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Retro Movie Reviews

posted Dec 14, 2018, 10:01 AM by Jean-Paul Tertocha   [ updated Dec 16, 2018, 8:01 AM ]

                                                                                 Born Free     <>   1965 <> 95m 
     If there ever is a movie that is the epitome of motion pictures, that is one that sets values, this is it.   Of course the movie industry, fortunately noticed this as well, awarding this motion picture two Academy Awards, including one for best score. 
     Yes, the music for this flick is outstanding.   Very well suited to the action and emotion of the movie.   
     The cinematography is second to none.   Stunningly filmed in Central Africa, with majestic scenes to backdrop the superb acting, editing, and directing, achieved in this movie.   The incidental shots in the film are a pleasure to watch.   My favorite, when the wild pig counter-attacks Elsa the lion on one of her first trials at hunting.   This pig, repeatedly dashes into the front and side of a bewildered lioness.   How the people and animals accomplished this scene is beyond me! 
     Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, who portray the married couple dealing with Elsa, fit the part flawlessly.   They are so adept at acting their parts, after a short time into watching the movie one can FEEL the emotion they are portraying.   And if a watcher does not get a lump in his or her throat, or shed a tear or two watching this movie, that person’s heart is made of stone! 
     With all the majesty of this motion picture the premise is quite simple actually.   Three lion cub’s parents are killed, and the humans involved attempt to correct the matter, with a lot of adventure and pathos.
                                       Five Million Years to Earth     <>   1968 <> 107m 
     The version I viewed for this review is actually a 107 minute version abridged compilation of a BBC miniseries written by Rudolph Cartier.   Cartier himself supervised the editing of this form of the movie. 
     Andrew Keir plays the stately lead character,   Professor Bernard Quatermass.   And he is a leading example of one fine point of this movie.   The casting is well done as each character has an actor or actress that physically fit the part.   Not only that, the players did a fine job of delivering the dialog with the proper and right amount of whatever physical motion goes along with the dialog of the moment.   Julian Glover perfectly adds to the movie as a genuine, snobbish, military prick.   I found I actually began to loathe the character myself. 
   The dialog I find quite entertaining.   Of course I am biased as I prefer the British use of the English language.   This movie is well written and to compliment that, the players delivery is quite believable, and draws the watcher into the movie. 
   OK, what is it about?   Well, you need to watch it to find out really.   But for a hint, I would state it could be an extraterrestrial invasion gone wrong that has been discovered.   Or did the invasion go right?

Quotes to Consider

posted Dec 6, 2018, 9:01 AM by Jean-Paul Tertocha

If a machine can do it, let it.


The greatest detriment to human advancement is politics & politicians.


In the universe, size is a form of function, not importance.

Jean-Paul Tertocha

It is easier to predict the properties of the early universe than it is to predict the [Earth's], weather.

Alex Filippenko

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward. 

Jean-Paul Richter 

When you do something greedily, you might make a lot of money, but that in no way makes you happy.  When you do something well, and with care, when you hit the pillow at night, you can say, 'At least I did it right'.

Tony Bennett

One day you're a hero, the next day you're a bum.

Babe Ruth

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of

comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge

and controversy.

  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Almost all reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in

houses just as big as they can pay for.

Logan Pearsall Smith

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting
people up.

John Andrew Holmer

Politicians and computers have a lot in common. Neither have built in
answers and they both take orders from the people who bought and paid for

Brian Austin Whitney

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced. 

Frank Zappa

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.


Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.


 Albert Einstein

It's alright letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.


Mick Jagger

Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.


George Burns


Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a Prince who wants to keep his authority must learn how not to be good, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.


Nicolo Machiavelli


Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her, but once they are in hand, he alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.


The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken


Here’s the transcript of Paul Harvey’s “If I were the Devil” speech that was broadcast on April 3, 1965:

If I were the Devil, I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States.

I’d submit the churches first. I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is “square.” And the old I would teach to pray after me, “Our Father, which art in Washington…”

And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the Devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions, just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

Within the decade, I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography, soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the houses of Congress.

And in His own Churches, I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money.

If I were the Devil, I’d make the symbol of Easter, an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle.

If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who want it until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.

And wouldn’t you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich.

I would caution against extremes and hard work and patriotism and moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.

In other words, if I were the Devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.

Paul Harvey, Good Day.

What is E.M.F. ?

posted Jan 16, 2018, 7:54 AM by Jean-Paul Tertocha   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 7:57 AM ]

What is E.M.F. ?  Read the scientific essay below and find out.

David Davis Mansion

posted Oct 25, 2017, 1:11 PM by Jean-Paul Tertocha   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 7:55 AM ]

Story of one of the first modern homes  in Illinois.


Follow that River

posted Sep 28, 2017, 7:00 AM by Jean-Paul Tertocha   [ updated Jan 1, 2018, 11:12 AM ]

  A hiking suggestion.

Machines have feelings too

posted Sep 26, 2016, 7:05 AM by Jean-Paul Tertocha   [ updated Jan 1, 2018, 11:07 AM ]

A computer psychoanalyst encounters a strange case.  A Short story in PDF format.

                                      < Machines have Feelings Too - PDF format >


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