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Band Wagon The (1953)

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Band Wagon The (1953) The musical which features the song “That’s Entertainment” (#45 on AFI’s Top 100 Movie Songs of All Time) as well as Fred Astaire Jack Buchanan Nanette Fabray Cyd Charisse and Oscar Levant. It received three Oscar nominations: Score Color Costume Design and Writing (Story & Screenplay) and was added to the National Film Registry in 1995. #17 on AFI’s 25 Greatest Movie Musicals list. Fred [...]

Johnny Eager (1942)

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Johnny Eager (1942) This crime drama which earned Van Heflin the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (on his only Oscar nomination) is actually quite confusing and silly. Most of the rest of the acting is sub-par or over-the-top and even Heflin’s statuette seems to have been earned on fake tears alone. Sure he plays a likable literate drunkard and gets to deliver some pretty good lines (the film’s only?) but his character seems to [...]

Nun’s Story The (1959)

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Nun’s Story The (1959) Literally! About a woman (Audrey Hepburn) who sacrifices everything to become a nun hoping to receive an assignment working in Africa given her father‘s (Dean Jagger) background as a doctor. Strong willed she eventually learns to be meek enough to get what she wants. Once there however she meets and (later) falls in love with the only white man there also the doctor (Peter Finch) with whom she works. Nominated [...]

The Godfather Part II (1974)

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The Godfather: Part II (1974) The first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture another very popular "family" film. Five acting Oscar nominations (including Al Pacino Michael V. Gazzo Lee Strasberg and Talia Shire) but only Best Actor Robert DeNiro took home the (supporting) gold on his first nomination. Director Coppola won the Best Director Oscar and shared Adapted Screenplay Writing Oscar with novelist Mario Puzo. Added to [...]

Here Comes the Groom (1951) – full review!

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Here Comes the Groom (1951) – full review! Produced & directed by Frank Capra one of his last films (he didn’t direct another film his next to last until 1959) with a story by his frequent collaborator Robert Riskin and Liam O’Brien this slightly above average musical (late screwball) comedy features Bing Crosby in the title role. Crosby who’s always ready with a song to smooth over any situation plays the kind of [...]

Torpedo Run (1958)

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Torpedo Run (1958) Directed by Joseph Pevney and written by William Wister Haines and Richard Sale this average World War II submarine drama stars Glenn Ford and Ernest Borgnine; Ford is the commander of a submarine and Borgnine is his first officer. Like most in this genre Ford plays a tortured determined sub captain who’s chasing a “holy grail”-like target in this case a Japanese “flat top” a new aircraft carrier [...]

Actresses in Oscar’s Best Picture Winners

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Actresses in Oscar’s Best Picture Winners As a follow-up to my related essay on lead actors there have been several actresses who have appeared in more than one movie that has won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences highest award (e.g. the Best Picture Oscar) but Meryl Streep is the only one to have acted in back-to-back winners (The Deer Hunter (1978) Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)). Ms. Streep has thus far appeared in a total of [...]

Green Helmet The (1961)

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Green Helmet The (1961) Lots of car racing sequences for the enthusiast in this one; at least three major races and lots of test runs to boot. The film opens at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Bill Travers plays an aging race car driver Rafferty who has an accident causing him to think twice before racing again. His Australian crew chief Richie (Sid James) has had enough and tells Rafferty so when he visits him in the hospital. However a “hard of [...]

Badlanders The (1958)

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Badlanders The (1958) Though ostensibly a version of The Asphalt Jungle (1950) I didn’t see it nor is it even half as captivating. It stars Alan Ladd late in his career and looking it and Ernest Borgnine as ex-convicts who at least initially don’t want anything to do with one another but end up working together. The film opens in a Yuma prison camp where Ladd has 10 months left on his sentence but Borgnine has only one more day to [...]
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