Feature Film Reviews at Troynovant
Queen Mab's ride:
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listed by Title

Atalanta/Bookcase-G/King-David/ we are more interested in excellent or distinctive work than the merely timely or fashionable. Quality is always in season, and often more topical and entertaining than currency or fashion admit. Thus, we aim to refer and amuse, rather than to announce and forget. We avoid spoiling surprises in reviews that recommend; other works take their chances.

The central column below names writers, directors, and/or actors to aid identification. Within reviews, credits are most-significant rather than inclusive. When two or more movies exist with the same title, we review and prefer the original to a remake unless otherwise stated. Some film discussions are blended into, or appended to, related book reviews. Stage plays are considered books if reviewed in their printed incarnation. See PictureLike for a list of book reviews about movies & television.

  • Reels are one- or two-reel films, short films (non-musical), or television episodes;
  • Soundies are shorter musical films of song and/or dance, music videos;
  • Feature Films are theater headliners, DVDs, or television series.

All screen presentations are in color with sound, dialogue in English, unless stated otherwise.

Absent-Minded Professor, The Robert Stevenson / Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn RW Franson
Anzio Edward Dmytryk / Robert Mitchum RW Franson
Avengers, The
  (Marvel's The Avengers)
Joss Whedon WH Stoddard

Beast of Yucca Flats, The Coleman Francis / Tor Johnson RW Franson
Big Chill, The Lawrence Kasdan / William Hurt, Kevin Kline RW Franson
Big Store, The Marx Brothers RW Franson
Big Trouble in Little China Carpenter / Russell RW Franson
Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks RW Franson
Bubba Ho-Tep Coscarelli / Campbell RW Franson

Christmas in Connecticut Peter Godfrey / Barbara Stanwyck RW Franson
Cocoanuts, The Marx Brothers RW Franson

Dear Santa Joseph Priestley / Amy Acker, David Haydn-Jones, Emma Duke JM Franson
Death of a Doxy
  [Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin]
Rex Stout / Timothy Hutton / Maury Chaykin, Kari Matchett RW Franson
Die Hard McTiernan / Willis RW Franson
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Whedon / Harris RW Franson
Dr. No
  [James Bond]
Young / Connery RW Franson
Dressed to Kill
  [Sherlock Holmes]
Neill / Rathbone / Bruce RW Franson

Fire from the Heartland
  The Awakening of
  the Conservative Woman
Stephen K. Bannon SE Jordan
Firefly dvd series Joss Whedon RW Franson,
DH Franson
First Love Henry Koster / Deanna Durbin RW Franson,
JM Franson
Fish Called Wanda, A Crichton / Cleese RW Franson

General, The Buster Keaton RW Franson
Ghost Goes West, The Rene Clair / Robert Donat RW Franson
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The
    contrasted with —
  Man som hatar kvinnor
Oplev; Rapace, Nyqvist / Fincher; Mara, Craig WH Stoddard
Girls und Panzer Tsutomu Mizushima WH Stoddard
Good Night, and Good Luck Clooney / Strathairn / McCarthy CB Kurtz
Great Dan Patch, The Joe Newman / Gail Russell RW Franson
Gunga Din Rudyard Kipling / George Stevens RW Franson

Hands Across the Table Mitchell Leisen / Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray RW Franson
Here Comes Cookie Norman Z. McLeod / George Burns, Gracie Allen RW Franson
Home and the World, The
Satyajit Ray WH Stoddard

Inspector General, The Nikolai Gogol / Henry Koster / Danny Kaye RW Franson
It Happened on Fifth Avenue Roy Del Ruth / Victor Moore, Gale Storm RW Franson
It Started with Eve Henry Koster / Deanna Durbin, Laughton, Cummings RW Franson

June Chris Hutson / Felicia Day RW Franson
Just Go With It Dennis Dugan / Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler RW Franson

King of the Texas Rangers English & Witney / Sammy Baugh, Duncan Renaldo RW Franson,
DH Franson

Lady on a Train Charles David / Deanna Durbin RW Franson
Lord of the Rings, The
      (with Balrog Eggs)
J.R.R. Tolkien / Peter Jackson RW Franson,
DH Franson
  1. The Fellowship of the Ring WH Stoddard
  2. The Two Towers WH Stoddard
  3. The Return of the King WH Stoddard
Love Letters William Dieterle / Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten RW Franson

Maltese Falcon, The John Huston / Humphrey Bogart RW Franson
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Monty Python S Farrell
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Charles Dickens / Abe Levitow / Jim Backus JM Franson

Ninotchka Ernst Lubitsch / Greta Garbo RW Franson

Office Space Mike Judge / Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston RW Franson
Outlaw Josey Wales, The Clint Eastwood RW Franson,
DH Franson

Pan's Labyrinth
  (El labertino del fauno)
del Toro / Baquero WH Stoddard
Princess Comes Across, The William K. Howard / Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray RW Franson
Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw / Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller  RW Franson

Serenity Joss Whedon RW Franson,
DH Franson
Serenity Joss Whedon WH Stoddard
Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace Fisher / Christopher Lee RW Franson
Sign of Four, The [Sherlock Holmes] Cutts / Wontner JM Franson
Sky Captain and
  the World of Tomorrow
Conran / Law / Paltrow / Jolie   S Cook
Star Wars series George Lucas   
  Feminist Take on the Whole
  Star Wars Saga, A
G Binkly
Streets of Fire Walter Hill / Michael Paré WH Stoddard
Study in Scarlet, A
  [Sherlock Holmes]
Marin / Owen RW Franson,
JM Franson

Third Man, The Reed / Greene / Cotten, Welles, Valli RW Franson
True Confession Wesley Ruggles / Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray RW Franson
True Lies Cameron / Schwarzenegger  RW Franson

Undefeated, The Sarah Palin / Stephen Bannon S Drake
Underwater Shooting
  Tests & Evaluations
Lenny Magill RW Franson
United 93 Paul Greengrass CB Kurtz

Victory at Sea Henry Salomon; Richard Rodgers RW Franson

Way Out West Laurel and Hardy RW Franson
While You Were Sleeping Jon Turteltaub / Sandra Bullock RW Franson

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Queen Mab, what's she?


She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate stone
On the forefinger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomi
Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep.
Her wagon spokes made of long spinners' legs;
The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers;
Her traces, of the moonshine's wat'ry beams;
Her collars, of the smallest spider web;
Her whip, of cricket's bone, the lash of film; ...
And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love; ...

William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet, 1.4.54-64, 71-72

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or Creative Typography;
despite, or because, error's name is Legion

R. W. Franson's review of
by Connie Willis

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