LONESOME DOVE – A Mini-Series Masterpiece.

LONESOME DOVE – A Mini-Series Masterpiece.

January 10, 2021 Alan Royle 2

LONESOME DOVE (1989) – A Mini-Series masterpiece. Larry McMurtry wrote Lonesome Dove in 1971 as a movie script. His intention was for John Wayne to play Woodrow Call, James Stewart to portray Gus McCrae, and Henry Fonda to hold down the Jake Spoon role. Hot director Peter Bogdanovich was to […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT19.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT19.

December 23, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD (2019) This Quentin Tarantino film can best be described as a revisionist-fictional tale of a created Hollywood star and his best friend/stuntman/ gopher; a tale that culminates in a thoroughly preposterous, concocted climax that takes place right next door to a residence that, in […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT18.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT18.

December 5, 2020 Alan Royle 2

CADDYSHACK (1980) This golfing comedy has acquired quite a cult following since its release in 1980, due mainly to the performances of Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight and (to a lesser extent) Bill Murray. Murray shot all his scenes in six days (including one with Chevy Chase). Despite genuine concerns to […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT17.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT17.

November 2, 2020 Alan Royle 0

THE COMPETITION (1980)                      This romantic drama might have been a good picture. Unfortunately, it is only ordinary. Evidently, the idea was to present a man and a woman in love, but in direct competition with each other in their chosen field of expertise. Both Heidi (Amy Irving) and Paul (Richard […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT16.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT16.

October 18, 2020 Alan Royle 8

  FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (1994)                                          The enormously popular Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) was the first British film since A Fish Called Wanda (1988) to top the American box-office charts. It was to star Jeanne Tripplehorn as Carrie, but the sudden death of her mother just […]

Let’s Go To the Movies – PT 15.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT15.

September 27, 2020 Alan Royle 0

37 DAYS (2014) – Mini-series                                   This superb British drama mini-series, broadcast by the BBC in March 2014, covers the 37 days leading up to the outbreak of World War One, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on June 28, 1914, to the United Kingdom declaring war on […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT14.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT14.

September 12, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  G.I. BLUES (1960)                                        668 Elvis Presley made a total of thirty-one movies between 1956 and 1969, most of which are quite difficult to sit through. In fact, the man himself had little time for them either. He wanted to progress as an actor by playing meaningful roles, but his […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT13.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT13.

August 25, 2020 Alan Royle 0

The comic science fiction feature Mars Attacks! (1996), was based on the cult trading card series of the same name. Initially budgeted at $60 million, the film eventually cost $80 million to make once Warner Bros. added another $20 million for marketing. It returned $101 million, a disappointing return affected […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT159.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT159.

August 13, 2020 Alan Royle 1

Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra There is a story that has found its way into entertainment legend, of how a mobster pal of Frank Sinatra’s got Tommy Dorsey to let Frank out of his long-term contract by simply putting a gun to the band-leader’s head and issuing the following threat: […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT158.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT158.

July 29, 2020 Alan Royle 2

           Victor McLaglen Victor McLaglen always claimed he was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England in 1886, but birth records indicate he was really born in Stepney. And he was not Irish at all, despite being cast mostly as Irishmen, particularly by director John Ford. Prior […]