Daniel’s Critical Corner: On Vacation !!!

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I’ll Be Back In Two Shakes !!!

~ Hello Everyone ~
Welcome To Daniel’s Critical Corner !

That’s right folks.  I’m hittin’ the happy trails !  But I will be back before
you know it, (October 26th) !  Around Halloween…  Speaking of Happy
Trails, (and speaking of Halloween for that matter), I have some rather
TERRIFYING trivia for you…  I’m going to tell you WHO WALKS AMONG
US !!!  Fiendish GHOULS posing as the living…

Yep…  This is some fascinating crap stuff.  So, as the late (great) Bette
Davis once said, “Fasten your seat belts.  It’s going to be a bumpy night”.

A couple of weeks ago, the legendary Anita Page passed away at age
98.  She was considered by many to be one of the last big-name stars
from the “silent film” era.  I was rather saddened by this news…  But it
got me thinking…  If everyone from 1920’s Hollywood is gone…  Who
is left from the true “Golden Age” of Hollywood:  The 1930’s ?!!

I know who already has gone to that giant “dressing room” in the sky.
So many.  Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Fay Wray, Katherine Hepburn,
Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Charles Boyer,
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Just to name a few !   

So I did some hardcore research.  Not kidding folks.  HOURS of research.
Some people that are living came to mind, but with closer examination
they got their start in the 1940’s…  Lauren Bacall, Van Johnson, Jennifer
Jones, Esther Williams and Elizabeth Taylor are all alive and kicking, but
NOT from the decade I was looking for.

And so here we have it.  The last of Hollywood’s TRUE living legends.
Some of the biggest names of the 1930’s, all still alive and well.  Hmmm. 
Alive anyway.  (There are only eight of ’em) !  I put them in order of
“youngest” to “oldest”.

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Shirley Temple ~ Age 80


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Looks Like “The Good Ship Lollipop” Hit
An Iceberg !


 Notable Films: 

Bright Eyes ~ 1934
Curly Top  ~ 1935
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm  ~ 1938
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer  ~ 1947

* She became a well respected American Ambassador
later in life.  She was also THE FIRST star to publicly
announce her battle with breast cancer.  A true

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 Jackie Cooper ~ Age 86


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What The HECK Happened To Shirley Temple ???


 Notable Films:

The Champ ~ 1931
Treasure Island ~ 1934
Superman ~ 1978
Superman II ~ 1980

* Jackie Cooper holds the record for youngest guy to be
 nominated for an Oscar (age 9 in 1931 for “The Champ”).  
He played Perry White in all four of the Christopher Reeve
“Superman” movies.  Jackie (and Mickey Rooney) are the
only people on this list that actually started their film
careers in the late 1920’s !

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Mickey Rooney ~ Age 88


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Oh Mickey, You’re So Fine…  I Hope You Live To See 99
Hey Mickey !


 Notable Films:

Love Finds Andy Hardy ~ 1938
National Velvet ~ 1944
Breakfast at Tiffany’s ~ 1961
Night at the Museum ~ 2006

Mickey Rooney’s career is one of the longest spanning, starting 
in 1927 and (so far) going to 2009 !  He is one of the last men
still standing.  What a STUD.  That’s NINE decades of film !!!

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Maureen O’Hara  ~ Age 88


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It’s Not Just About “The Booty” !!!


 Notable Films:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame ~ 1939
Miracle on 34th Street  ~ 1947
The Quiet Man ~ 1952
The Parent Trap ~ 1961
Only the Lonely ~ 1991

* In the 1930’s Maureen was considered one of the world’s most
beautiful women.  She was also one of John Wayne’s best
friends !  (They did five pictures together).

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Joan Fontaine ~ Age 90


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The “Fontaine” Of Youth !


 Notable Films:

The Women ~ 1939
Rebecca ~ 1940
Suspicion ~ 1941
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ~ 1961

* “Rebecca” was director Alfred Hitchcock’s first American
film.  It was a HUGE hit, winning best picture.  The next year,
Hitchcock asked Joan to be in another one of his movies, and
she won the Oscar for best actress in 1941’s “Suspicion” ! 

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Olivia de Havilland  ~ Age 92


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Almost Gone With The Wind ! 


 Notable Films:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream ~ 1935
The Adventures of Robin Hood ~ 1938
Gone With The Wind  ~ 1939
Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte ~ 1964
Airport ’77  ~ 1977

* She still continues to do movies, and is wrapping up
her latest picture due out in 2009, titled “I-59 South”.
 Olivia also just so happens to be Joan Fontaine’s big 
sister ! (They hate each other, and have not talked
since 1975).

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Gloria Stuart ~ Age 98


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No, I’m NOT Ready For My Closeup,
Mr. DeMille !


 Notable Films:

The Old Dark House ~ 1932
The Invisible Man ~ 1933
Titanic ~ 1997

* Yep, that’s old Rose ! (Funny she is actually older
than the last living survivor of the Titanic, one Mrs.
Millvina Dean, who is alive and well at age 96) !!!

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Luise Rainer ~ Age 98


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Did You Say You Are Going To “Mount” Rainer ?


  Notable Films:

The Great Ziegfeld ~ 1936
The Good Earth ~ 1937
Dramatic School ~ 1938

* She’s the first person to win back-to-back
Oscars for best actress (1936 and 1937) and
she’s also the oldest living Oscar recipient !

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Well, there you have it.  I hope this thrilling information tides you over
until my return !!!  If I have missed someone BIG from the 1930’s, leave
me a comment (or send me an email) !  Don’t forget to check out my
AWESOME archives while I am away !!!  Thank you for reading.  More
great reviews coming to you SOON !


Daniel’s Critical Corner:  ALWAYS a “10” out of “10” !!!

~ Daniel Boyer Critical Corner



Daniel’s Critical Corner: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”

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  ~ Hello Everyone ~
Welcome To Daniel’s Critical Corner !
(Where you will never find a more wretched hive
of scum and villainy).  Today, the Force is strong with:
 Star Wars: The Clone Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far,
far away…

Episode LXXVII

Bob Hope

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The year is 1977, and
 young Danny B. has just come
  back from seeing Star Wars
for the very first time at a
drive-in with his parents.
He is now a total fan!

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 Yep.  It’s a fact.  Ever since that magical night so many years back,
I have been hooked.  My Mom and Dad knew it, and automatically
started feeding my need by purchasing me Star Wars figures !!! 

Thank goodness I was the first generation born into the Star Wars
 era.  If I were around just ten years prior, I would have been playing
with wooden cowboys, puppets and trains.  YUCK !  No “Howdy
Doody” for me !!!   

Christmas of 1977 was the first wave…  Santa Claus brought me
the action figures of Darth Vader, Ben Kenobi,  Luke Skywalker,
Princess Leia,  C-3PO and R2-D2 !!!  I also scored with a sweet
inflatable “Lightsaber”.  Not to mention the “Death Star” and  
a “Landspeeder” !

For my Birthday the next year, more cool stuff !  I received a
“TIE Fighter” and a “Dewback”… Not to mention Chewbacca, 
 some Stormtroopers, and Han Solo !!!   (For Easter, the Easter
Bunny would always hide Star Wars figures with the chocolate
eggs) ! 

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Just Dew It !!!

 Mom has (mostly) fond memories of me playing Star Wars.
There was this one time, while in the kitchen loading up the
dishwasher,  she was startled by a horrific scream coming
out of my room.  It was a high pitch shriek of sheer terror,
  causing her to actually drop a glass ! 

In a panic, she bolted back to my bedroom, where another
shrill cry was piercing the air.  The door was closed, and Mom
opened it cautiously wondering what I had done to myself.

She found me holding my Princess Leia figure.  “What in the
world is going on” ?  Mom asked with concern in her voice.
I responded by saying,  “Princess Leia fell off a cliff” !  Ha !   
Boy, was my Mom ticked off.  I had this habit of putting my
figures up on a top bookcase shelf, and some poor character
would inevitably end up falling to their death (always in slow
motion, and hollering all the way down).

And people say that “Revenge of the Sith” was dark.  Hmmmph.
I was implementing tragedy into “Star Wars” long before that.
(No, I’m not condoning it) !

Star Wars should be kept light, and fortunately, that’s what the
new movie is all about.  Some people have complained that this
CGI vehicle is geared towards kids…  And in many respects it is. 
But that really isn’t such a bad thing.  When I saw the first movie
so many small moons ago, I was only seven years old.  I’m glad it
wasn’t rated “PG-13”, “R” or “X-Wing”.  Can you imagine? 

Me:  “Hey Dad, when can I go see the new ‘Star Wars’ movie” ?

Dad:  “Not until you are 18 son.  ‘Star Wars’ is for grown-ups”.

I realize all of us original “Star Wars” fans have gotten older.  But
please, let’s keep it for kids as well, so they can grow up loving it
 too. Everyone is so jaded these days. To anyone who wants more  
death and destruction, I fart in your general Grievous direction !

This new film has the lowest body count of the entire series. 
There is, however, plenty of violence against Robots.  But they
DESERVE it.  They are bad, naughty robots.  Robots from the
wrong end of town.  Robots without a cause ! 

Our story centers around Anakin Skywalker and Ben Kenobi,
trying to save the day again by rescuing Jabba the Hutt’s baby,
“Rotta”  AKA “Stinky”.  Poor little Stinky has been kidnapped by
  the Separatists, (led by the vile Count Dooku) in an attempt to 
force Jabba to work with them.  Stinky the Hutt is sooo cute ! 
I love me some Stinky.  Yes, he looks like his Dad, but he has 
really taken on more of his good traits.


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Return Of The “Red-Eye”


To help save the little ball of blubber, Yoda sends Anakin and
Ben one of those pantomime Padme WHATEVER learners named
Oshkosh B’Gosh (or something like that).  She is quite a spunky
addition to our crew, and has future Jedi written all over her ! 
(But that’s only because she passed out at a party and someone
had a black marker).

Of course, there are plenty of villains on board to thwart our
friend’s plans.  Some bald Jedi chick named Ventress, a creature
known as Whorm Loathsom, and Jabba’s gay uncle (to name a
a few) !

Yes,  Jabba has a gay uncle !  “Ziro the Hutt” !  He just MAKES
this movie. He wears a feather and emulates Truman Capote ! 
He owns a sleazy nightclub in Seedy City, and he’s one of the
most colorful new characters to grace the Star Wars universe in
   a while !!!  We learn that Jabba actually has THREE gay uncles.  
Due to time constraints, two of them were cut from the film.


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Elton the Hutt


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Rosie the Hutt


Now, the CGI in this movie isn’t the best ever, I will be the first to
admit.  Sometimes, it kind of looks like a “Dire Straits” video.  But,
the action is thrilling, the backdrops are stunning AND the killer
  soundtrack will blow your socks clean off.  This flick also seems to  
have a great sense of humor about itself.  For example,  The battle
droids have some awesome one-liners !  They manage to give off a 
“Keystone Cops” kind of vibe.  And, reminding me of my youth, one
of them goes screaming off a cliff in dramatic (and rather hilarious)
fashion !

Much to my happy delight, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee and
Anthony Daniels add their voice talents this time around, so “Star
Wars: The Clone Wars” has a warm, familiar air to it !  (No, I’m not
talking about Stinky’s flatulence).  And I did get some goosebumps
during the final showdown in the courtyard !!!  It is a fierce battle
between Ventress and Ben.  He finds her to be quite a worthy foe
 when she whips out her double-ended lightsaber.  KINKY.  She may
not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts !

This story will continue on in the form of a TV show coming to
Cartoon Network.  It’s not quite as entertaining as The Family
Guy’s “Blue Harvest”, but almost…  LOL !!!  It will be nice to see 
more of these engaging characters soon.      

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” has the droids you’re looking for !


Would I Recommend This ?  Yes

Daniel’s Critical Rating:  “7.5” out of “10”