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Cabaret (1972)

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Cabaret (1972) This Bob Fosse-directed musical – based on the Tony Award winning Harold ‘Hal’ Prince-directed Broadway production – features career performances from Liza Minnelli (The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)) and Joel Grey both of whom won Academy Awards for their work: Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively. Grey had also won a Tony as did Prince and for the movie Fosse took home the gold. The film won Oscars for its Art [...]

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 [...]

Rack The (1956)

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Rack The (1956) Directed by Arnold Laven this Stewart Stern (Teresa (1951)) screenplay was based on a teleplay by Rod Serling the Emmy Award winning creator of TV’s The Twilight Zone. It stars Paul Newman as a Korean War veteran who returns home after years as a P.O.W. to face a court martial trial for collaborating with the enemy. It’s a very good drama with an excellent credible performance by Newman and the rest of the [...]

Peyton Place (1957)

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Peyton Place (1957) Small town life and sex are themes in this long well known soap opera based on the novel from housewife Grace Metalious. I only knew the reputation of this film and its Oscar nominated story until it premiered on TCM in late 2004 when it was shown for the first time in 30 years (due to legal entanglements). It features several interweaving story-lines including Hope Lange as the daughter of white trash drunkard Arthur Kennedy [...]

March 2005 – Claudette Colbert

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March 2005 – Claudette Colbert Tuesday March 1 – Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winners 8:00 AM Meet John Doe (1941) 8:00 PM Charade (1963) – an entertaining romp pairing Audrey Hepburn with Cary Grant in a comedy mystery that includes some other named actors in humorous roles: Walter Matthau James Coburn & George Kennedy. Directed by Stanley Donen. 10:00 PM Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) 2:30 AM The Pawnbroker (1965) [...]

Titanic (1997)

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Titanic (1997) Believe it or not I liked this film more than L.A. Confidential (1997) (I really did no matter what you say). It shares the distinction of receiving the most Academy Award nominations (14) with All About Eve (1950) (and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)) AND winning the most (11) with Ben Hur (1958). It’s also by far the highest grossing film of all time (may I too one day make a film that has been panned [...]

America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies

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America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies This is the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies. AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 THRILLS (2001) 1 – Psycho (1960) 2 – Jaws (1975) 3 – The Exorcist (1973) 4 – North By Northwest (1959) 5 – Silence of the Lambs (1991) 6 – Alien (1979) 7 – The Birds (1963) 8 – French Connection (1971) 9 – [...]

Bullet Code (1940)

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Bullet Code (1940) This George O’Brien B-Western was directed by David Howard and written by Doris Schroeder from a story by Bennet Cohen. O’Brien plays Steve Holden a rancher who believes that he’s shot one of his crew – Bud Mathews (Robert Stanton) – during a nighttime raid on the herd. As it turns out Bud was helping the rustlers led by Cass Barton (Harry Woods) until he learned that they were planning to kill [...]

The Brothers Warner (2008)

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The Brothers Warner (2008) Written directed produced and narrated by Cass Warner Sperling this is an exceptional documentary about the men that created the movie empire that bore their name: the Warner Brothers studio (et al). The film begins at the beginning from their humble start as poor Jewish immigrants to the United States rejected by the wealthier established German Jewish bankers documenting the brothers’ early insight into Hitler’s [...]

Gunga Din (1939)

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Gunga Din (1939) Based on a Rudyard Kipling poem this is a very entertaining adventure film with an excellent cast including Cary Grant Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Victor McLaglen Sam Jaffe (in the title role) Eduardo Ciannelli and Joan Fontaine. Directed by George Stevens after Howard Hawks was removed when Bringing Up Baby (1938) bombed at the box office; it was added to the National Film Registry in 1999. Oscar nominated for its Cinematography (the [...]
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