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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 19.

June 5, 2018 // 3 Comments

    Linda Darnell as Amber                                 Peggy Cummins as Amber Forever Amber cost $5 million to make in 1947 and became the highest grossing picture of the year, despite being initially condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD). At first, 20th Century Fox refused to conform to the alterations insisted on by the legion, but when the actual boycotts [...]

Some observations about ‘Shakespeare in Love’ (1998)

July 21, 2016 // 4 Comments

  It is not often that you go to the movies and immediately the film begins you know you are in for a good time. That was how I felt about Shakespeare in Love the moment the camera panned around the replica of the Rose Theatre and I heard the beautiful theme music of Stephen Warbeck. Of course, connoisseurs of the Bard will most likely hate the thing but, since I find Shakespeare boring [...]

Beautiful actresses – my Top 50 (Part 1)

January 29, 2016 // 4 Comments

  I thought it might be fun to present the fifty actresses I personally feel looked the best on screen at some time or another. Thanks to the wonderful access to Google Image, I should be able to insert into each article a still from the particular movie that impressed me enough to include the featured lady on my list. Most of us love looking at lists, if for no other reason than to compare [...]

Did you know? Shortcuts to an Oscar Pt. 3

October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

  2010    Natalie Portman played a schizophrenic ballet dancer in Black Swan. This would become the first of five consecutive Best Actress Oscars going to portrayals of characters with mental illnesses. Natalie trained for an entire year (at her own expense) as a dancer for this role. She also lost 20 pounds in weight in her quest to look more like a dancer. In spite of claims to the [...]

Stolen Oscars? Pt. 3

September 24, 2015 // 10 Comments

  Part 3 of ‘Stolen Oscars?’ looks at some of the individual Academy Award winners who, for want of a better word, purloined their statuettes. I shall start with the Best Actor category. 1930/1             Lionel Barrymore for A Free Soul I haven’t actually seen any of the other nominated performances for this year, but if this was supposed to be the best of them, then I [...]

Did you know? Points of Interest Part 3.

August 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

  Kathlyn & Annette Stephen Ira Beatty Annette Bening became pregnant to her co-star Warren Beatty when they made Bugsy together in 1991. They married, and in 1992 she gave birth to the first of their four children, Kathlyn. At the age of 14, Kathlyn changed gender and became Stephen Ira Beatty, a decision that was supported by his friends and peers, but (significantly) not by his very [...]

Australia’s Best?

May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

  My previous post dealt with Australian actors who have achieved international recognition. There were a lot of fine performers on the list, but two of them (one male, one female) have already enjoyed exceptional careers, and seem set to go from strength to strength for many years to come. They are such outstanding professionals that I thought they should have a separate posting all to [...]

Australian International Screen Stars

May 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Below are two lists. The first consists of actors and actresses who have always been considered as Australian, even though they were not born in Australia. The second list consists of those who were born in this country. As you can see, there are quite a lot of very fine performers on both lists. In fact Australians are now ranked third behind the USA and Britain for the number of Oscar [...]

The best female voices in movies?

March 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Finding ten great male voices in the movies was easy. In fact, I found many more than that and was forced to eliminate. Not so with the females, however. I discovered several truly pleasant voices and several distinctly unique ones. Sadly, most of the unique ones were quite irksome, so I was compelled through necessity to choose on the basis of quality and/or uniqueness, in some cases, rather [...]