‘THE GODFATHER’ (1972 – A Masterpiece.

January 3, 2020 Alan Royle 2

Producer Robert Evans had no time for the vertically challenged Al Pacino, referring to him as ‘The Midget’, when director Francis Ford Coppola made it clear he wanted him for The Godfather (1972). Oddly, Evans considered firing Pacino early in the shoot and replacing with, of all people, Dustin Hoffman, […]

MOVIE QUIZ N0 1.

May 23, 2019 Alan Royle 4

  For a change of pace I have decided to toss in the occasional movie quiz. If they prove to be popular I might even incorporate a thousand or so into a ‘Movie Quiz’ book one day. There will be 25 questions in each segment and the answers will be […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT7

November 24, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Sterling Hayden as Dix Handley in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Sterling Hayden was one of those actors who did not have to act tough. He was tough. Hayden made two movies in 1941, found time to wed British beauty Madeleine Carroll in February 1942, and then headed off to war. […]

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ITALIAN/AMERICAN SINGER/ACTORS – PT2

August 24, 2018 Alan Royle 10

    Fabian Forte                                                  with Capucine in North to Alaska Fabian Forte (stage name Fabian), believe it or not, hails from the same city, Philadelphia, as did […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 11.

May 18, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Before he agreed to play the role of Clyde Barrow in the 1967 hit Bonnie and Clyde, Warren Beatty was chasing the director’s job and had already chosen the two actors he wanted to play the title roles – his sister Shirley […]

My 30 favorite screen villains – PT2 (20-11)

April 12, 2018 Alan Royle 0

20        JOAQUIN PHOENIX as Commodus in GLADIATOR (2000) I have often wondered if Joaquin Phoenix resents Russell Crowe for stealing his thunder in Gladiator. Crowe was so good in the title role that Joaquin tended to be forever in his shadow which must have been frustrating because Phoenix really gave […]

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BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNERS – THE BEST AND THE WORST.

March 21, 2018 Alan Royle 7

There have been some quite wonderful ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winners since 1927/8 and there have been some shockers, too. Just for the heck of it, I went through the list and jotted down my top ten and my bottom ten. If anyone agrees with either list I shall be flabbergasted, […]

Stolen Oscars? Pt 4.

September 26, 2015 admin 2

  Part 4 of ‘Stolen Oscars?’ focuses on 8 Supporting Actors and just 2 Supporting Actresses. 1944    Barry Fitzgerald in Going My Way Fitzgerald got his Oscar for virtually being himself. In fact, all his movie roles were very similar. In this picture he played an Irish priest, Father […]

‘The Godfather’ (1972)

August 22, 2015 admin 2

  It has been over 40 years since The Godfather first hit the screens and created a sensation. A lot has been written about the making of the film, its stars and its director. And more gets written every day. I thought it might be interesting to sort through the […]