Terms of Endearment (1983)

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Terms of Endearment (1983) I can still remember the tears. Of course I’ve always loved Shirley MacLaine movies (she finally won gold on her fifth and last so far Best Actress nomination) and this film is so good it almost makes having to watch Debra Winger (Oscar nominated) tolerable winning the Best Picture Oscar. A film about family relationships particularly mother & daughter. Producer James L. Brooks won his only three Oscars in [...]

Wake Island (1942)

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Wake Island (1942) Directed by John Farrow who later shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Around the World in 80 Days (1956) this war film fictionally depicts the truly heroic efforts by the Marines who were able to repel overwhelming Japanese forces for a time after they’d attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The film director Farrow writers W. R. Burnett & Frank Butler as well as (Supporting) actor William Bendix for his [...]

I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

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I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955) Directed by Daniel Mann with a screenplay by Helen Deutsch (Lili (1953)) and Jay Richard Kennedy this slightly above average biographical drama about the rise and fall (& recovery) of singer-actress Lillian Roth earned Susan Hayward who sings her fourth unrewarded Best Actress Oscar nomination (she would win on her fifth & last nomination for I Want to Live! (1958)). Based on an autobiography co-written by [...]

Robin Hood (1973)

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Robin Hood (1973) This Disney animated version of the classic titled legend that “robs from the rich to give to the poor” was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. The narrative assumes that you know the essence of the back story while it highlights – indeed exaggerates – some of the plot’s more tried-and-true elements for comic effect. One examples is an archery contest which is staged to lure Robin from Sherwood [...]

Shop on Main Street The (1965) – full review!

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Shop on Main Street The (1965) – full review! aka Obchod na korze (1965) This World War II drama from Czechoslovakia won the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award; additionally lead Ida Kaminska was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. It was directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos; both are credited with adapting the story by Ladislav Grosman. Unlike a lot of foreign language dramas the subtitles are non-obtrusive: easy to read without [...]

Stand By For Action (1942)

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Stand By For Action (1942) Laurence Kirk’s “A Cargo of Innocence” was transformed by Captain Harvey Haislip and R.C. Sherriff (Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)) into a World War II story about a Navy destroyer that rescues a boatload of babies and two pregnant women while on its way to covering a rear admiral’s convoy’s flank in the Pacific. Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)) co-produced and directed this [...]

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 [...]

Jour se lève Le (1939) – full review!

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Jour se lève Le (1939) – full review! Directed by Marcel Carné with a screenplay by Jacques Prévert (Children of Paradise (1945)) this average foreign language drama (also known as Daybreak (1940)) stars France’s biggest star Jean Gabin as a factory worker named François who commits murder and then reflects on why he did it while the police close in on him in his apartment. Jules Berry stars as Monsieur Valentin his victim; [...]

January 2005 – Canadian Actors

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January 2005 – Canadian Actors Saturday January 1 – Reunited theme 6:00 PM Psycho (1960) 8:00 PM Casablanca (1942) 10:00 PM Same Time Next Year (1978) – only listed here because it’s a TCM premiere; I’m not recommending it. 12:15 AM My Favorite Wife (1940) – an hilarious Oscar nominated story co-written by Leo McCarey (Going My Way (1944)) about a woman (Irene Dunne) who returns after seven years from being thought [...]

Shenandoah (1965)

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Shenandoah (1965) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and written by James Lee Barrett this Civil War film stars James Stewart as the father of six sons and one daughter he’d raised solo for the past 16 years since his wife died giving birth to their youngest son. The war is raging and though Stewart’s family lives in Shenandoah Virginia he wishes not to get involved. Though not really a pacifist Stewart’s character thinks that his [...]
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