The making of ‘Caligula’ (1979)

March 12, 2017 Alan Royle 3

  Legendary movie critic Roger Ebert went along to see and review Caligula and did something he admitted he rarely ever did. He walked out of the theatre part-way through the showing. It was during the Brothel-Boat-orgy sequence, which he described as ‘sickening, utterly worthless, shameless trash.’ He went on […]

The ‘Tarzan’ movies – PT 2.

March 8, 2017 Alan Royle 0

      Buster Crabbe                         Julie Bishop & Buster Buster Crabbe played the vine-swinger in a twelve-chapter serial that was cropped into a 1933 feature titled Tarzan the Fearless. The almost forgotten James Pierce was contracted to play […]

The ‘Tarzan’ movies – PT 1.

March 6, 2017 Alan Royle 0

   It is nearly 105 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first Tarzan book – Tarzan the Ape-man (1912). Over that period of time there have been no fewer than 50 Tarzan movies pumped out – 45 live action and 5 animated features. Nineteen players have portrayed the ape-man, […]

The making of ‘TOP GUN’ (1986)

March 4, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  This was the highest grossing movie of 1986, raking in over $350 million worldwide. For the record, Crocodile Dundee ran second and Platoon third. In North America alone it sold nearly 50 million tickets in its first theatrical release. It was such a popular picture with young people that […]

My Top 10 Movies of 1968.

January 27, 2017 Alan Royle 2

  #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 […]

Past Oscars Pt 8 – (1982-88).

January 11, 2017 Alan Royle 2

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

‘They Died With Their Boots On’ (1941)

December 30, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  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 […]