The three ‘Beau Gestes’.

November 15, 2015 admin 0

So far the classic PC Wren novel Beau Geste has made it to the screen on three occasions – in 1926, 1939 and 1966 – with varying success. It has been nearly fifty years since the last version, so one expects the industry might be gearing up for another crack […]

‘The Godfather’ (1972)

August 22, 2015 admin 2

  It has been over 40 years since The Godfather first hit the screens and created a sensation. A lot has been written about the making of the film, its stars and its director. And more gets written every day. I thought it might be interesting to sort through the […]

The real ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’.

August 8, 2015 admin 7

  One of the many movies I look at in Movies Based On True Stories (2015), is the 1962 biopic, Birdman of Alcatraz, starring Burt Lancaster as the ‘birdman’ Robert Stroud. As a sample of what you can expect to find in this, my second book, I thought I might […]

Gandhi ( 1982 )

May 12, 2015 admin 0

Below is a direct excerpt from my book, Movies Based on True Stories. These are my comments on just one of over 400 movies assessed in the volume. Not all are as long as this particular critique, although a few (Titanic, Zulu and The Alamo, for example) may even be […]

‘The Sound of Music’ ( 1965 )

April 25, 2015 admin 12

Enough has been written down the decades about this iconic musical to last a lifetime. I thought it might be interesting, instead, to find out what has happened to the cast members in the interim. Here is a brief rundown on the major players. Where possible I have included pictures […]

Ben-Hur ( 1959 ) – why 11 Oscars?

April 12, 2015 admin 0

  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 […]

Jaws ( 1975 )

March 17, 2015 admin 8

  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 […]

Goldfinger ( 1964 ) – a stupid movie?

March 9, 2015 admin 10

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 […]

Balibo ( 2009 ) – Australia’s shame?

March 8, 2015 admin 0

    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 […]