Movie Review: A Night at the Opera (1935)


In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.

Title: A Night at the Opera
Release Date: November 15, 1935
Director: Sam Wood
Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Summary/Review:

I confess – I’m a Marxist! At least when the Marx Brothers are involved. And somehow I’d never seen this one before. Allegedly this movie has a plot involving a pair of young lovers attempting to succeed in the opera, but really it’s just a pretext for Groucho, Harpo, and Chico (no Zeppo) to perform their wacky antics. The Onion includes the shipboard musical number as a “bad scene in a great movie” but I enjoyed it too. Lots of fun and laughs. There were even kids in the movie theater where I saw this who were laughing hysterically, so it works for all ages.

Rating: ****

Movie Review: Genghis Blues (1999)


In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.

Title: Genghis Blues
Release Date: July 9, 1999
Director: Roko Belic
Production Company: Roxie Releasing
Summary/Review:

Great documentary that follows blind American blues singer Paul Pena to the remote region of Tuva in the Russian Federation. Pena heard the unique sounds of Tuvan throatsinging where one singer produces multiple tones at once on short wave radio, and taught himself how to throatsing and learned the Tuvan language. After making friends with Tuva’s top celebrity throatsinger, Kongar-ol Ondar, Pena is invited to compete in the triennial throatsinging competition in Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva. It’s one of those truth is stranger than fiction stories and one of my favorite films of all time. I recommend it to anyone who likes music, cultural exchange, or just a good glimpse at humanity.

Rating: *****