Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks-Mazes

 


I love mazes but have only been in sad little mazes like one at Niagara Falls. I’d love to be in a big maze like one in "The Shining" but don't know any in my area. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves who chose a fun theme this week which is all about the Maze. Nope, I decided not to go with the most famous one, the aforementioned Shining but picked 3 I think you may like.

1. THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI-1947

This stars the husband and wife team of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, nicknamed "Beauty and The Brain" by the press but, by this time, they were not happily married and it shows in this film because Welles decided to have Hayworth's beautiful auburn locks cut and died platinum blonde. She also seems quite hard in this film as the femme fatale. In this movie, Hayworth is married to an old coot who hires Irish( hahaaa) Orson Welles to help out on their yacht. There is much duplicity going on including a couple of murders where it culminates in an excellent climax in a mirrored maze. That climax is justifiablely famous

2. LABYRINTH-1986

I haven’t seen this film in decades and want to watch it again. I remember seeing it in the theatre and thought it was quite excellent for its beautiful dream-like world inside this labyrinth ruled over by the goblin king, played by David Bowie. Jennifer Connelly plays a beautiful 16 yr old who has to take care of her baby brother and, in a fit of anger, wishes the baby be taken by the goblin king. As soon as she wishes this, it happens and she must find a way out of the labyrinth in order to save her baby brother. Along the way, she meets up with some characters who become her friends and vice versa. The sets and costumes are truly quite beautiful and this movie deserves its cult status.

3. IN THE NAME OF THE ROSE-1986

This is another film I saw in the theatre and also love because of the beautiful labyrinth of the secret library held in a mysterious monastery. Sean Connery plays a Friar(no, not Tuck) who, along with his assistant( Christian Slater) come to this monastery to investigate the strange death of a monk. It is a whodunit set in the 1300s when the inquisition was around as well as disease, poverty and religious fervour. I love Connery’s character, a sort of early Sherlock Holmes, who loves the written word but also loves solving a good mystery. I found this film quite ...fun and engaging. It’s worth a watch.

I feel guilty not choosing "The Shining" ...which films would you choose?

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Which One Won the Oscar 1957

 

It’s a month full of birthdays...7 including a new one, my hubby’s niece gave birth to a baby girl on May 7th, named Molly Olivia. My hubby’s birthday is on May 25th and he will be ....65!! He is officially a senior citizen but only in age, not in his heart. I decided to choose 1957, hubby’s birth year to choose  3 songs from the movies- one that won the Oscar, one that was nominated and one that missed out on both. Let’s see if you can guess which is which.

1. ALL THE WAY SUNG BY FRANK SINATRA

This song is from the film, “ The Joker  Is Wild”  starring Frank Sinatra which turned into one of his bigger hits. This song was written by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn.

2. AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER SUNG BY VIC DAMONE

I know the movie very well and even the music but I didn’t know, or remember, the lyrics. I guess it’s because the song was heard at the very beginning and then sung by Marni Nixon who always subbed for Deborah Kerr. ( among others). This song was composed by  Harry Warren with lyrics by Leo McCarey and Harold Adamson.

3. LOVING YOU SUNG BY ELVIS

Elvis is Elvis we don’t even have to say his last name and we know who it is. He starred in the film with the same name. This is a really nice song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.


So which song won the Oscar, which was nominated and which song lostnon both counts?

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks-Actors who are a Real Life Family Playong Same Family Role in Movies

 

That title must be one of the longest:) I was thinking about families and, to be honest, came up blank. I didn't want to do anything about kids or kids and parents so I thought of real life romances. There are plenty out there but I wanted the real passionate relationship  and I think Wandering Through The Shelves would Like. Here are my 3...

1. FLESH AND THE DEVIL- 1927


I actually like this movie, I don't love it but there is something mesmerizing between John Gilbert and Greta Garbo. The film is about 2 lifelong German friends who end up meeting a Count and Countess. When John Gilbert has his first look at Garbo, his mouth drops open. This is not faked and Gilbert never returned home to his wife,  Leatrice Joy. With the Countess's encouragement, they begin an affair which ends up with Gilbert shooting her husband in a duel. Since he is in the army, Gilbert is sent to Africa for 3 years but when he returns, his best friend is now married to the Countess. Gilbert and Garbo's passionate love was caught on screen. When the 2 make out on a couch  the director ended the scene without yelling "cut" and they all left so the 2 stars could get acquainted in the biblical sense. Gilbert was the biggest star back then, not Garbo, but he helped her. When she did not show up to their wedding( it was a double wedding)  L. B. Mayers  head of MGM,  told him " Screw her, don't marry her". Gilbert decked him. From that moment you see his career decline. He died in Marlene Dietrich's bed from a heart attack brought on by his alcoholism. In 1936, he was only 38.

2. TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT- 1944


This is a fun film starring Humphrey Bogart as a captain of a small touring boat on the island of Martinique during WW2. He doesn't want to get involved in the war but events lead him right into it. Lauren Bacall plays "Slim", the young gal who decides to get under Bogie's skin especially when she tells him how to whistle. Bogart and Bacall met on the set of this film and, despite him being married ( to an alcoholic nutjob who tried to kill him) and 24 years older, they fell for one another. The thoughts were that it would never last, but they stayed together until Bogie died in 1957. They had 2 children and, even though Bacall married again( to Jason Robards) she always said Bogie was the love of her life.

3. BUGSY-1991


Warren Beatty stars as Bugsy Malone, the real life mobster ( who hated his nickname) who brought Las Vegas from a small, no nothing town to the mega casino Sodom & Gamorah that we know it today. Well, today it has huge fountains, rides and a throw up of tackiness but back in the 50s to the 80s, it was the hobnob of gamblers, the Rat Pack and Wayne Newton. Annette Benning plays Virginia, the gal that wins his heart. This film is a more glamourized account of Bugsy and Virginia  but tongues were wagging when the rumours came out that Beatty and Benning were playing footsies. No one expected this to last because Beatty was notorious for his womanizing ways but, they proved everyone wrong because he married her! They are still happily married and have 4 kids. Warren found the woman he wanted to be with forever but it took a long while...and many women.

Which family in real life are in the movies that you saw?

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

A beautiful Week

 



Our Cherry blossom tree is starting to show off in the most delightful way. What a better way than to showcase flowers especially since the first song I picked has been in my head for a week now.

1. IF YOU'RE GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO SUNG BYSCOTT MCKENZIE-1967


This was written by John Phillips ( from the Mama's and the Papa's) at the heyday of flower power and peace out, smoke a doobie, far out etc... I always think of that famous Life Magazine photo of this blond mam putting daisies into the head of the rifles that were pointed ag him and others. 

2. HONEYSUCKLE ROSE SUNG BY LENA HORNE-1943


I always loved how Lena Horne sang this song when I first heard it from a movie that was just a showcase for the MGM stars. The sad thing is she could be clipped out of the film when it was shown in the South. Disgusting but true and this is often how Lena was shown in films  except for films like Stormy Weather, you couldn't see her much which was a shame. This song was written by Fats Waller in 1929.

3. DESERT ROSE SUNG BY STING-2000


I never cared for The Police and that one song, " Roxanne" really grates on my nerves but I do like this song by Sting with the Algerian Rai  singer Mami creating an Arabic touch to this song that Sting also wrote.

For fun, I had to put this clip in from a musical I still have to see  Watching Bobby Van bounce like Tigger  all around the neighborhood just leaves me  speechless. I tried doing this once and only did 3 jumps. I was not feeling well after that because just look at where he places his legs..all the way back...thus made my mouth drop open.


Feeling like spring is in the air by seeing all the pretty flowers? What songs grab you?

Friday, May 6, 2022

What I watched in April

 


I didn’t watch nearly as much as last month but I still saw some so here we go....

1. HACKSAW RIDGE-201



Yes, this is a Mel Gibson film but, although I never cared for the man ever since I saw him interviewed by Barbara Walters way back in the 1980s, I do believe he makes some really good movies and this is one of them. I would say it is an excellent film. It is violent but that is what war is and, I believe, it is not gratuitous. This is a true story about a man that, due to his religious belief, he refuses to carry a gun but wants to be in World War 2. he faces many uphill battles from his own side to begin with but, boy does he prove his worth. If you read about the actual man, Desmond Doss, he enters the war as a conscientious objector medic who saved over 75 men (many say it was more) during a key battle and was the first conscientous objector to be awarded the medal of honour. 

2. TITANIC-1997


Yup, I watched this drivel (Dribble? Drivle?) of a flick because there was not much else on TV and I wanted to slum it. I was hoping I would change my mind about it but...nope...It's the Love Boat sinking. The costumes are excellent and the detail that went into the decor and how it showed the ship at the bottom slowly come alive as it used to be is impressive, even the acting is good but the writing and directing by that ego inflated goon, James Cameron falls into a pit of crap. He went all cutesy teenage love story where the kids fall in love and poor slob, Leo, gets invited to first class engaging the rich people to listen to what he has to say... Yeah, and I have an Oligarch yacht I want to sell you. Rose and Jack go in and out of that freezing water so many times I am surprised they didn't become prized ice sculptures surrounded by caviar. Never mind the true stories that are much more interesting than Jack and Rose, let's centre on a story that would never, I repeat, never happen in this manner. Besides, I don't care if old Rose is 100, I would bitch slap that old broad for throwing over that honking, tacky blue diamond into the sea. She hated that thing so why would she keep it all these years? Didn't her grandkids need to go to school? Where did she hide it all those years from her husband? You mean, she loved Jack more after knowing him for 3 bleeping days than her husband that she was with for probably 50?  Ughhh

3. GOON-2011


I happened across this fun flick and laughed my ass off. It is brutal, stupid (maybe moronic) and many F bombs but I laughed and laughed. It is not for many since you do see a lot of blood splatters  but I just couldn't help laughing. Obviously, the men who wrote this must have loved Slapshot (starred Paul Newman and that is a much better film) and wanted to make another hockey film. It stars Seann William Scott as a dumb bouncer who finds his dream job on the ice as an enforcer for some minor hockey league. We also have Liev Schreiber as an experienced enforcer who is adored by man fans. It is  loosely based on a man named Douglas Smith who co-wrote a book, with Adam Frattasio, about his exploits on the ice.

4. MINORITY REPORT-2002



This film stars Tom Cruise as a cop, haunted by the disappearance of his son, who captures criminals before they commit murder. Yes, it is sci-fi mixed in with thriller and a conspiracy story deftly handled by Steven Spielberg. You see there are these pre-cogs-2 men, twin brothers and a woman, who seem to spend their life in this water connected to some tv where their minds show what will happen. The problem is that is it true or can it be manipulated? Well, you have to watch the film to find out. It is well acted and I thought the story was quite original.

5. Grace Quigly-1985


This is quite a good movie bringing a hint back of the old screwball comedy but on a much darker side. Katherine Hepburn place Grace, who lives in a slumlord building and is ready to be kicked out of her apartment by the a-hole landlord when she witnesses his murder by a hitman, Nick Nolte. She follows him and decides to hire him to kill her. He is a bit put out by this request but she will not take no for an answer especially when she gives him all her life's savings-$2,000. When he meets her again, she has told a few of her old cronies that live in the same building and they want to be done in too. Before you know it, it becomes quite the business venture but not in all the ways you expect it to be. The 2 of them start forming a bond like only a demented mom and son could be. It is not a great film but it is funny and quite engaging.

TV SHOWS

1. TEMPLE-2019- PRESENT


I love Mark Strong, who usually plays a villain, but in this show, he is a doctor who does questionable services for people who wish not to have it known they need a doctor. His base of operations is in the bowels of the subway where he has a trusty sidekick who helps him and, soon, brings in a fellow doctor/scientist to help cure his wife who is in a coma. It goes on from there where he seems to sink lower and lower all for the love of his wife. It's well acted and I love the drama punched in with some good comedic bits that are played out dryly but with good effect.

2. HISTORY'S GREATEST MYSTERIES-2020-PRESENT


I love a good mystery and, when I was young, my mom always bought me books on unsolved mysteries whether they be true or fanciful or a novel...I love them. This is one show that looks deeper into some of the most famous but does not take a tacky look at things but more of a research style which is what I love. I just watched one about the famous Amber room that was looted by the Nazis  from the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg. Of course, they tackled D. B. Cooper, the convicts that escaped from Alcatraz and the Titanic but they also talk about the 5 Sodder kids that supposedly died in a fire and the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Pretty cool.

3. SECRETS OF PLAYBOY-2022


I came across this and didn't think much about it. To be honest, I rolled my eyes  thinking that it was going to be about these playboy women in fake tans, boobs and all bashing an asshole now that he's dead. Well, Hugh Hefner was an asshole and he is dead (I never liked this creepy bastard), but I was very wrong about these women and am readily admitting to it because I judged them. They stayed with him and on his place, they were in the magazine, frolicked by the pool so why didn't they just leave? Well, when you watch this, you find out how horrible this was and it is too difficult to explain in a few short sentences. These women were terrified, abused, gaslighted, drugged up and slowly stripped of their power. I always remember seeing Hefner on Larry King with Holly Madison and a couple of others and I remember a few of her looks that disturbed me. I felt she was uncomfortable and very unhappy but I didn't know what was going on. Before ye judge, watch this show. 

What did you watch this past month?

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks- Cinephiles In Movies

 


I love movies!...Well, Duh:) I learned to love movies from my dad who would turn on an old movie any chance he got which was often. This was when ABC had "Movies for a Sunday Afternoon" as well as "The Late Show" before the anthum was played and the TV went to that screen us oldies know well. Here, in Canada, we had the great Elwy Yost who showcased a movie on his "Magic Shadows" and finally had a double feature with some excellent interviews on "Saturday Night At The Movies". I was hooked and watched everything that I could watch including when channel 29 came on board and showed all these B movies on Sundays. This was my education to monsters like "Godzilla", "Gargantuan" and "Them"....oh and "Attack of the Killer Shrews." Wandering Through The Shelves chose a theme that, I think, plays to our own hearts and I have chosen 3 films that, I think, exemplify, the lover of movies.

1. NICKELODEON-1976


 The wonderful Peter Bogdonovich, who just passed away earlier this year, had a wealth of knowledge when it came to the beginnings of film. Somehow that bastard was able to talk to the greats from the early days of cinema (and beyond) and amassed a wealth of knowledge plus an unbridled joy when it came time to showcase early Hollywood. This film stars Ryan O'Neal as a would be director of flickers who, along with the owner of the New Jersey studio, decide to relocate to a small town/village called Hollywood. They must escape the Edison (Yes that Edison)patent people who will do everything they can to stop the independants from making movies. Along the way they meet a young gal (Tatum O'Neal) and a photographer (John Ritter)  who along with their main actress and actor (Burt Reynolds), decide to take on Hollywood. This is quite a funny movie and one made with love because most of the stories in this film truly happened. Bogdonovich was friends with the early directors of Allan Dwan and Raoul Walsh who told him many tales. This is one of my favourites.

2. BOWFINGER-1999


Another film that makes me laugh but showcases how much some people just love the movies. This film stars Steve Martin as Bowfinger as a truly, truly, truly bad director and owner of a studio that can't afford stamps never mind having Fedex finally stop at his sad little home...er...movie studio. He has all sorts of missfits work on his film from an over the hill actress (Christine Baranski) to his accountant come screenwriter. He hires a starlet who will sleep with anyone to get ahead (Heather Graham) and, finally, an innocent young guy who looks amazingly like a big ass star (Eddie Murphy in a dual role). OK, The guy is not innocent, he is what we used to refer to as "simple-minded" (Please, don't blast me for writing something that is now poilitically incorrect)  and looks like that dumb ass star because that is his brother who has some major issues of his own. I love how everyone is in this movie because they just love movies including the Mexican illegals they grab out of the brush only for these same Mexican migrant workers now reading "Cahiers Du Cinema" while the rest have no clue what Martin's character is up to. I love the slap against the Scientology freaks in this film as well. It is so funny and yet, endearing. 

3. HUGO-2011


 This is a film directed by Martin Scorsese, another lover of all things cinema and there is no F Bombs every 2 seconds, no Robert De Niro and no Gangsters splitting heads open...how refreshing. It is about a young boy who lives high up in the rafters of a Paris Train station with an automatron that his father had but no longer works. In this station we meet all sorts of people, from Christopher Lee to Frances De La Tour (I love her) as well as an elderly man who sells toys and trinkets. The elderly man seems tired and not too friendly but his Goddaughter is the bridge between the 2. The boy wants to get the Automatron working thinking his dad will speak through this machine and soon finds out that this elderly man used to be a huge director of his own studio-George Melies. Unfortunately, this kid has to stay clear of the Inspector (Sasha Baron Cohen) who would love to catch the kid and throw him into an orphanage. The children are delighted to find some old films of Melies and  help Melies receive the recognition he deserves. I don't care what abnyone thinks, I think this film is a hidden gem that makes me smile and believe in make believe. When I was a kid, I saw a George Melies film and fell in love with his work. To this day I am mesmorized by his ability to create something amazing back before people could fly.

Which film did you watch that made you fall for a movie or fall in love with movies? 

Here is a bonus...


This was done in 1896!

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Wednesday Music Fest-Let's Get Happy

 


April is done so it is time to move forward with, hopefully, no more snow. I miss my furbabes but they gave me such joy like any animal does..I mean, look at this horse! I thought about "Happy" and each person will try to describe it and we can agree with what you feel, experience, say but your version of happiness may not do it for us. Music can bring so much happiness but some love heavy metal which drives me around the bend especially when their voices twerk to a devilish sound. Here are 3 songs I thought of that make me happy..

1. COME ON, GET HAPPY SUNG BY JUDY GARLAND-1950


Judy Garland just came from a sanitarium to squelch her drug habit which she did. She gained weight but felt happy and content. MGM decided to make a film with Judy called "Summer Stock" starring Gene Kelly which, is not a great musical despite some memorable musical performances. When we first see Judy, she is sitting on a tractor singing blissfully in her overalls and one is shocked by her weight gain (shame on me for thinking that way). When the film was done, they placed Judy on a strict diet and, to deal with the stress, she went back to the pills. A few months later, she was quite svelte and, needing another number for this film, she did this one, which was written by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Ted Koehler back in 1930 and introduced by Ruth Etting. The funny thing is she lost quite a few pounds when she did this song only to have gained it back 4 minutes later. Gotta love the movies.

2. HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN SUNG BY BARBRA STREISAND-1963



I always remember when Barbra was on Judy Garland's show and they combined their 2 big hits together to create something special. I believe I showed it on my blog last year sometime. Anyway, this song was written by Milton Ager with lyrics by Jack Yellen in 1929. It became mega famous when FDR used this song for his campaign trail and it became his tune..thankfully he never sang it. Funny that this song was created the year the stock market crashed bringing in the Great Depression.

3. MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY SUNG BY JIMMY DURANTE-1964



I bet we have all heard this song before because it is used in many films and even commercials. I think Jimmy sings it best because he puts so much heart into it. It was actually created by the famous pair Adolph Green and Betty Comden with music by Jules Styne for the Broadway show Do-Re-Mi that came out in 1960.

Here is one more because...I can:).


You don't wabnt to like this song but you just can't help it. 

What songs make you think "Happy".

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Star of the Month-May

 


JEANNE CRAIN

Born-May 25, 1925

Died- December 14, 2003

Age- 78 years old

Died From- Heart Attack

Married- Paul Brinkmann(former actor turned successful businesman)

Children: 7! Yawzers!

Oscar Nominations-1 for "Pinky"

Talent-Could ice skate very well

Known For- The girl next door and, strangely, a party girl.

I chose Jeanne Crain because I always liked her plus she is born on my hubby's Birthday and hubby is turning 65! I will be married to a true senior...in age only. 

Jeanne Crain is not so well known today because she was not considered an A-List star and her wholesome image is considered dated now. Actually, it was considered dated by the early 50s so, in an attempt to get juicier roles, she died her brunette hair red. I would not say she was a fantastic actress but many seem to lambaste her now which is unfair, in my humble opinion. She could be very convincing as a ladylike girl/woman who is suffering through something or other. She created quite the stir, in a bad way, when she was cast in "Pinky" about a black woman who looks so white she can pass for one but she still must deal with prejudice. Stars like Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge were vying for this role, but Darryl F Zanuck gave it to Crain for 2 reasons: 1. Money. He knew the South would not go see a movie starring an actual African American and 2. The gal had to look very pale and pass for white and the 2 actresses, although lighter skinned still had a darker complexion. Poor Jeanne got some flack for taking this role but I thought she did a great job with it. Her other role in "Margie", which I also like, would not pass today since she is a student who has the hots for her teacher and...he feels the same about her! Oops but it all ends well. Funny, she was in a few musicals but couldn't sing a note, Louanne Hogan was the singer for all Crain's musicals.

She was only 20 when she married against her mother's wishes and soon started a family ending with 7 kids. Her mom's dislike for Paul caused Jeanne and her mom to be estranged for a while but mom knew best since the marriage was quite rocky. In fact, they separated in the mid 50s heading for divorce with each slamming the other of adultery and abuse (See, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were not the first). In fact, she claimed Paul really smacked her head into the bed many times and caused many bruises but, guess what? Yup, the reconciled on the eve of their 11th anniversary and had 3 more children before they parted company in the 70s, amicably, but stayed married due to their strong catholic faith (Oy vey). Apparently, Jeanne suffered the loss of 2 of her children, one to alcoholism and the other to a drug overdose( Chris Brinkman who was in the band, Jane's Addiction), in the early 90s, sending her into a deep depression and alcoholism herself but I only read that in one spot so I am not sure if that last bit is true.

I think Jeanne Crain deserves to be remembered for her talent, beauty and amiable way she conveyed the girl next door.

Films

State Fair - 1945

Leave Her To Heaven - 1945

Centennial Summer - 1946

Margie - 1946

Apartment For Peggy -1948

Pinky - 1949

A Letter To Three Wives -1949

The Fan - 1949

Cheaper By The Dozen - 1950

Belles On Their Toes - 1952

Dangerous Crossing - 1953

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes - 1955



Thursday, April 28, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks: TV Edition- Royalty

 


I need to go to sleep so I am writing this quick, well, quick for me. Wandering Through The Shelves wanted me to think this week because most of the royalty shows that are out or have been out recently, I have not seen.  Here are my picks with one being a stretch...well, maybe 2.

1. THE SECRETS OF ISIS-1975-1977

This was shown on Saturday mornings and I watched every one even though it was pretty cheesy, but I thought the leading lady, Joanna Cameron, was very pretty. Basically, a teacher visits Egypt and finds this ancient amulet belonging to Queen Hatshepsut. Anyone who is an ancestor of this queen Hatcheckgirl, will have her powers. Guess what? Yup the teach has them and decides to help the teen kids who get into trouble, get out of trouble. When the teach sees something bad happening, she takes this amulet she wears on her neck and puts it on and she transforms into the goddess Isis who can speak to animals and  has a way with amulets or whatever. I’m trying to remember but I thought it was cool. We need Isis to kick some ass in the schools nowadays.

2. WONDER WOMAN- 1976-1979

To me, I will always have a soft spot for Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman who fought the bad guys while secretly lusting after the major Steve. She is a princess from the secret island where women rule. They are the ancient warriors of blah. When good looking Lyle Waggoner is saved by Lynda Carter, her mom, Cloris Leachman, tells her she can nurse him but can’t bring him back to the States. A big event takes place to determine who the best warrior is and, even though Lynda is banned by her mommy to be part of this, she hides under some blonde wig and wins the events. Guess who is bringing the bad boy huggy bear home? Yup, Princess Diana where she dons eyeglasses to hide who she truly is(Why is everyone in the entire world fooled by eyeglasses?). With her bracelets and lasso of truth, she can best all the bad evil guys in that little suit and her ta-tas never fall out.

3. XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS- 1995-2001

I’m guilty as charged. I watched this show and thought it was quite good to be honest. Xena was one evil bitch who liked placing her enemies’ heads on a stick but she found out she would rather be good so, with her trusty sidekick, blond innocent Gabriele, baring her midriff, they fight evil everywhere they go. Sometimes, the gods help or hinder them or sometimes a goofy guy who wishes to be a Gladiator, helps them out. There were some heavy episodes especially when  the devil comes on board to spread evil but there were fun ones too especially when Bruce Campbell paid visit as the king of thieves. I enjoyed watching this...yes...me. 


What Royal shows can you think of?

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Oscar Songs 1971

 


I was set to write this up for last week but I wanted to give a nice post to my sweetie Lucy. My poor hubby went to the vet to bring Lucy and, at the same time, to pick up Wallace's ashes. It was sad. Work has been a bit hectic with all the internet issues, office phone issues and not being informed about all the things I am meant to know about but, hopefully, that is all worked out now. I am hoping to start this new event every 3rd week of the month where I post an Oscar winning song, a song nominee and one that was not even nominated and see if you can guess which one is which. So, let's get groovin' baby because it is 1971 when Charlie Chaplin is finally accepted back to the States and gets a 10 minute standing ovation...cool.

1. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER SUNG BY SHIRLEY BASSEY-1971


This is the second time that Shirley Bassey sang a James Bond song, the first being "Goldfinger."  I always liked her voice even though it almost sounds too powerful. What do I know but she does sound great for the last Bond film, starring Sean Connery that is produced by Albert "Cubby" Broccoli. He did do a later one but got into a lot of stink playing Bond that was not part of the brand. Anyway, this song was written by John Barry and it's pretty damn good.

2. THE AGE OF NOT BELIEVING SUNG BY ANGELA LANSBURY-1971


This was from the film, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" starring Angela Lansbury who sings this song to 2 kids (It is Disney so kids are in it) where she sings about how kids grow up and stop believing in things. I still like to believe there is a Santa Claus. This song was written by the brothers, Robert & Richard Sherman.

3. SHAFT SUNG BY ISAAC HAYES-1971


Isaac Hayes wrote this song and performed it to the movie of the same name. Can ya dig it? I'm about as cool as a white marshmellow to be honest so I laugh even when I write "groovy" or "dig it." This song became a huge hit as did the movie which was remade in 2000 but they still used the same song. One day I will have to see this movie.

So, which song won, which was nominated and which had neither?


Thursday, April 21, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks-Not A Natural Disaster

 

There are so many wrongs we human piglets do it's hard to keep up. Last week my hubby and I saw what is happening in California with these lakes and rivers where, just a year ago, there was water and now nothing or close to it. I guess Las Vegas needs their uber fountains  to make us go " Wow." Driving home, I can't help but see all the garbage strewn along fences. The oil spills, Chernobyl back in the 80s, clear cutting, poaching...it makes me sick. Wandering through the Shelves picked a hot topic especially with the horrible War in the Ukraine. Putin must go and I  don't mean to Siberia. On that nice note, I chose 3 movies, I think, fit the bill. Remember, no natural disasters so Trump is out and so are any bitch slapping actors.

1. ON THE BEACH-1959

Let's start off with this feel good movie with Gregory Peck as head of a U.S. submarine stationed in Australia because this is the last place not yet affected by the radiation set off from Atomic bombs during WW3. He meets Ava Gardner and they fall in love but they are doomed. Fred Astaire, in a rare dramatic role, plays a race car driver who would rather go out his way than the radiation way. This film is well acted, scary and bleak as f#(×! I'm not sure when I will see this again but it is a good movie.

2. THE CHINA SYNDROME-1979


Does anyone remember 3 Mile Island? The breach that created a ghost town in Pennsylvania, is exactly what this "fictional" film was talking about. This movie, starring Jane Fonda as a reporter, Michael Douglas as her photographer and Jack Lemmon as the whistle blower at the nuclear power plant he works at, is all about what actually happened at 3 Mile Island. What's freaky is tgat this film came out 3 days before the event at 3 Mile. Basically, Jane wants to do a story about the plant when Lemmon's character finds a problem with the plant. He takes it upon himself to hold the place " hostage" until the cover up is found out. It's very well acted showcasing Lemmon's acting chops. The event at 3 Mile made this film a hit.

3. ERIN BROKOVICH-2000


This is, by far, the most hopeful of the 3 I chose. The 70s were often showcasing movies in a more bleak manner. Whereas my first film was one of quite a few to show realism( like Fail Safe and the "Kitchen Sink" movies). The 80s onward gave disaster flicks a hopeful message but only after we saw the Eiffel tower be destroyed on st least a dozen flicks before America saves the day. Where was I? Oh Erin B is based on the true story of a no nonsense single mom of 3 who bullies her way on the staff of her former lawyer. Most of the staff can't stand her with her cheap way of dressing and screw you attitude but it comes in handy when she finds out how a plant has been dumping their toxic waste into the water around this town and countryside. Many people are getting sick with cancer and Erin is there to save the day along with her crafty lawyer. Julia Roberts and her push up bra won an Oscar for her portrayal of this fearless broad,   which I say on the best sense of the word. It is a good movie that I can watch again unlike the eyeyores I previously mentioned. 

Which flicks would you choose? Anyone going totally 50s camp on me? There are many  "Attack of..." movies.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

My Sweet Lucy

 



Losing one pet is hard but losing 2 in 2 weeks is heartbreaking. When I met my beloved, he had 1 pussy cat  and I was more a dog lover than a cat lover but I love all animals so we started a new relationship. 2 weeks into our new relationship, my sweetheart told me he saw a tiny kitten at the pet store who climbed on top of this cat house, knocked the bigger cats off and just looked at him. He knew this pussy cat was a new addition. I was not so happy but what am I to do or say. I met the tiny lass and my heart caved. She was smart, sassy and wouldn't take no for an answer. That was 15 1/2 years ago, I could write so much more about her and my sweet Wallace but I decided to just choose 3 songs that made me think of her. 

1. IN AND OUT  BY GARRISON KEILLOR-1991


While looking for the one below, I came across this funny diddy and does this fit Lucy to a T! She would cry and cry to be let out only to rush back in if it was raining. She knew our boundary and would never leave it, believe it or not. She enjoyed the outside but could be a pain in the butt wanting to go out and in. She was the only one we let out without a harness because she stuck to our lot. One smart kitty.

2. CATS MAY SAFELY SLEEP BY GARRISON KEILLOR & FREDERICA VON STADE- 1991


This song is often played on my Classical 96.6 radio station. Again, this is by Garrison Keillor(the lyrics)  with Frederica Von Stade, a famous Opera singer, giving a lending hand. Lucy did live to sleep especially snuggled up to Nady who is also in heaven. They are God's creatures so why would they not be there. 

3. WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT SUNG BY TOM JONES-1965


I always liked this song which was written by Burt Bacharach(music) and Hal David(lyrics). It's from a movie of the same name that I have yet to see but I will....one day. It's fun snd, for that time, hip. This just reminds me of Lucy.

Amy pussycat songs you like...no Pussycat Dolls...actual pussy cats. And, no, Pussy Galores. 


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Sandra’s New Book

 Sandra Cox is one lovely lady with a heart as big and sweet as anything you can imagine. I meant to have this up sooner but stress got in the way. We lost another dear furbabe, Lucy, this past Sunday. I will talk about this later, for right now, let’s celebrate Sandra’s new book reveal. Have a moment to visit her blog as well, she deserves all the accolades.

Behind the amicable fa├žade is a man who’s tough and determined. He’s Mateo’s Blood Brother.


*Mateo's Blood Brother is a sequel not a stand alone.






 

Blurb:

They were friends, close as brothers. Then they weren’t.

Mateo and Jesse are cautiously working their way back to friendship when Jesse discovers the unthinkable. Delilah, the sultry shifter who’d had affairs with both men, is still alive. The tumble she took over a mountain ridge—a fall that nearly killed Mateo—should have finished her.

Now, there’s no choice but for the two men to work together to take down a she-devil straight from hell.  As the stakes escalate and the hunt becomes more intense, another wolf appears on the scene. Always where Jesse’s at. Always when he’s in trouble.  Jesse is divided between ending Delilah, a new love interest, discovering the identity of a certain brown wolf and staying alive.

Available at Amazon.

 

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Jesse

Jesse and Blair (Mateo's chief deputy and fiancee)  both like to catch the Full Moon Band, that plays hard rock with a native twist, on Wednesday nights at the Blue Coyote. 

 

Jesse loves Belle’s Beans coffee and bear claws.

 

Popular with the ladies, he managed to avoid any serious entanglements until Delilah.


Link:  https://www.amazon.com/MATEOS-BLOOD-BROTHER-Sequel-LAW-ebook/dp/B09VYNPPP6

I hope the pictures come out aok.  

Monday, April 18, 2022

Cards I have Made


Dream Valley- Add Embellishments 

Happy Little Stampers: Christmas- Glitter

Addicted To Stamps- Christmas 

I made this card a couple of weeks back but just have not been able to get this on my blog due to work and  pet deaths( I’ll talk about this later). I love blue, purple and green together but blue dominates here:). I created the background using my colour bursts which you just tap a bit of the dust onto the white card. After, you spritz the card with water and watch it react and explode. You can pick the card up and let it drain into the other colours, add more water; let it dry and then add more colour burst with water. It’s fun, inky and messy...what I love. I had a large snowflake sticky that I attached to the card and then I added glitter in various blues using my glue pen. I took my snowflake diecut and cut it out from a silver paper using my sizzex machine, glued them in place for the border, added crystal embellishments in blues to finish my card. Voila!


CHNC-Add A Home

Happy Little Stampers- Anything Goes With Dies


I love this home stamp and wanted to created a mannish card. Again I created this card a while back. I stamped this card on white cardstock  and started colouring this card using Tim Holtz dye ink pads with my sponges. I used some robin blue and various browns to create the rustic colour. After, I stamped the home and just coloured the leaves and berries with tombow markers. I ripped the paper around the image and took a sharpie, in Copper, to colour the edges. I adhered it to 2 different cardstocks...another one  Done.


Stamping Sensations- I Love

We Love Stamping- Favourite Stamps

I have these flower stamps for each month and they remind me of my mom who made many egg creations using quail eggs ( plus all other eggs) cut out and having the flower and stone of the month inside. She would make the tiniest flowers to place inside these small eggs. I'm not that creative as she was a true artist but I can make these nice cards. I stamped the daffodils and coloured them in with...man I forgot...oh yes, my gelatos. No not the ice cream but these colours that look like a see through lip balm holder. They have a creamy texture that I rubbed on a surface and  using my water brush, coloured the flowers. Next, I took other coloured cardstock and used my sizzex machine to do the die cuts. To get the embossed edges I kept the cut paper in the diecut and used my cuddlebug to wring it through. I glued it all in place,  added the Crystals and another card done.

Hope you sll had a nice Easter.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks: Diaries

 

This week I am speaking about Diaries. Wandering Through The Shelves created this posting where you pick 3 films that fit the theme.  I decided to be very narrow in this week’s theme and hope you enjoy it. 

1. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK-1959

I fell in love with this amazing girl when I, myself, was her age. Every year I read her book, her diary, about her and her family's experience during WW2. I had the honour of visiting where she and her family hid when the Nazis occupied Holland. When I found out she died and only her dad survived, I cried. This was the first film I saw that dealt with her experiences and the people we got to know through her eyes. I was impressed with Ed Wynn's dramatic performance since he was known as a comic. Shelley Winters played the mom of Peter ( who kissed Anne) and won the Oscar for her portrayal. Joseph Shildkraut played Otto Frank and he did a fine performance. The only one that grated on my nerves like fingernails to a blackboard was Millie Perkins who played Anne. I did not think she was good at all even though the real Otto Frank approved her.

2. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK-1980

This was a TV movie but, it's a movie so I am including this one. This one has Melissa Gilbert as Anne Frank and she does a much better job than Millie. At this time, Gilbert was getting raves as Laura Ingalls and made quite a few movies like the remake of the Miracle Worker. Doris Roberts plays Peter's mom with James Coco as Roberts' husband. This was a better telling of the famous Anne Frank and her family. Its still not the best but it's worth seeing if you can ever find it.

3. THE ATTIC: THE HIDING OF ANNE FRANK-1988

This TV film ( I couldn't find a small video of this film just this interview) is also about the Frank Family but through the eyes of Miep Gies who helped shelter them for the 2 years before being ratted out by someone. Miep was played by Mary Steenbergen and, to me, this seemed to be the best version of this tragic, true story that I have seen so far. Paul Scofield plays Otto Frank while Lisa Jacobs plays Anne Frank. Jacobs has not done a ton of acting but she just seemed the most natural and genuine. I need to watch this one again plus I want to see the one with Ben Kingsley in the role of Otto Frank. 

The beautiful soul of Miep Gies died at 100 years old! She, her husband and a few others did their utmost to shelter Jewish people from the Nazis. If you have never read Anne's diary, you should. If you ever get to go to Amsterdam, seeing where they hid for 2 years is a must. Shelley Winters donated her Oscar there and it can be seen there to this day.

 


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Spring! Where Art thou

 


So I'm at my new office in the Falls but I am stuck as I have no proper hook up between my monitor(older) and the computer (newer). The Purolator is to be here by latest 10:30 tomorrow. Last week was crazy and I felt like a ping pong ball as to when I would be up in Miserysauga or here in the Falls(too long and boring to explain).  Oh well, I hope I do aok once everything is working. On Saturday, I did my groceries and came out just when it decided to rain or was it sleet, or hail? It was Crap that's all I know and it gave me the idea for my music post especially since it turned sunny after I got into the car. I'm not using "Singing in the Rain" even though I love that song and the movie because I'm afraid I will have to bitchslap Gene Kelly.

1. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE SUNG BY JUDY GARLAND 1963


I believe this was from her TV show but to hear a better recording is from her legendary Carnegie Hall concert but I couldn't find it through blogger. This has been done many times especially by the great Billie Holiday but Judy introduced me to this song so this is why I chose Judy. This song came from a Broadway Musical called St. Louis Woman which ran for 113 performances. It was written by Harold Arlen(Music) and Johnny Mercer(lyrics).

2. THE RAIN IN SPAIN SUNG BY JULIE ANDREWS AND REX HARRISON-1956


Julie Andrews originated the musical performance of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady but, since she was not a famous movie actress, she was left in the dust by the studio and gave the role to Audrey Hepburn. This Lerner and Lowe musical became famous resulting in an Oscar nod for Audrey Hepburn but she lost that year to....Julie Andrews who won for Mary Poppins. 

3. LISTEN TO THE RAIN SUNG BY ENYA-2008


Isn't this pretty? I think it is but I love Enya and have a couple of CDs of hers. This was actually written by Amy Lee when she was still in high school and was released in 2000! She is a co-founder of the rock band, Evanescence. I listened to this one as well which is pretty neat and doesn't truly sound rock to me. 

Having rain, hail, freezing rain, sleet? What Rainy songs can you think of?

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks-Psychic/Mediums

 


So Wandering Through The Shelves got ahead of herself because she posted a theme for April 1st and April 7th--oopsie:)) I hope she saves the April 1st theme for next year because I am going with the correct date of April 7th. Going back to work, with the travel time to boot, has made me very far behind in my replies to your comments and commenting on your blogs. Hopefully, next week will be back to norm except I will be working:)). Thank you for all your sweet comments on my beautiful Wallace. It sucks when a furbabe leaves us and that we have to make that decision. Anyway, this is on a brighter note which is all about psychics and mediums which I am fascinated about. Yes, I have gone to a medium and some comments were uncanny while others were reaching. Actually, John Edward is one that is uncanny in what he says. OK, on with the show...

1. BLYTHE SPIRIT-1945


I love this film that stars Rex Harrison as a remarried author who travels to the countryside with his 2nd wife to get more info on the novel he wishes to write. They contact a medium thinking it lots of fun until the ghost of his first wife appears leaving poor Sexy Rexy at his wit's end. Now the medium, played gloriously by the great Margaret Rutherford, has to try to send his first wife back to the heavens but how is another matter. A great play by Noel Coward and expertly directed by David Lean before he went epic. 

2. NIGHTMARE ALLEY-1947


Yup, the new film, starring Bradley Cooper, is a remake  of this film which stars Tyrone Power in the lead. Now, I just saw the new film, which is excellent but this, too, is well made and was Tyrone Power's favourite film. He stars as a handsome (hell, it is Tyrone Power) conman who stumbles into a fair/carny show and witnesses a Geek show ( a supposed wildman who bites the heads off chickens, you know, Ozzy Osborne) wondering how anyone can get that low. He is hired to help out at the Carny and soon becomes the boy toy of Joan Blondell who has a mind reading scam going on with her alcoholic husband. Ty learns all he can about this mental shell game and rises in popularity. Another gal in the fair falls for him and goes with him when he decides to take this game on the road rising to great heights. At one of his mind-reading shows, he meets a female psychiatrist and a secret bond starts to happen. Tyrone Power was sick of his pretty boy image and wanted to be taken seriously as an actor which is why he took on this role but the audiences were not loving it so it bombed back then but is now heralded as a classic. I think of both films as apples and oranges and should not be compared too much even though it is the same story. Both are excellent.

3. THE GIFT-2000


Cate Blanchett, who is in the remake of Nightmare Alley, stars in this film about a psychic/medium trying to make a living in the backwaters of a small Southern town. She reads tarot cards for many people including Hilary Swank as a poor beaten upon wife of a very nasty Keanu Reeves who really hates Cate Blanchett. Cate is also friends with a put upon Giovanni Ribisi who is abused by his dad. Unfortunately, Cate now has dreams of a rich bitch (Katie Holmes) being murdered and she goes to the police about it but is laughed at until they find her body. Greg Kinnear rounds out the cast as a sympathetic teacher who was engaged to poor bitchy Katie. I really enjoyed this small gem Cate made just before mega-stardom. I thought all the actors were excellent in their roles including Keanu as a really mean bastard. The ethereal feel to the film also brought more to the whole theme with the surroundings adding that extra touch. It is worth a look.

Have you ever gone to see a psychic? Impressed or not? Which films can you think of?


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Rainbow for Dogs

 


Monday was a tough day. I had to travel to Mississauga that took over 1 1/2 hrs instead of an hour and 10 min. They drive crazy. My first day at work was really good but this was the day we had to put Wallace down . He was such a scaredy cat but he was ours. His cancerous tumour, on his left leg, broke open. His back legs were giving out due to arthritis and he was throwing up. He was 13 and may not have survived another surgery. We had this tumour taken off twice, last year but it only grew back and there was no more skin to make it heal. My hubby talked to him as he passed under the rainbow bridge.

In his honour, I have 3 songs and hope you like them.

1. POOR OLD ROVER SUNG BY BING CROSBY 1939


Isn't this such a sweet but sad song? I had heard this before but can't recall where and remembered this was sung by Der Bingle. I could only find out that he recorded this in 1939 which was composed by Ray Johnson and Del Porter. Bing liked their act (there was a singing foursome who became famous on stage singing and playing the Ocarinas-I had to look that up. It's like a weird looking fat flute but sounds really pretty.)

2. THE WHISTLER AND HIS DOG COMPOSED BY ARTHUR PRYOR IN 1905


I am not sure who did this rendition but I thought it was cute and enjoyed watching the video.

3. OLD BLUE BY THE BYRDS-1969


I love The Byrds and I love the colour blue so this works just fine. Apparently, this is an old folk song from the 1800s and has been covered by many musicians over the years. 

I am exhausted from travelling ...have I mentioned the crazy effed up hwys? It took me over 2 hours Tuesday morning to get to work. The nuts on the hwys  are...well,... nuts. 

I miss Wallace and so does my hubby... 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Star for April

 I Have always been keenly interested in this fine actor, singer, activist and all around genius since I learned about him when I was a kid.


PAUL ROBESON

BORN: April 9, 1898

DIED:  Jan. 23, 1976

AGE: 77

DIED FROM: Stroke

MARRIED: Once-Eslande Goode (1921)

CHILDREN: 1-Paul Robeson Jnr.

AFFAIRS: Numerous-most famous with co-star (in Othello), and white, Dame Peggy Ashcroft

KNOWN FOR: His strong leftist political beliefs; his pursuit for equality for all; Civil Rights; Deep, Rich Voice.

First of all, I do not agree with his fervid appreciation for that demon Stalin. I believe, since his dad was a former slave and Paul Robeson experienced racial hatred in the States, it led him to be open to other countries who did not deplore him even though Russia was responsible for millions of lives being destroyed because of their race. Robeson was (in)famous for not believing in Holodomor where 7 million Ukrainians died of starvation and disease in 1 year at the hands of Stalin nor the millions of Jews and others who criticized  Stalinist Russia. 

OK, that being said, I still admire this controversial figure who, despite knowing it would harm his career and himself, he stood up for what he thought was unjust like the States who refused to serve African Americans in most places, treated them like dirt and lynched many because these white S.O.B.'s are as bad as Stalin..sorry but they are for their hatred for another simply because of their skin colour.

This man could hold an audience with his great physique, standing at 6'3" and a powerful voice that commanded respect. He was admitted into the prestigious Rutgers University at just 17, became a star athlete in Football but was good in many other sports. He also became Phi Beta Kappa and was the class valedictorian. He became a lawyer but was met with major racial bias and, since he showed an interest in acting he took that route becoming famous on stage especially in Eugene O'Neill Plays and Shakespeare's Othello. His wife was his coach and mentor even after the affair with Peggy Ashcroft, who helped guide him until she died in 1965. He tried to bring dignity to his film roles and pushed for equality but stopped making films in 1942 until the African Americans have equal ground.

He sided with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War giving many concerts for them as well as the Moore Shipyard workers in California plus, of course, the Civil Rights movement. He was on Hitler's "kill" list when they thought they would be successful in taking over Britain (Robeson was living there for a while). In 1940, at his most popular, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was the only one who would take him in but charged him an exorbitant rate and he had to sign under an assumed name, just because of his colour. Robeson decided to sit in the lobby every day for 2 hours to make it known he was staying there. Soon after,  the hotel changed their tune. 

This man spoke 20 languages, was blacklisted during the McCarthy era (no kidding) and dealt with depression and, possibly, schizophrenia. He tried to commit suicide when he was in Moscow and had to deal with electro-shock treatments, tons of pills and mental asylums. His son believed that it was the CIA and MI5 that were behind his dad's mental issues, giving him drugs, that created his mental state. This is unknown but he did suffer in his later years. I can't help but respect this man despite his liking of the evil Stalin.

FILMS:

1. Emperor Jones-1933

2. Sanders of the Rivers-1935

3. Showboat-1936

4. Song of Freedom-1936

5. Big Fella-1937

6. King Solomon's Mines-1937

7. Jericho-1937

8. The Proud Valley-1940

9. Tales of Manhattan-1942

Here he is in Showboat



Friday, April 1, 2022

What I Watched in March= A Lot!

 Get Ready...Set....Go!

1. DEAD RECKONING-1947


Classic Film Noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Lizabeth Scott as the Femme fatale. Worth a look for sure. Putting a woman in the pocket came from Bogie himself.

2. THAT HAMILTON WOMAN-1941


Love this film and now own it! Winston Churchill's favourite film. First film starring Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh when they were husband and wife. Based on the great love affair between Lord Horatio Nelson and The stunning Lady Hamilton. Vivien owns this film! I watched the commentary too.

3. THE DEBT COLLECTOR-2018


I could only find this clip in another language...it doesn't matter because it's meh. Dude who can fight is hired to collect on debts with a fellow debt collector for shady people. Not a good one.

4. BATTLE OF BRITAIN-1969


Excellent movie on this battle that was a decisive moment in the 2nd World War. It had some funny bits, very sad bits and great aerial photography. Great cast with Christopher Plummer, Michael Caine, Ian McShane etc...

5. MCKENZIE'S BREAK-1970


POW camp filled with Germans, led by Helmut Griem, have the better of the British commander until Irish bad boy, Brian Keith, comes to bring order and find the tunnel. Better than I thought it would be and I love Brian Keith.

6. CYCLOPS-2008


Ughh...Eric Roberts makes some bad shit...and this is one of them. For a TV flick the effects weren't bad.

7. WILD BILL-1995


I enjoyed this western starring Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin and John Hurt about the final days of the legendary Wild Bill Hickcok. Well acted with some funny bits but showing the true dirt of this era.

8. FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE-1978


This film takes off a year or so later after The Guns of Navarone (with Gregory Peck) where Robert Shaw plays the Peck part and Edward Fox played David Niven's part. Harrison Ford is the young man who feels he must babysit the elder 2. The job...blow up a bridge so the Nazis can't use it. I prefer the Guns with Peck as Ford seems to overact. Robert Shaw died shortly after making this film at age 51.

9. DUNE-2021


Had no desire to see this but, it was up for Oscars and everyone seemed to like it so, I watched it. It's excellent!Timothy Chalomet plays the gifted, young man who is to lead something or someone. he dreams of Zendaya who lives on a ghastly planet with plenty of sand but no beach but it has giant worms.

10. THE KINGSMAN-2021


This is an enjoyable prequel to the Kingsmen movies about how this secret service started. Ralph Fiennes is always excellent. A fun, but with sad moments, film that is worth a look.

11. THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE-2021


Who remembers the debacle of this religious couple who brought in millions of bucks for themselves? I do and I remember seeing her makeup and just in shock that her eyes did not explode from all that mascara. Not a great movie but a good one and Jessica was really good as the very perky Tammy. 

12. THE QUICK AND THE DEAD-1987


I believe there are 3 westerns called "The Quick and the Dead." This stars Sam Elliott (be still my heart) as a cowboy/gun man who takes it upon himself to protect this family (Tom Conti and Kate Capshaw) who are being followed by some very unsavoury characters. This is a really good western, much better than that dreck starring Sharon Stone, and worth taking a look. A good old fashioned western and I love these plus the newer ones. 

13. WEST SIDE STORY-2021


A remake of the Oscar Winning 1961 film of the same name that stared Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno but I prefer this new version better! That says a lot because normally, remakes are the opposite. Great dancing but you still feel the kids are threatening. Worth a look for sure.

14. RESPECT-2021


 A really good biography starring Jennifer Hudson as Aretha as she rises from obscurity to major stardom and all the pitfalls that can happen. She should have been nominated.

15. BELFAST-2021


Excellent film based on Kenneth Branagh's early life growing up during the major tensions that were occurring in Ireland at the time. The kid who plays Kenneth, Jude Hill, is excellent and I love all the acting in this film. The cinematography is also just brilliant.

16. NIGHTMARE ALLEY-2021


Love this movie about a conman who finds his way onto one of those travelling circus/fairs/freakshows back in the 1930s and finds a way to make a name for himself but at a high cost. Great acting by Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blachett and others.  This is a remake but another good one and one I wanted to win for best cinematography.

17. DOG-2022


I heard people making fun of this film so I wasn't sure but I love animal movies. I am so glad I saw it because it has more depth than the trailer puts out. Both are suffering from PTSD but Channing Tatum wants to get back into action and can, if he brings this dog to Arizona to his former owner's funeral and then bring it to a base to be euthanized. The comedy is quite funny but the drama end is very touching. Worthy to see. 

Long one...I know. Have you seen any?