Posts By: Laura Seymour

Laura Seymour

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: The Innocents

This incredible film is a remarkable version of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. The 1961 production is in inky black and white and is still one of the most effective ghost stories ever filmed. I’d never seen the film but I’m wild about Pamela Franklin’s work so I poked my nose in for… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Cosmos: War of the planets

Oh dear what did I stumble onto? In case you are wondering this isn’t the film with sex kitten Mamie Van Doren”?that film came out in 1980. This is a dreadful 1978 film made by Italian film director Alfonso Brescia (aka Al Bradly). It stars a lot of people you’ve never heard of and don’t… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Book Review: The Deep

The price on this pocketbook is $2.25. That ought to give you a good idea of how old a story I’ve been reading. Indeed, the book by Peter Benchley (Jaws) hit the shelves in 1976. The cover promises that this is “the terrifying new novel by the author of Jaws.” As a fan of Beast,… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Terminator 3

“OOOOOwwww, my ears! Turn that down!” That was my whiny comment upon my return to a film theatre after five years staying home. I am surely suffering hearing problems now. Thank heavens others have made the same general comment. The film that prompted our return to the theatre was the third installment in the Terminator… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Ghost World

Do you ever get into watching those funny little films you just know are never going to have the big names? Sometimes called “art house,” these little gems have actors that you recognize, but aren’t multi-million-bucks-a-role actors. Instead, these films have wonderful character actors like Steve Buscemi, who plays Seymour in Ghost World. This is… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Wicked Stepmother

“That was a very odd film.” I’d like to say Wicked Stepmother is bad but it’s not. I’d like to say that I loved it but I didn’t. It has a peculiar set of characteristics that make this film worth taking a look at. First, it has screen legend Bette Davis, post-stroke and I believe… Read more »

Flicks & Folios

Who could imagine the original film Alien would be such a hit? Or that its sequel Aliens would kick butt a second time – and who could stay awake during Alien 3:what a snooze. I thought the series was going to be another Jaws situation when Alien Resurrection came out. I was wrong. The fourth… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – A Knight’s Tale

There have been some odd concepts for movies in the past but I am truly shocked at this one. Even more shocking – the unique concept worked for the most part. I haven’t been a huge Heath Ledger fan but I am a fan of Mark Addy (The Full Monty) who plays Roland. Heath (as… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Which Lie Did I Tell

This William Goldman book starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. The two-time Oscar winning screenwriter has scripted such memorable films as: The Princess Bride, Marathon Man Magic, The Great Waldo Pepper, The Stepford Wives, All the President’s Men, and A Bridge Too Far. Those films were written during his “hot streak” between 1973… Read more »