they died with their boots on

MY TOP 20 AUSSIE-BORN ACTORS – PT2

June 15, 2018 // 2 Comments

          10                       ERIC BANA                                                                     as Hector in Troy                                                                 Blackhawk Down Eric was born in Melbourne, Victoria to a Croatian father and German mother in 1968. Renowned for his [...]

When is an Indian not an Indian? (PT 1)

February 14, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Until around about the eighties very few actual Native Americans were employed playing Indians in Hollywood movies. Thankfully, since then that has changed and there are numerous Native American actors making healthy livings in westerns and other genres. Over the next few days I shall examine some of those aliens who played Indians back when westerns were all the go and some of the more [...]

‘They Died With Their Boots On’ (1941)

December 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Any resemblance in this movie to actual fact is pretty much accidental. The storyline is complete Hollywood hokum, and it is a good thing that Libbie Custer, George Armstrong’s widow, did not live to see it. She died eight years earlier in 1933. Even she would have shaken her head at some of the liberties taken with the truth, and she was a lady who spent over half a century [...]

On-set fatalities in Hollywood movies.

November 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

Movie-making has cost the lives of quite a few of those involved in the process. Stuntmen, cameramen, assistants, extras, plus the occasional director and actor have lost their lives down the decades. This is not a definitive list, not by a long shot, but it does demonstrate the perils that have always dogged the pursuit of excellence in the film industry. I have limited my list to actors, [...]

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 [...]