LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES

May 6, 2022 Alan Royle 6

  HIGH SOCIETY (1956)                     As most cinema-goers are probably aware, this movie is a musical adaptation of the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story, although it is set in Newport, Rhode Island (in order to take advantage of the famous jazz festival […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES

April 21, 2022 Alan Royle 4

  WARGAMES (1983)                         This intriguing and highly entertaining film is largely due to the excellent performance by 20 year-old Matthew Broderick in only his second film. Faced with choosing between this picture and the Alex Keaton role in the TV series Family Ties, he picked the movie and Michael […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES

April 6, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY (1975)             Jack Thompson as Foley the ‘gun shearer’ I have watched a lot of Australian films in my life and this extraordinary picture about a shearing team in the Australian outback in 1955, on the eve of the great Shearers’ Strike of 1956, is, in […]

THEIR FAVOURITE PERFORMANCES? PT1.

THEIR FAVOURITE PERFORMANCES? PT1.

March 31, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  THEIR FAVOURITE PERFORMANCES? We often hear critics and movie ‘experts’ wax lyrical about the best performance by such and such an actor or actress, but I wonder what the stars themselves think is their best ever performance; which of their films rates as their personal favourite? At the risk […]

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1938)

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1938)

March 10, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1938) I recently purchased a copy of this charming 1938 film and was surprised to find it had been shot in colour. Having only seen it once before (on television in 1960), I had expected it to be in black and white. In 1960 […]

THE LITTLE COLONEL (1935)

THE LITTLE COLONEL (1935)

February 20, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  THE LITTLE COLONEL (1935)                 This was the first of four films in which African-American dancer Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson partnered the child superstar Shirley Temple in dance routines on the big screen; the other three being The Littlest Rebel (1935), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938), and Just Around the Corner […]

,MOVIE TRIVIA – PT190

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT190

February 11, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  A League of Their Own (1992) is a most entertaining film that tells us a little about the wartime decision to introduce women’s baseball to the American public at a time when most of the nation’s male players were in the services or overseas, or both. The idea originated, […]

CURLY TOP, ARGO, BILLY BUDD

CURLY TOP, ARGO, BILLY BUDD

January 30, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  CURLY TOP (1935)                          This Shirley Temple vehicle was one of the last films made by the Fox studio before it amalgamated with the hitherto rival studio of Twentieth Century Productions to become 20th Century Fox. The amalgamation saw former Fox strongman Winfield Sheehan sent packing with a half million […]

‘THE HIGHWAYMEN’ (2019)

‘THE HIGHWAYMEN’ (2019)

January 21, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  THE HIGHWAYMEN (2019)                     The Highwaymen (2019) is not a great movie but at least it focuses on the pursuers involved in the Bonnie Parker/Clyde Barrow saga of the 1930s and less on the two killers. Some newspapers at the time […]