the godfather

ITALIAN/AMERICAN SINGER/ACTORS – PT2

August 24, 2018 // 10 Comments

    Fabian Forte                                                  with Capucine in North to Alaska Fabian Forte (stage name Fabian), believe it or not, hails from the same city, Philadelphia, as did Lanza, Darren, Avalon and Rydell. The son of Josephine and Dominic Forte, (his father was a police officer), Fabian was virtually plucked off the streets because of his [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 11.

May 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Before he agreed to play the role of Clyde Barrow in the 1967 hit Bonnie and Clyde, Warren Beatty was chasing the director’s job and had already chosen the two actors he wanted to play the title roles – his sister Shirley MacLaine and singer Bob Dylan! Shirley’s chances dissolved the moment Warren decided to play Clyde himself. [...]

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 [...]

BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNERS – THE BEST AND THE WORST.

March 21, 2018 // 7 Comments

There have been some quite wonderful ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winners since 1927/8 and there have been some shockers, too. Just for the heck of it, I went through the list and jotted down my top ten and my bottom ten. If anyone agrees with either list I shall be flabbergasted, for we all look at movies from a hundred different perspectives. I have arranged my lists from ten to one. Number one in [...]

‘THE BLUE GARDENIA’ (1953) – when film noir was king.

April 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

  As far as film noirs go, The Blue Gardenia rests somewhere near the middle of the genre. It has its moments, but the hurried ending detracts from its overall effectiveness. Indeed, if we didn’t know better, we could be forgiven for thinking that the production suddenly ran out of money, causing director Fritz Lang to suddenly yell, ‘Cut! That’s a wrap.’ A pity really because, [...]

Stolen Oscars? Pt 4.

September 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

  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 Fitzgibbon. Even the name was similar to his own. He made 50 movies and played an Irishman in every [...]

‘The Godfather’ (1972)

August 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

  It has been over 40 years since The Godfather first hit the screens and created a sensation. A lot has been written about the making of the film, its stars and its director. And more gets written every day. I thought it might be interesting to sort through the thousands of bits and pieces regarding this phenomenal picture, and to select the more interesting or unusual tidbits for your [...]

MARLON BRANDO – A flawed legend?

March 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Michael Caine hit the nail right on the head when asked about his feelings on Brando’s protest at the 45th Academy Awards in 1973 in support of the American Indians Movement (AIM). ‘I think if the man wants to make a gesture, I agree entirely with what he did. But I think he should have stood up and done it himself instead of sending some poor little Indian girl to take the ‘boos’. [...]