Movies

Ben-Hur ( 1959 ) – why 11 Oscars?

April 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Every so often a movie comes along that has the Hollywood crowd and the critics tripping over one other in their eagerness to shower it with honours. William Wyler’s 1959 epic Ben-Hur is one such picture. It was nominated for twelve Oscars and won an unprecedented eleven. Only Karl Tunberg’s screenplay missed out. The word had spread prior to the Oscars that Wyler considered it to be a [...]

Jaws ( 1975 )

March 17, 2015 // 8 Comments

  Peter Benchley wrote Jaws after reading about the great New Jersey shark scare of 1916. The grand-son of Hollywood wit Robert Benchley, he even scored a cameo in the movie playing the reporter on the beach. He strongly resented the finale planned for the picture, so strongly in fact that he was ordered off the set. He felt the exploding gas tank idea was unrealistic. And he was right. A [...]

Goldfinger ( 1964 ) – a stupid movie?

March 9, 2015 // 10 Comments

Goldfinger (1964) was the third of the James Bond franchise offerings, and it was released at the height of Bond fever that seemed to grip movie-goers world-wide. It all began back in 1962 with Dr No, the picture that not only launched Sean Connery on the unsuspecting women of the world, but Ursula Andress on the unsuspecting men as well. It is interesting to note that the two greatest [...]

Balibo ( 2009 ) – Australia’s shame?

March 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

    In 1975, five Australian based members of a news crew went missing during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. The group consisted of two Australians, two Britons and a New Zealander. This film focuses on a sixth Australian journalist, Roger East, who went to the highly dangerous area to find out what happened to them. Balibo is the name of the tiny coastal town in what used to be [...]

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  The sonnet Will Shakespeare writes for Viola that begins: ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ is number 18 in the 1609 collection. Sonnets 1-126, including this one, were all written for a male friend of Bill’s, either for Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton or for William Herbert, the Earl of Pembroke. Bill the Bard, it seems, may have batted for both sides. The great [...]

Thirteen Days (2001)

February 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Director: Roger Donaldson Source:    IMDb's page for this movie   It is common knowledge that Richard Nixon taped conversations he had in the Oval Office, but he was not the first president to do so. Much of the dialogue in this film comes from tapes that JFK recorded in that very same room (and others) during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In fact, the movie is based on [...]

Accused, The (1988)

February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

ACCUSED, THE (1988)     This film centres on the pack rape of 21 year-old Cheryl Araujo in Big Dan’s Tavern in New Bedford, Massachusetts in March 1983. The case achieved national prominence when six accused young men went on trial. What made the case grab the headlines, however, was the fact that only four of the accused were charged with committing rape, the other two being brought [...]

A Cry In The Dark (1988)

February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

A CRY IN THE DARK (1988) This film, starring Meryl Streep, tells the story of a bizarre real-life tragedy that transpired near Ayers Rock (now called Uluru) in central Australia on 17 August 1980. On that day a ten weeks old baby named Azaria Chamberlain was taken from the family’s camping ground tent by a dingo and killed. The police and a jury did not believe that was what happened, and the [...]
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