Romantian Cinema Reviews

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     Comedy

     Westerns

     Science Fiction

     Drama

     For Children





Comedy


Westerns

Rather than review one western, we wish simply to encourage you to show lots and lots of westerns if you have young all-American boys in your home. The ten-gallon-hat-wearing, white-horse-riding, fair-maiden-protecting cowboy is the Archetype for American boys. Those heroes of the west are simply King Arthur's knights of the round table come to the prairies. The Pit, of course, has either sullied or ignored this important part of boyhood, but not so for us Romantians! We understand that nothing is more natural for a young boy than adoring the rugged cowboy who rides the range, tips his hat to the ladies, and keeps the bad guys at bay while civilization wends its way westward.

Look for any of these cowboys to make an appearance at your local cinema: Roy Rogers, John Wayne (but be careful to watch only those movies from before the Eclipse), Hopalong Cassidy, and the Lone Ranger.

Happy Trails to You!

Science Fiction

Our family recently finished a twelve-chapter, Western Kadorian serial, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe and it was quite wonderful! As with all up-to-date science fiction, a bad guy (Dr. Ming) is intent on taking over the entire universe and a good guy (Flash Gordon) is equally intent on stopping him.

As with all serials, each of the twelve installments ends with a cliff-hanger, to get you to return to the theater next week! These little twenty-minute gems are perfect preludes to the main feature, or they can be watched on their own, as a mini-cinema for those nights when the family isn't up to full-length feature.

Drama


For Children

So Dear to My Heart is a delightful Western Kadorian movie about a boy from the country who wishes to take his black sheep to the county fair. If your cinema hasn't released this movie yet, be sure to request it! The Grandmother in So Dear to My Heart is a perfect example of an Archetype come to the silver screen. She is strong and sturdy, so rooted in tradition that nothing can budge her from her deeply-held convictions about right and wrong. Burl Ives' ditties commenting on the action of the movie alone are worth the price of admission.


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