On this day…in 1980

On this day in 1980, the actor Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood’s leading men of the 1960’s and 1970’s and the star of such action thrillers as Bullitt and The Towering Inferno, dies at the age of 50 in Mexico, where he was undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer. n 1979, McQueen had been diagnosed … [Read the full story]

Judges should be made culpable!

I have raised this question many times. Who is held responsible when Judges and parole boards make mistakes? Convicted criminals given lenient sentences by judges. Parole boards releasing criminals back into society. If they go on to commit another violent crime, who takes responsibility and who is punished for the mistakes? The families who lose or … [Read the full story]

Oscars…the end?

Years ago, after a barbie, we would sit around with a drink or two and discuss what film we would chose as the best film we had ever seen. There were tremendous films with wonderful stars the choices were endless. I recently watched the SAG awards. What a let down the films selected would not … [Read the full story]

Movies – they’re getting worse

Do you remember when a movie won an Oscar it was considered a classic? Remember Ben Hur, Lawrence Of Arabia, On The Waterfront, Some Like It Hot and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…wait…there’s more…Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, The God Father and The Deer Hunter. Can you name the Best Picture Oscar winner for … [Read the full story]

Watch for movie releases in time for the Oscars

It is that time again when the big film companies start to release their best chances to win the Oscars in February. This is the time of year when films which could have been released earlier are hurled into the arena for consideration of an Oscar – usually, a George Clooney release is scheduled  at … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1975

On this day in 1975, the Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie (Voight) is born in Los Angeles, California. Jolie’s father, the actor Jon Voight, had been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Midnight Cowboy (1969); he won the award for Coming Home (1978). Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, was also an actress; the couple divorced … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1926 and 1993

Harry Houdini, the most celebrated magician and escape artist of the 20th century, died of peritonitis in a Detroit hospital, in 1926. Twelve days before, Houdini had been talking to a group of students after a lecture in Montreal when he commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1955

On this day in 1955, movie star James Dean dies at age 24 in a car crash on a California highway. Dean was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder, nicknamed “Little Bastard,” headed to a car race in Salinas, California, with his mechanic Rolf Wuetherich, when they were involved in a head-on collision with a car … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1968

On this day in 1968, Stanley’s Kubrick’s science-fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey makes its debut in movie theatres. Kubrick had first gained prominence as a director for the World War I-era drama Paths of Glory (1957). After helming the big-budget Roman epic Spartacus (1960), he made a 1962 screen adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita before turning to an even more controversial … [Read the full story]

The Oscars are nearly upon us – a quick preview

I know I am a little early for the big show…but who cares. This has been one of the best years for movies since Ben Hur, or even Robin Hood (with Errol Flynn). The American film industry and the big studios, who put in mega bucks to make films, will expect to gain some reward … [Read the full story]

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