Friday, April 1, 2016
The A To Z Challenge...It's Here! The Letter A
Oh wow...the pistol has been shot and we are out of the gates! Welcome to the month of April and the A to Z Challenge. I have chosen...movies this time around instead of film stars. I will do my best to make it short and sweet. There will be an Old Film followed by a Modern Film and they will be connected by the 6 (somewhat) degrees of separation. The * denotes if someone won an Oscar. So here we go with the Letter A
1. ALL ABOUT EVE- 1950-DRAMA/COMEDY
BEST DIRECTOR: Joseph L. Mankiewicz*
STARS: Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, George Sanders*, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, Hugh Marlowe.
PLOT: Famous Broadway actress helps out poor waif but is this waif what she appears to be?
QUOTE: fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night.
OSCAR NOMS: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Art Direction, Cinematography(black & White), Editing, Best Score
OSCAR WINS: Best Supporting Actor*, Best Director*, Best Screenplay, Best Costume, Best Sound.
LOVE: The writing! Witty and acerbic
FAVOURITE SCENE: Addison has a good talk with Eve
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Addison DeWitt (George Sanders)
TIDBITS: Supposedly based (somewhat) on a real life actress, Tallulah Bankhead or Elizabeth Bergner. Bette Davis and Gary Merrill met on this set and had the hots for each other. They were married for 10 drunken, brawling years.
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: Bette Davis to Oliver Reed (Burnt Offerings) to Faye Dunaway (3 Musketeers) to Jack Nicholson (Chinatown) to....
2. AS GOOD AS IT GETS- 1999-COMEDY/DRAMA
STARS:Jack Nicholson*, Helen Hunt*, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jnr.
PLOT: An OCD mean, wackadoodle author falls for a waitress who has a sick son. The nut has to take care of his neighbour's dog after the gay artist neighbour gets beaten up.
QUOTE:People who talk in metaphors oughta shampoo my crotch.
OSCAR NOMS: Best Supporting Actor, Editing, Best Picture, Best Score, Best Original Screenplay
OSCAR WINS: Best Actor*, Best Actress*,
LOVE: The acting! Made the characters real and with heart.
FAVOURITE SCENE: Main character walks with the dog
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Verdell the Dog!
TIDBITS:They used 5 dogs just for this one character
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: Jack Nicholson to Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider) to John Wayne (True Grit) to James Stewart (The Man who Shot Liberty Valance) to Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window) to.......gotta wait for tomorrow:)