Donald R. McClarey

A Great Film for a Labor Day Weekend

  Probably the most powerful sermon ever placed on film, Father Barry speaks of Christ and his crucifixion on the docks.  The best performance Karl Malden ever gave.  Elia Kazan’s masterpiece, On the Waterfront  (1954) was also his response to the criticism

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Donald R. McClarey

Top Ten Patriotic Movies For the Fourth

For those of you who want some patriotic movies to watch over the  Fourth of July, here are some suggestions for viewing.  Feel free to suggest additional movies in the comboxes. 10. National Treasure (2004)-Sure it’s cursed with a ridiculous

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Donald R. McClarey

American History: Memorial Day Weekend Movies

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”               Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima. I went out yesterday to visit the grave of Larry with

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Donald R. McClarey

Herman Wouk: Requiescat in Pace

Herman Wouk has died at age 103.  A Navy veteran of the War in the Pacific, he became a celebrated novelist after the War.  To me his best novel will always be the Caine Mutiny, in which he drew upon

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Donald R. McClarey

Juarez

Ah the Golden Age of Hollywood! Hollywood made lots of  “historical films” during this period, usually filled with historical howlers. Juarez is one of the more accurate “historical films” of this era, the biggest howler being the complete absence of

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Donald R. McClarey

A Man For All Seasons

More is a man of an angel’s wit and singular learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness and affability? And, as time requireth, a man of marvelous mirth and pastimes, and sometime

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Donald R. McClarey

The Lemon Drop Kid

Sidney Melbourne (Bob Hope): Santy Claus don’€™t drink. Gloomy Willie (William Frawley): Oh, no? Well, how come he’€™s always falling down chimneys? Screenplay,  Lemon Drop Kid (1951)     Damon Runyon and Bob Hope make a terrific combination in The

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Donald R. McClarey

The Bishop’s Wife

Dudley: All right. Let me think. This happened many, many years ago. Debby: That’s not the way to begin. Stories start “Once upon a time”. Dudley: Yes, that’s true. Once upon a time there was a little boy and he

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Donald R. McClarey

Just Because

  Deputy: Yeah, in Dallas they do it in a barn outside town. Judge Roy Bean:  ln a barn?  Like they was ashamed of it?  Why, l’d rather give up hanging.  No, sir.  The law says that the guilty shall

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Donald R. McClarey

Ten Years of TAC: Damn Citizen

  (The American Catholic will observe its tenth anniversary in October.  We will be reposting some classic TAC posts of the past.  This post is from March 10, 2016.  In light of later developments, the post now seems highly ironic

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: Top Ten Patriotic Movies for the Fourth

For those of you who want some patriotic movies to watch over the  Fourth of July, here are some suggestions for viewing.  Longtime readers of this blog will see that this differs somewhat from earlier lists of top ten patriotic

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Donald R. McClarey

Incredibles 2: A Review

My family and I went to see Incredibles 2 on Saturday.  Most sequels I find disappointing, but this one more than lived up to my expectations.  Review below the fold and the caveat as to spoilers is in full effect:

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Donald R. McClarey

It Says So In Your Dossier

I have been reading a biography of Lawrence of Arabia the past few days, Hero by Michael Korda, and it has directed my attention back to the magnificent film, Lawrence of Arabia (1962).  I have always thought highly of the

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Donald R. McClarey

D-Day on Film

There have been surprisingly few movies on D-Day, as indicated by the fact that three out of the five videos looked at below are from television miniseries.  Here are the five best from  a scarce lot:          

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Donald R. McClarey

American History: Memorial Day Weekend Movies

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”               Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima. A few films to help remember that there is much greater

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Donald R. McClarey

Chappaquiddick: A Review

From a distance, Kennedy has long seemed like a man playing a role: the role his staff expected him to play, the role his public expected him to play, the role his brothers and their retainers expected him to play,

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Donald R. McClarey

The Death of Stalin

I finally saw The Death of Stalin (2017) with my bride and son last Saturday.  Most films that I have high expectations for often leave me at least slightly disappointed.  This film exceeded my expectations.  It is a superb evocation of

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Donald R. McClarey

Paul: Apostle of Christ-A Review

Hollywood, when it goes into the realms of History and Faith, often does justice to neither, getting the History wrong and making a complete hash of the presentation of religious faith on the screen.  I am pleased to report that

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Donald R. McClarey

Seven Samurai

This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourselves. Kambei, leader of the Seven Samurai     Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts takes a look at Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece, The Seven Samurai.   I finally did it. 

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Darkest Hour: A Review

Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go

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Films as Necromancy

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of

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Dunkirk: A Review

    My son and I saw Dunkirk (2017) yesterday.  I was looking forward to seeing it, but I am afraid I found it disappointing overall.   My review is below the fold, and the usual caveat as to spoilers is

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Fortnight For Freedom: Top Ten Movies for the Fourth

  Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half

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Eliot Ness: Legend Eclipses Reality

  I have foresworn myself. I have broken every law I have sworn to uphold, I have become what I beheld and I am content that I have done right! Eliot Ness, The Untouchables (1987)   Hard to believe it

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  My family and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and I found it hilarious.  Rocket Raccoon steals every scene he is in.  I was going to write a review but my friend Darwin Catholic has

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Judge Dan Haywood

  Ernst Janning: Judge Haywood… the reason I asked you to come: Those people, those millions of people… I never knew it would come to that. You must believe it, You must believe it! Judge Dan Haywood: Herr Janning, it

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Founder Lessons

  I have a crowded day today.  The centerpiece is six bankruptcy first meetings of creditors that will extend from noon to two-thirty PM.  As is usually the case when I am in a hearing over the lunch hour, I will

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The Case for Christ: A Review

My bride and I went to see The Case for Christ last Saturday.  I must admit to some trepidation on my part.  I have seen quite a few “Christian” films that had their hearts in the right place but were

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Video Clips Worth Watching: Wayne v. Marvin

  The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), perhaps the greatest of Westerns, contains this gem of a scene with John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jimmy Stewart, Strother Marvin, Lee Van Cleef and Woody Strode.  Marvin as Liberty Valance is the

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The Powerful Faith of the Simple

I was watching the movie Captains Courageous with my bride last night, the 1937 film based on Kipling’s novel of the same name.  I was struck by the performance of Spencer Tracy as Manuel Fidello, for which he won an

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February 8, 1915: Birth of a Nation Debuts in Los Angeles

  The film Birth of a Nation, D.W. Griffith’s masterpiece, was  controversial at its release and remains so.  At three hours the film was a pioneering effort using then cutting age technology to produce a movie that stunned viewers with its cinematic

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Seven Days in May Redux

What is it with liberals and coups?  Recently several liberals, including entertainer? Sarah Silverman, and Obama era Pentagon bureaucrat Sarah Brooks, have  been calling for/predicting a military coup against the Trump administration.  Such fools have no concept of our military where the

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And All His Empty Promises

(I first posted this in 2014.  It is worthy of another posting.)     Back when I was a boy, I watched entirely too much television.  Of course, who could blame me?  Tempted by a luxuriant three, count them, three

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