Number Seventeen (1932) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Number Seventeen (1932) – full review! This is a most unusual film. You can witness elements of what will become the director’s style but overall the pace is fairly plodding and the story pretty lame and confusing. One immediately notices the experimentation with the camera from the hand held shot at the beginning when the actor John Stuart enters the "house for let" to the many candle lit scenes as the characters mount the [...]

Macario (1960)

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Macario (1960) Directed by Roberto Gavaldón who also co-wrote the screenplay this foreign fantasy drama tells the story of a poor Mexican woodcutter who is unable to provide enough food to feed his family such that they are slowly starving to death. His wife and mother to his many children washes clothes in a futile effort to help make ends meet. When her self sacrificing husband says that he will no longer eat until he can afford an entire [...]

American Graffiti (1973)

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American Graffiti (1973) Co-produced by Francis Ford Coppola this nostalgic film directed and co-written by George Lucas offers a slice of Americana in the early 60’s with a cast that features many young actors & actresses soon to make names for themselves as well as an authentic soundtrack. It’s a coming of age film that won’t fail to please and will more likely make one yearn for the good ole days if they were ever really [...]

Wheeler Dealers The (1963)

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Wheeler Dealers The (1963) Directed by Arthur Hiller (Love Story (1970)) with a screenplay co-written by Ira Wallach (Hot Millions (1968)) this average romantic comedy spoofs Texans and their wild(cat) investment schemes. The cast includes many recognizable faces though mostly supporting players who made their names on television including its stars James Garner (Murphy’s Romance (1985)) and Lee Remick (Days of Wine and Roses (1962)) whose [...]

Unmerited Hero Worship

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Unmerited Hero Worship Among the plethora of Warner Bros. Home Video DVD released last fall the timing of their new and Blu-ray versions of Cool Hand Luke (1967) was ironic given its story: featuring Messiah-like hero worship of its title character played by the late great Paul Newman. But unearned and irrational praise – especially absent any fundamental substance – inevitably turns to disillusionment. In the movie it happens when Luke is [...]

1927-1928

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1927-1928 1927-1928 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Unique and Artistic Production Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927) The Crowd (1928)   Best Picture Production Wings (1927) The Racket (1928) 7th Heaven (1927)   Best Actor in a Leading Role Emil Jannings The Last Command (1928) Richard Barthelmess The Noose (1928)   Best Actress [...]

The Lost Weekend (1945)

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The Lost Weekend (1945) Ray Milland received his Best Actor Academy Award (on his only nomination) portraying a man struggling with his alcoholism in this Oscar winning Best Picture which also saw Billy Wilder earn his first Oscars (Director and Screenplay; the latter shared with his frequent collaborator and this film’s producer Charles Brackett) and showcases Jane Wyman’s dramatic acting ability for the first time leading to her [...]

Exit Smiling (1926)

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Exit Smiling (1926) Directed by Sam Taylor with a Marc Connelly (Captains Courageous (1937)) story this silent marks the screen debut of comedienne Beatrice Lillie who made barely a handful of pictures in her career. In this film her character Violet is a wannabe leading actress in a train traveling troupe of players which stops in a small town and picks up fugitive Jimmy Marsh played by Mary Pickford’s brother Jack. Violet who plays a [...]

Smilin’ Through (1932)

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Smilin’ Through (1932) Directed by Sidney Franklin who later produced the Oscar winning Mrs. Miniver (1942) this film was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. It’s a story of redemption and/or about forgiveness told partially through flashbacks this film stars Leslie Howard as an old English gentleman who recalls wistfully his long lost love Moonyeen (Norma Shearer). He is a wealthy man and there is a place on his estate where [...]

Back to the Future (1985)

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Back to the Future (1985) Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd star in this comedy sci-fi adventure about time travel "in a DeLorean?" with Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson also playing memorable roles. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump (1994)) who co-wrote the screenplay which was nominated for an Oscar. The film’s Best Effects Sound Effects Editing won an Oscar; its Sound and Huey Lewis’s Original Song "The [...]
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