Gene Bitner

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (4 of 5)
Location: Amarillo, TX United States
In My Own Words:
Not a professional, I loved playing in the high school band and singing in the choir. I am a movie addict-- but like movies which make you think-- NOT 'action adventures' :-(


Top Reviewer Ranking: 750,822 - Total Helpful Votes: 4 of 5
Billy Elliot (Widescreen) <b>DVD</b> ~ Jamie Bell
Billy Elliot (Widescreen) DVD ~ Jamie Bell
I had only two problems with the movie---
(1) Why didn't they just make the kid 13 (his real age) or at least 12-- it was very difficult to believe he was just 11 as the story puts it-- at least not here in the U.S. ??
(2) In real life, Northeastern England, mid-1980s... could people not even say "Pass the butter" without saying, "Pass the
----ing butter!" ?? I fully accept that kids use 4-letter words until they wear them out or get bored with them, but wasn't this just a tad overdone in "Billy"-- especially for the adults???
I think what struck me most was the *reminders* of elements in other movies-- for example:
*Kid yells at… Read more
Goodnight Mister Tom [Import] <b>VHS</b> ~ John Thaw
A grumpy old man, who has lost a child of his own and has learned to live by himself, is told he must "do his part" when a village takes in children who have been sent to smaller towns in hopes of being safer from Hitler's bombs.
He slowly becomes a father all over again-- to a boy who has a whacko mother back home. He even becomes a teacher when it is learned that the youngster is sadly behind in his reading skills.
The mother, a religious radical and hardened bigot-- suddenly decides she wants the boy back. Then follows a very disturbing series of scenes-- child abuse pure and simple.
Tragedy also strikes the boy's best friend. The fact that this film actually… Read more
Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story by Andrea Warren
This book would be an excellent follow-up to the movie "Orphan Train". It brings out the reality of the movement between 1854 and 1930 of 200,000 abandoned children to find homes in the West.
Chapters alternate between historical information on the movement and personal details and memories of orphans like Lee Nailling and his brothers.
The most touching moment for me was when Lee, who had every reason to be bitter and hate the world, finally found a home. Fully intending to run away again before morning, he fell asleep and was awakened by a call to breakfast. As a part of "grace" said before the meal by his mother-to-be, the boy heard, "Father, thank… Read more