Movies

Oscar winners flashback: Best Picture in 1965, 1966

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music and In the Heat of the Night shocked some audiences in the 1960s by grabbing the Best Picture awards in Oscars 1965 and 1966. Let’s look into it. 1965 Best Picture: The Sound of Music Yes,…

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Wetback – undocumented documentary of illegal immigration

Wetback - undocumented documentary of illegal immigration

Director Arturo Perez Torres humanizes a divisive issue in U.S. politics — the problem of illegal immigration. Using first person accounts, Torres starts in the countries where the immigrants begin, their homelands. Problems with unemployment, poverty, hunger, and lack of…

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Robin Hood onscreen – differing portrayals

The early tales and ballads describe Robin Hood as being a yeoman. Anthony Munday’s 1598 play ‘The Downfall of Robert, Earle of Huntington’ turned him into nobility. Over the years makers of film and television have approached the material in…

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Movie review – Sherlock Holmes faces Death

Sherlock Holmes faces Death

In 1940 Universal Studios bought the rights to Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and cast Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as his loyal companion, Dr. Watson. The first three movies in the series, made early in World War…

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Stage actor morphed into movie icon – Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

In 1936, Humphrey Bogart, a rich kid from New York City who became a professional actor by default, finally achieved stardom on Broadway and in the movies. Leslie Howard’s Role in Bogart’s Stardom The role that put him on the…

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Film Noir – The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Film Noir

The film features a vintage performance by Barbara Stanwyck in the title role, a small-town girl whose impulsive, murderous rage toward a nasty old aunt catapults her to a life of wealth, ambition and power but one devoid of joy…

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Great teen movies from the 1980s

The 1980s will be remembered for bad retro pop music and unforgettably cheesy fashion trends. However, there’s one popular culture trend that will be remembered more fondly– the 1980s teen movie. Teen films from the 1980s portrayed life in the…

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The Top Five Movies About Movies

Top Five Movies

In combination, Singin’ in the Rain, Sunset Boulevard, Chaplin, The Last Tycoon, and Silent Movie provide an unparalleled lesson on the early days of cinema. Although the releases of the movies themselves span nearly fifty years, the films’ observations on…

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Comic film review: I Can Do Bad All By Myself

Comic film review: I Can Do Bad All By Myself

An outspoken grandmother named Madea Brown (Tyler Perry) catches three young delinquents looting her home and confronts their only relative – a scandalous aunt – about their crime. Aunt April (Taraji P. Henson) displays a variety of self-destructive behaviors, including…

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10 classic movies never seen but should

You Can't Take It With You

You Can’t Take It With You 1938 – James Stewart and Jean Arthur are joined by Lionel Barrymore in this comedy film. A wealthy man meets the girl of his dreams, but finds out his only relative, his entrepreneur uncle,…

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