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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT5

May 6, 2018 // 0 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 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 [...]

ROBERT RYAN – A class act.

September 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

RYAN, Robert (1909 – 73) I recently had the pleasure of watching a terrific western named The Proud Ones (1956). It has gone completely unheralded, yet it is clearly a couple of cuts above the average western fare. I watched it for one simple reason, because Robert Ryan was its star and I cannot recall him ever appearing in a sub-standard movie. For that matter, I cannot remember him ever [...]

The musical – a couple of duds.

April 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                     Movie musicals have been around for decades. The studios quickly became aware of their potential as cash cows the moment silent movies became talkies. Most pundits would probably agree that the genre suffered a mortal blow with the release of both Camelot (1967) and Paint Your Wagon two years later. Personally, I disagree with lumping [...]

‘CAT BALLOU’ (1965 – LEE MARVIN’S MASTERPIECE

March 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

  There have been very few genuinely funny westerns made. James Garner’s Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) was, in my opinion, the very best ever, but two Lee Marvin films were not far behind it. One was Paint Your Wagon, released in the same year and hilarious, but it probably fits into the ‘musical’ category, despite being set in the Old West. The other was Marvin’s classical [...]

My Top Ten Movies of 1967.

January 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

                                                                                        #10        THE FLIM-FLAM MAN       Sue Lyon                                                  George C. Scott The Flim-Flam Man is an entertaining conman caper, greatly aided by the presence of George C. Scott who is seldom dull. [...]

Past Oscars PT 5 – (1961-66)

November 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

    1961               West Side Story – Best Picture                         Maximilian Schell – Best Actor for Judgment at Nuremberg                         George Chakiris – Best Supporting Actor for West Side Story                                     [...]

7 actors who recorded #1hit singles.

March 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Ever since Billboard has been used to assess the popularity of single recordings there have been a few actors who have unexpectedly surprised us by recording songs that went all the way to the top of the charts. There were two in 1957, one in 1958, one in 1962, one in 1964, another in 1970 and a seventh in 1976. Of course, there have been a great many singers who have gone on to become big [...]

Actors’ real life war records.

December 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Caine in Korea (standing second from left) Here are a few more stories about actors who participated in one or more of the conflicts of the 20th century. I will add a second segment in a couple of day’s time. Sir Michael Caine was called up for national service in the Royal Fusiliers in the British Army when he was 18. For years he hated the smell of garlic because it reminded [...]

Did You Know? Shortcuts to an Oscar PT 1.

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Since Academy Awards have been introduced there have been, by my count, 32 Best Actor or Best Actress Oscars won by players portraying someone with a medical condition or an affliction. No wonder actors go after these roles with a vengeance. They know that a strong performance will almost certainly earn them a nomination and, most likely, a statuette. Below are listed the first 16 of the 32 [...]
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