RANDOM QUOTES – PT13

November 25, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  JUDY GARLAND:                                                              [On her days at MGM] ‘MGM had us working days and nights on end. They’d give us pep-up pills to keep us on our feet long after we were exhausted. Then they’d take us to the studio hospital and knock us cold with sleeping pills…Then after […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

February 14, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    James Mason & Danielle Darrieux  5 FINGERS (1952) World War Two – Espionage in Ankara, Turkey Possibly my favourite espionage movie of all time, thanks to the superbly convincing portrayal of the spy by James Mason and the delightful performance from Danielle Darrieux as the Countess Staviska (a […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT100.

January 13, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Joan Crawford with her adopted daughter Christina, author of Mommie Dearest Debate still rages over the validity of the claims of child abuse levelled by Christina Crawford against her mother, actress Joan Crawford, in her scathing 1978 book titled Mommie Dearest. Friends and supporters of Joan remain convinced that the volume […]

20 ACTORS/PERFORMANCES I LEAST ENJOY WATCHING

December 28, 2018 Alan Royle 18

  Down the decades I have developed a powerful dislike for certain actors and/or individual performances, players or portrayals that I felt detracted from some really good movies (and a few bad ones). So, I wrote out a list of the really irksome players (or moments) in all the films […]

More Movie Trivia – PT2.

April 30, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Clooney in Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988) It is hard to believe that George Clooney was so desperate to acquire for himself a movie career that, in 1988, he agreed to make the pathetic Return of the Killer Tomatoes! Even harder to believe is the fact that he was already by […]

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AUSSIES BORN & BRED? NOT REALLY.

January 12, 2018 Alan Royle 0

                  TOM BURLINSON (1956 – )                      as Tommy Woodcock in Phar Lap (1983)     ‘Simply Sinatra’ After appreciating his playing of Tommy Woodcock; ‘strapper’ for the legendary racehorse Phar Lap in the 1983 movie of the […]

Hollywood philanthropists – a quick look.

July 26, 2017 Alan Royle 2

  In the last 20-30 years there has developed a philanthropic culture in Hollywood involving superstars in the movie industry. Cynics are quick to accuse these people of ‘image-making’, or of diverting media attention from potential career-damaging headlines of a personal nature. In some instances that has certainly happened, but […]

The Quigley Poll of Top Box-office Stars PT 3. (1978-2013)

July 8, 2017 Alan Royle 2

  1978       Burt Reynolds 1979       Burt Reynolds 1980       Burt Reynolds 1981       Burt Reynolds 1982       Burt Reynolds We often tend to forget just how popular Burt Reynolds was. Only Bing Crosby and he have topped Quigley five years in succession! The most astonishing thing about Burt’s achievements is that, on scanning […]

‘Gallipoli’ (1981)

March 14, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  Two years after he burst on the scene in the grossly over-rated Mad Max (1979), Mel Gibson made a war picture called Gallipoli, a movie loosely based on the Australian and New Zealander (ANZAC) landings in Turkey in 1915. As we know, Mel went on to become a super-star, […]

A few Hollywood substance abusers. PT 1.

November 2, 2016 Alan Royle 13

  John Barrymore John Barrymore became famous for playing sympathetic drunks on film, no great stretch for him given he was a fully-fledged, dedicated alcoholic off-camera all his life. As a Shakespearian stage actor he was brilliant in his youth, able to memorize and deliver extraordinarily long speeches effortlessly and […]