‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (1961) – Even Audrey can’t save it.

May 17, 2017 // 4 Comments

  BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) I remain at a complete loss trying to understand how anybody could rave about this trashy film. I have labored through the thing twice now, (the viewings several years apart), in the hope that I might find some hidden gem or two in it the second time around. I didn’t. It has Audrey Hepburn’s unique and likeable personality, George Peppard’s [...]

Top 30 All-time Hollywood Lotharios PT 5 – 1-5

May 15, 2017 // 4 Comments

  5          ERROL FLYNN (1909-59) The name Errol Flynn is synonymous with promiscuity and hedonism. He only lived for 50 years, but he cut a swathe through Hollywood’s women (and several men) that has rarely been rivalled. He ended up being an opium addict, his liver shredded by disease and his once devastatingly handsome looks long gone. But it was his sex life that the world [...]

Top 30 All-time Hollywood Lotharios PT 4 – 10 -6.

May 13, 2017 // 4 Comments

  10        JACK NICHOLSON (1937- ) It is no secret that Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty have been bosom pals for a long, long time. Actor friend Bruce Dern has been quoted regarding both men’s obsession with sex: ‘Jack Nicholson and Beatty have contests about it.’ One of Nicholson’s many former girlfriends, actress Veronica Cartwright, was more specific, describing him [...]

Top 30 All-time Hollywood Lotharios Pt 3 – 15-11

May 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

  15        DAVID NIVEN (1910 – 83) David Niven acquired a reputation in Hollywood as a great ‘swordsman’. Of course, he was not alone in that regard, but how much of his reputation was built on fact is questionable. He did, however, spend a great many years in the company of his good friend Errol Flynn, a notorious rake who made bedding women (and men) a lifetime pursuit. It [...]

Top 30 All-time Hollywood Lotharios Pt 2 – 20-16.

May 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

20        Tyrone Power (1914 – 58) Cincinnati, Ohio’s most famous acting son, Tyrone Power, was not a chaser of women as such. They chased him. So did the men. Considered by many of the ‘oldies’ to be the most handsome man ever to grace the screen, his female colleagues were fascinated by him and, like any red-blooded guy, he surrendered to their beauty at every opportunity. It [...]

Top 30 All-time Hollywood Lotharios Pt 1 – 30-21.

May 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Compiling a list of Hollywood’s most notorious Lotharios is an inexact business. For starters, there are just too many to choose from. Second, in some cases it gets down to personal opinion on who makes the bottom reaches of the list and who misses out altogether. Names such as Burt Lancaster, William Holden, Michael Caine, Al Pacino, even little Burgess Meredith are absent, although any [...]

‘CHINATOWN’ (1974) – Polanski’s masterpiece.

May 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                                    It pains me to say anything positive about a low-life like Roman Polanski, but he probably should have won his nomination for Best Director for this picture. This was the final movie he made in the United States and it is brilliant. In February 1978 he high-tailed it to France just before he was about to be sentenced [...]

How ‘Cleopatra’ (1963) almost sunk 20th Century Fox

May 3, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Cleopatra is not a bad movie per se. It is just a bad movie for the amount of money spent making it. We hear differing amounts relating to the production and distribution outlay, but it appears to have cost in the vicinity of 44 million 1963 dollars, the equivalent of around $344 million in today’s money. That is an awful lot of lucre spent on something that is flawed in so many ways. [...]

‘FUNNY PEOPLE’ (2009) – typical Sandler garbage.

May 1, 2017 // 1 Comment

  I cannot stomach Adam Sandler’s brand of so-called humor. In my opinion he is utterly talentless, crude, and incapable of getting any kind of laugh without the use of smut at every turn. Just like a plethora of other non-talents, he got his big break by being selected for that breeding ground of over-rated comedians, Saturday Night Live in 1990. Presumably, the producers saw unique [...]

BEST AND WORST PT 2

April 29, 2017 // 3 Comments

  BEST ‘CAPER’ FILM: The Sting (1973)      This selection was a ‘no-brainer’. If Lawrence of Arabia was near-perfect, The Sting is probably a touch better. Quite simply, it is a seamless, brilliant piece of movie-making. Great writing, an ideal cast on the top of their game, and a plot that could easily have had holes galore, yet I cannot find a single one. And all of this capped [...]
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