RANDOM QUOTES – PT26.

June 8, 2020 Alan Royle 2

MYRNA LOY:                                                         [Issuing a challenge to MGM bosses in the 1930s, a challenge that fell upon deaf ears] ‘Why does every black person in the movies have to play a servant? How about a black person walking up the steps of a courthouse carrying a briefcase?’ [Referring to her being […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT2.

February 12, 2019 Alan Royle 1

    Cate Blanchett in the title role CHARLOTTE GRAY (2001)            World War Two – Espionage in Nazi-occupied France Sebastian Faulks’ based his 1999 novel Charlotte Gray on the exploits of Nancy ‘the White Mouse’ Wake, the Allies’ most successful female agent operating behind Nazi lines during the war. Nancy […]

FOUR BRITISH WARTIME CLASSICS

March 29, 2018 Alan Royle 0

  The British have always been exceptionally good at making movies about World War Two. They seem to possess a knack for underplaying heroism which, unfortunately, tends to make warfare even more heroic than any amount of gaudy flag-waving might otherwise imply. Americans would probably be the first to admit […]

Did you know? Shortcuts to an Oscar Pt. 3

October 2, 2015 admin 0

  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 […]

Stolen Oscars? Pt 4.

September 26, 2015 admin 2

  Part 4 of ‘Stolen Oscars?’ focuses on 8 Supporting Actors and just 2 Supporting Actresses. 1944    Barry Fitzgerald in Going My Way Fitzgerald got his Oscar for virtually being himself. In fact, all his movie roles were very similar. In this picture he played an Irish priest, Father […]