Movies

Hollywood & the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD).

December 18, 2016 // 6 Comments

  At the zenith of their power the ‘Seven Sisters’ (MGM, Warners, Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Fox and RKO) did much as they pleased. Few outsiders had any influence over their decisions or their conduct. Few, that is, with the exception of the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD). They were a force to be reckoned with and they exercised their power each year by publishing their [...]

The Best Pictures Year by Year – PT4 (1960-66)

December 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

    1960 Oscar-Nominated Films THE APARTMENT The Alamo Elmer Gantry Sons and Lovers The Sundowners   My Top 10 for 1960   10        G I BLUES 9          TUNES OF GLORY 8          FROM THE TERRACE 7          SINK THE BISMARCK! 6          PSYCHO 5          THE SUNDOWNERS 4          INHERIT THE WIND 3          [...]

Past Oscars PT7 – 1975-81

December 12, 2016 // 8 Comments

  1975               One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Best Picture                         Jack Nicholson – Best Actor for One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest                         Louise Fletcher – Best Actress for One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest                         George Burns – Best [...]

Making ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ (1957)

December 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

                                This was the first film produced by Marilyn Monroe’s own company. It made a slight profit even though it is as dull as dish water. Laurence Olivier was already contracted before her to play the lead, so she was stuck with him. And he with her. It was anything but a happy pairing. There were problems everywhere, most of them the fault of the [...]

Past Oscars PT 6 – (1967-74).

November 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

  1967               In the Heat of the Night – Best Picture                         Rod Steiger – Best Actor for In the Heat of the Night                         George Kennedy – Best Supporting Actor for Cool Hand Luke In the Heat of the Night was a strong choice for Best Picture, but how could the abysmal Doctor Doolittle [...]

The Best Pictures Year by Year – PT3 – (1953-9).

November 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

  1953 Oscar-Nominated Films                      FROM HERE TO ETERNITY Julius Caesar The Robe Roman Holiday Shane COMMENT This was one of the best years ever, in my opinion. Three of the nominees were terrific, but Julius Caesar and The Robe were rubbish. Cole Porter’s brilliant Kiss Me Kate was overlooked completely, as were two other fabulous musicals, Calamity Jane and The [...]

‘THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956).

November 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

  Cecil B DeMille It has been 60 years since my grand-parents dragged me along to see CB DeMille’s The Ten Commandments at our local theatre. I think their plan was to give me a dose of good old religion, but all it did was scare the knickers clean off me! Three things happened in that picture that gave me nightmares for years afterwards. The parting of the Red Sea and the consequent [...]

Past Oscars – Pt 4 (1955-60)

October 31, 2016 // 4 Comments

  1955               Marty – Best Picture                         Ernest Borgnine – Best Actor for Marty   Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter Doris Day & Jimmy Cagney Well, at least Elia Kazan didn’t get Best Director for East of Eden despite being again nominated. I have seen all five nominated movies – Marty, Picnic, The Rose Tattoo, [...]

The best films year by year – PT 2 (1945 – 52)

October 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

  1945    OSCAR:         THE LOST WEEKEND Other nominees:    Anchors Aweigh The Bells of St. Mary’s Mildred Pierce Spellbound   My Top 10 films for 1945     #1   #2  #3  #4  #5  #6  #7  #8  #9  #10   COMMENTS:           This was one of the worst years for movies on record. I can honestly say that there is not a single feature from 1945 that I [...]

The best pictures – year by year – PT 1 (1939-44).

October 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I have often been flabbergasted or just plain disbelieving as the Academy ran out each year’s list of Oscar nominees, especially the Best Picture nominees, and time after time exceptional pictures simply did not make the list. Consequently, I thought I might (starting with 1939, the year movies came of age), examine each year since then, by first listing the nominees and winner; then [...]
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