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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Beauty and the Beast (1991) This Walt Disney Feature was the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; in fact it was the only one until the category was expanded to 10 nominees in 2010 (the studio’s Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) have subsequently been recognized; both of these won Best Animated Feature Film of the Year as a consolation prize). The movie did win for Best Music Original Score; its title song [...]

Merrily We Live (1938)

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Merrily We Live (1938) Produced by Hal Roach directed by Norman Z. McLeod and written by Jack Jevne & Eddie Moran all of whom were responsible for Topper (1937) the year before this essential screwball comedy also features Constance Bennett Billie Burke and Alan Mowbray. Even though its core story (and more) is similar to My Man Godfrey (1936) it delivers laughs by the bundle with its quirky characters and clever dialogue. Eric Hatch who [...]

Harvey (1950)

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Harvey (1950) A lovely film about a man and his rabbit. James Stewart’s Oscar nominated performance is one he is said to have not cared for and one that was played much more sinisterly by him on the stage. Excellent roles played by Josephine Hull who won the Supporting Actress Academy Award on her only nomination Cecil Kellaway and Jesse White. #35 on AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies list. This essential fantasy comedy drama was directed by [...]

Two-Faced Woman (1941)

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Two-Faced Woman (1941) Greta Garbo’s last film is less than it might have been; the actress seemed bored with the silly goings-on while at the same time trying too hard in other scenes (including an embarrassing dance sequence). The magical romantic chemistry and near perfect comic timing that she and co-star Melvyn Douglas exhibited in their previous film together – Ninotchka (1939) – was missing as were director Ernst Lubitsch and [...]

The Films of Rita Hayworth

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The Films of Rita Hayworth Purchase this DVD Collection now at Cover Girl (1944) – full review! Tonight and Every Night (1945) Gilda (1946) Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) – as Gloria Swanson (Miss Thompson (1928)) and Joan Crawford (Rain (1932)) had before her forty-five year old Rita Hayworth plays the title role in this musical adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham story; the movie was originally released in 3-D. The original plotline [...]

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Al Pacino and Kate Jackson (from TV’s Charlie’s Angels!) were the original choices for the leads of this year’s Oscar winning Best Picture. However thankfully the roles went to Dustin Hoffman who won the Best Actor Oscar and Meryl Streep (who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar). Ms. Streep (also in last year’s BP winner) is so good you’ll come to “hate” the character she plays [...]

Annie Hall (1977)

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Annie Hall (1977) Inexplicably this relationship film about two neurotic people in love beat Star Wars (1977) for Best Picture. Director Woody Allen (who also received his only acting nomination) beat George Lucas and Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)) his first nomination as well. His co-star and girlfriend at the time Diane Keaton also won her only Oscar (Best Actress) and doesn’t seem to want to let go of her [...]

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Strong performances by Clark Gable (also in the previous year’s Best Picture winner) as Fletcher Christian Charles Laughton (unforgettable as Captain Bligh – AFI’s #19 villain) and Franchot Tone as Roger Byam prompted three Best Actor Academy Award nominations from the film which predictably led to the only other Oscar nominated Lead Actor (Victor McLaglen in The Informer (1935)) taking home 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 [...]

Films about Fathers

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Films about Fathers As a father I’m particularly “affected” by films which portray relationships between fathers and their children particularly their daughters. No I’m not talking about Godfathers or other “sick” fathers like John Huston’s in Chinatown (1974) nor do I mean pathetic fathers like Kevin Spacey AND Chris Cooper in American Beauty (1999). I mean movies which show a more idealized view of the [...]
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