December 1st, 2006

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

A Goliath who called this Dave stupid.....SO stupid in fact

Dear Regular Readers,

I came back from vacation and saw the following statement from a highly influential film critic who works for the Tribune organization. This was written on her blog, which I contribute some comments on a regular basis;

Look, I'm not saying that people who like Ray Romano are stupid. I'm simply saying that they're SO stupid, they shouldn't be allowed to breathe the same air I do.
Posted by: Phoebe Flowers | November 27, 2006 at 10:03 PM

With my positive comments about Ray Romano on her blog, given my Thanksgiving tributes to "Everybody Loves Raymond" dated November 20 AND dated November 26; I see that Miss Flowers would prefer to asphyxiate this fan of Ray Romano.

Then again, I might not have much to fear, for elitist comments mentioned above proves that she breathes oxygen from another planet.

In 1999, when I started writing for "The Observer", my goal was to inform readers about movies. Even when I do not like the movie, I've done my best not to offend the sensibilities of people. I might not like "The Lawrence Welk Show, " but I appreciate the joy that program brings to so many people for over forty years.

Until my vacation, I've been feeling burned out by most movies as of late, but being labeled "SO stupid" by a mainstream movie critic inspired me to keep writing movie reviews.

It is time for this Dave to load his sling shot and shoot down some Goliaths.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Literary Cinema : Laurel and Hardy meet Victor Herbert

"Literary Cinema" features a great movie Saturday, December 2nd at the Main Library Auditorium. Preceding the show will be a Holiday party with live music.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy costar with Mickey Mouse in this Victor Herbert Operetta. The Evil Barnaby Silas will foreclose on the little old woman who lives in a shoe. It will take the aid of Little Bo Peep, Tom Tom the Piper's son, the Three Little Pigs and the march of the wooden soldiers to save Toyland from the boogie men. This film feature's Victor Herbert's rousing Christmas song, "March of the Wooden Soldiers."

Barnaby Silas is portrayed by Henry Kleinbach, who was only 22 at the time. Kleinbach was eventually billed as Henry Brandon for the remainder of his career, which concluded with a television appearance in "Murder, She Wrote." Standing 6'5," Henry Brandon portrayed Chief Scar in "The Searchers," directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.

Oliver Hardy once mentioned that his favorite motion picture was "Babes in Toyland," which was reissued as "March of the Wooden Soldiers."