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MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT4

November 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Alan Arkin as Lester Siegel  in Argo (2012)                                  Argo is an entertaining film but should it have won the Best Picture Oscar? It followed the ‘cliff-hanger’ formula right down the line which was hardly anything new. Be that as it may, Alan Arkin is terrific as Lester Siegel, a composite character he said was mostly based on studio head Jack [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT34

July 19, 2018 // 2 Comments

                                Grace receives her Oscar from Bill Holden The Country Girl (1954) is a fine movie, featuring an outstanding performance from Bing Crosby and pretty good ones from Grace Kelly and William Holden. Grace collected an Oscar for her trouble, beating Judy Garland for A Star is Born by just 6 votes! Away from the set, the ever eager future Princess of [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT31.

July 9, 2018 // 10 Comments

In the novel on which the 1982 movie First Blood is based, Rambo kills eighteen people, among them Deputy Sargent Galt, whose stomach he slices open with a razor! Even though most critics found the film to be ‘too violent’, it is interesting to note that Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) does not kill anyone, not even Galt, in the whole movie. In fact, Galt is the solitary fatality in the entire [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 27.

July 1, 2018 // 1 Comment

                                                                                        Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman  –  WOW! I have little interest in Super Hero films and Wonder Woman (2017) is no exception – except for one thing. The actress chosen to play the title role is a magnificent looking woman and a highly competent thespian. Gal [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT26

June 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Someday I would like someone to explain to me how Annie Hall (1977) won four Academy Awards. This typical Woody Allen self-indulgent rubbish won the Best Picture Oscar, Best Director (Allen), Best Writing (Allen) and Best Actress (Diane Keaton)! Hollywood’s love affair with this guy seems boundless. He was even nominated for Best Actor, for crying out loud. ‘Lyndon Johnson is a politician’, [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6

May 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ava Gardner in 55 Days at Peking (1963) Ava Gardner had a long-running nervous breakdown during the making of 55 Days at Peking (1963). She was drunk on several days, continually demanded rewrites, and was extremely difficult to deal with. Charlton Heston stated that her character, Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, was killed off so that the producers and director did not have to put up with her [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT5

May 6, 2018 // 2 Comments

   Lee Marvin (L), John Wayne (C) & James Stewart When we watch the John Ford 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, there is a certain irony in the casting. Jimmy Stewart was a genuine World War Two USAAF hero, yet he plays a bookish weakling opposed to violence right down the line. John Wayne spent the entire war avoiding the draft and keeping out of the conflict altogether, yet [...]

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 [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT1

April 4, 2018 // 7 Comments

The American backers for the projected James Bond film Dr No (1962) were unimpressed with Sean Connery’s test footage. Co-producer Cubby Broccoli sent a memo to his partner Harry Saltzman: ‘Feel we can do better.’ In fact, they could not do better at all. Cary Grant, James Mason, Michael Redgrave, David Niven and Rex Harrison were all established stars and were not about to handcuff [...]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT5

March 7, 2018 // 3 Comments

  Joan Collins in The Opposite Sex (1956) The Opposite Sex (1956) was a musical re-make of the 1939 film The Women. It was also one of the early vehicles for the new British bombshell Joan Collins. New to the movies and to MGM, she recalled walking past the studio mail-room and being whistled at and asked out to dinner by a brash 18 year-old worker there. She turned him down, so he propositioned [...]
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