Movies

‘They Died With Their Boots On’ (1941)

December 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Any resemblance in this movie to actual fact is pretty much accidental. The storyline is complete Hollywood hokum, and it is a good thing that Libbie Custer, George Armstrong’s widow, did not live to see it. She died eight years earlier in 1933. Even she would have shaken her head at some of the liberties taken with the truth, and she was a lady who spent over half a century [...]

Memorable musical moments in movies – PT2 – (25-1).

December 24, 2016 // 2 Comments

  25          PULP FICTION (1994) – The popular Chuck Berry hit, ‘You Never Can Tell’, gets a second life as Uma Thurman and John Travolta join the ‘Jack Rabbit Slim Twist Contest’ – and win. To my mind Travolta is one of the most watchable actors going around, and has been since Welcome Back, Kotter. 24          TOP GUN (1986) – Every once in a while a piece [...]

Memorable musical moments in movies – PT1 – (50-26).

December 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

  50          FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) – A clip that I personally cannot abide is this one of Matthew Broderick miming to the Beatles’, ‘Twist and Shout’, while standing atop a parade float in the city. His miming is not very good either, but the dancing and crowd reaction are appealing. Needless to say, young audiences in the eighties loved it. 49          [...]

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 [...]
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