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  • Title: To Catch a Thief
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“I’m in love with you.”
“Now that’s a ridiculous thing to say.”

To Catch a Thief (Special Collector’s Edition)A new string of burglaries along the French Rivieria prompt police to suspect the notorious John Robie (Cary Grant) has returned to his life of crime. The trouble is Robie is innocent. However no one, not the police nor his former friends, will believe him. With the help of an insurance agent (John Willliams) Robie hatches a plan to catch the thief in the act and clear his name.

Our retired thief cleverly insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy widow (Jessie Royce Landis) and her beautiful daughter Fraces (Grace Kelly) knowing that their jewels will be on the list of the imposter. What he doesn’t anticipate is Frances recognizing him as the Cat and still being attracted to him.

In terms of enjoyment and escapism there are few films as well made as this one.  Though not on the level of some of Alfred Hitchcock‘s more important films like Psycho or Rear Window (also starring Grace Kelly, read that review) aside from North By Northwest it’s the most fun film the great director ever made.

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Castle – A Rose Everafter

by Alan Rapp on August 24, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Castle – A Rose Everafter
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“She’s the one that got away.”

Castle - A Rose Everafter TV review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the Second Season of Castle with one of my favorite episodes of the series. Alyssa Milano guest-stars as Castle‘s (Nathan Fillion) college girlfriend Kyra Blaine and a bride whose bridesmaid is murdered on her wedding day. The reunion is bittersweet, bringing back old feelings while evidence points to her groom-to-be (Brady Smith) as a likely murder suspect. While Castle dates different women during the series before getting involved with Beckett, including a second go-round with his ex-wife, Kyra is the only one who we see him present deep feelings for. And meeting Kyra also clues Kate into a little more about Castle’s past, including the idea that he can fall seriously for someone “real.”

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  • Title: Human Target – Salvage & Reclamation
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“Shut up, Doug.”

Human Target - Salvage & Reclamation television review

“Salvage & Reclamation” may not be my favorite episode of Human Target but the episode has it all in an exotic location, humor, action, and a lovely guest-star with a tie to the past of our mysterious protagonist. Perhaps more than any other episode of the series this one shows the potential of the show’s concept when handled correctly. Called into service by an old flame, Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) heads to South America where he rescues English anthropologist Doug Slocum (Kris Marshall) who has uncovered the location of a plane full of gold which many are willing to kill for. Neither the rescue nor Chance’s reunion go exactly as planned as Chance, Maria (Leonor Varela), and Doug head into the the jungle hunted by the army, drug runners, and a superbly-evil corporate goon (Kim Coates).

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Astro City #44

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2017

in Comics

Astro City #44 comic reviewI loved this issue! Even after years Astro City can still surprise me. With the single-issue story “The Cat Who Walked Through Walls,” Astro City #44 touches on a theme near and dear to my heart: animal heroes. In this case the animal is the pet cat of two Astro City heroines – Sunhawk and Nightingale who are completely unaware about what their pet does when they aren’t looking (other than try and knock dangerous substances off of tables and shelves).

Unaware of their cat’s power, or devilish intelligence, our heroes are completely oblivious to Kittyhawk tackling their case to stop the latest villainous plans of Popinjay on her own. Okay, she also relied on the help of another animal hero in Rocket Dog. Yes, I said Rocket Dog! Did I mention how much I love this comic?!

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The Great Films – 12 Angry Men

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2017

in Home Video

  • Title: 12 Angry Men
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12 Angry Men movie reviewOur Throwback Thursday post this week takes us back six decades. On this date 60 years ago writer Reginald Rose‘s adaptation of his own teleplay opened in theaters. Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film was nominated for three Oscars yet took home none. However, over time both the National Film Registry and the American Film Institute have named it a film of great significance.

Set entirely in a courthouse, the film follows the deliberations of 12 jurors concerning a case of an 18 year-old accused of stabbing his father with a switchblade. When the film opens only one lone juror (Henry Fonda) has some doubt to the boy’s guilt. While going over the case with the reluctant other jurors, the man will slowly bring others to his side, to the great frustration of one juror (Lee J. Cobb) spearheading the other argument.

No names are used, with each of the jurors identified only by number, and others identified solely as “the boy,” “the judge,” and so on. Focusing on facts and deliberation, the film is tense throughout (although there’s only a single instance where any physical threat is made by one juror to another).

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