60 MOVIES TO WATCH – PT2

60 MOVIES TO WATCH – PT2

November 13, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  PART TWO OF 60 MOVIES TO WATCH          As I stated in Part One, a lot of my personal favourite movies were eliminated because they were, in my eyes, spoiled by one or two performances or casting decisions. The Carpetbaggers (1964), despite it being mercilessly panned by the critics, is […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT149.

December 31, 2019 Alan Royle 2

Keira Knightley & Ralph Fiennes in The Duchess (2008) The Duchess (2008) is an interesting period piece about the marriage of the 25 year-old William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, to 17 year-old Georgiana Spencer in the late 18th century. Keira Knightley (23) portrays Georgiana opposite Ralph Fiennes (46) as the […]

KIDS & JUVENILES – PT9

July 28, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    MILEY CYRUS (1992 – ) Miley hails from Franklin, Tennessee, where she entered this world as Destiny Hope Cyrus in 1992, the same year that her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, topped the US Country charts (it reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well), with his single […]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT2.

March 15, 2018 Alan Royle 3

  Tea and Sympathy (1956) could have been a fine movie, but the Production Code Administration (PCA) and the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD) did all in their considerable powers to emasculate it. And they succeeded. No matter how many times the screenplay was rewritten, they continued to find it […]

WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1929

February 20, 2017 Alan Royle 0

A new batch of WAMPAS Baby Stars were named in 1929. Two went on to be big stars, three others enjoyed a modicum of fame and the remaining eight faded into oblivion. The 1929 group (top L to R): Loretta Young, Josephine Dunn, Jean Arthur, Doris Hill, Anita Page, (centre L to […]

Past Oscar-winners – some observations – Pt 3.

October 9, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    1949               All the King’s Men – Best Picture                         Broderick Crawford – Best Actor for All the King’s Men   Broderick Crawford Greg Peck as General Savage in Twelve O’Clock High Having seen all five nominated films for 1949, I am surprised that All the King’s Men came out on […]

Great character actors Pt.4

March 11, 2016 admin 0

  Elisha Cook Jr. achieved screen immortality with two memorable roles. His portrayal of Wilmer (the ‘gunsel’) in The Maltese Falcon (1941) is probably the one remembered by most fans, but I personally prefer his playing of ‘Stonewall’ Torrey twelve years later in Shane (1953). Whether he was getting slapped […]

Great character actors Pt 2.

March 7, 2016 admin 0

    Celeste Holm was, in my opinion the most likeable of all the character actors down through the decades, although I am willing to admit that this may very well have had a lot to do with the kind of characters she invariably played. She was a kind of […]

My favourite 50 movies of all time – Pt 2.

February 16, 2016 admin 4

    #30  Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Vincent Riotta, Lindsay Duncan A delightful romance with many moving moments and great scenery.     #29  Shane (1953) Alan Ladd, Jack Palance, Van Heflin, Brandon de Wilde, Jean Arthur George Stevens’ classic western, Ladd and Palance outstanding. #28  A […]

Did You Know? – Items of interest Pt 1.

August 12, 2015 admin 2

  From time to time I shall post a dozen or so short items, snippets of information about movie and television actors that I have found interesting. Hopefully, you will, too. Somehow it is hard to imagine that Don Adams, the little guy who played Agent Maxwell Smart in the […]