Tag Archive | Coming of Age

Cria Cuervos (1976)

Director: Carlos Saura

Starring: Geraldine Chaplin, Ana Torrent, Monica Randall

Release date: January 26 (SP). I’ve had some proper tough, growed-up films in my initial batch of titles, I’m thinking this could be a throwaway comedy from Spain… It’s not. I’ve landed another subtitled brow-furrower. May contain a corvus corax and spoilers…

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XIPHOS AND THE QUICK AND DIRTY HIT #6 VISION QUEST

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My apologies to Conti. I said I was going to review Hooper as the next installment in this series until Jarv made reference to Mathew Modine in his Married To The Mob review and the light bulb went off. This movie is stretching the new direction of this series since I was about 16 when Vision Quest hit and that’s really on the far side of being a movie that would have a lot of impact on my fragile eggshell mind. The thing is though, I was a high school wrestler and this movie came out during wrestling season and was a big hit with the team and with anybody I have met that wrestled. Also I had read the book the movie was based on twice before, once in 1980 then again just before the start of the wrestling season in 1983ish, so I think by combining both movie and book it just barely meets the criteria for this series. The book is an excellent coming of age story that Catcher In the Rye wished it was. FYI, I will be referring to the book some while reviewing the movie so this is really a twofer review. This combined approach gave me an idea for another series: good movie adaptations of books. There are some believe it or not. I will have to investigate that idea further.

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XIPHOS AND THE QUICK AND DIRTY HIT #1:FREAKS AND GEEKS

This is a new idea I’m trying out it’s a short quick review about movies and TV shows everybody is probably already very familiar with and don’t require much writing about. At this point I think I’m just going write about things I like but I really haven’t worked out the rules as of yet that’s because when I thought of this, it was 20 minutes after midnight, I can’t sleep and I’m bored so this sounded like a good idea, we will see how it pans out.

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THE UNDERRATED – THE SPORTS EDITION: THE SANDLOT

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A few weeks back I asked our friend Jarv if I could glom onto his excellent Underrated idea and being the gracious gentlemen that he is, Jarv allowed me to use the title “The Underrated”. Thank you, sir, for your generosity. I will try to not besmirch the fine name of The Underrated too much.

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