double indemnity

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 18

June 3, 2018 // 2 Comments

     In Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) there is a hair-raising scene in which a P-40 (pilotless) is seen taxiing down a runway, starting to lift off, and then careering into a row of parked aircraft and exploding. The P-40, which was about to crash into a group of stationery aircraft designated for another sequence, had to be detonated prematurely and that created a very dangerous situation. Stunt [...]

BEST PICTURE 1944 – ‘Going My Way’.

March 5, 2018 // 4 Comments

                             I recently wrote a piece on the worst ‘Best Picture’ – the 1952 abomination The Greatest Show on Earth. It is a movie I have avoided all my life until it bobbed up on Foxtel last week. Reluctantly, I watched it and wrote about it. A few days later, however, another ‘Best Picture’ was screened, the 1944 winner, Going My Way. I watched that for [...]

Barbara Stanwyck (1907-90).

August 27, 2017 // 4 Comments

  BARBARA STANWYCK                        Barbara Stanwyck was one of those actresses whose performances ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. From brilliant to lousy. Admittedly, most performers have roles they are extremely proud of and others that make them cringe, but Stanwyck was a bit different in that her best ever performance (in my opinion) and her worst ever [...]

A couple of film noirs.

February 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

  DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)                    I suppose most fans of old movies have their personal favourite film noir. Mine is without doubt Double Indemnity (1944), which surprises even me because I have never been overly keen on any of the three stars – Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson. Not in other films anyway, but in this picture they combine [...]

The best pictures – year by year – PT 1 (1939-44).

October 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I have often been flabbergasted or just plain disbelieving as the Academy ran out each year’s list of Oscar nominees, especially the Best Picture nominees, and time after time exceptional pictures simply did not make the list. Consequently, I thought I might (starting with 1939, the year movies came of age), examine each year since then, by first listing the nominees and winner; then [...]

PAST OSCAR WINNERS – Some observations – PT 2.

October 1, 2016 // 2 Comments

  1942                Mrs. Miniver – Best Picture   Well, World War Two was in full swing and America was now in it, so a war picture (or at least a flag-waver) was bound to win Best Picture. And one did. There were four of these nominated: Mrs. Miniver, Wake Island and The 49th Parallel were about the current conflict, and Yankee Doodle Dandy provided the flag-waving. I [...]

Four memorable lady movie villains.

July 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

  The history of movies is literally riddled with iconic male villains, but not so many women have been fortunate enough to sink their teeth into a genuinely meaty, nasty role. One of the first (and best) appeared in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca. Dame Judith Anderson positively oozed malevolence as Mrs. Danvers, although she did receive a little help from the director. Hitch, with his [...]

My top 50 favourite movies -Pt3

February 18, 2016 // 4 Comments

    #10  Road to Perdition (2002) Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Daniel Craig, Jude Law, Tyler Hoechlin Is there anything Tom Hanks cannot do? This period piece set during the Great Depression is beautifully crafted and, despite its gangland theme, is not a bloodbath. Hanks is simply the best. #9  My Cousin Vinny (1992) Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Fred Gwynne, Ralph Macchio, Lane Smith Pesci [...]

Stolen Oscars? Pt. 3

September 24, 2015 // 12 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 [...]

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 [...]