Movies

Custer of the West (1967) – So much for history.

February 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

  There have been a great many movies made about Lieutenant-Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn, some good and some not so good. This version, however, fits in neither category. It is that bad. It is one thing to ‘manipulate’ the facts a little when compiling a movie whose focus involves real historical personages and events, but it is quite another [...]

My Top 10 Movies of 1968.

January 27, 2017 // 2 Comments

  #10 WHERE EAGLES DARE       Ingrid Pitt as Heidi                                            Schloss Werfen in the background Alistair MacLean wrote this screenplay in six weeks – and then he wrote the novel! The next time you watch The Sound of Music, look for the castle in the background during the ‘Do Re Me’ number. It is the Schloss Werfen, the same [...]

My Top Ten Movies of 1967.

January 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

                                                                                        #10        THE FLIM-FLAM MAN       Sue Lyon                                                  George C. Scott The Flim-Flam Man is an entertaining conman caper, greatly aided by the presence of George C. Scott who is seldom dull. [...]

Past Oscars Pt 8 – (1982-88).

January 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

          1982              Gandhi – Best Picture                         Ben Kingsley – Gandhi                         Meryl Streep –  Sophie’s Choice                         Lou Gossett Jr – An Officer and a Gentleman                         Jessica Lange – Tootsie [...]

‘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 [...]
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