Past Oscars Pt 8 – (1982-88).

January 11, 2017 Alan Royle 2

          1982              Gandhi – Best Picture                         Ben Kingsley – Gandhi                         Meryl Streep –  Sophie’s Choice                         Lou Gossett Jr – An Officer and a Gentleman                         Jessica Lange – Tootsie             Kingsley as Gandhi         Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice Lou Gossett Jr – An Officer […]

‘They Died With Their Boots On’ (1941)

December 30, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  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 […]

Memorable musical moments in movies – PT2 – (25-1).

December 24, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  25          PULP FICTION (1994) – The popular Chuck Berry hit, ‘You Never Can Tell’, gets a second life as Uma Thurman and John Travolta join the ‘Jack Rabbit Slim Twist Contest’ – and win. To my mind Travolta is one of the most watchable actors going around, and has […]

Memorable musical moments in movies – PT1 – (50-26).

December 22, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  50          FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) – A clip that I personally cannot abide is this one of Matthew Broderick miming to the Beatles’, ‘Twist and Shout’, while standing atop a parade float in the city. His miming is not very good either, but the dancing and crowd reaction […]

Hollywood & the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD).

December 18, 2016 Alan Royle 6

  At the zenith of their power the ‘Seven Sisters’ (MGM, Warners, Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Fox and RKO) did much as they pleased. Few outsiders had any influence over their decisions or their conduct. Few, that is, with the exception of the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD). They were a […]

The Best Pictures Year by Year – PT4 (1960-66)

December 16, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    1960 Oscar-Nominated Films THE APARTMENT The Alamo Elmer Gantry Sons and Lovers The Sundowners   My Top 10 for 1960   10        G I BLUES 9          TUNES OF GLORY 8          FROM THE TERRACE 7          SINK THE BISMARCK! 6          PSYCHO 5          THE SUNDOWNERS 4          INHERIT THE WIND 3          NORTH […]

Past Oscars PT7 – 1975-81

December 12, 2016 Alan Royle 8

  1975               One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Best Picture                         Jack Nicholson – Best Actor for One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest                         Louise Fletcher – Best Actress for One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest                         George Burns – Best Supporting Actor for The Sunshine Boys This was the […]

Past Oscars PT 6 – (1967-74).

November 26, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  1967               In the Heat of the Night – Best Picture                         Rod Steiger – Best Actor for In the Heat of the Night                         George Kennedy – Best Supporting Actor for Cool Hand Luke In the Heat of the Night was a strong choice for Best Picture, but how could […]