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Vertigo (1958)

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Vertigo (1958) The title means dizziness or describes a confused state of mind this is a film about that and obsessive love which many critics say was director Alfred Hitchcock’s best though only in retrospect since it wasn’t initially very well received. It was the last of the four collaborations between "Hitch" and James Stewart. The blonde this time was played by Kim Novak (because Vera Miles was pregnant and [...]

Chariots of Fire (1981)

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Chariots of Fire (1981) I was a hurdler in high school so this one is special even though it came out after I graduated. Hard to get charged up about the Brits winning track & field gold over the USA in the Olympics though. The first of consecutive Best Picture Oscars taken home by the British (Sir John Gielgud in both); it also won for Screenplay Writing. Supporting Actor Ian Holm and Director Hugh Hudson received their only Oscar [...]

Woman Rebels A (1936)

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Woman Rebels A (1936) Directed by Mark Sandrich with a screenplay co-written by Anthony Veiller (Stage Door (1937)) this above average if dated drama is about a young woman in (merry olde?) 19th century England who refuses to accept her position in the World imposed on her by her father. Some years later Katharine Hepburn in the title role becomes an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. The plot includes a romantic angle or two or three [...]

The Mysterious Desperado (1949)

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The Mysterious Desperado (1949) If brawling is your thing this B movie Tim Holt Western (directed by Lesley Selander written by Norman Houston) is for you. The cast includes Tim’s regular sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin) Edward Norris as Chito’s cousin Ramon and Movita as his fiancée Luisa Frank Wilcox playing his typical bad guy role – this time as a Santo Domingo county California land administrator [...]

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 [...]

Rocky (1976)

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Rocky (1976) Titled boxer Balboa (AFI’s #7 hero) helped this film and its director John Avildsen win Oscars. What if Oscar nominated Best Actor Sylvester Stallone had accepted the $150000 the producers offered him to let Ryan O’Neal play the lead? Thankfully we’ll never know. The fight scene was filmed in reverse order starting with the fifteenth round and Stallone and Weathers in heavy make-up. As filming continued the make-up [...]

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) [...]

Strange Love Of Martha Ivers The (1946)

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Strange Love Of Martha Ivers The (1946) Barbara Stanwyck plays the title role in this drama also starring Van Heflin and Kirk Douglas. As a child Heflin left his small town on a train when it was suspected that he was responsible for a crime. He returns years later to find that the real culprit of the crime Stanwyck is married to the just elected district attorney Douglas though she wears the pants in the marriage given the fact that she [...]

Back From Eternity (1956) – full review!

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Back From Eternity (1956) – full review! Produced and directed by John Farrow (Wake Island (1942)) in the same year that he’d win his only Academy Award sharing the Best Adapted Screenplay Writing Oscar for Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) this remake of director Farrow’s earlier RKO film Five Came Back (1939) features the same Richard Carroll story but this one’s screenplay was written by Jonathan Latimer instead. It’s a [...]

Woman of the Year (1942)

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Woman of the Year (1942) This essential romantic comedy won a Best Writing Oscar for Michael Kanin & Ring Larner Jr. (on their first nominations) in part because of a great scene at a baseball game (and some other great repartee) which mark this first pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (who received a Best Actress nomination as well). Hepburn & Tracy play newspaper writers working for the same paper. When they meet Tracy is [...]
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