LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT3.

March 10, 2020 Alan Royle 2

    The 1970 abomination titled Ned Kelly was initially intended as a vehicle for Albert Finney in the title role back in 1964 but it never happened. Instead, someone with a warped sense of humour reached the ludicrous conclusion that Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger could portray the iconic […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT139.

September 11, 2019 Alan Royle 4

  Garry Marshall & Julia Roberts Given his successful directing career, one is left to wonder why American director Garry Marshall, the man who helmed Pretty Woman in 1990, chose to make the sadism & masochism feature Exit to Eden four years after his greatest achievement. He has since written […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT2.

February 12, 2019 Alan Royle 1

    Cate Blanchett in the title role CHARLOTTE GRAY (2001)            World War Two – Espionage in Nazi-occupied France Sebastian Faulks’ based his 1999 novel Charlotte Gray on the exploits of Nancy ‘the White Mouse’ Wake, the Allies’ most successful female agent operating behind Nazi lines during the war. Nancy […]

20 ACTORS/PERFORMANCES I LEAST ENJOY WATCHING

December 28, 2018 Alan Royle 7

  Down the decades I have developed a powerful dislike for certain actors and/or individual performances, players or portrayals that I felt detracted from some really good movies (and a few bad ones). So, I wrote out a list of the really irksome players (or moments) in all the films […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT88.

December 14, 2018 Alan Royle 3

      Mario Lanza                                                       Legendary opera singer and actor Mario Lanza called himself ‘the Tiger’ and considered himself to be a stallion of […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT50.

September 1, 2018 Alan Royle 6

Several scenes in the 1952 film The Sound Barrier required stars Nigel Patrick and Ann Todd to be seated in one of the new de Havilland Comets. They were blissfully unaware that in just two years’ time two de Havilland Comets would break up in mid-air, killing everyone on board […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT47.

August 20, 2018 Alan Royle 2

    Hugh Glass Man in the Wilderness (1971) is often mistakenly thought to be a sequel to the 1970 film A Man Called Horse, presumably because Richard Harris stars in both pictures, but Harris plays two entirely different characters in each picture. The 1971 film is based on a true […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT46.

August 18, 2018 Alan Royle 1

Leo McKern as Rumpole of the Bailey The Australian actor Leo McKern, best known for his portrayal of the title character in the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey, once unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of ‘Pockets’ in Hatari (1962), the part eventually going to American actor Red Buttons. McKern always […]

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STARS WHO WENT TO WAR 1939-45 – PT2.

July 23, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Part two of ‘Stars Who Went To War 1939-45’ looks at some of the ‘lesser lights’ who signed up to fight for their country – and a few who chose not to.           Eddie & his son Edward Jr EDDIE ALBERT:   The future star of Green Acres won a […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 29.

July 5, 2018 Alan Royle 0

                             Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction Why did John Travolta get nominated for Best Actor in Pulp Fiction (1994), while Samuel L Jackson had to settle for the lesser Supporting Actor nomination? And how did the mediocre […]