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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT81

November 20, 2018 // 2 Comments

            Scarlett O’Hara and Tara in Gone with the Wind (1939) In 1935, David O. Selznick purchased the old Thomas Ince Studio near MGM for his own independent productions, one of which was 1939’s Gone with the Wind. When he needed to film the burning of Atlanta for GWTW, he set fire to all the old sets from King Kong, The Last of the Mohicans and Little Lord Fauntleroy. Not [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT51.

September 3, 2018 // 2 Comments

Bruce Willis                                                   Alan Rickman Alexander Godunov In the 1988 thriller Die Hard, the action takes place in the fictional building known as Nakatomi Plaza. Produced by 20th Century Fox, the building chosen to represent Nakatomi Plaza was none other than the Fox Plaza in Century City, Los Angeles; headquarters of the studio. It [...]

My Favorite Screen Villains Top 10

April 20, 2018 // 10 Comments

      10                                                         ROBERT RYAN as Master of Arms John Claggart in BILLY BUDD (1962) Billy Budd (1962) is a fine drama that helped put a young Terence Stamp into the upper bracket of British stars during the sixties, but it was Hollywood veteran Robert Ryan who stole the picture. He convincingly played Master of Arms [...]

My 30 favorite screen villains – PT2 (20-11)

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

20        JOAQUIN PHOENIX as Commodus in GLADIATOR (2000) I have often wondered if Joaquin Phoenix resents Russell Crowe for stealing his thunder in Gladiator. Crowe was so good in the title role that Joaquin tended to be forever in his shadow which must have been frustrating because Phoenix really gave an outstanding performance. When he suddenly bellowed, ‘Am I not merciful?’ in [...]

‘LOVE ACTUALLY’ – the ultimate ‘feel-good’ movie?

March 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

There have been a great many ‘feel good’ movies made down through the decades, but in my opinion Love Actually (2003) resides at the top of the list. My wife and I have watched it many times and it never seems to lose its appeal. The performances are strong, the script is easy on the ear and not too complicated, and the score throughout is ideal for the fare being dished up. And whoever [...]

Stars we lost in 2016 – PT 1.

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Every year the movie world loses irreplaceable talent to the ravages of time, illness and mishap, and 2016 was no exception. Here is a brief look at some of the performers whose unique personas will no longer grace our screens. Fortunately, unlike most of us, their best works will live forever on celluloid. I shall look at the others in a couple of days. The two-part list begins with the [...]

Character Actors ( Pt 2) – Today’s Best?

May 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

      10     Joe Pantoliano  was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and was 32 before he hit it big playing the ruthless pimp Guido in Tom cruise’s first major success Risky Business in 1983. Since then he has played opposite many of the top Hollywood actors in such memorable films as Midnight Run (1988), The Fugitive (1993), U S Marshals (1998) and The Matrix (1999). Pantoliano has [...]