shepherd's holiday story. In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: 'a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle'. But when gruff dad (Darren McGavin) and doting mom (Melinda Dillion) regularly respond with '"You'll shoot your eye out!"' Ralphie mounts a full-scale 'Santa-begging' campaign. He encounters a slew of calamities from snowsuit paralysis to the dreaded tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole gambit. We 'triple-dog-dare you to unwrap' a more welcome Yultide classic!

My Thoughts

I only saw all of this movie for the first time within the last 5 years or so.  Before that, I had just seen a few bits on television.  This was the first time I've watched it without commercials..much better. :)  Anyway, I really like the movie.  It has a lot of funny scenes, like the dad fighting with the furnace and being so impressed with the tacky leg lamp..or when the neighbor's dogs invaded the house.  lol  And poor Ralphie..just wanting to get the BB gun, but everyone kept telling him he'd shoot his eye out. 

 :thumbup:


(From 25 Days of Christmas on December 24th, 2008)

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HawthoRNe: Season 1 Ep. 5: The Sense of Belonging, a review by addicted2dvd


HawthoRNe: Season 1 Ep. 5


THE SENSE OF BELONGING
Ray is ordered to keep Amanda Hawthorne's upcoming biopsy a secret, while Christina confronts the hospital's star surgeon over a delicate brain operation for a long-time patient.

Notable Guest Stars:
No One Recognized

My Thoughts:
A good episode... but not great. I enjoyed both storylines in this episode. Though it seems like to me they could have done a little more with the storyline of Amanda Hawthorne (Title character's mother in law). Of the two storylines I found the one with the brain surgery more entertaining. With this episode watched... I am now half way done season one.

My Rating:

(From HawthoRNe Episode Reviews on June 26th, 2013)