since you went away

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT2

November 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Michael Caine as Peachy Carnehan in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Sean Connery as Daniel Dravot Michael Caine and Sean Connery were the fifth intended pairing for Rudyard Kipling’s terrific The Man Who Would be King to be transferred to the screen. In the fifties it was to be Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart; then as a vehicle for Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas; then for Richard Burton [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT63.

October 5, 2018 // 2 Comments

Much of the werewolf mythology we accept as gospel these days was actually made up when the 1935 production Werewolf of London was written and filmed. They came up with the notion that being bitten by a werewolf turns you into one; that a werewolf changes under a full moon and that werewolves were wolf/man hybrids. In folklore, one became a werewolf by deliberately practicing witchcraft and could [...]

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 [...]

‘SINCE YOU WENT AWAY’ (1944) – Wartime drama at its best.

December 5, 2017 // 2 Comments

SINCE YOU WENT AWAY (1944) I suppose it is a sign of my age, but every once in a while I like to select one of my favourite black and white films to watch late in the evening. I know it has nothing to do with the fact that these pictures are not in colour, but there is something about the quality of the screenplays that places these pictures in a class of their own. More emphasis on story and [...]

RANDOM SNAPSHOTS – PT8.

November 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Jennifer Jones (1919 – 2009)                                            On November 9, 1967 the 48 year-old Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Jones booked into a motel near Malibu Beach, swallowed a large quantity of Seconal and was discovered unconscious at the foot of a 400 foot cliff. The press tried to make something of the fact that Charles Bickford, her elderly [...]

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 [...]

My favourite 50 movies of all time – Pt 2.

February 16, 2016 // 4 Comments

    #30  Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Vincent Riotta, Lindsay Duncan A delightful romance with many moving moments and great scenery.     #29  Shane (1953) Alan Ladd, Jack Palance, Van Heflin, Brandon de Wilde, Jean Arthur George Stevens’ classic western, Ladd and Palance outstanding. #28  A Few Good Men (1992) Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, [...]

‘Stolen Oscars?’ Pt. 1

September 20, 2015 // 4 Comments

  Down the decades there have been a number of, shall we say, dubious Oscar-winners who have collected the statuette at the expense of more worthy contenders. Sometimes this is due to studio manipulation of nominations. A classic example of this happened in 1972 when Paramount chose to nominate only Marlon Brando for Best Actor in The Godfather, ludicrously nominating the star of the film, Al [...]

Did you know? Points of Interest Pt. 8

September 11, 2015 // 4 Comments

  At around the time that Errol Flynn was being tried for statutory rape in 1942, a young bisexual actor named Peter Lawford arrived in Hollywood to commence his career on the silver screen with MGM. He soon made friends with another bisexual, Keenan Wynn, the closeted homosexual star Van Johnson, and the emotionally unstable Robert Walker. Van and Peter were seldom apart, and most of their [...]