Movies

PAST OSCAR WINNERS – Some Observations – PT 1.

September 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

                I have been looking through the history of the Academy Awards and, like most people interested in such things, I have found myself disagreeing with many of the choices and agreeing wholeheartedly with others. Here are a few of my thoughts on the merits or otherwise of those lucky enough to have received the coveted statuette. Most of the really early films I am yet to [...]

TOP 20 GROSSING PICTURES OF ALL TIME – (Allowing for inflation)

September 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

  If you were to look at a list of the greatest grossing movies of all time without taking into account the inflation factor, you would discover some very ordinary titles. The diabolically poor Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), for example, makes it to #64 on that list, just one spot behind the first ever Star Wars offering way back in 1977. Even the less than [...]

‘American Graffiti’ (1973) – a landmark production.

September 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

  In 1971, twenty-seven year old George Lucas directed his first full-length film, a sci-fi feature called THX 1138. It cost around three quarters of a million dollars to make and grossed about three times its expenses in the USA. It was successful enough for him to seek backing for his next venture, American Graffiti, but studio after studio would not touch it. The screenplay told four [...]

‘Night and Day’ (1946) – the worst biopic ever?

September 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

            A couple of nights ago, around midnight, Foxtel showed the Cole Porter biopic Night and Day. I had seen bits and pieces of it over the years, but never the lot. Why? Because it is bloody awful, that’s why! Nevertheless, I happen to think that Cole Porter is the best writer of popular songs in history, so I sat down to listen to a few of them again. His tunes and lyrics were as [...]

SIX ENJOYABLE MOVIE DUOS – PT 1.

September 3, 2016 // 6 Comments

  They say that movie ‘chemistry’ strikes every now and then, and when it does it lights up the screen. The people that make these kinds of decisions are forever mixing and matching, trying to find a combination that just ‘clicks’ with audiences. And it does not always have to be a guy and a gal. ‘Buddy’ pictures (male or female) achieve the same result – big box-office bucks. [...]

Gene Hackman’s best films?

August 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I was asked recently, on the radio, who my favorite actor was. I was caught unprepared and blurted out ‘Gene Hackman’. Once I got home, however, I began to think deeply about the question and pretty quickly came to the conclusion that, although I admire Hackman’s work, there were not a lot of his pictures that I would include in my ‘favorites’ list, primarily because he came late [...]

‘The Seven Year Itch’ (1955) – not a good movie.

August 20, 2016 // 2 Comments

  Some movies seem to take on a life of their own. Suddenly and often inexplicably, they are lauded as masterpieces, works of art, living statements of the times. Easy Rider (1969) is one such film. I have always thought it was an over-rated ‘nothing’ picture, inhabited by two ‘druggies’ and one non-actor, but for reasons known only to the critics and the publicity people in [...]

The making of the first Bond film – ‘Dr No’ (1962)

August 12, 2016 // 8 Comments

  In 1961 author Ian Fleming sold a six-month option to all his James Bond novels and short stories (those already penned and future ones), with the exception of Casino Royale, which he had previously sold, to entrepreneur Harry Saltzman. Harry formed Eon Productions with Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, and they started looking around for a director and an actor to play Bond. Ian Fleming, [...]

Four memorable lady movie villains.

July 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

  The history of movies is literally riddled with iconic male villains, but not so many women have been fortunate enough to sink their teeth into a genuinely meaty, nasty role. One of the first (and best) appeared in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca. Dame Judith Anderson positively oozed malevolence as Mrs. Danvers, although she did receive a little help from the director. Hitch, with his [...]

Some observations about ‘Shakespeare in Love’ (1998)

July 21, 2016 // 4 Comments

  It is not often that you go to the movies and immediately the film begins you know you are in for a good time. That was how I felt about Shakespeare in Love the moment the camera panned around the replica of the Rose Theatre and I heard the beautiful theme music of Stephen Warbeck. Of course, connoisseurs of the Bard will most likely hate the thing but, since I find Shakespeare boring [...]
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