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I, Claudius: Republic vs Monarchy

One of the major themes in I, Claudius is the tension between the concept of the Roman Republic and the reality of the new Roman monarchy. 2,140 more words


Random Musings: A look back at I, Claudius

Every few years, I re-watch the 1976 BBC production of I, Claudius. In light of the recent death of John Hurt, who played the emperor Caligula in that production, now seemed an appropriate time to revisit that series. 806 more words

Film Review: Cosmic Princess (1982)

Release Date: December, 1982
Directed by: Charles Crichton, Peter Medak
Written by: Johnny Byrne, Fred Freiberger
Music by: Barry Gray, Derek Wadsworth
Cast: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell, Brian Blessed… 417 more words


Day 7. Tarzan (1999). Directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima.

Tarzan (1999) Score: 79%

Believe it or not, I’ve never seen Disney’s Tarzan. Quite frankly I’m appalled with myself, because it’s definitely one of their best. 80 more words

The Greatest Store in the World (1999)

You can be sure there’s a story behind every superlative boast, and when it comes to The Greatest Store in the World, it’s not quite the magical emporium you expect. 492 more words

Western TV Reviews

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Kevin Costner, megastar of the nineties but latter-day nonentity, is hopelessly miscast as the tight-clad outlaw of Sherwood Forest. When away on the crusades his father (Brian Blessed) is murdered and Robin returns to England seeking vengeance against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). 462 more words


October 9: Happy Birthday Steve McQueen and John Lennon

Director and producer Steve McQueen turns 47 today (he should not be confused with the actor of the same name, who will be turning up here next March).  1,082 more words

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