‘ULZANA’S RAID’ & ‘IVANHOE’.

‘ULZANA’S RAID’ & ‘IVANHOE’.

June 26, 2022 Alan Royle 3

  ULZANA’S RAID (1972)                  This is a particularly brutal film at times, but Ulzana’s Raid is, in my opinion, one of the better westerns to come out of the seventies. Critics appear divided on this, however. The story has no basis in fact. The green Lieutenant DeBuin (played by Bruce […]

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 […]

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 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT178.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT178.

July 28, 2021 Alan Royle 5

  David Bowie the actor Contrary to popular belief, both of David Bowie’s eyes were actually blue. However, one pupil was permanently dilated when he was fifteen. He was punched by school friend George Underwood, after which one eye appeared to be darker than the other. Underwood became a successful […]

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 […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT29.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT29.

August 4, 2020 Alan Royle 2

ROBERT MITCHUM:                                             [On his reasoning for making or rejecting movie roles] ‘There are movies I won’t do for any amount. I turned down Patton (1970) and I turned down […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT28.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT28.

July 17, 2020 Alan Royle 2

ANDIE MACDOWELL:                             [On Marisa Tomei turning down the lead in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)] ‘They saw a lot of other people for the role. Not only did Marisa Tomei lose out as an artist for not taking the opportunity to work with wonderful people on this amazing movie, […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT27.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT27.

July 14, 2020 Alan Royle 6

HEDY LAMARR (1914-2000)                                Hedy hailed from Austria, where she entered this world from Vienna in 1914. She fled her wealthy Austrian munitions manufacturer in 1937, traveling first to Paris, then London and finally to Hollywood and a movie career. At the start of the Second World War, she and composer […]

WAR MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT10.

April 14, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  THE TRAIN (1964) – World War Two Paul Scofield & Burt Lancaster in The Train (1964) Like many WW2 movies, The Train is loosely based on an actual event. A few weeks before the liberation of Paris in 1944, the Germans decided to freight five boxcars of art treasures stolen from […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT115.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT115.

March 20, 2019 Alan Royle 4

  The Blue Bird (1940) was 20th Century Fox’s intended answer to The Wizard of Oz (1939). It starred 12 year-old Shirley Temple, yet it flopped dismally. Audiences were not willing to accept her in a ‘not too nice’ role. Consequently, it became the picture that ended her remarkable run […]