Stanley Crowe

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 754
Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (347 of 409)
Location: Greenville, SC


Top Reviewer Ranking: 754 - Total Helpful Votes: 347 of 409
Standing Room Only ~ Jerry Hadley
Standing Room Only ~ Jerry Hadley
First, some reservations: Jerry Hadley sometimes seems unsure of the stylistic requirements of these songs from musicals (they don't all require the same approach), and sometimes it seems that he feels compelled to go full-bore operatic on us. The high hard one with which he ends "What Kind of Fool Am I'' had better been left unsung, and while his diction is generally very fine, the idiom sometimes escapes him -- so that, while Robert Preston didn't have half his voice, Preston knew how to put over "The Sadder but Wiser Girl for Me." However, for all that, the man had a beautiful voice, and the early death and its sad circumstances are a real loss. I cherish his singing in… Read more
The Counterfeiters [2007] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ August Diehl
The Counterfeiters [2007] [DVD] DVD ~ August Diehl
******* NOTE: I try to avoid spoilers in the comments below *****

Before I saw this movie and read some historical background on it, I had never heard of Operation Bernhard, the Nazi plan to flood the Allied Countries with counterfeit pounds and dollars, and to establish a counterfeit production station in the concentration camp of Sachsenhausen, manned by prisoners, some of them Jews, who had skills in printing and counterfeiting. Based on a book by one of the counterfeiters, Adolf Burger, the movie focuses on Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a Jewish forger, who is arrested just before the World War 2 and imprisoned. He impresses his captors with his skill as an… Read more
Burn After Reading [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ George Clooney
Burn After Reading [DVD] DVD ~ George Clooney
Better paced than "Inside Llewyn Davies" and less sublimely inconsequential than "The Big Lebowski," "Burn After Reading" is a considerable success. It's a "bloody farce," to use the 17th Century critic Thomas Rhymer's description of "Othello," and we expect of farce that we will be able to detach ourselves from any sympathy with the characters and thus free ourselves to enjoy the machinery of a well-oiled plot. The machinery is in good working order here, but two characters do engage our sympathies to some extent and thus complicate and deepen our engagement with the movie, without our really thinking them anything but stupid -- but with them we feel that anxiety makes them stupid, and… Read more