ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

August 27, 2021 Alan Royle 0

    ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)              This delightful film is, in the eyes of many fans, a shining example of the heights to which movie-making was capable of rising in the early 1950s. It takes us to one of the world’s great cities and allows us to become involved in an […]

THE INN OF THE 6TH HAPPINESS (1958)

THE INN OF THE 6TH HAPPINESS (1958)

August 12, 2021 Alan Royle 8

              The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) is a prime example of the movie industry taking a factual story involving real people and historical incidents and giving it the full ‘Hollywood’ treatment; an exercise in convolution that upset many individuals, not least of […]

‘UNCONQUERED’ (1947)

‘UNCONQUERED’ (1947)

July 31, 2021 Alan Royle 9

  UNCONQUERED (1947)                        When this blockbuster was released by Paramount Pictures in 1947 it became that year’s top-grossing US film, despite its numerous shortcomings that included a couple of laughable scenes that were supposed to be taken seriously. But […]

MOVIES – Double Jeopardy – True Women

MOVIES – Double Jeopardy – True Women

July 16, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  DOUBLE JEOPARDY (1999)                     Box-office returns of over $100 million in the USA alone, coupled with it topping the popularity poll for three weeks in the year it was released, indicate that Double Jeopardy (1999) has been a financially successful movie, despite the critics (generally) being unimpressed by it, and […]

MOVIES – An Officer & a Gentleman (1982)

MOVIES – An Officer & a Gentleman (1982)

July 1, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (1982)                                Oscar-winner Lou Gossett Jr. This movie proved to be a box-office hit in 1982. Leading man Richard Gere plays Zack Mayo, a navy brat with a bad attitude, […]

MOVIES – PT26.

MOVIES – PT26.

June 1, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE WIND AND THE LION (1975)                       This uneven and generally silly movie is based (very, very loosely) on a real incident that took place in Tangier, Morocco in October 1904. It focuses on the kidnapping of an American ex-patriot […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT24.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT25.

May 17, 2021 Alan Royle 6

  OUT OF AFRICA (1985)                 I recently treated myself to another viewing of the wonderful Out of Africa, quite simply because I wanted to bask in Meryl Streep’s stunning performance yet again. I read that she perfected her Danish accent by listening to recordings of author Karen Blixen reading her […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT24.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT24.

May 2, 2021 Alan Royle 4

  SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984)                        Over the years this picture has somehow managed to attain cult status as a prime example of teen comedy at its best. I watched it a second (and final) time a few days ago and […]

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

April 29, 2021 Alan Royle 5

  GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) Clark Gable as Rhett Butler At the risk of alienating much of the English-speaking world, I must admit that I am not of that huge selection of movie fans who think GWTW is the be-all and end-all in Hollywood movies. It is an entertaining […]