Movies and me

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Movies have always been in my life. Music takes me back but movies from my childhood are also etched on my memory.  I remember crying at King Kong and having hysterics (crying, not laughing!!) at the horse’s head scene in The G-dfather. I was mesmerised by David Niven’s performance in A Matter Of Life And Death ...

ROBERT OSBORNE, 1932-2017, RENOWNED, REVERED AND MUCH LOVED MOVIE HISTORIAN, EDUCATOR, EVANGELIST

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"I think we have to have dreams...we need a little Carmen Miranda with all her tutti frutti hats. And we need some Fred and Ginger dancing. We need Gene Kelly hanging off that lamppost. We need to be taken into a fantasy world, and not be afraid to go there occasionally."     Robert Osborne was  -  is ...

‘Psycho’ (1960)

I’m working my way through Hitchcock’s movies….     I watched ‘Rebecca’ a year or two ago, it’s a fav of mine, of course....Mrs. Danvers, horrifyingly played by Judith Anderson, Maxim, the legend Laurence Olivier, Jack Favell, portrayed by the wonderful George Sanders…     I watched ‘North By Northwest’ last week, fantastic! Cary Grant is off-the-scale wonderful, Eva Marie Saint ...

‘NORTH BY NORTHWEST’ (1959)

(BEWARE, SPOILERS!)     Last week, I watched, for the, yes, shock, horror, first time, ‘North By Northwest’ (1959), one of Hitchcock’s masterpieces.     Of course, as is well known, Hitchcock not being awarded a ‘Best Director’ Oscar in relation to any of his movies is one of THE Academy Awards travesties (of which, we know, there are many!).     Hitchcock was ...

‘THE CROWN’ (2016), NETFLIX TV-SERIES (1): OUTSTANDING!!

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Last week, I finished watching Series 1 of The Netflix production, ‘The Crown’. Some days earlier, I was trawling through the Netflix website when I happened across ‘The Crown’ and casually pressed ‘Play’. As the name of the drama suggests, this is a show which throws a spotlight on the Windsors, the British and Commonwealth ...

‘CASABLANCA’ (1942) AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE SILVER SCREEN

I finally got round to watching "Casablanca" last night. Exquisite! Love it! I knew that Ingrid Bergman was beautiful but I didn't realise HOW beautiful....stunning!! Her eyes and that GORGEOUS smile!! The cinematography, the lighting, the atmosphere...and her clothes!! In that outfit she wears when, with Victor Laszlo, she walks into Capitaine Renault's office, white ...

‘THE KING OF COMEDY’ (1982): MOVIE REVIEW

A movie review - how have I got through the last 33 or 34 years without watching ‘The King of Comedy’? What a delight…that might be the wrong adjective as this is a dark, a black, comedy and it is, at times, excruciating to watch….ok, in the context of masochistic entertainment, MOVIE entertainment, it was an ...

‘Victim’ (1961)

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I watched Basil Dearden’s great, powerful movie, ‘Victim’, again last night - it must be 25 years since I last watched it. ‘Victim’ was not a vehicle to showcase and build the ‘matinee idol’ Dirk Bogarde. Dirk had left the Rank Organisation (Film Studios) by the time he starred in 'Victim' and although he had starred ...

‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ (1962): A Movie Masterpiece

I am not steeped in the 'Western' genre but, as a layman, I think this movie is a masterpiece. This is not just a piece of entertainment  -  this is social commentary and US history portrayed on celluloid,  glued together with great characters, an 'edge-of-the-seat' story line, comedy and romance. One only needs to look at the ...

“It Happened One Night” (1934)

Another magical movie, a Frank Capra triumph  -  quite literally: the first movie to grab the 'Big Five' Oscars. 1935 (though a 1934 movie) Academy Awards: 'Best Picture', 'Best Director', 'Best Actor', 'Best Actress' and 'Best Writing, Adaptation' for Robert Riskin. An inauspicious start, legend has it that Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert were NOT the ...

True Grit

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Well, there's another movie that can be crossed off the 'must see' list: True Grit. I really don't know the 'Western' genre and I sat down to watch True Grit with an open mind. Verdict: I loved it. It had everything I thought it would have...plus more. I didn't expect comedy but John Wayne provided it. John Wayne's ...

All About Eve

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I recently watched the classic film, All About Eve: I was in shock, aghast...Bette Davis was off the scale, a staggering performance and, ahhhhhh, George Sanders, that voice!! Anne Baxter as Eve, captivating, as deliciously poisonous as JR but more dangerous, more hungry, more manipulative, Marilyn Monroe, beautiful, those quivering lips, the pout, and the ...