LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT22.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT22.

April 5, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  HOW THE WEST WAS WON (1962)                       How The West Was Won (1962) was an ambitious attempt to encapsulate several stages of American history and westward expansion, over several decades in the nineteenth century (1839-89), and to squeeze the findings […]

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE- PT6.

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE- PT6.

March 24, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965)             It is difficult to comprehend why this adventure film with a first-rate cast was a box-office failure. But it was, despite it containing no fewer than five Oscar-winning actors in its line-up – James Stewart, Peter Finch, Sir Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine and […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT21.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT21.

March 18, 2021 Alan Royle 4

  THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (1998)                The 1998 version of The Man in the Iron Mask was Hollywood’s third attempt to put Dumas’ tale on the big screen. The first was a 1923 silent picture made in Germany; the second being the much better 1939 version starring […]

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE – PT5.

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE – PT5.

February 28, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) Once in a decade (or even longer) a masterpiece emerges in the cinematic world. Sweet Smell of Success (1957) is one such masterpiece. It has everything; a wonderful cast led by Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, both at their brilliant best, supported by the […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT20.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT20.

February 13, 2021 Alan Royle 2

               AIRPLANE! (1980) In 1980, Paramount Pictures released a parody titled Airplane! in most countries and Flying High in Australia. It was a massive box-office success that cost a meagre $3.5 million to make but brought in a staggering $158 million around the world! […]

GREAT BASEBALL MOVIES.

4 GREAT BASEBALL MOVIES.

February 4, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  It would be fair to say that I am not a fan of sporting biopics as a rule, probably because most actors (and actresses) are not very athletic and their lack of coordination and natural ability is usually instantly evident and annoying, a legacy no doubt of them treading […]

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE – The Last Valley.

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE – The Last Valley.

January 31, 2021 Alan Royle 0

THE LAST VALLEY (1971) This greatly under-rated movie is a fictional piece set in the Thirty Years War which began in 1618. A former teacher named Vogel (Omar Sharif) stumbles upon a village in the mountains that is untouched by the war or the Great Plague, a village rich in […]

‘THE RIGHT STUFF’ (1983)

‘THE RIGHT STUFF’ (1983)

January 19, 2021 Alan Royle 4

  THE RIGHT STUFF (1983)            From a historical perspective, this is a reasonably accurate account of the recruitment, training and deployment of the seven Mercury Astronauts chosen for America’s first space program back in the 1960s. It mostly looks at the astronauts although, refreshingly, it gives more than a passing […]

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 […]