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From Russia With Love (1963)

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From Russia With Love (1963) Directed by Terence Young (Dr. No (1962) Thunderball (1965)) with a screenplay and adaptation by Richard Maibaum and Johanna Harwood (respectively) this is the second James Bond Agent 007 (AFI’s #3 hero) film; the character and novel are from Ian Fleming. Starring Sean Connery it’s the first to feature gadget man ‘Q’ aka Major Boothroyd (Desmond Llewelyn) and is noteworthy for its villains: Rosa Klebb [...]

Logan’s Run (1976)

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Logan’s Run (1976) Another sci-fi thriller concerned with overpopulation this one’s population of genetically altered test-tube babies must reside in agriculturally enhanced bubble cities because the outside world is clouded in the aftermath of nuclear (?) destruction. Each person’s hand sports an indicator of their age which changes from white to red when they’ve lived their 30 years. Those that run refusing to [...]

Burt Lancaster

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Burt Lancaster Burt Lancaster was at least 6’1″ tall; he was a real man’s man (and never a whiny punk). The characters he played were usually intense but Lancaster’s onscreen personas still varied greatly. Even though he started acting relatively late his portfolio of films numbered 75 before he died (just shy of his 81st birthday) in 1994. He grew up in East Harlem New York a tough street kid with an interest in [...]

Great Escape The (1963)

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Great Escape The (1963) Based on a true story by Paul Brickhill this epic adventure about a mass escape planned by Allied officers being kept in an elite German P.O.W. camp especially designed to prevent it is a great World War II movie spectacle. John Sturges directed the film whose screenplay was in part written by James Clavell. The all star cast makes every storyline interesting and includes: Steve McQueen James Garner Richard Attenborough [...]

Anchors Aweigh (1945)

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Anchors Aweigh (1945) Directed by George Sidney this slightly above average wartime Musical comedy written by Natalie Marcin and adapted by Isobel Lennart (The Sundowners (1960)) earned George Stoll his only Oscar (out of eight nominations) for its Score; the song “I Fall in Love Too Easily” was also nominated. It stars Gene Kelly (who received his only Best Actor nomination) and Frank Sinatra as two Navy buddies on leave in Los [...]

Spoilers The (1942)

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Spoilers The (1942) Directed by Ray Enright and based on a novel by Rex Beach with a screenplay by Lawrence Hazard & Tom Reed this wildly entertaining Western remake stars Marlene Dietrich Randolph Scott and John Wayne. Universal Pictures would team these three once again later that same year in Pittsburgh (1942). The sometimes complicated story was first made in 1914 and again in 1923 within the silent film era then in the sound era with [...]

Adventures of Robin Hood The (1938)

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Adventures of Robin Hood The (1938) The screen’s best version of this classic tale has Errol Flynn in the title role Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian Basil Rathbone as his dueling foe Claude Rains as Prince John Eugene Pallette as Friar Tuck and Alan Hale as Little John Patric Knowles as Will Scarlett … all in stunning Technicolor! The film directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca (1942)) won Academy Awards for Art Direction Score [...]

Smiling Ghost (1941)

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Smiling Ghost (1941) Directed by Lewis Seiler with a screenplay by Kenneth Gamet and Stuart Palmer that was based on Palmer’s original story this mildly entertaining (B movie) mystery comedy features one of prolific racially typecast character actor Willie Best’s longest on-screen performances. Though billed only eighth Best (in a subservient and fairly stereotypical if expanded role for him) appears and speaks as much as any other [...]

Buddy Holly Story The (1978)

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Buddy Holly Story The (1978) This above average if fictionalized biopic earned Gary Busey (in the title role) his only Oscar recognition (to date) a Best Actor nomination. Joe Renzetti (who appears as a violinist) who received his only Academy recognition (so far) won the Oscar for his Score; he adapted Holly’s terrific leading edge (at the time) Rock n’ Roll music. The film’s Sound also received a nomination; it was also the [...]

Sheepman The (1958) – full review!

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Sheepman The (1958) – full review! Directed by George Marshall and written by William Bowers & James Edward Grant (who earned an Oscar nomination for their story & screenplay written directly for the screen) this above average Western comedy features Glenn Ford in the title role. Though three of the other leads are Shirley MacLaine Leslie Nielsen & Mickey Shaughnessy the rest of the cast is full of familiar faces (like [...]
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