A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2020) – Christmas Carol-A-Thon 2021 comes to a close with this review of the criminally underrated version of A Christmas Carol that was released last year. This production is easily one of the most beautiful adaptations of the Dickens classic.
The director was Jaqui Morris and the screenplay was crafted by David Morris utilizing almost nothing but Dickens’ own words from the novel. In this boldly creative non-musical presentation each character had their dancing performed by a professional dancer while their dialogue was voiced by professional thespians.
And what thespians! The voice of Andy Serkis is heard, in addition to those of Sian Phillips, who apparently will never die, and Leslie Caron, whom I thought had already died. Serkis provides the dialogue for Marley’s Ghost and Old Joe. Phillips is the narrator whose wonderful performance ties it all together and Caron provides the voice for the Ghost of Christmas Past.
A Christmas Carol is presented here as if it will be a puppet show put on by a family of entertainers but instead of actual puppets, professional dancers act out the story. In the same way that a ballet features superb dancing set to music, this dancing is set to narration and dialogue from the Dickens novel. Continue reading
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Here are some of my most popular blog posts from the past 12 months.
LATITUDE ZERO (1969) – My review of the long unavailable Japanese monster/ sci fi movie HERE.
DEMOCRAT SLOGANS – Yesterday’s jokes are today’s reality. Click HERE.
INSPECTOR LIPINZKI: FIVE HUNDRED CARATS – My review of this 1893 mystery story as dramatized on The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes in 1973. Read it HERE.
SHARYL ATTKISSON EXPOSES THE BIASES OF SELF-PROCLAIMED “FACT CHECKERS” – It’s brilliant and it’s right HERE.
AMERICA: PART OF THE DUNE SERIES – In the spirit of my blog post America: Part of the Alien Series. Click HERE.
EXPLAINING “DEFUND THE POLICE” FOR OVERSEAS READERS – A look at the ugly political game being played at the expense of community safety. Click HERE.
IRON MAN: THE FIRST TWENTY STORIES – Robert Downey Jr made Iron Man a household name, now see the hero’s earliest adventures HERE.
PROFILE IN COURAGE: DEMOCRAT TULSI GABBARD WARNED ABOUT MAIL-IN VOTE FRAUD BEFORE THE ELECTION LAST YEAR – She was proven right as we continue to learn in the ongoing vote audits and other investigations. Click HERE.
ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION – Gullivar Jones On Mars (1905) HERE, Are The Planets Inhabited? HERE. Continue reading
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Brief on the USA right now:
They – the Big Brothers and their corrupt pets – are sending millions to foreign country in the name of “Help Act” but trust me, none of my relatives in Vietnam have received anything from the government for Covid help so far. So where has the money gone? Into the pockets of corrupt corporations and people like Hunter Biden or so?! Into the pockets of the Communism party who have their children living a fancy life in USA without having to work a day in life?!
They wanted to destroy Trump’s wall and open up the border but at the same time sending billions to the middle East countries to help them build wall to secure their borders and protect them from terrorists. What about Americans? Who will protect us? TRUMP has been fighting to protect our borders, to secure our country’s safety for…
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Balladeer’s Blog’s year-end retrospective comes to a close with this look at November’s best. Hunker down with some Iron Smoke Bourbon to help you ring in the new year.
As usual with whiskey I prefer cask strength, and the people at Iron Smoke amusingly call their cask strength bourbon “Casket Strength.”
It’s ONE-HUNDRED TWENTY PROOF and goes with any celebration.
THE THIN MAN (1934) – My review of Dashiell Hammett’s final novel, a murder mystery set between Christmas and New Year’s. Click HERE.
GULLIVAR JONES ON MARS (1905) – A work of “ancient” science fiction and a look at the controversy surrounding it. Click HERE.
LEO FONG’S BEST B-MOVIES – Several of Fong’s very flawed but enjoyable films, like Bionic Ninja. Click HERE.
DEMOCRAT GLENN GREENWALD RESIGNS OVER CENSORSHIP OF THE BIDEN CORRUPTION SCANDALS – One of the few journalists left with integrity, Greenwald revealed his censored story about Joe and Hunter Biden AND the emails from his editors wanting the story covered up in order to save Biden’s campaign. Click HERE.
EIGIL HOLST: RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1973) – The renowned Danish detective in a mystery set in Copenhagen. Click HERE.
SIX-HUNDRED & SIXTY SIX (1972) – A combination science fiction/ post-apocalypse/ horror/ religious flick starring cult actor Joe Turkel, best known for his role as Lloyd the Bartender in The Shining. Click HERE.
CHIEF PURSER HORROCKS: RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1973) – Chief Purser Eli Horrocks solves the theft of gold bullion on a trans-Atlantic vessel. This 1900 tale is sort of an Agatha Christie mystery BEFORE Agatha Christie. Click HERE. Continue reading