Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

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Passionate about Old Hollywood films and great art that moves me.

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  • The Purple Rose of Cairo

    The Purple Rose of Cairo

    ★★★★

    What a sharp, perceptive comedy from Woody Allen.

    During the Depression, a waitress daydreams about the movies. When the romantic film The Purple Rose of Cairo arrives at her local movie house, she falls under its spell, seeing it again and again, to the point where one of the movie's cast members recognizes her love for it and literally jumps off the screen and into the real world to meet her.

    Woody Allen was smart in, as far as I…

  • The Dawn Patrol

    The Dawn Patrol

    ★★★★

    The Dawn Patrol is a WWI aviation picture that's a remake of the 1930 Howard Hawks film starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Richard Barthelmess.

    This version has an ensemble cast of Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven, and Donald Crisp, among others. Made on the eve of WWII, it's a notably downbeat war film that conveys the futility of sending men up into the skies, whom more often than not are wide-eyed boys than hardened veterans.

    All of the film's…

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  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    ★★★★★

    She's gone.

    At the grand old age of 104, Olivia de Havilland has passed away, which, to me, symbolizes the end of an era: the truly final connection who could tell us what an age was really like, knew all of its major players, and someone who experienced more than her fair share of its trials and tribulations.

    With all due respect to those actors and actresses still living from the era, none of them were as emblematic of the…

  • The Big Trail

    The Big Trail

    ★★★½

    I didn't expect to go on a Raoul Walsh mini-marathon this week, but why the heck not.

    I've long wanted to see The Big Trail, mostly because it was the film that gave a fresh-faced John Wayne his first serious role. You can see he's a raw and unmolded talent; a guy a long way from becoming the towering screen legend we all know and, at least in my case, love. Even so, he's something of a frontier stud here.…