May 2017

‘EASY RIDER’ (1969) – an accidental classic.

May 31, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Easy Rider (1969) was intended to star Peter Fonda, Rip Torn and Dennis Hopper, but Fonda encountered impenetrable opposition when he went in search of financial backing, because nobody wanted to get involved with a project that included the notoriously difficult Dennis Hopper. His professional reputation was in the toilet and he was, not too inaccurately, deemed by most of Hollywood as a [...]

Last Cab to Darwin (2015) – an Aussie gem.

May 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Although I am Australian through and through, born and bred in Fremantle, Western Australia where I have lived almost my entire life, I have never been a fan of Australian-made movies. In my opinion, most of the early screen efforts painted Australian men as stereotypes; loud, foul-mouthed, country bumpkins, forever running about with a beer in their hands and calling each other ‘cobber’. And [...]

James Garner (1928 – 2014) – a true gentleman

May 27, 2017 // 4 Comments

  James Garner was one of those rare Hollywood stars who lived long lives completely free of scandal. He met his wife Lois Clarke in 1956, they married two weeks later, and remained together until Jim’s death in 2014! As far as I am aware he never played around and they lived in the same Brentwood house for all 58 years of their marriage. Their next-door neighbor was Steve McQueen. The two [...]

‘ENCHANTED’ (2007) – a whole lotta magic.

May 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                     I wonder if Disney realized back in 1988 that their hybrid feature Who Framed Roger Rabbit, released that year, would be their last live action/animated picture for almost twenty years. It would not be until Enchanted hit the screens in 2007 that hybrid success would be tasted again. Made on a production budget of $85 million it grossed $340 [...]

‘TITANIC’ (1997) – some observations.

May 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

  As a spectacle Titanic, the 1997 version, is a marvel. We are given front row seats to one of the most tragic, yet awesome, events in history. We even see the mighty ship sailing along in broad daylight in all its pristine beauty. And in living color too. I love movies for that very thing. They provide us with a window into the past, a chance to see what life was really like in bygone [...]

WAMPAS Baby Stars 1934 – the final year.

May 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Between 1922 and 1934 the Western Association of Motion Pictures Advertisers (WAMPAS) chose between 13 and 15 young actresses in Hollywood that they believed were on the threshold of movie stardom and presented them at the annual ‘WAMPAS Frolic’. Until its final year starlets had to be under contract to major studios, a condition that was at last relaxed in 1934. Indeed, this condition [...]

Audie Murphy – my boyhood hero.

May 19, 2017 // 10 Comments

  AUDIE MURPHY (1924 – 71)                     1094 Audie Murphy’s World War Two combat record is well-known to his fans, indeed to history. Enough to say that he was America’s most highly decorated soldier of the entire conflict and a worthy Medal of Honor winner. Not a bad effort when we consider he was rejected by both the Navy and the Marines before being [...]

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (1961) – Even Audrey can’t save it.

May 17, 2017 // 4 Comments

  BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) I remain at a complete loss trying to understand how anybody could rave about this trashy film. I have labored through the thing twice now, (the viewings several years apart), in the hope that I might find some hidden gem or two in it the second time around. I didn’t. It has Audrey Hepburn’s unique and likeable personality, George Peppard’s [...]

Top 30 All-time Hollywood Lotharios PT 5 – 1-5

May 15, 2017 // 4 Comments

  5          ERROL FLYNN (1909-59) The name Errol Flynn is synonymous with promiscuity and hedonism. He only lived for 50 years, but he cut a swathe through Hollywood’s women (and several men) that has rarely been rivalled. He ended up being an opium addict, his liver shredded by disease and his once devastatingly handsome looks long gone. But it was his sex life that the world [...]

Top 30 All-time Hollywood Lotharios PT 4 – 10 -6.

May 13, 2017 // 4 Comments

  10        JACK NICHOLSON (1937- ) It is no secret that Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty have been bosom pals for a long, long time. Actor friend Bruce Dern has been quoted regarding both men’s obsession with sex: ‘Jack Nicholson and Beatty have contests about it.’ One of Nicholson’s many former girlfriends, actress Veronica Cartwright, was more specific, describing him [...]
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