Character actors – the great faces?

May 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

  For the next few days I am going to focus on character actors, beginning with what I believe are (or were) the ten most ‘interesting’ faces. The old adage, ‘his face was his fortune’, applies as much to character actors as it does to the stars. If you are a movie fan you will almost certainly have seen most of my choices at some time or another, although remembering their names is [...]

ALFRED HITCHCOCK – Was he as great as the critics claim?

May 8, 2015 // 6 Comments

    I have picked out a half dozen Alfred Hitchcock films for quick examination. I liked the first one a lot (despite its many errors), the second one was enjoyable also, but the other four I found to be both dull and amateurish, with performances from some of their stars that were just plain poor. You might disagree, of course. Most fans of Hitchcock probably will.   North by [...]

ELVIS PRESLEY – Was he bisexual?

May 7, 2015 // 20 Comments

  Nick Adams achieved brief fame in 1959 when he starred in his own TV series called The Rebel, which ran for 76 episodes over two years. By February 1968 Adams was dead from a drug overdose at 36, although it has been argued ever since that his demise may have been accidental. Some even said it was murder, but with absolutely no evidence to back up their claims, it is safe to dismiss that [...]

CARY GRANT – The loves in his life

May 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Outside of Hollywood debate raged for years about matinee idol Cary Grant’s sexuality. Was he heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual? He had lovers from both sexes, so I guess that makes him bisexual, although I admit I have no real idea if that is the sole criteria used to assess such things. From what I have read down the years, he appears to have been deeply in love with two [...]

The Best Movie Music?

May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Brief Note: At last, the day has arrived! After years of research, and months of hard work from my son Peter setting up this site and connecting with Amazon and Kindle, today we launch book two, ‘Movies Based on True Stories’. It is 626 pages in length (on Kindle), covers 400 movies, most of which are ‘based on true stories’, and has been priced at just $5.99 US and $7.66 in [...]

Pearl Harbor – surprise attack or not?

May 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

  After 7 December 1941 a lot of things changed forever in America. Until that day, for example, Americans could wander about the grounds surrounding the White House at will. Tourists would often peer in through the windows, hoping for a glimpse of the President or a family member. A high security fence was built on the edge of the grounds after Pearl and has been in place ever since. [...]

AVA GARDNER – Far from perfect but drop dead gorgeous.

April 30, 2015 // 7 Comments

    It all depends on your age group, I suppose, but most guys from mine seem to be in agreement that Ava Gardner was the sexiest woman ever to appear in American movies. Given the likes of Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and a couple of hundred more from the studio era alone, that is a pretty tall claim, but the camera certainly loved her. And so did [...]

Hollywood’s Oldest Stars

April 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

  So far, in the entire history of Hollywood movie stars, only five have managed to reach the ripe old age of 100 – three women and two men. There are, however, quite a few beating down the door to ‘The Hundred Club’, plus a handful who fell just a bit short. Here is a short rundown on the oldest Hollywood movie stars living and dead. Luise at the peak of her powers             [...]

ERROL FLYNN – Not nice, but no Nazi either.

April 28, 2015 // 18 Comments

  Errol Flynn was not a nice man. He was blessed with astonishingly good looks, charm and charisma, yet he lived his life in the singular pursuit of personal pleasure, a hedonist to the bone. Of all the books I have read on him, I do not recall the man ever doing anything for anyone other than himself. Those who knew him at the end said he was as self-centred as ever. At fifty he was a [...]

The Bali drug dealers – shoot them?

April 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

It would appear that time has at last run out for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the two leaders of the infamous ‘Bali 9’, the hard drug dealers with Australian passports who chose to ply their vile trade in a country that had very publicly made it clear what the penalty would be should they be caught. These men had a choice. We all have the same choice. Do we lead our lives, treating our [...]
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