Elaine J. Campbell

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (6 of 7)
Location: Rancho Mirage, CA United States
Birthday: May 21


Top Reviewer Ranking: 519,822 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 7
Bandwagon, the <b>VHS</b> ~ Fred Astaire
Bandwagon, the VHS ~ Fred Astaire
In this age of angst (to say the least), what better elixir than Fred Astaire, who is pure joy himself. Sure, he had problems professionally and in life like the rest of us, but you know what? The essence of this man transcended all of that, and I believe that is why we are all so drawn to his films today. Not only that, but this film takes place when the movies were leaving hoofers (tap dancing) behind, and moving into the realm of modern dance and ballet. Even in those territories, Fred holds his own. It is my belief that the decline in the producing and popularity of musicals from the late 40's and 50's to this day is because we left tap dancing (primal rhythm) behind for a mode… Read more
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I avoided reading this book for many years due to the poor film that was made of it. I figured the book would be equally as poor.
I warn any reader of this review not to make the same mistake that I did. The book is almost totally unlike the movie, which starred a greatly miscast Brad Pitt, and interjected subplots born in Hollywood, rather than Harrer's fine book.
There was no need to embellish one of the most fascinating, amazing and adventurous stories ever told, and a true one at that. Most of the time I couldn't believe what I was reading, including the first half of the book which recounts Harrer's and Aufschnaiter's arduous two year-long trek over Tibetan mountains, or the… Read more
Top Hat <b>VHS</b> ~ Fred Astaire
Top Hat VHS ~ Fred Astaire
The Best! because there seems to be more musical numbers than in the others I have seen, but also this film contains more comedy as well. It could stand on its own as a fine comedy if the music were taken away. And vice versa.
Edward Everett Horton appears more relaxed and as if he is having more fun in this film than in "The Gay Divorcee." And its good to see the other players from this film: Erik Rhodes as the dress designer (Tonetti in "The Gay Divorcee,") and Eric Blore as the valet (the waiter in "The Gay Divorcee"). Helen Broderick is appropriately droll and world-wise as Horton's wife, and I read that Lucille Ball plays the salesgirl in the flower shop. I frankly didn't… Read more