Tuesday, September 30

From 20th Century Fox

Just for a sense of fair play, instead of showcasing three actors from 20th Century Fox in the 1960s, here are three actresses.  They were all talented ladies but for various reasons, they never quite made it to the top.  You baby boomers and older should have little trouble remembering them or some of their work.  Let's meet them again.

Friday, September 26

REVIEW: The Skeleton Twins

Directed by Craig Johnson
2014 Dramedy
1 hour 33 minutes
From Roadside Attractions

Kristen Wiig
Bill Hader
Luke Wilson
Ty Burrell
Boyd Holbrook
Joanna Gleason

Tuesday, September 23

Good 60s Films: Tender is the Night

1962 Drama
From 20th Century Fox
Directed by Henry King

Jennifer Jones
Jason Robards
Joan Fontaine
Tom Ewell
Cesare Danova
Jill St. John
Paul Lukas

Friday, September 19

REVIEW: This Is Where I Leave You

Directed by Shawn Levy
2014 Comedy Drama
1 hour 43 minutes
From Warner Bros

Jason Bateman
Tina Fey
Adam Driver
Rose Byrne
Corey Stoll
Timothy Olyphant
Connie Britton
Kathryn Hahn
Dax Shepard
Debra Monk
Abigail Spencer
Jane Fonda

Tuesday, September 16

Claudia Cardinale

Perfect for my tribute to the 1960s, Claudia Cardinale arrived in the U.S. from Italy in the early part of that decade, made a splash in a few popular American films, broke some hearts, puffed up some libidos and before decade's end, bid a hasty arrivederci.  It was our loss.

Saturday, September 13

REVIEW: The Last of Robin Hood

Directed by Richard Glatzer
and Wash Westmoreland
Biographical Drama
1 hour 24 minutes
From Samuel Goldwyn Films

Kevin Kline
Susan Sarandon
Dakota Fanning

Friday, September 12

The Directors: Robert Wise

To movie fans, he is probably best-known as the Academy Award-winning director of two of the most famous musicals of all time, The Sound of Music and West Side Story.  Within the industry he was known as a master craftsman, enormously respected by his peers, with his use of carefully composed images, tight editing and fast pace.  He also made some incredibly successful films.

Tuesday, September 9

Good 60s Films: West Side Story

1961 Musical
From United Artists
Directed by Robert Wise
and Jerome Robbins

Natalie Wood
Richard Beymer
Russ Tamblyn
Rita Moreno
George Chakiris

Friday, September 5

Rambling Reporter I

A while ago a good friend, a regular reader of this thing, said he quite liked it (purr...!) but proffered you're soooo nice about everything.  I know I gush a bit (!) but this is, after all, called My Romance with Movies not My War with Movies.  I guess he was suggesting I get snarky once in awhile.  Well, ok, I can channel a witchy-bitchy side if I really have to so I am responding to my friend with this... a new idea... a monthly (or so) column where I'll just let my hair down a little.  But don't get too used to it.  I'll be back to gushing real soon.  You heah?

Tuesday, September 2

Jim and Paula

Who are they? Jim and Paula who? Well, all you sixties' movie fans know the answer right off, don't you? You youngins may be a bit flummoxed. They are Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss and for a while, at the dawning of the sixties, they were the go-to comedy couple and quite popular. Her first four films costarred him. For awhile they were regarded as a new screen team. Together, it was said they could be the new William Powell and Myrna Loy... and indeed, I was probably not alone in seeing them as Nick and Nora Charles. Both were so adept at physical comedy and could deliver the most droll lines. Hutton, it was said, could fill the shoes of Jimmy Stewart and Prentiss seemed a natural successor to Rosalind Russell.