Gladiator (2000)

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Gladiator (2000) Though not as good as Spartacus (1960) and with a storyline that shares many elements with The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) this Oscar winning epic was obviously the best picture from this year and hence won the Academy’s top prize. Best Actor Russell Crowe’s Maximus is #50 on AFI’s hero list. Those responsible for the film’s Costumes Sound and Special Effects also took home Oscars. Director Ridley Scott [...]

Smilin’ Through (1941)

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Smilin’ Through (1941) This Technicolor remake of Smilin’ Through (1932) adds songs for its star Jeanette MacDonald to sing and changes the nature & location of Kathleen and Kenneth’s meetings from lunching at an Inn to lakeside picnics but is otherwise a faithful retelling of the Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin (What Price Hollywood? (1932)) written play; screenwriters Donald Ogden Stewart (The Philadelphia Story (1940)) and John [...]

The jack LEMMON Film Collection

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The jack LEMMON Film Collection Purchase this DVD Collection now at Phffft! (1954) – in his screen debut Jack Lemmon was fortunate enough to play opposite Judy Holliday in one of her too few films the comedy It Should Happen to You (1954). Later that same year (in his second movie) he was paired again with the comedienne in this slightly above average battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy directed by Mark Robson and written by George Axelrod [...]

I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

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I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955) Directed by Daniel Mann with a screenplay by Helen Deutsch (Lili (1953)) and Jay Richard Kennedy this slightly above average biographical drama about the rise and fall (& recovery) of singer-actress Lillian Roth earned Susan Hayward who sings her fourth unrewarded Best Actress Oscar nomination (she would win on her fifth & last nomination for I Want to Live! (1958)). Based on an autobiography co-written by [...]

The Fighting Gringo (1939)

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The Fighting Gringo (1939) Directed by David Howard and written by Oliver Drake this George O’Brien B Western is a story about a land grab by some Texas “Gringos” from a Mexican land owner. In addition to its star the cast features other RKO regulars like Glenn Strange and Slim Whitaker who plays O’Brien’s trusted colleague Monty. Famed gunfighter Wade Barton (O’Brien) and his gang of twelve happen upon a stagecoach that’s [...]

From Here to Eternity (1953)

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From Here to Eternity (1953) How many times have you seen the scene with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rolling in the surf? Popular Oscar themes boxing & the beginning of World War II serve as backdrops for this film which garnered Academy Award Best Picture honors and five acting nominations winning Supporting Actor Oscars for Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed (on her only nomination); Montgomery Clift Kerr and Lancaster (his first) were the [...]

D.O.A. (1950)

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D.O.A. (1950) Dead On Arrival. A terrific film I’m glad I saw thanks to a recommendation from a friend. Edmond O’Brien is a victim of a slow-acting poison who must track down his own killer! Directed by (five time Academy Award nominated cinematographer) Rudolph Maté and written by Russell Rouse & Clarence Greene. Added to the National Film Registry in 2004. Within the first few minutes of the film O’Brien’s [...]

Barkleys of Broadway The (1949)

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Barkleys of Broadway The (1949) Because of Judy Garland’s various problems Fred & Ginger made one more film together 10 years after their last (The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)) and their only in Technicolor earning Cinematography Harry Stradling Sr. his (first for Color) third (of fourteen) Oscar nomination(s). Ironically its story is about a (married) song & dance team that split because the woman (Rogers) feeling [...]

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Finally a version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s much acclaimed series adapted to the screen and done well. This film won all ELEVEN Oscars for which it was nominated including Best Picture Best Director (Peter Jackson) and Adapted Screenplay yet none in the acting categories. The second sequel to win BP after The Godfather: Part II (1974). Gollum’s (Andy Serkis’s) hauntingly spoken [...]

Swan The (1956) – full review!

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Swan The (1956) – full review! Directed by Charles Vidor with a screenplay by John Dighton (Roman Holiday (1953)) this average romantic drama with comedic elements stars Grace Kelly (The Country Girl (1954)) in the title role as a Princess who hopes to (marry to) become a Queen. Ironically production on this film was wrapped up (at the Biltmore House in North Carolina) just before Christmas when Prince Rainier of Monaco who had been [...]
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